No War, More Weed for Noise Cans

Noise Cans is a category-defying artist who amalgamates musical genre and textures, and inspires pride in cultural diversity.  Through uniquely weaving his rich Bermudian culture into heart-felt songs, his music has touched critics around the globe. Noise Cans is a movement. He collaborates with established artists, and also features the next generation of superstars, working with young artists that are also about the movement rather than a superficial image. His new tune “No War” with Jamaica’s Jesse Royal speaks to the consciousness he brings with him into the music.

The Gombey masks and outfits Noise Cans wears celebrate the African and Caribbean diasporas, inspiring his listeners to explore the history of the many cultures that contribute to his music. The fact that Noise Cans has been featured by massive artists like Steve Aoki speaks to the way his rise is being celebrated. Get familiar. Get excited. Noise Cans is a cultural movement that we need more of. We’re thrilled that he took time to answer some questions for HIGH TIMES about his music, his path and his love for the ganja.

HT:  You describe your sound system as “badman rave”.  What does that mean to you?  

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Mazel Tov! Jews Get ‘Chai’ at LA’s First Cannabis Havdalah Party

Most peoples’ social lives revolve around alcohol to some degree, whether it be sipping wine over dinner, or drinking beers at a summer BBQ.  For those, like myself, who don’t drink, there was always a persistent feeling that we didn’t belong. While there was often a place to smoke during parties, it was usually hidden away in someone’s bedroom, as if it was something to be ashamed of.

When I attended my first cannabis party shortly after moving to LA, my eyes were opened. We were no longer relegated to the back rooms. Finally, there were places we could openly socialize without fear of stigmatization.

Cannabis parties and events quickly became an integral part of my life; however, it soon became clear that these parties lacked a much needed cohesiveness. Dark, too noisy and with minimal to no food, the cannabis community hadn’t yet figured out how to pull off a successful event. Thinking about what was missing from the cannabis party scene led me create WeedBar LA, an events company specializing in cannabis experiences.

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Kanye West’s Insurance Claims Weed Caused Last Year’s Massive Meltdown

2016 was a weird year for us all. It was much weirder for Kanye West.

There he was, chained to a floating stage, flying across America during the Saint Pablo tour—the “greatest rap tour of all time,” as the Daily Dot gushed—Yeezus literally hovering over massive crowds packing the country’s biggest arenas.

And then there he was, standing on a floating stage, supporting Donald Trump’s border wall and endorsing Donald Trump—that is, had Kanye bothered to vote—and standing up fans in L.A., canceling a make-up show a few hours before it was set to begin and walking out of a show in Sacramento after just a half hour, most of which was spent yelling about Jay Z, Beyonce, Obama, Hillary—whoever, whatever.

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Everyone’s Gone Phishin’

Photo Courtesy of Steph Port Photography.

For the uninitiated, getting high does not have to include the use of drugs. Sure, smoking a few joints or taking a couple of dabs is a fast and easy way to get there. But the truth of the matter is that there are many ways to achieve the coveted blissful state of happiness and contentment.

Children do it unknowingly at young ages, spinning in circles until their hearts race with an eruption of giggles. Whirling dervishes, hula hoopers and many forms of dancing follow the same idea of arriving at that blissful state with repeated movement or sound. Even the repetition of running can provide the very same high, known simply as a “runners high.” Chanting and song can also bring this same sense of higher enlightenment and bliss. 

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Well-Known Guitarist Deported from Middle East for a Vape Pen

D.J. Williams had no idea he had a hash oil cartridge stashed in his luggage when he felt a hand grab his shoulder on his way to find his sister’s car outside Abu Dhabi International Airport. Williams’ sister, an assistant professor at Zayed University, had just had a baby, and he had come for what he thought would be a weeklong visit in April to meet his nephew.

Straight from Los Angeles, Williams—the guitarist for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and head of his own musical outfit, D.J. Williams’ Shots Fired—was wearing ripped jeans and a leather jacket, his hair an afro.

“I’m pretty sure I was picked out,” he said told HIGH TIMES in retrospect. “The other people around me getting searched looked like hippies and artists.”

