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    Toking Tunes

  • High Road: The eclectic sounds of indie pop

    This week, we feature the playful pop sounds of artists such as Santigold, Róisín Murphy, and Grimes.

    June 23, 2017

    Our latest playlist High Road features various pop sounds, from the eclectic St. Vincent to the ever-eccentric Róisín Murphy. The former has recently announced a new tour, sparking speculations over a fifth album to follow 2015’s eponymous St. Vincent.

    Also included: The catchy,

  • Jazz Cabbage: How marijuana followed music’s migration

    Marijuana and jazz music share the same roots and migratory paths. Enjoy our latest playlist with some Thelonious Skunk.

    June 16, 2017

    In the early 1900s, a new type of music called jazz was blossoming in the bordellos of New Orleans. Jazz musicians were known to be avid cannabis smokers — “moota,” as it was called, became a popular substance in the red-light district. The genre accompanied the Great Migration of African-Americans to the Midwest and Northeast in the ’20s and ’30s,

  • Take A Hit: Herb-inspired, hip-hop tunes from the ’90s and on

    Rap music and reefer have been rolled into one fat blunt for decades.

    June 9, 2017

    Rap music and reefer, hip-hop and the holy herb; these two things have been virtually rolled into one fat blunt since the ’90s. When Cypress Hill released their eponymous debut in 1991, they sparked a fire that continues to burn strong.

    This week’s playlist decidedly avoids ‘I Got 5 On It’ and ‘Gin and Juice’ (great but overplayed weed songs) or anything by Wiz Khalifa.

  • 28 Grams: Weighty sounds from South London

    The soul-shaking sounds of dubstep form this week’s playlist, with tunes from essential artists like Burial, Benga, and more.

    June 2, 2017

    The title of this week’s playlist comes from Loefah and Skream’s 2005 release ‘28 Grams.’ As a teenager in South London, Loefah’s eventual music career was nothing more than a daydream entertained while smoking weed. ‘Root’ (also released in 2005) would have been an ace track for the playlist,

  • Keep That Same Old Feeling: Funky tunes for toking

    This week’s playlist is filled with the rhythms of funk, featuring Parliament, Tower of Power, and Chaka Khan.

    May 26, 2017

    Opening this week’s playlist is a classic tune from The Crusaders, off of the 1976 album Those Southern Knights. Keep That Same Old Feeling features a range of funky artists, including British ensemble Cymande, Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and the uncut spirit of Parliament.

    The father of P-Funk himself is,

  • Eight Miles High: A trip through psychedelic rock

    This week's playlist features essential tunes from artists that need no introduction, including Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

    May 19, 2017

    This week’s playlist — Eight Miles High — goes on a trip through the ’60s psychedelic rock. Opening with a jam from Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper entitled ‘His Holy Modal Majesty,’ it also features tunes from The Byrds, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Small Faces, among others.

  • 3 Feet No Pressure: Sounds of Chicago footwork and beyond

    This week's playlist takes you on a journey from the essential RP Boo to the innovative JLin.

    May 12, 2017

    3 Feet No Pressure is filled with the unexpected rhythms of footwork. From Chicago and beyond, this week we bring you sounds from (and inspired by) the street dance that originated in the ’80s.

    The playlist opens with footwork pioneer RP Boo. ‘02-52-03’ features a banging sample of DJ Slugo’s ‘114799 (The Godzilla Track),’ which listeners may recognize as a fragment of the 1964 Mothra vs.

  • Stoner Rock: From ‘Sweet Leaf’ to ‘Space Reefer’

    Our latest playlist features the OG heavies of stoner rock and newer acts like Bongzilla and Dirty Fences.

    May 5, 2017

    Picture teens tailgating at a Zeppelin show, with feathered hair and denim jackets, plastered with Black Sabbath patches. Throughout the late ’60s and much of the ’70s, boogie rock and “stoner rock” were massively popular styles of music. Back then, it was all simply called Heavy Metal.

    In the ’80s and ’90s,

  • Heathens Haze: Inspired by a new strain from the mountains of Colorado

    The Band of Heathens curates a playlist featuring newer acts like Phil Cook and legends like Jerry Garcia.

    April 28, 2017

    Editor’s Note: For this week’s playlist, Word on the Tree is excited to welcome a very special guest — The Band of Heathens. Their latest album Duende was described by Rolling Stone as “Southern boogie-woogie, stoned soul,

  • I Get High: A 420 special

    For 4/20, we bring you a special playlist of weed-related tunes, from Cujo’s ‘Fat Ass Joint’ to Billy Boyo’s ‘One Spliff a Day.’

    April 20, 2017

    As a little 4/20 celebration, we’re publishing this week’s playlist early and filling it with toking-related tunes. I Get High features melting sax loops courtesy of Cujo, the smooth vocals of Freda Payne, and the irresistible footwork rhythms of Jlin.

    Billy Boyo closes out the playlist with the famed ‘One Spliff a Day,’