Magnolia City Mixtape: Roky Erickson, Houston Symphony, BandCamp, Solange, The Vatican, Watermarks, Featherface, Lots More
Roky Erickson and Will Sheff of Okkervil River at Toy Joy, Austin TX from Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River on Vimeo . Roky Erickson plays tomorrow night at the Continental Club for the second time in about six months . The Texas Psychedelic Rock blog posted a video last week of Erickson and Okkervil River at Toy Joy in Austin, along with a track listing of Erickson's new album, but for some reason the post's been taken down. But! Through the magic of Google you can view the cache right here , and the video above. Yesterday Pitchfork also posted a link and download of one of the songs off the album, "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" . MCM has been all about the Houston Symphony lately. CultureMap has the deets on the Symphony's young new CEO , who takes the helm in May.
With all this talk about music writers needing to make more of an effort to seek out local bands, we know where we'll be Saturday afternoon: the second Festival at Mink, featuring The Sour Notes (Austin), The Manichean, Dune, TX, Giant Battle Monster, White Rhino (Austin), Covington, Alkari, Gretchen Schmaltz, The Dry Season and more. At $10, that's about a dollar a band. BTW, BandCampus is happening again this Sunday, and the topic is "How to prepare for SXSW," whether you're playing, just attending, or hoping to promote yourself in some way. Industry professionals in the fields of PR, marketing, web design and copywriting will be on hand to work one-on-one with bands to get this done. BandCampus is free, from 2-4 p.m. February 28 at Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline. Our friends at 29-95 have compiled an extensive list of SXSW-billed bands that are also stopping in Houston. All the music, none of the annoying Yankee Pitchforkian crowds. We're going to see our favorite Jewish cowboy tonight at the Mucky Duck. We used to read Texas Monthly solely for Kinky's back-page column, but now we read it for things like this: a comprehensive history of garage rock in Texas. Also, we have a small crush on MIchael Hall. If you don't have tix for the Kinkster or Henry Rollins tonight, you can get in the Irish mood with a performance of pipes, drums and Highland dancing by Band of the Irish Guards, presented by Houston Society for the Performing Arts at Jones Hall. The show is part of their Family Fun series, though tickets start at $22, which is kind of expensive for the average family of four. Sunday, if you need a break after Saturday's Festival at the Mink, head to Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Art's River Oaks home which serves as a showpiece for fine European decorative arts. Ars Lyrica will be presenting an afternoon concert of Les Plaisirs de Versailles, a short chamber opera written by French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the private entertainment of King Louis XIV at his eponymous palace. The opera features five characters who represent the royal pastimes of music, conversation, gambling, feasting and pleasure. Wine and treats will be served at a reception after the show, which means Rienzi will let you eat cake. Tickets are a steal at $20.
Billboard reports that Beyoncé was the RIAA's biggest earner of gold and platinum certifications for albums, videos, digital singles and ringtones with 64 total for 2000-2009. Glad they threw ringtones in there, she might not have made the cut otherwise. Beyoncé's sister Solange often plays second fiddle, but MCM kind of loves her for this recent live collaboration with the Dirty Projectors .
Nonalignment Pact pontificates on some early '90s memories of long-dead Washington Avenue music venue The Vatican . Do MCM readers have memories of The Vatican? Share them in the comments. Dull Knife Records has created an MP3 sampler of some of the bands on the label, including Hearts of Animals and Balaclavas . Download it here
Houston blogger Too Bored conducted a video interview with Jay Reatard right after his December show at Walter's, in what may have been his last video interview ever. Reatard died last month of a drug overdose at the age of 29, just after wrapping up his tour. Devin the Dude's got a radio show on Kaos Radio in Austin. Listen online 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays. If you listen to MIX 96.5 , you might be happy to know that Maria Todd is back on the radio in Houston. She joins Brad Booker for the Mix's morning show. Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers have a new album out in April called Wrong is What I Do Best . You can order it in advance via Paypal on her Web site . Apparently there is a thrash revival going on in the 'burbs of Houston. Can you wail on the ax that hath but four strings? Southern Backtones are apparently in need of a new bassist .
Guerilla Foco Clan has a new video. It cost exactly $0 to make. The Watermarks' "Fast Song" is going to be featured on the soundtrack for a new indie film by director Angelo Bell. Characters in the film will also be wearing Watermarks T-shirts. Pretty good advertising. Featherface have released their first EP, which you can listen to and download online for free . Mike Watts, founder of Swisha House , recently complained to KHOU that illegal downloading was bleeding his label dry . MCM doesn't buy it, mainly because Watts cites Kazaa as a prime offender. We don't know anyone who's used that service in the last five years. Someone has made a documentary about legendary Montrose folk venue Anderson Fair . Watch the trailer online. The film features Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Vince Bell and others.
Finally, ask and you shall receive. Last week we asked for reviews of our friend and colleague Jef with one F's book The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact that You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned in the Black Math Experiment . Houston Calling came through , and also posted this funny video of Jef reading a chapter. It's the perfect prelude to Henry Rollins , who'll be performing his own spoken word tonight at House of Blues . Attention local musicians, music bloggers and music organizations: have something that should be included in Magnolia City Mixtape? Leave a comment below or email brittanieshey (at) gmail (dot) com.
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