As 4-20 approaches, it’s only right that we
pay homage to Small Stone Records,
year did Small Stone start and what were your original intentions for the
It started in 1995 with the intention of starting a Sub Pop style label, based out of
We had a lot of talent that I wanted to put
out. What it is now is nothing like what it was when it started. The first
record I put out was a compilation called “
qualities do you think connect the Small Stone bands?
They all have a psychedelic factor, there’s strong musicianship and a creativity thing going on. It’s not something you download – it’s a piece of art. I mean, you’re welcome to download it and give me money, but you know what I mean.
does the term ‘stoner rock’ mean to you?
Fat guys with beards playing Dungeons & Dragons, living in their parent’s basement (laughs). That’s my perception of the general audience. My opinion of the music is that it’s just a really amped up version of classic rock. People can actually play verse the new metal bands. And put it on at 11, not 9 or 10. But for sure, there’re a bunch of fat guys with beards in the crowd.
are your favorite bands on your roster right now?
It’s funny because it comes and goes. It’s like ice cream – one year you like one flavor, the next another. Right now, it’s The Shame Club because they sound like Jawbox and Aerosmith on drugs. It’s new and it’s just coming out, so that’s what I’ve personally been listening to. Also, a band called Brain Police. Those are the two that I have in my car. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to put a Dixie Witch record on next week and think it kicks ass.
you doing anything to celebrate 4-20?
[On April 19] I’m working for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Palace. Realistically, 4-20 will be spent riding bikes with my kids in the neighborhood. You can print that, because it’s funny.