Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Seattle, WA. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Olson is currently an Instructor in Cultural Studies at American InterContinental University. You can contact him at [email protected]
Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience | 24 Mar 2016 // 4:45 AM
Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.
The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot | 24 Sep 2013 // 11:00 PM
At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.
Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales: Room 29 | 25 May 2017 // 3:48 AM
These songs drift by languidly, as if they had been dipping into John Belushi’s barbiturate stash, leaving the listener somewhat foggy headed, but otherwise unchanged.
Kid Koala featuring Emiliana Torrini: Music to Draw to - Satellite | 24 Jan 2017 // 9:15 PM
The 18 tracks that make up Music to Draw to: Satellite fade in and out of each other, never actually reaching anything that could be called a climax, but hitting moments of particular beauty.
Remembering GWAR's Dave Brockie: Scumdog of the Universe, Artist, Hero | 1 Apr 2014 // 4:00 AM
Dave Brockie forced GWAR fans to take absurdity very seriously. He gave hope to kids all over the world, suggesting that creativity, humor, and heavy metal might be infinitely more powerful than the stultifying, small-minded idiocy that they saw all around them.