Feb
06

Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday

“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.”
—-> Got suggestions for music? E-mail Dignan

Bob Marley Birthday

On May 11th, 1981, Bob Marley fell a fatal victim to melanoma of the toe, because his Rastafarian beliefs prohibited him from being buried an incomplete person. Born on February 6th, 1945, Bob Marley would have been 69 years old today, but even though he is gone his legacy still thrives through his songs, philosophy, and the emotional impact he played in radically changing the face of politics in an effort to preserve and promote peace. The father of Reggae, the burner of ganja, and the leader of a counter-culture movement, Bob Marley stands today as a prominent figure in the Stoner culture, where he represents, in an Obi-Wan Kenobi fashion, tranquility, Stoicism, and the ability to maintain an expressive and vehement free spirit. Among other decorations he achieved during his lifetime, Bob Marley has been immortalized in a variety of ways including being awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1981, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of 1994, and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February of 2001. Today, the posthumously published album, Legend, enjoys the most album sales out of any other record with over 14 million copies sold worldwide, receiving outstanding reception as one of the most prolific pieces of music ever recorded. If you would like to learn more about Bob Marley, the man, the legend, the divine, then check out the following video entitled “Caribbean Nights,” as it covers the evolution of Bob Marley and the Wailers into the sensation that they were.

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Feb
04

The Hitchhiker

“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.” —-> Got suggestions for music? E-mail Dignan

hitchhiking stoner

Recently, a writer, medical marijuana enthusiast, and song recorder named Darren McCrea approached me with a new compilation he had put together with one of his friends called, “The Hitchhiker.” Upon my first listen, this song sent me to space, it put me in a place where I felt free to chill. However, it had a funky beat reminiscent of old school R&B, while the main voice persisting throughout the song, reminded me of Tone Loc’s smooth, yet slightly eccentric voice. This tune is most definitely something I will have to add to my repertoire of smoking music, because it pours over the atmosphere much like the smoke that emanates from the tip of my tightly rolled blunts. In addition, it is refreshing to see someone like Darren McCrea, who is an already established figure within the community surrounding cannabis, reach outside of his comfort zone to pull off a selection so far out as this one. I mean, consider the level of detail alone, as it lasts four minutes and 20 seconds. Check out the song below and let me know what you think in the comments section.

The Hitchiker

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Jul
14

The Music Scene

“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.”
—-> Got suggestions for music? E-mail Dignan

Anthony Francisco Schepperd

Here is a video I have been meaning to post for awhile but have not had a chance to get to. The name of the song is “The Music Scene” by none other than the infamous DJ Blockhead (Anthony “Tony” Simon) who has worked with the likes of Cape, Hanger 18, and Aesop Rock to produce some of the most tantalizing tracks available. Hunter S. Thompson had Ralph Steadman to aesthetically express his gonzo journalism by putting texts such as the Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into an image form.

Ralph Steadman

In the same sense, Anthony Francisco Schepperd swivels the human psyche within the strands of Blockhead’s music in order to produce a piece of art that leaves one both understanding and completely awed by what is being rendered in front of them, much like Steadman’s portrayal of Gonzo. One writer, HappilyDayzed conceptualizes this work as “An animated mind melt into a post human New York where TV and animals rule.” While I believe that to be an adroit summarizing, I would delve to take one step further in attempting an explanation. Most of the time people use anthropomorphic terminology, a process of putting human characteristics within the confines of animal nature. Consider when people say, “That dog has such a personality, he is very humanistic.” I would venture to say that we exist as animals within an kingdom where our adaptability has made us experts of using ecological niches to their potential. In Schepperd’s video, the television rips and tears away at the human being who falls in folds to the ground after rising up to the top of the animal masses before him. This occasion symbolizes our rise to the top of the food chain just to be enslaved by televised popular culture where our emotions, feelings, aspirations, and beliefs are put on the back burner for the most recent episode of some poorly conceived smut. But that is just one take on it. I will leave you with the words of Willy Wonka, “Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination, take a look and you’ll see into your imagination.”

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Feb
20

Jesus Loved the Weed

“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.”
—-> Got suggestions for music? E-mail Dignan

Jesus Weed

People have been consuming weed since the beginning of time, and we do not plan on stopping any time soon. Who is to say that Jesus did not smoke weed? IF anything, it is much more likely that he toked up than not. Besides, advocating for peace and the elation of the pauper is much easier when mellowed out. The band Black Shirley, ran by a guy named Cracka Smile, gives proof for this passion by offering a video depicting a modern Stoner Jesus in the video for the song “The Holy Cow” (Jesus Smoked Weed).

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Feb
06

Happy Birthday Bob Marley

“Hippies and flower children of the 60’s would always describe one sick beat of any nature as being “Groovy” or “Far out”. We feel the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s guitar, bass, violin, piano, ukulele, anything! This is the beats that intoxicate our brains, blow our minds, and really send us …well… Far out man.”
—-> Got suggestions for music? E-mail Dignan

Bob Marley cupcakes

Bob Marley, born on February 6th 1945, would have been 67 years of age today in 2012 if he did not fall to illness from a Melanoma infected toe in May of 1981. Regardless, his legacy lives through stoners who toke up in his name on days such as this. Personally, I could not imagine my evolution into the stoner culture without being introduced to some reggae and Bob Marley. His achievements included Band of the Year in 1976 by Rolling Stone Magazine, a Peace Medal of the Third World from the United Nations in 1978, a Jamaican Order of Merit in 1981, and posthumously he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob Marley was a testament to our culture, he stood for ganja, accepting it as a spiritual and essential part of his life, while spreading the idea that stoners are not attached to some apathetic stigma. Bob Marley brought people together when he was alive, and he continues to follow the same pursuit in death. We miss you Bob Marley, and I recommend we all toke up in his memory. Go out today, share some weed with a friend in need, and spread the word about Bob Marley. In short, stir it up.

Bob Marley cake

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