Recently I was asked to submit a mixtape – an actual cassette – for a an archive project at the Double Double Land Gallery in Toronto, Canada. I immediately pulled out my box of dusty tapes looking for one I might be able to dub over and send across the pond. In the search among techno rave compilations (go speed racer go!) and numerous personalized mixes, I found an unlabeled mystery cassette and popped it on the deck. It turned out to be a disjointed collection of riot grrrl era songs and interviews including a mid-90s BBC interview with Jo from Huggy Bear, some L7 and a bit of Hole.
Using this as a starting point I pieced together a 90 minute, 90s era, mix of feminist words, music and meta-commentary. If you’re curious to hear it, you’ll have to cross on over that 49th parallel, venture to the gallery, don some headphones and dedicate an hour and a half of your time.
However, in the process of preparing the Double Double Land mix I rediscovered several singles and compilation tracks from often quite short-lived, regionally specific bands. So I’m sharing some of these riffy, bouncy pop-rock songs here as small consolation for any of you who won’t be trekking to Toronto.
Download the 30 minute mix below and check out The Rogers Sisters when they were Ruby Falls, Autoclave’s line-up of D.C. indie stars including Christina Billotte and Mary Timony, Kathleen Hanna before Bikini Kill and the most idolizing track ever penned for V.I. Warshawski…
Helium – American Jean (7″)
Ruby Falls – Let Me Go (Why Do You Think They Call it Pop? 10″)
Autoclave – Dr Seuss (s/t LP)
Rubbermaid – Entrepreneur (7″)
Corndolly – After School Special (7″)
Twig – Airplane (Why Do You Think They Call it Pop? 10″)
Growing up Skipper – V.I. (7″)
Bratmobile – Girl Germs (Kill Rock Stars compilation)
Scrawl – Clock Song (International Pop Underground compilation)
Helter Skillet – The Look Out (Teenbeat 50 compilation)
Heavens to Betsy – The Factory (s/t cassette)