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 LIII: The 90s One Hit Wonders Are Back!

There’s been a resurgence lately of bands that were popular in the 90s. All of the following groups are primarily known for one hit single. Some of them have had to make small sacrifices in order to seem more relevant, but by slightly changing their style or collaborating with others, they are now back in the spotlight. EMF “Unbelievable” After …

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Saved By The Bell: Where Are They Now?

Daniel Amaral and Ben Allen, staff When Saved by the Bell ended in 1993 so many questions were left up in the air. Sure, we saw some of the cast pursue higher education in the far inferior “The College Years,” but that too came to an end in 1994. The lives of the beloved Saturday morning sitcom’s characters went in …

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Foxxxy Cougars – Go Funk Yourself

On their first record in six years, the trio of elderly women comprising  the Foxxxy Cougars continue to embarrass themselves. On their 1991 debut Young Meat, their shtick was cute; sexy women in their 50s singing about young men they desired and their numerous sexual conquests. But after 25 years and 13 albums the novelty has worn off. The only …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LII: Choose Your Own Song

The enormous elephant you’re riding in a wildlife park in India suddenly squats and takes a 30 pound, violent shit. Right at that moment a man rides by on a bicycle holding a boom box blaring: a) “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg b) “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes c) …

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Live Show Preview: Teach Me Equals / RedRumsey / The Tweeners

Ben Allen, music editor Two touring indie rock bands as well as local favorites The Tweeners will be performing at the Jambalaya this Monday, September 8th. Teach Me Equals is a duo comprised of New Jersey Native Greg Bortnichak and Floridian Erin Murphy. They play guitar, cello, violin and keyboards over homegrown samples created through effects pedals, noises and old …

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Ben’s 10 Volume MCMLVII: The Best Record Singles of the Year

*This article originally ran in the December 1957 issue of Savage Henry Magazine Like a deadly infectious virus, “rock n’ roll” music has been rapidly spreading and taking over the young, impressionable minds of our country. Just take the Billboard charts this year; the top ten songs were all made by hip-shaking, devil-worshipping reefer addicts. As a service to all …

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Nirvana Nevermind

*This review originally ran in the August 1991, The Flannel Issue of Savage Henry Magazine Seattle band Nirvana has released what will undoubtedly go down as one of the more derivative recordings of the early ‘90s. While their pop-punk sound is safe and inoffensive, Nevermind serves as more of a tribute to an era passed than offer anything original. First …

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Survival Knife: Loose Power

Stop what you’re doing, put down the bong and bottle of cheap tequila. The debut full-length from the phenomenal Survival Knife requires active listening and engagement. Loose Power is an overwhelmingly beautiful juxtaposition of raw punk energy, prog-intellectualism and classic rock. The recording feels most engaging during its extreme subtle moments and epic, brutal attacks. “Cut the Quick” chugs along …

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CV Interview

CV combines the raw power of The Stooges with some noisier, ambitiously psychedelic tendencies. Consisting of Jason (drums), Robert (bass/keys/vocals), and Tavan (guitar/vocals), the band creates raw, dirty, yet engaging sounds, the way rock n’ roll should be played. They draw on a number of influences from a different era, but manage an originality not found among many of their …

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