Instant Crunk: All The Local Music News You Can Handle

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It's that time again! We've slogged through Twitter streams and RSS feeds just to bring everyone up to speed on Houston's prolific music scene. So let's get down to the business of getting down, starting with our soundtrack for the week: a 49-minute mix from DJ Sun, performing at The Flat.

If you decide to stay home tonight, you can catch one current and one former Houstonian two former Houstonians on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno when John Evans and Hayes Carll perform a song from Carll's upcoming Lost Highway disc KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories).

We had a lot of news from the Zenhill camp this week. As we previously reported, Roky Moon & BOLT spent Monday recording their new album, American Honey, at SugarHill Studios. Other Zenhill news includes notes on The Ton Tons' current recording efforts, the release of the Honky Tonk Blood soundtrack, and the announcement that singer, songwriter and Sideshow Tramp Craig Kinsey has signed to the label.

Speaking of folks signing to labels, Robert Ellis and New West Records agreed to terms on a record deal as well. Terms were not disclosed, but Ellis did inform us that it's a three-record deal, the first of which will be entitled Photographs, and released sometime this summer.

Our favorite local string quartet, Two Star Symphony, is raising money to record and release the original score they wrote for Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre's Titus Andronicus, and you can help.

There's a lot on the old music calendar this weekend - particularly the behemoth Main Street Block Party taking place at The Continental Club, Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge, The Mink and Natachee's tomorrow. The show runs from 1 p.m.-2 a.m., with around 50 acts present - and advance tickets are a scant $10 - talk about value pricing.

Other shows this weekend:

  • The Pharcyde isn't passing Houston by, rolling through Groundhall tonight with Ozeal and Nosaprise as local support.
  • Z-Ro & Slim Thug are throwing a slightly belated joint birthday party for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., complete with live band, at the Arena Theatre tomorrow.
  • It seems like every rapper in Houston will be active on Saturday, with the One Mic Houston two-year anniversary party going down at Groundhall as well.
  • It feels like high school all over again for Rocks Off, with The Get Up Kids tonight and NOFX tomorrow. The best part of all that, though, is probably Cobra Skulls coming in for support on that NOFX show.
  • Sunday is the H-Town Sneaker Summit, featuring The Cool Kids at Warehouse Live.

We're not certain who else is on the Sneaker Summit show, but there's a nice mixtape of local hip-hop artists that surfaced as an accompaniment to the affair, courtesy of 3Kings Clothing. Grab it and brush up on your local rappers, Houston.

More music that popped up this week:

  • Caddywhompus member Chris Rehm launched a new solo album, Worries, Etc., via his New Orleans-based startup Chinquapin Records. Also available is an album from his friend Dth. Both are free, but folks who donate will score some bonus tracks.
  • The Killafornianz and D-Sin show up rapping over That Purple Bastard's "Divine Mathematics" beat for "The Second Hand."
  • A new but actually old beat from Jett I. Masstyr, called "Instant Crunk."
  • Here's a synth-driven bouncer from Kris Krunk, "H-Town FTW."
  • The Mathletes' Tumblr has been blowing up with all sorts of new content, including this new song, "Chivalry 2000."
  • Fans of Screw music will want to grab this new mixtape from Chop Not Slop, entitled The Homies, Vol. 1. Fans of Fat Tony will want to grab it for the chopped and screwed version of "Put It In The Air."
  • Plus, there's the latest installment of Squincy Jones' Screwed Tuesdays; this one features a Mobb Deep track.
  • Finally, (and finally!), Mark Twistworthy's excellent blog Texas Punk Treasure Chest posted the first Sugar Shack LP, Five Weeks Ahead Of My Time.

Pat Kauchick, blogging for Ice Cream Man, had some nice things to say about that New Year's Eve party at Groundhall with Warpaint, The Tontons and more, including some nice photos from the evening.

Why not get to know HasHBrown a little better? Take a closer look via this interview he did with Day & A Dream.

We mentioned that our city's scene is prolific, correct? Here's some more evidence of that - The Literary Greats' third album has been sent to duplication, and American Fangs promises some new music on Feb. 5.

Preemo is set to release his next album, The Magic Bullet, February 1.

Runaway Sun says they're in the studio as well.

Let's roll some video footage, shall we?

  • First off, former Houstonian and Nashville transplant David Ramirez brings us a video for the song "Wandering Man" from the recording sessions of his new EP, Strange Town.
  • The Nice Guys (above) bring us a video for their new single, "Toast."
  • This video attempts to capture the frantic nature of B L A C K I E during his set at Fitzgerald's on New Year's Eve.
  • The Blaggards have a new fiddle player, Brandi Belle Clarke. Catch here in this video of them performing "Drunken Sailor" at a recent show.
  • Finally, three more videos surfaced from Tyagaraja's ThanksTaking show.

Phew! That's quite enough for now. We'll close out with this Facebook page we stumbled across, Live Local Music In Houston - something that all of our Rocks Off readers should like. In fact, it'd make pretty good sense for all those local artists to start posting to the page as well.

To make sure your news gets into MCM, send your local music news to marc [dot] brubaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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