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Ex Cops are back with their second album, Daggers, which is out October 28 via their new label home, Downtown. (Their debut was on Other Music.) The shift in labels also marks a shift in sound: Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding worked with producer Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue) on the album which was also "executive produced" by Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Gone is the understated vibe of their debut. Says Harding, "We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore. It's pop." Stream the very poppy, very big-sounding "Black Soap" from the album, and check out the LP tracklist, below....

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Billy & Tommy in the studio (via)
Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan's current version of the Smashing Pumpkins plan to release two new albums in 2015, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night. The band has been without original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for a few years now, but as you may have heard, all nine songs of the Monuments album will feature Billy & co. joined behind the kit by none other than Motley Crue drummer/Pamela Anderson sex tape partner Tommy Lee. Billy just elaborated more on that on the Pumpkins' website:

The notion to reach out to T Lee came from The Shredder, who in hearing me say 'we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song' said, "well, why don't we reach out to him?" And let me tell you something: I've had the fortune of being in the room with some of the all-time greats, and when you're that close to someone who is the best at what they do you gain insight into the way they are able to communicate to so many. Let's call it a universal language (which music is, obviously), and in applying it with heart/soul they present intangibles that give dimension and depth to a composition which otherwise would not be as kaleidoscopic.
Read the rest of the statement, which includes Billy calling the band "Supersonic Pumpkins" and comparing Tommy to John Bonham, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Danzig & Cherie Currie in LA - 8/30/13
Danzig

Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie has been talking for a few years now about releasing the followup to her only solo album, 1978's Beauty's Only Skin Deep (not including the 1980 collaboration with her sister Marie, Messin' with the Boys or the 1988 Young and Wild compilation), and though a release date still hasn't been announced, we are now one step closer. "Mr. X", the first single from the new album, which you've maybe heard on the radio, is making its online premiere in this post. Listen below.

Like her former bandmate Joan Jett's new album, "Mr. X" is pretty much exactly the kind of catchy hard rock you'd expect from a Runaways member, and to get that in 2013 is not a bad thing at all. And if Cherie's anthemic choruses aren't enough, the song's also got a rippin' guitar solo from Slash, plus his Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver bandmates Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) are on it too. Matt also produced the record, which also features guest appearances from Billy Corgan and Juliette Lewis.

As discussed, Cherie has also been touring this year. The next leg starts in NYC on November 6 at Gramercy Theatre with MIss Guy (who we recently quoted in a sad post about Codie Ravioli). Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates, which include other NYC-area shows, are listed below.

Cherie's tour hit LA back in August, where she teamed up with Danzig for one of the dates on his ongoing 25th anniversary tour (Doyle included). The show was one of the last-ever shows at the historic Gibson Ampitheatre, which closed its doors in September. (He also inadvertently played one of the final Roseland Ballroom shows earlier this month in NYC.) Being that it was the final Danzig show at the venue, he "wanted to add someone special," so he had Cherie come out to join him on a cover of the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra duet "Some Velvet Morning." That cover was also recorded and may or may not appear on Danzig's upcoming covers album. Back in April, he told Loudwire:

My idea of covers is that you should never cover a song and do it exactly like the artist because everyone's always going to compare it to the way the original artists did it and they're just going to go "Oh I like the original better." I wanted to make it my own and take it in a different direction, maybe a different direction they didn't really think of at the time or would never think of because I have a much different background than they do.

There's a ton of other cool covers on there, I did a lot of covers people wouldn't think I would do like 'Biker' soundtrack theme song that I made crazy, there's a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra cover on there and I had Cherie Currie come down and sing the Nancy Sinatra part.

She's really cool and has a great voice and it was just awesome and I wanted to keep that cool, older, '70s vibe because the Misfits came on the tail end of the '70s and I wanted to keep that vibe. The managers and lots of other people suggested the new alternative girls and I was like, "That's not what I want and here's who I'm thinking of" and they were like "What?" and it's fantastic, she did such a great job.

So stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, watch a video of Danzig and Cherie doing "Some Velvet Morning" at the LA show and listen to the studio version, below.

In other news, Cherie Currie recently recorded a Christmas single with former Runaway Lita Ford (coming soon) and recorded a cover of T. Rex's "Life's A Gas" with Shameless (out now).

Updated tour dates are listed, along with the "Mr. X" stream and the Danzig video, below...

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California Pizza Kitchen

PETA says:

Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan is the latest star to speak out against the cruel practice of dehorning cattle. Billy is calling on California Pizza Kitchen to make the responsible and ethical decision to demand that its cheese suppliers stop this barbaric mutilation.
Billy Corgan says:
I have viewed the photos and watched PETA's investigative video of these procedures, and I was appalled to see young calves who struggled and writhed in pain as searing hot irons burned their heads. The industry has noted that the burns are so severe that they may damage the underlying bone. Other practices, which include using caustic chemicals to eat away at the horn-bud flesh via a chemical burn, are no better. ... I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning.
PETA points out that you can also write to California Pizza Kitchen to urge its cheese suppliers to stop dehorning. Very disturbing video below...

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Beautiful Noise

BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.

This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.

Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.

This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.

Campaign video below...

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Yeasayer in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Yeasayer

We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...

Yeasayer played Summerstage last night (9/12). We missed them but caught them in Austin where Dead Can Dance also recently played. How was the NY show?

As BV Chicago pointed out, Smashing Pumpkins frontman BIlly Corgan opened a tea shop outside of Chicago, and he played acoustic sets there today to celebrate.

Bat For Lashes is releasing her new album, The Haunted Man, on October 21. Back in July, she revealed the first album cut, "Laura," and today she's let loose a second taste of the album. Continuing a trend thus far of naming songs after women's names, this one's called "Marilyn." You can stream it below.

The final track on the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics, has become the inspiration for a new beer brewed by Stillwater Artisanal Brewing for their new Stillwater Sensory Series. The beer is called "Stillwater Artisanal, Sensory Series v.1 - Lower Dens" and will be out this November with a QR code on each bottle that leads to an exclusive video of Lower Dens performing the song when scanned.

The Walkmen, whose tour brings them to NYC for a show at Terminal 5 on October 18 with Dum Dum Girls (tickets) will play Conan tonight.

more below...

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Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater in June (more by Theo Wargo)
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Back in June, The Smashing Pumpkins released Oceania, their first full length album since 2007 and first with the band's current lineup of Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, and Mike Byrne. Around that time they also played a few shows in support of it including the tiny iHeartRadio Theater show in NYC. Now they're set to take the album to much larger venues on 'The Oceania Tour,' where they'll be performing material from the "new album Oceania as well as their classic songs." The Canadian leg of the tour has already been announced, and the band have revealed the US cities (but not venues and dates) that they'll hit as well. A full list of venues and dates is to come, but meanwhile, we know that they'll be in NYC for a show at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center on Halloween (10/31). (We'll leave you to make holiday/name-appropriate jokes.) Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 31 at 10 AM, and Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets on Monday, August 27 through the Citi Private Pass website. VIP tickets will also be available at the Smashing Pumpkins website. A list of all dates and US cities (including Camden, NJ, where the Susquehanna Bank Center is located) is below.

In other news, after recently calling out Radiohead, Billy Corgan took to an interview with PhilStar to call out some of his old favorites, Soundgarden (and of course another mention of Pavement). Billy said:

There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money -- playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future.

I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit (he's) in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They're just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.

In related news, ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha will be going on his own tour this fall and coming to the NYC area on October 5 at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and October 6 at Maxwell's (tickets).

A list of all Smashing Pumpkins dates and a video of the band playing "The Celestials" at iHeartRadio Theater in June are below.

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by Andrew Sacher

James Iha

Ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha released his second solo LP, Look to the Sky, earlier this year and it was the followup to his 1998 LP, Let it Come Down. That's the covert art above. You can check out the video for album track, "To Who Knows Where," below.

