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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXVII: Male Musicians That Should Wear Bikini Tops

1) Notorious B.I.G. Realizing he needed a little extra support, Big Poppa would often surprise beach-going sunbathers by arriving in a polka dot bikini. 2) Jerry Garcia As an entrepreneurial-minded individual, Garcia should have cashed in on the Dead-themed male bras and swimwear market. 3) Rupaul Yup. 4) Jim Morrison (post 1969) Late in his short career, Morrison began dedicating …

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This Blinding Light – Seven Feathers

Samantha Gilweit, contributor As someone who has repeatedly paid money to telephone psychics, This Blinding Light’s latest work, Seven Feathers, already had my new-age ass by naming all of its songs after celestial bodies. Appropriately, this record is spacey, in the best possible sense. Echoing reverb, cutting vocals, and expansive psychedelic riffs all give this album the feeling like, “holy …

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The Shrike – The Shrike

Sam Greenspan, contributor The self titled record for Portland rock quartet The Shrike has all of the elements of a great rock album. The very first song “The Return,” is a thundering, teeth-gnashing ballad that feels like it should be played at a viking funeral. However, what this band boasts in technical mastery and a clear understanding of the fundamentals …

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RJD2 – Dame Fortune

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Let me start by saying that I love RJD2, so I was really excited to be able to listen to the new album, Dame Fortune. Unfortunately, I only half loved it. It’s as if Skrillex stopped by for pancakes during a brunch with your parents. Dame Fortune has a wide range of musical genres from soul to …

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Cian Nugent – Night Fiction

Sam Greenspan, contributor I’m conflicted as I write this review. I’m torn between my sense of dutiful critique that I owe you, and my sense of personal malaise. If I’m being an impartial, in Night Fiction, Cian Nugent has constructed an album that, at it’s root, makes sense. Hooky and uptempo folk-pop rock balladeering on songs such as “Lost Your …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXII: Albums for Sleeping

Are you having trouble sleeping? Any of the following recordings will soothe and ease your mind into a restful state.   Carcass – Heartwork Deicide – Once Upon the Cross Morbid Angel – Covenant Satyricon – Nemesis Divina Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse Immortal – Battles in the North Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXI : Rock Album Narcotic Pairings

Heroin: Iggy Pop Kill City The only true way to relate to where Iggy was in his life and career in 1977 is to listen to Kill City. Pop had just been released from a mental hospital for heroin addiction and didn’t do well with recovery. It was not uncommon for him to be found literally lying in the gutter …

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Tortoise – The Catastrophist

  Tortoise is a funky find if you’re looking for music to make ransom notes, like the kind a psycho would make with cut-out letters. The genre is classified as “post-rock,” but I tend to think of it as awesome video game music. No lyrics needed to get the point across with these guys. Their new album The Catastrophist has …

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David Bowie – Blackstar

  Cee Cee Hill, contributor David Bowie is a British duke who also happens to be a singer. Best known for his cover of the Nirvana song “The Man Who Sold The World,” Bowie’s recently released Blackstar is a haunting, beautiful effort. It is experimental, yet accessible to even the casual listener. It mixes some electronica, noise and free jazz …

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