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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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If I Was Your Boyfriend

Justin Bieber, contributor (as sung to Zack Newkirk, staff) If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go. I can take you places you ain’t never been before. Baby, take a chance or you’ll never ever know. I got money in my hands that I’d really like to blow. Swag, swag, swag, on you. Chillin’ by the fire while …

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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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Willie Nelson’s Will Gets Leaked

Chris Durant and Zeke Herrera, staff Willie Nelson is 273 years old, so needless to say he has a final will and testament. Well, we got our hands on it, and here it is! To my tour bus driver, Skittles, I leave my stash box that’s under the third bunk in the fourth tour bus. To my roadie, Skunker, I …

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Rappers’ Real Names

It’s often surprising to hear a rapper’s real name contrasted with his or her stage name. Snoop Doggy Dogg is really named Calvin Broadus, for instance. Wow. Wow. Here are some more real, given birth names of some famous rappers. You might be shocked: Ice Cube — Real name: O’Shea Jackson. Wow. Dr. Dre — Real name: Andre Young. Are …

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Mail the Horse – Planet Gates

Adam Jacobs, contributor Hipsters love trying to sound like their grandfather’s friends from the ‘30s.  Mail the Horse? Oh, I get it; you’re like the Pony Express . . . completely useless and happily extinct. Have you ever thought about the guy from Mumford and Sons falling ass first onto a steel guitar, basically eating a guitar neck with his …

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Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down

Samantha Gilweit, contributor I wish I could have Sharon Van Etten sing all my feelings for me, or at least be like a reverse Cyrano de Bergerac and sing something to the effect of, “Hey, fuck you, asshole,” to all my ex-boyfriends. As a singer/songwriter, Van Etten is reminiscent of Carly Simon or PJ Harvey: powerful women who aren’t afraid …

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The Mother Vines – Following Me

Adam Jacobs, contributor Wait, what kind of punk band sings about burning sage? Oh yeah, a punk band from Arcata, CA. I guess The Mother Vines are more Arcata than a roaming yak on the plaza. This band is the classic “muffin top”: too much junk for their trunk. Punk rock mixed with surf rock guitars fueled by a Jello …

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Some albums open with a warm-up track, an audio countdown of sorts, to prep the listener for the music to come. Peanut Butter, the new LP from the British five-piece Joanna Gruesome, bypasses that convention entirely and instead launches into a full-on assault that instantly provokes physical reaction in even the most skeptical of music fans. Lead vocalist Alanna McCardle …

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