I reviewed Shamir's new self-titled album for Chicago Reader.
This fall, VMP is partnering with the label imprint Jazz Dispensary to reissue a series of often-overlooked LPs from artists that have inspired generations of boom bap rappers, lofi beatmakers and acid jazz producers. I used my years of cannabis industry experience to explore how different phenotypes of the cannabis sativa plant can alter the listening experience.
A return to The Takeout — the last time I wrote here, it was still technically part of AV Club— and the most fun article I've written maybe ever. I wish ALL my assignments asked me to pair weed strains and Taco Bell menu items.
I did hours of research into chemistry and neuroscience for this article. I also wrote two recipes: Cardamom Cold Brew Coffee with Coconut Whipped Cream + Savory Black Pepper French Toast. [Available in print only]
I looked at the pivotal role the strain Charlotte's Web has played in the legalization movement, thanks to hemp farmers and families caring for children with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy.
If you're thumbing through your phone's emoji keyboard looking for a pot leaf to text to your friend, keep swiping. You'll have to settle for a more abstract representation like a puff of smoke because the process behind adding a new emoji is more complicated than you think.