Update:

Steve Albini posted an apology about calling Amanda Palmer an idiot, and you can read it here. Doubt he'll make the christmas card list though...

If there is anyone in the music industry who will give you his/her opinion and frankly, not care about the political correctness of their statements, it has to be Steve Albini. The outspoken musician recently spoke on his own personal message board for his label Electrical Audio and this time, it seems like the guy might just have a point with his criticism of Amanda Palmer and the fact that she's asking her fans to play in her band for beer and hugs. Yes, hugs, even when fans collectively gave her over a million dollars out of their own pockets on KickStarter for her new LP .

Speaking on Palmer, Albini had the following to say relating to Palmer's questionable decision to not pay her band/fans.

"I have no fundamental problem with either asking your fans to pay you to make your record or go on tour or play for free in your band or gather at a mud pit downstate and sell meth and blowjobs to each other. I wouldn't stoop to doing any of them myself, but horses for courses. The reason I don't appeal to other people in this manner is that all those things can easily pay for themselves, and I value self-sufficiency and independence, even (or especially) from an audience.

"If your position is that you aren't able to figure out how to do that, that you are forced by your ignorance into pleading for donations and charity work, you are then publicly admitting you are an idiot, and demonstrably not as good at your profession as Jandek, Moondog, GG Allin, every band ever to go on tour without a slush fund or the kids who play on buckets downtown.

"Pretty much everybody on earth has a threshold for how much to indulge an idiot who doesn't know how to conduct herself, and I think Ms Palmer has found her audience's threshold."

Well then folks, looks like we have quite the controversy and shots have effectively been fired.