Entries tagged with: weed
To quote High Times,
Colorado's Amendment 64, which will regulate marijuana like alcohol and remove civil and criminal penalties for adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, has passed.Wow! And Washington sort of legalizes it! Seattlepi says:
Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana.
Amendment 64 will also allow adults to grow their own cannabis - up to six plants in an enclosed space.
Washington voters on Tuesday passed Initiative 502 to legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amounts of marijuana to adults, a measure that flies in the face of federal law and policy that still treats possession of cannabis as a crime.As that article also points out, Massachusetts now accepts medical marijuana! Maybe Romney can get a prescription to deal with his defeat tonight by Barack Obama.
A similar measure in Colorado was ahead, and Massachusetts became the 18th state to approve use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Washington, by its vote, became a national pacesetter in the drive to reform drug laws. The reform effort was led by former federal prosecutors, the Seattle City Attorney and an ex-top FBI agent -- all former warrior in the 40-year "War on Drugs."
Oregon also has weed on the ballot, but Measure 80 didn't pass there.
Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
TMZ reports that Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas yesterday (9/19) for possession of hash. She's currently beind held at Hudspeth County Jail.
Free Fiona! UPDATE: she is actually free at least.
Apple spent the night in the Hudspeth County Jail, and was ordered released this afternoon on $11,000 bond.Legalize it!
Apple was arrested at the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer were arrested on similar charges. What does Dean-Walker think of all of the celebrities being arrested in her remote county, which is in the Big Bend between San Antonio and El Paso?
"I think the reason we're catching so many celebrities there is they are going through there with stuff they shouldn't have," she said. [WOAI]
You can see her mugshot, via TMZ, below...
Reggae legends Toots and the Maytals are touring non-stop through the end of July, and they're coming to Brooklyn twice this summer. They play Brooklyn Bowl on July 19 and 25. Tickets are on sale now for both shows (July 19 and July 25). The 7/19 show will opened by Lukas Nelson and the 7/25 show by Fear Nuttin' Band.
Toots' tour ends 7/31 at Hollywood Bowl, but they are also scheduled to play Jam Cruise in early 2012. All dates are listed below.
Toots and the Maytals broke up in the early 1980s, but reunited in the '90s and have been together ever since. Toots' current band features himself (Frederick "Toots" Hibbert) on lead vocals along with Leba Thomas-Backup Vocal, Marie "Twiggi" Gitten-Backup Vocal, Paul Douglas-Percussion, Carl Harvey-Lead Guitar, Jackie Jackson-Bass, Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan-Rhythm Guitar, Charles "The Bulge" Farquarson-Keyboard, and Norris "Computer" Webb-Keyboard. Last year, they released the album Flip and Twist which you can order from their website, along with a joint-shaped USB drive loaded with the full album (pictured above).
Download the track "There is a Reason", along with all tour dates and some recent live videos, below...
Cannabis Corpse at Bowery Electric (more by Suren Karapetyan)
Continuing in a long line of excellently titled releases (Blunted at Birth, Tube of the Resinated, The Weeding), Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise is the latest LP from a band that devours as many pounds of weed as they do fetuses. July 12th is when the bong fog shall rise and Cannabis Corpse will release the new album via Tankcrimes. Check out the first track to emerge, which is the third track on the LP, "Blame It On The Bud." It makes its premiere in this post and is streaming below.
The band, who share members with Municipal Waste, Volture, Parasytic, & Battlemaster, also recently issued an album trailer (which rules) and will head to Europe in the late summer for a string of dates that SHOCKINGLY do not include Amsterdam. Color me disappointed. All tour dates, that album trailer, and the full LP tracklisting are below.
Willie Nelson's mugshot
Forget the Tea Party -- country music legend Willie Nelson has a different kind of movement he wants you to join.Support Willie Nelson in his trek for decriminalization by joining the Teapot party, or just support him when he hits the road for a string of dates in December and in the new year. Full tour sked is below, and quite a few (non-NYC) dates are on sale and/or pre-sale.
"There's the Tea Party...How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left."
Nelson, 77, was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol for possession of marijuana last week, despite the fact that he was roughly 100 miles [from] the U.S. border at the time.
