Toking Tunes

  • Pissed and Passed Out: Sonic adventures through trippy films

    To subvert the typical stoner film, we've compiled a playlist full of tunes from under-appreciated works best seen with a joint.

    August 17, 2018

    The tedious conventions of the ‘stoner film’ can be detestable. There’s almost nothing worse than the mugs of James Franco and Seth Rogan chuckling away to each other about utter rubbish. In a slight turn away from the usual, this week’s Toking Tunes playlist features a bunch of film recommendations masquerading as a playlist.

  • Infatuation: Saccharine sounds to keep you hooked

    We've resisted the temptation to fill this week's playlist with Charli XCX.

    August 10, 2018

    The easiest route to curating a successful party or night-out playlist would be to fill it exclusively with post-2013 Charli XCX songs. Resisting temptation, this week’s pop playlist includes only one.

    This playlist marks a shift from some of the more introspective compilations we’ve published in recent weeks.

  • Dawn: Ambient sounds transport you to altered states

    From Meredith Monk to Holly Herndon, strange and enchanting sounds make up this week's playlist

    August 3, 2018

    In the liner notes of his seminal 1978 work Music for Airports, Brian Eno said his ambient music would “accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.”

    This has become somewhat of a blueprint for ambient artists: Craft sounds that are as unobtrusive as you want them to be.

  • Northern Lites: A playlist to ease the oppressive heat of summer

    Sunny vibes and off-kilter pop tracks offer reprieve from the sauna-like summer weather

    July 27, 2018

    Although the season is usually associated with fun and happiness, summer can be fucking horrible. At times, it feels like an eternally bleak sauna — the greatest suppressor of the mind and enjoyment. Finding the ideal album to ease the relentless heat will by no means fix the issue, but personally I find it a big help.

  • Disgrace: Appreciating inscrutable sounds with the help of cannabis

    'Noise music is listening music. It requires some certain kind of strength,' said noise artist Pan Daijing.

    July 19, 2018

    Power electronics and noise music can often seem like an impenetrable art form, but reveal themselves to be accessible and, often times, beautiful. This is most true of the fringes of the genre, reflected in the works of musicians like Pharmakon and AJA.

    Appreciating the human side of noise is the first step in enjoying it as a musical style,

  • Hip Priest: Post-punk sounds that baffle and delight

    This week's playlist is dedicated to the influential and bizarre sounds of punk's aftermath.

    July 13, 2018

    While I was never a fan of punk, I found the musical reaction to the genre both strange and delightful. Post-punk was one of the most exciting times for guitar music — both in the mainstream and underground. A lot of it was pretty fucking weird.

    Unfortunately my favorite post-punk band This Heat isn’t on Spotify.

  • Kicker Conspiracy: Hype-conducive tracks for sports fans

    These soccer-related tunes are great for rolling up and monging out while watching the game.

    July 6, 2018

    It’s Summer 2018 and most the world’s screens are now dominated by the greatest sports spectacle on earth. If you’re rolling up, smoking, and also have a tendency to watch TV while doing so, the World Cup is pretty much unavoidable. Regardless of whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to avoid getting sucked into all the excitement and drama it brings.

  • Age Of: Strange sounds that warp time

    This week's playlist features anachronistic sounds, bringing you through recent pasts and possible futures.

    June 29, 2018

    Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley’s 2013 film A Field In England is as psychedelic for the viewer as it is for the characters. Set during the English Civil War, an ensemble of Roundheads and Cavaliers accidentally take magic mushrooms after deserting a battle. The rest is as strange as you’d expect.

  • Haze.Boogie.Life: Queer artists craft sounds to escape to

    This week's playlist takes you on a trip through queer escapism, celebrating LGBTQ artists for Pride month.

    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.

  • I Only Have Eyes for You: Hazy sounds to disappear into

    This week's selection of tunes is an unusual take on the typical 'stoner playlist.'

    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,