Entries tagged with: Smashing Pumpkins
words & photos by Bao Nguyen
So this was a very last minute idea, meaning I left New York for Baltimore at 12 PM on Saturday when gates had already opened at 10 AM. Not knowing at the time whether I had a pass waiting for me at the festival, I made the 4 hour drive, hindered by the beach bound crowd on the NJ Turnpike, armed with a Polaroid, 4 hours of sleep, and a sense of regret for missing the previous night's CSS show. I arrived at Pimilico Field at exactly 4 PM and after nearly being run over by Richard Branson on a golf cart, I made it just in time to catch the start of Peter Bjorn and John's set. I think their music plays better in a small club than a large festival type atmosphere especially when the entire crowd seems to be waiting for only one particular song that everyone can whistle to. Following Peter Bjorn and John was an high energy set from LCD Soundsystem that included a very unusual mosh pit where three people were doing their best Thom Yorke seizure dance....
not Celebration - 9:30 Club in Washington DC - July 10, 2007 (CRED)
Celebration recently opened some shows for Smashing Pumpkins (so did Deerhunter actually). On July 29th Celebration is opening for their friends TV on the Radio at the free show going down at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is playing the show too.
One week earlier, Annuals & Band of Horses are playing a free show in the same spot.
More fun than Interpol....
What's your favorite
drug, sexual position, Smashing Pumpkins bass player color?
Audience travel accounts for the vast majority of a concert’s impact on our climate – as much as 50%! You can ANSWER THE CALL by taking public transportation or by carpooling with 4 or more people to Giants Stadium.The NJ show also has Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, The Police, Roger Waters, and Bon Jovi on the bill, and is not yet sold out. Can't be there? (or can't stand the thought of being there?) Watch it/them from home.
AND.... Smashing Pumpkins just announced a bunch more tour dates - still no NYC, but two in Philly, and a bunch of "TBA"'s....
The above video is for the first single 'Tarantula' off Smashing Pumpkins' new album 'Zeitgeist'. You can buy the single now - Paris Hilton included. The full album isn't out until next week, but you can listen to a stream of the whole thing at AOL now.
The other new video that has new Smashing Pumpkins playing behind the Transformers trailer is HERE.
The costumes you see in the above video are also what Billy and crew are wearing at their live shows.
With the 4th of July holiday in the US this week, the list of music releases is incredibly slim. I skipped my usual weekly preorder, will stay away from the record store this week, and enjoy the holiday myself.
Have I left anything noteworthy off the list? What new music releases can you recommend this week?
Smashing Pumpkins album stream and video HERE. All releases below...
new song, same old Strokes t-shirt...
Evan Korte reports back from Barcelona this past weekend...
My name is Evan. I’m a student at SUNY Purchase, which is a half an hour outside of New York City. I just finished studying abroad in Barcelona. A couple months ago, I booked tickets to the Primavera Festival. The location of the event is stellar. Not only is it in Barcelona, one of Europe’s best cities, but it is at Barcelona’s Forum, quite close to the beach and the ocean. There are two huge stages “Estrella Damm”, and “Rockdelux”), one above average stage(“All Tomorrow’s Parties” or ATP) and a few smaller stages focusing mostly on techno. All three of the main stages are ingeniously designed, with ample room for both standing up front and sitting back on grassy fields, with a beer in hand, watching the performers from the jumbotrons. After the hour or so wait to get my pass, my first concert of Primavera was Smashing Pumpkins.
The Smashing Pumpkins @ Primavera Sound 2007 (CRED)
The Smashing Pumpkins: I’m only 21 years old, so the Smashing Pumpkins were a bit before my time. They definitely have some good songs, but to tell you the truth, Billy Corgan’s voice has always gotten on my nerves. Nevertheless, their reunion tour is a pretty huge deal and I had to check them out. The band came out in those crazy alien outfits that you all have probably already seen. The new bassist is gorgeous. I guess Corgan has a thing for hot bassists. From what I could tell the new members played competently, but didn’t blow me away. The band played a pretty balanced set of new and old material, including “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight,” “Today,” “Zero” and “Disarm.” They rushed through a couple of songs and definitely seemed to be under-rehearsed at times, but when 80,000 people from around the world are singing along and jumping up and down, it’s hard to be negative. It was a nice start to an amazing festival.
A few days earlier....
The White Stripes @ Primavera Sound 2007 (CRED)
The White Stripes: Can we all just bow down to Jack White? Even when he’s giving people black eyes and cursing out radio DJ’s over leaked albums, the man can do no wrong. He is definitely the biggest rock star of my generation, hands down. The White Stripes played an absolutely electrifying set at 1:15. There were a few new songs thrown into the mix (“Icky Thump” was my favorite, since I’ve heard it at least five times and now place it among my favorite White Stripes tracks) but they played mostly older stuff from White Blood Cells and Elephant. Jack was in top form, wailing monstrous solos on his guitar, singing his heart out and talking a bit with the audience. He thanked us for letting them “try out” the new songs. It definitely says something about your stage presence when most of your audience doesn’t understand the lyrics, but they are still going crazy. They ended with “Seven Nation Army,” and the crowd could not have been happier. Highlights include “Black Math,” “Blue Orchid,” “Jolene,” “I Think I Smell a Rat,” “We’re Going to Be Friends” “Icky Thump” and “Seven Nation Army.” I can’t wait for the new album.
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Justice @ Primavera Sound 2007 (CRED)
Justice: The White Stripes ended about three quarters of the way through Justice’s set. I didn’t get to hear them spin “D.A.N.C.E.” which is a shame because that is one of my favorite tracks at the moment. But they did play an extended version of that really cool remix of “We Are Your Friends” by Simian. It was impossible to resist dancing.
Girl Talk: His DJ set was definitely one of the highlights of the festival. Not only did he play his insane hip-hop/rock mash ups, he was dancing like a maniac. It’s clear that this man has every intention of making sure that his DJ sets are the most happening parties around. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone there that wasn’t thoroughly enjoying themselves-getting down until their feet were sore. My favorite mash up of his was Biggy’s “Juicy” vocals over Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. At the end of the set he jumped down from the stage and was passed back and forth by the audience for at least three minutes. It was insanity. The crowd must have dropped him at least twice, and he had a pretty sizeable scratch on his back to prove it. God bless you Greg Gillis. By the time he ended it was about 4:30 and I decided to catch the metro home and rest for the jam packed second day.
Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow....
One of the bands playing on Saturday: The Apples In Stereo.
Where else are the Apples in Stereo playing? The huge free show with the legendary Television @ Central Park Summerstage on June 16, AND a much, much, much smaller show at Housing Works Used Bookstore (but not free) the day before.
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)
* Jeff Schroeder formerly of The Lassie Foundation
Billy Corgan @ Pinkpop 2007 (CRED)
The new bass player* @ Pinkpop 2007 (CRED)
* 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.
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?).
Billy got mad.
This week in shows-that-have-already,-or-will-sell-out-very-quickly news....
Smashing Pumpkins' only scheduled NYC-area show is still Live Earth.
Earlier this year Billy Corgan was seen hanging out with his friend Courtney Love who was definitely looking very plastic-surgeryey....