Magnolia City Mixtape: The Cost Of SXSW, Mourning Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, New Wild Moccasins Album, Dan Aykroyd At The Art Car Parade, Etc.

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Broken Record,

an interesting breakdown of

what it costs even a well-known band

to play SXSW. And here's a


. Here's a plethora of remembrances for Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, who committed suicide over the weekend.

Nonalignment Pact

writes about

seeing the bandat Rudyards in 1999


Andrew Dansby

of 29-95 writes about his

favorite Sparklehorse album

. And Gilbert Alfaro of

Spain Colored Orange

sent MCM a note this morning:

"Mark Linkous was one of my favorite song writers.... I had a hard time sleeping so I covered, 'It's A Wonderful Life.'"

Gilbert Alfaro, "It's a Wonderful Life"

Houston Calling continues its previews of South-by-bound Houston bands with Ceeplus Bad Knives and Hayes Carll. Jacob Calle also blogs about SXSW: The Drums, the band he's most excited about seeing, and some SXSW advice for n00bs. The Wild Moccasins' new album is going to be called Skin Collision Past. Cody Swann tells us the band will be leaving for tour starting April 1 with a show at Walter's and return May 21 for the record-release party. Look for some new tracks online soon. Also now on tour, Roky Moon & BOLT. Marc Brubaker at Houstonist introduces you to them and shares some songs. Side note to MCM's friends in Oklahoma - GO SEE THIS BAND. They'll be there March 18 before wrapping their tour up at SXSW.

Free Press Houston

also implores you to see

Best Fwends

, of Ft. Worth,

at Mango's Friday

. The



Action Town Records

have a new blog,

Blank Labels

, featuring "photos of records and record culture, focusing on blank-label reggae 45s, Northern Soul and interesting ephemera." It's very sexy. You can even submit your own images and stories. Just in time for warmer climes, 

Miller Outdoor Theatre

has installed a brand-new sound system and will be kicking its Saturday with local British Invasion-ites

The Fab Five

. The show is free and very informal - the concession stand won't even be open, so BYOB. Starts at 7 p.m. Saxophonist

Matana Roberts

, who was here to perform thanks to Nameless Sound,

admits to falling in love with Houston

in spite of herself, though she gets a few details wrong - like the fact that Kennedy assassination was in Dallas, not Houston.

Blues Brother/funny Canadian

Dan Aykroyd

will be the Grand Marshal of the 2010 Art Car Parade,

reports Culturemap

. Is this the tradeoff we get for $8 Lone Stars at House of Blues? If so, MCM's totally down!

Texas Psychedelic Rock

has an interview with podcaster (and Texas music lover)

Mal Thursday

. Existentialist unsigned rockers

Reckless Endeavor

have posted

some new songs on their Myspace

and are in the studio these days. After 10 years of playing together, they're working on their first EP, due out this summer. This is pretty cool. Every issue ever of

Spin Magazine

is now available on

Google Books


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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