by Jerry Brassey
Today’s modern stoners, dopers, acid heads and general partakers have a lot to be grateful for. Legalization is on the rise, new and inviting gadgets are being devised to improve our drug experiences (unashamed link to the vagabong,) and music to trip out to has, in some crucial ways, never been better. Here are some of the best albums of the 2010s to soundtrack your next drug trip to.
10 - Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Canadian-born Mac Demarco’s sophomore album secured him a warm spot in drugged up hearts all over the World.
Soundtrack for: Pot, Booze, Tylenol.
9 - Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Listening to Fleet Foxes is akin to transplanting your consciousness into some medieval ecstacy, or receiving oral/aural sex from a fairy, I imagine.
Soundtrack for: Probably any drug.
8 - Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
This album’s got energy. And it’s called Acid Rap. Good for any party mix alongside assorted cocktails of happy drugs.
Soundtrack for: Whatever gets you high
7 - Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros - Here
It’s been said that Millennials are the new generation of hippies, but with better weed. Edward Sharpe is the quintessential modern hippie band, and their sophomore album is so real, man.
Soundtrack for: Pot, LSD
6 - Beach House - Teen Dream
Listening to Beach House makes you feel like you’re on drugs even if you’re not. Following that logic, listening to Beach House on drugs makes you feel like you’re on even more drugs. Listenary Discretion is probably advised.
Soundtrack for: Whatever, I don’t care
5 - Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter is one of the most sonically fulfilling bands out there, and their album Halcyon Digest is one of their best. I’d put this album on any list, even if the list has nothing to with music.
Soundtrack for: Pot, Booze, Ecstacy, LSD
4 - Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard
The first time I heard Patrick Watson’s music was about halfway through an acid trip, and Adventures In Your Own Backyard was my introduction. The experience was fucking nuts and I’d highly recommend it.
Soundtrack for: LSD, definitely
3 - Andrew Bird - Useless Creatures
Andrew Bird has made a lot of music. So far, I haven’t heard anything as strange and drug-induced as Useless Creatures. It’s instrumental, it’s experimental, and it’s beautiful.
Soundtrack for: LSD, Pot, Booze
2 - Tame Impala - Currents
The merits of this album probably have nothing to do with listening while on drugs, it’s really strong on its own. But, like a lot of things, i.e. sex, food and job interviews, the drugs make it better. Buckle yourself in.
Soundtrack for: MDMA, Booze
1 - Mac Demarco - 2
So I tricked you and saved the best for first and last. Any discussion of (or my rambling on) druggy music inevitably leads to Mac Demarco, his albums, his style, and his gap-toothed grin. 2 is an immensely bright album and brought Mac Demarco into the stoner-rockstar-who-lives-next-door status. Even though he doesn’t smoke pot. Whatever, we forgive him.
Soundtrack for: Pot, Booze, MDMA, Mushrooms