Today is 4/20, and as you know, it’s a pretty big deal for stoners everywhere, so I decided to do a mixtape of my 20 favorite stoner metal/rock songs. Even though i’m making this list rather late in the day, this blog is a celebration of my love of music, so I figure it’s better late than never. I’m a huge fan of stoner rock and stoner doom and thought that this list was very appropriate, and very awesome. The thing to remember about this list is that not all of these are considered stoner rock or metal, but they are still awesome songs. Below, you’ll find a hyperlink to each song on youtube so you can rock out. What are your favorite stoner songs/bands/albums? Leave a comment.
16. Neurosis – Burn
I, unlike alot of people nowadays, still get a thrill from purchasing physical copies of music, especially vinyl. Occasionally, i’ll have enough cash stored up to go on record shopping adventures in the local antique stores, and occasionally i’ll find some amazing purchases. I plan on writing about music as much as i can on this blog and this post(and future segments) will be mainly focused on the records i find while on record shopping adventures.
Usually my shopping is done locally, but this weekend my wife and i took an anniversary vacation to Little Rock, Ar, and even though we were both sick, we got some great shopping done. As far as record shopping goes, there are 2 record stores in Little Rock that i’ve been to and the best by far, and the only one i usually go to if i have a choice is Arkansas Record and Cd Exchange. The guy who owns this store is your typical old codger record store guy who has forgotten more about music than i’ll ever know and he was quite helpful.
When i go to a record store, or any store that sells music, I usually go through the store in one fell swoop grabbing all the stuff i’d like to buy and then i narrow it down to fit my particular budget for that trip. I went in with a list of stuff to look for ranging from failure and king diamond to sepultura and the black keys and didnt find much from it, but i did find a ton of awesome records that i knew would make this a successful trip. I’m a huge fan of Thin Lizzy and i have all but 7 of their albums on vinyl and fortunately this store had 4 of them, which rules, but Thunder & Lightning was $30 and the self titled was $45, which did not rule. I did, however, find “Chinatown” and “Renegades” for very reasonable prices and decided i had to purchase them no matter what, also, both were original copies and not the stupid remasters that sound like garbage. Two bands that I had on my list to search for were Judas Priest and Motorhead, and though they didn’t have many Motorhead records, i found a stash of great Judas Priest albums, but i had most of em, but one i didn’t have that i needed was “Ram It Down” notable for tracks like the title track and “Blood Red Skies”, and it was actually at an affordable price so i put it in the stack. As far as Motorhead goes, the only lp i have of theirs is “No Sleep Til Hammersmith” so i was hoping to find any of their studio albums, and the only one i found at a decent price was a brand new version of “Ace of Spades” which is number one on my list, so in the stack it went. With the discovery of the 2 Thin Lizzy records, plus Ace of Spades and Ram it Down, i thought i was pretty much done, but decided to take a victory lap through the new records section and that’s where a kink was thrown in the whole operation when i reached the Mastodon section. Mastodon is one of my favorite current american metal bands and i celebrate their entire discography, which is good because this store had all 5 studio albums and the live album on vinyl, but all i need to complete my Mastodon lp collection are Remission and Leviathan which the store had and both were original pressings on green vinyl, which rules, except for the fact that it completely disrupted my purchases for the day, but in the in the stack they went.
Both Leviathan and Remission were priced fairly reasonably considering their rarity, but there’s no way i could stay within my budget and get those 2 plus the others ones i wanted, so i had a choice to make; did i want Motorhead, Judas Priest, and 2 Thin Lizzy records, or 2 Mastodon records, or 1 mastodon and 2 of the other records. I elected to go with Mastodon – Leviathan, Thin Lizzy – Renegades, and Thin Lizzy – Chinatown because there’s no way i would find those 2 Lizzy records at suc a good price ever again, and i really wanted that Mastodon record and that color seems to be pretty rare, so i think i made good purchases, plus i know i’ll come across Ace Of Spades and Ram it Down again, hopefully.
Also, i was randomly in a flea market in Winnsboro, La a few weeks ago and the store was super duper sketchy and very scary looking on the inside, namely the spraypaint on the walls and the trashy stuff strewn about, however, while digging around i found some amazing cassette tapes. I was able to shake off the zombie apocalypse vibes in the store long enough to find the following cassette tapes: The Allman Brothers – Live at the Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers – Best Of, Humble Pie – Smokin’, Thin Lizzy – Dedication: Best Of, and Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy. I’m an avid collector of cassette tapes and those bad boys have helped make my stash that much more awesome, i was particularly stoked about the Thin Lizzy, Humble Pie, and Allman Brothers live tapes.