songbytoad.com Archives - 05 August 2013, Monday

  • Marcy Playground: Not the Most Obvious of Valentine’s Day Music, But Hear Me Out… |

    songbytoad.com 14 Feb '13, 1pm

    Mrs. Toad and I tend to ignore Valentine’s Day. That’s not to say that we are scrooges when it comes to romance, in fact I would say exactly the opposite, but for us the compulsory nature of it doesn’t feel very romantic. Everyone’s different, but we’d rather take our sentimentality w...

  • New on Toad: Next BAD FUN: Jonnie Common, River of Slime & Shift-Static

    Next BAD FUN: Jonnie Common, River of Slime & Shift-Static

    songbytoad.com 12 Feb '13, 4pm

    Our next BAD FUN takes place on Friday 8th March at Henry’s Cellar Bar and features well-established Toad favourite Jonnie Common , with support from FOUND’s beep-master general River of Slime and BAD FUN debutants, the Newcastle (somewhat tangentially) by way of Edinburgh Shift-Stati...

  • Frightened Rabbit – Today’s Cross | Song,

    songbytoad.com 07 Feb '13, 6pm

    The above video is for b-side Today’s Cross by Frightened Rabbit . I mention this for two reasons: Firstly, I really like the song. This is good news, as I wasn’t that keen on their last album, and they are really nice guys so I genuinely want to like their stuff. Now I am looking for...

  • New on Toad: Toadcast #259 - The Stiffcast

    Toadcast #259 – The Stiffcast |

    songbytoad.com 07 Feb '13, 9am

    The Stiffcast is not the cheap innuendo I am sure you assume it to be. No no no, not that sort of stiff, the sort where every joint and muscle in your body aches because you are woefully out of shape and attempting to run around like a teenager. That sort of stiff. Yes, after three mo...

  • Free Download: Song, by Toad Records 2013 Sampler

    songbytoad.com 06 Feb '13, 7pm

    Yes, it’s that time of year again, the time when we shower you with bounteous goodness from the vaults of Toad, in the form of our annual label sampler. It is free to download from Bandcamp , with the slight proviso that you sign up to our mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe ...

  • New on Toad: Rick Redbeard - No Selfish Heart

    Rick Redbeard – No Selfish Heart |

    songbytoad.com 05 Feb '13, 1pm

    I have been waiting so fucking long for this album that first time I wrote about Rick Redbeard doesn’t even appear on the site anymore, because I lost it when a bunch of posts died in the great WordPress changeover fuckup of 2007. I wrote about his music again that October , and said ...

  • New on Toad: Live in Edinburgh This Week - 4th February 2013

    Live in Edinburgh This Week – 4th February 2013 |

    songbytoad.com 04 Feb '13, 2pm

    Live in Edinburgh This Week – 4th February 2013 Posted by Matthew in Edinburgh Live Listings on 4 Feb 13 • 1 Comment » Well of course all anyone in Scotland could possibly be talking about this week would be this Saturday’s BAD FUN at Henry’s Cellar Bar (with an actual cocktail menu t...

  • New on Toad: Song, by Toad's Top Albums of 2012: 1-5

    Top Albums of 2012: 1-5 |

    songbytoad.com 03 Feb '13, 5pm

    …aaaand finally, the top five albums which I enjoyed the most in 2012. A couple of these suffered a bit from being released neither on tape nor vinyl – the two formats to which I listen the most – and one benefited immeasurably from being in the van constantly for months. Nevertheless...

  • New on Toad: White Blush - White Blush

    White Blush – White Blush | Song, by Toad

    songbytoad.com 22 Jan '13, 11am

    This is entirely new to me, and I have to confess that on the first listen the borderline disco beat had me twitching a little in whatever one of my internal musical organs it is which seems to hate fun. I find synth-pop to be a slightly tricky area, in the sense that I can be incredi...

  • First Gig of the New Year: Plastic Animals, The Yawns & Garden of Elks at Henry’s, Sat 19th January | Song, by Toad

    songbytoad.com 19 Jan '13, 2pm

    So yes, we are slowly creaking back into life, here at Song, by Toad and our first gig of 2013 is already approaching fast. Next weekend – i.e. Saturday 19th January – we will be back at Henry’s for a fine lineup, including one of our favourite Edinburgh bands Plastic Animals, and two...

  • New on Toad: Toadcast #255 - Song, by Toad Records 2013

    Toadcast #255 – Song, by Toad Records 2013 | Song, by Toad

    songbytoad.com 06 Jan '13, 5pm

    Welcome to 2013, Toadcast listeners. As is tradition around these parts, we start the year with a podcast of songs we will be releasing this year on Song, by Toad Records, combined with a few we have released quite recently. There are a few things I didn’t put on here, because it seem...

  • New on Toad: Song, by Toad Readers' Top Five Songs of 2012

    Song, by Toad Readers’ Top Five Songs of 2012 | Song, by Toad

    songbytoad.com 05 Jan '13, 5pm

    Well well well, the voting for the song of the year was indeed done by a rather hometown audience, with the new Meursault album dominating, and only one song in the top five coming from outside our own wee corner of the Scottish music scene. The votes were genuinely all over the place...