"Cocaine," as Rick James famously said, "is a helluva drug." Yup: The white powder's effects have left an influence that's both sublime and downright hideous on decades of pop music. So what happens when you give already-famous musicians a quick burst of energy, ego, paranoia, and euphoria? Most of ... More >>
As you might imagine, combing back numbers of my Listen to This While High column and my own vast library for a reasonable stab at the Fifty Stoniest Songs Ever is a labor and hashish intensive experience. Preliminary fossickings unearthed these half-hundred favorites, many of which may seem unfamil ... More >>
John Szwed's 2002 biography of jazz demigod Miles Davis, So What: The Life of Miles Davis, opens with an acquaintance sharing a hysterically funny yet highly improbable anecdote regarding the trumpeter. When Szwed inquires about the story's origins, the acquaintance exclaims, "You want attribution? ... More >>
Bittersweet indeed.As you may have heard, there's been a rash of misdemeanorly winings and dinings going on about town lately -- well, for the last couple of decades -- at the hands of one Alan Young, an Oakland sanitation worker with a knack for passing himself off as various Motown luminaries ... More >>
Oliver Nurock If you've even heard of this thing called jazz, chances are you're a Miles Davis fan. And if you're at all familiar with the San Francisco scene, you know the Jazz Mafia as well. The talented local crew is paying tribute to the music legend for what would've been Davis' 84th birthda ... More >>
WhatKnot/FlickrBeer goes with the Fourth of July like hot buttered rum at Christmas or a sazerac on Bourbon Street. All those thick burgers, molten enchiladas, smoky platters of barbecue, and big slabs of pepperoni pizza cry out for a tall, cool beaker of suds in all its thirst-quenching glory.
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