Tag Archives: Ben Allen

Nirvana Nevermind

*This review originally ran in the August 1991, The Flannel Issue of Savage Henry Magazine Seattle band Nirvana has released what will undoubtedly go down as one of the more derivative recordings of the early ‘90s. While their pop-punk sound is safe and inoffensive, Nevermind serves as more of a tribute to an era passed than offer anything original. First …

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Survival Knife: Loose Power

Stop what you’re doing, put down the bong and bottle of cheap tequila. The debut full-length from the phenomenal Survival Knife requires active listening and engagement. Loose Power is an overwhelmingly beautiful juxtaposition of raw punk energy, prog-intellectualism and classic rock. The recording feels most engaging during its extreme subtle moments and epic, brutal attacks. “Cut the Quick” chugs along …

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CV Interview

CV combines the raw power of The Stooges with some noisier, ambitiously psychedelic tendencies. Consisting of Jason (drums), Robert (bass/keys/vocals), and Tavan (guitar/vocals), the band creates raw, dirty, yet engaging sounds, the way rock n’ roll should be played. They draw on a number of influences from a different era, but manage an originality not found among many of their …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLVII: Mysterious Video Game Composers

Unfortunately, it seems the composers of many classic video games have been overlooked. Not enough credit is given to those creative geniuses who soundtrack electronic games. I’ve decided to highlight some of these talented genius’ finer works. Meatloaf – Diablo 3 I don’t know if Meatloaf actually scored Diablo, he just seems like a beefy dude that would love to …

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Reflections on the Artistry of George W. Bush

George W. Bush has been retired as leader of the free world for several years now. In a strange turn of events, he has occupied much of his time creating awkward, simplistic paintings. The move shouldn’t be completely shocking, though, as several psychotic, bloodthirsty historic characters have also created amateurish paintings. Let’s not forget the frightening works of John Wayne …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLVI – Art Garfunkel’s Hair: A Photo Retrospective

(Art 1) Here we find Art looking like your weird, perverted uncle who unnecessarily dresses up for relatively mundane occasions. “Happy 11th birthday, George; I wore this tux and my spectacles just for you!” (Art 2) A.G. trying his hardest to look seductive with a smug smile, sexy V-Neck shirt, and a receding hairline like a Jewish Bozo theClown. (Art …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLV

Most children are fond of animated female leads, especially when it’s a dazzling princess or a lovable animal character. They’re beautiful, they smile, laugh, and often express themselves in song, creating endearing figures for kids. Too often, though, it seems the male leads take the more heroic roles, while females are portrayed as unambitious, helpless damsels in distress. You’ll see …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIV: Questions for Bob Seger

Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a brief, but informative conversation with rock legend Bob Seger. Seger is an incredibly successful recording artist, known for his accessible songwriting referred to by some as “heartland rock.” Some of his biggest hits include “Against the Wind,” “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.” He was inducted …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIII: Rock and Roll Refreshments

Most of us will never partake in the excesses and debauchery associated with the lifestyles of some of the most celebrated rock stars. It’s unlikely you’ll ever drive a car into a swimming pool, throw a television out of a hotel window or engage in sexual depravity that would make porn stars blush. I did some research and discovered some …

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