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Steve Albini, musician and producer for Nirvana, the Pixies and PJ Harvey, is lifeless at 61


The choice rock pioneer behind lots of the style’s classics died of a coronary heart assault Tuesday night time.

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Steve Albini, an alternate rock pioneer and legendary producer who formed the musical panorama by means of his work with Nirvana, the Pixies, PJ Harvey and extra, has died. He was 61. Brian Fox, an engineer at Albini’s studio, Electrical Audio Recording, stated Wednesday, Might 8, that Albini died after a coronary heart assault Tuesday night time.

Along with his work on canonized rock albums corresponding to Nirvana’s In Utero, the Pixies’ breakthrough Surfer Rosa and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, Albini was the frontman of the underground bands Massive Black and Shellac.

He dismissed the time period “producer,” refused to take royalties from the albums he labored on, and requested he be credited with “Recorded by Steve Albini,” a fabled label on albums he labored on.

On the time of his dying, Albini’s band Shellac was getting ready to tour their first new album in a decade, To All Trains, which releases subsequent week. Different acts whose music was formed by Albini embrace Joanna Newsom’s indie-folk opus Ys and releases from bands just like the Breeders, the Jesus Lizard, Hum, Superchunk, Low and Mogwai.

Albini was born in California, grew up in Montana and fell in love with the do-it-yourself punk music scene in Chicago whereas learning journalism at Northwestern College.

As a young person, he performed in punk bands, and in faculty, wrote about music for the prescient indie zine Pressured Publicity. Whereas attending Northwestern within the early ’80s, he based the abrasive, noisy post-punk band Massive Black, recognized for its mordant riffs, violent and taboo lyrics and drum machine in lieu of a stay drummer. It was a controversial innovation on the time, from a person whose profession can be outlined by dangerous selections. The band’s best-known track, the ugly, explosive, six-minute “Kerosene” from their cult favourite album, 1986’s Atomizer, is right proof – and never for the faint of coronary heart.

Then got here the short-lived band Rapeman – one in all two teams Albini fronted with indefensibly offensive names and vulgar track titles. Within the early ’90s, he fashioned Shellac, the ferocious, distorted noise-rock band – an evolution from Massive Black, however nonetheless punctuated by pummeling guitar tones and aggressive vocals.

In 1997, Albini opened his famed studio, Electrical Audio, in Chicago. “The recording half is the half that issues to me – that I am making a doc that information a bit of our tradition, the life’s work of the musicians which might be hiring me,” Albini informed the Guardian final 12 months when requested about a number of the well-known and much-loved albums he is recorded. “I take that half very significantly. I need the music to survive all of us.”

Albini was a larger-than-life character within the unbiased rock music scene, recognized for his forward-thinking productions, unapologetic irreverence, acerbic humorousness and criticisms of the music trade’s exploitative practices – as detailed in his landmark 1993 essay “The Drawback with Music” – as a lot as his skills. Later in life, he turned a notable poker participant and apologetic for his previous indiscretions.

“Ugh man, a heartbreaking lack of a legend. Like to his household and innumerable colleagues,” wrote actor Elijah Wooden on X. “Farewell, Steve Albini.”

Creator Michael Azerrad, who included a chapter on Massive Black in his complete historical past, Our Band May Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981–1991, additionally posted on X. “I do not know what to say about Steve Albini’s passing,” Azerrad wrote. “He had an excellent thoughts, was an important artist and underwent probably the most exceptional and galvanizing private transformation. I am unable to consider he is gone.”

Albini is survived by his spouse, Heather Whinna, a filmmaker.

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