Friday, June 1, 2007

Albini's all "whatever" about downloading

Posted By on 06.01.07 at 05:47 PM

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Shellac's next record, Excellent Italian Greyhound, doesn't come out until Tuesday, but it being an eagerly awaited album by a much-loved indie rock institution, and this being 2007, it's already been leaked on a few blogs. The music news aggregator site The Daily Swarm—a great addition to your RSS feed, in my opinion—asked Steve Albini his feelings about his first unapproved premiere. Unsurprisingly, he's a little grumpy about it. He calls downloaders "harmless," but only after harshing on them: "Downloads reach those people who don’t really like music enough to be participants in it as a culture, they just want to consume at their leisure, casually, the way my mother would have the kitchen radio playing while she did housework."

For the record, the track in question, "Steady as She Goes," would only be a good accompaniment to housework if you do yours with a sledgehammer and a heart full of rage.

Albini's dismissal of worthless downloaders marks a record-breaking 10,000 disses in his underground-music career, the highest by any one individual and second only to the combined staff of Maximumrocknroll. In an imaginary press conference after receiving an entirely fictional award for his accomplishment, Albini said of the honor, "Bah."

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