26 Nov 2010

Jonathan Richman, Ronnie Spector and Calvin Johnson taught us everything we need to know about dancing

See you on the So Tough! So Cute! dancefloor at the Drop on Friday!

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21 Nov 2010

Playlist from Too Cute To Puke at Tempo Bar & Kök

"Yeah that was one hell of a playlist! Thanks again for making our shift such a pleasurable experience xxoo"
- dipperjocke.

Have we told you lately how much we enjoy playing at Tempo Bar & Kök? Well we do. A lot. Thanks to the staff and those that joined us last night! So much fun. Here's what we played during the night. All girls except for the Go Sailor track where we had a brain freeze and totally forgot that it's actually Paul singing on that track. Ah well.

Too Cute To Puke playlist

Erasers - Outside Enviroment
Marine Girls - On My Mind
Young Marble Giants - Clicktalk
Motorcycle Boy - Run Run Run
Morbid Opera - Madness

Aislers Set - Walked In Line
Au Pairs - Diet
Alicja-Pop - Walking The Cow
Pens - Love Rules
Yellow Fever - Alice

Best Coast - Boyfriend
The Limiñanas - Je suis une go-go girl
Raincoats - No Ones Little Girl
The History Of Apple Pie - Mallory
Plug - Nonchalant Love

Colleen Green - Dance the Night Away
The Splinters - Mysterious
Adaptors - In The Slot
Crass - Darling
Breeders - Freed Pig

Bad Banana - Word Buzz
Brilliant Colors - English Cities
Vivian Girls - Tell The World
Grass Widow - Shadow
La La Vasquez - Williamsburg

Trash Kit - Cadets
Skinned Teen - Pillowcase Kisser
Super Wild Horses - 89 Cadet
Wetdog - Stumpy Torso
Nixe - Scientist

The Delinquents - Do You Have A Job For A Girl Like Me
Dolly Mixture - My Rainbow Valley
The Monster Women - Running Man
Las Robertas - History Is Done
Lung Leg - Maid To Minx

Seapony - Dreaming
La La Vasquez - Williamsburg
Girls at Our Best - Singles Medley (Peel Session)
Blondie - Love At The Pier
Garbo’s Daughter - Mascara Stains on My Pillowcase

All Girl Summer Fun Band - Later Operator
Lung Leg - Disco Biscuit
Veronica Falls - Right Side Of My Brain
Sweater Girls - Fingers Crossed
Tiger Trap - My Broken Heart

Go Sailor - The Boy Who Sailed Around The World
Besties - Theme Song
Cars Can Be Blue - Fuck Me
Funstix - Funstix Party
Lust-Cats of the Gutters - Judy is a Punk

Les Calamités - Toutes Les Nuits
Occult Chemistry - Water
Penny & The Rims - Madmen
Animals & Men - Mad Bad But Good To Know
Esg - Dance

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Wawa
Scorched Earth Policy - Green Cigar
Explode Into Colors - Paper (Hot Sax Version)
Peepholes - Lair
Magik Markers - Body Rot

Spider And The Webs - Do You Really Wanna
La Sera - Never Come Around
Period Pains - Ex-Boyfriend
Au Pairs - It’s Obvious
Mutating Meltdown - Fantasy

Skinned Teen - Ex-Boyfriend Beat
The Red Krayola - Born In Flames
The Monster Women - Running Man
Micragirls - Whatta Way To Die
The Coathangers - Stop Stomp Stompin’

Suburban Wives Club - Casual Cat At A Laundromat
Emily’s Sassy Lime  - Cola Boy
Huggy Bear - Her Jazz
Shop Assistants - I Don’t Wanna To Be Friends With ou
Melody Dog - Movin’ On Up
Dream Bitches - Me And The Major

Fat Tulips - Rainbow Sky
Bikini Kill - I Like Fucking
Helen Love - Girl About Town
Finally Punk - Six Years Doing Time In A Nightclub
Colleen Green - Green One

