Hey folks - head on over to MySpace.com to hear the latest single "Tom Tom." Also, the second EP, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol II: The Solstice Bare is in stores now and continuing to sell out quickly! But you can still get your copy in The Smashing Pumpkins store or at your favorite retailer! This limited edition EP contains a 4-song CD, and a beautiful 12-inch vinyl picture disk featuring "Freak," "Spangled," "The Fellowship" and "Tom Tom" as well as the unreleased B side "Cottonwood Symphony." Hurry before they all disappear!
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 23 AS THE STREET DATE FOR THEIR NEXT EP TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. II "THE SOLSTICE BARE"THE SMASHING PUMPKINSwill release TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. II "THE SOLSTICE BARE" onNovember 23 via Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures. This physical-only four-song EP is a limited-edition, beautifully packaged CD & deluxe 12-inch vinyl picture disc with the four songs: "The Fellowship," "Freak," "Tom Tom" and "Spangled" as well as an unreleased B-side track, "Cottonwood Symphony." The lid covering the 12- inch box is a metallic/foil wallpaper motif, with a 1970's design by The Flavor Paper Co. As with the band's EPTEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. 1: SONGS FOR A SAILOR, which was released in May of this year, quantities are limited worldwide.TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. II "THE SOLSTICE BARE" marks the second EP to emerge from the band's in-progress 44-song project TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE, from which songs are being released online, one at a time for free (with four-song physical EPs being issued along the way). Thus far, two singles have been released from VOL II: THE SOLSTICE BARE: the first single "Freak" is quickly ascending the U.S. Alternative radio charts. With a cumulative audience of over 20 million, "Freak" is receiving national airplay at the biggest Alternative rock stations in the country. And the second release "Spangled"--described by Corgan quite simply as "just a pretty song"--is also earning critical attention.Writing in The New York Times (7/27/10) about their July 26 sold-out show at Terminal 5 in NYC, Jon Pareles observed:"Some of Mr. Corgan's 21st-century songs, like the new 'Freak,' aim their rage at sociopolitical targets; many of them revolve around blunter, simpler riffs than his 1990's songs. And instead of recording for a major label and waiting to release a group of songs for an album, Smashing Pumpkins are now posting individual new songs free online. When there are 44 of them, they are to be packaged as a boxed-set album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope."At SPIN.com (7/27/10), William Goodwin noted:"...'Freak,' another Teargarden track, was a union of pop-rock sensibility with heavy, distorted bass lines and lyrics that show Corgan can still be the romantic mouthpiece for disenfranchised youths. If 'Freak' was an indication, Pumpkins fans have something to look forward to."
SONG WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD STARTING TODAY AT THE SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND WEBSITE FOR 24 HOURS AND THEN CAN BE FREELY DOWNLOADED AT AT WWW.SMASHINGPUMPKINS.COM
BAND ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR IN OCTOBERTHE SMASHING PUMPKINS will issue a brand new track "Spangled" will be available for free download starting today for 24 hours exclusively through the website for The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: www.sweetrelief.org. "Spangled" will then become available the next day at www.smashingpumpkins.com where a widget is also offered that enables fans to host the song anywhere on the web. "It's just a pretty song," says BILLY CORGAN of "Spangled," which marks the sixth release from the band's in-progress 44-song projectTEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. It is the second song (the recently released "Freak" was the first) from what will be the band's second EP--TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOLUME 2: THE SOLSTICE BARE (release date TBA)--tied to this project.When visitors go to the Sweet Relief website, they'll be encouraged to donate to the organization, although it is not a requirement to contribute money when freely downloading the song. The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Visitors to the site who donate $10.00 (or more) to the Sweet Musicians Relief Fund can also enter a raffle to win a Fender "Billy Corgan Stratocaster" custom guitar that will be signed by the musician.The Pumpkins recently raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert Tuesday, July 27 at Chicago's Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. The money is going to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief and is helping to pay for the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who this past June was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband.In touring news, the band--singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO--have announced they will return to Australia this October for shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Here is some info regarding the 'soundcheck sets' at the various shows...Because of the different venues, unexpected delays with loading in gear, and hassles that can occur with anything from travel to miscommunication, we are not able to set a consistent time with regards to when some fans would be let in to see us play...I also want to ensure that Kill Hannah and Bad City get some kind of soundcheck, so all these factors will impact the duration and the start time...we expect to play at least 5-6 songs each day, and if things go well possibly a little more...No less than the first 20 people in line would be let in, and we will have some system where you wouldn't lose your place in line if you have to go back out of the building...We hope this will be a fun experience for everyone, I know we look forward to trying some of the new material...No audio or video taping will be allowed at these soundcheck sets, so please respect and honor our wishes on that...If things go well, we might let in a few people more.
Rock on, love BC