Warren Bobrow is the creator of the popular blog cocktailwhisperer.com and the author of Apothecary Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails and Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails. Warren has taught classes on spirits and cocktails all over the world, including an advanced class on rum at the Moscow Bar Show. He has forthcoming research being published in the History of Food and Drink of New Jersey by Wiley Publishing. He has written a book called Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics, featuring a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis influenced cocktails and drinks. The book will help you learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. It will also help you create tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. With all of that in mind, we needed Bobrow to shed some light on some of his smoking music with a Weedsday playlist.
DF Tram - “Nightcrawler”
The first is my friend DF Tram. I think he is very talented and quite intriguing in his scope of the musical lexicon. This piece reminds me of my experience from the other side of the bar — being the observer as a bartender and taking careful note of the experience and conversations swirling around in front of me, as my guests become blissfully entranced in their carefully made craft cocktails. "Nightcrawler" also reminds me of a time, many years ago in the 1980s in NYC when I worked at a nightclub named Danceteria. The details of my job were many...I don’t think I did it for money. No reason to. There is music for listening and music for journeys. This is the inner cinema.
Genesis - “Supper's Ready”
"Supper’s Ready. And it’s hello babe with your guardian eyes so blue." This certainly brings a tears to my eyes. The first time I heard this was in college at Emerson in Boston. There were psychedelic drugs. No half hits for me. The song "Supper’s Ready" imprinted into my mind and my soul. Tough to say— oh, go listen to “Supper’s Ready.” It’s more an immersion experience. Like DF Tram, it’s a trip to another place and a story to tell that you have to be inside to understand. Certainly not a get up and dance song, but absolutely one that resonates with me.
The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry - “Golden Clouds”
The third song, Lee Scratch Perry is dissecting or being dissected by Dr. Alex Paterson of the inner cinema group, the Orb. This is a classic example of how they cut, “Golden Clouds.” All samples, dubs, deep journeys into the places that only stoners understand...May I suggest some Excelsior Extracts Bubble Hash to go with your dub? Lee Scratch is not a young man, but he makes music that has relevancy and vibe. It’s a new dialogue and conversation and place to go inside your mind. Easy to enjoy, danceable and catchy, Lee Scratch when remixed has the right stuff. One that deserves your mention! And a big bowl of greenery!
Yellowman - “Dub Me Strong”
This is from my journeys to Jamaica as a twenty-something. I heard Yellowman perform this live...outside. I met Miss Brown that day in Negril, enjoyed a rather large mug of her namesake tea. The bass was what attracted me to this cut when I came across the outside session. The bass was echoing throughout the limestone formations of the mountains around Negril. Rick’s Cafe and those sunsets... there were tropical fish that swam lazily around and around you. And that bass. Boom boom boom boom. Yellowman, an albino black gentleman who bounces like a butterfly across your consciousness. So deep!!!! I love this stuff!
Boozoo Bajou - “Sata”
I’m fortunate to have been to Brazil as a boy for two months! An experience that I’ll never forget. I love Brazilian culture and music. If this kind of music doesn’t make you move than there is something wrong with your chi! May I recommend you go to a sub-tropical place where the herbs are there for the enjoyment and the experience of being in another place (and time). Very beguiling indeed! If this music doesn’t light up a fire inside your dancing legs then listen more. Music like this is introspective and intellectual. It may not make you smarter, but it will entice you into wanting to hear more of it. They run the gamut from deeply ambient to the deep delta blues and many sub journeys in between. Booze Bajou is the name and the way is both intriguing and enlightening.