It only makes sense to augment this week's Notes from the Smoking Patio—pun very much intended—with a playlist of weedian San Diego jams. Now, personally, I'm not one to partake (no judgment, just not my cup of tea) but that being said there's a lot of local music that's either made under the influence of weed or replicates the high. Tune into this bong-rattling seven-track playlist.
JOY: "Under the Spell"
I don't know for sure that "Under the Spell" isn't a euphemism, but JOY's druggy psych-rock music certainly has an intoxicating quality about it, this instrumental intro providing some nice atmosphere for what's to follow.
Amigo: "Cosmo Blaster"
The thick, noxious riffs of stoner rock have always been much more appealing to me than the embarrassing white-dude reggae that keeps getting regurgitated on the radio. Local riffmeisters Amigo provide their share of big, smoky guitars here.
Wavves: "Weed Demon"
Admittedly, I'm including this mostly for the use of the word "Weed" in the title, but Wavves' ultra lo-fi slacker punk is a fine complement to getting wasted and doing nothing in particular.
The Soaks: "TV Life"
The Soaks have their own merch with sketches of marijuana leaves on it, so it seemed only natural to include a track pick, in particular this fuzzy and peppy number about a couch-ridden lifestyle.
Tall Can and Generik: "Green Skies - Nothing to Do"
Tall Can and Generik seem to take inspiration from a wide array of psychedelics, but it's no doubt laced with THC, as on this suitably trippy standout that finds the local hip-hop duo seeing green.
Wild Wild Wets: "UK Drugs"
Wild Wild Wets most likely took the name of this song from a certain generation of psychedelic British post-punk bands, but it still works. Their effects are heavy and disorienting, and their melodies addictive.
Earthless: "Sonic Prayer"
The dudes in Earthless have gone on record as being non-stoners. Interesting, then, that they make music that would indicate the opposite. They are, in certain moments, a bit like a really heavy jam band, and this 20-plus-minute epic is a spacey way to ride out your high.