Record engineer Steve Albini got a fair amount of press last month when the music world celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s In Utero, an album Albini helped usher into the world in 1993. It would be Nirvana’s last studio recording.
In a recent post on Open Culture, Josh Jones described Albini as follows:
Journeyman record producer Steve Albini … is perhaps the crankiest man in rock. This is not an effect of age. He’s always been that way, since the emergence of his scary, no-frills post-punk band Big Black and later projects Rapeman and Shellac. In his current role as elder statesman of indie rock and more, Chicago’s Albini has developed a reputation as kind of a hardass. He’s also a consummate professional who musicians want to know and work with.
In the video above created by legendary comic outfit Second City, Albini sits down (literally) to talk with a standing, awkward Tucker Woodley. It’s amusing, certainly uncomfortable, and occasionally Not Safe for Work. We also have Woodley’s interview with Fred Schneider, of the B‑52s, below.
Thanks to our reader Nate D. for sending this along.