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    Of the people who cook on television, I have admired people like Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver and a few others because they are free of drama, display good taste and masterful technique, and use clear exposition to bring you up to speed.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: children  people  drama  child 
     
    I learned to cook from my mom. Most of what I ate growing up was Italian cooking.
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    I think good-looking naked ladies turn on the majority of men.
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    tags: men  majority 
     
    There's a stupid trend in American politics right now with people who have no experience with politics and no grasp of public service as a profession just deciding that they're going to jump into it. The obvious figurehead of this whole "I am an idiot, therefore I can be a politician" is Donald Trump. People think that ignorance of a profession is somehow qualifying for that profession. It's utterly baffling.
    — Steve Albini
    It always offended me when I was in the studio and the engineer or the assumed producer for the session would start bossing the band around. That always seemed like a horrible insult to me.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: insult 
     
    Know what you're trying to do before you do it. Turning knobs at random isn't enlightening any more than throwing paint at a wall blindfolded will let you paint a nice picture.
    — Steve Albini
    The woman I am currently crazy about was a vegetarian for a year until I started dating her. As is the case with most vegetarians, she had never eaten properly prepared meat, only commercially packaged or otherwise abused flesh.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: women  crazy  dating  year 
     
    Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment
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    tags: doubt  wisdom 
     
    I stopped drinking almost immediately after I had ready access to liquor, when I got to college. It almost immediately lost its appeal for me.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: lost  drinking  college 
     
    Im busy doing my job, and being a loudmouth doesnt appeal to me as much as when I was younger and had the youthful delusion that I was smarter than everybody else.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: job 
     
    You can't help noticing an amazing ass. Pretty naked ladies will always get my attention. Revealingly dressed good-looking women will always get my attention, at least for a moment.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: women  moment  help  attention 
     
    Cooking is about presenting flavors and other aspects of food in a way that makes best use of them and makes an engaging, satisfying meal. Taste necessarily comes into it along with technique. Some ingredients require cooking, cleaning or otherwise denaturing them, some are fine as they are.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: food 
     
    I do not want and will not take a royalty on any record I record. I think paying a royalty to a producer or engineer is ethically indefensible. The band write the songs. The band play the music. It's the band's fans who buy the records. The band is responsible for whether it's a great record or a horrible record. Royalties belong to the band. I would like to be paid like a plumber. I do the job and you pay me what it's worth.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: job  song  music  write  worth 
     
    There is a lot of use of ProTools in professional studios, but this is mostly for the special effects it allows, not for sound quality. These special effects soon fall out of fashion, and I don't think this trend will define studios permanently
    — Steve Albini
    tags: fashion  quality 
     
    A lot of musicians are good cooks, and a lot of cooks are musicians, but I think that may just be a result of the creative impulse finding several means of expression. Probably an equivalent number are visual artists, woodworkers or compulsive liars.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: creative  artist  liar 
     
    For less than the cost of a Big Mac, fries and a Coke, you can buy a loaf of fresh bread and some good cheese or roast beef, which you will enjoy much more.
    — Steve Albini
    Record labels, which used to have complete control, are essentially irrelevant. The process of a band exposing itself to the world is extremely democratic and there are no barriers. Music is no longer a commodity, it's an environment, or atmospheric element. Consumers have much more choice and you see people indulging in the specificity of their tastes dramatically more. They only bother with music they like.
    — Steve Albini
    I don't feel like embarrassing Kurt by talking about what a psycho hosebeast his wife is, especially when he knows it already.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: wife 
     
    Find people who think like you and stick with them. Make only music you are passionate about. Work only with people you like and trust. Don't sign anything.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: people  work  trust  music 
     
    I think fashion is repulsive. The whole idea that someone else can make clothing that is supposed to be in style and make other people look good is ridiculous. It sickens me to think that there is an industry that plays to the low self-esteem of the general public. I would like the fashion industry to collapse.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: fashion  people  ideas 
     
    Toast is bread made delicious and useful. Un-toasted bread is okay for children's sandwiches and sopping up barbecue sauce, but for pretty much all other uses, toast is better than bread. An exception is when the bread is fresh from the oven, piping hot, with butter melting all over it. Then it's fantastic, but I would argue that bread fresh out of the oven is a kind of toast. Because I'm an asshole and I refuse to be wrong about something.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: wrong 
     
    I'm only interested in working on records that legitimately reflect the band's own perception of their music and existence. If you commit yourselves to that as a tenet of the recording methodology, then I will bust my ass for you.
    — Steve Albini
    There won't ever be a mass-market record industry again, and that's fine with me because that industry didn't operate for the benefit of the musicians or the audience, the only classes of people I care about.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: people  care 
     
    The single best thing that has happened in my lifetime in music, after punk rock, is being able to share music, globally for free.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: music  shares 
     
    The band cannot sign to another label or even put out its own material unless they are released from their agreement, which never happens.
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    My father was an expert hunter, so we ate a lot of wild game when I was growing up in Montana. That helped broaden my palate generally, but I know it informed my distaste for factory farms and unspectacular commercial meat.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: wild  father  games 
     
    I hate 'foodie' because it's cute, like pretty much all diminutives associated with eating. 'Veggies,' 'sammies,' 'parm.' I eat food, and I cook it: it's for eating, preferably with friends, and I don't make a fetish out of it.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: friends  food  hate  cute 
     
    Almost any decent cook will make food by eye and taste. Virtually all of my family cooked that way.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: food  decent  eyes 
     
    I'm not a particularly good cook. Part of it is that it is the kind of cooking anybody could do if they bothered. It's improvisational. I cook with whatever I have laying around.
    — Steve Albini
    By now all rock bands are wise enough to be suspicious of music industry scum
    — Steve Albini
    tags: music  wise 
     
    The only kind of restaurant I could imagine doing would be the extraordinarily snooty restaurant with three or four tables, and I would cook what I felt like cooking. And you could eat it or not.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: imagine 
     
    Harmonics are vibrations a fraction of the length of the vibrating string, which add higher-pitched and more complex content to the notes. With a dull instrument, the harmonics die out, but with a sustaining instrument, the harmonics continue to sound along with the fundamental note.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: die  complex  fundamental 
     
    If the label presents them with a contract that the band don't want to sign, all the label has to do is wait. There are a hundred other bands willing to sign the exact same contract, so the label is in a position of strength
    — Steve Albini
    tags: present  strength 
     
    It betrays hubris on the part of the artist to think his medium is limiting him, and I think we all recognize this
    — Steve Albini
    tags: media  artist 
     
    Suicide was such a formative band for me, so influential in the development of my taste. They're one of those bands that operated in absolute isolation for so long that they developed a completely unique world view.
    — Steve Albini
    If I were a gambling man I would put all my money on there not being anything other than this universe.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: men  universe  money  gambling 
     
    Clip your year-end column and put it away for 10 years. See if you don't feel like an idiot when you reread it.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: year  idiot 
     
    New York has magnificent eating available, both in restaurants and in the materials available to home cooks in the many specialty markets.
    — Steve Albini
    I have no problem with bands using participant financing schemes like Kickstarter and such. I've said many times that I think they're part of the new way bands and their audience interact and they can be a fantastic resource, enabling bands to do things essentially in cooperation with their audience. It's pretty amazing, actually.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: time  problem 
     
    In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta.
    — Steve Albini
    tags: heaven 
     
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