Welcome to another fabulous edition of Magnolia City Mixtape. Rocks Off doesn't want you to miss even a smidgen of news from Houston's music scene, so we mine the Internet, sifting through Twitter feeds and Facebook profiles and harvesting every piece we can find. So without further adieu, here's what we discovered.
For our soundtrack this week, Mirm brings us a live set from a recent appearance at Avant Garden on December 23. Listen in, or grab it for yourself.
Or perhaps you still need a little Christmas in your life? Well maybe this video of The Last Place You Look performing their take on "Do You Hear What I Hear" will suffice.
Chingo Bling gifted everyone with a Christmas album, as well.
Or, perhaps you need something slightly less Christmassy, but still involving sleigh bells and Santa hats. For you, we present Organ Failure's cover of "Ring My Bell."
Whilst digging through our virtual wonderland, we happened across mlsnp's photos from the much-beloved Texas Tapes N' Records. This includes several shots of folks signing at in-store appearances, such as Twisted Sister and Ratt.
For those of you wondering where to be on New Year's Eve, allow us to offer up a couple of choices:
- Pitchfork approved Groundhall's show, which features a lineup topped by Warpaint, Girl In A Coma, and Ume. Also on the bill are The Ton Tons, and Fat Tony is hosting the entire shindig.
- And of course, there's also Free Press Houston's "New Years Eve Cataclysm" at Fitzgerald's featuring some of Houston's finest talent. Scheduled to appear are Wild Moccasins, Weird Party, Limb, Golden Axe, B L A C K I E, Hamamatsu Tom, and Hex Dispensers, among others.
Kelly Minnis of The Eagle in Bryan-College Station has some nice praise for several of Houston's punk bands, declaring our talent "best in the state."
Omotai has joined the ranks of Facebook, and a visit to their page will reveal this video of the band recording the song "Life In The Hive" at Dead City Sound.
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Fat Tony's got some new stickers. When we get our hands on some, we'll be slapping them everywhere.
Here's another live set, this one a combination improv piece from Jonathan Jindra & Sandy Ewen, live at Binarium Sound Series.
When it comes to party crashing, no one does it quite like YouGenious. We've witnessed this first hand at The Mink, but it happened again at The Caroline Sessions.
More Bandcamp finds from the week:
- HasHBrown's Rap Mayor mixtape, for anyone that's missed it.
- Twenty Eleven presents everyone with Renewable Energy.
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Some more video content for you: The Umbrella Man performing live on The Alternative Scream TV show.
And one last clip: this one of Z-Ro "in his lab."
That's it for this week, folks. We'll see you in 2011, when we'll be working harder than ever to make sure you hear about everything noteworthy - or even just a note - in Houston music.
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