Veronica Falls - Beachy Head
Reading Rainbow - Wasting Time
Beat Happening - In Between
Talulah Gosh - Break Your Face
Dum Dum Girls - Brite Futures

Fuzzbox - Love Is The Slug
Vibrarians - Redlight
48 Chairs - Snap It Around
La La Vasquez - Buoy
Honey Bane - Girl On The Run

Frankie Rose And The Outs - Little Brown Haired Girls
Morbid Opera - Private Prostitute
The Slits - Fm - John Peel Bbc Radio 1 Session 1977
Henry’s Dress - Sunshine Proves All Wrongness
The Shining Twins - I Hate You

Makthaverskan - Josef
Mo-Dettes - White Mouse Disco
Parallelograms - 1-2-3 Go!
Minisnap - Innocent
The Blanche Hudson Weekend - Noise And Fury

The Maulies - Rude Limey
Mika Miko - Capricorinations
Allo, Darlin’ - Henry Rollins Don’t Dance
Beat Happening - Bury The Hammer
Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill

Julia Lee - Last Call For Alcohol

Image from Love and Rockets by Los Bros Hernandez

19 Nov 2010

Saturday 20th Nov. Too Cute To Puke #01 - A female fronted So Tough! So Cute! special at Tempo Bar & Kök

So Tough! So Cute! presents a Too Cute To Puke special at Tempo Bar & Kök. Female-fronted Punk, IndiePop, Riot Grrl, Post-Punk, DIY and '60s Surf, Ska and Girl-groups.

Come listen to Bad Banana, Seapony, Slutever, ESG, Mika Miko, Neonates, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Spider And The Webs, Bikini Kill, Explode Into Colors, X Ray Spex, Peepholes, Phyllis Dillon, Vivian Girls, Frumpies, Headcoatees, Period Pains, Shop Assistants, Veronica Falls, Brilliant Colors, Pens, Raincoats, Rosa Yemen, Waitresses, Plug, Le Tigre, Trash Kit, Honey Bane, Melody Dog, Wet Dog, Little Eve, Best Coast, Ut, Au Pairs, Micragirls, Young Marble Giants, Mutating Meltdown, Talulah Gosh, Crystals, Henry's Dress, Aislers Set, Kitty Cat Spy Club, Garbo's Daughter, Tiger Trap, Snowbirds, Morbid Opera, Splinters, La Sera, Sweater Girls, Huggy Bear, Colleen Green, Super Wild Horses, Dolly Mixture, La La Vasquez, Emily's Sassy Lime, Skinned Teen, Maximum Joy, Slits, Strawberry Switchblade, Chin Chin, Kleenex/Liliput and loads more

Too Cute To Puke - A female fronted So Tough! So Cute! special
Tempo Bar & Kök, Malmö Sweden
Saturday 20 November | 22-01 | Free

And to get in the mood we recommend the Girls To The Front book, Jenny Woolworth's Women In Punk, Cease To Exist, Gunilla Mixtapes, TV Dinner podcast and the always great Jigsaw Underground. Also some fines ales and vodka.

15 Nov 2010

Friday 26th Nov. So Tough! So Cute! club night at the Drop in Stoke Newington

And so it begins! The first of our monthly nights in Stoke Newington! We'll be spinning, pogoing and bopping along to heartracing Northern Soul, limp wristed jangly Indie Pop and bedroom DIY, Tamla Motown, late seventies/early eighties pop punk love, sixties Girl Groups and new crushes like Colleen Green, Seapony, Veronica Falls, Spectrals, Nobunny, Hunx & His Punks, La La Vasquez, Best Coast, 'Allo Darlin, Las Robertas, Wavves and Wild Nothing.

Straight outta Gothenburg, Sweden we've invited the manic record collector The Mongonaut, who played an amazing set with us this summer which got the whole Pop Punk Love festival sweatin', bumpin' and grindin' (obviously in a very polite indiepop way). So put on your best pair of brogues or chucks and come dance with us!

