3 Jun 2013

Guest Mixtape 22: So Tough! So Cute! Mix by Erika Elizabeth of Expressway To Yr Skull

So Tough! So Cute! mixtape drawn by Erika Elizabeth

Expressway To Yr Skull is a college radio show - yes, a real radio show! - on WMUA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We ran into it maybe a year ago while googling some obscure New Zealand Flying Nun songs and it quickly became a must listen in our hunt for new music and classics we've missed.

Erika Elizabeth has hosted the show with the occasional guest since 2008 and plays many a great pop songs your new boyfriend or girlfriend is too stupid to know about. On a typical show you get to hear DIY punk, C86 and jangle pop; girls in the garage and Nuggets mixed up with French ye-ye, noise pop and Flying Nun style indie. And most of it is actually comes from her personal vinyl collection! So cool.

Erika has this great voice (which we may have a bit of a crush on) guiding you through it all with info on labels and releases and we always find something new to play at our clubs. Our favourite find from the last few shows is Joyride! - a great indiepop band from San Francisco. Another thing we like is she plays these, often crazy, Thai, bollywood and other international records in the background which makes a nice contrast.

On every show Erika tends to have a these short 3-5 song bursts of strictly femme fronted bands which, as you can probably guess, is the bit we like the most, so we asked her to put together a mixtape full of girl fronted tunes. It's a really great one so we hope you like it too. And since it's pretty hot today - yay summer! -  we would recommend a nice chilled hoppy IPA to go with this.

You can subscribe and listen to old shows at the Expressway To Yr Skull website and thank you so much Erika for doing this mix for us!

So Tough! So Cute! Mix by Erika Elizabeth of Expressway To Yr Skull
1. Slant 6 - I Love You A Lot
2. Junior Varsity - Bam B-B-Bam Bam Bam!
3. The Pussywillows - Turn Her Down
4. Coasting - Portland
5. World of Pooh - Somewhere Soon
6. The Pandoras - I Want Him
7. Human Switchboard - Shake It Boys
8. Les Calamités - Teach Me How To Shimmy
9. The Amps - Tipp City
10. Look Blue Go Purple - Safety In Crosswords
11. Mydolls - Christmas Day
12. Oh-OK - Playtime
13. Burnt Palms - Just For Me
14. Wilma & the Wilbers - Tiger Beat
15. Tunabunny - Hollywood Unincorporated
16. Golden Starlet - Baby
17. Silver Fox - Capital Kiss
18. Clothilde - Saperlipopette
19. The Primitives - Really Stupid
20. The Beatle-Ettes - Only Seventeen
21. Crooked Bangs - Be Young/Sois Jeune (Et Tais Toi)
22. The Maggots - (Let's Get, Let's Get) Tammy Wynette
23. Elastica - Stutter
24. Mil Mascaras - Stronger
25. Bake Sale - Prom Song
26. Die Sweetles - Die Schule Ist Aus

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Anonymous said...

The Mydolls and Oh OK. Les Calamities. It has been 25 years since these bands were current. Just how old is Erika Elizabeth anyway. I am 45 and have these groups on tapes but I never expected to hear them again.

This is just blowing my mind. Keep up the good works you two.

erika elizabeth said...

For the record, I'm 28 - my head is definitely kind of stuck in the '80s, though.