James will be playing some shows in support of the album this year. A full tour hasn't been announced at the moment, but we know he'll make his way to the NYC area for shows on October 5 at Mercury Lounge and October 6 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon. An AmEx presale starts Wednesday (7/25) at noon for the Mercury Lounge show. All currently known dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, former Pumpkins bandmate Billy Corgan, who continues to lead the group with new members, is unhappy with James. In an interview with Howard Stern from this past June (which you can listen to below), BIlly spoke about the first time James recorded a solo album back in '98 saying:

He never consulted me. He never asked even for my advice as a friend, like 'what do you think of these songs?' As soon as I heard the album, I had about 40 comments for him that I thought would've improved his album. Because I would've been the friend that would've said you could use a better lyric there. I would probably would have even shadow wrote some of the stuff for him and never would have said a word because I would want him, even just for the business, to make a good album.
He continued saying the last time he saw James was in New York about a week after 9/11 and about six months after the Pumpkins initially broke up, but that "as soon as [James] saw [Billy] he split." Billy was also recently interviewed by NME (via GrungeReport) and is quoted saying, "James Iha I think is just a piece of shit. I think he's one of the worst human beings I've ever met in my life." Damn.

In addition to being angry with James Iha, and Radiohead, Billy also just called out Pitchfork for hindering young artists who aspire to be the next Billy Corgan or Kurt Cobain. He says:

Let's say you're the next Kurt Cobain. You will be appropriated on your first album by the Pitchfork community. Your record company will rally round that idea because that's your marketing platform. But the minute you're in that world you're frozen. Those Pitchfork people are very much about social codes, about whether you're wearing the right t-shirt. That orthodoxy is no different than the rigidity of the football team at school. You can't break the social order if you're preaching to the choir - and the choir already has cool haircuts!
Sounds like bad news for the Kurt Cobain loving, Best New Music earning DIIV.

A list of all currently known dates and videos below...

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photos by Theo Wargo for Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son 6/20/12
Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Mike Byrne, Nicole Fiorentino) played an intimate, invite/contest-only, record release show at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in NYC last night (6/19). Pictures and the setlist from that event are in this post. Did you go? How was it?

If you weren't able to corner Billy Corgan for an autograph last night (we've got video of that below) and that happens to be your thing, then scoot on down to J&R Music World today (6/20) to get your copy of their new LP Oceania signed. The signing starts at 6PM.

So far no new US tour dates from alternative rock's version of Paul Heyman and his latest batch of Pumpkin-ites, but you can catch them in Australia and East Asia at the dates, along with the rest of the pictures and the setlist, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jen Maier)
Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan's current version of The Smashing Pumpkins (he's the only original member) are set to release their new album, Oceania, next week (6/19) and it's streaming for the week leading up to its release on iTunes. BIlly says it's the band's best record since Mellon Collie. I wouldn't go that far, especially because the overly show-offy drummer makes me long for anything with Jimmy Chamberlain in the band, but it's somewhat refreshing to hear Billy's voice on a batch of new songs, and the writing isn't half bad.

The Pumpkins will be in NYC on the day of the album's release, June 19 for a show at the P.C. Richard & Son iHeartRadio Theater. It's an intimate/private show (200 people) and you can enter for a chance to be there by "liking" this P.C. Richard & Son facebook app. All dates including a Chicago show this week, are listed below.

In other news, Billy Corgan is finally making a pro-wrestling reality TV show. ProWrestling.net reports:

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins joined Mister Saint Laurent on MLW Radio to discuss his new wrestling company, Resistance Pro, as well as his upcoming album, Oceania. He also revealed that he intends to launch a reality TV show about what it's like running a wrestling organization.

"I'm doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff. We're trying to get a reality show made," Corgan said. "We just signed a deal with a big reality show producer. A guy with an incredible track record. We're in good hands."

"We believe that wrestling is fascinating on many many levels. Socially, politically, even economically. The struggles independent wrestlers go through to try to find work. Those are real struggles that anybody can identify with. We want to show what goes on in a wrestling company behind the scenes.

