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Steve Albini

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Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick

World Cafe Words and Music Podcast

The man behind albums by Nirvana, the Pixies and more opens the doors to Electrical Audio and details his egalitarian approach to working with musicians.


20 Jan 2023

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Ep. #741: Steve Albini

Kreative Kontrol

Steve Albini discusses Poverty Alleviation Charities’ annual Letters to Santa program and the 24 Hour Marathon variety show taking place on December 19, what’s new at Electrical Audio, pandemic touring with Shellac and their forthcoming new album, American politics, twitter, winning a second WSOP bracelet, his friend Dave Grohl, the band Dry Cleaning, and much more. Supported by you on Patreon, Blackbyrd Myoozik, Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad’s Donuts. Support Y.E.S.S. and Black Women United YEG. Follow vish online.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/kreative-kontrol. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 20mins

15 Dec 2022

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Relationships, Charity, And Rock And Roll - Dan Cates with Steve Albini

Winning The Game Of Life

Steve Albini is an American musician, record producer, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black and is a member of Shellac. He has produced iconic albums for artists such as, Nirvana, The Pixies, and Jimmy Page. He is the founder, owner and principal engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex in Chicago. In 2018, Albini estimated that he had worked on several thousand albums during his career. He has had major influence on the development of genres such as noise rock, post-hardcore and math rock. All the while, Albini combined a lifelong love of music with a fascination with Poker. He started playing poker when his great grandmother taught him in 1969 and has been playing ever since. He recently won a WSOP bracelet in 2022. Albini is also known for his outspoken views on the music industry, having stated repeatedly that it financially exploits artists and homogenizes their sound. Nearly alone among well-known producers, Albini refuses to take ongoing royalties from album sales, feeling that a producer's job is to record the music to the band's desires, and that paying a producer as if they had contributed artistically to an album is unethical. Listen to this latest episode of Winning The Game Of Life where Dan talks with Steve Albini to discuss human relationships, charity, and rock and roll. What you can expect to hear on this episode:2:04 Coming of age in the underground punk rock scene Criticisms of the music industry’s relationship with artists The shifting economics of the music industry What makes a successful album 27:00 The expression of the creative impulse The inherent equality of humanity Taking the transactional element out of human relationships Alleviating poverty with a charity Thoughts on capitalism Stupid poker games I hope you find this episode as informative and as exciting as we have. Steve is winning the game of life and is on a mission to help others win as well! Please let us know your thoughts about the episode!Connect with Steve Albini Websites: https://www.electricalaudio.com https://www.letterstosanta.com https://www.unconditionalgiving.org Connect with Dan Cates Website: https://www.dancatesfoundation.com/Instagram: @thedancates


26 Sep 2022

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Flogging Molly’s Dave King on Steve Albini, History Repeating, and 20 Years of Drunken Lullabies

Kyle Meredith With...

Flogging Molly’s Dave King joins Kyle Meredith to discuss Anthem, the Celtic punks' new album that finds them re-teaming with Steve Albini, who mixed their debut album back in 2000.The frontman talks about using history and connecting to his childhood in his work, writing about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, and watching history repeat with Ukraine (something addressed in the track "A Song of Liberty"). King also shares his thoughts on America seemingly going in reverse while Ireland progressively thrives, as well as the 20th anniversary of Drunken Lullabies.The interview took place last month while the band was touring Europe, but Flogging Molly are back in the States continuing their co-headlining trek with The Interrupters. Get tickets to the remaining dates here.Listen to Flogging Molly’s Dave King discuss Anthem and more on the Kyle Meredith With... podcast above, or watch the convo via Consequence. Don't forget to to like, review, and subscribe to KMW wherever you get your podcasts, and keep up to date with all our shows by following the Consequence Podcast Network.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy


14 Sep 2022

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Steve Albini with Max Collins (Eve 6)

