Ten songs I can't stop listening to, and where you can listen to them for yourself:
1. "Call Tyrone" by Erykah Badu
2. "Don't Run Our Hearts Around" by Black Mountain
I get really stoked when I find a newer band that I like, because I feel like I can hear them in their prime. A lot of my favourite acts are no longer around or wayy past their glory days. I very recently discovered this song and I can't wait to dig a little deeper. I love the tone of the video, it made me want to road trip through California/Nevada/New Mexico even more.
3. "Cosmic Slop" by Funkadelic
You knew I wasn't gonna let you get away without some P-Funk on the list! You can hear a savage, guitar-heavy live version featuring Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton here, the super-tight studio version here or a trippy promo video with a clip from the song here. This is one of those songs that is so uplifting but if you listen closely, has the most depressing lyrics. I know I've never danced so hard to a song about a woman prostituting herself for her five children.
4. "Like Me" by Girlicious
This picture made me think of this Facebook group, and I have to say, the feminist in me is suicidal over how often I watch this video. The lyrics are so cliched, it almost seems like a parody. But, hey, I could be listening to worse stuff, right? Actually, no, probably not...
5. "Mary Jane" by Rick James
I have to say, I feel like Rick James has really been cheapened by two things: "U Can't Touch This" and the (admittedly awesome) Chappelle Show sketch. This song, however, is so sacred. Nobody would miss the stoner reference, but who cares? I confess, it's my deepest desire to hear a psychedelic rock band cover this, so I've been pressuring my friend's boyfriend to get his band to cover it. I'll let you know if my nagging is successful.
6. "You Sure Love to Ball" by Marvin Gaye
Uhh, I don't think he meant shoot baskets either.
7. "4+20" by Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
You can never have too many stoner songs, can you? I'm so excited to see them live in June and really hope they do this one.
8. "(You Caught Me) Smilin'" by Sly & the Family Stone
Sly & the Family Stone is where my love of 60's psychedelic rock and 70's funk meets. This isn't my favourite of theirs, nor is it close to being their best. It's just been one that's been warming my heart lately.
9. "The Lone Ranger" by Betty Davis
I've also seen this one called "I Will Take that Ride". It's definitely her at her most sultry and easily my most favourite of her slower songs. My favourite part is the last minute or so.
10. "Since I've Been Loving You" by Led Zeppelin
This song never fails to slay me.