Magnolia City Mixtape: Sign the WestFest Petition, And Other Stuff You Need to Know
Are you READY for Rocks Off'sWashington Shore
party this Thursday? If not, this video of Jersey Shore's Snookiinterviewing Phoenix on MTV
will melt your brain. If you read even one Houston-based music Web site, you probably already know that a petition is circulating to show support for the closure of Westheimer as a way to bring back theWestheimer Street Festival
(or Westfest, if ya nastay). Mayor Annise Parker gushed all about her love for The Montrose in adocumentary that aired recently on HoustonPBS
, and she supposedly verbally committed toFree Press Houston
's Omar Afra to help bring Westfest back to Houston, so go sign the petition and put the ball in her court. If you live in Houston and you are in a band (or you want to be), and you aren't yet readingMatthew Wettergreen's
blog, well, yer doin' it wrong. Wettergreen, the mastermind behindBandcamp
, A DIY school for musicians; andCaroline Collective
, a coworking community, has this week alone published a guide toHouston's local music press
and a free e-book onbooking your band at Texas venues
. And we're not just saying that 'cuz he said nice stuff about us.
Speaking of music blogs, two new ones were brought to MCM's attention this week - at least, two we didn't know about before:HoustonMusicReview.com
, which dubiously boasts to be Houston's best music source since 2001 (Rocks Off begs to differ); andUnsigned Houston
, the latter of which recently featured thisvideo interview
, who have kind words about the Houston music scene. And speaking of video,Electric Purgatory
, the independent film about black rock musicians by Houstonian Raymond Gayle (Rocks Off wrote about itin November
) is now available on DVD fromMicrocinema
. Oh. Em. Gee. This Hands Up thread aboutfake Houston band names with historical significance is HILARIOUS pre-humpday reading.
Makes MCM giddy for the cleverness of Houston's music community. The post was inspired by Rocks Off contributor Jef with One F'squery for real bands whose names are based on historical events
(see the afore-mentioned Springfield Riots). Anyone want to start The Avondale Hustlers with us? Friend of MCM™ Marc Brubaker hastaken the editorial helm
over at Houstonist, and one of his first projects as Gentle Leader is a series calledOl' Houstonian's Music Emporium
, an "attempt to expose local music of which we either weren't aware or hadn't listened to yet, accompanied by a few remarks about said artist." MCM thinks it's awesome.
Garage-punk aficionado Mal Thursday has posted a new podcast called "Texas Tyme Machine," featuring music from John Wayne to The 13th Floor Elevators to The Ugly Beats. Download it here, and subscribe to the podcast while you're at it.
Where will you be Saturday night? MCM is going to be at the Balaclavas CD release party at the Mink. However, saxaphonist Matana Roberts' performance for Nameless Sound that same night seems like a good Valentine's date. Formspring is this trendy new Web site where you can ask a person any question you want them to answer. No, MCM doesn't get it either. But it is our duty to tell you that Hollywood FLOSS has an account there. So does someone else we know. Yay! B L A C K I E's going on tour! Kickoff starts March 4 at 1816 Calumet. What is it with local bands naming their CDs after upcoming years? You can download an mp3 from The Rozz Zamorano Group's new album, 2012, at JazzTimes Magazine. Hater Magazine links to H.I.S.D's new song, "Lando", which was Turning the Screw's Single of the Week.
And finally, in celebration of the Saints' Super Bowl win, Chingo Bling is offereing free downloads of his musical query, "Who Dat?" 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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