Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fragrant Nimbus/Whea Yo Ghost At

As promised, two brand new TOADs, fresh for 2012...full sleevenotes to follow in the mailing.  The metadata should be good but just in case, tracklistings are below.

Fragrant Nimbus

1. Korô Dia (à Mamaye Dramé L'inoubliable) - Na Hawa Doumbia
2. All the Sun That Shines - Peaking Lights
3. Mindkilla - Gang Gang Dance
4. Faults - Seefeel
5. Cheerleader - St. Vincent
6. Stillness is the Move - Dirty Projectors
7. The American in Me - the Avengers
8. Pony Dress - the Flesh Eaters
9. Fragrant Nimbus - the Skull Defekts
10. DDB - the Psychic Paramount
11. Hell's Winter - Earth
12. Til I Get Satisfied - Bill Orcutt

Whea Yo Ghost At

1. Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man - DJ Elmoe
2. Rep Yo Clique (remix) - DJ Diamond
3. Wut - Girl Unit
4. Mirrorage - Glasser
5. Natalia's Song - Zomby
6. North to South - Andy Stott
7. Transparent Radiation - Surgeon
8. Hour Logic - Laurel Halo
9. Immolare - Function
10. Flutter - Autechre
11. Foiled - Yellow Swans
12. Hatred of Music I - Tim Hecker

Monday, December 19, 2011

Xmas 2011: Frosty

Bit dusty round these parts isn't it – or is that just some seasonal sprinklings from Santa's dandruff? Either way, it's time for an Xmas collection. Download the two files below for 32 tracks of extreme yule terror and assorted xmas loveliness from some of pop's most interesting people, ancient and modern. And some wacky interludes. And a printable cover for those of you still stuck on archiving formats you can bite. Now there's a thought. Happy holidays, pop pickers.

Part One (111 Mb) | Part Two (111 Mb)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Xmas 2010: Christmas Is Cancelled

I'm thoroughly delighted to announce that - due to the almost otherwise entirely unwelcome predations of two weeks off work with Real Flu - I have had time to compile an Xmas collection this year. Thirty tracks of festive fun and frightfulness, from the modern noise stylings of Jesu and Wooden Shjips to all manner of cheesy ghastliness from yesteryear.

It comes in two .Zip archives, stuffed full of MP3s for you and yours to enjoy, or just burn on a fire.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Re:cent 0810: In his heart, the wolf was planning mischief

Being a selection of top pop from my world to yours. See Frank's #118 for more waffle about all of these.

BTW, I found some YouTube links for some of the tracks (* or another track by the band in question) so you don't even have to download the two archives if you don't wanna.


02. MAJOR LAZER feat MR LEXX & SANTIGOLD Hold the Line

03. SALEM King Night

04. BEST COAST I Want To


06. SOFT MOON Parallels

07. SHOGUN KUNITOKI Vinonaamakasio *


09. YOKO ONO Why?

10. THE SAINTS This Perfect Day

11. ZINJA HLUNGWANI N'wa Gezani My Love

12. HARMONIA & ENO Sometime in Autumn (Shackleton remix)

13. KEITH HUDSON Hunting *

14. BALAM ACAB Regret Making Mistakes

15. TRUTH Revelation


17. DEMDIKE STARE Caged in Stammheim *

18. VOLCANO CHOIR Seeplymouth


20. BEAK> Iron Acton

21. BELL ORCHESTRE As Seen Through Windows

22. EMERALDS Living Room *

Plus a couple of crappy bonus trax and an inlay card. You love it.

D/L mp3s: Part 1 (105 mb) • Part 2 (115 mb)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The Beat-Beat-Beat of the Tom-Tom

And here it is....

1. 'Ego Death' - A Place To Bury Strangers
2. 'Ostia' - Zu
3. 'Gladiator' - Jesus Lizard
4. 'Halloween' - Mudhoney
5. Dere Geliyor Dere - the Ex & Tom Cora
6. 'Lola' - The Raincoats
7. 'Launderette' - Vivien Goldman
8. 'We Are Time' - the Pop Group
9. 'The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness' - the Feelies
10. 'Aidy's Girl's A Computer' - Darkstar
11. 'Meltdown' - King Midas Sound
12. 'Pithecanthropus Erectus' - Charles Mingus
13. 'Cotton Tail' - Duke Ellington
14. 'Night And Day' - Ella Fitzgerald

Full liner notes in Frank's Apa #114. Now, back to Henry Cow....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Buckfast of Champignons - Not Can

A colleague of mine has recently heard Can for the first time. I envy him having the opportunity to listen to that great music with fresh ears! I thought I'd help him on his way by making a Can compilation for him. In doing so I re-discovered a playlist I'd put together as a potential TOAD some time ago, titled Buckfast of Champignons. I was intending it for use at Sunday brunch, you see. But now I have re-jigged it and expanded into what I think is a reasonable selection of music you might like if you also like Can. And which if us does not like Can? I have also re-named it:

Not Can

Much of this will be familiar to most of the regulars visitors to this blog. I hope you all enjoy nonetheless.

