— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) September 29, 2015
Electronic artist Powell wanted to use a sample of Albini for his upcoming single “Insomniac” and reached out to Albini for clearance. Albini granted it, but not without a screed against the electronic music scene.
And then in a brilliant twist…Powell pulls the punk rock power move and uses the rant as a billboard to promote the single. I love it.
here is the email used in the above billboard.
I am absolutely the wrong audience for this kind of music. I’ve always detested mechanized dance music, its stupid simplicity, the clubs where it was played, the people who went to those clubs, the drugs they took, the shit they liked to talk about, the clothes they wore, the battles they fought amongst each other…
Basically all of it: 100 percent hated every scrap.
The electronic music I liked was radical and different, shit like the White Noise, Xenakis, Suicide, Kraftwerk, and the earliest stuff form Cabaret Voltaire, SPK and DAF. When that scene and those people got co-opted by dance/club music I felt like we’d lost a war. I detest club culture as deeply as I detest anything on earth. So I am against what you’re into, and an enemy of where you come from but I have no problem with what you’re doing…
In other words, you’re welcome to do whatever you like with whatever of mine you’ve gotten your hands on. Don’t care. Enjoy yourself.