Posted in Contests | music on June 18, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins

As you may already know, Smashing Pumpkins' new album, Oceania, is out Tuesday, June 19 and the band are playing a record release show at the P.C. Richard & Son iHeartRadio Theater in Tribeca. It's a tiny venue (200 capacity) and a private show but we're giving away THREE pairs of tickets. Details are below.

In other news, you may have also heard that Billy Corgan is making a pro-wrestling reality TV show. Like wrestlers, Corgan has no problem calling out his rivals, like Radiohead:

From '89 on I've had people tell me who I am. And they pick my personality as if it's a one or two-dimensional thing, and I'm more like a tetrahedron. I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on Rock more than I have. Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on. 'Cause I'm not pissing on Rainbow. I'm not pissing on Deep Purple. But I'll piss on fuckin' Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in the world I grew up in.

So I find myself defending things. Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I'm not attacking that. I'm attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I'm sick of that. I'm so fucking sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it. [Antiquiet]

For the first time in a long time Corgan may not be fighting with the critics. Oceania has gotten pretty good reviews, like his hometown paper The Chicago Tribune which gave it 3.5/4:
Corgan is most articulate as an arranger of sounds, and "Oceania" paints on a big canvas, from the heavy metal churn of "The Chimera" to the keyboard pop of "One Diamond, One Heart." The guitars crash in mighty waves on the opening one-two of "Quasar" and "Panopticon." They charge, recede, surge and spiral in a ballet of dynamics that echoes the glories of prime Pumpkins. "The Celestials" builds a melancholy mood out of acoustic guitar and Mellotron, a vintage keyboard that approximates the sounds of a wobbly orchestra.

Corgan's keyboard colors are especially vital to setting the album's tone, as are his incorporation of vocal harmonies, featuring bassist Fiorentino. The chamber-rock of the exquisite "Pinwheels," the nine-minute title song and the hypnotic "Pale Horse" create a three-song world within the album, a part of the journey that revisits the introspective terrain of the hugely underrated 1998 Pumpkins album "Adore." For once the comparisons to '90s Pumpkins don't ring hollow. [Chicago Tribune]

Decide for yourself, as Oceania is streaming here.

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Comments (51)

ill burn my eyes out

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:27 PM

i'll burn my eyes out....before I walk the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:34 PM

Hmmmm....free? Hmmmm. Can you enter for me too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:37 PM

Smashing chickpeas into a tan pasty substance is a better idea then smashing pumpkins into a mushy orange goop.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:44 PM

not this again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:46 PM

You couldn't pay me to go to this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 4:53 PM

The douche factor on this site is off the charts as far as the readers are concerned.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 5:11 PM

Look in the mirror 5:11. Are you not, in fact, a BV reader? Not only are you a douche, but apparently you're a douche with questionable music taste. To be defending the 2012 version of this once great band led by this Tila Tequila-cavorting megalomaniac is just kinda sad. Let go of the nostalgia and move on with your life. See a new band, even.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 5:27 PM

There are some really solid songs on this Lp..

Posted by J | June 18, 2012 5:34 PM

no thanks

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 5:37 PM

I thought they changed their name to Silversun Pickups

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 5:49 PM

Whatever, I just entered.

Also, 5:27, the band was ALWAYS Billy Corgan (though you can argue that Jimmy Chamberlin contributed a bit). James Iha and D'Arcy were just part of the image, nothing more.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 5:54 PM

5:27

I've seen a few new bands and I can't remember their names. That's how epic this year has been.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 6:00 PM

Get over yourselves. SP are a very influential band, and they'll be playing a lot of their hits in a space for 200 people.

Probably were the same people bitching about them getting popular with "1979".

Corgan is a douche but so are many artists.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 6:05 PM

My name is Andrew and I want to go to this show.

Posted by Andrew D | June 18, 2012 6:08 PM

@605 i frequent concerts at this venue. i want them to play the hits, but they will prob. only play a 2 song hit encore (zero/BWBW) based on my experiences at the venue. maybe silva to start. they restrict the set to about 1 hour, so they'll probably choose new material over old.

this isn't an 'intimate show for the fans' - it's a promotional radio show to support the new album. just go in knowing that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 6:10 PM

@6:05 - Smashing Pumpkins were and influential band. FTFY

The only thing they influence now are my bowels.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 6:32 PM

Siamese Dream was perfection. It was a lubed tube down shit mountain after that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 7:22 PM

Its never a good idea for one artist to call out another artist. Especially one that is still relevant. I grew up loving the pumpkins.
But him calling out other people who have no beef with him makes him seem sad and desperate for people to start listening. Maybe the new album is that good and he needs to stir up controversy to get people to actually listen to this one.