Talkhouse Podcast

On this week’s Talkhouse Podcast we’ve got a funny pairing that proves that good things do occasionally result from the existence of social media: Steve Albini and Max Collins.You almost certainly know Steve Albini’s name and probably some of his work, too, but I’ll share this brief summary anyway: As a musician, he has played in some incredibly influential bands, most notably Big Black and Shellac. As a producer/engineer/studio owner, he has helped make records by thousands of small independent bands and several huge mainstream ones, most notably Nirvana, with whom he recorded In Utero. (Other notable credits include PJ Harvey, Pixies, and the list goes on.) Albini is also a poker enthusiast who holds a World Series bracelet, though that part of his life doesn’t come up here. Throughout his career, Albini has been an outspoken champion of independence from the major-label system, and even penned a widely shared essay way back in the day about the general shittiness of the mainstream music business.Which makes it kind of funny that he’s speaking today with Max Collins, frontman for the band Eve 6, who were sort of a prime example of the major-label machinery in the ‘90s—though through no fault of their own. Signed to a huge deal just out of high school, the band had a pretty massive hit with a song called “Inside Out,” whose chorus features the phrase “heart in a blender.” Eve 6 largely disappeared after the turn of the century, but Collins found a hilarious new way to connect with fans during the pandemic: Twitter. His no-holds-barred tweets are funny and self-effacing, and they gained him an instant following. He refers to himself frequently—even once during this podcast—as the “heart in a blender guy,” and he openly shares his stories about other alt stars of the ‘90s, his opinions on current and older bands, and even some of his personal life. Albini, no stranger to no filter himself, became a fan after the two started playfully sparring about the relative merits of Counting Crows. A Twitter beef was born. If you don’t like that phrase, this is not the episode for you.Eve 6 has since started recording and releasing new music, and the two talk a bit about that in this episode. They also get into Eve 6’s financial history, the evils of major-label deals in the ‘90s, and for brief moment of non-playfulness, the idea of art as the antidote for the hellscape we all live in. Then there’s talk of starting a new beef, this time with Dave Grohl. Enjoy.Thanks for listening to the Talkhouse Podcast, and thanks to Steve Albini and Max Collins for chatting. If you liked what you heard, follow Talkhouse on your favorite podcasting platform, and please rate us—it actually does help. This episode was produced by Myron Kaplan, and the Talkhouse theme is composed and performed by the Range. See you next time!


17 Mar 2022

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Interview with Steve Albini - Crushed Monocle Podcast: Episode 9

Bearded Gentlemen Music Podcast

Subscribe to Crushed Monocle Podcast at these places: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Podbean | Mixcloud The Crushed Monocle Podcast is a show where Jon and Coop talk about stuff. All the stuff! Music, movies, shows, life, whatever. They will mispronounce names, poke fun at themselves, and never fail to profess their love for the 1995 masterpiece, Showgirls. Doesn’t that excite you? Sure it does! This is why it’s very important you subscribe to this podcast on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you consume fine podcasts. After that, sit down a spell and listen to Crushed Monocle Podcast: Episode 9 – An Evening With Steve Albini. In front and behind the mixing console, Steve Albini is an audio mastermind whose career has been defined by DIY ethos. From fronting influential bands like Big Black and Shellac to producing bands like Pixies, Jawbreaker, Urge Overkill, Fugazi, and Slint, Albini is the epitome of indie music. But his seemingly simple craft hasn’t been limited to garage rock and the underground. Albini’s credit also includes the likes of Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, The Breeders, Cheap Trick, Sunn O))), Failure, and one of the most important records of the 1990s, Nirvana’s In Utero. Raw, visceral, and uncompromising, Albini’s style isn’t to challenge the artist but to bring out their best for a product that will outlive trends, buzzwords, and the listener. All of which is done by recording everything analog as opposed to digital. While this has made him somewhat of a rogue in the record business, Albini’s Chicago recording studio, Electrical Audio, has been the home of thousands of artists and projects. But beyond some of our favorite records, Albini is also experienced in the business side of the music industry. More importantly, he knows how easy it is for artists to be screwed over by the players behind the curtain. In the infamous 1993 essay, The Problem With Music, Albini took aim at the industry side of music with brutal honesty. From pointing out which executives to look out for to tallying up the cost of a recording contract, Albini’s lessons still ring true today. In this conversation, Coop, Jon, and Steve Albini discuss: The appeal of stoner rock and black metal Spending 5 months on a Jimmy Page and Robert Plant record Bush putting in the work and not being Oasis Nirvana not bending to their label Shellac playing shows during the early days of the pandemic Albini’s thoughts on Showgirls (of course we asked.) Do these topics interest you? Sure they do! It’s why you’ve stuck with us to this point! So, don’t forget to subscribe, like, and share The Crushed Monocle Podcast in your favorite format. Sit back, and enjoy Jon, Coop, and the legendary Steve Albini, as we talk about stuff. ALL the stuff! Resources: Shellac | Crushed Monocle on Twitter | Crushed Monocle on Facebook | Electrical Audio Studios | Steve Albini’s “The Problem With Music” essay The post Crushed Monocle Podcast: Episode 9 – An Evening With Steve Albini appeared first on Bearded Gentlemen Music.

