I have always loved Steve Albini’s production (nothing touches Surfer Rosa and Magnolia Electric Co.) and I really enjoyed his recent Steely Band rant on Twitter.
Here are some highlights:
“Two types of perfectionist: One will prepare, revise and rehearse carefully, with intent, honing an idea to a keen edge, ready to cut the cloth of execution. The other makes other people responsible by saying, “do it again,” until by chance they are satisfied, then take credit.”
There’s some video where they talk about every song on an album, and each one begins with the not-bald one saying, “this song is based on my deep love of the blues, just a very bluesy blues. Deep blues.” Then lays his jazz dork hands on the fucking electric piano…
Music made for the sole purpose of letting the wedding band stretch out a little."
(For the record, I like some Steely Dan albums.)