bud.com Interview: Moi of Tomorrow's Bad Seeds

Moi of Tomorrow's Bad Seeds talks cannabis, music, and life with bud.com 

Tomorrow's Bad Seeds is an LA reggae-rock & fusion band founded by Moises "Moi" Juarez, and Mathew "Mets" McEwan in Hermosa Beach, California. As teens growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles in the 1990s around a graffiti crew called "TBS," they named their band Tomorrow's Bad Seeds to stay true to their roots of reggae, punk rock, art, skateboarding, surfing, and the underground.  Since their formation in 2004, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds have performed all over the world, taking part in massive nationwide music festivals, and have received a hefty listenership in the contemporary market. Moi stopped by bud.com yesterday to catch up and chat cannabis, music, the band, and the future with us.

Photo by Hector Gutierrez 2019

bud.com: Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds has been a mainstay in the California reggae market for going on two decades, what’s your earliest memory of reggae music?

Moi: That’s an easy one, my earliest memory of reggae music was my uncle Mike. Mike Quinn, playing Earth Crisis…Steel Pulse, on a tape player, when I was maybe… 11 years old? And then he gave it to me later on in life when was 13, 14. But, Steel Pulse, that whole album Wild Goose Chase and that whole record was my first- my favorite track on that record is Wild Goose Chase. And then getting to play with them at the Vault 350 in Long Beach back in the day was frickin’ amazing dude, hahaha. That was definitely something. But yeah, Steel Pulse was definitely the first reggae band I ever heard.

bud.com: When was the first time you ever smoked cannabis?

Moi: hahaha… First time I ever smoked cannabis was when I was 12 with my little sister who was 11. I pulled up, we lived in Redondo Beach on Graham, and it was a triplex type thing, and we lived in the back, and I pulled up from playing hockey, I used to play street hockey all the time, I used to love hockey. And I came up, and I was like, who’s that?! And I smelled it, and I was tripped out— I mean, I had seen it when I was younger because of my dad and stuff but I had never ever tried it. And I pulled up onto the balcony, and my sister was sitting there with her friend Cheryl Mantz, and they were smoking out of a foil pipe, and she handed it to me. At first I was like, “oooh, I’m gonna tell mom.” Then she was like, “Try it.” And I tried it, and that was it. I was hooked for life. hahaha. Pretty much.

bud.com: How do cannabis and your band’s music intertwine? Or do they?

Moi: They definitely do, there’s definitely a sub-culture, that I love to be a part of it. Weed songs are awesome and they’re fun, and so cliché at the time, but ya know. It’s cool, I love it, but it’s not everything to us for sure, ya know?  We wanted to be a little more political in the beginning beginning, and we go through phases ya know? And love is a good big part that we all share. So we write about unity, and love, and stuff, but we don’t really look at it like anything gears us, it’s just whatever forms an idea, especially now, now that it’s so much harder for us to get together since we’ve got kids and stuff. So it’s like, just the, formulation of the idea, we just try to run with it, ya know?

Photo by Kevin Lieberman 2017

bud.com: What is the biggest cannabis event Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds has performed at?

Moi: We’ve played One Love Cali Reggae Fest in Long Beach, California Roots in Monterey, and also that other one back in the day at the same spot, Shoreline Jam. The Queen Mary Event Park, that Long Beach spot is sick.

bud.com: Do you or your band mates ever have weed delivered?

Moi: Yeah, definitely. I’ve definitely tried a couple of different delivery services. But, haha, we’ve all had the weed man show up before and give us our medicine, ya know?

bud.com: Any plans for your band to start your own cannabis brand?

Moi: It’s always been a thought, it’s always been an idea that would be awesome. But, to do it the right way, and the real way, it would be so tedious, and real. You have to have a farm that would be really dedicated to it. Anyone can stamp their name on a flavor and try to make it be something. But, I’d like to splice something cool together, something high in THC, some CBD in there too, but a lot comes with that. Obviously if you were to sign with some company  then they might be able to facilitate something like that for you, but would it be something that we actually want to push like that? It’s hard to make a good strain in my opinion, that’s like the real gold rush, you can have good weed, and sell weed, and have great branding which is a huge part of it all. But if you can create your own strain, that’s a really badass strain, then it’s like, you hit gold, ya know? I gotta plug in Top Shelf Cultivations because if you’ve ever heard of them, they’ve got a strain called the Whoa-Si-Whoa. It’s the Dosi-Do mixed with the White, it’s fuckin… so strong and so good and so tasty. It’s like 90 bucks an 8th.

bud.com What have you done to keep busy during the pandemic and lockdowns since March 2020?

