Producer Steve Alibini (Nirvana, Pixies) has recently retracted his commented made the other day in regards to Amanda Palmer's business model. As I reported yesterday, Albini was incensed by Palmer's plea for fans of a musical incline to join her onstage free of pay.
He has since responded to the media reaction thusly.
"Well, since the new journalism is just re-posting what other people have lifted from message boards and twitter, there are probably going to be a hundred or so stories on the web with headlines like 'Steve Albini calls Amanda Palmer an idiot,' so I'd better make my position on that clear," he wrote. "I don't think Amanda Palmer is an idiot, and it was rude and sloppy of me to make that impression. I'm sorry Amanda Palmer, the internet is going to tell you that I think you're an idiot, and while that's not true, it's my fault."
"I have no problem with bands using participant financing schemes like Kickstarter and such. I've said many times that I think they're part of the new way bands and their audience interact and they can be a fantastic resource, enabling bands to do things essentially in cooperation with their audience. It's pretty amazing actually.
"It should be obvious also that having gotten over a million dollars from such an effort that it is just plain rude to ask for further indulgences from your audience, like playing in your backing band for free."
He then finished the comment thusly:
"Fuck's sake a million dollars is a shitload of money. How can you possibly not have a bunch laying around after people just gave you a million dollars? I saw a breakdown about where the money went a while ago, and most everything in it was absurdly inefficient, including paying people to take care of spending the money itself, which seems like a crazy moebius strip of waste."
Palmer has responded to her detractors, including one irate fan in particular here.
As to whether she's found her horn and string section yet, we're yet to find out.