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James Iha intends next solo album before 2026 10:42 pm // Sunday, September 9, 2012

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While in Japan in July to play the Fuji Rock festival, James Iha sat for an interview with Yuriko Okamura of Tokyo’s InterFM that was broadcast on Saturday. Iha was in fine form, joking that his dog Buddy serves as his manager and accountant. Despite some pressure from Okamura, Iha didn’t reveal much about his current musical activities, other than the following (thanks to HU contributor Eric with help translating Japanese):

Yuriko Okamura: Going forward, the next plan is to release his album, Look to the Sky, in the US this month. We talked about that a bit.
James Iha: Yeah, you know, just get it out in the rest…in as many countries as we can. And work on another record.
Okamura: A solo record?
Iha: Yeah, yeah.
Okamura: Really?
Iha: Yeah. I think I’m on a roll now. I finished one in fourteen years, and think I can knock another one out sooner than that. I’m working on a couple of b-sides for some promotion stuff in America, but not a new album yet.

Okamura also spun several Iha tracks, including lead Look to the Sky single “To Who Knows Where,” a live version of “Be Strong Now” from Iha’s Fuji Rock set, and “Where Are You Going To?,” a song Iha covered for a Yukihiro Takahashi tribute album that came out last month in Japan. You can check out a clip of that track here; also check out this amusing video in which Iha promotes the album.

Iha’s Look to the Sky hits US retail outlets on September 18. This Thursday, fans can attend a record release party in New York. Iha is to play a short series of dates in Japan and the eastern seaboard of the US starting on September 22; you can check all tour dates out at spfc.org. Iha’s sometime-supergroup A Perfect Circle recently announced their participation in Australia’s traveling Soundwave Festival in February and March; it is unknown if Iha will join the band for the ride. UPDATE (9/10): This morning, A Perfect Circle announced a December gig in Las Vegas. Judging from a tweet Iha made soon after, it seems safe to assume that he plans on joining them.

Smashing Pumpkins launch Oceanic ‘Oceania’ tour in Perth tonight 10:28 pm // Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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The Smashing Pumpkins will enter Challenge Stadium in Perth suburb Mount Claremont this evening for the start of the first leg of their Oceania tour. The Pumpkins plan to play through the album in order (an idea band leader Billy Corgan has been tossing around for quite some time), accompanied by a complex stage show that required extensive rehearsals. Additionally, the band members plan to share keyboard duties throughout the shows. The band has been in Australia for nearly a week already and have a leaked out a few images of their stage setup. Yet many questions remain: What older songs will make appearances? How will octopi and turtles feature in the shows? How many faces will be melted?

There will be several ways to follow along live with the proceedings in Perth tonight. Hometown fansite Ozphoria will be tweeting from their account, and you might check the Twitter list of attendees they’re putting together as well. Tour promoters Secret Sounds are pushing the #SPAU hashtag; we’ll see how that works out. The smartphone app SnapReplay will allow concert attendees to upload and share photos from the gig in real time.

Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of dates in Oceania (the quasi-continent), with a total of five dates in Australia and New Zealand, then single dates in the Philippines, Taiwan, and South Korea. US tour dates are expected in October.

The Pumpkins will be supported in Perth by local band Sugar Army. Neo-psych stoner metalheads Wolfmother will serve as the opener in both Melbourne and Sydney, and the dramatically named Die! Die! Die! will get things started in Auckland.

Billy Corgan on new Veronicas single due out in July 2:46 pm // Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Australian alt-pop sibling duo The Veronicas, one of whose members, Jessica Origliasso, has been Billy Corgan’s paramour since 2010, is set to release their new album Life on Mars early this fall. More details are imminently forthcoming. And according to Fleur Bainger’s interview with the sisters in this week’s Perth Sunday Times Magazine, Billy Corgan, who recorded with the Origliasso sisters back in March, will be featured on the album’s first single, which is set to drop in mid-July.

In the Times article, Jessica Origliasso describes the process of recording with Corgan:

“I played him what we’d been working on that day, and he said ‘I want to do something on this song.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ But this is our spoken-word, tripped-out hip-hop experiment.’ He was like ‘That’s a “fuck you” song. I want to be on that song.’ So we did it, and it was bad-ass.”

