Friday, September 09, 2005


While I am trying to avoid things which are completely obvious and well-known, I often come across people who are inexplicably unaware of Steve Albini and Shellac. Albini is of course the man behind Electrical Audio, one of Chicago's premier recording facilities. He's also the guy behind so many great albums it's impossible to list them all here. Anyway, if you like noisy, inventive music with a dark sense of humor, check out
Watch Song. And here's a live in the studio rendition of The End of Radio.

You can order all sorts of Shellac stuff here: Shellac on

Built To Spill

Built To Spill is another great band I listen to periodically. They have a strong back catalogue, and are currently touring. You can hear one song here. They are a great live band (although the last time I saw them they played 3 Clash covers, all of which were pretty weak), and often play very long sets with amazing jams and extended versions. Joyride is an old tune, but it's funny, and gives a little vision into the band's early years. Here's one more: Alarmed. And this one's a solo track by Doug Martsch: Offer.

You can hear more of their stuff and see their fancy cover art here: Built To Spill on