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Steve Albini

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A member from the ’80s cult music group Big Dark and later probably one of the most visible makers in the choice rock and roll underground, Steve Albini found reflect much better than other people the defining ideals of college rock and roll — a brutal sense of self-reliance and complete refusal to become affected by main brands or album product sales. As a man, Albini had written for fanzines between hearing Cheap Technique and funk rings just like the Ohio Players. In 1982, he shaped the first release of Big Dark — himself — to record an EP, Lungs. Gaining people because the group continued, Albini and Big Dark became among the most popular underground bands within the U.S., with industrial-strength artwork funk within the mildew of Public Picture Small and Gang of Four, wedded to a fairly bleak — even though in no way humorless — dystopia of American tradition. Big Dark released their debut recording, Atomizer, in 1986, but just one single year later on, Albini break up the group right before the release of the second appropriate LP, Tracks About Fucking. Inside a move that had become indicative of his whole career, Albini got refused any discussions with major brands regarding the position of his band’s agreement, and he continuing his independent methods following the dissolution of Big Dark. He continuing his creation work with outside rings, and quickly obtained a status as a hard guy with whom to operate, but person who could draw out the very best from what other group, from your Pixies, the Breeders, and the marriage Show Tad, Poster Kids, and Helmet. The constants within the wide selection of Albini-produced albums had been natural percussion, raging guitars, and a lot of mid-range punch. He frequently refused to become credited like a maker, preferring instead the greater hands-on name of engineer. Albini continued to be an artist aswell, developing his second music group, Rapeman, in 1988 with David Wm. Sims and Rey Washam. The group released just one single recording and an EP before problems arose in pressing vegetation, where employees refused to take care of any item adorned using the group’s name. Just like Albini sensed Rapeman was needs to function, the group dropped apart; it might be awhile before he sensed ready to sign up for another. Rather, he dedicated himself to offering solid creation for every music group that came searching. Actually, his periodic clenched-teeth work with major-label groupings like Nirvana, PJ Harvey, as well as the Auteurs supplied the bankroll to provide solid shows to obscure rings and personal tasks. Albini finally came back to the documenting rates with Shellac, shaped with fellow manufacturer/performers Bob Weston (Volcano Suns) and Todd Trainer (Rifle Sport, Brick Level Wedding cake). The trio gelled quickly at concert events during 1993, as well as the group’s trilogy of 7″ singles had been one of the tightest & most dynamic of Albini’s profession. Shellac’s debut recording, At Action Recreation area, made an appearance on Chicago’s Contact & Go Information in middle-1994 — in accurate indie form, it had been released on 180-gram virgin vinyl fabric weeks before its Compact disc concern. During 1994-1995, the group toured for some time, and Albini continued to be busy along with his creation career, focusing on the second recording by high-profile grunge rockers Bush, in addition to LPs by indie functions like Surprise & Tension, Melt Banana, and P.W. Lengthy (previously of Mule). Shellac’s second recording, Terraform (which noticed the trio employed in the amazing locale of London’s Abbey Street Studios), premiered in March 1998.

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Full Name Steve Albini
Profession Actor, Music Producer, Audio engineer, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Music Journalist
Education Hellgate High School, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Nationality American, Italian
Spouse Heather Whinna
Parents Frank Addison Albini, Gina Albini
Music Groups Shellac, Big Black, Rapeman, Pigface
Music Songs Prayer to God, Bad Penny, Kerosene, My Black Ass, Watch Song, Passing Complexion, You Came in Me, This Is a Picture, The Power of Independent Trucking, Asphole, Steady as She Goes, Bad Houses, Riding Bikes, Pavement Saw, Fists of Love, The End of Radio, Hips, Tits, Lips, Power!, Jordan, Minnesota, The Model, Song of the Minerals, Squirrel Song, Didn't We Deserve a Look at You the Way You Really Are, Trouser Minnow, Wingwalker, Bazooka Joe, He's a Whore, Racer X, Kim Gordon's Panties, Ten Ground and Down, Nutopia, Tiny, King of the Jews, Insect-Suspect
Albums Two Nuns and a Pack Mule, Songs About Fucking, Atomizer, The Futurist, Dude Incredible, Excellent Italian Greyhound, 1000 Hurts, Terraform, At Action Park, Notes from Thee Underground, Truth Will Out, Welcome to Mexico... Asshole, Eat Shit You Fucking Redneck, Sound of Impact, A New High in Low, The Hammer Party, Headache, The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape, 8 Bit Head, Dubhead, Lungs, 6, Pigface vs. the World
Movies Danielson: A Family Movie, Looking for a Thrill, You Weren't There, Fuzz: The Sound that Revolutionized the World


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lil Bub's Big Show 2013 TV Series
Delocated 2009 TV Series Music Producer
What Poor Gods We Do Make: The Story and Music Behind Naked Raygun 2007 Video
Duelin' Firemen! 2000 Video Game The Pilot of USAF1

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joanna Newsom: Sapokanikan 2015 Video short "Sapokanikan"
Hustler White 1996 "Closet Case"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Upright Citizens Brigade 1998 TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alleys and Motorways 1997 Video documentary music production

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wesley Willis 2003 Video documentary gratitude

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monumentary: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records 2016 Documentary post-production Big Black
Dude! Where's My Music? Documentary post-production Himself
Like a Fly in Milk Documentary post-production Steve Albini
Year Zero: The Politics of Punk Documentary filming Himself
Sonic Highways 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 2014 Documentary Himself
Breadcrumb Trail 2014 Documentary Himself
Couldn't You Wait? 2013 Documentary Himself
Parallax Sounds 2012 Documentary Himself
Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements 2011 Documentary Himself
The Silent World of Hector Mann 2010 Documentary
Out of Tune 2009 Documentary Himself, Guitarist
Guyville Redux 2008 Himself
You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977 to 1984 2007 Documentary Himself
Fuzz: The Sound that Revolutionized the World 2007 Video documentary Himself
Soft Focus 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Dirty Three 2007 Video documentary Himself
Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here) 2006 Documentary Himself
Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration 2005 Video documentary Himself
Wesley Willis 2003 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Pixies: Gouge 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Guide to Music and South by Southwest 1998 Short Himself
Out of the Loop 1997 Documentary

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1 The band cannot sign to another label or even put out its own material unless they are released from their agreement, which never happens.
2 Find people who think like you and stick with them. Make only music you are passionate about. Work only with people you like and trust. Don't sign anything.


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