Meet & Greet with Tommy Chong at House of Cannabis – Tacoma

21+ to enter. No purchase necessary. You’ve just gotta swing by the store to enter.

At least 25 fans are being invited to a private location for a meet and greet with the legendary Tommy Chong, coordinated by our friends and partners at Level 5 Interactive! Enter by July 2nd, in store, and you could spend a few minutes chatting and getting your selfie with the LEGENDARY Tommy Chong on July 13th.

Meet & Greet Details:

Only one entry per person will be submitted to the sweepstakes. You must visit the store to enter. No purchase is necessary. You must be 21+ to walk in the front door, to enter. Sorry, kiddos. Date: 07/13/2021. Time: ~ 2:00PM. Location: To Be Announced to the winners of the sweepstakes.

What can you expect?
A FEW minutes with Tommy Chong in a small group of 4 or 5 people. The opportunity for some chit-chat. TOMMY CHONG! Bring your merch for signing. House of Cannabis will have BRAND NEW sharpies on hand for Tommy to sign with in the following colors: Black, Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Come on in and get an entry filled out to meet Tommy Chong!

Oh yeah…. This stoner song was written by Tommy Chong.

I got a joint, man….

Better Know a Stoner Song – Linear High by Rick Bain & The Genius Position

You’ve almost certainly never heard of Rick Bain & The Genius Position. It’s not your fault. Let’s blame mass music marketing tactics, and the decline of the record label. I’m going to cover some Bain territory before arriving at the song at the bottom of this post.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Rick Bain isn’t much for consistency in releasing albums (2000, 2004, 2020) or touring. Perhaps it’s just that Mr. Bain requires that much time to build the sonic profile that nests between your ears, and plays on repeat to your brain for days at a time. Perhaps Mr. Bain just releases an album when he wants to intensify his experience of this planet. I know not, but I do know this is Rock & Roll, and that I like it. Here are a couple of things that I have observed (probably incorrectly on a few) about Rick Bain, from afar, over the last two decades:

  • Rick Bain looks like he’d grow some killer weed, and he makes damn fine neo-psychedelic rock, so I’m loosely connecting the two.
  • Rick Bain isn’t much for chatting. (see pic ->)
  • Rick Bain plays somewhere around 3 shows per year in Portland. Go.
  • Rick Bain has the best photo shoots.
  • Rick Bain mysteriously released one album as just Rick Bain (2004), making me wonder if he was trying out new positions. Why would you break from Genius?
  • Rick Bain got his start and some significant buzz when he thoughtfully rearranged and recorded his version of The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds” on a 4 track recorder in 1997.
  • Rick Bain writes super tongue-in-cheek lyrics that still make you re-evaluate life choices & lost loves.
Rick Bain & The Genius Position’s first album. 5 fucking stars, man.

Rick Bain & The Genius Position released their first full length studio effort in 2000, entitled ‘Crooked Autumn Sun‘, and is as turbulent as the album cover (pictured, left).

Virtual Heavy Pet was the 2004 follow up, spawning singles in my mind such as “Black Apple Orchard”, and “Comin’ Round”, which tallied what seems a million plays each, in my mind, and certainly several dozen on Spotify. (To be clear, I generally buy physical CDs if I see the band, and definitely any modern high quality vinyl output.)

Fucking off when you were 25 was fun, but Rick Bain’s music from that time peroid makes many regret their wasted time.

Fast forward to late 2019, and Rick Bain mysteriously drops a live album, followed quickly by “Keep It Glowing”, which features several amazing tracks ready for release in Wonderland, where they are likely to go bonkers with radio play due to relevance, cheekiness, and odd, yet beautifully melodic chord pairings.

I highly encourage checking each recording out in due time.

In the meantime, please check out the track “Linear High”, just below the sample of lyrics I’ve included. It’s pretty amazing, and it’s the cut that drew me in to Rick Bain & The Genius Position. Enjoy!

“Party scenes of martyrs & kings,

Take two of these to amplify your dreams

It’s not as easy as you make it seem

You’ll like it better when you’re high”

Lyrics from “Linear High”

Rick Bain fucking rocks.

Q&A with Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols

Zia McCabe at 2012’s Frequency Festival.
Picture by Christopher Johnson, used by permission.

Zia McCabe is the bassist & bass/synth player for multi-platinum recording artists The Dandy Warhols of Portland, Oregon, who have released 10 full length records, several EPs, and a full length live album, since 1994.

Z came to Tacoma and partied down with us at the House of Cannabis – Tacoma location in June of 2019. She had our crowd dancing in line as she laid down a thick catalogue of urban dance to brit-pop with a fog machine and laser show.

