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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXII: Albums for Sleeping

Are you having trouble sleeping? Any of the following recordings will soothe and ease your mind into a restful state.   Carcass – Heartwork Deicide – Once Upon the Cross Morbid Angel – Covenant Satyricon – Nemesis Divina Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse Immortal – Battles in the North Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXXI : Rock Album Narcotic Pairings

Heroin: Iggy Pop Kill City The only true way to relate to where Iggy was in his life and career in 1977 is to listen to Kill City. Pop had just been released from a mental hospital for heroin addiction and didn’t do well with recovery. It was not uncommon for him to be found literally lying in the gutter …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXX: Musician Plan B Careers

Ben Allen, music editor Sammy Hagar – NASCAR driver Jerry Garcia – Santa Claus Ronnie Jame Dio – Santa’s Elf Ozzy Osbourne – Elementary School Teacher Eric Clapton – Investment Banker David Lee Roth – Paramedic Scott Stapp – Trailer Park Manager Don Henley – Mortician Ric Ocasek – Model Brian May – Astrophysicist

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIX: Ten Amazing Facts About Christmas in the Stars

By the early ‘80s, the consistently increasing popularity of the Star Wars saga warranted the production of all types of merchandise, even a holiday-themed recording. Christmas in the Stars was released in November of 1980 and was largely sung and narrated by Anthony Daniels, the guy who played C-3PO in the films. After the initial pressing of 150,000, RSO Records …

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The Messiah: Kurt Cobain

“What the fuck is wrong with popular music these days?” I exclaim as the local alternative radio station plays yet another vanilla, uninspired excuse for a song. In rock & roll’s 60-plus-year existence there have consistently been artists who drastically alter the state of popular music. On occasion a musician emerges whose songwriting and voice is so original and pure …

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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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