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Corgan to sing for “Cruise” audience tonight on the lake by his city 1:14 pm // Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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The Smashing Pumpkins are playing host to an Oceania listening party on a boat off Chicago this evening. As announced last week, the Odyssey Chicago will be launched upon the waters of Lake Michigan, transporting band members, fifteen winners of an essay contest, an unknown number of radio contest winners, and members of the Resistance Pro wrestling family.

Passengers on this “Oceania Cruise” not only will check out the new Pumpkins album (now streaming in full on iTunes, if by some chance you managed to miss that) but also will likely be treated to a brief live set by singer Billy Corgan; this morning, Corgan asked his Twitter followers to suggest songs for him to perform.

HU has created a list of Twitter users who will be aboard; if you’re going, send a tweet our way and we’ll add you to the list!

UPDATE (6/13): Corgan did indeed perform several songs, joined by Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder for a rendition of the pre-Gish song “Bleed.” Dan Hyman has written a report for Rolling Stone. HU reader BitterT was there and has uploaded a few videos of the show to his YouTube account; I’d expect more videos are coming as the day wears on. The apparent setlist was:

Jesus Is the Sun
Luna
The Rite of Spring (first live performance; song was written and demoed around 2008-2009)
Bleed (video)
Tonite Reprise/Tonight, Tonight (video)

‘Oceania’ is right on iTunes (as is HU Podcast #90) 7:54 pm // Monday, June 11, 2012

Posted by chris in news, oceania, podcast, releases.
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The Smashing Pumpkins’ second post-revival long-playing record is available for the public to hear, or at least those of us with a certain retail application installed: Listen to Oceania now via the iTunes US platform or iTunes UK.

The comments section on this post is open for your reactions.

After you’ve heard and processed Oceania for yourself, if you are interested in some of our early thoughts on the album, you can check out HU Podcast #90: 

Listen to the full podcast (1:03:27—longer than Oceania!!)

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Panelists
-Chris, Jason, Susan, and special guest Stacy

Topics
-Our panelists and guest give their overall impressions of the album as well as the impact of having the full band in the studio. (11:23)

-An in-depth rundown of the songs of Oceania. Which classic Pumpkins tune does “Quasar” remind Jason of? (12:44)

-No single has been released to radio, at least not yet, but which song would be the most likely candidate? Can we identify a hot summer jam for 2012? (7:22)

-I force everyone to compare Oceania with Billy Corgan’s other recent albums. Plus, how does the album fit in with the rest of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope? (12:25)

-Finally, how will the music press receive the album? (13:18)

‘Oceania’ release party and iTunes stream set for June 12th 8:23 pm // Thursday, June 7, 2012

Posted by susan in chicago, contest, interview, news, oceania, radio.
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Billy Corgan visited Chicago radio station WXRT this afternoon, where he spoke with drive time DJ Terri Hemmert. Video and audio of the interview are available at WXRT’s website. Corgan and Hemmert discussed the evolution of the Smashing Pumpkins’ ongoing Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, and their upcoming album Oceania. Of that album, he said “coming up here [on the] 12th it will be available to be heard on iTunes, and on the 19th it will be up for sale.” He also announced an “Oceania Cruise,” to take place on the waters of Lake Michigan on June 12th. The lucky fans chosen for the cruise will be treated to a private Oceania listening party with the Smashing Pumpkins, and perhaps a brief live performance by Corgan as well. Fans can win tickets in at least two ways: by texting “PUMPKINS” to 59393, or by posting an essay to Facebook and asking their friends to comment and “like” it.

UPDATE (6/11): The essay contest winners have been announced.

Corgan provides details on ‘Mellon Collie,’ ‘Aeroplane’ reissues 3:52 pm // Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Quick on the heels of the news that the reissue of the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1994 compilation album Pisces Iscariot is marked for release on July 17, Billy Corgan has provided additional information about the deluxe edition reissues of 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 1996’s The Aeroplane Flies High. On his Twitter account today, Corgan tipped fans that the Mellon Collie reissue is to contain five CDs; in addition to the remastered double album, there will be three additional discs of music, as well as a DVD featuring a live performance from 1995 or 1996. The Aeroplane Flies set will most likely contain two extra discs of material and a DVD. (No word yet on if or how Aeroplane, originally a five-disc box set compiling every Mellon Collie-era b-side, may be resequenced. I’m curious if they will throw it all on two discs or keep the original five-disc format.)