"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," Texas attorney Dick DeGuerin told Rolling Stone. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to."
...If Nelson's new party succeeds, he won't be a lawbreaker anymore.
"Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Nelson wrote. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved." -[About]
Two of those dates (2/13 & 2/14) will go down at Austin City Limits - Live, the studio that houses the famed series which recently relocated. The show's new home, Moody Theater, will begin taping shows there in early 2011. The new location is now walking distance from the main drag that is 6th Street.
I'm not sure of Wavves' political affiliation, but I am guessing he's all for switching to the Teapot party. He just got arrested for pot in Germany. Hopefully he's more careful on his upcoming tour with Best Coast. There won't be a smoke-filled tour bus that asking to be pulled over since, well since Willie Nelson.
Willie Nelson tour dates and some videos below..
by Klaus Kinski
Did you know that The Benson Interruption was picked-up by Comedy Central for 6 half-hour episodes? It premiered on Thursday, October 28 at Midnight (or it hasn't premiered yet if you believe Comedy Central's website), and although I didn't see it, I have seen the live show and cannot begin to accurately describe how funny it is. Essentially, Doug sits on stage (or in the front row) and interrupts awesome comedians as they try to get through their bits. It isn't heckling. It's more like DVD audio commentary that the actors can actually hear and react to. If you're in LA, then you might like to know that The Benson Interruption is taping in your town on November 4th (8:00pm) and November 15th (7:30pm, 9:30pm). Sign up for your chance to be in the audience! I know I would if I was in LA.
On a related note: Personally, I don't smoke weed. I have, and it's ok, but it's just not my bag. I'm a drinker. I am not against weed, however. I've done it, most of my friends do it, and I'd bet dollars to donuts I have family that have done it. For two years I lived with one of the most habitual pot smokers I've ever known. If anything, I think legalizing it could close some weeping gaps in America's hilarious federal deficit; a deficit that's getting so big that we may actually see a new number invented in our lifetime. That'd be awesome. Also, weed is at the source of so many preposterous incarcerations, fines, and expensive legal battles that I think decriminalizing it would benefit Americans of every financial strata and allow the pigs in charge to pursue real criminals.
The worst thing about weed? Weed Culture. Bongs are ugly. Pipes are ugly. The more ornate the glass, the more it looks like Henry Hill's mistress' apartment in Goodfellas. The 420 motif is beyond arbitrary. The clothes the culture generates could ONLY be worn by people who a baked out of their gourds. And the posters. Good grief. The posters. When I hear the word "pot head" my mind simultaneously conjures up two different images of a pot smoker. The first is that of a burrito selling hippy with a lot of baggy corduroy and bright colored shirts and accouterments bouncing around devil sticks and noodle dancing. "Wanna get a hack?" The other pot head archetype my mind conjures up (editor's note: The opinions expressed by Klaus Kinski's mind are not necessarily the opinions of other BrooklynVegan.com minds) the brooding, small town dude who loves Korn, wears oversized black hoodies, baggy dark shorts, and clunky shoes 365 days a year. Pride bothers me. Pride in something as stupid as smoking pot is laughable. Pot smokers are the only people who should follow a don't ask don't tell policy.
"Jesus Klaus. Do you have a point here or are you just using BV as a pulpit for your kind of irrational and basically irrelevant thoughts on weed?" I know, right? But I do have a point. And that is to tell you that the ONLY good thing to come out of weed culture, The Marijuana-Logues, will be hitting The Gramercy Theater at 4:20pm on Saturday December 18th (3:30pm doors). I haven't seen the Marijuana-logues in many years, but the last time I saw the show I laughed like a man under the influence of some serious Big Buddah Cheese brah. What are the Marijuana-Logues? Simply put, it is three men, one stage, many many many stories about marijuana. The line up for the 12/18 show will feature comedians Doug Benson (of the Benson Interruption), Rob Cantrell, and Tony Camin, all of whom a absolutely hilarious. Tickets went on sale on October 15th and are still available, so GET YOURS. Pot heads, straight edges, and squares alike will enjoy the living crud out of this show.
