09. Palace Music - 'Viva Last Blues' (1995). An early indication that Albini could handle fragile Americana beauty just as easily as he could skronky noise-rock, and that Will Oldham's deconstructed hillbilly music had some kick to it. 'Viva Last Blues' belong very much to Oldham and his elliptical tales about fucking mountains, but his voice, and the pedal steels and soft harmonies behind him, come through with biting clarity and with none of the sonic murk that would partly define later records like 'I See A Darkness.'
In the 2005 film Junebug, Will Oldham’s character works for a Chicago curator, on the lookout for “outsider artists” in the backwoods of North Carolina for a big city gallery.
It’s not a bad metaphor for Oldham’s musical career. He’s spent much of the past two decades exploring the fringes of Southern musical… More »
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 »