When not boosting listeners’ happiness and lowering their inhibitions as Free Weed, he is Rikky Gage, ringleader of great bands The Memories and White Fang. Gage/Weed continues to build a following that swerves mainstream, having made the hit “Burger TV” theme for Burger Records. Fans includes Workaholics’ Kyle Newacheck, Chris “Party Boy” Pontius, Run the Jewels art maven Nick Gazin (who drew the mini-comic for Introducing), and baby girl.
Like a #based Krofttian octopus, Gage’s tentacles juggle magic markers, guitars, ‘scripts, and the keys to Gnar Tapes (the dirt-chic cassette label) and GnarBurger (the L.A. retail hangout). A Gnar podcast was launched in 2015. Remarkably, according to a rock journalist, villagers in the immediate area swear they “never even saw the long-haired gringo get outta bed.”
In the Summer of 2016, his tracks “Free Weed” and “High with Me” were featured in the HBO Original Series High Maintenance.
On November 25, 2016, Bad Diet teamed with Free Weed and Unkle Funkle to release 199Oz. Buzz Clips, a full-length of ’90s covers.
Release Date: 02.24.2015
The Bad Diet record label announces its first album release, Free Weed’s Introducing, set for February 24, 2015. Introducing marks the debut LP of Free Weed, the self-explanatory solo moniker of L.A.-rocker Rikky Gage. Introducing is now available for pre-order directly from the Bad Diet webstore; it will be available for purchase at select retail shops and the usual online destinations.
With his debut album, Free Weed is positioned as the stoner-pop ambassador of our ever-gaining legalize-it culture. He has crafted a hit-repeat player that splices the freak power illumination of Ween with the catchy spirit of “Loser”-era Beck and the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper.” Themed around Free Weed’s love of marijuana and his digitally well-documented bacchanal lifestyle, Introducing is all killer, no filler. No twigs, no seeds to be had, Introducing never sputters into stoner novelty.
Included with all vinyl copies purchased through the Bad Diet webstore is a limited-edition comic illustrated by VICE Art Editor Nick Gazin. Gazin, whom the Bad Diet team believes is a worthy heir to Raymond Pettibon, is responsible for the tres-iconic Run the Jewels covers. All copies purchased from Bad Diet also include a DVD that contains special features and Doper, a misplaced 1994 documentary about dudes who stay high 24 hour a day. Hilarious.
The pedigree of Introducing extends to being mastered by Mikey Young, member of requisite Aussie outfit Total Control, with cover art by the ever-talented Dustyn Peterman of San Diego rock culture assassins Mushroom Necklace (Ty Segall; Thee Oh Sees). Just buy the thing, so we’ll stfu already.
199Oz. BUZZ CLIPS FROM FREE WEED & UNKLE FUNKLE
Release Date: 11.25.2016
Bad Diet Records dialed up the modems of Free Weed & Unkle Funkle to create 199Oz. Buzz Clips. On this full-length cover album, L.A.’s Gnar-punks slam the 1990s’ greatest rock anthems, from “Pepper” to “Black Hole Sun,” like a weed grinder onto a desk of pogs…during detention!
Mount up, as we hotbox a white Bronco piloted by Star Fox and Spoon Man and roll out to a simpler era, when juveniles raided Columbia House CDs instead of Reddit posts, when Brendan Fraser’s hair wasn’t a meme, when Batman didn’t shoot dudes, and #Grunge wasn’t data-mined behind the multi-screen.
This latest BD release is Free Weed’s follow-up to 2015’s Introducing, numerous tracks from which are singled out on HBO’s acclaimed new series High Maintenance. Noisey praises Free Weed’s music as “blissed out pop.” WTH, we love Shane Smith now.
Produced by Unkle Funkle and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control), 199Oz. Buzz Clipsfeatures covers of: Ween, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Butthole Surfers, Spacehog, and Third Eye Blind. Each track is as polished and heavy as Matt Pinfield’s dome. We guarantee it. The deluxe version, pressed on slime green vinyl, is exclusive to indie stores worldwide.
Dedicated in memory of: Harold Hunter, Justin Pierce, Layne Staley
W/ Tim Heidecker & the Gnar Gang
W/ Party Boy
W/ The Crocodile Hunter’s reincarnated spirit animal in Australia (rare)
W/ Kyle Newacheck of Workaholics
W/ Jennifer Clavin of Bleached