Goodship Sessions: Volume 1

Goodship Sessions: Volume 1

Shabazz Palaces & Tacocat Spend A Weekend with Goodship Getting High & Making Music.


“Last October, we brought together two of the Northwest’s most innovative artists, Shabazz Palaces and Tacocat, for a weekend of heightened creative exploration. Secluded in a tiny Washington coast fishing village, we transformed the historic and haunted Tokeland Hotel into a remote recording studio, captained by renowned producer Erik Blood. Here the musicians communed with the spirits and with each other, free from structure and expectation. The goal was to document the highs of artistic inspiration under the effects of legal marijuana. It got weird.” – Jonathan Zwickel



With the legalization of weed in Washington state, our state is part of a nationwide experiment of how people will engage with recreational pot and the culture that grows around it. Sure, we’ve all been smoking weed for years, but this is still a very early and important time in the history of cannabis – its identity and the narrative that is drawn around it will evolve and define pot culture around the nation as more states recognize the benefits of legalization and the war on drugs slowly comes to a close.


We think cannabis is a creative tool. That it can allow a person to look at the world through a different lens, to think differently, ask different questions and look at problems from new perspectives. And we want to help craft the conversation and identity around recreational pot use as being artist friendly, as being a tool to help unlock our creative potential, to look at the world in new and profound ways. Of course musicians have known this for decades. It is no new revelation. But it is the dawning of a new era, and we want to help inspire cannabis use for the creative process.


The Goodship has a whole spectrum of projects and programming that encourage people to get high and think big thoughts. Our whole platform is defined around creating experiences that connect people through art and big ideas, from fine art to lectures to field trips to artist residencies. It makes good sense for us to invest in our creative community. We think it makes for a better world, a more interesting world, a more intelligent world. And music is a huge part of this conversation.


See some of the incredible images by Charles Peterson & Ben Lindbloom below. More on journalist Jonathan Zwickel’s experience of the weekend for Goodship Sessions Vol 1 on City Arts.



Creative Director: Greg Lundgren
Musicians: Ishmael Butler, Emily Nokes, Bree McKenna, Lelah Maupin, Eric Randall
Music Producer: Erik Blood
Director: J. Austin Wilson
Producer: Jody Hall, Eileen Namanny, Tim Ziegler
Cinematographer: Justin Henning
Photographer: Charles Peterson, Ben Lindbloom

Chef: Tarik Abdullah
Sound Recorder: Elijah Lawson
Sound Engineer: William Smith
Editor: Nick Pezzillo
Colorist: Eric Rosen
Title Designer & Compositor: David Viau
Sound Mixer: Ellis Hawes
Special Thanks: Sub Pop, Hardly Ar, Peace Vans, Van Der Pop & Harmony Farms