From Reagan to Mamma Casserole.
By Sara Brickner
Nov 17 2010
1969 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson is committed to a
Texas mental institution for three years for possession of a single
marijuana cigarette. His friends say the treatments he underwent
(electroshock therapy, Thorazine) permanently altered his personality.
1986 President Reagan harshes America's mellow with stricter federal
penalties for marijuana possession.
1991 The first Seattle Hempfest takes place with 500 attendees.
1996 California legalizes marijuana for medical use.
19962006 Inspired by Dazed & Confused and the like, people continue
to smoke tons of pot.
2006 Austin psych band the Black Angels release debut album Passover
on a Seattle label, Light in the Attic Records. Seattle stoners
demand to know why more bands like this don't live here, as Seattle
is tired of getting stoned and listening to grunge.
2007 Canadian band Black Mountain release sophomore album In the
Future. It is deemed one of the year's best releases whether you are
stoned or not.
2008 The Night Beats form.
February 26, 2008 Seminal Seattle grunge band Earth releases The Bees
Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, an album that is not strictly
psychedelic rock but is still trippy as hell. Seattle wishes more
grunge bands would make the transition.
May 19, 2009 The Curious Mystery, one of Seattle's headiest musical
outfits, release debut Rotting Slowly on K Records, a label never
particularly well-known for signing psychedelic bands.
Early 2010 Sensible Washington begins collecting signatures to get
I-1068a citizen's initiative that would remove all state civil and
criminal penalties for the cultivation, possession, transport, use,
and sale of marijuanaon the ballot.
January 31, 2010 Justin Deary resurrects his star-crossed psych-rock
project Whalebones. The new songs sound like something your dad
would've listened to in college, and that's not a bad thing.
July 1, 2010 Sensible Washington falls short of the 241,153
signatures it needed to get I-1068 on the 2010 ballot. The collective
exhalations of disappointed stoners blanket Fremont in a fog of
mournful weed smoke.
October 2010 Sensible Washington decides it had better get a jump on
things for next time, and enlists one of Seattle's resident
psych-rock experts, Mamma Casserole, to organize a benefit show bent
on mobilizing the pro-pot public to take political action. "I am
definitely pro-legalization of Mary Jane," Mamma Casserole asserts.
The Night Beats, a band comprising two Texas transplants, agree to
headline the show, scheduled for November 21 at the Comet.