Asian Influence on Western Music

A Look Into The Blending of Musical Cultures by Morgan Vo Black artists are immensely influential in the development of Western music through their contributions to several of the popular genres we listen to today. Shoutout to the greats, the OGs: Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin and many more! Today, IContinue reading “Asian Influence on Western Music”

Cannabis Cuts Vol. 4 – Lady Buds

Welcome to the fourth installment of our bi-weekly Cannabis Cuts commentated playlist, a tribute and appreciation of the symbiotic relationship between music and Mary Jane. Due to the longstanding misrepresentation of women in the music industry, this week we’re highlighting exclusively 20 tracks that we think are exceptional due to the female forces behind them:Continue reading “Cannabis Cuts Vol. 4 – Lady Buds”

The Definitive Tame ImPowerRankings: Every Tame Impala Album Cut Ranked

“Not all of Kevin’s children are created equal.” In honor of 10 years of Tame Impala albums this week, we’ve decided to rank all 48 of Tame’s album cuts – every song on Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Currents and The Slow Rush. Careful thought and consideration was put into the determining of these rankings, with weight given toContinue reading “The Definitive Tame ImPowerRankings: Every Tame Impala Album Cut Ranked”

All You’re Meant to Be: Innerspeaker Turns 10

Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker celebrates its 10th anniversary today. In celebration, we let Culture Blender’s Max Chacon ramble at length about one of his favorite albums. There’s something more than a little poetic about Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker turning 10 in the midst of the most isolating era of our lifetimes. The album was recorded in aContinue reading “All You’re Meant to Be: Innerspeaker Turns 10”

Cannabis Cuts Vol. 3 – This is Your King?

Welcome to the third installment of our bi-weekly cannabis cuts commentated playlist, a tribute and appreciation of the symbiotic relationship between music and Mary Jane. After selecting 20 of our hip-hop favorites last week, we’re back with a freewheeling grab bag of twenty more favorites with no regard to genre. Listen below and read throughContinue reading “Cannabis Cuts Vol. 3 – This is Your King?”

In My Feelings, But I Wouldn’t Listen to That Drake Song

A Brief Summary of Why Our Mood Dictates the Music We Listen To – Written by Morgan Vo: To quote my thirteen year old niece, “Morgan, if you listened to less sad music, maybe you wouldn’t be so sad all the time.” Wow, I did not think I would get straight up roasted by aContinue reading “In My Feelings, But I Wouldn’t Listen to That Drake Song”

Cannabis Cuts Vol. 2 – Reefer-Friendly Raps

Welcome back for the second installment of our bi-weekly Cannabis Cuts playlist, a tribute and appreciation of the symbiotic relationship between music and Mary Jane. Hopefully our debut 4/20 Special got you in the holiday spirit and showed you a new artist or song or two along the way. In Volume Two, we’ve decided toContinue reading “Cannabis Cuts Vol. 2 – Reefer-Friendly Raps”

See What We’re Hearing: Dr. Dre, The Strokes, and More

Here at Culture Blender we’re big proponents of the album format. Streaming has made it easy to pick and choose tracks for playlists and we’re all for it, but at the end of the day each artist sequenced those tracks and put them out together as an album to create a cohesive artistic statement –Continue reading “See What We’re Hearing: Dr. Dre, The Strokes, and More”

Cannabis Cuts Vol. 1 – The 4/20 Special

We’re excited to get the Culture Blender site off the ground and bring you content about the music that enriches our lives. Hopefully this offers an outlet for you to find something that enriches your life as well. We figured in honor of the high holiday, today would be no better time than to introduceContinue reading “Cannabis Cuts Vol. 1 – The 4/20 Special”