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Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Around the Outline"

With a brilliant and rare lead vocal from Michael Dahlquist, "Around the Outline", Lifestyle's ninth track, takes the listener to a land of darkness, chill, and murder.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Raging Bull"

Blink and you'll miss it. "Raging Bull", Lifestyle's eighth track, is a masterpiece, a mini-symphony, and nothing less than an example of virtuoso songwriting.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Yr Web"

Lifestyle's sixth track sends glad tidings to an old flame while drummer Michael Dahlquist brings the thunder.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Roots"

For the narrator of Lifestyle's fifth track "Roots", Missoula is the place he longs to leave but also the home to which he is always returning.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Plain"

Lifestyle's fourth track "Plain" is a love song of rare insight which is anything but.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Slave Wages"

Lifestyle's second track guzzles valerian tea and ponders foul apartments while the cat forgoes its vaccinations. The result is perfect pop music.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Contempt"

Lifestyle's sun-kissed opening track finds our heroes in languid mood, contemplating foreign climes and foreign bodies.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle'

Throughout the '90s and into the '00s, Silkworm rocked harder and recorded more great albums than anyone. In a sea of diamonds though it is perhaps their seventh album Lifestyle that sparkles most vividly.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "You're a King"

Like too many great bands, Lowercase have never received their full due. Ragged, deeply, sometimes even awkwardly, personal music like theirs typically becomes the property of small but passionate fanbases.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "Rare Anger"

Phantasmagorical stories, startling screams, and a visceral combustion of tension comprise Kill the Lights' penultimate tune, "Rare Anger".

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "Stairways"

"Stairways" is a curious little instrumental that nonetheless feels comfortable in Kill the Lights -- that is, as "comfortable" as a song by lowercase could sound.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "Neurasthenia"

"Neurasthenia" sinks into bed, going to sleep listless and defeated as Kill the Lights reaches its low ebb in the very middle.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "Severance Denied"

"Severance Denied" is possibly the most straightforward and uptempo track on the slowcore of Kill the Lights -- although "uptempo" is here a relative term.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "Slightly Dazed"

By the time "Slightly Dazed" is done, it's hard not to be as bitter as vocalist Imaad Wasif sounds.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Suck"

The nasty little piece of work that is the Broken EP ends with Trent Reznor bringing a previous side-project collaboration fully under the Nine Inch Nails umbrella.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Physical (You're So)"

The first of two hidden tracks on the Broken EP delves into the dark past of some New Wave heroes.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Gave Up"

As the final listed track on Broken, “Gave Up” is well-placed to serve as an encapsulation of the brief EP’s themes.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Happiness in Slavery"

"Happiness in Slavery" is a standout from Nine Inch Nails' early output not for its confrontational nature, but as a showcase for Trent Reznor's acumen as a musician and a producer.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Last" and "Help Me I Am in Hell"

For its third and fourth tracks, Broken arms itself with a bludgeoning wall of sound, followed by silent, creeping dread

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails - "Pinion" and "Wish"

“This is the first day / Of my last days." Nine Inch Nails' 1992 EP begins by gradually building up tension, then releasing it in caustic (yet controlled) outbursts that earned the act a Grammy Award.

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Caught in the Machine: Nine Inch Nails' 'Broken'

Nine Inch Nails' 1992 EP is half an hour of visceral, undiluted anger delivered through muscular, caustic guitars and Trent Reznor's anguished screams. It is concise, focused, and arguably the pinnacle of Nine Inch Nails' discography.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Whatshername"

The final song on Green Day's 2004 masterpiece paints a haunting portrait of romantic regret and longing that just about every listener can relate to.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Homecoming"

By the end of “Homecoming”, American Idiot has pretty much ended. The plight of the album's narrator is over, having reached closure by returning to where he started with a fresh, optimistic outlook on life.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Wake Me Up When September Ends"

The 11th song on American Idiot, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is arguably the most multifaceted and emotionally powerful composition on the album.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Give Me Novacaine" and "She's a Rebel"

The seventh and eighth tracks on American Idiot solidify Jesus' transformation into St. Jimmy, as well as introduce the woman who holds onto his heart like a "hand grenade". It's emotional, powerful, and very catchy.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Are We the Waiting" and "St. Jimmy"

The fifth and sixth tracks on American Idiot represent a turning point in its narrative, as the man we thought was our hero finds himself unworthy of the position, and so he transforms himself into a more disruptive and selfish being so that he can deal with what the future holds.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day's 'American Idiot' - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

The fourth track on American Idiot finds our hero alone and lost at the start of his journey. Ten years later, it's still as catchy, tragic, and affective as ever.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Holiday"

The third track on Green Day's 2004 opus blends its social commentary and coming-of-age narrative into a single explosion that's both powerful and profound.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Jesus of Suburbia"

An exceptionally intricate, intelligent, gripping, and ambitious track, "Jesus of Suburbia" also did a fantastic job of setting up the story, characters, and social commentary that makes this LP so great.

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United States of Rage and Love: Green Day's 'American Idiot' - Introduction and "American Idiot"

A decade later, Green Day's politically charged concept album remains one of the best, most important records of its era. The newest Between the Grooves series examines it in detail, starting with its mission statement title track.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "Downtown"

Their last song is a bit of a party-ending lark (a cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown"), but cooling down is just the move needed to close out one of the greatest pop albums in history.

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Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's - "6060-842"

Sorry, Tommy Tutone: the B-52's had you beat at this a long long time ago.


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