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Fear & Paranoia in Oklahoma, Clown-Style: The 18th Motherfucking Gathering of Juggalos

The vibe at the Gathering of the Juggalos, Detroit horrorcore duo Insane Clown Posse’s notorious yearly festival of art and culture, has historically been called a “bustling drug den in a surrealistic nudist colony.”

The Gathering has been feared and revered as a place where outside laws do not apply, and nudity, profanity and the open sale and use of illegal drugs aren’t just allowed—but actively encouraged. Hell, it goes beyond that. At Gatherings past, it was practically demanded that you use and abuse drugs.

So when Violent J, the gregarious leader of ICP, announced during last year’s “Seminar” at the Gathering (a yearly “State of the Juggalo” address where Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J talk to their fans about issues relevant to the Juggalo Nation) that the next Gathering would be held in Colorado, where weed is legal, seemed charmingly pointless.

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DOPE Magazine was able to attend Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend and while we were there we spoke with one of the most original and electrifying performers of the entire festival. Chanti Darling played the Vera Stage Friday evening, pumping everyone up for one of the best weekends of the summer. Their stage presence is unlike anything you have experienced before. Chanticleer Tru (Stephfon Bartee), was unapologetically fabulous in his crop top and shorts with a stunning dancer on each arm and a voice and sound that will bring you back a few decades. Pull out your Reebok pumps, bucket hat, neon windbreaker and best gold hoop earrings because this crew is bringing back that 90s vibe in every way.

Once the set was over and Chanticleer Tru had a chance to decompress with a drink and some laughs amongst dancers and friends, we found our way to his space behind the Vera stage so that we could get some one on one time and learn more about the voice of Chanti Darling.

DOPE Magazine: You’ve said, “In recent years things have gotten really dark. I want people to come into a space and let go of that darkness for a bit.” Do you mean that socially and politically or as far as music is concerned?

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White Mystery Launches TV Channel About Video Games, Music and Weed

One of our favorite bands ever, White Mystery is launching an online TV channel about video games, weed smoking, and rock’n’roll. Starting Tuesday August 1, 2017 at 7pm CST, the video-game fusion live-stream show will air on Twitch, combining gameplay, musical performances, and interviews. Guest artists will include Mario Cuomo from the Orwells, Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks, and Westley Parker of Ovrlord. Giveaways include Riot Fest passes, Soothsayer Hot Sauce, a Burger Buddy cassette player, and White Mystery vinyl.

Click here to watch White Mystery TV!

In honor of the occasion, we’re running the full-length version of our interview with the band from the July 2016 issue of HIGH TIMES. Polly Watson caught up with Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White for a frank talk about touring, toking, and taking their rock to the streets without the aid of The Man.

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One thing that became very clear as soon as I walked in Grim’s for CHBP’s panels was the closeness of the music community. Everyone seemed to know one another and were eager to catch up. Grim’s was buzzing with artists, writers, local bookers, and radio personalities, excited to either be a part of the panels or to learn from one another. With cupcakes, coffee and a handful with drinks from the bar, moderator Kelly Fleek summoned everyone to their seats for the first panel. Kelly, of Lo Flux Media and the alluring vocals of Spider Ferns, is very involved and extremely talented in her own right and knows each of the panelists personally helping the flow of the panel stay very conversational and informative.

PANEL 1: Band Survival and Strategy In a Post Big Industry World

Panelists: Jodi Eckland of MoWave and Pink Parts, Marco Collins of 107.7 The End, The Glamour and the Squalor, KEXP and VH1, Matt Ashworth of WE Communications, and Cap Hill Block Party, Leigh Bezezekoff of Tractor Tavern, Macefield Music Festival and Troy Nelson of KEXP, Killroom Records and The Young Evils

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Team Behind Symbiosis Festival to Hold Oregon Eclipse Gathering

Photos by Juliana Bernstein/Courtesy of Symbiosis.

Symbiosis Gathering founder Kevin KoChen spoke with HIGH TIMES about the transformative potential of witnessing a total solar eclipse with thousands of your closest friends.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, and a lifetime obsession for a few, witnessing a total solar eclipse can catalyze epiphanies about the nature of existence and humanity’s place in the universe. So naturally, the team behind the annual Symbiosis Gathering Festival—who’ve been working for years to build community around celestial events—have planned an Oregon Eclipse Gathering that starts August 17 and ends with the big event on August 21.

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