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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watch Barney The Dinosaur Rap "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:46 AM

In addition to rapping, Barney can also do magic tricks - (AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH)
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  • In addition to rapping, Barney can also do magic tricks

All hail the internet and the amazing things people share on it. Like, for instance, this mash-up video featuring spliced scenes of Barney the purple dinosaur singing to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa." And since the No. 6 Hot 100 hit from 1994 was not a solo effort, Barney's sidekick, BJ, sings Diddy's parts. 

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Premiere: Plunge Into Al Lover's Trippy New Beat Album Zodiak Versions

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 7:01 AM

Alex Gundlach, aka Al Lover. - CREDIT: JULIA DEANDA
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  • Alex Gundlach, aka Al Lover.


For the last six years, Al Lover has lived in the Inner Richmond, working days at Rooky Ricardo's Records in Lower Haight and dropping psychedelic, lyric-less albums in his free time. But that happy paradigm is soon to be broken. A week from now, Lover, whose real name is Alex Gundlach, will become the latest beatmaker to leave Fog City for other horizons (in his case, Austin, Texas).

"There's an artist/musician mass exodus [from San Francisco] right now," said Lover, who produces all of his albums from his home studio. "I love this town, but I don't feel like it moves me like it once did. I'm not bitter, just anxious for something fresh."

To commemorate his departure, Lover will be DJ-ing one last show at Underground SF on Dec. 5. He's also released his latest project, a 12-track beat tape called Zodiak Versions (premiered below) that is heavily influenced by German Krautrock from the '70s and Jamaican dub reggae. Like his other works, the album lacks vocals and is entirely instrumental. It's heady and atmospheric, with a lot of synths and percussion, repetition and distortion. The tracks range widely, with some songs sounding like a post-apocalyptic train station during rush hour ("Kling Klang Soundclash") and others, like "Studio Einer Dub," that sound more like the climax of an opulent, cocktail party aboard a yacht on the Mediterranean. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Five Musicians We Saw at Hippie Hill on 4/20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM

4/20 is Bay Area, born-and-bred. According to High Times, It began with high school stoners in San Rafael — the Waldos — who would meet at 4:20 p.m. everyday after school to search for an elusive pot field in Pt. Reyes. They never found it, but 4/20 became a national phenomena, and here in San Francisco, April 20 may as well be an official holiday. It’s phenomenal how, without officials, infrastructure or permits, San Franciscans can organically organize a time to sit in the park and get really, really high on a Monday afternoon.

You couldn’t even walk through Hippie Hill yesterday. The crowd was denser than Outside Lands or Hardly Strictly but the people were just as high. Barbecue and marijuana smoke mixed with the fog, crowding the air as vendors hawked cold beer, bottled water, and park fare. But through the cloud of smoke, and chatter of vendors, there was also something else in the air — music. DJs blared through PAs, emcees spat into mics, and a few kids who still like guitars drove through psyched-out rock and roll odysseys.

Here are some sonic highlights from 4/20:


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Get High With San Jose's Rey Res in This New Video (and Tonight at Slim's)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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Alright, so maybe we're jumping the gun a little here on what should be a 4:20 p.m. post, but hey, it's Friday.

Up-and-coming San Jose rapper Rey Res, who performs at Slim's tonight, released a new LP, Heart of the City, at the end of January. And now we have an appropriately stoney video for "High With Me," a chilled-out track to bump while, well, you figure out what activities to partake in while enjoying this song.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The 13 Worst Songs to Listen to While High

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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In the world of random audio hallucination, there's the shit and then there's, well, shit. While I own some terrible stoner tunes, mere good taste, as everyone knows, goes for little in a world of thin walls, car audio, American Idol, and an ongoing '90s revival. Drunk or sober, bent or straight, light or loaded, you will encounter lousy music like that listed below, and the benignly sensitizing influence of marijuana makes the experience about 40 times worse. Why the stuff should divert attention from every pain but the purely aesthetic is a karmic conundrum fit for a 420 mystic's extended navel-gaze. For the rest of us, the following is a reasonable guide on what's too overbearing while under the influence.

