Steve Albini To Odd Future: Sit Down And Be Quiet When You’re On The Shuttle Bus


On Monday night, Tyler, the Creator of Odd Future took a break from live-tweeting his attempts “to take a photo of [his] fart” to lash out at cook and poker enthusiast Steve Albini. The rapper was defending himself against Albini’s claims that, on a shuttle bus leaving the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona in May, Odd Future used the word “n—a” frequently, cursed the bus driver, and bragged about how much they’d been paid at the festival.

Albini is also a noted musician and record producer (which is why Tyler felt the “need” to respond) whose recording studio Electrical Audio has a vibrant web forum (its members have even gathered for festivals). Albini’s beef with Odd Future, which in sum has more to do with them being punk kids (or as he put it, “little self-satisfied a—–e scrubs”) than anything else, was actually a series of posts in a thread on the Electrical Audio subforum “Crap/Not Crap,” in which its members give up-or-down votes on a given topic and then give reasons why.

A number of the gear-minded rock fans in the forum’s community dismiss rap outright, which is why Albini makes pains not to characterize the collective as stupid or untalented, and given Albini’s recording and production history it’s unsurprising that he defends their right to make “ugly art” even as he decries their behavior.

That said, here are Albini’s charges:

In July he dismissed the collective’s big talk as “pedestrian eighth-grade shock nonsense fit only to upset grannies.” The part that got the community curious, though, was “I haven’t wanted to strangle anybody that much in a real long time.” So six weeks later he followed up with the Primavera story in full. His description of the collective boarding the van: “They piled in, n—-ring everything in sight, motherf—ing the driver, boasting into the air unbidden about getting their d–ks sucked and calling everyone in the area a f—-t. Then one of them lit a joint (or a pipe, I didn’t look) and told the driver to shut the f–k up n—-r and smoked it anyway.” Later he claims they boasted about how they “got paid like a motherf–er fifty grand like a motherf—er,” concluding with reiteration of his strangulation threat, “I am quite happy none of them engaged me directly, because at least one of us would have regretted it.”

Tough talk (not to mention poor representation of direct quotes, particularly when it comes to one particular epithet, about which Albini sort-of explains himself later in the thread); no wonder Tyler responded. Even still, given the nature of Albini’s complaints (mainly, that they were rowdy and rude on a shuttle bus), the rapper’s best-targeted response was the tweet containing “Old Ass. Surprised you knew how to use a computer.”

Is this a developing beef? Probably not. Albini has always been the type to say his piece and move on. When asked about media coverage of his statement, with quotes taken, to varying degrees, out of context, he responded, “Don’t care. Obviously I care about discussions on this board more than elsewhere, because I spend much less time elsewhere, but like most internet things, what wants to happen happens and there’s no point in even forming an opinion about it.” The Odd Future thread itself, in which the poll now stands at 69% crap, has now become a way for the members to track the stories about the feud. This piece will likely get linked there soon.

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