This week’s guest is the sleight-of-hand master Ricky Jay. He was one of the first guys performing magic at comedy and rock clubs in the 60s and is now one of the most renowned illusionists in the world. Jay is the subject of a new documentary. It’s called Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice. Later on in the show the jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer will reveal the song that changed his life and Jesse will tell you about the record cover he found on eBay that opened up a whole new world. Show notes
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My guest on this installment is rock and roll musician and producer Steve Albini. He's the owner of Chicago's Electrical Audio, and has recorded more than a thousand bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and many others. He's known for approaching his work humbly, as an engineer, rather than as a producer.
I talk with Steve about growing up punk rock in Montana, about his college days in Chicago, and how he developed his production skills and ideals. We also talk a bit about his strong ideas on the music industry. He's well known for a piece he wrote in Maximum Rock & Roll on the awful economics of major labels.