Music

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: Hidden Lake “sinking Choirs eP”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor    Seattle-based Charles Hargis and Adam Drew have been making music together for years under various guises, and their latest collaboration as Hidden Lake (along with a new bassist and lead guitarist) is most certainly their best work to date. After scrapping much of their previous material, they began writing again in earnest last summer and have …

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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: Moira Scar “Scarred For Life”

Joel Leavitt, contributor    Rather than write a traditional review, I thought I’d share a little tale of my week listening to Moira Scar. Day 1: What the fuck did Ben send me? Day 2: I got an e-mail from the band saying they love Savage Henry Magazine. Day 3: Organ grinder. . .that’s me singing in a deep voice! …

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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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Album Review: Deap Vally “Get Deap EP!”

Cee Cee Hill, contributor “Deap Vally”  is comprised of two bad-ass chicks who totally know how to rock and they are on a mission to blow our minds. Lindsey Troy plays fierce guitar and hollers while Julie Edwards bangs the drums as if possessed by the devil. The band’s first recording, “Get Deap!” presents four unhinged, unrestrained and electrifying tracks. …

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Album Review: Blackheart Honeymoon “Nothing and everything else”

Bagel, contributor The six-song offering from Seattle group Blackheart Honeymoon is a glimpse into the songwriting and vocal gifts of the Reverend Ian Prebo. He is joined by original Blackheart member, and undisputed bass master Wes Amundesen on the upright, and backed by the ridiculously talented musical rascals of Lowmen Markos. All six songs have great power and an unabashed …

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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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