techno and few other intelligent things

Steve Albini tells you why is better not to sign with a major label.

“STEVE ALBINI: I’m not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There’s no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. You’re another catalog item, another name on the list of people who are collaborating with the enemy.”

Steve Albini is one of the most prolific music producer (or Record Engineer as he likes to be described) the world has come to know until today. He recorded albums with Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Motorpshyco, The Breeders, Fugazi, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Jesus Lizard and some italian bands like Uzeda, Zu, 24 Grana. I remeber the time when in Senigallia at the Red House Studio many italian indie bands (Three Second Kiss, Manila Hemp) recorded with him.

If you are in a band or in a solo project or you are a producer or anyhow involved with music and still want to sign for a major label, please read carefully what Steve Albini has to tell you.

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In this essay the almighty sound guru goes deeply through figures explaining why is better to stay independent, and I will add to release yourself your music. keeping control over it forever. This way it will take you longer to be worldwide known but you will know how the game works and will be solely responsible for your music and its exploitation.

If you are interested please go dig for the dispute between Steve and Sonic Youth when they signed for a major in 1990 (it was DGC).

One more thing about his ethics: Steve Albini doesn’t pretend future royalties on the records he produces, he just gets a daily flat fare and that’s it. can you imagine that in the contemporay fucked up music business? ehehehe… he’s the man!

Steve Albini is also a guitarist playing with Shellac, Rapeman, Big Black.

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“Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In [into a body bag]”. read it FUGAZI.

long time favourite band: FUGAZI.
Formed in 1987 in Washington, D.C. from the ashes of HC-punk band Minor Threat, till today they released 7 album, all of them are great and innovative.

The band always embraced the DIY ethic, keeping low prices for gigs and albums. this is why the band is self managed and releases the albums through Dischord Records (Ian MacKaye one of the singer, is also the boss at Dischord).

four members: Guy Picciotto,Ian MacKaye, Joe Lally and Brendan Canty. it’s said they were the band that brought punk and hardcore to the post-rock genre (or Post-Hardcore). ppl argue that post-hardcore is born with the Minutemen few years before, but who cares…FUGAZI are genius blending noise, hc, melodies and solid groove.

this is Exit Only (from Steady Diet of Nothing, 1991) played Live in 1993.

and this is Epic Problem form their (last) ep called Argument. I had a roomate who would do his pushups (hundreds of) with this album and he became strong as superman.

also, every FUGAZI’s record contains an instrumental tracks and this one is my fav from the RED MEDICINE album. It’s called Combination Locker.

last track for you is Dear Justice Letter still form Steady Diet of Nothing.

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Jesus and Mary Chain and the need of destruction

Maybe it’s because I am feeling depressed and mad but in the last weeks I am constantly playing tracks from Jesus and Mary Chain . I love them, they’ve always been on top of my favourite bands list.

The Jesus And Mary Chain comes from Glasgow in the 80’s and the band is basically the Reid’s brothers, plus some extra components switching through time.

During the early shows the Jesus Mary Chain performed very short gigs, typically fuelled by amphetamines and lasting around 20 minutes, the venues were usually torn apart by the violence of their fans despite their music is totally melodic.

their sound is similar to early Stooges or Velvet Underground, maybe some Ramones, but most of all they use massive noise and feedbacks braided with cutting melodies and 80’s drum style.

Psychocandy (1985)
Darklands (1987)
Automatic (1989)
Honey’s Dead (1992)
Stoned & Dethroned (1994)
Munki (1998)


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