Tag Archives: Ben Allen

Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Cory Gray

Ben Allen, music editor It’s August 2000 and Desert City Soundtrack has just finished a phenomenal set at Rumours Lounge in Eureka, California. My band, Relapse, has just returned to Humboldt County earlier in the day after more than six weeks on the road playing shows in ten states. While performing with such consistency has made our live show very …

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Vern Rumsey

Ben Allen, music editor Vern Rumsey is a guy from Olympia, Washington. He has created some exceptional music over the years that has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. Rumsey is widely known for his playing in the band Unwound. In the 1990’s, the group successfully blew minds everywhere by obliterating the preconceived notion of what a “punk” group …

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Quarantine Creativity Interview Series: Patrick Foss

Ben Allen, music editor Patrick Foss is a musician who resides in Portland, Oregon.  He has an affinity bordering on obsession for rock and roll in its purest, unbridled forms. His musical tastes span a wide spectrum, but he tends to appreciate punk, garage and maybe even a bit of power pop. In Perfect Buzz, Foss plays guitar and sings. …

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Henderson Centaur Interview

When the Henderson Centaur awoke from its 352-year slumber in the remote coastal village of Eureka, it was confused. The half-man/half-beast was disoriented and angry. In a moment of absolute desperation, the creature began screeching, screaming and vocalizing its discontent in a frightened, abrasive manner. These sounds can be heard while strolling through Eureka’s Henderson Center, the captive beast expressing …

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Free from the restraints of seminal punk noise legends Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo has fully realized his musical ambitions on his latest record. If Sonic Youth were the Beatles, Ranaldo would be George Harrison, and Electric Trimis his All Things Must Pass. Album opener “Moroccan Mountains” embraces Ranaldo’s love for all things 1960’s and psychedelic. The track sounds much like …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXXIX: Rock Star Smoking Techniques

For the benefit of you fine readers out there, the Music Research and Development Department at Savage Henry Independent Times spent the last four months conducting interviews with some of music’s brightest stars. The questioning mostly consisted of their preferred methods of getting high and all things marijuana-related. What follows is incredible insight into the these dope fiends and their …

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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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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 LXI: The Best Songs of 2015

I can hear it now. “Hey! It’s only May, why are you doing a year-end list already, you asshole?” It’s a very valid question, but one that can be answered with “there’s already been an abundance of great music come out this year, you dipshit!” Howlin Rain “The New Age” For some reason, Howlin Rain leader Ethan Miller has invited …

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