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    Toking Tunes

  • 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,’

  • L’isle joyeuse: Late Romantic compositions

    This week’s playlist features Western classical composers from the mid- and late-Romantic era, inspired by the Colorado Symphony's 'Classically Cannabis' events.

    April 14, 2017

    Opening this week’s playlist is a taste of the impressionist sounds of Claude Debussy, in the colorful ‘L’isle joyeuse,’ or ‘The Joyful Island.’ The vivid compositional style of Debussy seems well suited to toking — as evidenced by his inclusion (along with Giacomo Puccini) into the programs for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Classically Cannabis”

  • Psychedelic Soul: Groovy sounds from the sixties and on

    From classics by The Temptations and Aretha Franklin to more recent tunes from Lee Fields & The Expressions, this week's playlist brings you a range of soulful songs.

    April 7, 2017

    Psychedelic Soul offers everything from trippy sounds to R&B and Funk. Of course, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin makes an indispensable appearance, as do the sensual vocal talents of Minnie Riperton. Also essential is the groovy growl of Betty Davis in ‘Anti Love Song.’

    Infectious gems on this week’s playlist are Darondo’s ‘The Wolf’

  • Kaotic Harmony: A trip to Detroit

    This week’s playlist features the classic sounds of Detroit techno and electro.

    March 31, 2017

    The sci-fi synth sounds of Dopplereffekt’s 1999 ‘Rocket Scientist’ set the scene perfectly for this week’s playlist. Though limited by Spotify’s Detroit-techno selections, Kaotic Harmony persists in taking you on a journey to the city, stopping by the iconic sounds of artists like Cybotron and Underground Resistance. [Editor’s note: Underground Resistance’s ‘Mi Raza’

  • Deep Feeling: Sounds of the blues

    We start this week’s playlist with an early tune from Chuck Berry, before moving along a range of bluesy sounds from B.B. King to Big Mama Thornton.

    March 24, 2017

    After Chuck Berry’s passing this week, we thought it would be apt to begin our latest playlist with a song of his. ‘Deep Feeling’ is a slow and soulful blues tune off of Chuck Berry’s 1957 After School Session. Berry, a pioneer of rock’n’roll, was incidentally arrested for marijuana possession in 1990 and now has a hybrid strain named after him.

  • Forbidden Fruit: Early explorations in drum and bass

    This week's playlist delves into the early days of the iconic UK sound, featuring pioneers like 4hero, Roni Size, and Stevie Hyper D.

    March 17, 2017

    This week’s Toking Tunes playlist features the infectious rhythms of early drum and bass. ‘Forbidden Fruit’ highlights tracks from seminal releases New Forms by Roni Size, Two Pages by 4hero, and more.

    The opening track off of the 4hero record ‘Loveless’ features American spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker,