17. Don Caballero - 'American Don' (2000). Before their messy breakup, this Pittsburgh trio pretty much ran shit in the math-rock scene that dominated the turn-of-the-century underground. Their final real album was the one where they turned down the distortion and turned up the quease factor, pushing their grooves up against each other in all sorts of wrong-sounding ways. It's tense, uncomfortable music, and if anyone knows how to record tense, uncomfortable music, it's Steve Albini.
Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »