Albini referenced the Jerky Boys crank call tape making the rounds in the early 90s!: “I'll work circles around you. I'll rap your head with a ratchet...”
What a class act. What music is all about.
This letter is everything. I want to fall in love with him, be his best friend and take a bullet for him - that's what he gets across in one letter. Lots of people don't get this across in a lifetime.
I can hear his voice even though I have no clue what he sounds like. Fabulous letter writer! “I also love the puke-inducing low end that comes off an old Fender Bassman or Ampeg guitar amp and the totally blown sound of an SVT with broken-in tubes.” Again no idea about most of this stuff but I totally get what he means! Gosh, what a great letter.
Enjoyed it so much, I ended up featuring it in this (with credit to you, of course):
Cheers 💚 🥃
Sometimes it's refreshing to think about art that's made without money, or fame, or instagram 'likes', being the #1 priority. I choose not to get wrapped up in those exterior modes of validation, and I love Albini's approach to the speed and authenticity of recording a record, and it's similar to how I approach my substack and his letter provides a great reminder as to why that approach is so successful: the authenticity. I can still remember the first time I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a sophomore in high school downloading music from Napster / Limewire and how life changing that moment was.
I remember reading that years ago -- classic! Thanks for re-surfacing it, it was a fun read! 💚 🥃
Try incesticide that was a album they released
One of the best letters I have read! Thank you for introducing this marvelous man to me.