The Smokin'est Stoner Songs

DUDE . . . STONER SONGS Long before it was (well on its way to becoming) legal, marijuana was a staple of musicians’ daily diets. Some of them claimed that it unlocked the doors of their imagination, allowing them to compose some of their greatest songs. Who can say? More to the point, who are we to judge? All we can do is breathe deeply, taking in the many wild wonders of those magical musical moments when, in the midst of a cumulus cloud of creation, our favorite artists produced some of the finest . . . and weirdest . . . odes to an extremely popular plant.
Posted on August 20, 2014
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JJ

JJ Visually speaking, JJ aren't exactly subtle. Even the trailer for their new album, V, dials up the melodrama as if it were written for Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle and directed by David Lynch. But the Swedish duo's soft-focused songwriting goes down easy, seeping into our pores with smoothed-over rhyme schemes and a crisp backdrop of creeping beats, glassy synths, windswept strings, and lean bass lines. Just like their rising status in the indie pop world, their production values have been cranked up on cuts like "All White Everything" and "Dean & Me," but they never feel heavy-handed or forced. JJ find their comfort zone and stay there instead, making sure to leave the door open so you can walk right in.
Posted on August 20, 2014
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BENJAMIN BOOKER

BENJAMIN BOOKER Here's what we know about Benjamin Booker, based on his two-line bio: He's a New Orleans native equally inspired by the Gun Club, T. Rex, and Blind Willie Johnson. And while that may simply read like a rough, respect-your-elders guide to garage-punk, glam-rock, and the blues, Booker actually backs up his myriad influences by being able to pull off everything from a riff-rattled rave-up to a bare-bones acoustic cut. Take his two very different takes of "Have You Seen My Son?," both featured on our playlist, for starters — one's as bare as a busker, while the other's blustery and brutal. No wonder Jack White hand-selected Booker as his supporting act on a recent tour, going as far as joining him in a guitar-off at some shows. Sure enough, the kid held his ground at every turn, as if he were waiting for White to pass the torch already.
Posted on August 19, 2014
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MMA Fight Songs

MMA Fight Songs Anderson Silva. Chuck Liddell. Matt Hughes. All of MMA’s biggest names have their walkout song of choice — three minutes of musical mayhem that send them into straight-up beastmode and light up the crowd for an evening of bloodletting. These are those songs. From the Dropkick Murphys to 2Pac, from AC/DC to DMX, we’ve pounded out a playlist of unparalleled punishment. Hit play and, for the love of God, step out of the way.
Posted on August 18, 2014
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The Ultimate Sex Soundtrack

The Ultimate Sex Soundtrack Let’s face it: When it comes to getting it on, you could probably use all the help you can get. Which is where we come in. Not that we’re particularly good at getting it on, either, but we do know a thing or two about setting just the right mood with just the right soundtrack. From D’Angelo to Daft Punk, from Beyoncé to Marvin Gaye, consider this playlist everything you’ll need (minus wine and, well, a special someone) to make the most out of your evening. You’re welcome.
Posted on August 18, 2014
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