Thanks for agreeing to do a little Q&A for the House of Cannabis blog. Here are a few questions we have decided to ask you!

1. What Dandy Warhol’s song do you most want to play live, that you all haven’t?

[Our song] “Easy” (Spotify | Apple Music). I think this would be so fun live. Especially for me because I would get to play bass guitar for the first bit and synth bass for the last section. 

Editors Note: This is one of my favorite The Dandy Warhol’s songs…. I’d love to hear it played, live.

2. Do you have a ritual or standing tradition of consuming cannabis before or after shows, and if so, what is that ritual like?

I have learned the hard way that I just can’t play stoned. I forget parts, I forget when to, and when not play. It’s a mess! But, I can get high right after soundcheck for a little attitude adjustment with plenty of time for any confusion to wear off. I also enjoy getting stoned after the show. I don’t drink all that often anymore so it really helps keep me entertained by all the people that have been drinking all night. 

3. Do you have a great weed story from the tour/road archives?

Hmm, well, I had grabbed an ounce before hopping on the bus to start a month long US tour. Enough to split up and keep everyone pretty well stocked for the month. Before I could split it up or really even smoke any of it, we got pulled over on the I-10 in Arizona. The idiot bus driver lets the cops on with their K9 to search the bus. The dog didn’t find anything (I now believe this was no K9, just a silly cop’s dog that he tried to train with german commands [as] the other cops seemed a little embarrassed). Anyway, they went back on without the dog and found the big bag of weed sitting in my bunk. Of course no one stepped up to take ownership (even though I had picked it up as a convenience to everyone) so I raised my hand. Not sure it would help at all, I showed them my carrier card for medical marijuana (I can’t remember what year this happened but pot wasn’t legal in Oregon yet).

As they walked me across the highway to their mobile offices, I told them this was my medicine, they replied, “in Arizona, we call this a drug”. So they put me a cell of sorts, metal walls and chain link door. I sat in there in my pajamas, with my hair in curlers and tied up in a bandana.

The cop came back and asked me how much I was allowed to carry. His eyes about popped out of his head when I told him two pounds. Ha! He then left me alone for a while longer. Finally he let me out and led me to his desk. He informed me that they were actually feds (gulp), and that there jurisdiction starts at 40 lbs (small sigh of relief). He said he’d been trying to find a local officer to come arrest me but since it was Sunday, no one wanted to come in on their day off (huge sigh of relief!).

So he led me back to the bus, came on behind me as I’m quickly sssh-ing the cheers from my band mates and crew. He gave us some silly lecture and we were on our way. The best part (besides not getting arrested) was that they didn’t search my purse with has a personal stash and pipe. Which I immediately passed around and we all had a good laugh. Crazy thing is, same thing happened two night later in El Paso but we had smoked every last crumb and just rolled our eyes as the cops tried to intimidate us by letting their dogs hump our luggage.

****Note to self, don’t bring enough weed for the entire tour and don’t carry anyone else’s share.  

Zia gets lit on 04/20/20. Picture used by permission of Zia McCabe.

4. Do you have a favorite strain, and what is your favorite way to consume cannabis?

I don’t have a favorite strain, because it’s more fun to switch it up and keep it fresh. Typically what I’m looking for is a heavy duty Indica. I mostly consume cannabis for relaxation and sleep. So I want it to turn my brain to mush and knock me out. I do dabble with Sativa hybrids during the day when I want to be creative or just enjoy my back yard. 

The Dandy Warhols, London, England.
Picture by: Aurelien Guichard, used with permission.

5. “Why You So Crazy” is a great album, but when is the next one?? Is it underway, already?

We do have another album on the way! I just tracked three new bass lines yesterday in fact. As you know we are slow pokes when it comes to getting new albums out so don’t hold your breath but do know it’s in the works. : )

For more on The Dandy Warhols, visit their website, facebook, or YouTube pages.

Better Know a Stoner Song – Champagne & Reefer by Muddy Waters

Fans of Muddy Waters know his timeless voice from a mile away, but even given his hallmark vocal abilities and dirty southern blues licks, if you knew Muddy, you knew to just call him ‘Mud’.

Born April 4th, 1913, in Mud’s impact on music was one of the most long tenured and wide ranging of any artist I have previously read about. Consider, the following influences that Mud had on the worldwide music scene:

  • The Rolling Stones took their name from Mud’s 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone”
  • Eric Clapton was his best man in 1979, when he married his second wife
  • He won 6 Grammy’s in the 1970s, after White music noticed that he had dominated the R&B charts from the mid 1950s thru the 60s.
  • The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame cites 4 of his songs among the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll.
  • He played with legends such as Bo Diddley,
  • Formerly Seattle based Ian Moore famously covered “Champagne & Reefer” for the now out-of-print “Hempilation” (1995) CD.
Muddy Waters in Paris, France, 1976. Photo by Lionel Decoster, used with permission CC BY-SA 4.0

Mud penned (1980), then included the forward thinking “Champagne & Reefer” on his 14th and final studio album, King Bee, in 1981.

