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Big Black were an American rock group masterminded by Steve Albini (does he do anything else?). Their music is a blend of thumping drum machines, taboo-busting lyrics, and harsh post-punk instrumentation. Although they only released two studio albums...read more »

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Shellac
The End of Radio

It's not too easy being a Shellac fan is it? Their studio records are few and far between and their tours seem to happen just when they feel like it. So here's something to get starved Shellac fans juicing at the mouth, it's a collection of the band's two Peel sessions including their 2004 live set in front of a small (lucky) audience. Full of alternative versions of tracks you now know and love, the band were known for testing out future material on these sessions. Essential. 

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Headache (Remastered)

1987 EP from Big Black, as short and to the point as anything in this band’s tight brutal oeuvre. Headache has that wiry Steve Albini guitar as well as his blasted no-fi howling and the pummelling drum machine. Four tracks are punched through in twelve minutes, and that brevity just makes it more good. Remastered reissue on Touch And Go.

Zeni Geva & Steve Albini
Maximum Implosion

This release by Zeni Geva (the noise rock band led by KK Null) and Steve Albini (producer extraordinaire and Big Black / Shellac main bastard) gathers up all their collaborations from over the years, with material including 1992 live tracks and tracks from the rare Superunit release. Comprehensive and also crushingly heavy double CD set.

Big Black
Heartbeat

When Big Black were in their endgame they got quite into doing covers. One of the most successful was their take on Wire’s seminal ‘Heartbeat’. In the hands of Steve Albini and his crew, Colin Newman’s anti-punk original turns into a menacing noise-rock chug. The Heartbeat EP, which first came out in 1987, is fleshed out by the short and sweet original tunes ‘Things To Do Today’ and ‘I Can’t Believe’. Thrilling stuff.

Big Black
He's A Whore/ The Model

Here we have Big Black’s final single. Originally released in 1987, this parting gift saw Steve Albini et al take a crack at covering Cheap Trick and Kraftwerk. Both 'He's A Whore' and 'The Model' are nice noise-punk wedges - despite sluicing the tunes with huge slurries of distortion Big Black are savvy enough to keep the original melodies at the fore.

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Lungs

Noise-rock overlord Steve Albini made Lungs, the first Big Black EP, when he was just 19 years old. Bar a bit of saxophone supplied by a mate from college, Albini played every instrument on the release and taped it on a borrowed reel-to-reel recorder. This incubated feeling sets it apart from the rest of Big Black’s releases - it’s less skull-shaking post-hardcore, more dystopian minimal wave. Albini hates it now but we beg to differ.

Big Black, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Various
Gods Favorite Dog


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Rapeman
Two Nuns & A Pack Mule

They are still calling themselves that? Ok.  Well this was Steve Albini's second band after Big Black and out of all the words in the English language this is what they chose for a name. This was the only album they made and this re-issue contains 'the 'Budd' EP as a bonus. Contains a song called 'Kim Gordon's Panties'. I do hope he's grown up a bit now.  

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Racer-X

This is the one where Albini was aiming for a big rock sound but made a mess of it and instead came up with something samey and monolithic  - no bad thing as it turns out. It was released in April 1985 just before their 'Atomizer' debut as they slowly got to the vicious sound we know and (perhaps) love.   

Sonic Youth, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr, Various
The Devils Jukebox


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V/A (Sonic Youth, Rapeman, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr, UT etc)
Blast First - Nothing Short Of Total War (Part One)


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Big Black, Dinosaur, Squirrel Bait, Various
Wailing Ultimate


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Big Black, Scratch Acid, Various
Gods Favourite Dog


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Big Black
Atomizer

Atomizer was the very first full-length album released by Steve Albini’s original group, Big Black. The band arrived fully formed, with trademark violent lyrics and violent production, grinding and growling vigorously along. Contains their particularly classic track ‘Kerosene’. The reissue LP is only available through independent record stores like ours!

Big Black
Bulldozer

Big Black. You know ‘em, you like ‘em, you wanna hear more of ‘em. Bulldozer was the second EP (mini-LP?) released by Steve Albini etc. Originally issued in 1983, the follow-up to the previous year’s Lungs is notable for being the first record on which Big Black nailed their sound. Bolstered by Urge Overkill’s Pat Byrne on drums, the group’s pointed and frenzied brand of hardcore falls into place here. Albini and his pal Bob Weston have given the record a remastering job for this reissue.

Big Black
Songs About Fucking

You already know it, but Big Black are Steve Albini's old band of pisstakey punk-churners, offering transgressions at a super-fast rate as they squirm and snarl their way through the classic Songs About Fucking. This was the band's second and last record, offering industrial noise bluster like never before and even propping up a cover of Kraftwerk's "Model".