June 22, 2018
California’s gay community may have spearheaded the state’s pioneering medical marijuana initiative in 1996. But today’s cannabis industry has been criticized for betraying its LGBTQ roots: “The homophobia in the weed community is severely real,” Arend Richard, who is known as the “The Gay Stoner” on YouTube, told Slate.
June 15, 2018
Since I started writing this column, I’ve been wondering whether I’d ever succumb to the idea of making a typical stoner playlist. If I were going to, it wouldn’t consist of jangly indie dirge like Mac Demarco — I’ve never really understood that kind of stuff. Instead, I wanted to compile some tracks that,
June 1, 2018
A state of bliss is something I find most often in solitude. Moments of peace and tranquillity can be hard to come by in a world seemingly defined by hectic situations and noise. Constant connectivity can feel inescapable.
Any state of bliss is obviously special, but when it arrives in a drug-infused state,
May 24, 2018
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about love and sex and the ensuing conflicting feelings. When it comes to intoxication, drugs can completely distort my feelings toward others.
Making love while high often heightens my devotion towards someone. Even if I’m not in love with the other person,
May 18, 2018
I don’t recall the first time I got high – but I do have some (not so) fond memories of the first time I “whitied.” A combination of no food, excessive alcohol, and a fair amount of weed led to some pretty intense hallucinations, involving me falling into a black hole and eventually emerging,
April 20, 2018
Springing largely from the London-based record label Boxed, instrumental grime has taken up a niche position within the U.K. music scene. The genre delivers grime tunes driven not by vocals from MCs, but instead by internal sonic narratives. In recent years, the scene has quietly mutated into various strains, all subtly stranger and more outré than the original form.
April 13, 2018
Whether you call it psychedelia, psych rock, or even just ‘stoner music,’ a genre defined by lengthy tracks, flanged-out guitars, and groovy rhythm sections has gone hand-in-hand with cannabis culture since the first summer of love. This week, we’re turning our attention to space rock – psychedelia’s heavier, weirder offshoot.
April 6, 2018
The origins of “emo” as a genre name are nebulous at best. It emerged out of a particular strain of emotionally-charged ’80s hardcore, but it didn’t really gain a foothold in cultural vernacular until the mid-90s. Twiddly guitar lines and yelped vocals took center stage as bands like Sunny Day Real Estate,
March 30, 2018
Overanalyzing music isn’t always great, but when you’re stoned it can be unavoidable. Several times I’ve found myself deep in a stoned haze and been confronted by the heavy, whirring sounds of My Bloody Valentine. There’s something about it being simultaneously crushing and dream-like that mimics the way my brain swerves upwards and downwards when I’m under the influence.
March 16, 2018
There are two things you can say for certain about Chief Keef: He likes smoking weed and he releases a staggering amount of music. ‘I Don’t Like,’ which blew up in 2012, not only codified the nascent Chicago drill scene, but also allowed Keef to plough his own path onwards.