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Ivor Cutler. On Virgin?

Almost nothing at all highlights how much the music industry has changed over the last thirty years than what happened when I was listening to Ivor Cutler the other day. I remember thinking (as I think a lot of people think when they first sit down and properly listen to Ivor Cutler for the first […]

Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey Album Launch Shows

The Organ Grinder’s Trailer from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. As you know, we are now into the third week of our new Meursault album project, and that means LAUNCH DATES! Yep, the album was learned, rehearsed and recorded in week one, mixed and mastered in week two, and this week is all about manufacture. […]

Album Stream: The Leg – What Happened to the Shrunken Tina Turner

Our fourth album stream from the Song, by Toad Records Five Years/Five Records box set is by The Leg, a band who probably garner the most extreme reactions out of anyone we release – both positively and negatively.  Whether they’re completely unlistenable or the best band on the label depends very much on who you […]

Performer Mag So Nearly Get it Completely Right

 I don’t know anything about Performer Mag, I must confess, but they recently wrote a really good article on the basics of getting press. It’s combination of a peek behind the scenes, and some simple advice on how to approach contacting the press, and almost all of it was spot on.  So generally apart from […]

Some Exciting Releases Coming Up

It’s been a quiet start to the year in terms of album releases and the like, but there are a couple of things on the horizon about which I am most excited. Nervous too, in a sense, because these are bands of whom I am a long-time fan, and in one case a personal friend, […]

Dead Katz/Passion Pusher Split Tape

 Due to our extensive research department here at Song, by Toad I know basically nothing at all about Dead Katz, apart from the fact their their Facebook page says they’re from a small town in California I’ve never heard of, and that they describe this town as ‘shitty’. I heard about them because of a […]

Toadcast #290 – Old Earth Toad Session

Video – Vimeo – YouTube Photos – Flickr Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Todd Umhoefer from Old Earth came to Scotland on a sort...Show More Summary

If I’m Recording, I’m Not Writing

That sounds so massively bloody obvious as to not really be worth saying, doesn’t it, but I mean it in a more specific way than just not being able to do two things at the same time.  You may not notice it around the Toad Sessions, because they are relatively brief, but I would imagine […]

Magic Eye – Babylon

 Ah, bands. Such contrary bastards! Magic Eye, you may remember, featured on our second Split 12? record, released in April last year. They played gorgeous, crystal clear, dreamy pop tunes, and seemed very much in tune with the zeitgeist and possibly on the verge of good things. Well, to me anyway, although as we’ve seen, […]

Toadcast #289 – The Monkeycast

 Tomorrow morning we start recording the new Meursault album: The Organ Grinder’s Monkey. The only problem is, we have no idea whatsoever what’s going to be on this album, just yet, but we’re going to have a go nevertheless. The album is actually being fan-funded, so we thought it should probably also be fan-chosen, so […]

Passenger Peru & Fleeting Youth Records

 As well as Soft Power, another tiny label with an excellent back catalogue is the relatively new Fleeting Youth Records.  Like Soft Power they already have an extensive Bandcamp page of interesting stuff, although Fleeting Youth do have the advantage of coming from the relative musical mecca of Austin, Texas, rather than an East Lothian […]

Chalk and Numbers – Cassette Compilation

 I know I grouse sometimes about Edinburgh being a bit of a musical outpost, as far as the world of music is concerned, but at least we’re still a relatively big city. Imagine running a record label from somewhere like Livingston – i mean, just imagine! Well somebody does, and those somebodies are the team […]

How The Organ Grinder’s Monkey is Shaping Up

 So, we’re about a week in The Organ Grinder’s Monkey project, and where do we stand? As a reminder, this is a crowd-funded, crowd-chosen album by Meursault, released pretty much NOW through Kickstarter, to help fund the band’s trip to SXSW 2014 and subsequent US tour. In short, if you chip in you get a […]

ALBUM STREAM: The Toad Sessions

I think it’s fair to say that the Toad Sessions are one of the things we’ve done since starting this whole enterprise of which I am the most proud. I just, honestly, think they are way better than almost all other internet sessions. It’s not about our ‘one gimmick’, we ask the band about some […]

Meursault – The Organ Grinder’s Monkey

Help us send Meursault to SXSW by picking the tunes on their next album. You have just over two weeks to chip in, and in doing so you get to vote for five songs – Meursault tunes or covers. The highest voted songs will be recorded for The Organ Grinder’s Monkey, Meursault’s next album, which […]

Dean Wareham has a Solo Album on the Way

 He’s a funny one, Dean Wareham. Unlike a lot of the indie rock fanboys around at the moment, I never really knew Galaxie 500 during their heyday. This is daft, because I love the music and I am the right age, but we only really had MTV in Austria and I just never heard of […]

Yesterday, Perhaps – Songs of the Kitchen Cynics

 This is an internet-defyingly brilliant album, which I can’t find to buy anywhere, and I can’t find any digital samples of to share with you to convince you just how fucking ace it is. But honestly, it’s incredible. It is in fact one of those albums I first heard, thought ‘what on earth is going […]

Sometimes I am Grateful for My Own Nepotism

I know nepotism is one of the most derided aspects of the music industry, and I can understand that, I really can. It can be intensely frustrating watching the whole industry revolve around its little centres, knowing that being out in the sticks here in Edinburgh puts us at a massive disadvantage. And that’s just […]

Toadcast #288 – Song, by Toad Records 2014

Welcome to our sneak preview of Song, by Toad Records’ plans for 2014. For the most part this is the exact track listing in the exact order of the free sampler we’ll be putting up for download soon, although there are a couple of little tweaks. I’ve even snuck in a special wee preview of […]

Album stream: Virgin of the Birds – Abandoned Love

Yep, it’s time for a new free album stream from our fifth anniversary box set (available here, if you fancy one). This is actually a compilation made from a series of EPs Virgin of the Birds released on Bandcamp a few years ago. I always thought the songs were too good to just be consigned […]

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