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 XLIII: Rock and Roll Refreshments

Most of us will never partake in the excesses and debauchery associated with the lifestyles of some of the most celebrated rock stars. It’s unlikely you’ll ever drive a car into a swimming pool, throw a television out of a hotel window or engage in sexual depravity that would make porn stars blush. I did some research and discovered some …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLII: Songs Secretly about Smokin’ Sinsemilla

I often listen to music with people who smoke entirely too much grass. These are dudes that Tommy Chong would refer to as “stoners.” Now it may be the mild paranoia, or the fact that these people tend to read too much into things while stoned, but they have provided me with insight into what some songs are “really about, …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLI: Songs About Scrilla

Hall & Oates “Rich Girl” “Rich Girl” was inspired by true events that took place in the Fall of 1975. Hall & Oates had a three-way with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis one evening after a show in Coral Gables, Florida. Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.” RZA and GZA ran a successful dairy home delivery service before forming the Wu-Tang Clan. They never forgot …

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Album Review: White Manna, “Dune Worship.”

In many ways, White Manna is the quintessential Humboldt band. This is substance-inspired, modern psychedelic rock at its loudest and finest. Opening track “Transformation,” beats a two chord chugging groove into submission, while guitarist/vocalist David Johnson’s vocals float hauntingly in the background. Another highlight is “Illusion of Illusion” that follows a more relaxed path. At first the rhythm section holds down a …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXIX

Musicians That Love Golden Showers  When I heard about the Wet n’ Wild Issue, I naturally assumed the whole thing would be about golden showers. Imagine my surprise when I learned we were actually supposed to be writing about water and summertime fun, not urinating on people’s faces. However, as I had already began my research and discovered some shocking …

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Music Review: Pitchfork Herpes “Sven’s Garden”

Pitchfork Herpes formed in 1987 in rural Connecticut. Their reputation as hard partying, outlaw country rebels has always overshadowed what little musical talent they possess. Nowhere is this more evident than on their fifth LP, “Sven’s Garden.” Lead guitarist and main songwriter Sven Torgerson’s vocals sound as if he’s been up for three days on a whiskey and Marlboro binge. …

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Music Review: The Tweeners

The Tweeners “shanty eP + bonus”  Like their influential musical forefathers before them, The Tweeners aren’t preoccupied with the technicality of their compositions as much as expressing themselves and their process in live and recorded format. What may come off as amateurish to some is actually the inspired output of a quintet of incredibly creative individuals. The original material found here is all …

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Interview: Delaney and Paris

Delaney and Paris met in a college group vocal class in 2009. Before long they began writing together which quickly developed into their own brand of sexually explicit, vulgar folk music. Due to the graphic nature of their lyrics, they’ve found an audience with drunks at closing time as well as attendees of burlesque and comedy shows. In March of …

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Album Review: Chester’s barnacle “Fear of a big Hat”

Chester’s Barnacle exploded onto the scene in 2003 with their sizzling debut “Sniff My Kilt.” Hearing traditional Irish instruments such as bagpipes, violins and flutes played by four Hispanic men from Boise was a completely new idea. The songs reflected a love for a land and a different era. The passion behind lyrics in songs such as “My Pot O’ …

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