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January 26, 2020
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Album Notes - Pinegrove - Marigold

Erickson January 26, 2020

"Dotted Line" opens Pinegrove's first writing and recording efforts following a convoluted and very public #metoo accusation with:

Ignore the wreckage on the shoulder
I cross the border into New Jersey
Where a dotted line from my antennae says
"May no fantasy hold your head up"

That's either a genius middle-fingered…

Dispatches Asks: How are You Preparing for Toasts & Smokes at Cannapages 10?

Dispatches January 25, 2020

Featuring "Toasts & Smokes," Cannapages 10 kicks off this coming week, and the whole city is abuzz in anticipation. For instance, the local Puff Wizards, Highlands-circuit marathon dabbers of Cannatown, built their own replica of the speakeasy, geared and loaded to mimic the full dab bar. 

"It's all about strategy," said team captain Harold Turpsauza. "Nobody…

Album Notes - AJJ - Good Luck, Everybody

Erickson January 17, 2020

Can you turn someone on to a band, only to have them in turn turn you on to the same band? That's a lot of turning. Try not to get dizzy. It's also exactly what happened between me and Ryan "Chicago Bar and Grill" Nelson. When it came to AJJ, this reciprocal musical exposure was years in the…

CANNAPAGES Celebrates a Decade

Cannapages January 12, 2020

On the tail end of the Great Recession in 2009, we, the Cannapages founders, were laid off from a company that created web media for the YellowPages. 

After months of development, we launched the first Cannapages website in January 2010, coinciding with an industry eruption due to new state laws. We immediately established a new precedent…

Cannatown Dining - Natural Blazer Goes Full Caveman

Restaurant Critic Ed Dibbles January 10, 2020

What would you say about a new environmentally-sound restaurant that ditches cups, but will let patrons pour beverages right into their hands from the soda fountain? Get ready for a super-natural experience at Cannatown's hottest "caveman" bistro, Natural Blazer. You sit on a dirt floor. There are few, if any, lights. Sometimes there are red ants. You may…

Album Notes - Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Erickson January 5, 2020

You definitely woke up early this new year and expected Album of the Week #256 to be Justin Timberlake. Amirite? For now I'm taking advantage of a name that has nothing to do with the year we just entered, but it fits, and I thoroughly enjoy this album. If Prince can release 1999 in 1982, why not go…

Rubio's Recommendations - Basic Types of Cannabis Strains

John Rubio January 5, 2020

With the legalization of cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, the effects of different types of cannabis have increasingly gone under the microscope. Some strains have been bred to relieve chronic pain and to improve symptoms of multiple sclerosis, such as muscle spasms and nerve pain. Some routinely regain their appetites during treatment of  HIV/AIDS and other conditions. Meanwhile, the…

Album Notes: 2019 in Review

Erickson December 29, 2019

The last few Decembers I found it incredibly difficult to whittle down my favorite albums of the year to only ten. This year the opposite proved true. When I think about 2019 in music, my first thought continues to be along the lines of "very little truly blew me away." As always there are things well-worth repeated listenings, but overall…

New Budget Bill Enables Launch of "Spaced Force"

Dispatches December 24, 2019

With narrow passage of another Cannatown budget, shutdown of the city has been staved off another six months, while City Council “makes some calls.” Meanwhile, the new spending bill has sparked a whole new controversy with its funding for a completely new group: the Spaced Force.

"Basically, these guys will be stationed around, and just kinda…

Album Notes - Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

Erickson December 14, 2019

This one came out back in April but is yet another that seems perfect for the season. 

California-born, Pennsylvania-raised Natalie Mering's fourth album as Weyes Blood provides a modern take on some familiar sounds. Whether it’s the Beatlesque orchestrations coupled with some seriously George Harrison slide guitar, shades of Beach Boys melodic themes, or early 70s…

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