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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Get High on Motor City: Here's Detroit Rock 'N' Roll and the Fat Buds To Go with It

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:34 PM

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Hear this while high: Part 2 of Julian Cope's excessive and entirely essential Detroit rock sampler. (Click for free download.)

Behind the buzz: This second massive installment of vintage Motor City psychosis provides the Yang-like get-down-everybody's-gonna-leave-their-seat to last week's tumult. The onetime frontman for The Teardrop Explodes, himself no mean expert at designer skronk, generously appends a lengthy gonzo history lesson that attempts to distill What It All Means.

Today's dope: The last fat bud of Jellybean left in the bottle. Far from imparting the smooth and mellow buzz you see in Cheech & Chong movies, these reactor-grade heavy meds pleasantly agitate the senses. Why this state of mind is preferable will become obvious.

The opening lurch: One toke of this shit puts you over a lot of lines, so the nasty opening blast of the Stooges' "Down on the Street" is as exhilarating as Savage Grace's take on "All Along the Watchtower" is irritating. One imagines the scads of Midwestern proto-punk snotnoses who slapped down ninety-nine cents for this limp calliope down at Bad Karma Records & Tapes, only to swear a vow to do better than this shit.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Julian Cope's Massive Detroit Rock Sampler -- and the Weed to Go with It

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Julian Cope: rock archivist extraordinaire, weird dude.
  • Julian Cope: rock archivist extraordinaire, weird dude.

Listen to this while high: Detroit Rock Sampler Part 1, by Julian Cope, courtesy of Head Heritage.

Behind the buzz: The blogged musings of onetime rockstars aren't normally considered any "public service," but there's little normal about Julian Cope. A leading exponent of druggy ya-ya as historian and notable post-punk musician, Cope did us all a favor by compiling this massive sub-genre primer as two Brobdingnagian MP3s. For any nosering imp curious about the '60s and '70s glory days of Detroit-made heartland rock, this is it -- the original get-up-everybody's-gonna-move-their-feet that forever bent the frame of American music. Though the physical Motor City is now dying a slo-mo Pompeian death, this monstrous subset of classic rock shows every sign of living on as a rebuke to what we've settled for, if nothing else.

Today's weed: Operations like this need a 420 preparation with range and striking power -- in other words, a bed of Baby Jesus hybrid indica with a sprinkle of fluffy Afghan hash.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to Listen to Pink Floyd While Getting High (Hint: Don't Bother with 'Dark Side of the Moon')

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 1:23 PM

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Hear this while high: Pink Floyd's Meddle.

Why?: Pink Floyd is the canonical druggie rock band, and most beginning stoners need a little basic out-of-body orientation. That Floyd's early music is the platinum kush standard for progressive rock is doubted only by those farther along on this THC-sodden quest than you, grasshopper. Novices should approach this artifact with a hippie-meditative frame of mind.

Stupid stoner tricks: Many beginners wanting this kind of classic-rock stoner experience will opt for the obvious: do a coupla deep contemplative bong rips, cue the opening salvo of Dark Side of the Moon, and attempt a generic brainmelt. At best, this approach yields results similar to the legendary society matron exclaiming during Hamlet, "This play is full of quotations!" By the pealing bells of "Time," you're wondering if this was such a good idea after all. "The Great Gig in the Sky" only intensifies such queasy feelings of mortality. This will drive most novices straight to the Bob Marley station on Pandora.

The higher inquiry: The newbie psychonaut is far better off with Relics - Floyd's pre-Dark Side comp -- which contains some of Syd Barrett's choicest giggles. Long-textured album tracks like "Interstellar Overdrive" are good for cultivating one's thousand-yard-stare through solid objects. Veteran dopers also like to consult A Saucerful of Secrets and Obscured by Clouds for similar effects, but 1971's Meddle, with its varied palette and whimsical mood shifts, is the preferred album for casual stoning.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Listen To This While High: Acid-House Forefather 'Raga Bhairav,' by Charanjit Singh

Posted By on Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

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Hear this while high: "Raga Bhairav" by Charanjit Singh.

Behind the buzz: This sliver off a 1982 EMI-India album Synthesizing - Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat was hailed earlier this year as the accidental invention of acid house, some months shy and several thousand miles away from its accepted provenance in mid-decade Chicago. One hesitates to grant full faith and credit -- rock crits have been Trevor-Ropered into repeating some crazyass shit ere this -- but it seems that in the thunderous dawn of the Reagan Age, Bollywood session man Singh sired a decade's worth of electro-oontz through this double handful of traditional Indian ragas into a double LP's worth of proggy, synth-heavy disco. First crate-dug late in the Dubya Era and touted as "antique futurism" by Pitchfork, the album itself was reissued on Bombay Connection; I heard this very track in the sonic welter of Burning Man 2010. Singh's music sounded gloriously contemporary and entirely appropriate. This is one of the best slabs of blogged music of the past year, and comparable to finding Hello Kitty in a 1938 Hoot Gibson western.

Today's weed: A doughty and aromatic sativa called "Green Crack."

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Listen To This While High: 'Clear Spot' By Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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Hear this while high: "Clear Spot," by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.

