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.”

(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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Live Show Preview: Teach Me Equals, Joey Sprinkles, The Apollo Era

Jimmy Peche, contributor Ahhh… fall has fallen, and it is getting on time to put your witch hats on and get freaky. Anyone else taste the essence of eye-of-newt in the damp, chill air? Well, what better an occasion to kick off your spooky-season’s celebrations than the return of doomy electro-classical duo, Teach Me Equals! Teach Me Equals is all …

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Album Review: Cursive “Vitriola”

Cursive Vitriola Chuck McCammon, contributor For those already familiar with Cursive, you are going to love this album of dark musical complexity and existential ruminations. Vitriola has everything listeners desire from primary songwriter/vocalist Tim Kasher.  There’s personal awareness of triumphs and failures. His humble blood drips over every second. The entire band emphasizes the shifting motifs brilliantly as they have always …

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Album Review: Eating Club “Eating Club”

Sam Greenspan, contributor The self-titled album from Alex Bortnichak, or Eating Club, is truly a dynamic showcase of not only his inherent talent (Bortnichak being responsible for almost all instruments heard on the record), but also his influences.  This deeply personal album is one of the best displays of self I’ve heard from an artist; it’s intrinsic authenticity standing out passionately in …

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Henderson Centaur Interview

When the Henderson Centaur awoke from its 352-year slumber in the remote coastal village of Eureka, it was confused. The half-man/half-beast was disoriented and angry. In a moment of absolute desperation, the creature began screeching, screaming and vocalizing its discontent in a frightened, abrasive manner. These sounds can be heard while strolling through Eureka’s Henderson Center, the captive beast expressing …

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Free from the restraints of seminal punk noise legends Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo has fully realized his musical ambitions on his latest record. If Sonic Youth were the Beatles, Ranaldo would be George Harrison, and Electric Trimis his All Things Must Pass. Album opener “Moroccan Mountains” embraces Ranaldo’s love for all things 1960’s and psychedelic. The track sounds much like …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XCI: Moments of Musician Weirdness

There’s a fine line between creativity and being bat-shit crazy. Artistic risks are often celebrated, but sometimes we’re left scratching our heads and wondering what the hell happened. It’s debatable as to whether these moments of artistic expression are regretful, or an indication of aesthetic advancement beyond the general public’s comprehension. Are the following artists daring, or out of their …

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