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Steve Albini Still Loves Online Streaming, Hates Miley Cyrus

Back in April, Steve Albini told an interviewer that online streaming had solved the music industry dysfunctions chronicled in the legendarily abrasive producer's famous The Baffler essay "The Problem With Music." As Wondering Sound points out, Albini expanded on that idea Sunday in a keynote address at Melbourne's Face The Music Conference. More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014

Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”

Foo Fighters' upcoming eighth LP, Sonic Highways, seems less like an album and more like a MacGuffin: It was recorded in eight different studios in eight different cities, with musical icons from each city sitting in on each track, respectively. And, of course, that entire process was filmed for an upcoming eight-part HBO documentary… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 16, 2014

Watch Tweedy’s Star-Studded “Low Key” Video, Directed By Nick Offerman

Here's an incomplete list of famous people who appear in Tweedy's new video for "Low Key," a song from their new album Sukierae: Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, Chance The Rapper, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini. That is an extremely random group of people! There are probably other notable Chicagoans i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014

Food Incredible: Inside The Steve Albini Cooking Class

Earlier this week, Steve Albini's great noise band Shellac released their fifth album, Dude Incredible. And while most artists surround a new album with a tour and a series of interviews, yesterday afternoon at Pop Montreal, Albini led a cooking class and prepared lunch for about two dozen attendees. Albini's interest in cooking is well… More »

By: Greg Bouchard / September 19, 2014

Hear Steve Albini Talk Baseball, Poker, And Shellac’s Dude Incredible On The Kreative Kontrol Podcast

Steve Albini was recently a guest on Vish Khanna's Kreative Kontrol podcast. He touched on a wide range of topics, from normal things like Shellac's upcoming new album Dude Incredible and his favorite pastime poker to less orthodox things like how how "smoking weed is a young man’s game" and "the last time… More »

By: James Rettig / July 31, 2014

Steve Albini Thinks Online Streaming Solved “The Problem With Music”

The debate over streaming music has been harsh and polarizing, so who better to weigh in than Steve Albini, one of the harshest, most polarizing voices in music? He doesn't think what you might think he thinks, though. Albini, the stalwartly independent musician and producer whose famous The Baffler essay "The Problem With Music"… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 29, 2014

The 10 Best Nirvana Songs

The story goes something like this: Sheriff Kurt moseys into town just long enough to purge the spandex-clad outlaws before riding off into the sunset forever, leaving behind the Clinton Administration, Lollapalooza, and lucrative major label deals for flannel-flyin' underdogs everywhere. More »

By: James Jackson Toth / April 4, 2014

Watch Steve Albini On Internet Cat Lil Bub’s Web Series

Warm and fuzzy are not really on the Steve Albini Descriptor List, as dude has made some of the canon's most punishing indie rock, as well as gotten two-fisted about certain types of popcorn toppings and "the industrial food replacement dictionary." But that, and all the incredible albums he's produced and engineered, is why… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 3, 2013

Read Steve Albini’s Four-Page In Utero Proposal

Of all the things included in the new 20th anniversary box set for Nirvana's In Utero (which Tom wrote extensively about earlier this month) this might be the most fascinating. Included in the box is a reprinting of In Utero producer Steve Albini's four-page letter. This is the same letter that was alluded to… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013

Hear Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share And Discuss In Utero Outtakes On All Songs Considered

This week marks the 20 year anniversary of Nirvana's In Utero. As expected a lot of us are looking back on that incredibly special and difficult (in every possible way) record. NPR's All Songs Considered has done a lengthy interview with Kris Novoselic and Dave Grohl about the recording of the album and the experience… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 10, 2013

Amanda Palmer Now Paying Volunteer Musicians

Our long national nightmare is over. After a week of criticism, rationalizing, more criticism, and more rationalizing, Amanda Palmer has announced that she will now pay money to the crowd-sourced musicians joining her band on stage who were previously being paid only in hugs, high-fives, and beer. More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 19, 2012

Amanda Palmer: Albini Is A Grumpy Fuck / Albini: She’s Gross

You'd think this Amanda Palmer-Steve Albini beef would just die a quiet death, wouldn't you? Not just yet, if either of the two subjects have anything to say about it. (And they do! In fact, it seems they have A LOT to say!) To recap: First, Palmer solicited her fans to perform with her… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 17, 2012

Steve Albini: Amanda Palmer Is An Idiot

Amanda Palmer is no stranger to soliciting fans to help facilitate her musical endeavors -- she raised a record $1.2 million via Kickstarter to finance her new album, Theatre Is Evil. Now touring behind that album, she is once again crowdsourcing for support. On 8/21, the Dresden Doll posted a blog entry titled… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 13, 2012

Check Out Steve Albini’s Great Reddit Q&A

Steve Albini recently summoned the stones to do a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where he discussed some of his most famous career moments as well as poker, pizza, Nirvana, what Joanna Newsom smells like, and that Cloud Nothings session where he allegedly played online Scrabble the whole time. Some highlights:… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 10, 2012

Progress Report: The Cribs

Name: The Cribs Progress Report: The Jarman brothers do whatever they damn well feel like on The Cribs forthcoming record, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull. After losing Johnny Marr as their guitarist in 2011 (what would surely be a crushing blow to pretty much any band in the universe), the three remaining… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / March 14, 2012

The Cribs – “Chi-Town”

British crunch-rock family band the Cribs, who sadly no longer count Johnny Marr as a full-time member, will soon return with their new album In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull. They recorded some chunks of it with psych-rock mastermind Dave Fridmann at his Tarbox Road studio and other chunks with scrape-rock king Steve Albini… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 15, 2012

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn't like each other, they'd deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they'd toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on "Sweet Home Alabama," but that would be just about it. That'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011

Cloud Nothings – “No Future/No Past”

Steve Albini produced Cloud Nothings' new LP, Attack On Memory, and you get a sense of that immediately via "No Future/No Past," the first track from that release. Gone are the warm melodies of 2010's self-titled LP, here replaced by a tense, brooding guitar line that devolves into a screaming chant. We're excited to hear… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 1, 2011

A Delicious Interview With Steve Albini

A few days ago we mentioned Steve Albini's delicious, detailed food blog, where he cataloged his cooking experiences. Most of the recipes were Italian, and most were lovingly prepared for his wife, Heather. LA Weekly sent Albini a few questions via email about the connections between cooking and recording/making music, along with some… More »

By: jessica / May 18, 2011
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