Ben Allen

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Cory Gray

Ben Allen, music editor It’s August 2000 and Desert City Soundtrack has just finished a phenomenal set at Rumours Lounge in Eureka, California. My band, Relapse, has just returned to Humboldt County earlier in the day after more than six weeks on the road playing shows in ten states. While performing with such consistency has made our live show very …

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Vern Rumsey

Ben Allen, music editor Vern Rumsey is a guy from Olympia, Washington. He has created some exceptional music over the years that has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Rumsey is widely known for his playing in the band Unwound. In the 1990’s, the group successfully blew minds everywhere by obliterating the preconceived notion of what a “punk” group …

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Patrick Foss

Ben Allen, music editor Patrick Foss is a musician who resides in Portland, Oregon.  He has an affinity bordering on obsession for rock and roll in its purest, unbridled forms. His musical tastes span a wide spectrum, but he tends to appreciate punk, garage and maybe even a bit of power pop. In Perfect Buzz, Foss plays guitar and sings. …

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Ethan Miller

Ben Allen, music editor The subject of this Quarantine Creativity Interview is Ethan Miller. Miller is an imaginative, productive musician, constantly occupied with an assortment of inventive artistic pursuits. There’s Howlin Rain, a band he fronts, writing the songs, singing and playing guitar and described as “classically soulful.” He plays bass and sings in Heron Oblivion, a neo-psychedelic group comprised …

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Creating In Quarantine

Ben Allen, music editor I feel your pain. You have been stuck at home for weeks and the cabin fever has made you so bat-shit crazy, you’re about to conduct an elaborate animal sacrifice and ceremoniously murder your beloved pet bunny rabbit. I feel your pain. But wait, what’s that? You mean there’s a way to occupy your time productively …

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Song Review: Gregory Bortnichak “I’m On Fire”

Ben Allen, music editor Gregory Bortnichak’s cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic “I’m On Fire” begins so hushed and reserved, you may feel guilty for intruding on this intimately recorded moment. Bortnichak’s captivating, haunting vocal is accompanied solely by a gently plucked cello. There is not a hint of irony in this passionately delivered interpretation, as Bortnichak painstakingly deconstructs the …

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Album Review: The Shins “The Worm’s Heart”

Ben Allen, music editor   Arriving one year after Heartworms, The Shins’ latest release reinterprets every song found on their previous recording. The results, while sometimes interesting, are largely unnecessary as the original was a solid indie-pop effort.   As all of the music featured on Heartworms is being re-imagined, so it’s safe to say that The Worm’s Heart feels …

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(anonymous)’s 10 Volume XCIV: Mysterious Anonymously Released Albums

Why release an album anonymously? It could be that the musical content is so fucking terrible that you don’t want anyone to know it’s you. Or it could be an attempt to break free of the public’s perception of what you should sound like. Many records have been released anonymously, or have at least attempted anonymity by changing the artists …

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Album of the Month- Van William “Countries”

Ben Allen, music editor   Less than a month into 2018, the year’s best record may have already been released. Van Pierszalowski, aka Van William, began his musical odyssey with Port O’ Brian, an indie-pop outfit detailing his various nautical adventures as a fisherman in Alaska. Upon the band’s disintegration, he formed WATERS and forged ahead into even more accessible, …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XCII: Inaugural S.H.I.T. Music Awards

Ben Allen, music editor   Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the inaugural S.H.I.T. Music Awards. We will be looking back at the year 2017 and examining some of the finest moments in popular music. Please refrain from booing our host, Bob Saget, or engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with any of our other award show attendees.   “I Love Living …

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