Moi: Hang out with my kids, wrote pretty much a whole new Bad Seeds record, and a whole new solo type of alter ego project I would say. I wouldn’t say I’m ever going to record these songs, haha. Like hip-hop, reggae, blues. A little more late 80s early 90s music. It’s pretty cool. A little like Pharcyde with maybe some Bruno Mars type of singing, because I can kind of get like that. That was produced by DENM, and now I have finished the vocals and the rest of the tracks at Pepper’s studio, and I’m going through that right now. I have a live record too, that we worked on that we haven’t released yet that we’re fine tuning, and then hopefully to release a new Bad Seeds record. DENM produced maybe 4 or 5 of the songs, and the rest of the album is produced by us.

Photo by Amanda Graziano 2021

bud.com: Which do you prefer? Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, and why?

Moi: I like ‘em all. I like them all because I because use them for different things. But I can handle a heavy Indica all day and it won’t really mess with me too much, unless it’s something like the Whoa-Si-Whoa  that I was talking about, like a good strong OG, then I really kinda might not wanna be doing anything. But, I love sativas in the morning or salivas when I’m really getting things going. And hybrids for me, they’re kinda like, whatever. They work sometimes, but really, for me it does affect me like that anymore because I dab a little bit too. I smoke rosin, and not really BHO anymore, good full-melt 6-star hash, rosin, cold press, like expensive stuff. But, I don’t do it often either, I take one or two dabs a day, maybe one late at night when I’m about to go to bed, never in the morning because it kind of ruins my day for real. I could smoke a sativa joint, but like I said, weed now doesn’t hit me like it used to, for sure.

bud.com: Any releases, festivals, or events you want your fans & readers of bud.com to be aware of?

Moi: We’re playing BeachLife Festival, Dry Diggings Festival in Placerville, California coming up. That’s about it, and we’re trying to release a couple of singles first, before we release a full-length or something. Because, you know how works nowadays, every release is kinda like a single. We’re just trying to get shit together, put some quality stuff out next, with visuals too, like a video with every song. It’s almost done.

bud.com: Anything else you’d like to say to the readers?

Moi: Yeah, I was pretty stoned during this interview. Because PapaJake had a really bomb ass joint of some bomb ass cereal milk. I’m a little foggy right now, but I think that’s everything, hahaha.

Article & Interview - June 9, 2021 by Reid Clow for bud.com


bud.com Exclusive: Sublime Fans Gather in Orange County to Celebrate Life of Bradley Nowell

Every year on May 25th, fans, family, and friends of late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell gather at his headstone in Westminster, CA to celebrate his life, and mourn his tragic loss at age 28 in 1996.  May 25, 2021 happened to be the 25th anniversary of Bradley Nowell passing away.

Bradley and Sublime were known for melding classical reggae standards and cuts with fast, energetic,  sometimes chaotic punk rock, twists of ska, hip-hop, and dancehall music were peppered throughout, along with immense sampling. Over the past 25 years, without their own brainchild, and the ability to tour behind their Self-Titled album which came out just months after Bradley passed away, Sublime has secured their spot in musical history as a catalogue cannabis band proven to withstand the test of time.

(Steve Eichner/Getty Image/WireImages)

This year we arrived at Westminster Memorial Park to a single fan named Rich, hanging out on lawn chairs he had brought himself, drinking a Corona, and blasting Sublime's 1992 debut LP album 40 Oz. To Freedom. The weather was a sunny California day, music blasting, fresh beers in the cooler, dank buds floating around. As the afternoon matured fans began to arrive from all over. One couple mentioned they had made the drive down from Reno, Nevada all the way to Westminster to celebrate the life of Bradley from Sublime with other fans who also love the music.

Shortly after the bud.com crew arrived, as did long time Sublime fan Jerome "Romy Rome" Aken, who tends to function as communal Master of Ceremonies. We asked Romy to speak the poem he wrote for Bradley long ago, so we could share it with the fans here:

 

 

Life never ends

Rest in peace my friend

Your time here was short

But you gave a lot

And for that you'll never be forgot   

So many lives you've touched

And so many I've seen myself

Your music will never die

And so you live on in us all

Rest in Peace Bradley 

-Jerome Aken

Fans ordered and enjoyed their traditional pizzas which were delivered inside of the cemetery. Fans and friends of the band  traded stories and contact information and took in the atmosphere, celebrating fantastic music from a life taken too soon by drug addiction.

