Video: The Breeders – “Joanne” (Michael Nesmith cover) All Nerve is out March 2 on 4AD. “Joanne” is not on the album. “Joanne” is one of my favorite songs of all time. I first heard it back in college when Leppotone supergroup Twister covered it live at Club Soda in Kalamazoo. I was already a … Continue reading New Breeders video: Joanne
Man oh man, this Robbie Fulks Michael Jackson tribute album is getting more awesome and more crazy with every new detail. Now, we find out that Steve Albini‘s noisy three-piece Shellac plays on it: Shellac is a magnificent punk band in Chicago whose three members I’ve been friends with for years and years. If we … Continue reading Robbie Fulks + Shellac + Michael Jackson
Swan Fungus has charitably scanned the February 1984 issue of Chicago punk zine, Matter: In this issue, the First Year Anniversary Issue, there is a Ruthless Records feature with segments related to Big Black, Effigies, Naked Raygun and Circle Seven (check out the they goofy inset photo of [Steve] Albini), an awesome piece called “1983’s … Continue reading Chicago Punk Zine: Matter #7, Feb 84
Chicago Sun-Times pop music critic Jim DeRogatis takes a look back to the promising music scene in Chicago in the mid-90s: The curse of alternative nostalgia: What the heck happened to the Class of ’93? For those of you too young to remember or too otherwise occupied to give a shit at the time, the … Continue reading Whatever happened to the Chicago Alternative Class of 1993?
Legendary recording engineer/iconoclast/instigator Steve Albini talks to Electronic Musician about his no-nonsense approach to recording: Practical considerations weigh very heavily in a lot of my decisions. A lot of the bands I work with have extremely limited budgets; they’re sort of spending their rent money to come and make a record at all. As a … Continue reading Steve Albini Talks Gear, Technique, Adobe
Ask a music scene micro celebrity. Dozens of doozies (too many to read in one sitting), which proves more than ever that — love him or not — this guy needs a regular column. Hey Steve, we’re always looking for new writers at Glorious Noise… Via MetaFilter.
This is great. Legendary punk bassist Mike Watt is keeping a rehearsal/recording diary, or as he calls it, “a word’s-eye view from mike watt of the stooges recording their first full studio album in thrityfour years!” They’re recording with Steve Albini at Electrical here in Chicago. It’s wild how anxious and insecure Watt is about … Continue reading Mike Watt’s Stooges Recording Diary
Audiophiles Bemoan The End of the Reel – Jeff Tweedy and Steve Albini aren’t going digital even though the last company that made hi-fi audio tape has closed its doors. Via Gapers Block.