Corgan, in an April interview with Australian radio station Triple J, said of the track (transcription courtesy FasterLouder):

“I play guitar on one song. There’s this really great track they have that’s probably going to be the opening track. I don’t know what they’re going to call it; it was tentatively called ‘I’m a Veronica.’ I know it sounds funny but there’s strange aggressive rapping on it so in the middle of the song it breaks down in to a kinda heavy metal song with a super demonic Black Sabbath type riff. It’s easily the best album they’ve ever made. They’ve worked so hard and I’ve been intimately involved on a lot of levels.”

In the Sunday Times Magazine article, Jessica Origliasso also tips that Corgan has spoken to her about moving to Australia; the title of his band’s new album is inspired in part by both Origliasso herself and the country of Australia.

You can check out scans of the Sunday Times Magazine article at Veronicas fansite Love the Veronicas; the article is also mirrored here.

Smashing Pumpkins announce shows in Australia and New Zealand 10:11 am // Thursday, May 3, 2012

Posted by susan in australia, new zealand, news, tour.
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The Smashing Pumpkins have confirmed the first leg of their Oceania tour, to take place in, well, Oceania. The band, already confirmed as headliners for the Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay on July 29, will also hit Challenge Stadium outside Perth on July 26th, Sydney’s Entertainment Centre on July 31, Melbourne’s Hisense Areana on August 2, and Auckland’s Vector Arena on August 4. For the Sydney and Melbourne dates, the band will be supported by Wolfmother. Tickets go on sale May 9 via Ticketmaster.au and Ticketmaster.nz, but a fan presale (password: TEARDROPS) will commence May 7.

In the press release for the tour, Billy Corgan is quoted, saying:  “Australia is the perfect place to usher in a new era of The Smashing Pumpkins, where we look to combine an epic rock show with the latest in visual mapping technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our fans.”

Smashing Pumpkins to play Australian music fest in late July 6:34 pm // Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Australia’s Splendour in the Grass music festival has announced that the Smashing Pumpkins will be headlining the final day of the 3-day fest on July 29. The festival is located on Australia’s eastern coast in Byron Bay, New South Wales, at the Belongil Fields campground. (For those brushing up on their Australian geography, Byron Bay is only around 100 miles south of Brisbane, the hometown of Jessica Origliasso, Billy Corgan’s girlfriend.) According to the festival’s website, the band is to play “a set that spans the breadth of their hit laden back catalogue alongside tracks from their forthcoming 2012 release Oceania.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale April 27.

Yet Another Continent 11:28 pm // Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos, oh my.It was announced Wednesday that the Smashing Pumpkins will be heading to Australia for a string of five shows spread across the country in a week, starting off in Perth on October 12th and finishing off in Brisbane on October 17th. A 24 hour pre-sale available to “Frontier Touring Company Members” begins at noon AEST (trust you Aussies know what/when that means) on September 14th, with the general on-sale kicking off on September 16th at 9am (local time in each city, it seems).

The venues are all in the 2,000-2,500 capacity range (UPDATE: Melbourne’s Festival Hall holds 5,445 for concerts). Take notice that the show at the The Tivoli in Brisbane is listed as being an 18+ event while the rest are all ages.

Europe, where the 21st century Pumpkins debuted in 2007, is no doubt wondering when its turn will arrive in this slowly developing world tour.

Aniston’s Rolling Stone cover not as legendary in Australia 3:43 pm // Sunday, January 4, 2009

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Of course, you say — “Friends” was an American program, after all.  But there’s another factor: the Australian edition of Rolling Stone is a monthly, and in November 1996 its editors made the fateful decision to split its cover between a full-body picture of the naked starlet and a mug shot of…a certain interview subject.

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IfAllGoesWrong.com (!) lists U.S., UK, Australian screenings 5:45 pm // Friday, October 10, 2008

Posted by jjb in australia, if all goes wrong, movies and film, news, photo, united kingdom, websites.
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A newly launched website for the new Smashing Pumpkins movie (can I call it that?) lists exactly 43 U.S. locations (hmm…) at which “If All Goes Wrong” can be seen on November 6. Australian and British showings are on tap for Nov. 7 and Nov. 25, respectively.

