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The Beautiful Story of Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson’s 4/20 Trip to Amsterdam

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AUSTIN, TX: As Snoop Dogg himself admitted this morning, the first thing he thinks about after waking up is smoking weed. So when I heard that he’d be giving the music keynote at SXSW — held at 11 AM in recent years — I wondered what kind of state he’d be in, as he discussed his career and the music industry for an hour. In this regard, the highlight of the conversation was incredibly on-brand: tales of a trip to Amsterdam. With Willie Nelson. On 4/20. To shoot a video for a song called “My Medicine.”
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10 Albums Made for Incredibly Strange (And Sometimes Hilarious) Reasons

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As you’ve probably heard, there’s a new Lauryn Hill song. It sounds… well, it sounds like it was recorded in a hurry to pay off a tax bill, which is apparently exactly the case (unfortunately, the quickie release didn’t save Hill from a three-month jail sentence). The vocals and lyrics are decent enough, but the beat sounds like it was slapped together in GarageBand with deadlines in mind. Of course, Hill’s not exactly the first artist to have to make a record under duress; here’s a selection of records made for weird reasons over the years, some hilarious, some sadly rather less so.
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Matthew McConaughey Explains What Scorsese, Willie Nelson, and the Dalai Lama Have in Common

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AUSTIN, TX: Matthew McConaughey, rom-com heartthrob turned astonishingly good actor, was mostly in somber, Serious Artist mode for his “Conversation with Matthew McConaughey” panel at SXSW Sunday afternoon — which is unfortunate, because in the right setting, he can go charmingly off the wall. But a question from The Village Voice‘s Scott Foundas about his next film, the Martin Scorsese drama The Wolf of Wall Street, did yield one bit of genuinely wacky McConaughey strangeness.
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The Most Insanely Prolific Artists in Music

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This week sees the release of Ocean Roar, the new record by Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie. Apart from being a rather lovely record in its own right, Ocean Roar is notable for being the second Mount Eerie record of the year, following May’s similarly excellent Clear Moon. This makes Elverum one of 2012’s more prolific musicians, although not necessarily the most prolific, because a couple of the music world’s most famously productive musicians have also had busy years. You’ll find a rundown of these super-busy types, along with some of music’s most prolific artists, past and present, after the jump — as ever, feel free to jump in with further suggestions in the comments section.
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The 10 Best 21st-Century Stoner Anthems

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As stoners around the country are no doubt only too aware, it’s 4/20 today, which means it’s time to smoke yourself into a coma in solidarity with fellow ganja-lovers around the world. For the last couple of years we’ve amused ourselves composing 4/20 mixtapes to soundtrack your smoking efforts, but this year we thought we’d do something different. We came across High Times“Best 25 Pot Songs of All Time” recently, and we couldn’t help but notice they were all from before the turn of the millennium — mostly from the ’60s, predictably enough. We don’t buy stoner conservatism any more than any other sort of conservatism, so we thought we’d put together a list of 21st-century stoner anthems. Did we miss anything? Let us know before you descend into oblivion.
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