In an April interview, Corgan indicated both the Mellon Collie and Aeroplane were due out at the year’s end. We don’t have any specifics confirmed about the bonus material content yet, other than that an alternate take of “X.Y.U.” will be featured. Late last year, Corgan had been listening to a few full-length versions of songs sampled on “Pastichio Medley,” and today he confirmed that some of those will make their way onto the reissues.

UPDATE (6/4): In a Twitter update, Corgan says some of the Gravity Demos will be remixed for the Mellon Collie deluxe edition. Furthermore, according to Pumpkins friend site Crestfallen.com, the Aeroplane deluxe edition will include “a compilation of the best tracks from the 1995 Double Door shows.” The Double Door shows are a series of four concerts the Pumpkins played in Chicago in February 1995, towards the beginning of the Mellon Collie studio sessions, in which the band played many of the songs that ended up on Mellon Collie for the first time. Apparently, there are plans for the February 27 and 28 Double Door shows to come out in full after the release of the Aeroplane reissue.

UPDATE (6/6): According to a post by the Crestfallen.com site runner on the Pumpkins’ official messageboard, the apparent reason that the February 20 and 21 Double Door shows were not to be released in full is that the band’s archival team had not been able to locate multitrack tapes for those nights. The February 21 multitrack tapes have now apparently been found. We are also told to expect “Towers of Rabble” on either the Mellon Collie or Aeroplane reissue.

Corgan on ‘Oceania': “Pretty weird, but it sounds really good” 11:41 pm // Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Billy Corgan was interviewed by Major League Wrestling’s Mister Saint Laurent in a podcast that was published Thursday. The 40-some minute interview (prepended with perhaps the longest intro music in the podcasting history) mostly touched on Corgan’s work in organizing his Resistance Pro wrestling organization, his childhood love of pro wrestling, and his rediscovery of his love for the sport late at night channel surfing in a Florida hotel room. (more…)

‘Pisces Iscariot’ reissue set for July 17 in the U.S. 10:15 pm // Thursday, May 31, 2012

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UPDATE (6/1): The Smashing Pumpkins’ Twitter account has confirmed a July 17 release date for the Pisces Iscariot reissue in the United States.

Japanese retailer CDJapan has posted a listing (sans cover picture) for a Pisces Iscariot deluxe edition boxset. The site gives a July 25 release date for the set, which would line up with a recent update on the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website, which promised the Pisces reissue in late July.

CDJapan’s description of the set would also match up with what details we already know about the Pisces reissue: that it includes a cassette tape, two CDs, and a DVD. (more…)

Copy of ‘Machina II’ once owned by Q101 on eBay for second time 9:09 pm // Thursday, May 31, 2012

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An Illinois woman who owns one of the precious few original copies of Smashing Pumpkins’ Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music album is apparently trying for the second time to sell the item via the eBay website.

Machina II was self-released by the Pumpkins in September 2000. Twenty-five sets of two LPs and three 10-inch EPs were produced and given to band members, close associates, two Chicago radio stations, and a few fans. The copy now on eBay was initially held by WKQX-FM but was given up by the station for a charitable silent auction during 2002—said silent auction being, to our knowledge, the only instance to date of a Machina II set changing hands in a public sale.

That set’s current owner received it from the winner of the 2002 silent auction, and in 2005 she attempted to resell it on eBay. However, once that 2005 eBay listing attracted much attention and bids exceeded $10,000, the listing was removed and no sale was made. The new eBay auction is supposed to end on Sunday morning, and its top bid is already higher than $4,000.

UPDATE (6/2): “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

UPDATE (6/4): Editor of Smashing Pumpkins friend site Crestfallen.com: “I did inform the seller of Billy’s tweet and mentioned it would be in their best interest to take it down.”

Clips of ‘Oceania’ songs appear on Amazon 12:46 pm // Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Posted by susan in merchandise, news, oceania, sales, smashingpumpkins.com.
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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.

