In a reddit AMA, mastering engineer Howie Weinberg revealed to fans that he is working on the reissue of The Smashing Pumpkins 1998 album Adore and that it will feature five extra discs, one of which will be a DVD (this was later confirmed by Billy Corgan). There is no official release date for this reissue.
Back in late 2000, The Smashing Pumpkins were pretty much done giving a f*ck about their commercial prospects. Their dark, mellow 1998 masterpiece “Adore” had more than failed to live up to commercial expectations (though the multi-platinum worldwide numbers for that album would most certainly make it a blockbuster by today’s standards). While 2000′s “MACHINA: The Machines Of God” saw the band returning to a heavier sound, it was actually even more inaccessible. While the album contains some of the band’s very best songs (“Wound,” “The Imploding Voice,” “I Of The Mourning,” “Heavy Metal Machine”), it also features an uncharacteristically abrasive production job. It was harsh, brittle and compressed and the great experimental songs on the album’s 2nd half (“Blue Skies Bring Tears”) wouldn’t do much to get the band back into heavy radio rotation.
It’s interesting that the album was marketed as a return to the sounds of “Siamese Dream,” because it’s really anything but that. As a result, “Machina” only sold about half of what “Adore” did in its initial release. By the time the band got around to their 3rd single, “Try, Try, Try” they were well aware that there would be no righting of this ship. They had also decided to break up before the album’s release (even though they announced it much later) – so they really had nothing left to lose. Hence, hiring Jonas Akerlund to direct the Requiem For A Dream-esque video for the song.
I first saw this on the band’s official site back in 2000, and was shocked at its content. Beyond the video’s depictions of junkie life, prostitution and (perhaps) death… there was that dream sequence that comes about when the female protagonist flatlines. A psychedelic attack on the American Dream that had no hold-ups about getting gross, it’s a great subversive attack on the more passive members of the band’s audience. READ MORE
Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the people behind all those fantastic lullaby covers of various artists, are back a new album that tackles alt-rock band Smashing Pumpkins. The album, simply titled Lullaby Versions Of Smashing Pumpkins, will be released on July 23rd (pre-order here) and features several of the band’s notable tracks, including “Eye”, “Zero”, “Disarm”, and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, which you can listen to below.
Hard rockers Motionless In White have released a lyric video for “America”, which comes off their Infamous album. A full music video will be released next month and was directed by Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan. The video can be seen below.
The band has also announced that The Witch Was Right drummer Brandon Richter has joined their ranks. The band is currently on a tour with Asking Alexandria and will also be appearing on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. All tour dates can be found below. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
Alt-rock band Foals have announced a N. American tour that will commence on Apr. 10th and end June 12th. The tour will include two performances at Coachella and will see the band tour from as far south as Mexico City and as far north as Vancouver, BC, Canada. Support will come from Surfer Blood and Blondfire. The full touring schedule can be seen below.
Foals will also released their latest album Holy Fire tomorrow via Warner Bros. Records. Their third album, Holy Fire was produced by Flood & Moulder (PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). You can pre-order the album here. READ MORE
The line up for the 2013 edition of Rock On The Range has been announced and it’s basically full of bands that I would punch a few puppies to see. Headlining the 3-day event are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins while amazing bands such as Bush, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, In Flames, Ghost, Heaven’s Basement, and more are also slated to perform. A nearly complete list of bands performing can be seen below.
The 3-day event begins Friday, Mar. 17th and ends Sunday night, Mar. 19th.
Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell states, “We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!”
Korn’s Jonathan Davis adds, “Head is back!! Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”
Gavin Rossdale of Bush comments, “Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands. We look forward to seeing you all out there.” READ MORE
In a recent interview with Las Vegas Weekly, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel spilled the beans on the status of a future APC album, stating, “…I’d love to – when the time is right. It would be awesome. I’m trying to write songs with that in mind.” However, Howerdel has his focus elsewhere right now: “…right now, I’m focusing most of my energy on a new Ashes Divide record, which is under way with 11 songs.” Howerdel hopes to enter the mixing phase of the new Ashes Divide album in January or February.
APC’s last album was 2004′s eMOTIVe, which was a collection of cover songs from such artists as Devo, Depeche Mode, John Lennon, and more. There were also two original tracks on that record.
Meanwhile, APC will be performing their sole 2012 show tomorrow night in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood. READ MORE
Scala & Kolacny Brothers have released a video for their cover of Linkin Park‘s “My December”. The track comes from their non-traditional holiday inspired album December (iTunes). You can watch the video and see the track list for the album below.