Bleacher Report will be posting a new video about Billy's wrestling endeavors every Tuesday for the next month (starting today). Watch part 1 below, along with a list of all dates...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Smashing Pumpkins

"This is the craziest time for The Smashing Pumpkins since the mid-'90s," says Billy Corgan over a cup of tea in his dressing room at New York's Terminal 5. "We just finished Oceania, but we don't know when it's coming out. We don't have management, and we don't have a record label. We don't know what we're doing or when we're doing it." [Music Radar]
Billy Corgan brought the latest iteration of Smashing Pumpkins to Terminal 5 in NYC on Tuesday (10/18), part of an ongoing October tour. More pictures & the setlist below...

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Ray Davies

Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).

"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.
The full list of collaborators is below.

Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.

All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...

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"Umm, why is my phone lighting up today??? I appreciate the attention but I'm totally fine. And Knoxville we will rock you tonight full tilt!" - Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan

"Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan collapsed on stage during a gig in Florida on Thursday night.

During the band's performance of 1995 hit single Bullet With Butterfly Wings, the star fell to the ground.

Writing on Twitter later that night, the musician said: "That wasn't a stage move or clumsiness. That was me blacking out and wiping out."

The 43-year-old, who said he was bruised by the fall, gave no explanation for his collapse." [BBC]

Smashing Pumpkins play a sold out show at Terminal 5 on Monday. Video of last night's collapse, and other recent tour videos, below...

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"The Smashing Pumpkins" are playing a string of "intimate" shows this July.

"The decision to play intimate venues keeps in line with the Pumpkins' "long-standing tradition of trying to start up new tours at smaller venues because it allows the band the opportunity to take some chances musically," explains Billy."
At those shows, the band (Billy Corgan plus guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and new bassist Nicole Fiorentino) will play "a balance of classics, a few obscure ones, and new 'Teargarden' material." Teargarden is the band's 11 EP project that'll eventually be collected as the 44-song work Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. The first of those four-song EPs, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol.1: Songs for a Sailor, recently came out on Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures and is available above for free. You can also stream it below.

Billy Corgan & bassist Nicole Fiorentino
Smashing Pumpkins

The NYC date is July 26th at Terminal 5 and an American Express ticket presale for that show will start Friday, June 11th at 10am. Public sale happens Monday, June 14th at 11am.

The Smashing Pumpkins tour Japan in August, and the band writes that they "plan to tour South America and Australia in 2010 and hope to return to the U.S. later this year." All of their currently announced tour dates, more info on the EP and a streaming player for it, are below...

Continue reading "'Smashing Pumpkins' released 1st of 11 EPs (free), playing 'intimate' shows - 2010 tour dates (Terminal 5) "

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan former friend who used to hold a working relationship with Courtney Love is saying that he forbids her to release any songs they worked on together. "[If she does release them] it would be a real big problem, because I haven't given my permission," he tells Rolling Stone. Love has recently reunited her band, Hole for the release of the Nobody's Daughter album, to be released later this year preceded by the single, "Samantha." Corgan continued: "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. You can't throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that." [Groovevolt]
Tickets are now on AmEx and "radio" presale for the Hole show at Terminal 5 (password = 1019RXP).

