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.”

Food Review: The Flavors of Purina Fancy Feast Cat Food

I’m assuming I was volunteered for the task of sampling and reviewing cat food for several reasons. First off, I’m a large man and enjoy eating pretty much anything. There’s also the fact that this is the “Fancy” issue and there happens to be a brand of gourmet feline cuisine with that name. I also enjoy stroking a pussy and …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXV: The Fanciest Outfits of Liberace

Believe it or not, the famous showman known as Liberace was the highest paid entertainer during the 1950’s up until the 1970’s. When he wasn’t busy singing, playing piano and acting in terrible television specials, the man had a sense of fashion that could only be described as “flamboyant.” Some of these costumes look like something Elton John would have worn in …

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Ben’s Ten: Volume V: Albums to Listen to While Stoned

Although I no longer indulge in “the grass,” I feel I can offer some musical suggestions based on conversations I’ve had with a number of “users” and past experiences. Not surprisingly, mellow, atmospheric recordings seem pleasing to those who’ve recently smoked. I also found instrumental compositions and strange, experimental music seemed popular among the marijuana enthusiast. This is by no …

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Arcade Fire ~ The Suburb

Arcade Fire is what you might consider a “rated” band. While most albums and bands are either overrated or underrated, Arcade Fire manages to consistently be rated correctly. Most critics swoon over the band, heaping on praise. This is appropriate, as Arcade Fire has invariably released some of the most powerful and innovative music of the decade. “The Suburbs”, released …

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Ben’s Ten: Volume IV: Songs About Education

With the school year just beginning, it seemed appropriate to take a look at some rock and roll songs that cover the subjects of education, teachers, teen angst and rebellion. Not surprisingly, most rock songs featuring lyrics about school discuss topics of sexuality, drug use and frustration — not so much good grades, positive studying habits and perfect attendance. Songs …

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Ben’s Ten: Volume III

1. David Bowie — “Ziggy Stardust” (1972) To the casual listener, the Bowie classic “Ziggy Stardust” may sound simply like the story of a rock star, his rise to fame and ultimately his tragic decline. Upon closer inspection, there’s so much more. Ziggy is actually an alien being sent to Earth with a message of hope, peace and love. The …

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Coat Hanger Cadaver

It’s a pretty good story … We got wasted in an alley, started a game called “piss foot fighting,” and there was a weird guy there named “Christopher Reeves” who claimed that when he died he wanted to be taxidermied (real word?) so his family could use him as a coat hanger. Fun night!

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Best cover band names EVER

Zoo Fighters Foo Fighters cover band devoted to combating circuses, carnivorism and animal confinement. Ten percent of all proceeds are donated to PETA. Nine Inch Rails Nine Inch Nails cover band with an unhealthy addiction to Peruvian marching powder. Murl Jam Septuagenarian cop-fronted ensemble covers “Even Flow” and “Jeremy”. Lady Ga Ga Goo Goo Toddlers playing Lady Gaga. Buns ‘n’ …

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