The website also contains a proper trailer, a set of 22 stills from the film, as well as a message board that is sure to be the source of many wise sayings and good tidings.

Can Billy sue? 8:03 pm // Sunday, August 31, 2008

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As reported by Food Standards Australia New Zealand, a small company in New South Wales has just issued a recall on one of its dairy products. That’s never good for publicity, but it could theoretically get worse if the web posting draws international attention to the company’s rather unoriginal name:

Smashing Pumpkins
Yoghurt Sultanas Tubs
Use by: 15.09.08

Smashing Pumpkins wishes to advise its customers that they are conducting a voluntary consumer level recall on the above product due to an undeclared allergen as the product contains peanuts not declared on the label…

Smashing Pumpkins apologises to its customers for any inconvenience caused by this recall.

Smashing Pumpkins
Shop T19 Erina Fair
Karalta Road, Erina, NSW

When will the music-gaming craze ever stop? 12:35 am // Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Certainly not “Today”, as it is now known that the Smashing Pumpkins track is among 30 included on the PlayStation 3 hardcopy version of international karaoke timekiller “SingStar”, screens from which may or may not look something like this:

Not very well without the old PS2 Aussie version, Minister Garrett…

This is a good representation of their music 1:03 am // Friday, April 18, 2008

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While New Zealand and Australian concertgoers generated plenty of pictures and video of the Smashing Pumpkins’ recent tour in their area, only in the last couple days has the first full-show audio recording turned up online — and it happens to be of their last show on the continent.

Here are some highlights (as I say, anyway) of the Pumpkins’ V Festival set in Perth.

“Cash Car Star” > “Piece of Me” > “For What It’s Worth” > “Let There Be Rock”

“United States”

“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” <– can only get away with this because Jill is on vacation

HU Podcast #1: Presets Squabble, Virgin Lawsuit, and More 9:32 pm // Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Posted by chris in advertising, australia, billy corgan, legal, linda strawberry, lisa harriton, mexico, podcast, the presets, tour.
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podcast logoAs previously alluded to, my name is Chris, and I am here to announce the latest addition to the HU universe: the HU Podcast. Each episode, the distinguished panel and myself will discuss the latest news and rumors surrounding the Smashing Pumpkins. While the blog is a great way to get information out quickly, I hope that the podcast will allow us to go a little deeper into the news and share our opinions on the events of the week. See the end of this post to find out how you can become a part of the show.

Until we are listed in the iTunes Music Store, you can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or your podcatcher of choice using the following link: http://www.hipstersunited.com/blog/podcast/rss.xml.

This week’s topics:

Panelists
-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

News
-Billy Corgan vs. The Presets, the feud that never was (9:54)

-Lisa Harriton interview in Keyboard Magazine (9:34)

-Linda Strawberry covers W.P. in an attempt to become Miss Hooker 2008
-The final leg of the Spring tour begins

Tour Roundup
-Mexico City, MX April 12, 2008

In-Depth Discussion
-Billy sues Virgin Records (20:38)

Song of the Week
-Cherub Rock August 14, 1993

Listen to the whole show (1:03:42)

(download)

Note: Due to technical difficulties, we had problems keeping Andrew on the line for the show and the last 5 minutes of the Virgin lawsuit discussion were lost. Each show we will strive to improve our audio and connection quality to bring you the most informative and entertaining show we can.

Have a topic you want us to discuss? A suggestion for improvement? Want to gripe about the length, audio quality, or sound of our voices? We’re always looking for feedback. Contact Us or leave comments in this post. Responders who leave their real first name and location may even hear their comments on the air.

That’s one big veoh. 1:36 am // Sunday, April 13, 2008

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From a video-sharing site that is not YouTube, here’s a very large file of the Smashing Pumpkins playing “Stand Inside Your Love” at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion two weeks ago.

