In The Groove: A fond farewell to beloved musical mastermind and forever punk Steve Albini

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Steve Albini

Steve Albini

Today, I’m doing the show with a heavy heart following the news this week that legendary engineer (never wanted to be called a producer) Steve Albini died of a heart attack at just the age of 61.

He recorded one of my favorite albums of all time — Pixies’ Surfer Rosa — and literally hundreds of others for Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Bush, Breeders — you name it.

An icon of the alternative. A forever punk. An absolute great music writer who hated the industry and was a beloved curmudgeon. There’s music on the show today that he helped make from Low, Pixies, Nirvana, Superchunk, PJ Harvey, Songs: Ohia and Helmet.

As for the new stuff, enjoy works from Tom Misch, Loma, Brijean, Detroit’s own Kyle Hall and more.

In The Groove with Ryan Patrick Hooper Playlist for May 9, 2024

  • “Rid Of Me” – PJ Harvey
  • “Sunflower” – Low
  • “Gigantic” – Pixies
  • “Serve the Servants” – Nirvana
  • “Insecure” – Tom Misch
  • “Canopy” – Charlotte Day Wilson
  • “Telescope” – Hiatus Kaiyote
  • “No” – Nicolas Jaar
  • “Prologue” – Kamasi Washington
  • “Seed Toss” – Superchunk
  • “Cactus” – Pixies
  • “Farewell Transmission” – Songs: Ohia
  • “All About The Bones” – Chris Smither
  • “Buena” – Morphine
  • “Like I Say (I Runaway)” – Nilüfer Yanya
  • “Cristo Redentor” – Donald Byrd
  • “Gorgeous” (EVM128 Version) – Detroit Rising
  • “Somethin’ Here” – Terrence Parker
  • “Light As Grass” – Lucy Rose
  • “How It Starts” – Loma
  • “Reaching Out” – Beth Gibbons
  • “Glory Box” (Roseland NYC Live) – Portishead
  • “Someone I Know” – Margo Guryan
  • “So Nice (Summer Samba)” – Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley Trio
  • “Roller Coaster” – Brijean
  • “Floating” – Maria Chiara Argirò
  • “Everything In Its Right Place” (House) – Pj
  • “Page 3” (Dam-Funk Re-Freak Mix) – Steven Julien & Kyle Hall
  • “Road To Self (KO)” – Kamasi Washington
  • “Beta Pan” – Lawne
  • “Mad” (Young Franco Remix) – Hope Tala
  • “Unsung” – Helmet

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.