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.”

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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The Messiah: Kurt Cobain

“What the fuck is wrong with popular music these days?” I exclaim as the local alternative radio station plays yet another vanilla, uninspired excuse for a song. In rock & roll’s 60-plus-year existence there have consistently been artists who drastically alter the state of popular music. On occasion a musician emerges whose songwriting and voice is so original and pure …

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Bands Possibly Named After Genitalia

Whitesnake Tool The Meat Puppets Toad the Wet Sprocket Hole The Flaming Lips Jack Johnson Hootie and the Blowfish Red Red Meat The Slits Swollen Members Limp Bizkit Faster Pussycat Fishbone They Might Be Giants

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVIII: Musicians and Their Meat Sticks

I know our readership spends a great deal of time thinking, “I am sure curious about Rick Allen’s penis.” What follows is some fascinating insight into the very “private parts” of rock and roll royalty. Ted Nugent “The Nuge” is a mentally challenged, buck-toothed hillbilly and fittingly his ding-dong is half an inch long, but four inches wide, resembling a …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVII: Gambling Commercially and Artistically on Albums

Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (1975) A double album of layered guitar feedback and noise which came out at the height of The Velvet Underground leader’s commercial success. Stevie Wonder – Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (1979) Arguably the greatest two-disc concept album about photosynthesis. Neil Young – Trans (1983) Young thoroughly pissed off his …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XCVI: Throwing Bags of Grass at Musicians

If you’re Snoop Lion, Willie Nelson or Tom Petty, chances are all sorts of ganja is coming your way when you’re performing live. Well known musician/stoners receive an abundance of smoking supplies tossed in their direction as a sign of appreciation from their adoring fans. However, I’m more interested in artists who should have bags of grass thrown at them. …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIII: Songs For Wild Animals

I recently spent a month traveling to exotic locations throughout the world to meet and interview some wild animals about what’s been on heavy rotation on their iPods. Harriet Halibut The Beatles “Octopus’ Garden” “I like Ringo’s melody. Every time I end up in an Octopus’ garden I regret it. Those things are weird looking and freak me the fuck …

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