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 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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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVIII: Popular Musicians and Their Daddy Issues

Jessica Simpson The following is a direct quote by Joe, Jessica’s dad. “Jessica never tries to be sexy, she just is sexy. If you put her in a t-shirt or you put her in a bustiere, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!” Mackenzie Phillips Starting from the times she was nineteen, Mackenzie has …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVII: A Lesson in Extreme Metal

Heavy metal has never seen a more extreme time than the early 1990s. A whole scene emerged out of Scandinavia and became notorious due to rampant satanism, anti-Christianity sentiments, church burnings and homicides. There was even a vocalist from a band called Mayhem who killed himself, leaving a note that read “excuse all the blood.” In a type of self-fulfilling …

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Buns n’ Hoses

The New Incarnation of Guns n’ Roses  We received some shocking news today in the music world. Axl Rose has come out of the closet and decided to rename his band “Buns n’ Hoses.” In a statement obtained by our staff, Axl said, “my lyrical content and song titles will now reflect my new lifestyle. I feel my art is …

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Hunting Manilapede: An Obsession & Strange Conversation

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Lou Reed, Michael Gira and Captain Beefheart got drunk on port and did some improvising? Well, you probably haven’t, but it’s the type of thing I think about all the time. Luckily, I was introduced to local band Manilapede. Information regarding their origins and musicians are shrouded in mystery. I made phone …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVI: The Technological Visions of Kraftwerk

Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, influential German electronic musicians Kraftwerk shared their visions of the future. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider started the band as a progressive rock group, but quickly became interested in evolving musical technology.  Their songs consisted of lyrical content spoken through a vocoder or computer speech software accompanied by minimalistic electronic percussion and …

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