Nine Inch Nails | Pretty Hate Machine

On October 20th, 1989 Nine Inch Nails released their iconic debut LP Pretty Hate Machine. The album’s demo was a labor of love produced and recorded in between shifts while singer songwriter Trent Reznor was working nights as a custodian at the Right Track Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Reznor would then eventually sign to TVT records, self recording the […]


Bauhaus | The Sky’s Gone Out

On October 19th, 1982 the godfathers of goth Bauhaus released their third studio album The Sky’s Gone Out. The album was named after the passage in the final track of LP, which was an exquisite corpse styled collaboration between all band members: Terry sat up and hugged the green army surplus bag around his skinny waist It […]


Cocteau Twins | Four-Calendar Cafe

On October 18th, 1993, Cocteau Twins released their 7th studio album Four-Calendar Cafe, which was named after William Least Heat-Moon‘s book Blue Highways, where the author rates the quality of a restaurant by the amount of calendars it has hanging on it’s walls. The album was a departure in sound with it’s more pop oriented melodies, continuing […]

By Frank Deserto

Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook | Sleeps With the Fishes

On October 12th, 1987, Pieter Nooten and Michael Brook released the sublime Sleeps With the Fishes on 4AD. Perhaps the most underrated record in the classic 4AD oeuvre, Sleeps With the Fishes is a gorgeous, ephemeral album that serves as a sister record to Clan of Xymox‘s Medusa, released in 1986. The album was originally conceived to be […]


Einstürzende Neubauten | Kollaps

On October 5th, 1981 West Berlin’s pioneers of Industrial Music Einstürzende Neubauten (Collapsing New Buildings) released their first official studio album Kollaps. Prior to Kollaps, the band had released the live to tape cassette  Stahlmusik—which despite being unconventionally recorded live in a pillar in Stadtautobahn Bridge—was more conventional a record than Kollaps, which saw percussionists N.U. Unruh, and F.M. Einheit incorporate […]


Bauhaus | Mask

On October 1st, 1981 the ‘Godfathers of Goth’ Bauhaus released their second studio album Mask. The record contained the singles Kick in The Eye and The Passion of Lovers, which expanded the instruments in the band’s sonic repertoire with the latter song’s use of keyboards and acoustic guitars, and the former song’s funky rhythms and saxophones […]


Cocteau Twins | Garlands

On September 1st, 1982, Grangemouth Scotland’s Cocteau Twins released their debut album Garlands on 4AD Records. This was the first release since the band’s formation in 1979, after guitarist Robin Guthrie, and Bassist Will Heggie saw Elizabeth dancing at a local disco called Nash. As legend goes, the two of them reasoned that if Fraser could sing as […]

By Matt Melis

Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later

This article originally ran in January 2017. Set the controls for the heart of every Pink Floyd fan: We’re celebrating Roger Waters’ highly anticipated return with a week of Floydian features that will make you wish you were here forever. Today, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave […]

By Andi Harriman

Psyche’s ‘Unveiling the Secret’ 30 Year Anniversary – Interview + North American Tour Dates

Psyche, one of Canada’s very first electronic bands, began in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982. With Darrin Huss on vocals, his brother Stephen and Dwayne Goettel [who left the band shortly after and joined Skinny Puppy in 1986] on synths, the band was named after the Killing Joke song “Pssyche”. Throughout the 1980s, Psyche released a trove […]

By Collin Brennan

The Genius of The Velvet Underground & Nico: Artists Reveal Their Favorite Aspects of the Classic Album

Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan asks contemporary artists about the timeless appeal of The Velvet Underground’s debut. If The Velvet Underground & Nico taught us anything, it’s that perfection in rock and roll is actually the inverse […]