CultureMugglehead’s monthly playlist – January ‘20

A playlist of new tracks from the month well-suited for your time spent stoned
Nick Laba Nick LabaJanuary 31, 20206 min

Astonishingly, the jury’s still out among the scientific community as to the relationship between cannabis and music.

Some science says it has to do with weed slowing the experience of time. Another study shows THC actually inhibits our pleasure response with music.

Science aside, there’s a good amount of anecdotal evidence suggesting that both musicians and music lovers enjoy weed.

And it’s based on this purely anecdotal evidence that we bring you Mugglehead’s first monthly playlist: A list of 10 new tracks from the month that we feel, anecdotally speaking, are well-suited for your time spent stoned.

Rapper Mac Miller, who died in 2018 of an accidental drug overdose, was an outspoken cannabis user. In a Pitchfork interview, he described his days as a “dickhead” dealer, selling shitty weed to suburban kids at a markup.

The late artist evolved his craft dramatically over the course of his career, shifting his song writing from the short-term pleasures of drugs and partying, to philosophical musings on the objective goodness of femininity.

His posthumous album Circles was released this month, and the first cut on our playlist “Good News” has Miller grappling with the thought that people don’t really want to deal with him when he’s down.

“I hate the feeling/ When you’re high but you’re underneath the ceiling … Good news, good news/ That’s all they want to hear,” he sings over a quiet drum beat.

Miller was a prolific collaborator and well-loved by his musical peers. His death was widely viewed as a tragedy.

Next on the list is Saskatchewan’s own Andy Shauf, with a single off his new album Neon Skyline. The singer and multi-instrumentalist has made a mark in recent years with his distinct sound of carefully crafted soft rock.

Also featured is a single from Australian psychedelic rock superstar Kevin Parker, aka Tame Impala, a retro dance routine from American pop duo Magdelena Bay, and an excellent cut off legendary Vancouver artist Destroyer’s new album, Have We Met, released Friday.

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Mac Miller – “Good News”

Andy Shauf – “Living Room”

Yumi Zouma – “Cool For A Second”

Forever – “Blur”

Chloe Kae, Machinedrum – “Misconception”

Tame Impala – “Lost In Yesterday”

Magdelena Bay – “How to Get Physical”

Four Tet and Ellie Goulding – “Baby”

Destroyer – “It Just Doesn’t Happen”

Jeff Parker – “Go Away”

 

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