Smashing Pumpkins unveil redesigned official website 11:11 pm // Friday, May 25, 2012

Posted by susan in business, news, oceania, pisces iscariot, record club, smashingpumpkins.com.
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This morning saw the unveiling of a redesigned official website for the Smashing Pumpkins.

SmashingPumpkins.com now has the feel of a conventional or professional (pick your preferred connotation) band website, one that is dissimilar both from the user-driven design that was deleted at the end of 2009 and from the more barebones site that existed between 2009 and now.

The site features pages detailing upcoming tourdates, the Pumpkins’ discography, and the band’s upcoming album Oceania. There is also a hub page for the band’s archive project, the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club. As of now, the Record Club page appears to be a holding area, but the page promises more Record Club content in late June and also tips that the Pisces Iscariot reissue is now due out at the end of July.

SmashingPumpkins.com will, starting on May 29, be taking pre-orders for the Oceania album in CD, LP, and digital formats. The site also contains the announcement of an “Imagine Oceania” contest. Fans can create art inspired by the album’s song titles, which the band may then feature on its social media outlets. The band is also working with the website JPGMAG.com to host a photo challenge, in which users can submit photography inspired by the song titles; ultimately, the band will choose 13 photo challenge winners (one for each Oceania song) to receive a canvas poster signed by the band.

Other features of the site include a store (featuring discounted 2011 tour merchandise) and “community” links to a few band-oriented sites. The official messageboard is down for the time being but apparently still has a pulse since it’s also linked under the “community” heading.

Late last summer, the band had engaged a company called Uprising Creative to redesign the website, but only parts of that redesign, including a page for the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club, ever reached the public. Earlier this week, HU discovered a fuller site under construction, credited to Uprising Creative and located at development.smashingpumpkins.com, which had been altered as recently as early April. But that’s not it: the development site has been taken down, and neither is Uprising Creative credited anywhere on the new SmashingPumpkins.com nor has the firm mentioned today’s rollout on its active blog.

UPDATE (5/27): The official Smashing Pumpkins messageboard has been relocated.

HU Podcast #89: Oceania and the Lucky 13 7:24 pm // Thursday, May 17, 2012

Posted by chris in oceania, podcast, record club, smashingpumpkins.com.
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Oceania coverAs we edge closer to the release of Oceania, and only seven nine days from the band’s first live appearance in 2012, we assembled to talk about the impending album and tour as well as the re-re-revival of the archive project.  Let us know if you plan on attending the show in Lisbon and would be willing to be interviewed for a future podcast.

Listen to the whole show (1:00:41)

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Panelists
-Chris, Jason, and Susan

Topics
-We are almost a month away from Oceania hitting stores.  Is it the right decision to not release it early to reviewers?  While Billy seems to be planning on streaming the album, it’s unclear whether there will be a free, no-strings-attached download like the earlier Teargarden tracks.  Is this a big deal?  Plus, no podcast is complete without a discussion of fonts! (14:39)

-Billy has some ambitious plans for the Oceania tour, so we give our take on starting every show by playing Oceania straight through in order.  Note: this podcast was recorded before the Rock Coast show was postponed. (12:46)

-The latest incarnation of the archive project is revealed to be a group of fan intermediaries known as the Lucky 13.  Will the 3rd time be the charm?  Plus, I rant at length about the unprofessional state of the Pumpkins’ official website. (26:47)

Song of the Week

-Beautiful, San Francisco, California (February 6th, 1996)

Corgan: “I’ve already talked to Flood” about the ‘Machina’ reissue 12:42 pm // Thursday, April 26, 2012

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David Swan of Australian live music site Faster Louder has released a new interview with Smashing Pumpkins head Billy Corgan. Corgan discusses topics including his in-progress memoir, recording music with his love interests, the legacy of Zeitgeist, and the themes of the Pumpkins’ upcoming album Oceania.

Swan queried Corgan about the status of the upcoming Machina reissues:

Machina II is a brilliant album, have you ever thought about releasing it properly, maybe when you re-issue the others?
Yes. Our sell-out move, for Machina, is we’re going to remix the whole record and put it in its official sequence the way I’d hoped for in the beginning. I wrote it as a rock opera double album type of thing, so we’re going to remix the whole thing. I’ve already talked to Flood, and he’s been indicating he wants to be involved with that part of the process, and then we’ll finally finish the album, the way it was meant to be.

