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Marc Ribot Shares “Copyright, Hypocrisy And Steve Albini” Essay

Last year, Steve Albini did an interview with Quartz in which he stated that online music streaming solved many of the frustrations he discussed in his classic 1993 essay “The Problem With Music.” Since then, Albini has commented on developments in the streaming industry fairly regularly: He re-asserted his belief in streaming’s potential months after… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 22, 2015 - 11:14 am

Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

Lately, Steve Albini — the veteran producer, Shellac frontman, and longtime underground-rock gadfly — has been saying things about how streaming services are the inevitable next development in the way we listen to music, even going so far as to claim that those services have solved “the problem with music,” making labels irrelevant and removing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 10, 2015 - 9:09 am

Stream KEN Mode Success (Stereogum Premiere)

The title of KEN Mode’s upcoming album, Success, feels at least a little sarcastic. Even to the extent a discordant, abrasive noise/hardcore/metal band can achieve “success,” it’s of a tenuous sort. But in many ways, KEN Mode are the model of that success: The band’s two constant members — brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson (vocals/guitar… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 9, 2015 - 10:31 am

Steve Albini Weighs In On Tidal Debate

Musicians including Ben Gibbard, Mumford & Sons, and Lily Allen have joined our own Michael Nelson in shitting on Tidal, the expensive new “high-quality” streaming music service from Jay Z and his famous friends. Now it’s Steve Albini’s turn! Surprisingly, Albini has taken every opportunity to expound on his love of streaming music — and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

KEN Mode – “Blessed” Video

Wide-eyed Winnipeg noise-rock veterans KEN Mode rose to a new level of international prominence with 2013’s Entrench — their band name is even the substance of newspaper headline puns now — so should we view their upcoming album title Success genuinely or ironically? Given that they hired Steve Albini to engineer it, perhaps this i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 11:08 am

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. The Guardian transcribed… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 2:29 pm

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 serie… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

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 in there,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 11:56 am

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 - 10:53 am

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 he tripped… More »

By: James Rettig / July 31, 2014 - 9:08 pm

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” became… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 29, 2014 - 3:27 pm

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 - 12:10 pm

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 we… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

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 i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

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 - 1:26 pm

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 - 6:40 pm

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 i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 17, 2012 - 4:01 pm

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 “WANTED: HORN-Y… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 13, 2012 - 12:14 pm

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 - 11:25 am

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… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / March 14, 2012 - 2:14 pm
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