Below: If it crashes the site, we just won’t try this ever again (Veoh)

On a lighter note — Some Eye Candy! 3:24 pm // Friday, April 11, 2008

Posted by Jill in australia, billy corgan, ginger reyes pooley, jeff schroeder, jimmy chamberlin, photo.
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The last leg of the Australian tour has brought more great photos to the Flickr photostream, and I’m back to send you some great stills. Check out these below for a quick dose of eye candy, and be sure to check out the photographers’ individual feeds to give them props.

Photos courtesy of nic bezzina, Matt Carty of the Messenger News, and David Craddock Photo

Billy’s-eye view 8:45 pm // Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Photographer Daniel Boud has posted three galleries that contain high-quality shots of the Pumpkins in Sydney; one gallery features photos (including the above) taken at the taping of MTV’s “The Lair”, while another contains pictures taken at V Festival.

Zero (half of it), one time! 2:38 am // Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Posted by jjb in australia, jeff schroeder, live, video.
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The Smashing Pumpkins have only performed “Zero” once for an audience in 2008, but I daresay you’d never know it from this YouTube video, which sadly only covers the middle half of the song. So be prepared for disappointment at the premature ending, but I think it’s worth it for (1) the frightening Melbourne V-Fest audience yell-along and (2) Jeff knocking himself a step backwards with octave-shifted rock-guitar power.

One reviewer fails to deliver the accuracy readers expect 1:14 pm // Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Posted by jjb in analysis, australia, bullshit, criticism, tour.
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Alicia Bridges writes in the (Perth) Sunday Times:

[V Festival] Headlining act the Smashing Pumpkins failed to live up to the high expectations of some punters, playing mostly songs from their recent catalogue and failing to deliver the powerful performance their fans had expected.

The setlist (from spfc.org) shows that the band played eight pre-revival songs, four post-revival songs, the “Cash Car Star” medley and a Pink Floyd cover.

I suppose that — especially to someone who’s standing there not knowing the material — “United States” is going to take up the time-equivalent of four songs, though “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans” would count for two by that standard. If those were counted as such, and “Cash Car Star” as one old song and one mashup cover, that’s about as generous as possible — but there would still be a total of 10 old-song equivalents, seven new-song equivalents and two cover-song equivalents.

In America, the gentleman pictured at right (former Indianapolis Colt Rohn Stark) is a “punter”…but “mostly” means “over half” in Australia, too, doesn’t it?

Billy Corgan: “I’m Miss Bad Media Karma” 1:28 pm // Monday, April 7, 2008

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…sorry, I just love these pieces of “Piece of Me”. Very entertaining.

Above: The Smashing Pumpkins at V Festival in Melbourne (YouTube)

Interview with Duran Duran 3:37 pm // Sunday, April 6, 2008

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Duran Duran’s official blog features a recent interview with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes. Rhodes mentions that he was delighted but surprised to see the Smashing Pumpkins in the audience “the other night” presumably at either one of the V Fest appearances or Duran Duran’s side shows.

Can we hope for a new cover?! I’d love to see what the Pumpkins would do to “Hungry Like the Wolf.” They already played “Night Boat” with Simon Le Bon, so it’s really not *that* much of a stretch… right?

From the interview:

When you play at these festivals, do you meet surprise Duran fans in other bands?

JT: I always say we’re a band’s band. There was always a lot of character in the band. I don’t want to say unlike Coldplay, but say, unlike Coldplay, there are a lot of flavours in this band. Nick has a very distinctive style that has influenced a lot of people. There’s a lot of character in the playing. Most bands have somebody in the band who likes Duran Duran.

NR: We’ve appealed through a broad spectrum of music. Jonathan of Korn is a big fan. I was quite surprised by that. Delighted but surprised. The (Smashing) Pumpkins all came to see us the other night. When we started in the ’80s we were trying to carve out our own identity. That was one of the things that was most important to us.

That’s a wrap, or maybe a skirt of some kind 1:01 pm // Sunday, April 6, 2008

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The Smashing Pumpkins turned out the lights on their Oceanic tour today in Perth with their fourth appearance at Australia’s V Festival.

Next stop for the band is Mexico City, next Saturday, at “Coca-Cola Zero Fest”.

At left: Billy in Perth (spfc.org, courtesy Miller Lo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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