Music

Ben’s 10 Volume LXVIII: Musicians and Their Meat Sticks

I know our readership spends a great deal of time thinking, “I am sure curious about Rick Allen’s penis.” What follows is some fascinating insight into the very “private parts” of rock and roll royalty. Ted Nugent “The Nuge” is a mentally challenged, buck-toothed hillbilly and fittingly his ding-dong is half an inch long, but four inches wide, resembling a …

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Passion Party – Bored Games

Spencer DeVine, contributor On paper I should love Bored Games by Passion Party. It’s a satirical hip-hop album covering topics from sexting to one of the artist’s cats, but I never choose paper over rock and scissors anyhow and this album left me somewhat wanting. Not that it is all bad. The beats and rhymes are good and catchy, with …

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Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School

RJ Rueber, contributor If you like Daft Punk and The Flaming Lips and would love to see some guys with a MacBook Pro smash ‘em together, then VEGA INTL. Night School is for you! In fact, the leading single “Slumlord,” even has a Daft Punk helmet on the cover. It’s got that perfect too-hipster-for you attitude, blending nicely with “look …

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Slim Twig – Thanks for Stickin’ With Twig

Sam Greenspan, contributor I have never been more confused by an album. There’s instrumental interludes that become sweeping rock ballads. There’s dirty, grinding stereophonic electronica that leads into quiet jaunts along the chromatic scale. The voice sounds like the lead singer of Cake got punched in the throat, but is backed up by some absolutely wonderful harmonies. I then remembered …

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Briana Marela All Around Us

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Saddle up the reindeer, because Briana Marela’s latest album has a vibe so Nordic, playing it aloud might just keep the polar ice caps from melting. The experience is purposeful, as All Around Us was recorded in Iceland with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, and the result is as rich as lingonberry strudel, but imperfect like a …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXVII: Gambling Commercially and Artistically on Albums

Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (1975) A double album of layered guitar feedback and noise which came out at the height of The Velvet Underground leader’s commercial success. Stevie Wonder – Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (1979) Arguably the greatest two-disc concept album about photosynthesis. Neil Young – Trans (1983) Young thoroughly pissed off his …

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The Good Life – Everybody’s Coming Down

Adam Jacobs, contributor I guess some scientists were getting stoned and wanted to see a Weezer and Dinosaur Jr. crossover. The Good Life should add “Missing” to their name, as singer Tim Kasher’s lyrics portray him as an old rocker who misses the limelight. Sorry homie, the light fades, you get a job at Home Depot and just waste away, …

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Birthmark – How You Look When You’re Falling Down

Tommy Lucero, contributor The driving force behind Birthmark is a man by the name of Nate Kinsella. His voice is a reminder of what it was like when Ben Gibbard still had a soul. The title How You Look Falling Down could also be the name of my Snapchat story after going above and beyond with my extracurricular activities while …

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Campfire Cassettes – Raised Wrong

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Campfire Cassettes’ new album, Raised Wrong, is flummery at a most indisputable level. Just a few seconds into the album opener “Mabel,” a song about a woman whose fellatio skill is beyond reproach, it’s clear that songwriter Jonathan Buchanan is well-versed in the Kinks discography. The Kinks comparison becomes even more …

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