DJs: STSC Sound System + Guest DJ: The Mongonaut (Swe)
Friday 26 November
The Drop (downstairs of the Three Crowns Pub)
175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 OLH | Map
11pm-04am | £3 | Facebook Event

11 Nov 2010

Guest Mixtape 07: A So Tough! So Cute! mix by Colleen Green

Art by Colleen Green
Big day for us at the STSC headquarters as we have a mixtape to offer you by the faboulous Colleen Green! We've been eagerly awaiting a proper realease after being run over by on her amazing tracks 4 Loko 2 Kayla, Dance The Night Away and Green One on her myspace which sent us dancing (more like awkwardly shuffling) and looking for an excuse to go over to that Special Person and ask if they wanted to go outside for a smoke and make-out.

Ace label Art Fag Recordings, who have released other So Tough favourites like Las Robertas, Best Coast and Internet Forever, has heard our prayers it seems and will hopefully be releasing an EP sometime soon, and 4 Loko 2 Kayla will be out on a vinyl 7" as well in early 2011. Though you can still buy tapes and the 4 Loko 2 Kayla CD-Rs on the Colleen Green Myspace.

Colleen also has the funny Happy Birfday Jeff blog which features a lot of dope smokin' adventures and being on tour with Girlfriends but our favourite is the Real Shit Daily! tumblr where's she puts up her super cool comics. Here's the mix she made for us with her comments, hope you like it!

A So Tough So Cute Mix By Colleen Green

1. Colleen Green - U And Me
2. Camper Van Beethoven - Eye Of Fatima (Pt. 1)
3. Blink-182 - Strings
4. Bugs And Rats - Summertime
5. Descendents - GCF
6. Devo - It's Not Right
7. Pixies - La La Love You
8. King Tubby - King Tubby's Conversation Dub
9. The Splinters - Dark Shades
10. Teen Idols - Insanity Plea
11. Raveonettes - Attack Of The Ghost Riders
12. Fastbacks - I Found The Star
13. Drexel - Lazy
14. Sublime - Steppin' Razor
15. Superdrag - Sugar
16. Damone - Your Girlfriends
17. The Lot Six - Die Polize
18. Scared Of Chaka - Why Are You Weird?
19. Off With Their Heads - Hard To Admit
20. The Big Big Bucks - Arsenal Compliments Wardrobe
21. The English Beat - Pato And Roger A Go Talk


Alternative download

Here is a mix I made.  I wasn't trying to show off or anything, I just put a bunch of songs by bands I really, really like.  I also repped my home state of Massachusetts pretty hard.  I am an ass though for not putting any Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., or Sebadoh. Oh well. Hope you all enjoy this poppy shit.

U + ME - Colleen Green
A brand new song by Yours Truly.

Eye of Fatima - Camper Van Beethoven
This song rules. I first heard it on Sublime's acoustic album. Bradley Nowell had excellent taste in music.

Strings - Blink 18
An old classic by one of my favorite bands of all time.

Summertime - Bugs And Rats
My favorite current Boston band. My old band used to play with them all the time and we shared a practice room too.  So heavy, so druggy, they have been a huge influence on me for years.

GCF - Descendents
All I want is some good clean fun! Well, that's not true.

It's Not Right - Devo
"I sit around in a trance all day and think about you all the time..."

La La Love You - Pixies
I often find myself wishing that I could write songs as simultaneously poppy and weird as The Pixies. I read the ad that Frank Black posted in the Phoenix in the 80s looking for a female band mate one time.  It was pretty cool.

King Tubby's Conversation Dub - King Tubby
No song that has ever appeared on a Trojan Records compilation has ever been bad.

Dark Shades - Splinters
The Splinters are an awesome all girl band from Oakland, CA. Their new album "Kick" is really good and this is one of my favorite songs from it.

Insanity Plea - Teen Idols
Classic tale of "I'm gonna kill myself if you break up with me." "...And if that doesn't work I'm going to kill you."

