HU Podcast #92: “Pisces Iscariot” Reissue 8:08 pm // Monday, August 6, 2012Posted by chris in podcast, pisces iscariot, james iha.
Somewhat lost amid all the news and media appearances surrounding the Oceania release and tour was the reissue of Pisces Iscariot. We still don’t quite do justice to the criminally underappreciated b-sides collection, but we do talk a little about the bonus material, the joys of Topspin Media, and even James Iha’s surprising cover.
Listen to the full podcast (31:45)
-Chris and Eric
-We discuss the reissue and its bonus material. Eric has a few issues with Topspin, and I have some issues with the song selection. Plus, Eric makes an official SPFC ruling in the great debate of “Bye” vs. “By” June. (20:31)
-Eric weighs in from close(r) to the source of James’ controversial cover. (8:40)
Song of the Week
Purr Snickety, New Haven, CT (July 21, 1991)
We’re hoping to bring on a special guest for a report from the front lines of the Oceania tour very soon, so stay tuned.
Smashing Pumpkins’ “mixtape that went platinum” selling again 11:50 am // Tuesday, July 17, 2012Posted by jjb in news, pisces iscariot, releases.
The reissued Pisces Iscariot is on sale today, and its liner notes purport to resolve definitively such often-asked minor questions as “What is the first word of the first song on this album?” and “Who is pictured on the cover?” Excitement abounds; feel free to share yours in the comments.
Smashing Pumpkins fill in ‘Pisces’ reissue with outtakes of outtakes 11:23 am // Monday, July 2, 2012Posted by jjb in news, pisces iscariot.
A press release this morning contains a photo and complete lists of contents for EMI’s expected July 17 reissue of Pisces Iscariot, the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1994 b-sides compilation album.
PISCES ISCARIOT is being released in multiple configurations: Deluxe Physical Album—which comes with a live DVD and the first-ever PUMPKINS demo reproduced on cassette—Deluxe Digital, Standard Physical, Digital and 180G Vinyl.
As previously reported, the live DVD contains 24 tracks, among them the Pumpkins’ complete November 19, 1988 session recorded for broadcast on public access television, a session known to comprise nine songs. It turns out that 17 of the 24 DVD tracks are devoted to this 1988 session: eight incomplete song takes are included along with the nine complete takes. The remaining seven DVD tracks come from live performances between 1989 and 1994 and may (dis)please fans of Steve Miller and Thin Lizzy:
Blue (1991/10/22, Milwaukee) | Offer Up (1992/6/9, Milwaukee) | The Joker (1992/6/10, Milwaukee) | Slunk (1992/6/10, Milwaukee) | Dancing in the Moonlight (1993/7/4, London) | Snap (1989/8/11, Chicago) | Hello Kitty Kat (1994/8/21, Dallas)
The press release verifies that the so-called “first-ever Pumpkins demo” chosen for reproduction and inclusion is indeed The Smashing Pumpkins cassette, self-released by the band in 1989.
The deluxe physical and digital editions also come with a bonus compact disc(‘s worth) of Pumpkins recordings, most of which are studio outtakes that missed Pisces Iscariot the first time around:
By June (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 mix) | My Dahlia (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix) | Jesus Loves His Babies (Gish Sessions rough mix) | Cinnamon Girl (Ignoffo Sessions/2012 Mix) | Glynis (2012 Mix) | Crawl (Gish Sessions outtake) | Cinder Open (Eddy St. demo/2012 mix) | Blissed (Sadlands demo/2012 Mix) | Slunk (Live) | Jackie Blue | Venus in Furs (Live) | Translucent (Sadlands demo/2012 mix) | French Movie Theme (Siamese Sessions outtake) | Purr Snickety (Gish b-sides session outtake) | There It Goes (demo/2012 mix) | Vanilla (Ignoffo Sessions) | Why Am I So Tired (Live in studio demo)
Most notable for diehards might be “Crawl,” a song that has not been bootlegged in any form, and the demo “Cinder,” of which only live recordings have previously circulated.
‘Pisces Iscariot’ reissue set for July 17 in the U.S. 10:15 pm // Thursday, May 31, 2012Posted by susan in news, pisces iscariot.