(Fans gather on Shakespeare Ln. in Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary May 25, 2021 in memory of Bradley Nowell.)

Also in attendance on May 25, 2021 was RAS1, singer-songwriter of the Long Beach Dub Allstars and Long Beach Shortbus. After the untimely passing of Bradley, Sublime rhythm section Eric Wilson & Bud Gaugh created the Long Beach Dub Allstars with close friends & extended band personnel. They chose RAS1 to lead the project on guitar and vocals as they felt he fit in best, and could continue to make music with them. RAS1 performed several Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars hits yesterday, and also played a new unreleased song called Bounces Off My Soul featuring collaborator Eddie Villa. You can check that out below, available exclusively on the bud.com YouTube channel. RAS1 also has a new solo record coming out soon.

Click HERE for RAS1 on instagram. Click HERE for RAS1 on Facebook. 

With each passing year, reminders of Sublime and Bradley Nowell's massive impact on our culture are everywhere, especially here on the west coast. Walk into any bar in California any time of day, sit for an hour, and one is sure to hear the bellowing voice of Bradley Nowell. The music speaks for itself. If only he had been here to witness the impact he has had on many of us.

REST IN PEACE BRADLEY JAMES NOWELL, 25 YEARS. 

2-22-1968 - 5-25-1996 

 


bud.com Artist Interview: Kyle Smith

            This week, our bud.com artist spotlight is something everyone can enjoy. Coming up quickly out of Ventura, California, reggae-rock, ska-punk, hip-hop musician Kyle Smith has been rocking backyards and private events across America for the last fifteen months. Before the pandemic, you could find him playing local gigs during the week around Southern California, flying out of town every weekend, while managing a day job and a personal life. Not much has changed, he has just had to shift his creativity in venue choice. For those who know him, it goes without saying, and for those who don't, Kyle Smith has a hell of a story to tell. With going on eight years of sobriety from everything under his belt, and a myriad of experience helping other addicts get clean, we've had some fans ask us, "Why would a weed website be interviewing a sober musician?" Well, because we personally know many people in the cannabis community who listen to Kyle and love his music. We hope you enjoy the interview below as much as we enjoyed putting it together. - bud.com

 

bud.com: So, your fans are wondering how you balance work, work, work, and work? Do you ever get the chance to rest?

Kyle Smith: I used to take my Sundays seriously, now the only rest I get is between midnight and 5AM every damn day. Either that, or it’s a red-eye flight from here to New York balls out landing at 7AM, turning around the next night to get back to LA on Sunday morning. I guess I set aside at least 1 or 2 days a month. Life is urgent, and I get to where I want to be fast. The more shit I eat now, the more comfortable I’ll be later.

bud.com: What are the best part and the worst part of being an organic, grassroots music artist?

Kyle Smith: The best parts are where people pull me aside after a show and I get to hug them, and they get to tell me about how my lyrics or a song I wrote impacted them, or someone they know, in recovery, or how something I wrote impacted them. That’s one of the most important things to me, and that’s what makes all the hard work and every gig worth it. Lifelong fans, people who go hard for you, and stay in your corner, and know that you’re not perfect, and will always have your back anyway. I’ve been able to build a family with people I’ve met from all over the country, and I’ll take that over some poppy, flashy bullshit any day.

The downside to being grassroots is nothing comes easy. There’s a lot of investment made that takes a long time to pay off.  I don’t have the millions of plays and views that people backed by labels do. If I drop a song, it’s up to me to make sure it gets into every person’s ears, and it’s not immediately dropped into the top 50 reggae songs, like some labels can do.

bud.com: You play a lot of reggae music mixed with other genres such as punk rock, ska, hip-hop, dancehall, and more. How do all of these types of music intertwine with the cannabis community?

Kyle Smith: We like rebel music, and I think there’s all different kinds of rebel music. I know that growing up as a huge weed smoker,  even before around 2012, smoking weed was looked down upon. I think that a lot of punk rock and reggae, and rebel music, is a big middle finger to the system, and I think that’s what I’ve always been about since I was a kid. Some shit just sounds better when you’re fuckin’ stoned. Weed always made me smile and so do punk rock and reggae. That’s how I associate the two.

bud.com As a recovering addict and fully sober individual, do you see a societal benefit for cannabis in a medicinal and recreational way?

1000% both, no doubt about it, will always believe in my heart until the day that I die.

bud.com What are your views on how the music industry has changed during a 15-month long global quarantine at the time of this interview?

