It’s Thursday, April 20th, and if you indulge in herbology, this date has a special meaning. Basically April 20th, or 4/20 for short, is national pot-smokers day (and also the day before the day before Earth Day!!!). There is much speculation as to why 4/20 is the date (police code, date of biggest drug bust, etc.) but, whatever the reason, people come together in groups to share their stash and enjoy a good, elevated day.
This mixtape molds perfectly to every type of highness, and can be served stone-cold sober with similar effects. There are synthy fast paced jams to get your blood pumping or, in some cases, give you headaches and make you crave nachos. There are beautiful, layered melodies, perfect for a walk through the park with a joint and some friends. This mix has something for everyone, and is gauranteed to trip you out.
Please note that neither I nor other members of All Things Go condone the use of marijuana, space cakes, shrooms, or any sort of drug. This mix is for everyone to enjoy, even the non-smokers. I have recruited the help of Austin and Everett to jointly write some of the song descriptions, and with that, I present to you the All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape Volume I:
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The Stills – “In the Beginning”
I have had a craving to post this song somehow, and this mixtape has given me the perfect excuse. From the opening chords to the relaxing melody at the end, this song is a rollercoaster ride of emotion, a must-have in an elevated state. “In the Beginning” eats you up and spits you out a new man. A new, awesome, man.
Atom & His Package – “I Am Downright Amazed”
I have only two words to describe this song: Slippery Synths. That is all.
Of Montreal – “So Begins Our Alabee”
There are more noises in this song than their are hairs on Alex’s back (Note: that’s alot). It is also the posterchild for making goofy mouth-beat-noises along with choreographed hand motions. With lyrics like “You’re my mousy aesthete, you’re my bouyant cherub, it’s true” this song had to be made with reefer in mind.
A.C. Newman – “Miracle Drug”
This song could be put on this list because of it’s title alone, but with Carl Newman’s unique vocals and a dirty drumline to boot, “Miracle Drug” more than qualifies for the Cannabliss Mixtape. Warning: this song might unlock the junk in your trunk. Consider yourself warned.
The Get Up Kids – “Close to Me (The Cure Cover)”
Much like “In the Beginning”, this song begins with overpoweringly danceable drums and adds instrument after instrument, coming to a climax near the end. I’ve torn holes in my steering-wheel cover from hand-drumming the beat every time this song comes on in my car.
Ratatat – “El Pico”
Honestly, Ratatat(atatat) is one slick-ass band. The muted guitar part at 3:21 gives your life new meaning and direction, and gives your soul a raging erection. Literally any of these guys’ songs would work for this mixtape, but “El Pico” is far and away the best because it has a diverse range of moods, much like Adrian on his period. Mental image!
Architecture in Helsinki – “Do the Whirlwind”
I seem to notice a running theme in this mixtape: simple beginnings that slowly add instruments until the climax near the end. “Do the Whirlwind” is no exception, filled with awesome synths, brass instruments, and a sitar. Honestly, what’s better than a sitar? Also, make sure you check out the 2:04 part of the song when they drop the beat for a second, and “the beat the beats hanging on.”
Heypenny – “Parade”
Heypenny is better than you, your grandma, and Karl “The Mailman” Malone combined. “Parade”, with it’s synthy beginning and ridiculously catchy melody, is the ultimate high song, if not the ultimate anytime jam. You really don’t need this whole mixtape to satisfy your musical munchies. Just put this song on repeat, grab a bag of goldfish, and get ready for a mindblowing experience.
The Streets – “Blinded by the Light”
If you don’t completely and totally lose your mind listening to this song, you might need to remove the stick from your ass. So Mike Skinner AKA The Streets doesn’t sing. Get over it. “Blinded by the Light” is an adventure in spoken word of Mike Skinner and his journey into a nightclub while high on something. The chorus of “lights are blinding my eyes” and “and walking off into the night” hold together one of the strongest songs on this mixtape, and my personal favorite Streets track.
Royksopp – “Triumphant”
Try focusing while listening to this song, it’s just not going to happen. The simple piano riff played over and over (and over) is the perfect background for the drums, beeps, and boops that swirl around this humdinger of a song. Warning: “Triumphant” can and will cause you to forget all of your troubles. Even your little sister. The one who drowned while you were off getting stoned.
The Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize?? (The Postal Service Remix)”
This upbeat remix of an already incredibly trippy song will cause a little mini-fiesta in your brain, and possibly all the way down the spine. Jimmy Tamborello incorporates the ultimate video game noises and synths to literally cause an eargasm. With lyrics like “You realize the sun doesn’t go down, It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round” get ready to question everything.
Z-Trip – “Breakfast Club”
Yes, Z-Trip is white, but that doesn’t stop me from absolutely adoring this song about the best of the old school saturday morning cartoons. The Phoenix, Arizona DJ loops a simple vocal beat, with added snares and drums, to create an incredibly infectious rhythm that’s impossible not to sing along to. Not to mention Z-Trip name drops such early morning cartoons as the Smurfs, GI Joe, Wacky Races, Transformers, and the Get Along Gang.
Matisyahu – “King Without a Crown” What can be said about Matisyahu that hasn’t already been uttered a million times. Yes he’s fully kosher. No he does not smoke, and yes he is anti-drugs. You would think that all of these things combined would prohibit “King Without a Crown” from entering this mixtape, but the song is just too damn good. To truly enjoy Matisyahu in an elevated state, sit down and listen to his whole album Shake off the Dust…Arise through.
The Postal Service – “This Place is a Prison”
Honestly any Postal Service song could work for this mix, but “This Place is a Prison” features eerie, unique noises as well as an awesome mood change in the middle. Just find your comfy chair, indulge in the cannibology and tell your friends you’ll see them tommorow.
Blackalicious – “Alphabet Aerobics”
Possibly one of hip-hops smoothest rhyme-slingers, Blackalicious puts it all together in “Alphabet Aerobics”, a training video that should be required listening for aspiring emcees. I cannot even describe the wonder that is “Alphabet Aerobics”, so I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves:
Artificial amateurs, aren’t at all amazing
Analytically, I assault, animate things
Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat
Buildings are broken, basically I’m bombarding
Casually create catastrophes, casualties
Cancelling cats got their canopies collapsing
Detonate a dime of dank daily doin dough
Demonstrations, Don Dada on the down low
Eatin other editors with each and every energetic
Epileptic episode, elevated etiquette
Furious fat fabulous fantastic
Flurries of funk felt feeding the fanatics
Gift got great global goods gone glorious
Gettin godly in his game with the goriest
Hit em high, hella height, historical
Hey holocaust hints hear ’em holler at your homeboy
Imitators idolize, I intimidate
In a instant, I’ll rise in a irate state
Juiced on my jams like jheri curls jockin joints
Justly, it’s just me, writin my journals
Kindly I’m kindling all kinds of ink on
Karate kick type brits in my kingdom
Let me live a long life, lyrically lessons is
Learned lame louses just lose to my livery
My mind makes marvelous moves, masses
Marvel and move, many mock what I’ve mastered
Niggas nap knowin I’m nice naturally
Knack, never lack, make noise nationally
Operation, opposition, off, not optional
Out of sight, out of mind, wide beaming opticals
Perfected poem, powerful punchlines
Pummelling petty powder puffs in my prime
Quite quaint quotes keep quiet it’s Quannum
Quarrelers ain’t got a quarter of what we got uh
Really raw raps, risin up rapidly
Riding the rushing radioactivity
Super scientifical sound search sought
Silencing super fire saps that are soft
Tales ten times talented, too tough
Take that, challengers, get a tune up
Universal, unique untouched
Unadulterated, the raw uncut
Verb vice lord victorious valid
Violate vibes that are vain make em vanished
Well would a wise wordsmith just
Weaving up words weeded up, I’m a workshift
Xerox, my X-ray-diation holes extra large
X-height letters, and xylophone tones
Yellow back, yak mouth, young ones yaws
Yesterday’s lawn yards sell our (yawn?)
Zig zag zombies, zoomin to the zenith
Zero in zen thoughts, overzealous rhyme ZEA-LOTS!…
Are you passed out yet?
Thanks again for checking out the All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape. It took me quite a while to compile this mixtape, and I love hearing some feedback. By the way, your little brother is at baseball practice. It looks like it’s gonna rain, you might just want to pick him up, or are you too busy getting high? And remember, Gatorade is the ultimate burnout cure, and nobody is judging you. Remember to neuter and spay your pets, and have a good night.