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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Yeezy in the White House, Drake in the Dog House and Justin Bieber in a Taco Bell

This Week: Yeezy in the White House, Drake in the Dog House and Justin Bieber in a Taco Bell

Holy shit! It's an end-of-week quotes blog featuring both Jesus and Kanye, yet the two things are not related for once! What is the world coming to?! Don't worry. Egos are still running rampant this week regardless, with Justin…
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Music, All Shook Down Read Marc Ribot's Furious Open Letter to Steve Albini

Read Marc Ribot's Furious Open Letter to Steve Albini

The Content Creators Coalition is an artist-run, non-profit advocacy group "dedicated to economic justice in the digital domain," according to its website. The group, which has a local chapter right here in San Francisco, includes David Byrne, Tom Waits, Elvis…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Albini's Music Industry Talk Was Great ... But It Forgot About (Some of) the Little Guys

Steve Albini's Music Industry Talk Was Great ... But It Forgot About (Some of) the Little Guys

If you're a music enthusiast who has access to social media, chances are you've probably, by now, seen a thing or two about Steve Albini's excellent keynote speech at last weekend's Face the Music Conference in Melbourne, Australia.…
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Music, All Shook Down The 10 Best Quotes from Steve Albini's Ask Me Anything on Reddit

The 10 Best Quotes from Steve Albini's Ask Me Anything on Reddit

Today, cranky lord of the mixing board Steve Albini submitted himself to an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. This means that random users asked him random questions for a few hours, and he gave responses as he saw fit.…
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Music, All Shook Down Screaming Females Talk Guitar Solos, Steve Albini, and What 'Punk' Means to Them

Screaming Females Talk Guitar Solos, Steve Albini, and What 'Punk' Means to Them

Marissa Paternoster is the kind of singer and guitarist who makes a writer want to deploy all kinds of ridiculous language: "face-melting," "fire-breathing," "guitar-goddess," "shred-queen," etc. Paternoster, you see, is 5-foot-1, she fronts a fearsome power trio from New…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Albini on Mario Batali, Ham, Slider-Lust, Olive Oil, and Why Cooking Isn't at All Like Engineering a Record (Except Maybe It Is)

Steve Albini on Mario Batali, Ham, Slider-Lust, Olive Oil, and Why Cooking Isn't at All Like Engineering a Record (Except Maybe It Is)

Legendary audio engineer (don't call him a producer) and Shellac frontman Steve Albini eschews name-brand technology in the studio, despises digital. He's analog; this is common knowledge, championing the visceral over the virtual. As a stalwart traditionalist, he's as uncompromising…
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Music, Steve Albini is built for the long haul

Steve Albini is built for the long haul

Renowned audio engineer Steve Albini has spent most of the last two decades running hundreds of recording sessions out of Chicago's Electrical Audio studios. Music geeks know about his work on totemic alternative rock albums like Nirvana's In Utero, PJ…
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Music, Rick Froberg takes the straight road in Obits

Rick Froberg takes the straight road in Obits

With its insistent wail of reverb-drenched garage rock, the debut album from Obits, I Blame You, may come as a surprise to listeners familiar with the background of guitarist Rick Froberg. He made his name fronting the legendary '90s post-hardcore…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Albini&rsquo;s Shellac <em>Excellent Italian Greyhound</em> Grade: B

Steve Albini’s Shellac Excellent Italian Greyhound Grade: B

Shellac playing “My Black Ass”…
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Music, Reviewed Shellac

Shellac

On Shellac's latest release, Excellent Italian Greyhound, the band derides everything from our current national political situation ("Elephant") to the very nature of preparedness ("Be Prepared"). In typical Shellac form, however, it's never clear if Greyhound has a message, or…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature No Sympathy for the Demo

No Sympathy for the Demo

I remember watching Oliver Stone's outlandish portrayal of the Doors, after having spent numerous hours practicing rock star poses in front of a full-length mirror, and convincing myself of how simple it would be to get a record deal. My…
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Music, The Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe

Four days of challenging, uncompromising, and occasionally assaultive sounds might not be everyone's idea of a slice of heaven. But for the members of the long-running Bay Area punk/metal/industrial enigma Neurosis, this weekend's Beyond the Pale festival is a fantasy…
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Psychotic Reaction

Everything about Oakland's Neurosis is overwhelming. The sextet's latest album, Times of Grace, is built around the suffocating sheets of guitars, impenetrable keyboards, tribal rhythms, and cathartic screams that have long been the trademark of its epic, sonically saturated…
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Riff Raff

Party Over, Oops, Out of Time San Francisco is losing another all-night dance venue. V/SF, located at the mouth of SOMA's 11th Street corridor, will surrender its 24-hour cabaret license this Sunday to fulfill a bargain struck with police and…
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Love, Albini Style

Shellac Terraform (Touch and Go) Shellac's second album is the sound of Steve Albini going soft. Relatively speaking, that is: Fifteen years after he started his career with Big Black, Albini's vocals are still choked screams, his guitar still sounds…
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Racket

For years, the zine underground has produced a vast array of forums for every obsession you can think of (and many you'd rather not), but lately it's started to produce something else: book deals. The first three issues of Jim…
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Hear This

Palace "You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out" is not a song title that anybody's going to be line-dancing to anytime soon, but then, Palace's Will Oldham isn't your typical eager-to-please country artist. A self-styled…
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Samples

The Odd Couple Although Black Fag -- a punky, jazzy outfit featuring L.A. drag queen Vaginal Davis and Beck's mom -- was featured in SPIN last year, the group disbanded before it ever recorded (and some skeptics claim it never…
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