On how to describe different eras of Pumpkins music:

Is the sound [of Oceania] a new direction for you or is it harking back to earlier stuff?
I can describe what people are saying, but I don’t really get into the sonic part because every time I say anything like that it turns into like a ‘oh, we made this kind of album’. How I describe my music never seems to be the way people hear it. I was listening today to a couple of old songs because we’re getting ready for the tour, just to see if I wanted to play them live, and a song I listened to was the song we did called G.L.O.W. And G.L.O.W. to me sounds like it could have easily been Mellon Collie, it sounds like it could’ve been on Machina, and yet because a lot of people didn’t like the Zeitgeist period it just sorta automatically got lumped into something that it wasn’t. And I was surprised, going back and listening to G.L.O.W. today, like ‘Wow, this actually kinda sounds like classic Smashing Pumpkins to me.’ But my opinion doesn’t seem to matter in those things because people seem to need to make periods about something other than what it actually is. So if I play heavy guitar music with certain people in the room it sounds like this, but if I make the same type of music with other people in the room, it sounds like this.

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…)

‘Oceania’ out June 19; Pumpkins working with EMI, Prospect Park 2:28 pm // Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Posted by jjb in news, oceania, record labels.
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From a press release:

EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution has announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Martha’s Music to release the highly anticipated album from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS entitled OCEANIA on June 19th, 2012. The agreement covers the world excluding Canada, Brazil and Australia.

The EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution online catalog lists a CD digipak ($18.98 suggested price) and a double vinyl LP ($24.98) for Oceania, with Martha’s Music shown as the label. Martha’s Music is the Billy Corgan-owned imprint borne by the previous Smashing Pumpkins records Teargarden by Kaleidyscope volumes 1 and 2 (issued in conjunction with the label services company Rocket Science) and Zeitgeist (with Warner Music Group’s Reprise Records), as well as Corgan’s TheFutureEmbrace album and Zwan’s Mary Star of the Sea (both also with Reprise).

The EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution homepage reads in part:

Caroline Distribution has a 30 year history as the premiere independent distribution company breaking many acts and nurturing many labels over the years. Many of today’s most significant independent labels and artists have been nurtured through this system. With EMI Label Services, artists and labels have the ability to secure turn-key global distribution deals, while having the potential to secure marketing support for the right artist at the right time through EMI’s “A-team” of promotion, publicity, online marketing, synch & licensing, brand sponsorship, new channel development and more.

The press release also states:

Peter Katsis, manager of SMASHING PUMPKINS for Prospect Park, added: “The Smashing Pumpkins created Oceania as an album experience, and it is intended for the process of the release to follow a path of inclusion, so that best efforts are made for all the fans hear it at the same time as press or radio. We were excited to find partners in EMI Label Services that were equally passionate about the plan for the album release as well as being huge fans of the Pumpkins.”

Prospect Park, led since 2008 by Hollywood hotshot Jeff Kwatinetz, has its feet in both TV production and music management. Artists on the Prospect Park roster include Jane’s Addiction, Korn, and Backstreet Boys. The Pumpkins were previously under Live Nation’s AGP Management.

UPDATE: Universal Music Canada has made a separate deal for Oceania.

Teaser for James Iha’s music video “To Who Knows Where” 10:26 am // Thursday, March 15, 2012

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James Iha’s official Japanese YouTube account has posted a video teaser for “To Who Knows Where.” The video is said to be inspired by the 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie. According to Iha’s EMI Japanese artist website, the  full video should debut next month; it was filmed in Joshua Tree, California earlier this month and directed by Adam Neustadter. His artist website also provides a link to CDJournal’s new interview with Iha; CDJournal also reviewed Iha’s new album Look to the Sky, which was released yesterday in Japan. Also, check out HU contributor 34’s first impressions of the album.

