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"I've got better moves than Mick Jagger, or at least I used to," - Robert Pollard

by Jonathan Dick

jump shot @ Riot Fest Chicago (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Guided By Voices

Robert Pollard is a rock star. Instead of having his autobiography written by TMZ or wielding some messianic delusion over his fans however, the frontman for the indelibly influential Guided By Voices has simply continued to make the music he wants in the way he wants as much as he wants. With this month's Cool Planet, Pollard has released twenty-two full-lengths with Guided By Voices since 1987. Add in the multiple EPs, collaborations, solo records, and other projects, and it's immediately apparent that creative inspiration is not in short supply for the singer. Adding to the prolific nature of that creativity is Pollard's unadorned perspective on the fame and respect he's garnered over the years from fans, critics, and fellow musicians alike. There's nothing overly simplistic about it being "just about the music" for Pollard, and that's precisely what continues to compel the singer who, upon approaching sixty, is as creatively vibrant and productive as he ever was with no end in sight. Guided By Voices will be touring throughout May and June, with a sold out Bowery Ballroom show on 5/23 and more dates to be announced soon too.

UPDATE: Three more NY-Area shows in July and August.

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Going back to the Forever Since Breakfast EP and fast forwarding to now with the myriad of releases, both solo and with Guided By Voices, that have come since then, what's your perspective on that journey so far, and how have you seen yourself evolve both personally and musically in that time?

Robert: Hopefully I continue to improve as a songwriter, a person and a musician or artist. If there's no improvement, and I guess that's a subjective thing, I don't see any reason to continue. Obviously, by the sheer output of releases, I'm still having a good time. That's also very important.


Just as well known as your music itself has been the sheer amount you've produced over the last three decades. What was the initial creative catalyst for you in the beginning, and do you see yourself still engaging that source of inspiration even now with every new song you write?

I'm always pushing myself to come up with new techniques for creating art and writing songs. In the last couple of years I've actually developed a formula for writing songs, that's a little too involved for me to elaborate on right now. The initial catalyst for me to write songs, I think, was to be an active participant instead of just a passive listener. To hear more of what I really like by writing them myself.


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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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Oklahoma native Tyson Meade has fronted not one but two influential bands. In the '80s he fronted cult band Defenestration (Kurt Cobain counted them as an influence on Nirvana), and got more attention in the '90s with the glammy Chainsaw Kittens (Iggy Pop and Smashing Pumpkins were fans). In the '00s, Meade laid low, teaching in English in China and making two solo albums.

Meade returns with a little more fanfare for his third solo album, Tomorrow In Progress, which will be out May 20. Working with one of his former English students -- a violin prodigy named Haffijy -- the record also features appearances from Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), and members of Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs and his old Chainsaw Kittens bandmate Trent Bell mixed some of the songs. We've got the premiere of the album's lead track track "Nihilists Need Love Too," which shows his glammy spirit -- and famed vocal range -- intact. You can pre-order the album now which gets you an instant download of that song.

Stream "Nihilists Need Love Too," below....

Continue reading "Tyson Meade (Chainsaw Kittens, Defenestration) has a new solo LP (stream a track)"

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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Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Tim Griffin

One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.

No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Smashing Pumpkins @ Barclays Center, 12/10/2012
Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins played their first-ever show in Brooklyn on Monday night (12/10), lighting up the Barclays Center. It was a rescheduled date and was originally supposed to happen on Halloween but Hurricane Sandy had other plans for NYC that week. The band sold special $25 dollar tickets to the show where a portion of the proceeds went to Sandy relief.

Against projections cast on a giant white orb that would strike fear in Patrick McGoohan, Billy Corgan and crew ripped through the entirety of SP's new Oceania LP before coming back for a set of "classics," though the more casual fans in the audience may have been dismayed to find them not play "Today" or "1979."

More pictures from Barclays Center and the playlist are below.

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Smashing Pumpkins @ Allstate Arena in Chicago (more by Jimmy Farabi)
Smashing Pumpkins

Can't complain about a cheaper ticket:

Leading up to their New York City show on Monday, December 10, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS and Barclays Arena (where the band will be performing) have joined forces with the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by offering the charity a portion of a specially priced $25 ticket available now at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004916E157C497

The Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, Forest City Ratner Companies and the Brooklyn Community Foundation each pledged $100,000, for a total of $400,000 to create the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. Brooklyn Recovery Fund provides support to Brooklyn's nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
At the Barclays Center show, the iconic PUMPKINS--singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO--are performing their acclaimed new OCEANIA CD in full and for the second half of the show they'll play classics and deep cuts from their multi-platinum body of work. The PUMPKINS are backed by visuals prepared by Sean Evans, whose most recent project was assisting Roger Waters on the newest staging of "The Wall." The PUMPKINS are using new technology in video-mapping to create something new and previously unseen. Joining the PUMPKINS is English group Morning Parade.
The Monday Brooklyn show is the last of three remaining rescheduled tour dates. They are all listed below...