Attack Of The Ghost Riders - Raveonettes
I first found out about the Raveonettes from MTV, can you believe it???? I saw this video on a special thing they were doing about "indie" bands.  I've loved them ever since.  Me, Kayla, and Nate went to see them one time at The Paradise in Boston, and it was really awesome.  I was super high, which ruled and all, but I wished I had been on something slightly more psychedelic.

I Found The Star - Fastbacks
The Fastbacks are one of my FAVORITE bands ever. I've never heard a song by them I didn't like, except maybe that Bee Gees cover.

Lazy - Drexel
This Boston band was a huge part of my life from the ages of 14-22 maybe? Me and all my friends loved them and used to go see them all the time at various VFWs, KofCs, Elks Lodges, high school football fields, and various clubs in the Boston area.  Eventually me and my friend Jenna ended up working for their record company, a tiny independent label run out of Allston, MA called Fork in Hand Records.  But seriously, I've loved all their music for years and I met a lot of my best friends through going to Drexel shows and hanging out in that scene.

Steppin Razor - Sublime
I was obsessed, literally obsessed, with Sublime from 6th-10th grade.  They were the first "rock n roll" band I got into, and through their music I learned about a lot of other bands that became pretty important to me.  This song is off "Robbin' the Hood" which doesn't sound amazing but a lot Sublime's best songs are on here.  I've always loved their experimental/improvisational nature and their DIY /fuck you attitude.  Plus, they smoke mad weed.

Sugar - Superdrag
Superdrag is one of my favorite bands from the 90s. "Regretfully Yours" left a huge impression on me when I first heard it. I wish I could make songs that sound exactly like them. I like this song because it's about drugs and love.

Your Girlfriends - Damone
When this song was recorded and originally released, this Boston band was still known as Noelle (after their 15 year old singer, Noelle). I love this song! The original guitarist, Dave Pino, was a founding member of another one of my favorite Boston bands Superglue, then went on to form Waltham, and now allegedly plays guitar in Powerman 5000.

Die Polize - The Lot Six
This is a rowdy jam from another of my favorite Boston bands of all time, The Lot Six.  They were a great rock n roll band and their shows were always super fun.

Hard To Admit - Off With Their Heads
I still think about him every day, I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Arsenal Compliments Wardrobe - Big Big Bucks
My buddies!!! I love The Big Big Bucks! I've played a million shows with them and we went on tour together one time too.  We smoke all the weed together and they call me "sis".  All four members are pretty amazing musicians, and they are currently playing some of the most fucked up pop music in Boston.

Pato And Roger A Go Talk - The English Beat
I really like "Rotating Head" a lot better, but I recently put that on a mix I made for someone else, and I wanted to mix it up a bit.  This song rules too though.  I'm obsessed with British Reggae.


1 Nov 2010

DJ-set on Nov 5th. at Klubb Indigo at Blekingska Nationen in Lund

Hey all, we're happy to announce that we're playing records at Klubb Indigo in Lund this Friday. It's at Blekingska Nationen - holy indiepop ground here in southern Sweden to say the least. We've had tons of fun here in the past, like on the night with the Tough Alliance madness - top 10 shows ever! -  and are happy to have been invited again. Please come down and have a fun night with us. We'll be playing our specially roasted blend of Indiepop, sixties Soul, Pop and Girl-group and tons of other stuff to keep your feet stomping.

This is a student nation so you'll need student ID to be able to get in. The rules for non-Lund students kinda go over our heads  - hey' we're record geeks, we're too busy remembering catalogue numbers - so we asked our friends Copy & Paste to explain it all:
För att komma in krävs nationsmedlemskap. Är man studerande på annat universitet eller högskola så går det bra att köpa gästleg för 50 spänn, senast samma eftermiddag som klubben kör (det är vårt quratel som har rätt att utfärda gästleg, men det går att boka gästleg på distans, om man mejlar bild på giltigt fotoleg och studentleg.)
See you there!

Klubb Indigo
Blekingska Nationen, Måsvägen 11, Lund, Sweden
Friday Nov 5th | 22-02 | 18 with Student ID
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