Kyle Smith: I think some of us have become disturbingly comfortable with the lack of live music. I think we have become somewhat conditioned to live music not being a thing over the last year, and it’s really scary. And I think we need to get it back immediately before people get used to this. I think people appreciate and are willing to drive further than ever to go to any live music event right now. I know a lot of artists and bands have spent this whole time recording, and I think there’s going to be a massive slingshot when things fully open in January of 2022. I think for everybody that has been putting in work this whole time, or for everybody who ground through the pandemic, is about to blow up next January.

bud.com: What record have you purchased the most ever?

Kyle Smith: 40 oz To Freedom by Sublime. It’s a tie between 40 oz to Freedom & Everything You Need by Slightly Stoopid, for sure. I probably have 11 copies of 40 oz to Freedom.

bud.com: What is your dream guitar to own?

Kyle Smith: I grew up listening to shitty punk rock and I don’t really care what type of guitar it is, but I would like another 12-string acoustic Martin. Though, I do love Ibanez, they’re my number one electric and bass guitars for sure.

bud.com: When can fans expect to see your new album out?

Kyle Smith: August 2021.

bud.com: Anything else you’d like to say to your fans or the readers of bud.com?

Kyle Smith: Big shoutout to bud.com for having me on your interview, I would love everybody to know that although I am 100% clean and sober from everything, I always have and always will support the cannabis industry and community. Come find me on instagram @KyleSmithJams or Facebook.com/KyleSmithJam

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bud.com Artist Spotlight - The Happys

Sunsets, campfires, debauchery, waves, and a bag of your finest California chronic are some of the simple pleasures one will see Marin County locals The Happys enjoying while they spread their sounds far and wide across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. When tuning into The Happys, a listener will be meandered down a sonic river reminiscent of hopping in Doc Brown's DeLorean back to the 90s in Seattle, Long Beach, and San Francisco, bending genres and creating fresh, new surf/rock music for all ears while maintaining true to their roots and inspirations. bud.com had the chance to catch up with Nick Petty, founding lead singer/songwriter of the band. 

bud.com: bud.com is a San Francisco based company with deep ties to the North Bay Area, what does being from Marin County mean to The Happys?

Nick: It’s just kind of like being born near a big city, San Francisco. I think a lot of dope music came from here like Tupac, Steve Miller, and all that. It’s one of those places where you either run with the creativity, or live comfortably and don’t do anything. So it either makes or breaks people’s creativity.

bud.com: What is your favorite part about being an artist from the bay area?

Nick: In Southern California the mainstream of entertainment is there, so I think when you’re from the bay, if you’re serious about art, it gets respected in a really cool way. People dive into it because it’s not as common, so I think there’s a vibrancy that’s rare that you can get in the bay.

bud.com: For those just discovering The Happys, how would you describe The Happys musical stylings? What songs should readers check out first?

Nick: It’s taken a lot from Nirvana and Sublime, and a bit of Johnny Cash in a way, as in I’m someone who came from county jails through the mental health system, drug abuse issues with harder drugs. It resonates with people who struggle with their own mindsets and living on a day to day basis.

Probably Hannah’s Song, Trippin, You’re Getting Me Pissed as far as songs.

bud.com: Do you or your bandmates ever have your weed delivered?

Nick: Yeah. The whole band does.

bud.com: What did cannabis mean to you growing up, and how has your viewpoint or relationship changed with it over time?

Nick: Cannabis is really good to unwind, just like coffee is good to get you jacked up and ready to work. Cannabis is good after you’ve been working to decompress, and not be stressed out. It means a lot to me, because when my dad had cancer, smoking with him was a really good bonding experience. It also kept my grandpa alive when he had cancer. It’s great for appetite when people are sick. If weed’s strong enough it will humble you and make you think about the world in a bigger way, because I think I’m naturally geared like a lot of people to get egotistical, so I think weed breaks that down a little bit. I like that. It humbles me.

bud.com: How has cannabis influenced your music?

Nick: It’s part of The Happys counter-culture. We kind of try to stay clear from hard drugs and things like that. I think weed is the perfect in-between. It’s a great social lubricant, and I feel like it’s part of the culture of meeting up, shooting the shit, people of different backgrounds, all coming together, and putting the shit aside, busting out a guitar. That’s kind of the culture of The Happys. Shooting the shit, venting out about, maybe they had a bad day, it’s so common to have a bad day. It’s really good to decompress and hit a park with your homies and smoke a joint.

bud.com A few years ago The Happys played a festival outside for 2,000 people on Haight Street, if I recall correctly, how did that go, and how did that event tie into the cannabis community?

