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Smashing Pumpkins hold fan events on both coasts 10:32 pm // Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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Today in New York, the Smashing Pumpkins held a fan meetup and signing at music retailer J&R. Fans who preordered the Pumpkins’ new album Oceania at the store could receive  wristbands for admittance to the signing. If you attended the signing, please feel free to share your experience in our comments. Also, check out photos of the event at Getty Images.

On Friday, Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will switch coasts, hosting a brunch for winners of a contest being conducted by Los Angeles radio station KYSR. Attendees will listen to Oceania in full, followed by a “live Q&A” with Corgan. In order to enter the contest, you must sign up and earn points with the radio station’s prize club.

On Saturday, Corgan is set to appear in Palm Springs at music industry gathering Sunset Sessions Rock!, giving the conference’s keynote address.

Corgan hoping fan involvement will lift Pumpkins’ Record Club 1:52 pm // Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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UPDATE (4/18): In this hour-plus phone interview (listen here), Billy Corgan elaborates greatly on last week’s vague announcement from Smashing Pumpkins friend site Crestfallen.com of “The Lucky 13.” Corgan says the “13” will be a group of fans selected by his interviewer, Crestfallen webmaster Jonathan Monte, to serve as liaisons between the Pumpkins fan community and the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club as it sifts through music from the band’s massive archive. The group is supposed to identify items and formats for release that will garner enough interest to sustain the Record Club’s efforts from project to project.

As stated by Corgan employee Rynda Laurel back in January, the Pumpkins intend to employ a Kickstarter-like model which will enable the band to put out material that its fanbase might be interested in, but might not be commercially viable with a mainstream audience. In the new interview, Corgan runs through several potential scenarios for how such a model might work. (more…)

Injured bassist Leone to rejoin Madina Lake at the Metro 5:43 pm // Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Matthew Leone, the injured Madina Lake bassist for whom the Smashing Pumpkins played a fundraising concert at the Metro in Chicago last July, is scheduled to rejoin his band on stage on April 23rd at–where else?–the Metro.

Leone was injured last summer when he reportedly came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by her husband, who proceeded to attack Leone, leaving him unconscious in the street.

The Pumpkins’ charity concert, which marked the band’s first performance at the Metro since its legendary “farewell” show on December 2, 2000, raised nearly $80,000 toward Leone’s medical expenses.

Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday.

Friends of Pumpkins’ “Modern Music” mark its decade in distribution 12:45 pm // Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Ten years and three days ago, the Smashing Pumpkins shipped to fan Eric Agnew [via FedEx Priority Overnight] the vinyl copy of Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music that would be heard around the world within a week’s time. After sharing the contents of the one LP and three 10-inch EPs with readers of a fan discussion board early on September 7, Agnew wrote and posted a brief news release to SPFC.org on September 8. Matt Drudge was tipped to the story (then, he was something like Twitter is now), and within three days press coverage was appearing in mainstream outlets.  On September 16, the Pumpkins began a European tour during which they played some songs from the free record.

How did you get a copy of Machina II?

Winner of five-figure lunch “trying to get the cash together” 1:24 am // Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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One Christopher Wilson, who placed the winning bid (reportedly $15,000) on a CharityBuzz.com auction to have lunch with a friend and Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan, is now frantically searching for “another person to fill the other spot and split the funds with me.”  Wilson writes on Pumpkins fansite Netphoria.org:

I have a small problem! I am the winner of the lunch with Corgan from CharityBuzz.com. I will not announce publicly what I won the highest bid at, but lets just say its got me sweating my balls off right now trying to get the cash together.

34, interviewed 9:08 am // Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Our friend and occasional contributor talks old websites and Machina II vinyl with SmashingPumpkins.com.

Corgan writes short post to band’s public messageboard 7:19 pm // Thursday, February 26, 2009

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He calls for mutual “forgiveness” between himself and his readers, and offers a little economic commentary:

The world around us right now is very complicated…
I for one am very confused by much of the information I come across…
I am concerned about so many losing their jobs, homes, and peaceful lives under an increasingly curious set of circumstances…there are however new opportunities to be had, even in the worst of times…we are all affected by the changes that are going on on a global scale…the politics of egoism and cultural divides mean very little if you can’t support your family, or help those in need, even if you want to help…

Here we go again 3:58 am // Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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O-board2 is set to launch on…wait for it…Groundhog Day.

UPDATE (1/20): Despite the appearance of an article claiming the messageboard will debut at noon CT February 1, the countdown still points toward a launch 11 hours later than that, i.e., at midnight ET February 2.

Netphoria owner failed in efforts to sell fansite to Corgan 11:58 am // Friday, October 3, 2008

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Multiple sources tell HU that the owner of “the largest Smashing Pumpkins community forums that Billy Corgan loves to hate” recently offered to sell those forums…to Billy Corgan. More than one overture has been made to the band by Netphoria.org principals within the last two months, but fear not — Corgan turned them down flat. Maybe he just loves to hate the site too much.

