While everyone in indie rock was fawning over v-neck-sweater-wearing bands like Pavement and Weezer and emulating the overly distorted guitar workings of Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth, the almighty Six Finger Satellite slipped into Steve Albini's studio in Chicago and recorded their electronic masterpiece, the “Machine Cuisine” EP.
Released in August 1994, this record became one of Sub Pop's most credible releases of the 1990s. Although it did not have much mainstream success, this record remains one of the most authentic and influential underground records of its time.
While prepping “Machine Cuisine” for the studio, the band amassed an excess amount of material that was too abstract for the final release. Not wanting these songs to go unheard, the band released a limited-edition mailorder cassette. By sending $5 to a PO Box in Providence, you received a rare glimpse into Six Finger Satellite's songwriting process.
Now, 16 years later, "The Machine Cuisine Companion Cassette" is being reissued by the stubborn folks at Anchor Brain. It will be available in the original cassette format as well as digitally in most retail outlets around the planet.
A free MP3 download of the song “Love.Like.Machine” is here: