Magnolia City Mixtape: Sign the WestFest Petition, And Other Stuff You Need to Know

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Are you READY for Rocks Off's

Washington Shore

party this Thursday? If not, this video of Jersey Shore's Snooki

interviewing 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 the

Westheimer Street Festival

(or Westfest, if ya nastay). Mayor Annise Parker gushed all about her love for The Montrose in a

documentary that aired recently on HoustonPBS

, and she supposedly verbally committed to

Free 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 reading

Matthew Wettergreen's

blog, well, yer doin' it wrong. Wettergreen, the mastermind behind


, A DIY school for musicians; and

Caroline Collective

, a coworking community, has this week alone published a guide to

Houston's local music press

and a free e-book on

booking 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:


, which dubiously boasts to be Houston's best music source since 2001 (Rocks Off begs to differ); and

Unsigned Houston

, the latter of which recently featured this

video interview


Springfield Riots

, 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 it

in November

) is now available on DVD from


. Oh. Em. Gee. This Hands Up thread about

fake 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's

query 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 has

taken the editorial helm

over at Houstonist, and one of his first projects as Gentle Leader is a series called

Ol' 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


, 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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