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Big Black/Steve Albini

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what kind of roland drum machine did big black use?
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DoctorDoolittle wrote:what kind of roland drum machine did big black use?
i've heard so many mixed things on that, I bet it's an 808.
Anyone know for certain?
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i hadnt seen those live clips. nice!
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this is open to all Shellac and other things, like Whitehouse. Steve produced some pop/mainstream things that I don't know well enough to comment on, but feel free to do so.
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DoctorDoolittle wrote:what kind of roland drum machine did big black use?
Wikipedia says it was a TR-606 :zombie: Never would've guessed that.
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lordofthebored wrote:
DoctorDoolittle wrote:what kind of roland drum machine did big black use?
Wikipedia says it was a TR-606 :zombie: Never would've guessed that.
yeah-- always heard 606 or 808.
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DoctorDoolittle wrote:what kind of roland drum machine did big black use?
a 606, and later a 707 (which can be seen on top of the rack case in those live clips).
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it certainly isn't an 808!!

the kick is more like the early digital drum machines, not a massive analoguey boom.
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yeah 606, one of the BB guys has a long thread about it over on steve's "electrical audio" forum.

loved "songs about fucking" as a teenager.

i have the whitehouse albums "quality time" and "mummy & daddy" engineered by mr. albini, but i can't stand listening to them any more!

i love this talk he did a few years back:

http://www.viddler.com/v/43c0d84

analogue vs. digital etc. he doesn't fuck about, "i'm convinced, and get more convinced every day, that digital recording is inappropriate for making records. It's not a suitable technology for making records". :)

he's a hero of mine!

never heard shellac, are they good?

also loved the sound of the joanna newsom record he did, "Ys".
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Love Big Black. Some of my favorites. Mostly used a TR-707 with some
606 used occasionally.

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Babaluma wrote:never heard shellac, are they good?
Best 3 piece since KFC :hihi:
Pick up Action Park. You won't be disappointed.
As for Big Black, I always liked Kitty Empire, and Bad Houses
And then there was Rapeman :sb:

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In associated news, I heard Kid606's last studio release was called "Songs about fucking Steve Albini"

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I always find it entertaining the way Steve flails around when he plays
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Aaahh..fond memories of music arriving at my house when I was away.
Interesting phone call with my mom: Some music showed up at the house...songs about fucking...do you want me to send that to you?
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Yay! Saw them open for Sonic Youth once and it knocked my head off!!
Albini produced some of "The Unsane" stuff as well. A big big sound.
The early vinyl EP's are cool if you can find them. Shellac is great too-
there are some Big Black type songs but longer and weirder...
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he has the coolest way of wearing a guitar strap

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I like the bass. The toms. The sound of the kick drums. I like my radio. Up and not low.
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I read an old interview with Steve recently and yup, it's a 606. As much as I love Big Black I love Shellac that much more. I've seen them a few times and they never disappoint. What an all star cast!

That being said, Atomizer is one of my favorite albums of all time. Passing Complexion still makes me want to punch something (but in a good way) :hihi:

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I also read Steve say that he felt bad about the Jordon song because it turned out to be a cruel hoax that some newspapers inadvertently ran with.
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Babaluma wrote:never heard shellac, are they good?
Best 3 piece since KFC :hihi:
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Great thread! I've heard of Shellac but was unaware of Big Black or Rapeman.
Those live videos are really really good
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shred wrote:Great thread! I've heard of Shellac but was unaware of Big Black or Rapeman.
Those live videos are really really good
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it was ALL about Big Black, Rapeman, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Bongwater, Shockabilly, Coil, Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV when i were a lad!!
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I don't listen to them that much these days, but my favorite record by them is either Songs About Fucking or Racer X.

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love albini. i was in the third row at the t&g fest where big black reunited (racer x!). as entertaining as that was, the shellac set shortly after was much better. 'prayer to god' is about as good as it gets.
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Shellac on Action Park tour was the loudest and most ear damaging gig I ever did attend. They both had these custom amp heads that were HUGE, each with I think one big knob and a large VU meter.

Big Black is desert island stuff for sure.
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