TSOOL at MHOW last night (Bill Pearis)
The Soundtrack of our Lives

today in NYC
* So Percussion @ Joe's Pub
* Monks of Doom reunion @ Europa
* Allman Brothers @ Beacon Theatre
* Eli Paperboy Reed @ The Bell House
* Chris Thile's Punch Brothers @ Living Room
* Extra Life, Mi Ami & Mirror Mirror @ Silent Barn
* N.A.S.A. & DJ Stretch Armstrong @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Franz Nicolay, Spoonboy & Emily Brodsky @ the Delancey
* Medications, Edie Sedgwick, Miracles & Gold Drum @ Cake Shop
* Propagandhi, Paint it Black & Gimme Drugs @ Highline Ballroom
* The Soundtrack of Our Lives & Lissy Trullie @ Bowery Ballroom
* Janeane Garofalo, Paul F. Tompkins, Morgan Murphy & more @ 92Y Tribeca
* Tall Firs, Holly Miranda, Meridians & Sharon Van Etten @ Zebulon
* Ringo Deathstarr, The Depreciation Guild & Grand Mal @ Death By Audio
* Woods, Let's Wrestle, caUSE co-MOTION! & Home Blitz @ Monster Island Basement
* Throwing Muses, Screaming Females & 50 Foot Wave @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Death Set, Team Robespierre, NinjaSonik, Totally Michael & Cerebral Ballzy @ The Shank

The Pogues were supposed to play tonight.

Tickets are on sale for the recently added Ratatat show at Terminal 5.

When I said Holly Miranda didn't have any shows between the other night at Mercury Lounge and the upcoming Bell House show with Nada Surf, I lied (well, actually her MySpace lied). She is scheduled to play tonight with Sharon Van Etten and the others listed above at Zebulon.

The Jesus Lizard are playing ATP NY.

Who is playing Central Park Summerstage and Prospect Park this summer?

Little Steven introduced TSOOL on state at MHOW last night. Lissy Trullie opens for them tonight.

Video of Billy Corgan testifying to congress, below...

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Billy Corgan

"Yeah, we're getting really good at mergers and acquisitions at this point, so we've had a lot of companies that we've acquired and had to integrate. But we're working on our ability to do this much quicker. We have to keep some of these systems distributed; sometimes you just can't directly integrate them. You've got to keep running them to better integrate them into the overall enterprise."
[Joe Manna, CIO of Live Nation]

"Mr. Billy Corgan was busy in Washington today, first appearing before the House Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing on the Performance Rights Act, then delivering a letter in support of the controversial Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger. You can read Billy's words to the committee here, but essentially Corgan told congressional leaders that radio should pay performers, not just songwriters, for tracks played." [Stereogum]

"Bono said he had no opinion on the mega-merger." [Chicago Sun Times]

"I had a long conversation with a promoter who told me that with regard to a show he was promoting, Ticketmaster was guaranteeing the secondary market for the act." [Bob Lefsetz]

"In a meeting last May with more than 100 ticket brokers, Ticketmaster's then-chief executive, Sean Moriarty, acknowledged that the ticketing giant had used TicketExchange to sell 160 Neil Diamond tickets over two shows at marked-up prices." [Wall Street Journal]

"No Doubt is sticking it to Ticketmaster by selling 10% of the tickets for its North American Tour directly to fans. The goal, according to Jim Guerinot, No Doubt's manager, is for fan club members to buy tickets instead of 2nd party distributors such as TicketNow, the legal scalping division of Ticketmaster. This is the same problem Bruce Springsteen and his fans have been pissed about for weeks." [New York Press]

"AEG CEO Tim Leiweke slammed the proposed Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger, saying that it is 'not good for the industry.'" [The Busines Insider]

"Come on! Only Gene Simmons got into this business for the money. The rest of you were enraptured by the music. Can't you get the public on the same page? Can't you turn everybody into a club rat? Can't we get everybody to go out and see live music on a regular basis? Or do we have to wait until the labels fail, independent promoters are broken and every ticket is sold on TicketsNow and StubHub?" [Bob Lefsetz]

