February 15, 2019
As most trans people know, gender dysphoria can be a horrible experience. It can be difficult to see yourself in music, film, and art — until certain songs click. This week’s playlist highlights many great trans artists as well as other songs by non-trans people which encapsulate the sinking feeling which arrives with gender dysphoria.
February 8, 2019
If you smoke weed and you’re also a gamer, it would be pretty shocking if you’ve never combined both experiences.
In the digital age, video games and weed have always been great companions. Whether you’re too blazed to navigate a Rainbow Road on Mario Kart 64 or can’t differentiate Sonic and Shadow on Sonic Adventure 2,
January 11, 2019
It would be easy to view ’80s Britain as a land of drab, conservative realism. Margaret Thatcher’s economic vision posited that there was no alternative to capitalism and that the nation as a whole had to come to terms with this grim but simple fact.
Though much of the music here is not overtly political,
December 18, 2018
Manipulation of the voice can be a great opinion splitter. X Factor’s legion of fans will call it dishonest; a seasoned rockist may call it trite. But autotune is the musical texture that best defines our relationship with technology, in all its intimacy.
In this week’s playlist, autotune exposes the flaws of the human voice just as much as it conceals them.
December 7, 2018
The past year has been a stellar yet unpredictable year for hip-hop. Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha-T, and JPEGMAFIA are but a few of the artists who have put out formidable albums in 2018, and the fact that none sound at all alike only demonstrates how fertile and stratified the genre has become.
November 30, 2018
This is the final installment of artist-themed playlists for Toking Tunes. We’re rounding it off with ten tracks from Frank Ocean.
Frank Ocean has a conflicted relationship with drugs — particularly on his record Blonde. On the interlude ‘Be Yourself,’ the voice acting as his mother says: “Do not smoke marijuana,
November 16, 2018
Many would label Björk as weird or strange. However there is something very normal and tangible about her as an artist. That’s not to understate the singular nature of her music and aesthetic; her costumes, voice, and sonic ideas are all profoundly striking. But for me, Björk has always unpinned the hidden narratives inside all of us.
November 9, 2018
Kraftwerk probably isn’t the first name you’d imagine would appear on a weed playlist. “It is not easy to turn knobs on a synthesizer if you are drunk or full of drugs… We always tried to keep very aware of what we were doing while acting in public,” band member Karl Bartos once said.
November 2, 2018
To continue the artist-centric playlists, we make a small turn towards the hyperactive, overproduced mural that is pop music today. One person in particular amplifies these often tiring signifiers to the point where they become flat-out bonkers, yet still captivating.
This artist is Charli XCX. She may not be the first name that springs to mind when you’re going to smoke weed —
October 12, 2018
Smoking weed has not only improved my relationship with others, but also myself. It has bolstered my connection to music and my body. So with the next few playlists, I thought it would be apt to highlight some artists whose work has been key in this process.
Arca’s music is both alien and intimate,