Mud clearly and loudly championed cannabis in this song, and clearly understood the fact that cannabis is the safest “let your hair down” recreational drug that the American public broadly employs. Further, he relates the effect to one I have long believed in – the manifestation of love and togetherness that sprouts from cannabis consumption. On top of all of that, it’s just an incredible song from an incredible musician.

“Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.”

Lyrics from “Champagne & Reefer”

Though Mud died in late April of 1983, his music continues to be discovered by youth and all walks of life, to this day. His legacy is enduring, and as people find his music broadly available, they will end up coming across the gem “Champagne & Reefer”, which you can find just below.

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Mr. Grimm Peanut Butter Breath (3.5g & UP)

Strain (Chemovar): Peanut Butter Breath
Disposition: Sativa Dominant Hybrid
Farm: Mr. Grimm
THC: 26.2%
Price point: 3.5g – $35, 7g – $70.

Overwhelming odor and taste, and it gets you high af.

An ounce of Peanut Butter Breath by Mr. Grimm bathed in orange light on a product lazy susan, with a rolling tray and some loose nugs.

Better know a stoner song – “Up In Smoke” by Immigrant Union

Yeah, so it’s a cover…. So what? The video, alone, makes it worth its weight in pressed vinyl. Music by Tommy Chong, and lyric credits include both Cheech & Chong, they originally inked this modern pop/country classic with the movie ‘Up in Smoke’ in mind.

However, this version features a better metered approach to the music, which makes it a bit more peppy. Immigrant Union is an Australian band fronted by a dude named Bob that I met once in Portland, at a cool recording studio. When they first got going, this band featured Courtney Barnett for a while. Another dude, Mitchell, who grows weed for Bondi Farms introduced me, and we all smoked a fatty blunt together on New Year’s Eve of 2019 -> 2020. Good times.

Better Know a Stoner Song – “Day N’ Nite” by Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi has no problem tackling serious issues in his lyrics. We’ve all felt a little hopeless and lost some times, but my personal takeaway is that the subject of this song is a self medicating man with is grappling with some large questions surrounding his life. We’ve all been there, right?

The lonely stoner is swimming through self reflection, life analysis, romance remembrance, and a path forward. It’s kind of sad, but hey — we don’t always turn to cannabis during a party, do we?

Am I off-base, here?

One Sentence Weed Review (OSWR): Mimosa by Mr Grimm Premium Cannabis

Strain (Chemovar): Mimosa
Disposition: Sativa Dominant Hybrid
Farm: Mr. Grimm
THC: 25.3%
Price point: 3.5g – $35, 7g – $70.

Dense little nuggets, sweet to the nose, crack one open, see how it goes; Oh- funk- you were belied, but at 25.3% you got me so incredibly high.

Better know a stoner song – “Smoke It (Big Bass 2020)” by The Dandy Warhols

We’re back, with another stoner song. The Dandy Warhols of Portland, OR, have re-tuned and re-mixed their 2005 hit “Smoke It”, to help seven States that recently legalized the herb celebrate their legal conquest. The Dandys have a history replete with cannabis references in their music, and the band logo has a weed leaf just below a classic VW bus, for crying out loud. They played the Marijuana Policy Project fundraiser at The Playboy Mansion in 2008, with such luminaries as Jack Herer, Vivian McPeak, and Eddy Lepp in attendance.

Bassist Zia McCabe was our first celebrity visitor at House of Cannabis – Tacoma, back in 2018. Their most recent release, “Why You So Crazy” (iTunes Music, Spotify) features several Neo-psychedelic tracks, including a personal favorite, “To The Church”, which is like a walk down the aisle on a fistful of Mushrooms.

Better Know a Stoner Song – “The Free Mexican Airforce” by Peter Rowan

Yeah. This world has a plethora of music, and with as much as people love the ganja, some of it is bound to rotate around the herb. I’m going to be occasionally posting some stoner type songs that I hope are new tunes for you all. We have such great diversity in cannabis consumers, that all sorts of music is made to honor the herb. This column will know no bounds, in terms of genre. From country to rap, rock to bluegrass, we’ll touch on it all over time.

First up, The Free Mexican Airforce, by Peter Rowan, released in 1978. This Mexicana styled song mariachi song touches on the hypocrisy of the American war on drugs, and the psychological war on parents and teens. Enjoy.