James Iha merch prominently displayed in Tower Records Japan 8:22 am // Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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James Iha is big in Japan! Or, at least, EMI and Tower Records are doing a good job of promoting him. Not only was there a large display (shown) directly in front of the escalators on the “foreign music” 8th floor of the Shinjuku Tower Records (Tower occupies floors 7-10 of a building right outside Shinjuku Station‘s Southeast exit), his new album was also on display in the “New Releases” on the mainly domestic 7th floor (again, directly in front of the escalators), alongside Whitney Houston, Adele, and Van Halen. The 8th floor display included both Iha albums, which were available for listening (along with folk/rock legend Neil Young’s Harvest). Some copies of Siamese Dream (deluxe reissue), Greatest Hits, and a Teargarden EP were nearby, along with some other unrelated CDs (no APC or Tinted Windows). An attached caption also mentioned James’ upcoming performance at Fuji Rock this summer, with another caption proclaiming it to be the “birth of a superdreadnought-famous recording.”

In addition to the previously mentioned free sticker (with a corner serving as entry stub to win a Vaporize James Iha t-shirt), there was an additional entry form to be filled out and turned in (read: stuffed into a box) in-store, to win a “panel,” which appears to be a foam-backed photo from EMI Rocks. A recessed wall display near the escalators featured a few of these, as well as the aforementioned t-shirt, and an autograph made out to the Shinjuku Tower Records. Since the Sapporo store has also twippled a picture, I imagine most, if not all, Tower locations have these as well, with similar displays.

The CD itself comes in a digipack with a small booklet containing artwork, photos and credits, as well as a large foldout with lyrics (including Japanese translations), and a long essay about the album in Japanese on the other side, with comments from James on each track (also in Japanese).

The album appears to now be available on Amazon US, albeit only from resellers. Alternatively, you can order it in (mostly) English from Amazon Japan.

Media react to Corgan’s talking tour of SXSW 12:14 pm // Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Billy Corgan has made several public appearances at South by Southwest in Austin this week. You can check out full videos of his Sunday night appearance at Android House and his early Monday afternoon appearance at Samsung Blogger Lounge. Video is not available of the panel featuring Corgan and social media consultant Brian Solis that occurred late yesterday afternoon; my understanding is that video from all panels generally makes its way to the SXSW YouTube account about two weeks after the conference ends (if you scroll down, you’ll see a playlist featuring archived 2011 coverage). That panel is making headlines in the media today; Billboard and Rolling Stone have both posted their takes on Corgan’s comments. However, longtime Smashing Pumpkins fans may find Nadia Neophytou’s account for Memeburn a bit more interesting; it’s packed with quotes and presents a more holistic view of Corgan’s remarks, including his plans to develop a Kickstarter-like subscription service with the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club.

Judging from the Twitter list of panel attendees I created yesterday (although at this point you’ll have to scroll back quite a ways to find relevant content), many in the room found Corgan’s remarks refreshingly candid and honest. This seems right to me: in a room full of social media experts and techies, hearing someone speak who’s willing to cut through marketing morass is probably a breath of fresh air. Remember that this panel was part of South by Southwest Interactive–the music side of SXSW is just getting started today.  It also doesn’t surprise me that the music media elite (e.g., Billboard and Rolling Stone) don’t seem to be too enthused for what Corgan had to say.

Nothing I’m reading indicates that Corgan gave many specifics about the Pumpkins’ plans for their upcoming album Oceania. I tend to wonder if he ran out of time to make his announcements at the panel, given that many in the audience reported that the session seemed to be evolving as it was happening and not following a defined script. Corgan seems to be toying with the idea of creating a “visual experience” to surround the album; as HU readers may remember, the idea of “conceptual videos” is something Corgan has been toying around with for a while.

As I type, Corgan is attending a screening of The Source, a documentary I watched and reviewed on Sunday. Corgan makes a brief appearance as a interviewee in the film and he’ll be taking questions on a panel after the film.

‘Pisces Iscariot’ reissue bonus disc mastered by Howie Weinberg 12:30 pm // Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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According to two tweets made by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan this morning, the bonus disc for the reissued Pisces Iscariot deluxe box set has been mastered by Howie Weinberg in his Los Angeles studio. Corgan apparently traveled to LA last weekend to work with Weinberg, who is best known to Pumpkins fans for having mastered the band’s 90s catalog. Weinberg’s involvement with the Pumpkins’ reissue project is a new development, however; the Gish and Siamese Dream reissues, as well as the band’s new album Oceania, were instead mastered by Bob Ludwig.

