Friday, April 13, 2012

Ask yourself if you could do better

After I saw Shellac live in LA a couple months ago, my mind had been so thoroughly blown by the live show that I needed some type of documentation of the evening. I figured a Peel Session, gold standard of the recorded live experience, would fill that need handedly.

But while this Peel Session had a much different setlist than what I had experienced, tracks like "Billiard Player Song" are no less....harrowing. The intensity that Albini delivers near the end of this song is enough to make you physically uncomfortable. Thankfully, live, they have Q+A breaks between songs, and the band's wit and levity help to break what could be a very tense evening. Also, you can ask Steve Albini how to cook things and he is very helpful about it.


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