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Ben’s 10 Volume LVIII: Broke-Ass Rockstars

Sly Stone Years of bad financial planning and excess left the former 70s star practically homeless. In 2010 he was living in a van in Crenshaw, smoking PCP, and continually rambling incoherently. Courtney Love Love has claimed that somehow $530 million of her fortune from Kurt Cobain’s estate has been stolen. A more likely explanation would suggest she took the …

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Howlin’ Rain – Mansion Songs (ALBUM OF THE MONTH)

We last heard from Howlin’ Rain on 2012’s sprawling The Russian Wilds. It was an album written, arranged, and meticulously recorded over five years and executive-produced by industry icon Rick Rubin. While it lacked the copious amounts of cocaine and relationship turmoil, the record was equivalent to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours in its scope and ambition. Most songs stretched over the …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LVII: The Dinosaurs of Rock

Lacking cultural significance or critical acclaim, many aging bands continue on past the prime of their careers. While some are sustained by older fans willing to purchase their sub-par new releases, others end up playing the county fair and casino circuit, their albums relegated to bargain bins. What exactly will it take before these aging rock veterans go the same …

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Teach Me Equals – Knives in the Hope Chest

The debut recording by Teach Me Equals is a bold, visionary glimpse into the future of pop music. The duo combine traditionally orchestral instruments with samples and noise to create a hypnotic, dreamlike soundscapes. Greg Bortnichak’s hushed, understated voice perfectly compliments band mate Erin Murphy’s beautiful vocal delivery. On “Coelacanth” Murphy’s voice stands practically alone as she sings “Now I …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LIII: The 90s One Hit Wonders Are Back!

There’s been a resurgence lately of bands that were popular in the 90s. All of the following groups are primarily known for one hit single. Some of them have had to make small sacrifices in order to seem more relevant, but by slightly changing their style or collaborating with others, they are now back in the spotlight. EMF “Unbelievable” After …

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Saved By The Bell: Where Are They Now?

Daniel Amaral and Ben Allen, staff When Saved by the Bell ended in 1993 so many questions were left up in the air. Sure, we saw some of the cast pursue higher education in the far inferior “The College Years,” but that too came to an end in 1994. The lives of the beloved Saturday morning sitcom’s characters went in …

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Foxxxy Cougars – Go Funk Yourself

On their first record in six years, the trio of elderly women comprising  the Foxxxy Cougars continue to embarrass themselves. On their 1991 debut Young Meat, their shtick was cute; sexy women in their 50s singing about young men they desired and their numerous sexual conquests. But after 25 years and 13 albums the novelty has worn off. The only …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LII: Choose Your Own Song

The enormous elephant you’re riding in a wildlife park in India suddenly squats and takes a 30 pound, violent shit. Right at that moment a man rides by on a bicycle holding a boom box blaring: a) “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg b) “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes c) …

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Ben’s 10 Volume MCMLVII: The Best Record Singles of the Year

*This article originally ran in the December 1957 issue of Savage Henry Magazine Like a deadly infectious virus, “rock n’ roll” music has been rapidly spreading and taking over the young, impressionable minds of our country. Just take the Billboard charts this year; the top ten songs were all made by hip-shaking, devil-worshipping reefer addicts. As a service to all …

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