Chron Goblin’s Blazin’ Tunes

By on 9 November 2015

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Fittingly on Friday November 13, Canada’s Chron Goblin release their third album, ‘Backwater’, via Ripple Music. In honour of this impending release we asked them to make us a playlist. So, what’s it all about?

They explain:

“In light of our country recently ousting a conservative government and electing new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party, which plans to implement the legalization of marijuana as part of their campaign promises, we decided to create a playlist of our top 20 songs to get high to! Grind up your best herb with one of our Chron Goblin Grinders, roll up a fatty, and get down with our favourite blazin’ tunes.”

Tunes to get high to then… but with a political motivation. We can get behind that. From their playlist, here are a couple of their essential picks:

Black Sabbath – ‘Hole in the Sky’

What stoner playlist would be complete without Sabbath?! “Sweetleaf” might be the quintessential Sabbath track to blaze to, but “Hole in the Sky” has some vivid imagery brought on by the lyrics which any tripper can appreciate: “Holy in the sky, gateway to heaven/window in time, through it I fly”. The music behind this chorus truly supports the imagery of elevation as well. You can picture Ozzy on his tip-toes in the studio reaching for those high notes as the band is frantic in their execution of the phrase.

Elder – ‘Dead Roots Stirring’

Elder should be any herbal enthusiasts best friend. Their new album “Lore” is one of the best releases of 2015, but it’s their track “Dead Roots Stirring” from their 2011 release that we selected for this playlist. The lyrics reference natural elements and imagery, something any greenthumb can feel connected to, but there is also existential pondering for those of us inclined to such heady things. This combined with the heavy rolling groove Elder does so well makes them a perfect soundtrack for red-eyed rockers.

Kyuss – ‘Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop’

We don’t need to validate Kyuss’ presence on this list. This track is all about that cycling, rolling hook of synchronized guitar and bass that forces you into a hip shaking head bang. Homer Simpson said it best for songs like this one: “Now when I listen to a really good song, I start nodding my head, like I’m saying ‘yeeess’ to every beat. ‘Yes, Yes, Yes, this rocks.’ And then sometimes I switch it up like ‘No, No, No! Don’t stop-a-rockin””. Homer would totally rock this song on his drive to Moe’s for a cold one to ease a case of dry-mouth.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – ‘Be Easy’

You don’t only have to listen to stoner rock to enjoy some green with your tunes. When your neck is sore from too much head banging, throw on some Sharon Jones for some soothing soul-funk and let yourself “Be Easy”. As Sharon says, “You gotta be mellow if you want her affection/You get too excited and she’s off in another direction”. What better way to be mellow than lighting up with your gal and kicking back?


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