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 LXXXVI:

Moments of Lunacy with Mr. Moon Ben Allen, music editor   All right, it’s the Space Issue. The moon is a celestial body and The Who’s infamous drummer Keith Moon was undisputedly a lunatic, a term originating from the 16th century referring to intermittent insanity caused by the moon. Moon was arguably the wildest man in the history of rock …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXIV: Trippin’ Out in the Music Industry

RCA releasing Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music Let’s say you’re an executive at RCA records in the early 1970’s. One of your most lucrative acts (Lou Reed) is riding high on the success of his album Transformer and its David Bowie-produced single “Walk on the Wild Side.” Your man Reed submits his new album featuring nothing but guitar feedback and …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXIII: Musicians Competing in Professional Rose-Growing Contests

While not always known for their green thumbs during their lifetimes, the following artists now have a second career entering rose-growing competitions, their decomposing corpses providing the fertilizer. Let’s check in on some of their recent entries: Elvis Similar to John Wayne, Elvis expired with 72 pounds of feces in his colon, earning his roses third place for their impressive …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXI: The Royalty of Rock

We all know that Elvis Presley was the king of rock, and Michael Jackson was the self-proclaimed king of pop, but what about the other nobility in popular music? The following artists have not received the royal titles they deserve. . .until now. Keith Richards – The King of the Fountain Youth He may not look it physically, but I …

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Bob Dylan – Christmas in the Heart

The most incredible comedic holiday album of all time is without a doubt Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart. Unfortunately, I don’t think Dylan’s intention was for this to be funny, but it is so bizarre and unlistenable, you’ll quickly find yourself laughing in a maniacal manner. Christmas in the Heart is a collection of overly-orchestrated cheese-dick holiday classics sung by …

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The Odyssey Cult “Volumes 1 and 2”

The Odyssey Cult Volumes 1 and 2 Ben Allen, music editor Devotion to a cult based on sprawling, ambient, feedback-laden guitar improvisation is no easy task. For the uninitiated, The Odyssey Cult is the brainchild of Ethan Miller, a musician known for embracing classic rock sensibilities and down and dirty garage music. On this release, we find Miller with only …

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Album Review: Samantha Gilweit “Single.Mother.Fucker.”

Samantha Gilweit Single.Mother.Fucker. M.Bunny, contributor Samantha Gilweit’s crisp, clear and captivating vocals immediately entrance the listener, captivating them instantly for this thoroughly enjoyable production. Samantha’s voice just sounds sooo right, like you’re listening to an awesomely hilarious audio book with great backing tracks to boot. Upon first listen, I was drawn to the words and her wonderful voice. On a …

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Album Review: Lyndol Descant “Reach Up”

Lyndol Descant Reach Up Sam Greenspan, contributor On her self-produced second album, the sublimely talented Lyndol Descant gives us a recording that is melodic and sweet listening for anyone’s ears. I should clarify, that last descriptor could easily be misconstrued as a milquetoast synapses, as if it could just as easily be background music – quite the opposite. Imagine a …

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Album Review: Feral Ohms

Feral Ohms Feral Ohms Amanaka, Contributor Remember getting thrown up against a wall and liking it? That’s what Feral Ohms feels like. A good old fashion ass kick straight to the ears. The name “Ethan Miller” was enough to get me interested. Miller has a stellar track record of musical outlets, playing in bands such as Comets on Fire, Heron Oblivion …

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