Posted by LeBeef | June 18, 2012 9:09 PM

Pretty interesting that people have kept up with these guys post-1994 or whatever. I guess "hilarious" is a better descriptor.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 9:38 PM

Billy is pissing on fuckin Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:18 PM

I agree with 9:38

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:42 PM

Calling out other bands - Billy sounds pretty badass.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:51 PM

this is literally the ranting of a 13 year old girl trapped in a 45 year old man's body.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:51 PM

Where did THAT come from?

Posted by Jonny Greenwood | June 18, 2012 10:53 PM

Smashing Pussies

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2012 10:59 PM

I'd rather see the iPods -- a band with true diversity from song to song! Over 10,000 songs all different!

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 12:31 AM

It's worth to try..
Get luck..
;-)

Posted by FinalDown | June 19, 2012 2:51 AM

Time hasn't been kind to Billy. Looks like a bizarro Bruce Willis.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 8:29 AM

Despite all my rage I am still just an angry bald man.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 8:58 AM

Billy doing an interview on Howard Stern right now. He's clearly a genius and most of you idiots are clearly threatened by that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 9:06 AM

9:06 is bald.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 9:25 AM

9:06 is Billy Corgan.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 10:59 AM

pomposity pisses on pomposity. get the tool guy in here to keep this going!

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 11:02 AM

this guy is so pompiss.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 11:03 AM

They still kill it live. The Pisces Iscariot heavy T5 show they did last year was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 11:10 AM

pretty sure the show will be worth the zero dollars i paid to get in. that's all.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 11:13 AM

THINGS TO KNOW:

-this venue doesn't have a bar, but you can easily sneak in drinks (like full cans of beer, etc.).

-this venue does not do encores; once the band is off stage, they are off the stage

-there is no opener, headliners go on at exact show time (in this case, 815pm I believe)

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 11:14 AM

you're all kinda wrong

they played 2 covers, 5 classics from Siamese and Mellon Collie, and 3 new songs.

played an encore for 2 songs

who gives a damn if billy calls out other bands.... like that's never happened before

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 1:40 AM

So a band disses Radiohead, you gonna completely disown them now?

Let's see, how about a (partial even) list of bands who have done that:

The Hold Steady
Bloc Party
Oasis
Manic Street Preachers
Kanye West
Robert Plant
Fiery Furnaces
Peaches
Paul Van Dyk
Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
godspeed you black emperor

yeah, let's boycott them all. F*ck the Smashing Pumpkins, you dissed Radiohead.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 1:51 AM

Rachel Maddow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 3:27 AM

^ is a lying twat

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 8:08 AM

show could've been louder

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:44 AM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 9:58 AM

they played the below songs, plus like 2 or 3 more


zero
bullet with butterfly wings
today
quasar
the celestials
space oddity (cover)

[encore]
cherub rock
xyu

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:12 AM

p.s. anyone who ACTUALLY READ what Corgan said will see that he didn't even bash Radiohead. For some reason the entire indie music press seems to be unable to read, they're just clinging to some sort of sensationalism. Later on, Corgan even clarified what he said, and was pretty specific about the fact that he loves Radiohead.
My advice: learn to read.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 11:56 AM

They also covered 'Black Diamond' by KISS. Entire setlist is on setlist.fm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 2:00 PM

If you make a statement that does not hail Radiohead as the greatest band ever then you are accused of dissing them.

I used to like Radiohead, but now they are just a giant vampire squid of ego. They really need to go away.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 2:19 PM

radiohead is the best living band creating and performing music today. it's very easy to see why this is the case.

name another band that managed to stay relevant and put out qualitatively incredible and undeniably original albums for about three decades. doesn't exist.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 3:43 PM

^ ZZ Top

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2012 4:51 PM

I'd love to win.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 8:05 PM

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