Music To Dive In To…

Just because the farmer’s almanac says that summer has ended doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to jump into every swimming pool/lake/moat you come across, especially if you live in the constant sauna that is Los Angeles. So keep on keepin’ cool this weekend! And while we won’t warn you about the perils of swimming too soon after eating, we will advise you to have a playlist ready for when you find yourself in or around a pool.

1.  So let’s jump in with Little Ray’s “Come And Swim With Me” –rye

2. Even when you are sitting at work, we all just want to be able to “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” all day. Here’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra. –caitiebee

3.  When the city becomes too hot, a nice dip with the Owiny Sigma Band can help –rye

4. This song by the Jacuzzi Boys has all the capricious energy of a pool party and makes me regret missing their set on the infamous Bruise Cruise. –rye

5. My sister says that Major Lazer’s “Playground” transports her to a raunchy pool party in the tropics, and she is definitely right. –caitiebee

6.  If you haven’t caught wind of 10,000 Emeral Pools from BORNS, listening to it makes it feel like you’re wading in a sangria-filled aquarium with your significant other. –rye

7. And California definitly knows how to pool party, like noMBe says in “California Girls” — “Ooh, how I like the smell of West Coast pheromones” –caitiebee

8. Mostly we are all just waiting for that right mood to just make us dive right in , Guts can help with “And the Livin’ is Easy” –caitiebee

9.  Really digging the new record from Shaun Fleming aka Diane Coffee. Throw on “Down With The Current” when you’re by the water –rye

10. Cool you insides too with the Talking Heads and a “Popsicle” –caitiebee

11.  Make time for some Skinny Dipping with WhoMadeWho –rye

12. Now for some beachy-vibes with Ghanaian roots by way of Brooklyn, Blitz and the Ambassador with “Akwaaba” –caitiebee

13. Unless you are in a wetsuit, we know you’ll be showing some FLESH. –caitiebee

14.  And whatever you do, try not to get the Swimming Pool Blues. –rye

Music to Four Twenty to…

While you won’t find “Legalize It!” bumper stickers on our cars or cannabis hennas on our ankles, you’ll find that we can appreciate the joy that comes from the day that currently has a petition to make it an official calendar holiday. So we’ve crafted a playlist for you to embrace the annual phenomenon that is 420. Be safe and enjoy!

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1.  This guy has been churning out mo quality material than you can shake a spliff at, but his second EP contains one of his smoothest jams, named after the smoothest of drinks. Indulge in Mo Kolours’ “Banana Wine“. –rye

2. Let’s keep the smooth jams coming, and what’s better than a really dirty song from D’Angelo and Method Man, “Left and Right” –caitiebee

3. Get ready to discuss some “Deep Ass Shit” that as Das Racist says, “you’ll only understand when you’re high” –caitiebee

4.  In “Jeeper Creeper“, Caribou collaborator Sinkane re-appropriates the bass line of Yeasayer’s “2080” with magical, high-friendly results –rye

5.  The Sea and Cake are blissful. And so is the band, whose song “The Leaf” will keep you in the right space. –rye

6. Black Moth Super Rainbow, my favorite band that makes no sense, with “Hairspray Heart” –caitiebee

7.  Since Black Sabbath and Dub Reggae are the first two things that pop into my head when I think of that sweet leaf/ganja, let’s hear something that combines the two in the form of the Venetian Snares edit of “Electric Funeral” –rye

8. As a high schooler who likes music, you get stuck with a lot of stoner friends, even if the smell of weed makes you hack up a lung. So I know that no decent pot playlist is complete without Eek a Mouse and Gangja Smuggling, but let’s listen to “Wa Do Dem.” — caitiebee

9.  With “Muizenberg“, South African group John Wizards has proven they know how to produce a groove that is fuzzy and titillating, like a good high. I mean, if I knew anything about that.  –rye

10.  The king of purple (among other things…) Rick James with “Mary Jane” –caitiebee

11.  While perhaps obvious to professional, undercover potheads, don’t forget your eye drops if you plan on going back into work after partaking in the 420 festivities. Remember in style with Lemonade’s “Eye Drops”  –rye

12. For your 4:20 pool party, here’s “Playground” by Major Lazer –caitiebee

13. I really like the trend of stoners transitioning from reggae and classic rock to the MOST insane electronic music around. Let’s hear “Get Yourself High” by The Chemical Brothers to salute it. –caitiebee

14.  Inevitably, you’ll have to parachute back down to earth. The Radio Dept. can help you with “Never Follow Suit.” –rye

Music to Enjoy the Super Bowl XLVIII to…

We are starting a new series of special posts called “Music to…”

Each week we’ll choose a relevant topic and put together a playlist to do it to.

This week: THE SUPER BOWL.

1. Let’s warm up with some Drinking in the Morning by Trampled by Turtles — caitiebee

2. Amidst your day drinking of the finest boxed wine you found on sale, you realize, out loud, the truth (in vino veritas): FOOTBALL IS WAR. And we want it. YOU want it, you bloodthirsty yokel. So join in the chorus as the teams take the field to We Want War by These New Puritans –rye

3. Food and Pussy by Dan Reeder, no not Dan Reeder formally of the Los Angeles Raiders, but Dan Reeder son of a minister from Louisiana. This is how I suspect men feel when they watch Super Bowl commercials. — caitiebee

4.   For many, Super Bowl ad spots (rumored to cost around 4 million a pop) are the highlights of the day; not all that “sportball nonsense” in between. Advertisers coercively subject us to so many different places, people and situations that’s it’s easy to feel like a tourist in your own home. Celebrate your embrace of capitalism’s stranglehold on you to the rawness of At Home He’s A Tourist by Gang Of Four –rye

5. HALFTIME: The most exciting part of this year’s Super Bowl (IMHO) will be Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the stage together, if Ke$ha and Rick Ross showed up it would be the guiltiest/greatest half an hour of my life.  A girl can dream…but until then check out this Major Lazer remix of Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars.  — caitiebee

6.  Does “Jesus Make the ‘Shotgun’ Sound?” You may argue yes, if you believe he’s actually Peyton Manning– “The Sheriff,” career/franchise resurrector and new mile-high messiah of the Denver Broncos. Ponder this, and your own existence…while you listen to Janessa Sais Quoi by Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound –rye

7. New York is Killing Me by Gil Scott-Heron, because city life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be — caitiebee

8. What do Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch and filmmaker David “Peaks Mode” Lynch share besides a surname? An impartiality to interviews. Anyway, for some, a Super Bowl viewing party may just be an event where you discover that someone you loved is with someone else. Like in David Lynch’s track, Football Game. Wind down, post-game, to this hazy blues number. –rye