morning stoner

And then the rent became whiskey

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 10-08-2009

The Morning Stoner Morning Radio Hour will be back sometime next year. I’ve got some good ideas, but few resources (and even less money) needed to successfully execute them.

In the meantime, I may or may not resume my blogging activities.


Turn around and come on down, the beach is free

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 08-13-2009
Morning Stoner Morning Radio Hour

Music by Abner Jay, Billy Bragg, Woods, Hank Williams, Cheyenne Mize & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Panda Bear, Neil Young, Mt. Eerie, Iron and Wine, Sleater-Kinney, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Man Man, Bill Callahan, Magnolia Electric Co., Deep Dark Woods, Chuck Ragan & Austin Lucas and Marianne Faithful.

The Morning Stoner Morning Radio Hour

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 08-10-2009


The first ever Morning Stoner Morning Radio Hour can be found at You can also follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

Music by Caribou, Elephant Micah, Grateful Dead, Paleo, Eat Skull, Timesbold, Mekons, Ducktails, Lee Hazelwood, War on Drugs, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dock Boggs, Gram Parsons, Silver Jews, Chris Bathgate, City Center, Nic Garcia, Mirah, Sparklehorse, Thermals and John Fahey.

And you are no longer a river to me

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 08-05-2009

*Because I’m a private person, I need an empty house, a mostly-quiet house, in order to commit myself to writing anymore than a grocery list. I’ve been without that privacy for some time, and I am still without, but I’ve found myself alone for long enough to explain to the fifteen or so people who view this in a day, why I’ve not updated in sometime.

When I began writing this blog, I wasn’t sure about what it would be. Despite proclaiming myself a morning stoner, I didn’t want to make getting high the basis. Despite living for music, I didn’t want music to be my sole focus. I thought I would simply write, and see what came of that. Without pretension, without big ideas about what it could be.

Now I think I should write less. I’d like to update more, but write less. There is something about seeing my words in print that makes me, that has always made me, a little uneasy.

Give me a chance to reclaim the momentum I lost. By the middle of September, I’d like to have this entry swept from the first page. I am also working on a pet project, the tools and skills for which I don’t currently have, but am slowly acquiring. It will be a twice-weekly podcast, called The Morning Stoner Morning Radio Hour, and it will be my sole contribution to this blog as more than the editor-in-chief. Whether you prepare to face the day with a pipe or a coffee cup, whether you stay at home or commute, I hope you will let me provide the soundtrack to your mornings.

I’m listenin’ on a space age AM radio

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 05-11-2009

From the squid-like blimp busses to the futuristic living treehouses and mushroom communes, the Terreform 1 team wants to radically redesign our cities and the way we live. They want to rebuild New York City from its landfills! And build a house made of lab-grown meat, which is an interesting concept, though the idea is difficult to stomach.

I’ve often wondered how society as a whole could return to nature after doing so much damage to it, how we could get rid of the incomprehensible amounts of waste that are rotting in landfills and floating in the ocean. I hope Joachim and Terreform are successful, that they’re not torn up in the machine, and that their inspired, futuristic designs are kept intact.

2009 Derby Stoner Edition

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 05-04-2009

Congratulations to New Mexico’s Bennie Woolley Jr. and horse, Mine That Bird, on winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

now playing War on Drugs – Buenos Aires Beach

For I am an engine, and I’m rolling on

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 04-28-2009

treehouseAll week it’s been difficult to stay indoors. When I’m not working, I’m constantly slipping out the screen door to the porch, to play my banjo, to read or day dream or let the dog roll around in the grass. I live in an apartment, and I have little space for myself outside, but I look forward to filling it with potted plants, closing it with a branch fence.

A few summers ago I read Living the Good Life by Scott Nearing, and the summer after that, his second book, The Making of a Radical. Since then I’ve felt trapped by city living and longed for a dirt road that leads me home, a garden named Victory that grows my diet and my medicine, a house built in the trees. treehouse4

I went for a bike ride earlier, through Buechel Park and various side streets, avoiding all roads home. I felt free looking down a tunnel a railroad made through the woods, and again crossing a bridge over a quick creek.

So although I don’t yet have the great outdoors, or the piece of mind that comes with it, I take from it and I keep it with mine. There is a mountain inside of me that will grow even after I cease to, that will outgrow me, until I can tend it’s valley’s soil and be sustained.

Pamphlet (.pdf): Edible Forest Gardening by David Sansone.


“It is very hard to really untangle the real reasons why you do anything. I was always interested in music. It seemed to me I always played guitar. I always associated song and singing with some sort of nobility of spirit. The first songs I learnt were of the Workers Movement and I always thought that this was the best way to say the most important things, even though these things, I don’t mean the most ponderous or pompous things, I mean the important things like how you feel about things, how you feel about someone else. I always thought this was the way to do it.” – Leonard Cohen, Pacifica Radio, 1974 : Transcription here

now playing Neutral Milk Hotel – Engine

Rainy Day Women #12 and #35

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 04-20-2009

*”The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan

*”It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.” – Louis Armstrong

now playing WUPX 4/20 Celebration

Linus and Lucy

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 04-19-2009

Linus and Lucy

Church bells chime Linus and Lucy
like a drunk punk Ray Charles,
smashing keys sharp as teeth.

Granny and Hank

Posted in Uncategorized by Lyle on 04-01-2009

hank_williams_4At some point in her young adult life, while she was still living in her hometown, Madisonville, KY, my great grandmother met Hank Williams.

She was at a dance when he came in, looking for a ride uptown. He originally asked her brother, who told him, “I can’t drive but my sister can.”

Williams introduced himself as Merle Travis, but Travis was from nearby Rosewood; Granny had seen him before and knew otherwise. “You’re not Merle Travis,” she said, “I know who you are.”

She drove him to the liquor store for a bottle of whiskey, and all the while he rested his head on her shoulder.

now playing Hank Williams – Pan American