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Blood of the Bull – Bend Over EP

Who are Scotland’s finest indie label? Us? Chemikal Underground? Lost Map? Why it’s us of cou… actually, whisper it, but it might be d) None of the above. It might, over the last couple of years, have been Soft Power Records. Located in the highly unpromising commuter town of Livingston, I don’t know if they would […]

Los Angeles Police Department

 A lot of the bedroom pop acts knocking about these days deliberately overplay the lo-fi nature of their recording, or sometimes the hesitance of the performance. Sometimes this is endearing, sometimes glisteningly fragile, and sometimes contrived and annoying. I have to confess I don’t know if Los Angeles Police Department strictly counts as ‘bedroom’ pop […]

Toadcast #292 – The Epicast

 Epicast because this is indeed epic. A double-length podcast – well, almost – and all for the reason that I simply have to clear the decks a little. Next week I go away to the States for SXSW and after that I shall be driving Meursault on their first US tour. With next week’s podcast […]

Meursault – Dearly Distracted

Meursault – Dearly Distracted from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. This is the video of Dearly Distracted from The Organ Grinder’s Monkey by Meursault, which you can buy here.  It is, you have to admit, rather different from the Something For the Weakened version. We have christened the genre gloom-pah, which is a progression from […]

Passion Pusher – Again!

 Since I last mentioned Edinburgh shambles Passion Pusher I think a couple of months have gone by, so naturally if you’ve taken your eye off the ball you’ve missed something like a dozen releases since then. Seriously, the boy’s fucking mental. [Edit: he's actually released two new things, just since I started typing this.] With […]

Tisso Lake – Carnival/Canter 7?

 If you head over to the Tissø Lake Bandcamp page you can pick up a copy of a new 7? they’ve just released, and umm, by the fact that I here posting about it I suppose you’ve already realised that I recommend that you do. That you probably don’t know too much about Tissø Lake […]

So What Have We Learned From Kickstarter, Then?

It’s been an interesting few weeks, this. Apart from the visa panics and the whirlwind of trying to get an album learned, recorded and made in three weeks, this has been my first use of Kickstarter (or indeed any such crowd-funding model beyond, y’know, just selling stuff to people) for funding a record release, and […]

Toadcast #291 – The Botchcast

 God we’re shit at this. Even the most romantic thing Mrs. Toad and I can usually bring ourselves to do on Valentine’s Day – i.e. get pished and do a ranty podcast together about how we hate Valentine’s Day – didn’t work out this year for, erm, somewhat predictable reasons: we got a bit too […]

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 […]

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