’s RAINN Benefit Album & Fundraising Campaign Official Launch!’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches this month! Donate $10 (or more) at’s fundraising page to receive your free digital album of for RAINN. This magnificent 25-mp3 album features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, and Clementine von Radics.
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Press Release:’s RAINN Benefit Album (Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly, My Brightest Diamond & more!)

Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly and My Brightest Diamond among artists on’s RAINN benefit album

To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, has partnered with for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. for RAINN features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, My Brightest Diamond, Poe, The Mynabirds, Celtic Punk band Flogging Molly, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Sandman¬†author Neil Gaiman, YouTube sensation Kevin Kantor and Ted Talker Crystal Good among many other talented musicians, poets and visual artists.

Cover Art by Muruch, Image ©Kate Zambrano

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Meursalt: Live in London in November

Scottish band and Song, By Toad favorite, Meursalt, will perform live at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday, November 6th. The band will be accompanied by a full string section called The Pumpkin Seeds. Rob St. John and Withered Hand will also perform. Sounds like a very cool concert to me. Check out the flyer, hear a live version of the new song “Hole” and buy tickets below.

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Mp3 Menagerie: Cold Seeds, The Vaccines, Tim Kasher

Cold Seeds – The Perfume of Mexican Birds (mp3)*

Quiet, pretty folk ballad reminiscent of Kath Bloom‘s work with Loren Mazzacane Connors. Cold Seeds is a one-off collaboration between Meursault‘s Neil Pennycook and Pete Harvey, Kenny Anderson (a.k.a. King Creosote), and Frances Donnelly from Animal Magic Tricks. The album will be released on Song, By Toad Records on September 20th.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of label


The Vaccines – If You Wanna (mp3 removed)

Retro rock-influenced demo by UK band The Vaccines. That’s all the info I was given for now, stay tuned.

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep


You can download the quirky pop song “Cold Love” by former Cursive and The Good Life lead Tim Kasher by entering your email address in the widget above. His debut solo album The Game of Monogamy will be released by Saddle Creek Records on October 5th.

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Meursault: Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues

Meursault are a Scottish band so loved by Song, By Toad that he signed them to his own label for the release of their debut Pissing On Bonfires/Kissing With Tongues. I foolishly dismissed his ravings about the Edinburgh band as yet another “indie-rock” act that I wouldn’t be interested in. It was not until Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good mentioned that Meursault plays banjo and ukulele that I finally downloaded some of their songs. Then I gave myself a good kick.

Meursault – I assume named after the protagonist of The Stranger by Albert Camus – are led by singer-guitarist Neil Pennycook. Chris Bryant and Callum MacLeod provide the aforementioned banjo and ukulele, while Fraser Calder plays cajon (a beatbox also enjoyed by Jacob and Lily).

My opinion of the album, as always, seems contrary to the majority of reviews I’ve read. I’m not too fond of the overtly electronic style of “Salt Part 1”, “A Few Kind Words”, or “Lament For A Teenage Millionaire”.

Yet I adore the refreshingly bizarre blend of electro-rock clang and folk delicacy on songs like the instrumental “Statues of Strangers”, the atmospheric title track, and “Salt Part 2”. “The Furnace” is a particularly stunning backwoods disco, and “A Small Stretch Of Land” as well as the finale “Oh Neighbourhood!” are beautiful simplicities.

Meursault – The Furnace (mp3) *

*>*mp3 hosted on the website of Song, By Toad Records & the links are posted here w/ their permission

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