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.”

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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Live Show Preview: The Suicide Notes and Sex Crime

Ben Allen, music editor This Sunday, The Shanty plays host to a tremendous rock show featuring a diverse lineup that is not to be missed. Portland’s The Suicide Notes make their triumphant return to Eureka along with tourmates and fellow Portland residents Sex Crime. The Suicide Notes play incredibly infectious rock n’ roll led by three female vocalists and former …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLVII: Mysterious Video Game Composers

Unfortunately, it seems the composers of many classic video games have been overlooked. Not enough credit is given to those creative geniuses who soundtrack electronic games. I’ve decided to highlight some of these talented genius’ finer works. Meatloaf – Diablo 3 I don’t know if Meatloaf actually scored Diablo, he just seems like a beefy dude that would love to …

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Reflections on the Artistry of George W. Bush

George W. Bush has been retired as leader of the free world for several years now. In a strange turn of events, he has occupied much of his time creating awkward, simplistic paintings. The move shouldn’t be completely shocking, though, as several psychotic, bloodthirsty historic characters have also created amateurish paintings. Let’s not forget the frightening works of John Wayne …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLVI – Art Garfunkel’s Hair: A Photo Retrospective

(Art 1) Here we find Art looking like your weird, perverted uncle who unnecessarily dresses up for relatively mundane occasions. “Happy 11th birthday, George; I wore this tux and my spectacles just for you!” (Art 2) A.G. trying his hardest to look seductive with a smug smile, sexy V-Neck shirt, and a receding hairline like a Jewish Bozo theClown. (Art …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLV

Most children are fond of animated female leads, especially when it’s a dazzling princess or a lovable animal character. They’re beautiful, they smile, laugh, and often express themselves in song, creating endearing figures for kids. Too often, though, it seems the male leads take the more heroic roles, while females are portrayed as unambitious, helpless damsels in distress. You’ll see …

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Album Review: Nirvana “In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition”

Matt Ashworth, contributor Even if you celebrate the release of Nirvana’s classic 1993 album “In Utero” by skipping all songs that were played on the radio and TV, it still rules. “Serve the Servants” is sublime. “Scentless Apprentice” demolishes. “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” is full of pounding awesomeness. And “Very Ape,” “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” and “Tourrette’s” are three …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIV: Questions for Bob Seger

Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a brief, but informative conversation with rock legend Bob Seger. Seger is an incredibly successful recording artist, known for his accessible songwriting referred to by some as “heartland rock.” Some of his biggest hits include “Against the Wind,” “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.” He was inducted …

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Album Review: Tango with Lions “A Long Walk”

Cee Cee Hill, European Music Correspondent The Greeks from “Tango With Lions” write music in English and have a very distinctive, moody American or British vibe. Fronted by Kat Papachristou, their songs are dreamy landscapes that transport you to places where loneliness, love and memories live. Surprisingly, these places remind us more of  mid-western infinite landscapes than sunny white beaches …

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