1. She is a Rainbow in Curved Air - Acid Mothers Temple

2. Ali's Here - Ali Farka Toure

3. You don't Pull no Punches, but you don't Push the River - Van Morrison

4. Spiders (Kidsmoke) - Wilco

5. Rolling Thunder - Steffan Basho-Junghans

6. Fur Immer - Neu!

7. Wished I Was in Heaven Sitting Down - Mississippi Fred McDowell

8. Spem in Alium - King's College Choir & Stephen Cleobury / Thomas Tallis

9. SHIRIN: Chaharmezrab-e bidad - Behnam Manahedji

10. Chaminuka We - Hakurotwi Mude, Cosmas Magaya, Luken Pasipamire, Ephat Mujuru

11. Kabacha Meflayey - Tsehaytu Beraki

12. E-Musik - Neu!

13. Can I Sleep In Your Arms? - Willie Nelson

14. Galactic Joke (B) - Cosmic Jokers

15. Barnowl - Caribou

16. Hallogallo - Neu!

17. A Raga Called Pat, part 4 - John Fahey

18. Homesickness - Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou


Thursday, September 10, 2009

TOAD: Two movies

These are the 2 movies I originally intended to distribute on a DVD, via the post.
If you need or want that, it can be arranged. Let me know.

Otherwise, start your download engines...

Kill your idols

A thrilling, comprehensive guide to New York’s buzzing downtown underground post-punk scene. Director Scott Crary kicks things off with the birth of No Wave in the late 1970’s, providing an angular rush with a priceless collection of live performances from Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, the Theoretical Girls and DNA. From this initial explosion of artistic energy, the film moves through the 1980’s, passing the torch to Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth and Michael Gira of Swans, before crashlanding in the noisy Now! of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Dice, Liars, A.R.E. Weapons and the Gypsy stylings of Gogol Bordello. Interviews connect the threads between the past and the present, an ever-fertile scene is defined, celebrated and trashed with equal amounts of enthusiasm, and the creators of some of the most challenging rock music of all-time get to explain what they do, why they do it and where it’s all heading.

Downtown 81

Starring the legendary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, Downtown 81 vividly depicts the explosive downtown New York art and music scene of 1980-81.

A young artist needs money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, whose lives (and performances) we peek into. He finally manages to sell his painting but he’s paid by check. He spends the evening wandering from club to club, looking for a beautiful girl he had met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night.

The cast includes Deborah Harry, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, James White and the Blacks, DNA, Tuxedo Moon, the Plastics, and Walter Steding and the Dragon People. Also on the soundtrack are Melle Mel, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, Vincent Gallo, Kenny Burrell and Basquiat’s own band, Gray.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

TOAD: Re:cent 0509 - "Lonely Planet Nothing Left"

Twenty more mind-expanding pieces of modern music for you, plus a bonus. Starts quietly, then heads for the back of your skull with all the subtlety of a lame new Hollywood remake of Driller Killer.

Titled, BTW, after the A & B side of a recent dubstep single by Randomer. The two titles seemed to run together nicely as a kind of concentrated SF poem. Can the world be as sad as it seems?

01. Teitur - The Singer
02. Gala Drop - Ital
03. Working for a Nuclear Free City - The 224th Day / Troubled Son
04. Fever Ray - When I Grow Up
05. Grails - Reincarnation Blues
06. Farflung - Endless Drifting Wreck
07. The Bug w/Flowdan - Warning
08. Van Shipley - Jan Pahechan Ho
09. The Sight Below - Dour
10. Anthony Newley & Delia Derbyshire - Moogie Bloogies
11. Franz Auffray - Sweet Popcorn part 2
12. Lacrymosa - Welscher Tanz "Wascha Mesa"
13. Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
14. Savant - Sensible Music
15. Distance - No Sunshine
16. Amesoeurs - Gas in Veins
17. Sideshow w/Samar - French Model in Dub
18. Mikey Dread - Mikey Dread in Action
19. Virgin Prunes - Moments 'n' Mine
20. Raccoo-oo-oon - Untitled I
+ a bonus track that's about three weeks past its listen-by date

Download here [new MU link] or here [ShBee] [141 Mb].

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Xmas 2008: Slush

So this is Xmas and... what have you DONE?

01. The Free Design - The Now Sound of Xmas
02. Mojochronic - Yuletide Zeppelin
03. Fleshtones - Super Rock Santa
04. Dean Martin - Jingle Bells (Dan the Automator remix)
05. Ween - We're All Snowflakes
06. Wormburner - Bells of St Ignatius
07. Thurston Lava Tube - Sleigh Ride
08. Dies Irae - Silent Night
09. Arcanta - Carol of the Bells
10. Molly Bee - Where Did My Snowman Go?
11. Mr Bob Francis - That Swingin' Manger
12. Neil Innes - Dear Father Xmas
13. Bad Tattoo - Are You Going to Stop the White Xmas
14. The Fab Four - Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
15. Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio - I am Santa Claus
16. Killwhitneydead - Holiday Medley
17. The Candy Store - Little Drummer Boy
18. Lee Scratch Perry & Sandra Robinson - Merry Xmas, Happy New Year
19. Divide & Kreate - Velvet Santa
20. Sam Flanagan - Frosty DMC
21. Kirsten & Heather Mayne - Silver Bells
22. Vic Mulkey & the Blue Veins - Ain't Got Time for Christmas
23. Lycia/The Unquiet Void - We Three Kings
24. Twice as Much & Vashti Bunyan - The Coldest Night of the Year
25. The Three Little Dwarfs - Hardrock, Coco & Joe
26. Toots & the Maytals - Christmas Feeling Ska
27. Girls Aloud - Not Tonight Santa
28. Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - This Christmas
29. Kekal - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
30. Glasvegas - Fuck You, It's Over
31. Evangelicals - The Last Xmas on Earth

... plus the usual raft of merry hangers-on and inappropriate festive interruptions. HFXmo! -- marco & crew

Download (MP3 plus cover, 139 Mb)

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I know, rush rush rush. Anyway, the URL given in the APA is wrong... because, well, let's just say someone objected to one of the tracks on this. But here's an unedited repost, so D/L these two sections (they are separate parts of the archive so you don't need both... though you do need them):

Part 1 | Part 2