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Song, by Toad’s Albums of the Year 2014 6-10

 Welcome to the latest instalment in what must surely be the most hotly-anticipated of all of the end of year lists which thunder towards us as this time of year with all the unavoidable, wild-eyed hysteria of a flock of panicking sheep. Actually, that’s maybe not fair, is it. Actually, I think I’ve probably missed […]

Song, by Toad’s Albums of the Year 2014 11-20

 Welcome to Song, by Toad’s brief tuppence tossed into the swirling whirlpool of List Season. I know everyone writes these lists and mine isn’t exactly going to overthrow the status quo, but I think mine tends to be a little different, so I hope you’ll find it worthwhile. Most of the big sites are offering […]

Song, by Toad’s New Year’s House Gig

Umm, that’s about it, really. Party. Pop music. Gin. And Bart Owl and Neil Moon will be providing non-specific musical entertainments. Don’t ask – I have no idea. Also, it’s a fiver to get in, so we can pay the band. Because we’re nice like that.

Happy Christmas: Song, by Toad’s MAGIC BEANZ!

Welcome to Song, by Toad’s MAGIC BEANZ! This is a wee sampler of six new band’s we’ll be working with this year – a complete rejuvenation of the label, in many ways. We’ll be releasing stuff by our more established collaborators of course, but 2015 will be dominated by the new people. Free mp3 download (right-click, save as) […]

David Thomas Broughton – Wintertime Songs 2014

 There aren’t many people I would trust to make a Christmas song, or indeed even a recording of an existing one. Generally it just seems wrong, but this three-song Bandcamp release by David Thomas Broughton is absolutely fucking great. Generally I find over cynical Christmas songs to be just plain unsuitable, but I mostly like […]

Toadcast #311 – Virgin of the Birds Toad Session

Virgin of the Birds Toad Session from Song, by Toad on Vimeo. Photos – Flickr Video – Vimeo – YouTube Session tracks - Soundcloud – zip download (right click – save as) Interview podcast – mp3 – iTunes – Mixcloud (playlist at bottom of page) Virgin of the Birds first started to become part of the Toad family when he played our first ever New Year’s House Gig back […]

Song, by Toad Records’ Year in Review

Phew, fucking hell, nearly there! Another year comes careering to an end, with little in the sense of control, planning or even semi-coherence to sellotape it all together. One thing, though, it’s been a fucking great year. Not a single other label out there has come close to matching the kind of stuff we’ve put […]

Krill – Lucky Leaves

 Krill (I think it’s just one guy) seems to be doing pretty well in the States, with features in Stereogum and Pitchfork and some high-profile support slots to their name, but they still feel like a fledgling band just finding their way. Their Bandcamp page suggests that they’ve been around for a couple of years […]

Hot Lunch – Drew Bought a Computer

 Yet more garage rock for me (irrespective of the actual presence or otherwise of a real life garage in the making of this music), and I suppose me liking this album is going to surprise absolutely no-one, but ummm… well it’s really good, so you should have a listen. The band apparently broke up several […]

Garden of Elks Sign to Song, by Toad Records

Yup, it gives me great pleasure to formally announce the first of our new bands for 2015 (there will be a couple – keep an eye out for your Christmas present on the 25th): Garden of Elks. Because the first tracks they ever recorded were done by a friend of mine I think it’s fair to say that […]

Body Cheetah & Messed Up Coyote – Clang

 Having first discovered Body Cheetah only a few days ago, I ended up browsing the Bandcamp page of their label, Woozy Tribe, and amongst the other excellent stuff I found was this. The fact that two bands called Body Cheetah and Messed Up Coyote ended up making a record together sounds almost like the sort […]

Alex G – Trick

 This album was released two years ago on a now-defunct record label, but you can still find copies here if you want. I only just happened across it myself, so I am decreeing it entirely new for the purposes of Toad, just in case me writing about slightly old music bothers you at all. I […]

David Thomas Broughton & Juice Vocal Ensemble – Unshaven Boozer

From the first few moments this does actually sound like a sort of ironic Christmas single, I suppose. It’s deceptive. The light-hearted delivery of the chorus, along with the relatively flippant-sounding words… and then that turns out to be a complete red herring. It’s actually a rather heart-breaking lament about feeling on the scrap-heap in […]

So This is Supermoon

Since the demise of Meursault I’ve had a lot of people ask me what Supermoon, Neil Pennycook’s new project, is going to be like. A sort of continuation of Meursault? Something entirely new?  Given how distinctive his voice is, can it ever really sound hugely different, especially as Meursault had so much range in the […]

S>C>R>A>P>S – O/s

 I actually happened across this Australian band called s>c>r>a>p>s (yes, that is the last time I am ever typing that fucking name out in full) by searching for another Australian band called Scraps, who happen to have an excellent record out at the moment on the fantastic Bedroom Suck label. Instead, I found this scraps, […]

Body Cheetah – Raking the Wind

 I think I happened across this on Tumblr by accident a little while ago. It was described as beautifully weird, and you know me well enough by now to know that that pretty much means a guaranteed click from myself. I don’t think my taste in music is really challengingly odd, of course, but I […]

Powerdove – Arrest

 Annie Lewandowski has written two (well three, it turns out now) of the best albums of the last five years. Generally that would cause me to make a slightly huffy remark or two about people being fucking idiots, but honestly, after three albums you’d think the world would have caught up by now. When you’re […]

Toadcast #310 – The Tipcast

 Alright alright, so the name of this might have absolutely hee-haw relation to the actual content of the podcast. It’s just that I went to the tip today in Bette, as I usually do, and they spat the dummy and tried to charge me commercial rates to dispose of my rubbish and recycling because the […]

Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From The Sea

 I am almost a complete Mark Kozelek ignoramus, and I suppose you can probably tell that from the fact that I am only now writing about an album released over a year and a half ago.  At least I know that I like his music – what I’ve heard at least. All I can tell […]


I can get a little twitchy when I hear the term ‘white supremacist’ being used to describe the in-built prejudices and biases in favour of white people within Western society. Then you see something like the verdict in Ferguson and it feels like my discomfort with the term is irrelevant and possibly just plain wrong. This isn’t […]

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