Video of Zach Galifianakis smoking a joint on a recent episode of of Bill Maher's Show, below...
photos by Chris Gersbeck
"problematic wavves fan named pedro making this interesting." -stadiumsshrines
"Wavves just lost their shit. It was mad awkward." -surefirenelc
Wavves show was awesome. High energy, banging my head, throwing myself into the mosh pit, just what I needed." -draindesert
"Wavves is pretty alright for a band but they have to cool it with their unfunny BANTER. I'm talking to you fat-drummer-man. #playalready" -TheEnthusiast
"I might not be a dude-but I have a total boner for @wavveswavves right now." -haitlincandella
Wavves taking pulls off of a not-cigarette @ MHOW Tuesday night
How many people bought the now infamous Waaves weed grinders at the merch table last night? If you weren't able to roll one up then maybe you caught a contact high as Wavves smoked a fatty on stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (9/21), Wavves' 2nd headlining NYC show in less than two months. The Babies (featuring Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls) and Christmas Island provided support for the green-friendly band who had their fair share of supporters and detractors, on twitter, and at the show where the band was heckled by mystery patron "Pedro" for the duration of their set.
Wavves plays Madison Square Garden with Phoenix and Dirty Projectors in less than a month from now (10/20). Tickets are still available.
Video of Wavves smoking pot at Lollapalooza HERE. More pictures from Music Hall, including one of the setlist (which they didn't actually follow), and a couple of videos from the show (screaming fan included), below...
"BV interviewer Federico Rasperrini on the scene @ Lollapalooza" - brooklynvegan
Frederico Rasperrini & WAVVES @ Lollapalooza 2010
Move over Best Coast and Freddie Gibbs at Pitchfork, Wavves and Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above) had a little smoke session of their own at Lollapalooza. For those that don't recognize intrepid BV reporter Frederico Rasperrini (pictured above in the white hat), it's true, he's none other than John McCauley of Deer Tick in disguise.
Deer Tick played the Chicago festival too last weekend, just like they'll play Webster Hall tonight (8/13) after a special opening set by Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez. Tickets should be available at the door.
Wavves' next NYC show is at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). Before and after that they're on a tour that also brings them to Madison Square Garden to open for Phoenix who also played Lollapalooza (while some guy was starting a fight with the police).
The Wavves/Frederico video footage does not involve any fighting or police (luckily), but there is some illicit behavior in the form of marijuana smoke being sucked out of a beer can, talk of HPV, and whatnot... That and more, below...
DOWNLOAD: - Jim Jones - "Salute" Remix w/ Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, & Vado (MP3)
"Freddie Gibbs hella #underrated" - NiNO_WiLLIAMS
"only in NYC can you see Gotham Green, Black Milk, Freddie Gibbs, DJ Spinna and Tony Touch all rock in the same night." -jessfromcosign
"Jim Jones is at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show. I didn't know he liked rap." - itsthereal
Freddie Gibbs at SXSW (photo by Villageslum.com)
Freddie Gibbs is the Str8 Killa (and a straight blunt killa, but more on that in a sec) and he celebrated his new EP with a show featuring the great Black Milk, Gotham Green, Push! Montana, Tony Touch, DJ Spinna and others last night at SOB's. Check out some videos from the event below.
In other Gibbs related news, odds are you won't see the MC at the upcoming Rick Ross / Diddy shindig at Governor's Island:
Complex: Switching topics: One of the hottest rappers right now is Rick Ross. One of your recent tweets read: "Who are you? Rick Ross, Big Meech or Larry Hoover? the rap game is like halloween every day?"Ouchie. He goes on to speak on Diddy, Khaled, and many others in the same interview.
Freddie Gibbs: [Laughs.] That's real, man. That dude makes good records, but I just can't support no bold-faced lying on records. I guess he's entertaining people. It's like a movie, like Scarface. He can have that fake lane. I'll stay in the real lane. We got a non-fiction lane of rap, that's how I'm looking at it now. So you got that fiction lane over there where they're doing all them. I do the non-fiction, the autobiography, the real shit. It's all good.... I mean you can't really trip on him yelling names out. This the same dude that told you he knew Noriega when he first came out, so...