From the official press release: The idea for the album grew out of a recent concert that was to be broadcast on Christmas day. In search of interesting songs ideas, the group asked fans on its Facebook page to suggest their favorite alternative holiday gems. A couple of hours later, they had a list of over 140 songs and the roots of December, says Steven Kolacny. “The shortlist of songs seemed perfect. They sounded heavenly but none of the songs was really well-known, which makes the CD even more surprising. Of course, the word ‘Christmas’ can be heard frequently, but not in cliché lyrics, which people usually hear at this time of the year. Most of the songs seem like a perfect sound track for December days…” READ MORE
Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
So we’re kicking things off this year with our music list! I know a lot of you folks are into metal, and we’ve got plenty of that. But we’ve also got a few surprises tucked in there as well! Extra thanks to Jonathan Barkan for his suggestions, they’re designated as “JB”.
Btw, I’ve mainly included iTunes links – they have a “gift” option – to these releases. Even though I prefer discs, I realize I’m a relic so I’m saving links to physical products for the special Box Sets where it’s really worth it to go whole-hog and impress someone special. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
A quick Halloween Treat for you guys in the form of this 91 second short from One Minute Horror, Smashing Pumpkins! If the homage to the one-armed man from “Arrested Development” is intentional, then slow clap! The short start Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer, CHOP), Thatcher Svekis, Chris Jones, & Kyle Laffey. It was written & directed by Shane Leary.
Head inside to check it out! Enjoy!!! READ MORE
James Iha, who has played in such bands as Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle, is set to release his second solo album Look To The Sky on Sept. 18th. It has been 14 years since his last solo album Let It Come Down, which he released while he was still in Smashing Pumpkins.
Iha explains why it took so long for this album to come out, saying, “I wanted this record to be more eclectic and reflect all of my tastes which is why it took so long. It was important to me for the record to be multi-dimensional and complex. Being a part of the Smashing Pumpkins, and working with so many other bands and artists since my last album gave me a fresh perspective on what music could be.”
Confirmed guest appearances include Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Karen O and Nick Zinner, Tegan And Sara‘s Sara Quin, Fountains Of Wayne‘s Adam Schlesinger, Antony & the Johnsons and legendary Television guitarist Tom Verlaine.
You can hear the first single “To Who Knows Where” below. It’s a soft, sweet song that is quite enjoyable in its pureness and innocence. READ MORE
I used to be a fan of Smashing Pumpkins. Sure, their later material was pretty much garbage, but their early albums were iconic and helped define a generation. That being said, Billy Corgan has been clinging onto the Smashing Pumpkins name for far too long. The latest material is truly awful and the more I hear about Corgan, the less it seems like he is worth anybody’s time. Well, the final straw came yesterday when he went on his twitter account and slammed pedal maker Devi Ever, calling her an “ugly pig”, slamming her company and making transphobic remarks. His tweets have since been deleted, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, they are still easily found.
Smashing Pumpkins plan on offering their new album to fans for free one track at a time, and they continued on today by releasing track number 2, “Widow Wake My Mind”. You can listen to the new song on the band’s myspace or official site.
The album which is still a work in progress is titled “Teargarden by Kaleidyscope,” and is supposed to end up being a lengthy 44-tracks long. They released the first track titled “A Song For A Son,” on Dec. 7, 2009. READ MORE
In an interview with Spinner Billy Corgan spilled the beans on the breakup of Smashing Pumpkins and why he’s releasing the 44 songs of ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ for free. Here’s a taste of the interview,
Why are you releasing the 44 songs of ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ for free?
I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that you work for a couple of years just to come up with a pile of 12 songs and that becomes the album. What I like about the idea of recording the songs one at a time is I’m always in the moment with the song. I’m hoping it will raise the quality of the songs that I release so that every song is important to me. Hopefully the audience will feel that way too.
It’s going to take a while for the record business to find its new bearings. In the meantime, it keeps acting like it’s the old record business, which I think really works against the artistic aspect of putting out music. I thought I would walk around all of that, make the songs available for free and I figured out a way that I could feel invested. I figure it’s going to take three years and I’m always putting out something I feel excited about, and then I’m also getting some level of feedback from the audience about what they’re actually connecting with.
Do you regret breaking up Smashing Pumpkins in 2000?
Breaking up the band was a mistake because I think it broke trust with the audience. You had an audience that was very invested in that idea — whether they were invested in the people or the idea or the songs, I don’t know. Like a relationship that you break off from and then try to pick back up, it’s never quite the same. It doesn’t mean it can’t be as good, but it has to be different. That beautiful original feeling got lost in the interim of being away. If we had said, “We just went away for seven years,” it would have been similar, but somehow breaking up, there’s a violence to it.