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December 19, 1993 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI, Chuck Crisafulli is Los Angeles-based free-lance writer.
In the realm of big-bucks rock, success not only talks, it sings in a resounding fortissimo. So you'd think that a hot producer who had just helped shape two of the year's most acclaimed albums--Nirvana's "In Utero" and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me"--would have his phone ringing off the hook with offers. One of the albums--"In Utero"--entered the national charts at No. 1. But those calls haven't come for Steve Albini, the furiously independent 31-year-old who produced both albums.
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November 29, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping. Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once again celebrating Record Store Day this holiday season. Designed to spur interest in mom-and-pop music shops, Record Store Day is now a twice-annual event in which artists and labels unleash a bounty of collectible offerings. Participating stores in the area include Hollywood's Amoeba Music, Echo Park's Origami Vinyl, Highland Park's Mount Analog and Long Beach's Fingerprints, among others.  While much of what is released on Record Store Day is aimed at collectors, there are numerous selections this Black Friday that will warm the hearts of even the more casual music (or comedy)
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January 29, 2001 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Steve Albini is a true believer. As a producer he's recorded exceptional works by the likes of PJ Harvey and Nirvana. And as the leader of the band Shellac, he is a forceful, single-minded champion of the punk ethos, minus any pandering to the popular mainstream. In Shellac's first performance in Los Angeles, Albini and company arrived at the Knitting Factory on Saturday with a sound inevitably sludgier than its crisp new "1000 Hurts" album.
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September 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
After an unexpected outcry from musicians, Amanda Palmer has backed off on her plan to get free musical help for her Kickstarter-sourced upcoming tour. Palmer, a Bay area-based singer and composer whose work has attracted a devoted following, seemed interested in doing something kind of cool for her musicianly fans a few weeks ago when she wrote a post looking to employ ramshackle orchestras in each city. Her pitch: "We're looking for professional-ish horns and strings for EVERY CITY to hop up on stage with us for a couple of tunes," she wrote.
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September 19, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
After an unexpected outcry from musicians, Amanda Palmer has backed off on her plan to get free musical help for her Kickstarter-sourced upcoming tour. Palmer, a Bay area-based singer and composer whose work has attracted a devoted following, seemed interested in doing something kind of cool for her musicianly fans a few weeks ago when she wrote a post looking to employ ramshackle orchestras in each city. Her pitch: "We're looking for professional-ish horns and strings for EVERY CITY to hop up on stage with us for a couple of tunes," she wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013 | By Todd Martens
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping. Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once again celebrating Record Store Day this holiday season. Designed to spur interest in mom-and-pop music shops, Record Store Day is now a twice-annual event in which artists and labels unleash a bounty of collectible offerings. Participating stores in the area include Hollywood's Amoeba Music, Echo Park's Origami Vinyl, Highland Park's Mount Analog and Long Beach's Fingerprints, among others.  While much of what is released on Record Store Day is aimed at collectors, there are numerous selections this Black Friday that will warm the hearts of even the more casual music (or comedy)
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November 20, 1994 | Steve Hochman
Does it make any difference to you whether a record was produced by Brad Wood or by Ed Wood? Record companies are banking that enough people do care--and that's why they're showering offers on Brad Wood, rock's hottest young producer. Wood, 30, produced both of Liz Phair's acclaimed albums and the heralded debut by Veruca Salt.
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January 28, 1996
PJ Harvey has just finished filming a video with Nick Cave for "Henry Lee," a duet from Cave's upcoming "Murder Ballads" album. . . . Bush has been invited by New Orleans' Krewe of Aquila to lead its Mardi Gras parade--a first for a rock band. The event is Feb. 15, with Bush scheduled for a concert in the Big Easy the next day. The band will start its second album, possibly with producer Steve Albini, after finishing its winter tour. . . .
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May 19, 1996
Australian teen trio Silverchair, having just graduated from the 10th grade, will begin work on its second album next month. The follow-up to its 2-million selling debut "Frogstomp" is expected to be released late this year or early next year. . . . Veruca Salt, on the heels of a new EP produced by grunge guru Steve Albini, is heading to Hawaii to record its second album next month with metal maven Bob Rock, who produced, among others, Metallica's last album. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2001 | STEVE APPLEFORD
Steve Albini is a true believer. As a producer he's recorded exceptional works by the likes of PJ Harvey and Nirvana. And as the leader of the band Shellac, he is a forceful, single-minded champion of the punk ethos, minus any pandering to the popular mainstream. In Shellac's first performance in Los Angeles, Albini and company arrived at the Knitting Factory on Saturday with a sound inevitably sludgier than its crisp new "1000 Hurts" album.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1993 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI, Chuck Crisafulli is Los Angeles-based free-lance writer.
In the realm of big-bucks rock, success not only talks, it sings in a resounding fortissimo. So you'd think that a hot producer who had just helped shape two of the year's most acclaimed albums--Nirvana's "In Utero" and PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me"--would have his phone ringing off the hook with offers. One of the albums--"In Utero"--entered the national charts at No. 1. But those calls haven't come for Steve Albini, the furiously independent 31-year-old who produced both albums.
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February 16, 1997 | Sara Scribner
VERUCA SALT "Eight Arms to Hold You" Outpost/DGC *** The Chicago band's 1994 single "Seether" repackaged the Pixies and the Breeders--inventive acts that could stick in your craw--as pure pop ambrosia. Veruca Salt again shouts its allegiance to bubble gum and the Beatles, naming its second full-length record after the working title for the Moptops' film "Help."
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July 28, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Context can be funny. Singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia's albums type her as an acoustic, American chamber-music cousin of P.J. Harvey for the songs' dark hues and emotional depths -- a comparison made even readier by the fact that her producer is Steve Albini, who also worked with Harvey.
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