Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
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Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music is the sixth and final pre-breakup studio album by the The Smashing Pumpkins. Originally intended to be a double album including Machina I material, it is based on a loose concept telling the story of "a rock star gone mad". It was released for free on the internet on September 5, 2000 through Corgan's own label, Constantinople Records. Only 25 vinyl copies were made, a few of which were shipped to prominent fans with instructions to rip and redistribute it on the internet. AllMusic stated that "As a high-class artifact and a gift to a loyal fan base, Machina II is a winner," while the Michigan Daily called it "some of the best Pumpkins material to date."