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…)
Smashing Pumpkins unveil redesigned official website 11:11 pm // Friday, May 25, 2012Posted by susan in business, news, oceania, pisces iscariot, record club, smashingpumpkins.com.
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.
‘Pisces Iscariot’ reissue bonus disc mastered by Howie Weinberg 12:30 pm // Wednesday, March 7, 2012Posted by susan in bjorn thorsrud, howie weinberg, news, pisces iscariot.
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.
HU Podcast #86: Coffee, Tea, and SPRC 7:00 pm // Tuesday, February 14, 2012Posted by chris in mike byrne, pisces iscariot, podcast, record club, ya ho wha 13.
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?
-Chris, Jason, and Susan
-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)
Corgan inking record deal for ‘Oceania’; finalizing ‘Pisces’ reissue 2:07 pm // Wednesday, February 8, 2012Posted by susan in news, oceania, pisces iscariot, record labels.
Over a series of several tweets this afternoon, Smashing Pumpkins head Billy Corgan has tipped fans to some much-awaited news. Corgan reports that he is signing a record deal for the Pumpkins’ new album Oceania. Sessions for the album finished back in September; the band has been shopping the album to record labels since that time. Corgan promises a release date announcement “in the next few weeks.”
Regarding the Pumpkins’ impending reissue of 1994′s Pisces Iscariot, Corgan reports that the reissue will include a “recreation” of the band’s original 1988 demo tape and a new remix of “Glynis” made from the original master tapes. For DVD component of the Pisces reissue, Corgan promises “a full UN-EDITED performance (1988) on local cable access w/ false starts, dialogue (shot at Roselle Music!).” That would be the November 19, 1988 show, recorded live for the Pulse cable access program in Chicago. Last we heard, the Pisces reissue is set to drop on April 21 in conjunction with Record Store Day.
Exciting news/Pisces Iscariot re-issue will have a recreation of band original demo tape (1988)+ a NEW Glynis remix from master tapes—
Billy Corgan (@Billy) February 08, 2012
Oh, and also on the DVD a full UN-EDITED performance (1988) on local cable access w/ false starts, dialogue (shot at Roselle Music!)—
Billy Corgan (@Billy) February 08, 2012
On Oceania news I think we'll have a release date to announce in the next few weeks. Signing record deal now…—
Billy Corgan (@Billy) February 08, 2012
Smashing Pumpkins crafting ‘Gish,’ ‘Siamese Dream’ reissues 9:49 pm // Friday, August 19, 2011Posted by susan in gish, lyrics, news, pisces iscariot, releases, siamese dream.
Over the last week, new details about the Smashing Pumpkins’ back-catalog rereleases have emerged. Billy Corgan said yesterday that “we’re working hard right now” to ensure that the Gish and Siamese Dream reissues, due out on November 15, will each have special packaging and contain two CDs and a DVD. Other formats, such as the high-grade vinyl mentioned in the initial announcement of the reissues, could also be pending. Corgan hopes to provide his Gish lyrics, which were not previously available, and he has tweeted that he has an extensive collection of his original Siamese Dream lyrics as well.
The band now projects that the Pisces Iscariot reissue (originally slated for this year) will come out in 2012 alongside Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High, and Adore. Work for the Pisces reissue has apparently already commenced. Regarding formats for next year’s releases, Corgan still intends to release Aeroplane on vinyl for the first time. 2013 should see Machina I and II combined into one package, and the band’s most recent press release raises the possibility of a “best-of compilation” in that same year.
Corgan provides details on album reissues, archives 12:51 pm // Tuesday, June 7, 2011Posted by chris in b-sides, gish, pisces iscariot, siamese dream.
As promised in a tweet last night, Billy Corgan provided a status update on the both the progress of and ideas behind the Archive Project. While he gave a brief mention to the current work being done, which he described as taking ”any materials from 1985-1994 that are relevant to the Gish, Siamese Dream, or Pisces Iscariot albums and get them into a stable, 96k format,” Billy also spent quite a bit of time describing a new potential method for releasing work that isn’t worthy of mainstream commercial treatment.
If I had to make a choice today, it would probably be something along the lines of outline the project, and see who might want to buy in with a guarantee that they are assured a limited edition pressing. We all know the songs will be bootlegged, there is no mystery in that anymore, but I feel that because of what these ideas are, in essence a real peek under the covers of how these albums came together, that there will be enough fans who would want to own a physical copy. Putting them together for digital consumption is easy, but probably not going to excite enough people. I know I get motivated when I think about a 20 album vinyl set of my demos from 1985-1994, even if only 500 fans wanted every one, because it means together we get to make something permanent that requires love, and a cover photo, and some liner notes, etc. In essence it is motivating to share more than just a digital file; to make art.
Corgan also offered some possibilities for reissue bonus material beyond the obvious b-sides:
So for example, for ‘Drown’, we may release an alternate version with has a completely different take of the long end guitar solo, mixed by Butch Vig in 1992. With ‘Starla’, we’ve talked about a completely new Kerry Brown mix 2011 style, with the original mix still being available on the ‘Pisces Iscariot’ record.
Finally, Billy offered another alternative for material that never even saw proper demo treatment:
But I also found on that same tape 2 unknown songs which are half-written, with me kind of faking lyrics as I often do when I’m writing a song. I never had any intention for anyone to ever hear these versions, and in their raw form are probably not release worthy, at least not commercially. But what I might do is ‘finish’ the songs now; record a final version after all these years with me on guitar and voice alone, and provide those half-baked versions on the SP facebook page for everyone to enjoy a lost moment in time.
For those wondering about a timetable, as previously announced the plan is still Christmas of this year for Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot.
HU Podcast #76: The Big Announcement 1:43 pm // Saturday, April 30, 2011Posted by chris in gish, pisces iscariot, podcast, siamese dream, teargarden by kaleidyscope.
Billy’s recent announcement on the future of Teargarden and the exciting news about the reissues and opening of the archives spurred us to record a rare mid-week podcast. Eric joins us again from Japan to sift through the possibilities for Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot bonus material, as we save discussion of the other reissues for future shows.
-Chris, Susan, and Eric
-Owata is tabbed as the final single-release Teargarden song, at least for the foreseeable future. Is this a good choice? (4:01)
-The next Teargarden release after Owata will be an approximately 10-song album within an album called Oceania, surprisingly slated for a September 1st date. Is 4 months long enough to create and release an album? How will it be distributed? Is there a chance we’ll never go back to the one-song-at-a-time format? (10:24)
-All of the old album are being reissued with bonus material, so we take a look at Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot, which are slated for a 2011 release. What will the bonus tracks be? So many b-sides from these eras are already on Pisces Iscariot, will they be pushed back into their respective eras? Would fans have the right to be upset if the bonus material is already available in the trading community? Will Billy include songs sung by other band members? (32:17)
Song of the Week
-Try to Try, Madison, WI (July 16th, 1990)
HU Podcast #22: Jimmy Kimmel, Chicago Songs, and the 20th Anniversary Tour 9:40 pm // Tuesday, September 30, 2008Posted by chris in pisces iscariot, podcast, tour.
With all of the news that came out last week we did a slightly longer, all-news podcast this week.
This week’s topics:
-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew
-The Smashing Pumpkins are slated to appear on Jimmy Kimmel live on October 24th. Do we have any listeners who can stealth a recording for us? Plus, will the band do the talk show circuit? (4:30)
-The 20th Anniversary Tour dates are announced, and the tour is spec’ed out. We come to the conclusion that Black Sunshine and White Crosses are a perfect opportunity for crazy costuming, and Jason has an interesting theory on the setlists. (9:52)
-For the first time ever, Smashing Pumpkins soundboard concert downloads will be on sale. Is this a trial period to gauge interest for releasing older concert recordings? Will casual concertgoers buy in, or is this sale aimed at the online fans around the world? Jill suggests that it may also be a shrewd marketing move. (18:38)
-Billy revists the Chicago Songs in an interview, but isn’t planning on releasing them anytime soon. He still cites a negative response, but is the general response to Billy’s ideas getting more positive? (22:05)
-The band plans a Q&A on SmashingPumpkins.com, and we chime in with our questions. Plus, Jason explores possibilities for more concert VIP packages. (10:11)
This Week in Pumpkins History
-Pisces Iscariot is released, and we still don’t know what’s on the cover. Also, we reveal the riddle that is the Pisces Mystery. (2:30)
Song of the Week
-Starla, November 29th, 2000
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.