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The Uni Watch Interview: Steve Albini

I’m pretty excited about this: For this week’s Uni Watch Premium article on Substack, I interviewed renowned music producer/engineer/guitarist Steve Albini, who you may know from the bands he’s fronted (Big Black, Shellac), his production credits (Nirvana, the Pixies, the Breeders, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, countless others), his many screeds and manifestos regarding the music biz, or his recent side career as a professional poker player.

Albini may seem like an odd subject for a Uni Watch interview, but his career has included a surprising number of uni-related and uni-adjacent moments, and I had a blast picking his brain about them. We ended up talking about jumpsuits (like the one he’s wearing in the photo above), his company baseball team, LP cover design, band logos, what he and other people wear on the poker circuit, and a lot more.

The resulting article is a doozy — about 6,500 words. You can read the first part of it here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack, which I hope you’ll consider doing. (If you subscribe, you’ll also gain access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives.)

While I have you here: Next week’s Premium article will be the latest quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything,” the series where you get to ask me a question — about uniforms, sports, Uni Watch, me, or anything else — and I do my best to answer. If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. Thanks!

Looking ahead: The annual MLB Season Preview column will run on Substack on March 28-ish, just before Opening Day.


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