“I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” – The Official Music Video!

IT’S HERE! Ever since I released Folk In Your Face, I’ve been wanting to make a video for “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” and now here it finally is – directed by Jamie DeWolf, featuring some of my favorite Bay Area performers! I wrote this song because not only did marijuana help me quit smoking cigarettes after I got out of the military, it also helped me deal with PTSD and generally be less of an asshole. Video & track credits below. Get the song here!

Two years ago today, I was standing trial in Philadelphia, having being violently arrested and jailed by some adorable-looking park rangers near the Liberty Bell the summer before. I’d been waiting in the 90º shade to play my song “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” at a marijuana legalization demonstration later in the afternoon. The rangers had aggressively taken me down after refusing to tell me the reason they were clearing the park, and I later found out it was because they were using that area to process the herb they’d seized from demonstrators. The deep irony of the arrest – that I’d been prevented from playing this song due to the rangers being assholes about a marijuana demonstration – inspired me to release this video today, on the second anniversary of my conviction. And hey, Californians will be voting tomorrow on cannabis legalization! WHAT A COINCIDENCE.

Shot by
Jamie DeWolf and Gabriel Hurley

Edited by
Adam Parmalee

Assistant Director
Sara Shea

Supporting Cast

Angry Commuter Man
Patrick Ohslund

Weed Fairies
Kaila Love
Laika Fox

Sexy Cops
Jesi Ringofire
Wonder Dave
Police Brutality Victim
Duke Bossman

Commuters
Emalee McNally
Scott Kimball
Carrie Jean Miller
Brenna Miller
Jaron Smith

Jesus
Jamie DeWolf

Song Credits

Lyrics & Music by Emily Yates

Ukulele/lead vocals
Emily Yates
Piano
Jordan Feinstein
Dobro
Erik Yates
Backup vocals
Melody Walker & Erik Yates

“Drugs Are Bad” in the Tiny Desk Contest!

I decided to enter NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest again this year with a new tune called “Drugs Are Bad”  – let’s call it an ode to the double standard. If it brightens your day even a smidgen, feel free to brighten mine by taking a second to Like/share/comment on the YouTube. Thanks!

Copy/paste/click if the video doesn’t show up: https://youtu.be/d2z28SfNwxE

Videography by Sheldon Edward Steere

Listen: KPFA radio, 8/14/15 (w/Country Joe McDonald)

I had the opportunity to have a conversation and fun singalong on KPFA-Berkeley’s “Living Room” program with Kris Welch and Country Joe McDonald, as a promo piece for the Berkeley Protest Festival. Our segment begins at 27:47 if you don’t have time to listen to the whole broadcast, but I hope you do. (Here’s a link to the segment on KPFA.org.)

Videos: Live at The Art House, 5/17/15

Many thanks to Brendan Walsh and Hans Webb for videoing a bunch of songs from my show on Sunday, so I can share them with all of you. Now you can sing along from the comfort of your own home!

1. Intro by Kaila Love/”In A Major Key”

2. “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)”

3. “Land Of The Free”

4. “Dude, You Make Me Feel Dainty”

5. “One Night Standin’ Around”/”Get To Know You”

6. “Wake Up, Little Willie” (co-written with Barbara Dane)

7. “Try Not To Be A Dick” (feat. Jefferson Bergey, Kaila Love and Kate Willett)