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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Listen to This While High: John Cale's New Extra Playful EP

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM

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Listen to this while high: John Cale's Extra Playful EP

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Behind the buzz: Seeing John Cale's first new release in over a half decade casually racked at Amoeba Music last weekend was a pleasant shock, and the title itself imparts a nice little thrill of suspense at what the fabulously playful artist might be up to this time. This reputed foretaste of next year's rumored full-length finds the ex-Velvet Underground genius in as close as he gets to full-on Spike Jones mode, deconstructing a handful of pop tunes perhaps as therapy for having to do Paris 1919 live for much of the past two years.

Today's weed:

Sativa aptly named Dolce Vita, its native nimbleness only a little hobbled by

some hash residue.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Stoned Listening: Coco Beware, by Caveman

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:34 AM

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Listen to this while high: Caveman's Coco Beware.

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Behind the buzz: Caveman is a NYC quintet that routinely receives the kind of volunteer love a lot of publicists would gladly eat their own lips to get. Such lashings of bloggerly acclaim lead to wonder if this debut album is one of those incipient national breakouts of the kind that defines a generation, yada. If so, and mindful I could be hearing this shit burst out of P.A. speakers for the rest of my natural span, I approach this one weedpipe and caution well in hand.

Today's dope: Sour O.G., a sativa with 18 percent THC content, making it the MJ equivalent of potato vodka.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Get High and Leave Your Head with Future of the Left

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

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Listen to this while high: Future of the Left's Polymers are Forever EP.

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Behind the buzz: Hyperliterate

Welsh provocateurs Future of the Left scored heavily with 2009's Travels with Myself and Another, so it

won't do to dismiss the Polymers are

Forever EP (out as of yesterday on Xtra Mile and streaming courtesy of Spin magazine here) as a stopgap between albums. Six songs that clock collectively in

at a mere 20 minutes might not seem like ideal stoner rock, but excited

squawks from the UK blogosphere indicate this fucker will blow the casual listener

though the wall.

Today's weed:

Private Reserve, an indica advertised down at the local dispensary as

containing a frightful percentage of raw THC calculated helpfully to two

decimal spaces.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Get High and Climb the Wall with Ty Segall's "Spiders" 7-Inch

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

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Listen to this while high: Ty Segall's "Spiders" 7-inch.

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Behind the buzz: S.F.'s Ty Segall attracts strong interest both on his own and as guitarist and/or drummer in a number of acts, including O.C. punks The Epsilons. His development from lo-fi D.I.Y. to this year's raucously heavy Goodbye Bread is being monitored like a rare and mutant orchid in the indie blogosphere, and the artist let slip his next record would be something even heavier: "I want to do a total glam Stooges-meets-Hawkwind or Sabbath, something like that. I think that would be super fun. I want to throw people off. I want to make a really heavy record: evil, evil space rock. Put a little Satan in space and you got the sound." So it is with great anticipation that I submerge my THC-sharpened ears into the promising muck of the shaggy wunderkind's new "Spiders" 7-inch. Ty Segall plays a free (with RSVP) show tonight at Brick and Mortar.

Today's weed: Presidential, a high-yield indica that will repeal term limits in your brain.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blaze Away with Sea Lions' Joyously Stoned Debut Album

Posted By on Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM

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Listen to this while high: Sea LionsEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask.

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Behind the buzz:

These D.I.Y. brats outta Oxnard with a nice line in spirited tunefulness impressive enough for the reliably tasteful people at Oakland's Slumberland Records to release the derivatively titled debut album Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to

Ask. Occupying flackery invokes the grab-bag asymmetry of Lou Reed, Sun Ra,

Syd Barrett, and Orange Juice, a compound that evokes a broad spectrum of

neo-pop and narco-noise. The album drops Dec. 22.

Today's weed:

Fire O.G.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Vex Your Mind with Vex Ruffin's Crash Course EP

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 8:48 AM

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Listen to this while high: Vex Ruffin's Crash Course EP

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Behind the buzz: Vex Ruffin is the next whiz kid out of L.A.'s celebrated Stones Throw Records, signed after an unsolicited demo and now being touted as a split of the considerable difference between Ruff Ryders and The Cure. Such flackery, along with Stones Throw's uranium-weight rep, indicates a THC test in order for these seven tracks of presumptive wack.

Today's weed: Louis VIII, monarch of the indica side of the dispensary list.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Get Stewed with Stew and The Negro Problem's Making It

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 7:45 AM

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Listen to this while high: Stew and the Negro Problem's Making it.

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  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Behind the buzz:

Before decamping for Broadway and glory, Stew was among L.A.'s most puckish

live performers and the Negro Problem the focus of a devoted local cult. Post Minstrel Syndrome (1997) was my gateway

bite, and I developed a taste for the weird pop confections whipped up by Stew

and partner Heidi Rodewald. The Big Time followed with Passing Strange, which won Stew a

Tony award for Best Book for a Musical and was filmed in 2009 by Spike Lee. This

paean to relationships and all they entail drops January 24, 2012.

Today's dope: The

NP's melodic caresses and lyrical pungency call for nothing less than a

gravel-sized pinch of Private Reserve, an indica strain sporting an insanely

high THC count.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get Stoned with the Dead Milkmen's New Album, The King in Yellow

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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Listen to this while high: The Dead Milkmen's The King in Yellow.


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Behind the buzz: Eighties

college-rock jokers you either got or you didn't, The Dead Milkmen are back

with three original members and a snootful of the same old eff-yew. They

weren't the first punks to goose risibilities (Sam the Sham got there firstest

and The Dickies mostest), but they were among the first to take the spare and

serious hardcore era somewhere a little less self-righteous. I always liked

"Bitchin' Camaro" and the substance of "Big Lizard" details a fantasy cherished in boyhood. Why these Philly vulgarians should take title The King in Yellow, previously that of a

19th century fantasy story treasured by people who still read, is one of many

mysteries in a world already reeling before admixture with the below strain.

Today's weed: Giggling's

the thing, so I decided on a fat chunk of Special Reserve indica, buttressed with

a dusting of OG Blonde kief.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Get Riptide Ripped with Susan SurfTone's Shore

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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Listen to this while high: Susan SurfTone's Shore.

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Behind the buzz: L.A.'s Susan & the Surftones were a tuneful part of the revived surf-rock scene of the '90s, when bands like Los Straightjackets, The Blue Hawaiians and Man or Astro Man? began to work the genre's buzzy instrumentals and goofy-foot humor back into the mainstream. Even established gremmies like Insect Surfers and The Tornadoes benefited from the renewed interest, with the latter's vintage-'60s "Bustin' Surfboards" figured memorably into Pulp Fiction. Susan's guitar-playing has won so many plaudits from press and fans alike, so fuzztone expectations are, well, high.

Today's weed: King Louis III. This breakfast of rockist champions can take your head off faster than that other King Louis.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Top 50 Songs To Get High To

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:58 AM

We'd bet Barry O. bumped some of these back in the day...
  • We'd bet Barry O. bumped some of these back in the day...

As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamiliarly funky if not downright perverse. At long last, here they are: The Top 50 Songs to Get High To.

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