Corgan further tipped fans that the song “Glynis,” already announced for the Pisces bonus disc, and has been remixed by “BT,” presumably Corgan’s longtime collaborator Bjorn Thorsrud. We are still awaiting other details about the Pisces bonus disc sequencing, which Corgan finalized in mid-February. We do know that the Pisces box set is also to include a cassette tape “recreation” of the band’s original 1988 demo tape and a DVD of the full November 19, 1988 show at Roselle Music. No date has been set for the release of the Pisces reissue, which had been tentatively announced for Record Store Day 2012 but now seems to be pushed back.

Corgan was back in Chicago by Monday night to attend the Chicago Chorale’s performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

Corgan to tout Oceania “album experience” at SXSW conference 1:27 am // Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Todd Wasserman of tech-news site Mashable reports tonight that Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan will appear at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin to discuss plans for the rollout of his band’s upcoming album Oceania.

“Our aim is to turn the ‘social’ into a new way to experience an album,” Corgan told Mashable. “By taking the medium one step further we will create an experience with Oceania online and off-line that transcends the single and the single mentality in all ways.”

Corgan will speak on March 12 at a session led by Brian Solis, who works at tech consultancy Altimeter Group but is not a social media expert—which is just as well, as the Pumpkins already have a strategy to garner publicity online:

[Corgan] added that the band is, “Working closely with Superfans as gatekeepers to help interaction on a fan-to fan level by promoting their Smashing Pumpkins related blogs and enlisting their help in maintaining a few official Smashing Pumpkins social media sites.”

UPDATE: Kerry Brown: “LOL”.

UPDATE: HU asked a contact with the band to clarify the typo-marred quotation attributed by Mashable to a publicist. We received the following statement in response, attributed to the “Smashing Pumpkins Digital Team”:

We will not be marketing this record in the traditional way such as releasing a single or a video, the key is that we are going to use technology to bring back the album experience.

HU Podcast #87: The Return of James Iha 5:05 pm // Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Eric joined us mere hours after James’ solo-ish performance at EMI Rocks in Japan to give us the run-down.  The setlist is up at SPFC.org, and we’re hoping get full audio of the show from Eric sometime soon.  I think we were able to answer the question of whether James is varying his sound from Let It Come Down and whether Iha qualifies as big in Japan, but not the question of why the album is being released there first.

Listen to the whole show (43:03)

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Panelists
-Chris, Susan, and Eric

Song of the Week

-Be Strong Now, Saitama, Japan (February 19, 2012)

HU Podcast #86: Coffee, Tea, and SPRC 7:00 pm // Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Posted by chris in mike byrne, pisces iscariot, podcast, record club, ya ho wha 13.
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We reawaken from our winter hibernation this week to podcast about the random pieces of Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins news we’ve gotten over the past two months as well as usher in the return of the mighty cassette.  Next week we are planning on an all-James blowout Ihacast and hope to finally answer that burning question: is James Iha big in Japan?

Listen to the whole show (1:03:35)

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Panelists
-Chris, Jason, and Susan

Topics
-Have Faithe and Be Merrie was stuffed into our stocking.  Is this truly an “archive” item or a more recent demo?  Either way, should Billy use the SPRC name to release new material?  We also touch on TopSpin Media and the Pisces Iscariot reissue (with cassette!) (23:54)

-As Billy Corgan continues to write his spiritual memoir, he also is lending his creative input to a Chicago tea house.  Should Billy unify his eclectic empire with his music career?  Synergy! (10:56)

-In an interview with Mojo magazine, Billy expressed regret that he did not leave the Smashing Pumpkins after the death of Jonathan Melvoin.  If he had, how would his eventual career arc and legacy have changed?  After Jason plays a reluctant Harry Turtledove, we also discuss some of the other parts of the interview. (11:15)

-Finally, we can’t help but speculate on the glorious return of James Iha, plus I offer some advice to my namesake in Bearcubbin”g”. (12:11)

Song of the Week
-Pinwheels, Lisbon, Portugal (December 10th, 2011)

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