As you can see above, Jim Jones was spotted at the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk shindig. Jones's reunited partner in rhyme (dipset all day, as the kids say) Cam'ron will headline the Funkmaster Flex birthday party next Wednesday (8/11) at BB King's. Look for Killa Cam to perform alongside a team Ja Rule, Capone & Noreaga, Group Home (who just played Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest) and DJ Premier (him too). Tickets are on sale, yuhnahmean? Dig on the remix for "Salute" from Jim Jones's upcoming LP The Capo (9/28 via E1) featuring Juelz Santana, Vado, and Cam'ron above.
Video from the Freddie Gibbs/Black Milk show last night, as well as some of Mr. Gibbs and Best Coast (ex-Vivian Girl Ali included) sharing some ganj at the Pitchfork Fest, is below...
North Carolina's singing senator has recorded a song critical of the marijuana and alcohol citations filed against members of singer-songwriter Willie Nelson's band in January.Willie Nelson & The Family play a show at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, July 28th with Levon Helm Band (who are playing Wellmont Theatre March 12th). Tickets go on Fan Club & VIP presale Friday, March 5th at 10am; general sale starts Friday, March 12th at noon.
"It just looks like a special effort was made to go on that bus and cite them with marijuana," said state Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-Duplin.
The song, called "Leave the Man Alone," refers to the Jan. 28 citations issued to six members of Nelson's band on either possession of marijuana or possession of non-tax-paid alcohol. The band's bus was outside the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville.
Nelson canceled the show that evening. His staff said the show was canceled because the musician's hand was hurting. But one woman who was at the canceled concert said practically no one believes that was the real reason.
"I don't think it was his hand at all," said Sylvia Hawes, 70, of Rose Hill. She said she believed the alcohol and marijuana charges prompted the cancellation. [Jacksonville Daily News]
Willie has shows booked around the country. His full schedule is posted below...
The NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair is a 3-day, 3-night event about cannabis liberation. A portion of the proceeds benefit pro-freedom activism in NY and beyond. This year 30 musical acts and entertainers, with some of the best in Funk, Rock, Jam, Reggae, World, Hip hop, Break Beats & Hardcore, all at one event. Speakers, Poets and Performers will educate and entertain you in between acts. Join us for three days of great music, activist opportunities, great people, good vibes & so much more!It's happening October 9th- 12th in Hancock, NY. There's music from The Wailers, "420 Funk Mob with special guest George Clinton" and others. Tickets are on sale now. More info below...
photos by Fresh Bread
"...I had been to Celebrate Brooklyn [on July 30, 2009] for a uncharacteristically fair set from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and a phenomenal set from Burning Spear. It was probably the first time I'd gone to the Prospect Park Bandshell solo, and I instantly made friends while surrounded by every Jamaican living in the city of New York, all of whom made significant contributions to a cloud laced with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that permanently hung over the lawn like the fog in the San Francisco Bay." [Intelligent Rectum]Speaking of THC, the 2009 season of Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park comes to an end this weekend with two nights of Animal Collective. Wednesday night was Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal and the night before that was TV on the Radio - all ticketed benefit shows. The final free show was Saturday's Big Daddy Kane gig which came one night after the free Grace Potter / Deer Tick show.
All the way back on July 30th (the night before All Points West and while Grace Jones was doing her thing in Hammerstein Ballroom), Burning Spear played a free show at the bandshell with Daptone Records recording artist Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens as support. More pictures from that show, the setlist, and a live recording link, below....
DOWNLOAD: Supersuckers - Killer Weed (MP3)
Teenagers listen to an average of nearly 2.5 hours of music per day. Guess what they're hearing about? One in three popular songs contains explicit references to drug or alcohol use, according to a new report in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. That means kids are receiving about 35 references to substance abuse for every hour of music they listen to, the authors determined. [NY Times]
DOWNLOAD: Earlimart - Nevermind the Phonecalls (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Willie Nelson - A Peaceful Solution (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afuche - Umm Champ Chemp (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afuche - Gaspar Noe (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afuche - A Cue to Bathe (MP3)
* Earlimart are playing Joe's Pub
* Wes' weekly Cross Pollination show is free @ Pianos
* Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Ray Price are in Jersey (score some weed)
* The 'Summer Haze Tour' is at Summerstage (score some weed)
* Afuche are playing at Cake Shop (score some MP3s above)
* more Afuche @ MySpace