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Smashing Pumpkins

As mentioned, Smashing Pumpkins were forced to reschedule a few of their dates due to Hurricane Sandy, and now they've finally got a new date set for their postponed Brooklyn show which would have happened at Barclays Center on Halloween. The band will now play Barclays Center on December 10. Morning Parade will open and tickets are still available and all tix for the original date will be honored. Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates (including the rescheduled Mohegan Sun [12/2] date and a Susquehanna Bank Center [12/8] show in Camden, NJ) are listed below.

Meanwhile, on Monday (11/12) the new Brooklyn arena hosted a Justin Bieber show. We swear we tried, but unfortunately things didn't work out and we couldn't make it to that one, but the Daily News was there to witness the Biebs soar through the air in huge angel wings.

The Who play there tonight (11/14), for what will be their first of five NYC area shows on their tour performing Quadrophenia in full for its 40th anniversary. The other NYC area shows happen on 12/5 at MSG, 12/6 at Prudential Center in NJ, 12/9 at Mohegan Sun in CT, and 2/21/13 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Tickets for all five shows are still available.

Updated Smashing Pumpkins dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins reschedule show @ Barclays Center where The Who play tonight (and where Bieber played)"

Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins haven't announced a new date for their postponed Brooklyn Halloween show yet, but they have announced they'll be playing their cancelled NJ and and VA dates on 12/8 and 12/9. Four dates total are now postponed due to Sandy. They're all listed below.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins reschedule multiple dates"

Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Smashing Pumpkins

After the parade, probably the biggest NYC Halloween cancellation is now Smashing Pumpkins at Barclays Center which officially has been postponed "due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Ticket holders should keep their tickets for an upcoming rescheduled date. We will announce more information soon."

This is now the fourth Barclays Center concert to be cancelled or postponed. Two of those, the other being Journey, were because of the hurricane.

sign at Death by Audio via @andrewstclair
NO SMOKING

Following 285 Kent's lead, as of October 1, 2012, five-year-old Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio is now a NO SMOKING venue. Our clothes thank you.

Speaking of, Great Design says S. 2nd & Kent is "Where Sound is Born." No show at DbA tonight, btw.

Death Grips finally announced a tour! It doesn't include any NYC dates at the moment, but they tweeted, "more tour dates to be announced! (pretty much all the missing spots being mentioned).'

You can also make money off the new Death Grips album.

Willis Earl Beal, who is on tour now, released a "free digital Principles Of A Protagonist soundtrack EP of 5 re-recorded songs from Acousmatic Sorcery" via BitTorrent.

Speaking of BitTorrent and Death Grips, the rap-noise crew are the most downloaded artist on BitTorrent for the first half of 2012, with over 34 million downloads, beating Counting Crows, DJ Shadow, and Pretty Lights.

Generation Records will give you a free ticket to one of the Rev25 shows at Irving Plaza with purchase of a Chain of Strength t-shirt.

Happy Birthday to Talib Kweli (37), Gwen Stefani (43), Tommy Lee (50) and Lindsey Buckingham (61).

We premiered a new Riverboat Gamblers video on BV Austin.

You can stream the new Converge record in full.

Touche Amore do a great cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for their new split with The Casket Lottery (out now on No Sleep Records). Meanwhile, The Casket Lottery offer their take on Beach House's "Myth." Stream the entire release (both bands offer an original song as well) at the No Sleep Bandcamp.

Legendary black metal crew Von, widely considered to be the first US black metal band, have released a new song (!) in "Jesus Stain" from their upcoming Satanic Blood due on Oct 31. Stream that track below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.

Public Assembly is hosting a hummus cook-off and raffle on October 14 to help raise money for the NYC Coalition Against Hunger in memory of Craig Murphey.

Meanwhile you can catch Silver Apples at Public Assembly.

Then you can catch Silver Apples at 92YTribeca.

Help save the Historic Slave Theater in Bed-Stuy.

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Continue reading "ALSO: Death by Audio goes no-smoking; Death Grips are most-torrented; Mark E Smith, Von, Smashing Pumpkins & more"

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BK mags

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

With the opening of the Barclays Center (follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for some scenes from the chaos), both New York and Time Out ponder the changing landscape of Brooklyn in this week's issues.

Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.

Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.

And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.

As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.

In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.

Listen to the title track from Bad Brains' forthcoming new album.

Apple knows its maps app sucks.

Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."

Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.

On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.

Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.

Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."

While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."

If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?

Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:

ST VINCENT

Catch St Vincent and David Byrne in Williamsburg Park on Saturday. How was their second Beacon show? Check out pictures from the first (also by Chris La Putt).

It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.

Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.

Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.

Kreayshawn's new album flopped.

Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.

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Continue reading "ALSO: new Soundgarden & Bad Brains songs; MIA art book; Diplo's new zine; Phil Collins erotic fan fiction; Apple maps & more"

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.

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Continue reading "Also: The Walkmen, Pig Destroyer, Yeasayer, Bat For Lashes, Lower Dens, Billie Joe Armstrong, Billy Corgan & more"

Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Smashing Pumpkins

As mentioned, The Smashing Pumpkins are going on a big arena tour this fall, which hits NYC on October 31 at Barclays Center. When we first announced the tour, the full list of dates and venues had not been revealed. Now they have, and you can check out the list, which includes Susquehanna Bank Center on November 2 in Camden, NJ and Mohegan Sun on November 4 in Hartford, CT (presale for those two shows begins 9/4), below.

Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show went on sale today (8/27). There's a Citi Cardmember presale, an artist presale (password: "TEARGARDEN"), and VIP package options. General sale for that show begins Friday (8/31) at 10 AM.

A list of all dates and a video of The Smashing Pumpkins performing "The Celestials" on Leno are below.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins Barclays Center presale & updated dates"

Peter Murphy at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Peter Murphy

today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Taj Mahal @ City Winery
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Rosi Hertlein Trio @ The Stone
* Transcendentalities @ The Stone
* Ski Lodge @ Fulton Stall Market
* Ryan Keberle @ Catharsis @ Barbes
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Mara and the Bitter Suite @ Joe's Pub
* Radkey, Freshkills @ The Grand Victory
* Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* St. Jude Benefit Broadway Concert @ Joe's Pub
* Tornado Wallace, JDH & Dave P, SFV Acid @ Le Bain
* The Divorce, Elegant Primates, Queen Size Bed @ Cake Shop
* Thollem Electric w/ Gregory Saunier, Jon Pfeffer @ Zebulon
* Just Blaze, Cosmo Baker, Farrington G, Dan Wender @ The DL
* Peter Murphy, Crystal Stilts, Small Black, Air Waves @ The Well
* The Denzels, Rumors, Hotel Mexico, Eastern Hollows @ Glasslands
* Dunes, Habibi, Volunteers Park, Happy New Year @ Death By Audio
* Hurray for the Riff-Raff, Clear Plastic Masks, Feral Foster @ Mercury Lounge

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The Smashing Pumpkins, who recently announced a big stadium tour, played "The Celestials" from their new album, Oceania, on Leno last Thursday (8/23). Check out a video of their performance below.

What else?

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Smashing Pumpkins at iHeartRadio Theater in June (more by Theo Wargo)
Smashing Pumpkins

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.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins announce stadium tour, playing the Barclays Center; Billy Corgan calls out Soundgarden (dates)"

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...

Continue reading "James Iha released an LP, playing shows (dates and video); Billy Corgan is not happy with him (or Pitchfork)"

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.

Continue reading "Smashing Pumpkins played iHeartRadio Theater (pics, setlist)"

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.

Continue reading "win tickets to see Smashing Pumpkins in NYC on Tuesday"

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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"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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Smashing Pumpkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jen Maier)
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The Smashing Pumpkins (aka Billy Corgan and some other people) have a lot up their sleeves for the next few months. For one, they're reissuing all of their pre-breakup albums, despite Billy's feelings on nostalgia. They plan to reissue the material over the course of the next three years, starting with a reissue of the first two albums Gish and Siamese Dream on November 15 via EMI. Reissues of Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High, and Adore are due out in 2012 and the Machina albums will be reissued as a set with a greatest hits album in 2013.

Billy, who thinks albums are no longer relevant and instead began working on the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, where the band will release individual songs and compile EPs of every four songs, is also working on a new Smashing Pumpkins LP, Oceania. He recently spoke to Musicradar about how the new album might come off as a contradiction:

I still stand by my view that I don't think albums are particularly relevant at this time. That may change. But as far as making music... Nobody I know listen to albums anymore. Nobody. I don't care if they're 20 or 55. But for me, from a writing point of view, it's really going to focus me to put a group of songs together that are supposed to go together.

