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Record Club launches with free demos of “Drown,” “Geek U.S.A.”; L.A. design firm hired to build “the new SmashingPumpkins.com” 10:38 pm // Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Posted by jjb in business, news, record club, releases, smashingpumpkins.com.

The Smashing Pumpkins Record Club emerged from its cocoon today, busting out with a new SmashingPumpkins.com splash page by Los Angeles design firm Uprising Creative—and that firm says it is on the hook to the band for more than one fancy graphic:

We’re stoked to be working with Topspin and Smashing Pumpkins on both the new smashingpumpkins.com and the new Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (SPRC). SPRC is going to be amazing, with Billy releasing previously unreleased demos, videos, photos, and other content periodically for members-only.

Our first step is today’s launch of the initial SPRC splash page and the release of the “Drown” 8-track demo. In the coming months, we’ll be doing a ton of behind the scenes work getting SPRC and the new site built out.

In a new video embedded on the splash page, Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan discusses the demo recording of “Drown” that is given as a free download to anyone who proffers their email address. Regarding the future of the Record Club, Corgan says, “There’ll be so much free stuff; I’m not even joking.” Also on the splash page, free, and not even a joke is a “secret” download of a nearly instrumental 2-track demo of “Geek U.S.A.”

Topspin Media, the other SPRC partner referenced by Uprising, bills itself as “the most powerful direct-to-fan platform on the planet.” (And before you say “Topspin is just a shopping cart”, ask, does your shopping cart have this?) Topspin’s clients include George Strait, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and David Lynch.


1. Adam - 10:51 pm // Wednesday, August 31, 2011

first post!!!

let me just say that this drown demo fucking rules. living in the past is awesome!!

2. bystarlight.org (@SPpictures) - 11:04 pm // Wednesday, August 31, 2011

That’s exciting! Thanks for the background research on the design firm :) There is a lot to look forward too – especially the photos in my case hehe

3. bystarlight.org (@SPpictures) - 11:11 pm // Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I should clarify that I wouldn’t archive the ones that you have to pay for x)

4. Bringing the Light - 12:00 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

you’ve got to admit, Billy seems really happy and sincere in that video

5. Seb - 12:18 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Yeaawwh!! I can’t believe they got the project up and running. So many shockwaves on the horizon.. Good time to be a fan, indeed..

6. ziggy23 - 12:18 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

cool stuff, now, Mr.Corgan, give us more, please=)

7. Adam - 12:28 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

corgan seems high in that video.

8. thereitgoes - 12:33 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

SHIT! If Geek USA didn’t follow that Drown demo right away I would’ve bugged the fuck out!

9. misterAUX - 5:51 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

thanks for the heads up on the geek usa demo

10. Jonk - 6:33 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Never really listened to Drown in depth before- right up my alley.

Also call me crazy, but I dug the minimalist approach with the current site. But I guess with the new album and record club a redesign is warranted

11. TheLoneCreature - 7:09 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

The redesign reminds me of MCIS’ album booklet drawings.

12. raspberrytwist - 7:27 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

@320 also, very nice. Makes a good change not wallowing in poopy low bitrates. Ace to see/hear some new goodies. \m/

13. zzavettoni - 7:55 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hopefully Uprising Creative will have something to do with Oceania art direction, so far Teargarden artworks have been debatable at best.

14. ddb - 8:54 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

So anyway. Those demos are AWESOME. I am really excited and onboard for everything upcoming in Pumpkinland, both the record club and Oceania!

15. NeilPoe - 10:08 am // Thursday, September 1, 2011

definitely excited for the future… Oceania in a couple of months, Re-issues in November, Tour in October, SPRC happening in the future… WOW i’m overwhelmed.. thank you Billy

16. arpeggi - 1:04 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

wow, those demos are really amazing :)

17. redhandcorgan - 1:36 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Seems like everyone excited for the past!! Current material no one really bugs out like they do with these gish era/ sd demos woot!!

18. ddb - 2:13 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

The demos are indeed great, but Oceania is still my #1 most-anticipated SP project!

19. jibernish - 2:47 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

I agree with ddb. Although I’m excited to hear the old stuff, I am most excited to hear new work. It’s always about the new work for me.

20. Ziggy Willis - 3:05 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Agreed. My list goes something like this..
1.) Oceania
2.) Reissues
3.) SPRC
4.) Touring (that would be higher if they were playing anywhere less than a five hour drive from me but alas it is not so)

21. zanzabar - 3:05 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

this old stuff is def awesome

but im with you guys – way more excited about whats around the corner

22. Snailboy - 4:33 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

How do you access the video? Is it supposed to pop up? I’m getting nothing

23. Snailboy - 4:37 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whoops nevermind. I first accessed the site last night on my phone, and didnt see a video pop after signing up for the record club.

24. redhandcorgan - 4:57 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Theres no Oceania is going to be good look at the TGBK tracks that came out uhhh unless he pulls a 4 leaf clover from his ass this album is going to disappoint….zeitgiest was a good album i doubt it will be better then that with Jimmy FUCKING Chamberlin on drums no way!

25. JCelsius - 5:26 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

@redhandcorgan Wow. You really have a way with words. At any rate, I’M excited.

26. Just_Erick - 10:51 pm // Thursday, September 1, 2011

Really excited for Oceania, that was a great sincere video, and like Susan just said in the podcast, its truly nice to see Corgan as the “hero” rather than the negative aspect we all know him from.

27. rapapapa - 5:19 am // Friday, September 2, 2011

Adore is so much better than Zeitgeist, and yet, that album does not feature JimmyC.

28. afk - 10:45 am // Friday, September 2, 2011

You know what bugs me? When people throw their opinions out as if they are objective fact. Just saying.

29. bluehandgriswold - 12:29 pm // Friday, September 2, 2011

Oceania is going no there TBKG look at tracks uhh 4 clovers come out album disasppoints ass…….zeitgeist i doubt better then then good album fucking BIMMY Chaberlin nos drums was!Q

30. THE FREAK - 3:15 pm // Saturday, September 3, 2011

^ greatest post right here. I agree 100%

31. ddb - 5:56 pm // Saturday, September 3, 2011

That is a masterpiece!

32. Seb - 3:54 am // Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bartender, give #29 another whiskey..

33. ziggy - 8:29 am // Saturday, September 10, 2011

new track Barb Wire appeared

34. ziggy - 8:31 am // Saturday, September 10, 2011

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