Marketing push for U.S. release of Iha’s ‘Look to the Sky’ begins 12:58 pm // Monday, July 16, 2012Posted by susan in james iha, look to the sky, merchandise, record labels, releases.
After premiering in Japan back in May, James Iha’s video for “To Who Knows Where” is now available for your streaming pleasure here in the United States (and possibly worldwide? Let us know if you have problems.)
Iha has also posted information to his Facebook account about the preorder for the U.S. release of Look to the Sky. The label for the release is listed as Brooklyn-based indie The End Records. You can preorder the album in CD or LP format along with other Look to the Sky branded merchandise; the first 100 orders will also receive a polaroid photo and button hand-made by Iha himself.
UPDATE: The U.S. Look the Sky CD and LP feature an additional track, “New Years Day,” that was not available on the Japanese release. As expected, the Japanese bonus tracks “Diamond Eyes” and “Stay Lost” are not included on either the U.S. CD or LP. However, “4th of July” and “Dark Star,” two album cuts from the Japanese release, are listed as bonus tracks for the U.S. CD and will not appear on the LP.
Clips of ‘Oceania’ songs appear on Amazon 12:46 pm // Tuesday, May 29, 2012Posted by susan in merchandise, news, oceania, sales, smashingpumpkins.com.
The Amazon.com page for the Smashing Pumpkins’ upcoming album Oceania now features clips from each of the album’s 13 tracks. Feel free to dissect in our comments.
In other Oceania news, SmashingPumpkins.com now has the album and related merchandise available for pre-order, including a high-fidelity digital download that is exclusive to the official site. Orders from the official site will be serviced by TopSpin Media.
UPDATE: Amazon has now removed the song clips.
Billy Corgan auctions original “ZERO” shirt for Japan relief 2:43 pm // Wednesday, April 6, 2011Posted by alex in billy corgan, clothing, fashion, influence, merchandise, news, Uncategorized.
Billy Corgan is auctioning off one of the original “ZERO” shirts that he wore onstage during Smashing Pumpkins concerts in the mid-1990′s. The auction is part of the “EMI Family 4 Japan” charity auction, which is raising money for the Red Cross for Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief.
The shirt is purportedly one of only four original shirts that were hand-made for the band’s tour. Corgan wore the iconic shirt during countless Pumpkins’ concerts, numerous television appearances, and in the music video for the hit single “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.”
To view other items on auction, click here.
eBay user asking $750 for “1ST smashing pumpkins SHIRT” 5:32 pm // Friday, February 6, 2009Posted by jjb in clothing, ebay, history, merchandise.
UPDATE: Esteemed commenter Pmack says the shirt is legit, which means you may bid with the utmost confidence. Of course, if this one sells for anywhere close to $750, then we’ll have to watch out for knockoffs.
On Christmas Eve, Stereogum’s evil shell cracks slightly 8:40 pm // Wednesday, December 24, 2008Posted by jjb in amusing, merchandise, stereogum.
Why is Stereogum advertising for a band that they’ve done nothing but shit all over (rightfully so, I might add)? This kind of undermines your credibility a little, doesn’t it, Scott?
I think the bigger question is: Will the winner skip only to his or her favorite tracks?!
Stimulus / Response 11:52 pm // Tuesday, May 13, 2008Posted by apm in amusing, business, ebay, merchandise, pisces iscariot, releases.
The month of May brings many things including flowers, but for many tax paying Americans this particular May also brings an Economic Stimulus Payment from the United States Government thanks to the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. Eligible people will receive up to $600, married couples will get $1,200, and if you have kids, you’ll get $300 for each eligible child under 17.
So, what’s a Smashing Pumpkins fanatic with $600 in “free money” sitting in their bank account to do? A quick perusal of eBay this evening revealed two possibilities. First, an I Am One Limited Potential 7″ inch single and then a hand-numbered Pisces Iscariot vinyl with Not Worth Asking/Honeyspider II 7″ bonus disc. Just $511.94 and the Buy It Now feature and these rarities will be in your mailbox in no time. And you’ll make Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke very pleased indeed. Plus you’ll still have $88 to blow on a tank of gas.
Rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt that proves you were there 12:04 am // Friday, April 11, 2008Posted by jjb in amusing, clothing, ebay, merchandise.
Heavy, meta 3:17 am // Sunday, March 2, 2008Posted by jjb in merchandise, photo.
“Dudes! Check out my ZERO shirt…shirt!”
Anyone know whether this one is Officially Licensed?
The no-Pumpkin zone 12:49 am // Monday, December 24, 2007Posted by jjb in merchandise.
The Pumpkins are the one band my family definitely knows I like, but that doesn’t help them do Christmas shopping – there would never be any Pumpkins items I don’t have that I would want. One year (when I was much younger, far more immature, and a slightly bigger jerk than I am now) I complained when my little sister gave me the band’s privately-hilarious-but-publicly-unwearable “The World Is a Vampire” t-shirt. Yes, she cried, and yes, this is a sad story to me.
This year, with about half of my gift exchanges to come, I’ve racked up the following semi-eclectic mix of compact discs:
- Kanye West, Graduation
- Okkervil River, The Stage Names
- Imogen Heap, Speak for Yourself
- The Who, Who’s Next
- David Bowie, Hunky Dory
I had asked for two of these five, but none of you will get it right so don’t try. [Private to Jill: OMGIOMGEN HEAP!!@!1] Anyone land anything good? (Did I?)
Going once, going twice… 3:17 pm // Wednesday, November 14, 2007Posted by jpiniak in billy corgan, charity, ebay, merchandise, zeitgeist.
The Smashing Pumpkins, or rather, Billy Corgan, has donated a signed Zeitgeist poster to a benefit auction hosted by Music For Relief and United the United, where 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to aid the victims of the California wildfires. The band is joined by a multitude of stars, including Music For Relief founders Linkin Park, as well as Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Van Halen and the Chili Peppers.
At the time of this blog, Billy’s signature can be yours for the low low price of $124.49 plus shipping; the auction ends in roughly 31 hours.
Pales in comparison to the $160,000 Gwen Stefani donated on her own, but it’s nice to see Billy donating the band’s name to a worthy cause.
Planning for spontaneity, ca. 2000 2:39 pm // Sunday, September 16, 2007Posted by jjb in analysis, audio, live, merchandise.
During most shows on the Sacred and Profane Tour, the Smashing Pumpkins would transition from “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” into a brutalized rendition of Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”. Within this remake, the Pumpkins would leave one or more yawning gaps: a verse would end with Billy and James strumming rapidly and Jimmy rattling his cymbals, but then all would trail off and essentially leave Billy to improvise some sort of transition into another full-band verse. His improvs would incorporate some combination of ranting, interaction with fans and/or James, and — as punctuation and re-entry signal to the band — at least one good yell. So the top-level structure of the song was invariant, but the specific content of these particular transitions varied from night to night.
I certainly haven’t heard all of the performances of this two-song medley, but one that has stuck with me is from the May 9 show in Atlanta (7MB mp3 from archive.org). The transition-discussion ranges in subject matter from “deep words” to water sales on eBay, and in form it veers nearly without warning from James’s Kick Out the Jams homage to Billy leading the crowd in a transcendent session of scream therapy. Audience members were presumably left asking each other why they were wearing this.