It's been a while, so I'm looking forward to making one cohesive statement, the idea that you can say something bigger with a group of songs. And if it pushes me harder to write better music, and people only end up listening to the three best songs, I can live with that. In the past that would have really pissed me off.

The one-song-at-a-time thing has, in many ways, turned this into a singles format. It puts so much pressure on the one song we're releasing, and people then read more into it than they should. For instance, why would we release, say, a cool B-side when we're going to get 50,000 people on Twitter saying, 'This song sucks!'? Maybe they don't get the joke of why we put it out. So I'm really looking forward to getting into some deeper material, and maybe the seventh-best song on Oceania, if it was put up by itself on the internet, it might not get the proper look that it could when it's grouped in with other songs.

Oceania is set to come out in early 2012 and the tracklist is below. The album is putting the plans of releasing individual songs on hold. The most recent song the band did was "Owata," which was finished earlier this year. You can watch the video for that track below.

The Smashing Pumpkins are going on a short tour in October while they prepare a larger one for 2012. They're reportedly playing "material off Oceania, classics, and deep cuts." The tour is with Fancy Space People (featuring Don Bolles of The Germs, Celebrity Skin, 45 Grave) and Light FM (featuring current Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino). They'll play NYC on October 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at 10 AM. All dates below...

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"Billy Corgan says something about being our rock n roll puppet, still has beef w/ Pavement, mimes puppet him killing "guy from Pavement"" - BrooklynVegan

"LOL, one guess at the only thing @BrooklynVegan cared about from tonight's show. It's just too easy for Billy to troll the indie bloggers..." - Hipsters United (a blog about the Smashing Pumpkins)

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan had one message for long-time fans last night: I'm sorry.

The indie rocker issued the apology for reasons that remained unclear Monday night during a sold-out performance at Spin magazine's 25th anniversary concert at Terminal 5.

"For the old-school fans, sorry for what I've done to you," lamented the crooner, who headlined the event.

"We love you guys. Thank you so much." [NBC]

Smashing Pumpkins kicked off the week long Zync-sponsored SPIN parties at Terminal 5 last night, Monday, July 26th. And Billy did in fact make that apology, and said the bit about Pavement.

Don't forget that all five SPIN shows, including tonight's Flaming Lips show, are streaming online. For part of the show last night I was watching the stage with one eye, and the live video they were capturing with the other (on a TV screen), and the video was actually more fun to watch. They were doing a great job thanks in part to the serious set up they have going on with cameras flying over people's heads and on stage and in the photo pit.

The venue was decked out with SPIN magazines - on tables and pasted on the walls along with "Zync Zones" and other sponsor stuff.

It's hard to get past the new band, and I wasn't really expecting much from the Billy Corgan show, but they sounded and looked (lights, stage setup, outfits) good. There was lots of wailing by Billy and a bunch of highlights in the set list, which you can see below with more pictures and some videos (grabbed from the stream) from the show...

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It's a busy week for big NYC shows. The Flaming Lips are here for two performances, starting with the gig tonight/Monday at Central Park SummerStage. Oneida opens. The Flaming Lips show Tuesday night at Terminal 5 is part of the Spin25 series of gigs running each day this week.

Spin25, sponsored by American Express's new ZYNC card (as you can see in the picture above), kicks off with Smashing Pumpkins tonight at Terminal 5, and continues with Flaming Lips on July 27th, the Black Keys on July 28th, the National on July 29th (all at Terminal 5), and Spiritualized on July 30th at Radio City. Show openers are listed below (Spiritualized, which has no opener, is the only one with tickets available currently).

THIS WEEK AT TERMINAL 5
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (w/ Kill Hannah & The Jim Jones Revue)
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (w/ Fang Island)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions & The Whigs)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (w/ Suckers & Kurt Vile)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
If you don't have tickets, we're offering one more chance for you to see the shows. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to each of the last four (that's all minus Smashing Pumpkins). Details on that are below...

You can also watch the shows online: SPIN & ZYNC are streaming them.

Several of the above bands have more shows this week too. The Black Keys play two SummerStage shows with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th (the second being the an early show on same night they play T5). Those two shows are also a tour kick-off for the two bands. All dates below.

The National also play Celebrate Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 27th with Beach House opening. They'll be back in September for a show at Wellmont Theatre with Owen Pallett who opens both Arcade Fire shows at MSG next week.

Contest details and dates 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

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"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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