13. Anything by Billy Joel

Over a long and cheerless catalog, Mr. New York State of Meh is at once too pompous to bear and too bland to laugh at. BJ's glee ("Big Shot") is as sad as his melancholia ("I Love You Just the Way You Are") is sidesplitting, and those richly applauded populist gestures ("Allentown," "Goodnight Saigon") are Face the Nation-phony enough to drive the most stalwart 99-percent-er straight to the skeletal arms of the John Birch Society. Given all that's happened since 1989, the piano man's Big Statement "We Didn't Start the Fire" is a breathtaking piece of sociopolitical buck-passing unsurpassed until Obama didn't close Gitmo.

12. The Marshall Mathers LP, by Eminem.

This is Dark Side of the Moon for mall boys.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Plug's Back On Time: Get High and Watch the Walls Melt

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 8:46 AM

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Listen to this while high: Back on Time by Plug.

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Behind the buzz: These are treats from "long-lost" tracks that didn't make genre-spanning pop wizard Luke Vibert's (recording under his drum 'n bass monicker Pluf) celebrated 1996 cult item Drum 'N Bass for Papa and were instead left to ripen a decade and a half for delectation well into different era altogether. Still meaty and beaty or merely another random shovel load in the ongoing Nineties Reclamation Project? The purpose of this column is to ascend a suitable indica altitude and find out.

Today's weed: Blackberry Kush.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Listen To This While High: The Life And Times' No One Loves You Like I Do

Posted By on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 8:16 AM

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Listen To This While High: No One Loves You Like I Do by The Life And Times

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Behind the buzz: Ornaments of the once-fashionable Kansas City indie scene, The Life and Times is a trio of confirmed aural psychonauts helmed by Allen Epley, formerly of '90s math-rock wizards Shiner and a living link to that era's politics of anti-grunge. The space rockers' previous EP and full-length releases aren't so much conventional rock albums as bright, meticulously planned derangements of expectation, so to hear they've decided to junk songwriting altogether and toss off a composition a day for their new album sounds less like a weird stunt and more like the gaudy outer wrapping of sonic obliteration. This drops on Jan. 17 and the band plays Café Du Nord on Jan. 21.

Today's dope: A merry little sativa called Sour Lemon Haze reputed to have serious giggle-inducing propensities, which is about what you'd expect out of dope monickered like a Travis McGee novel.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Listen to This While High: They Might Be Giants' 'Album Raises New and Troubling Questions'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

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Listen to this while high: Album Raises New and Troubling Questions by They Might Be Giants

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Behind the buzz: Here is a collection of notable sweepings, left-offs and rejiggerings of classic old stuff thrown out for Yuletide trade. On this followup to last summer's Join Us studio album and subsequent tour, the twin titans of '80s and '90s college radio show little sign of approaching infirmity or humorlessness as Johns Flansburgh and Linell once again turn up the quirk. Fans will revel in the scads of videos and other goodies thrown on for added value.

Today's weed: A dense, Lavender-like indica strain named White Rascal.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Get Ungratefully Dead (and Really Stoned) with the Cult of Dom Keller

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM

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Listen to this while high: The Cult of Dom Keller's EP3

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Behind the buzz: This is yet another case of a publicist lobbing the right series of adjectives over my email transom. Words like "acid-dripping" and "lysergic" promise much for this third-in-a-series EP, as does the band having played on bills with The Warlocks and Asteroid No. 4, but deployment of "tenebrous" suggests a certain strain. Worse, reviews of live performances by this Nottingham, UK outfit tend to include accounts of gross fissures in the space-time continuum I choose to regard as fanciful. As with most EPs released these fast-receding December days, these seven tracks are opening salvos for a full-length with a 2012 release date.

Today's weed: Private Reserve, an indica amateurs should use with care, lest its sheer gravity cause one's brain to drip into one's shoes.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get Stoned with Tape Club, the Newest From Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

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Listen to this while high: Tape Club by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

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Behind the buzz: Outta Springfield, Mo., this perennial Internet buzz band whose three full-lengths rate highly with the sort of indie blogoscenti most likely to faint if the P.A. were to suddenly offload a stack of Nazareth or Tom T. Hall joints. Well, the delicate and veiny ears of such exquisites are in for quite the massaging with this 24-track gallimaufry of B-sides, demos, left-offs, and suchlike, with the whole magilla forming, as is usual with such collections, a type of secret history of the band. They headline at the Hotel Utah tomorrow night.

Today's weed: Platinum Bubba.

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