Last month, Steve Albini—the long-lasting producer and musician behind Big Black and Shellac—won big on the World Series of Poker, incomes a gold bracelet and taking house $105,629 (all whereas carrying a Cocaine Piss t-shirt!). Now, he has mentioned the win and his historical past with poker in a brand new interview with The Ringer’s Alan Siegel. “I just felt like I was playing hand after hand after hand and then all of a sudden we stopped playing because I’d won,” he says. “It genuinely didn’t feel like I was incrementally getting closer to winning.” Read the total story at The Ringer.
Elsewhere within the piece, Albini talks about how he grew to become a poker champ. He says, “When my band is on tour and I find myself with nothing to do after a show in a strange town, I can google the words ‘poker’ and ‘casino’ and find out if there’s a poker game nearby…. I’ve played poker just about everywhere I’ve sat down as a musician or an engineer.” He additionally talks concerning the variations between his passions: “I feel like the parts of my brain that I’m not using in my day-to-day life come into play…. I don’t do a lot of calculating when I’m going through a normal day. You’re doing at least some sort of rudimentary math in every hand of poker. When you’re playing cards you have to do a lot of sort of prediction of behavior. I don’t do a lot of manipulative psychology in the rest of my life.”
Later, Albini discusses the adverse stigma of poker. “My wife does not give a fuck about poker,” he says. “What she has seen of it has been revolting. And I can’t blame her for being repulsed by it. The popular image of the macho bro-man poker contingent is pretty depressing. It does seem quite retrograde.”
Elsewhere, it’s revealed that Albini organized a phone conversation between Dave Grohl and U.S. Olympic curler Tyler George. A person of many items!
Read Pitchfork’s characteristic “Steve Albini’s 10 Best Records.”