Dear Santa: Christmas Wishes For Houston's Music Scene

Rocks Off has been a very, very good boy this year.
Rocks Off has been a very, very good boy this year.

Editor's Pick: Dear Santa, I would like everyone involved with music in Houston - the musicians, the press, clubowners, promoters, fans, etc. - to take themselves a little less seriously next year. I know music is some people's whole lives, and that some people are even lucky enough to make a living at it, but in general I think everyone in the scene just needs to relax. Rocks Off had to report on way too many petty feuds this year, and a few things that went a little beyond petty; we may have even started a couple of them. Above all else; music is supposed to be fun, so let's all try to remember that next year.

Marc Brubaker: Aside from shamelessly self-involved desires - a release from my band, and for my Houston music archival site to become populated with an abundance of information - I'd really like to see some proper releases from a litany of bands in this town. Some of them are new, and some of them have just never put out an album, EP, 7", even a damn cassette, for hipster-god's sake.

What's on this list? Weird Party, Frank Freeman, Finnegan, The Busy Kids, Ancient Cat Society, Josiah Gabriel, Brandon West & the Black Hats, and a whole heap more. So let's get to it, Houston. Get in the studio or bust out that four-track and put out some music, already.

John Seaborn Gray: Dear Santa,

There are a great deal of things that would help the Houston music scene out a lot, but if I had to choose just one thing, it would be parking. Parking, Santa, is important, and not just any parking: Free parking. It being 2010, many of us have gotten out of the habit of carrying cash, and with good reason: Cash spends much too quickly, and in these difficult financial times, it quite literally pays to mitigate your spending any way you can.

Yes, Santa, if you could deliver some good free parking onto the city of Houston, you could end the iron-fist reigns of obnoxious mandatory valets, the long walks in inhospitable weather, the glut of tickets left on windshields, and most important of all, the cocky, devil-may-care attitudes of Houston tow truck drivers, particularly along Washington Avenue.

Oh, to see the smug expressions slip from their bloated, pox-ridden fucking faces for even half a second... it would truly be Christmas all year 'round. I've been a good boy this year and haven't attacked or mauled half of the people I've wanted to, so I hope you'll see your way to give me what I respectfully request.

Your buddy,


p.s.: Are you Jesus? Or like, one of his angels or something? I've never really been clear on that.


Dear Santa: Christmas Wishes For Houston's Music Scene
Marc Brubaker

Craig Hlavaty: More train wrecks please, Mr. Claus! The thrill of seeing Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots have a drunken breakdown and try to climb the stage backdrop like a kitty-cat was worth the 30-mile drive and hours up at night writing back in September; plus Rocks Off was quoted in a few major music blogs, which was pretty cool.

Aerosmith almost killed each other onstage a month earlier, and who can forget Mariah Carey almost getting dropped on her ass by a male back-up dancer back in February?

Jef With One F: Yo Fat Guy,

Dear Santa: Christmas Wishes For Houston's Music Scene

This is Jef, and while I have not been very good this year, I have been loads better than last year. That counts for something, right? Anyway, what I'd really like for Christmas for the Houston music scene is a new, over-the-top goth act like Wikipedia says they have in Germany (right). Something with blasphemy at every turn, a cello for no damned reason, maybe reading Poe or Lovecraft during instrumental breaks?

I would like them to use a blood fountain. I would like there to be three-quarter naked pale girls who look like they're using heavy mascara to cover up the fact that they are shooting heroin directly into their eyeballs. I do not want glowsticks. Glowsticks are the AIDS of cool. I'd like to see a human sacrifice.

Hope you are well. The usual bribe will be left on a table near the tree. I suggest eating the brownies on the way home lest you become too "relaxed" to continue your rounds.

Matthew Keever: Commitment from H-Town music fans that we are not going to play second fiddle to Austin anymore. The emphasis here is on the fans, because Rocks Off spends a lot of time at concerts (obviously), and we're tired of our hometown heroes being considered second rate, because they're not. Come out more, discover new artists and realize that our music scene is alive and well. We'll see you there in 2011.

Shea Serrano: You know, there's not much that I can really ask for; regarding rap, this year was pretty much spot-on in Houston. I suppose if I were being greedy I'd ask that one or two of the guys from the New Houston collective get some significant national recognition. There are some sirs out there making some really good, really compelling music. Oh, you know what, scratch that. My one Christmas wish for 2011: For Lil' Flip to cut off the braids. It's like the top of his head is stuck in 2002 or something.

Brittanie Shey: "More restaurants that are open later. We're getting Mai's back, and hopefully they'll have the same hours as before the fire, and there are a few decent 24-hour places to go to after the shows let out -- Spanish Flowers, Biba's, BB's is open late. But there aren't nearly enough, or enough of a diversity. Man can not live on Taco Cabana alone."

William Michael Smith: The city to get behind more historical markers related to music, particularly blues. There's a rich legacy here, let's own and promote it.

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