Written by Anonymous
Mark Farina is a house/acid jazz/downtempo DJ who showcases Chicago urban beats and hip hop samples combined with San Francisco’s jazzy-house wave. Explore the sights, sounds, and textures of Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz through a trip and a more level reflection of his musical mixes.
Mushroom Diary. 1:14 AM. Friday, December 18th
Slick...This music tastes like kava tea. The keys are tickling me, but it doesn't feel childish. Tempo changes are interesting, the fluidity changes your syncopation.
Echoes don't sound like echoes, it's just
That one voice is trying to tell me something, but that's not very important. It's another layer. Dissecting isn't always necessary - listen to it as a whole. Each time a key presses down, I feel it hit each point of my spine. It's stretching me!
This laughter makes me feel uncomfortable.
Has it only been seven minutes? I can see this beat bouncing, like the characters in the Tom Tom Club.
I'm stuck in here. Stuck isn't the right word - because it's not confining. I'm growing within an infinite space. Infinitely in many directions, and I forgot there's more than one! I am striving for truth in one way, that's not possible! Truth is not one-directional. This beat is sick.
I wrote the above excerpt while listening to Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz an hour after eating a few mushroom caps. Psychedelics shouldn’t be considered as playthings, but on rare occasions I’ll use them as tools during insomniac nights to fuel some thinking. When I need to dust out the cobwebs in my mind, in an altered state or in clear consciousness, it can be helpful to have a soundtrack to get myself into a state of flow. That soundtrack can be any form of music, but lately I’ve been really vibing with mushroom jazz.
Mark Farina is a house/acid jazz/downtempo DJ who was originally a part of the Chicago house music scene. Upon moving to San Francisco in the 90s, he founded a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night that showcased Chicago urban beats and hip hop samples combined with San Francisco’s jazzy-house productions. Despite developing a cult following in the bay area, Farina and co-DJ Patty Ryan-Smith decided to shut the doors to the club just after three years. Farina kept the tradition going, however, by releasing a Mushroom Jazz series that began as limited cassette releases and expanded to more widely-produced vinyl and CDs. Volume 1 dropped in 1996, and the series is still going strong-- Volume 8 is being released later this year.
It’s been a week since my psilocybin experience and I’m currently revisiting the Mushroom Jazz 2 mix I was listening to that night. It’s now 10:51 pm on a quiet Tuesday night. I’m sober, contemplative, and looking back on my mushroom diary with a new perspective.