 

 

The Smashing Pumpkins’ received gifts 7:48 pm // Monday, September 8, 2008

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From: Hipsters United

This is a public gift.
Others will see the gift, the message, and who sent it.

“Congratulations on your competent social networking!”

About the gift:
Their First 100K is a ripoff of Facebook’s First 100M.

HU Podcast #19: Internet Video and the Fan Community 6:41 am // Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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We had quite a few audio problems with this week’s podcast, notably Jill’s Skype connection had extremely poor quality.  I tried to edit out as much of the noise as I could, but I wanted to make sure that I left it alone where I thought you could make out what she was saying.  As a result, she sometimes sounds slightly digital, but I think you can get the gist of the points that she tries to make.

I am looking into alternatives for the future, but if you have any suggestions let me know.

Listen to the whole show (58:36)

(download)(iTunes)

This week’s topics:

Panelists
-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

News
-Billy suggests the possibility of an internet video series chronicling the studio efforts of the Smashing Pumpkins.  Would we want to watch LonelyBilly15?  Would it attract media attention?  Would it divide fans or be a distraction to the band?  Jill suggests the Pumpkins may use it to review their own work, and Jason convinces me that the whole thing might not be a bad idea. (17:06)

Tour Roundup
-As quickly as it started, the August tour comes to a close.  We give our final thoughts on the great shows we got to experience both firsthand and via the magic of the internet.  Plus, Jason sings Tom Sawyer and Jill gives us the Stone Temple Pilots tour roundup. (4:16)

In-Depth Discussion
-Earlier this month, sp.com did a series of articles on the band’s relationship with the fan community.  Was the community accurately represented?  Did the articles achieve their goals of promoting a discourse on reasonable expectations?  We discuss the Pumpkins as artists, and Jason draws parallels between sp.com and HU.  (29:43)

Next Week in Pumpkins History
-Nothing happened this week, but next week in Pumpkins history Machina II was released. (2:28)

Song of the Week
-Transformer, August 17th, 2008

No podcast next week due to Labor Day, check back in a few weeks for episode 20.

O-noes! 6:05 pm // Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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A redesign of SmashingPumpkins.com is in the works, and a posting on that site suggests the changes will not be entirely aesthetic (link is mine):

Serious consideration is being given to the return of fan-directed moderation of the goings-on of such a messageboard.

So what should [a] newly envisioned “O-board” look like or how should it function?

Sounds to me that the decision has already been made; could even a resounding chorus of “no, no, no” stop them now? Will the elitist newsgroup known as AMSP rise from its ashes in “[a] direct response” to the inevitable popularity of O-board2? Many questions…

Shards of the fanbase 7:39 am // Monday, August 25, 2008

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Last June, there was a thread on the Netphoria.org messageboard entitled “Your top 10 SP songs”, asking users to list their ten favorites. On Netphoria that sort of proposal often elicits yawns, but this particular thread drew over 100 seemingly honest responses. (I’m sure there have been other similar threads, but for whatever reason I never took note of them.)

Recently, the social networking site Facebook introduced an application called “Pages”, which enables users to declare themselves as “fans” of this or that. The “page” for the Smashing Pumpkins (which is actually operated by the band) has attracted over 90,000 fans. On the page, fans are able to start discussions; one of the recent discussions, “FAVOURITE SONGS”, has received upwards of 100 posts.

Perhaps you see where this is going… (more…)

From the mouths of rock stars… 11:25 am // Friday, August 8, 2008

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In Part 3 of SP.com’s ongoing analysisof the Pumpkins fanbase, we hear directly from Billy and Jimmy, answering questions posed by the Media Militia writers.

Part 4 will be posted today with more answers from the dynamic duo, but in the meantime, one quote in particular jumped out as particularly thought-provoking.
Responding from a question from Andy regarding fans who have not embraced the current direction of the band, Billy had this to say:

All of us fall in love with a time, a smell, a particular romance. We are all guilty of attaching bigger symbolism to a moment in our lives past that continues to speak to us today. The fans who can’t move on, or dismiss our current work, have every reason to not like where we are headed. And they can continue to hold onto the songs or moments that mean something to them. But that has little to do with me as a writer, or us as the group moving forward with integrity.

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Oh, and Calling the ACLU 12:21 pm // Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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In Sunky’s article, we also find out why the comments have bizarrely and mysteriously disappeared from SmashingPumpkins.com:

Sometimes one side may be more vocal than the other, and this was the case on SP.com a few weeks ago and what lead to the removal of comments from this site. Not for the negativity alone, as all sides of a discussion need to be heard, but it was more for the blatant off-topic posting and public arguments about private matters. Within a few days everything was spiraling out of control. This activity turned away fans wanting to discuss the topics posted and the band were forced to either censor topics (which they didn’t want to do) or the only other alternative: remove all comments and commenting privileges and face the backlash. It won’t stay like this forever and I can’t say when it will be back to normal, just that it will be someday. But this has affected the interaction on this site and for this part of the Smashing Pumpkins community.

Ohhhhhh… so it’s for the greater good, then.

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