Music

Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXVIII: – It’s a Rock n’ Roll Pizza Eating Contest!

Ben Allen, music editor   Some of the heaviest (pun intended) rockers of all time recently got together for a good ol’ fashioned pizza-pie eating contest. Let’s check in on how they fared in the competition and what they managed to ingest.   Meat Loaf Well, obviously, the large-breasted man known as Meat Loaf indulged in three family size meat-lovers …

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Album Review: Teach Me Equals “Fix History”

Ben Allen, music editor In a perfect world, Teach Me Equals would be the most popular band of all time. On their second LP Fix History, the group continues to explore overwhelmingly lush, exotic musical landscapes rich in chaotic dissonance. Utilizing cello, violin, guitar and percussive and noisy samples, Teach Me Equals constructs sounds that are completely original and impossible …

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Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame

Aaron Mathess, contributor I can appreciate “art” for what it is, sometimes. Listeners who are already familiar with Arto Lindsay may understand a couple of things; he’s not afraid to experiment with sound, and most of his music brings on a dream-like feeling. Keep in mind, brothers and sisters, dreams can either leave you feeling wonderful, or scared as all …

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From Backwards – Trump in the Trunk

The Dirty Bird, contributor   I’m thinking what you’re thinking. Donald Trump is underexposed. We could use more artistic insights into his presidency. Thus, I give you From Backwards, hailing from the musical metropolis of Willits, California. From Backwards recorded some Trump parody songs that you may find Trumpalicious.   One track, “Trump in the Trunk,” is a decent jam …

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Thurston Moore – Rock n’ Roll Consciousness

Make no doubt about it, Rock n’ Roll Consciousness is precisely the title the new Thurston Moore record deserves. The former Sonic Youth frontman has flirted with hippie psychedelia throughout his prolific 40-year musical career. After a minor taste of mainstream success in the late 90’s, Sonic Youth essentially became a post-punk Grateful Dead, embracing the freedom of sprawling improvisation. …

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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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Offers – Ne-Hi

Samantha Gilweit, contributor NE-HI seems like a band that has lot of punk friends they watch do drugs in the parking lot, but are promptly home by midnight because mommy told them so. What that means is structure with dirty influences, which makes for a highly entertaining, yet listenable album without the ego of many revival garage rock bands that …

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Doris and the Daggers – Spiral Stairs

Jimmie Menezes, contributor As a longtime fan of Pavement, I was stoked to have an early listen to prominent songwriter, Scott Kannberg’s, latest batch of recordings. I related to Pavement because they came from my area and were bored, just like me. We all have those friends that mature; ya know: move away for college, get married, have kids, move …

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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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