Behind the buzz: Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the rock blogosphere's reaction to last week's passing of the great Don Van Vliet is all that genuine grief is on behalf of an artist who hasn't made an album in twenty-eight years. Indeed, Ice Cream for Crow, beloved as his 1982 swan-croak is now, was greeted upon release the blank incomprehension customarily accorded the rest of his catalog. Music fans of the Seventies and Eighties -- as inured to radio-borne weirdness as Devo and Dr. Demento could make them -- shied away from the Captain's singular recordings, but the influence of albums like Trout Mask Replica and Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) on later indie rock is undeniable. "Zig Zag Wanderer" and "Candle Mambo" might sound startlingly contemporary today, but "Clear Spot" (title joint off his 1972 album) is just plain startling. Built on a swamp-snaky guitar line slightly reminiscent of CCR's "Born on the Bayou," the song deploys similar sweathog Dixie poetics to choppy, comic effect, with the late Captain bellowing "Vegetations hot/Sleepin' in a bayou on a old rotten cot" with unhinged conviction. The LP originally came out in America in a clear plastic sleeve, which is admittedly a long way for Reprise to go for the sake of a Joycean pun.

Today's weed: Fire O.G., a heavyweight indica strain popular in Los Angeles, where I spent most of last weekend.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Listen To This While High: 'Chimacum Rain' by Linda Perhacs

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

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Listen to this while high: "Chimacum Rain" by Linda Perhacs.

Behind the buzz: What with her 1970 soft-psychedelic masterpiece Parallelograms about to see yet another reissue -- this time by Mexican Summer in a glorious gatefold LP edition -- the music of Linda Perhacs looks to be a permanent, if belatedly adopted, part of California's pop culture. A Topanga Canyon folkie adrift in hyper-melodic L.A., Perhacs fell in with film composer Leonard Rosenman, later to win Oscars for Barry Lyndon and Bound for Glory. The resulting album, so far from crumbling into instant obscurity as some fans suggest, was bought and cherished in sufficient numbers to make rediscovery by cratediggers historically inevitable. I interviewed Ms. Perhacs myself some time ago and found her among the sweetest, least ambitious, most durably hopeful of humans -- and so different from the general run of L.A. musicians as to give the impression of being a visitor from a far-distant planet, where humanity has its shit together.

Today's dope: A curiously monikered little hybrid called Af-Wreck, a widely available cross between Afgooey and Trainwreck. The morning after Richard Holbrooke's death, it seems an appropriate way to remember what he left us.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Helpful Advice from Wiz Khalifa on How To Roll a Clutch Joint -- While in a Hot Tub

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Perhaps we've been remiss in regularly endorsing songs to listen to while high without giving you the technical wherewithal to get high. (As for the material wherewithal, well, if you don't know how to secure the requisite chemicals you probably shouldn't live in San Francisco.)

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hear This While High: 'Hollow Futures,' By Gary War

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Like a little Super Silver Haze with your Gary War? - STRAINREVIEW.COM
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Like a little Super Silver Haze with your Gary War?
Listen to this while high: "Hollow Futures" by Gary War, off 14tracks.com's Sacred Bones imprint.

Behind the buzz: New Yorker Gary War is a sometime Ariel Pink collaborator whose new LP bears the self-explanatory title Reality Protest. Reckoned by the NME as one more "Stateside analogue acolyte" -- as if his exact like grows on every passing pine or jacaranda out here in the periwig colonies -- he sounds to my ears more like some magically displaced B-movie composer from the early 1980s. He displays a nice sense of the retro lysergic, especially on joints like his heroically overproduced cover of Alan Parsons Project's FM classic "Eye in the Sky," which sounds like what you'd expect to hear on an elevator ride to Mars: half Enoch Light and 50 percent Bruce Haack that severs your brain hemispheres entirely. His previous albums and EPs regularly draw the kind of reviews that make you think the critic has already slid off the drop-edge of coherence.

Today's weed: Super Silver Haze, a giddy sativa revered among the more energetic sort of teaheads. This strain is also good for watching old comedy films like The Lavender Hill Mob and laughing your ass off.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Hear This While High: The Walkmen's Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Holiday Road'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:20 AM

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Listen to this while high: "Holiday Road" by The Walkmen. Posted first as a video at the Onion's A.V. Club. Listen to it (and download it) here.

Behind the buzz: There's no need for recourse to the dread iconography of Fleetwood Mac to account for the nervous new wave charm of the Lindsey Buckingham original. Nor are there ironies worth pondering in lyrics like "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick/Take a ride on the west coast kick," and those are almost all of them anyway. That it's pointless as well to separate this tune from its context of the Griswolds' serial disasters in the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation is cutely conceded by releasing this rockabilly-inflected cover at the start of holiday season at the end of an epically fucked-up year. This stratagem avoids any hint of debate like the one on how badly The Lemonheads' unfortunate cover of "Mrs. Robinson" sucked back in 1992. It's likely worth noting in the sociological aside department that there were about as many dysfunctional family movies back in the '80s as there were ones about guys going on missions and blowing shit up. And to think there are those who still argue Hollywood is disconnected from everyday American reality.

Today's weed: Romulan, a sportive little strain lending itself to fits of giggles and dancing, which is a handsome tribute to how well it works for lower back pain.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Day Treat: The Morning Benders' Excuses (The Golden Filter Remix)'

Posted By on Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM

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Hear this while high: The Morning Benders' "Excuses (The Golden Filter Remix)" courtesy of Gorilla vs. Bear.

Behind the buzz: Berkeleyites transplanted to the no-neck wilds of Brooklyn, The Morning Benders scored in '08 with an impressive debut full-length Talking Through Tin Cans, went on to tour with the flashpan likes of Ra Ra Riot and Death Cab for Cutie, and lent this very tune (the original version) to an ad for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Among these emoluments of indie-rock stardom, they can now add having this highlight off the February album Big Echo album given a cosmos-huffing makeover by none other than NYC electronic duo The Golden Filter.

Today's weed: A limburger-rank chunk of Fire OG.

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