1hr 34mins

15 Mar 2022

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#46 - Steve Albini

Bending Brains

Steve Albini is an American musician, record producer, audio engineer and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman and Flour, and is a member of Shellac. He is the founder, owner and principal engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex in Chicago. In 2018, Albini estimated that he had worked on several thousand albums over his career. He has worked with acts such as Nirvana, Pixies, the Breeders, PJ Harvey, and former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Albini is also known for his outspoken views on the music industry, having stated repeatedly that it financially exploits artists and homogenizes their sound. Nearly alone among well-known producers and musicians, Albini refuses to take ongoing royalties from album sales, feeling that a producer's job is to record the music to the band's desires, and that paying producers as if they had contributed artistically to an album is unethical.

1hr 9mins

10 Feb 2022

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Steve Albini, Pt. 2


In Part 2 of our Caropop conversation, we dive into the most famous album that Steve Albini produced, Nirvana’s In Utero. Which version does he consider to be definitive? Why does he think the controversy over his mixes, with the two singles remixed by Scott Litt, was overblown and reflects a misunderstanding of how musicians think? How did he feel about creating a new In Utero mix with the surviving band members 20 years later? Also: Do fellow producers resent him for not taking artist royalties and, in theory, driving down rates? And after years of being outspoken, has Steve Albini become a mellow guy? You be the judge.


27 Jan 2022

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Steve Albini, Pt. 1


Steve Albini raised his profile while recording Nirvana, the Pixies, the Breeders, P.J. Harvey and more, but he never became part of the rock machine. He works only on analog equipment, refuses to accept producer royalties and takes pride in remaining accessible to a wide variety of artists. Part 1 of this Caropop conversation takes place at his Chicago recording studio, Electrical Audio, as he discusses analog vs. digital technology, whether the digital revolution has been more of a blessing or curse, whether the industry has become more or less exploitative of artists, and which band he’d especially love to record. Always sharp and provocative, Steve Albini pushes you to think deeper about the lasting power of music.


20 Jan 2022

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"Public Witness Program" with Steve Albini

The Alphabetical Fugazi

"Public Witness Program" by Fugazihttps://fugazi.bandcamp.com/track/public-witness-program Kreative Kontrol: Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini (Part I)http://vishkhanna.com/2015/11/12/ep-223-ian-mackaye-steve-albini-part-i/ Fugazi sessions with Steve Albinihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXN_EmhkQSM Email the podcast:fugaziAtoZ@gmail.com In lieu of a donation to the podcast, please make a donation to the DC Abortion Fund (https://dcabortionfund.org/), or your local abortion fund, or the National Network of Abortion Funds (https://abortionfunds.org/). Thank you.

7 Aug 2021