Nick: The whole counter-culture of Haight-Ashbury is so prominent with weed, it’s one of those spots, like Venice Beach, or something like that. There’s a lot of stoners over there, a lot of the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix lived on Haight. Sid Vicious lived on Haight, and Janis Joplin around the corner. It’s such a dope spot, it was so important that The Happys played there. It’s a place of historical significance, you got Hippie Hill, and 4-20 was invented at San Rafael High School by this group called The Waldos who would try to steal the weed near this airforce base at 4:20.

Marin’s weird about weed, they don’t have dispensaries, so when people meet up to smoke, it’s this big thing. There are little people from pockets like Sonoma, to Stockton, to Palo Alto, they all come to Hippie Hill to get super blazed.

Haight Street is celebrated in that way with psychedelics and weed. We had a great show there and still have fans from that show. We’re with that shit. I don’t want to tell kids to go do psychedelics, but they’re smart enough to know the band has done a bit of that, and we resonate with the Haight-Ashbury people a bit.

bud.com: What have you done to keep busy during the pandemic?

Nick: That’s a great question. People always said at The Happys shows, you guys are the best band, you are going to blow up! First of all, we have to have hundreds of thousands of people hear about us, so I’ve been studying guerrilla marketing, and things like that, expanding the fanbase, writing hella songs. My dad had passed before quarantine, and so did a good friend. I was going to pay for it mentally, so I started writing new songs. I worked on opening that venue in Novato…Novato means Rookie in Spanish…

bud.com: If your local fans, family, and friends knew they could get weed delivered locally in Marin County via bud.com, do you think they would check it out?

Nick: Yes, especially if at first they could get some sort of hookup, like sometimes people get thrown in an extra joint or something like that.

bud.com: When will you have some new music coming out?

Nick: June 4th. But, by late September the whole second full-length album is supposed to come out.

bud.com: Anything else you would like your fans or the readers of bud.com to know?

Nick: Listen to The Happys. Spotify. YouTube.
I appreciate it for real.


Zookies quarter in a Cypress Hill collectible crystal skull jar

bud.com delivers Cypress Hill's cannabis

Cypress Hill have been telling stories from the streets & frontiers of the mind for decades. A string of huge hit rap records erupted from West Coast stars B-Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric Bobo: Cypress Hill spat rhymes as warriors and cannabis evangelists.

Now after eight years they have a new studio album, Elephants on Acid. If you watch the video for the first single "Crazy" starting at 1:25, you can see a crystal glass skull held aloft by B Real as he cruises a psychographic universe from a large brown recliner:

B Real holds aloft a crystal glass skull packed with fine cannabis in the video for Crazy from Cypress Hill's new album Elephants on Acid
B Real holds aloft a crystal glass skull packed with fine cannabis in the video for Crazy from Cypress Hill's new album Elephants on Acid

bud.com is proud to be the exclusive delivery provider for Cypress Hill's crystal skull with a quarter ounce of fire California cannabis. The skull is topped with a black bucket hat, and that bucket hat is child-resistant:

Zookies quarter in a Cypress Hill collectible crystal skull jar
Zookies quarter in a Cypress Hill collectible crystal skull jar

In addition Cypress Hill has figured out how to serve weed in a cassette: the Cypress Hill pre-rolls are top shelf Mendo Breath rolled in cones, in a collectible metal cassette case stash box.

present CHB crystal skull quarter-ounces and cassette-tape prerolls
present CHB crystal skull quarter-ounces and cassette-tape prerolls

All these products are more are listed on the CHB Cypress Hill Bhang site on bud.com - see if we can deliver to your area.

Back in the day we picked seeds from our bong hits on top of our plastic Black Sunday CD cases. Cypress Hill accompanied many sessions as we were learning to appreciate cannabis and music. Now Cypress Hill has arranged to deliver quality cannabis to their fans across California through bud.com.

We sponsored a Cypress Hill record release party the same day we received a large wire transfer to confirm the first investment in our delivery platform. As the elephantine beats dropped, we raised a pre-roll in the air to celebrate, passing it over to musicians working to grow their business sharing things they love: music, weed, good company.

Chuck D from Public Enemy stands for a pic with Cypress Hill, as the 2018 bud logo looms over their right shoulders, and the bud.com founders stand off to their left
Chuck D from Public Enemy stands for a pic with Cypress Hill, as the 2018 bud logo looms over their right shoulders, and the bud.com founders stand off to their left