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Survivalism: Nine Inch Nails Mastermind Trent Reznor Turns 51

Worst to First: Nine Inch Nails
By: Tim Karan / Image: The Fun Star

Trent Reznor the musician is often obscured by Trent Reznor the myth. But "Mr. Self Destruct" remains one of the most important artists of his generation.

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Filed Under: , Category: Columns, Longform, Music, News

30 Years Ago: Jane’s Addiction Release Their Live Indie Debut

Triple X
Triple X

In the midst of the hair metal era, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Jane's Addiction took to Hollywood's Sunset Strip to record their informal 1987 debut.

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To the Record Store Day Haters: For the Love of Vinyl, Stop Acting Like Curmudgeons

Record Store Day
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Every year it seems to get cooler and cooler to hate Record Store Day.

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Why Does Record Store Day Matter? Let an Actual Record Store Owner Explain

Mills Record Company
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Judy Mills, owner and operator of Kansas City's Mills Record Company, explains why Record Store Day should never be abolished.

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Filed Under: Category: Columns, Exclusive, Longform, Music, News, Vinyl

Cover Stories: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

Virgin
Virgin

Like musical notes, the individual elements on the cover of Smashing Pumpkins' 1995 opus are relatively meaningless on their own – but together, they tell a beautiful story.

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Cover Stories: The Flaming Lips, ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Who's the genius behind Yoshimi's brilliant cover art? Here's a hint: there's probably paint all over the hamster ball.

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Cover Stories: Arcade Fire, ‘Neon Bible’

Merge
Merge

While the artwork for Arcade Fire's 2007 album is beautiful in a postmodern way, you're only getting half the effect until you watch it in its animated form.

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Cover Stories: The Subway-Inspired Artwork for Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Fever to Tell’

Interscope
Interscope

There's a great story about ascending New York's punk underground buried within the cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut and it has nothing to do with the band.

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Cover Stories: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Siamese Dream’

Virgin
Virgin

The little girls on the cover of Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 breakthrough were immortalized as friends forever. But who are they? And are they still so close?

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Cover Stories: Muse, ‘Absolution’

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

If you ever thought the artwork for Muse's 2003 full-length looks a lot like a classic Pink Floyd album cover, there's a good reason for that.

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