Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

Ben’s 10 Volume LXVII: Translated Passive Aggressive Song Titles

Artist: The Beatles Passive Aggressive Song Title: “Let It Be” Translation: “Get the Fuck Away From Me Paul, the Band is Over!”   Artist: Billy Joel Passive Aggressive Song Title: “Just The Way You Are” Translation: “You May Be Butt Ugly, But I Will Look Past That and Stay With You”   Artist: The White Stripes Passive Aggressive Song Title: …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVVI: The Bold Technological Predictions of Kraftwerk

Between 1975 and 1981, German band Kraftwerk had an impressive run of four concept albums, pioneering electronic music. Their themes centered around technological innovations and their impact on mankind’s future. Here are some of the songs found on those records.   Home Computer (1981) Just imagine a world where computers are as prevalent in our homes as televisions.   Pocket …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXVII: Male Musicians That Should Wear Bikini Tops

1) Notorious B.I.G. Realizing he needed a little extra support, Big Poppa would often surprise beach-going sunbathers by arriving in a polka dot bikini. 2) Jerry Garcia As an entrepreneurial-minded individual, Garcia should have cashed in on the Dead-themed male bras and swimwear market. 3) Rupaul Yup. 4) Jim Morrison (post 1969) Late in his short career, Morrison began dedicating …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXII: Albums for Sleeping

Are you having trouble sleeping? Any of the following recordings will soothe and ease your mind into a restful state.   Carcass – Heartwork Deicide – Once Upon the Cross Morbid Angel – Covenant Satyricon – Nemesis Divina Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse Immortal – Battles in the North Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXI : Rock Album Narcotic Pairings

Heroin: Iggy Pop Kill City The only true way to relate to where Iggy was in his life and career in 1977 is to listen to Kill City. Pop had just been released from a mental hospital for heroin addiction and didn’t do well with recovery. It was not uncommon for him to be found literally lying in the gutter …

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Tortoise – The Catastrophist

  Tortoise is a funky find if you’re looking for music to make ransom notes, like the kind a psycho would make with cut-out letters. The genre is classified as “post-rock,” but I tend to think of it as awesome video game music. No lyrics needed to get the point across with these guys. Their new album The Catastrophist has …

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Live Show Preview: Tigerbomb’s Final Performance

Tigerbomb!, the beloved eighteen-year-old Guided By Voices tribute band with origins in Humboldt, will be playing their final show this weekend. The band’s performance will take place Saturday, May 28th at The Shanty in Eureka and they will be accompanied by three local bands. The concept of Tigerbomb! originated with vocalist Jensen Rufe. While attending HSU in 1997, Rufe wrote …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXX: Musician Plan B Careers

Ben Allen, music editor Sammy Hagar – NASCAR driver Jerry Garcia – Santa Claus Ronnie Jame Dio – Santa’s Elf Ozzy Osbourne – Elementary School Teacher Eric Clapton – Investment Banker David Lee Roth – Paramedic Scott Stapp – Trailer Park Manager Don Henley – Mortician Ric Ocasek – Model Brian May – Astrophysicist

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIX: Ten Amazing Facts About Christmas in the Stars

By the early ‘80s, the consistently increasing popularity of the Star Wars saga warranted the production of all types of merchandise, even a holiday-themed recording. Christmas in the Stars was released in November of 1980 and was largely sung and narrated by Anthony Daniels, the guy who played C-3PO in the films. After the initial pressing of 150,000, RSO Records …

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