This piece originally appeared in DocAwk’s own blog, Martian Dance Invasion!.
Gothamist: “It just seems from my perspective that there aren’t many bands that are making dark or ugly music anymore.”
Steve Albini: “Well, it sort of depends on the idiom really. There’s a lot of sort of grungy metal and punk stuff where every single band is trying to make aggressive music.”
Gothamist: “Yeah, I guess I’m referring more to the…”
Steve Albini: “Bands that play at the clubs you go to.”
Steve Albini is at his quotable best in this interview over at The Gothamist blog, in which he shares his always smirk-inducing opinions on New York City, the asinine Odd Future dustup (“It was a message board thread about Odd Future and I happened to have an anecdote about them so I share my anecdote and what passes for Journalism these days is repeating things that other people link to you on Twitter so that’s what it boils down to”), and his interactions with mainstream popular music:
I’m an exceptionally lucky man in that I’ve never heard a note of Lady Gaga’s music and you could sit her on my lap and I wouldn’t recognize her. I know that she’s a cultural force at the moment but I’m quite satisfied in having dodged that one. It’s like a truck drove by spraying shit from a nozzle over the entire neighborhood and I happened to be under an awning. You know?