Steve Albini Has Died

What a loss, and what a life.

A trip through Steve Albini’s catalogue as a recording engineer — never “producer” — is a varied and lengthy excursion. Yes, he recorded Nirvana’s “In Utero” and it is very good, and he also worked with Cloud Nothings, and Sunn O))), and Low, and black midi. He recorded the Stooges, a joint Robert Plant and Jimmy Page album, and I think his interpretation of Fugazi’s “In on the Kill Taker” remains a highlight, but he also made albums with artists like — a personal favourite — Hot Little Rocket.

A new record from his own band, Shellac, is out next Friday. It will be bittersweet.