If you're a fan of (good) alternative music, the name Steve Albini should ring a bell. If not, you'll more than likely recognize at least a few of the many bands he's been in (Shellac, Big Black, Rapeman) and/or worked with in the studio (Nirvana, Pixies, the Stooges, Jesus Lizard and the list goes on and on). Recently, news has been circulating about a new campaign started by Tim Midgett (member of Silkworm, and Bottomless Pit) who was described as a "beneficiary of Steve’s kindness and generosity over the years." Tim began the campaign to pay off the mortgage on Steven Albini's studio, Electrical Audio - partly as a way to give back to Steve Albini and the rest of the crew for the services they offered at such a great deal. From the campaign page:
THE PITCH - So many great records, made at this studio, for so little money. So many friendships and romances, forged on the pages of the Electrical Audio forums (which are FREE to use). Let’s see how close we can get to paying off the remaining balance of the studio’s mortgage. I know this campaign will be an embarrassment to owner Steve Albini, but it will be an embarrassment to the rest of us if it fails. Sort of. I don’t know, I just want to see if it will work. 2000 people, $115 each, and it’s done.Greg Norman of Electrical Audio commented on the page ensuring friends and fans that the studio is not in danger of going out of business, a concern which has been circulating since the campaign began.
We are doing fine financially. There is no threat of us missing payments, or any other money calamity.Touch and Go, label to many bands who have worked with Steve Albini such as Big Black, Dirty Three, the Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Silkworm, posted this on their website:
To support the Pay Off Electrical Audio campaign and learn more about the campaign, click the logo below. We did, and we encourage you to as well.