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Photos by Chris La Putt

Smashing Pumpkins

"Now, it's bad enough to subject your audience to about 40 minutes of abrasive, deliberately off-putting music, but it's even more uncool to come back for an encore that mocks them for not being 100% with you, and feeling disappointed for not hearing more of what they expected to hear from a show billed as a 20th anniversary concert. In conventional show biz logic, if you're going to go that far, you should at least leave the audience with a crowd-pleaser. In Billy Corgan logic, you come out and perform one of the lesser songs from your best-selling album, and then finish off with a song that mixes disingenuous hippy-dippy "everyone is beautiful!" lyrics with improvised sarcastic rants that outright diss the city you're playing in, mock the fans for paying to see your band, and tell your visibly disappointed audience that you'll see them in hell. It was full-on douche-tastic passive-aggression. It's as if he set out to do this heel turn, and purposefully alienate as much of the audience as possible. Well, it worked. Believe me, unless you've witnessed other shows on this tour, it's unlikely you've seen a more defeated audience exit from a rock show." [Fluxblog, night one]
Pictures from Friday (11/7), and setlists from both of the shows they played at the United Palace in NYC, below...

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Michael Stipe in Santiago, Chile - Nov 4, 2008 (Loretín)
Michael Stipe

Girl Talk announces a new president in Milwaukee - Nov 4, 2008 (leslie!!)
Girl Talk

Where were you when Obama was announced the winner last night? After spending some time in Rockefeller Center with thousands of people and NBC, I was actually at (le) poisson rouge in the West Village when CNN made their announcement (on two large screens). Everyone went nuts and started dancing while music like "We are the Champions" was blasting through the soundsystem (I guess McCain supporters knew to stay away from events like these?). Kyle was at The Bell House with a similar experience. Oprah was in Chicago's Grant Park (home of Lollapalooza). Ryan was wondering if Clues were ever going to go on. Others were at other concerts...

Girl Talk played Milwaukee. R.E.M. was in Santiago while Madonna performed in San Diego. Smashing Pumpkins were up in Toronto and Bad Brains had a hometown show in DC. Videos from those shows and more below...

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"We fought hard for the right to be in control of how our music is used, to avoid situations like this kind of crass commercialism and exploitation. Labels like EMI are no longer running the show, and we won't be bullied by those in the 'old' music business who consider every artist to be easily expendable. Those days are over." --Billy Corgan

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undisputed wes reports....

After first revealing themselves in Paris the other day, the reunited new Smashing Pumpkins played their third new-lineup-first-gigs-since-2000 show today (May 28, 2007) at the legendary Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands. It's the oldest annual festival in the world, and has been running for 38 years straight in a town not far from where I grew up.

Billy w/ the new James Iha* @ Pinkpop 2007 (CRED)
Smashing Pumpkins @ Pinkpop 2007
* Jeff Schroeder formerly of The Lassie Foundation

Billy Corgan @ Pinkpop 2007 (CRED)
Smashing Pumpkins @ Pinkpop 2007

The new bass player* @ Pinkpop 2007 (CRED)
Smashing Pumpkins @ Pinkpop 2007
* Ginger Reyes formerly of the Halo Friendlies

Other artists at this year's Pinkpop included Iggy & The Stooges ('Electric Chair' live video), Arctic Monkeys, Muse (awesome pic, live fan video of 'Invincible'), Scissor Sisters, Five O'Clock Heroes (interview, pic), Snow Patrol pic, live fan video of 'Shut Your Eyes'), Maximo Park ('Apply Some Pressure' live video), Linkin Park, Macy Gray (here hilariously labeled as Amy Winehouse), The Fratellis ('Chelsea Dagger' live video), Evanescence (painful live video), Korn ('Freak on a Leash' and 'Blind' live video), Dave Matthews Band 'Don't Drink The Water' live video), The Kooks ('Sabbator' live video), The Magic Numbers ('I See You, You See Me' live video), Maria Mena (live acoustic sessions video, Paolo Nutini (55 to 1 live video, Wolfmother (Woman live video), Gogol Bordello (2nd band in this live fan video with annoying intro), Razorlight ('In the City' live video), Marilyn Manson (pic), 30 Seconds To Mars (video), and more here, and here.

Oxfam took even more pictures. Amy Winehouse was scheduled to play but she called in sick. What else is new?

Most bands allowed their performance to be streamed live on Dutch radio except for 30 Seconds To Mars (potentially REALLY embarrassing?), and The Smashing Pumpkins (nervous because it was their third show?).