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Corgan, Fiorentino, Byrne announce end of ‘Oceania’ sessions 10:01 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011

Posted by susan in billy corgan, bjorn thorsrud, mike byrne, news, nicole fiorentino, oceania.

The Smashing Pumpkins say they have finished recording their new album Oceania.

Nicole and Mike recording vocalsEarly this morning, frontman Billy Corgan said to his Twitter followers “Oceania is done… I am so proud of this record, and this band.” Bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne also remarked upon the occasion, both saying they “can’t wait” for the music to be publicly available; according to a tweet made by Corgan last Friday, that is still expected to happen in November.

The band posted to its Facebook account a snapshot of Corgan in front of a whiteboard that he had used to track progress on the album. Thirteen tracks are fully checked off, including: “Pale Horse,” “Panopticon,” “Chimera,” “Four Winds Chime,” “Glissandra,” “Inkless,” “My Love Is Winter,” “The Celestials,” “Quasar/Stella Polaris,” “Pinwheels,” “Oceania,” “Violet Rays,” and “Wildflower.” This set of song titles essentially matches the tentative list of 12 songs given by Corgan on June 1, with two significant exceptions: “Wildflower” has been added, while “Special K” has been retitled as “The Celestials.”

Only guitar solos and backing vocals remained to be recorded when mixing for the album began on September 1. Two days later, the first track of thirteen had been mixed. On September 5, Corgan tweeted that three mixes were complete and that he was recording solos with his “Bat Strat.” On September 7, Fiorentino guessed that five more songs needed backing vocals and that three songs lacked guitar overdubs. By September 8 five songs had been mixed; meanwhile Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder had only three songs left to record on, one being the title track “Oceania” that required “epic twin shooting star solos.” That same day, Corgan estimated that he had around two weeks’ worth of work remaining for the album. Corgan finished his guitar tracking on September 11; at that point, eight songs were mixed, and some background vocals remained to be recorded. The next day brought the total number of songs mixed to nine. On September 15, Fiorentino indicated that everyone was getting a bit stir crazy. By September 16, eleven songs were mixed. September 17 saw Fiorentino tackling her final task for Oceania, background vocals on “Four Winds Chime,” with the mixer hot on her heels.

Billy Corgan wrote a blog post about the album on September 14, in which he stated that Oceania would be finished in less than a week. He described the album as a “team effort” by members of the band with “participation and advice from Kerry Brown, Kevin Dippold, Bjorn Thorsrud and many other people here that keep the old machines up and running.” Corgan also reflected back to Oceania‘s beginnings, acknowledging that while the bulk of Oceania was written in Sedona, Arizona during early 2011, a few “song ideas” do date from the first sessions for Teargarden by Kaleidyscope with Mark Tulin and others in 2009. Corgan noted in a tweet that he started recording in April; although we knew the full band started work in Chicago on May 10, a recent report by Mix magazine says Oceania was in pre-production for a month at Kerry Brown’s California studios.  While there, Corgan hashed out demos on guitar and “soft synth,” whittling down a list of 30 songs for the album. Byrne and Fiorentino joined him there for the last week of work.


1. THE FREAK - 10:25 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011

I would love for them to release a single in the next couple of weeks. I would settle for an album cover though

2. Aaron - 10:26 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011

Great summary of the Oceania process!

3. apm - 10:31 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011

Looking forward to people clamoring for “William Tell.” My hopes are up for “Wildflower”, as it looks like that’s was this album’s “last song to make it”…which are almost always great.

4. snowtrooper - 11:44 pm // Sunday, September 18, 2011

crossheirs of thyme!!!!

5. Rory - 1:47 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Thanks for the summary, Susan!

6. Spag - 2:11 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Great news.

7. John Cortez - 2:15 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

‘Soft Synths’ is ‘software synths’, i.e. not the things in either of those two pictures.

8. ziggy - 7:20 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

срать и мазать!!

9. susan - 8:43 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Ah, cool, thanks John.

10. 34 - 8:49 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Wonder whatever happened to “Pretty Boy“. >_<;

11. jewel - 9:02 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Oh billy cant you see what its done 2 u

12. thereitgoes - 9:32 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

I’m buying the absolute best shit for listening to this album! lol

13. UnderRapture - 9:45 am // Monday, September 19, 2011

Agreed ^^^^^

14. afk - 12:21 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011

Getting Bose 901 speakers for this!

15. apm - 1:09 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011

@34 … “Pretty Boy” == “Wildflower” possibly? Maybe Monte can ask Billy for sure.

16. Misery - 1:13 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011

Wait what, 30 songs? Is his for Oceania or TBK in general?

17. Misery - 1:14 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011


18. susan - 1:36 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011

@Misery he was working from a list of 30 songs in April to decide which ones the band would record for Oceania starting in May. Presumably that could have included stuff that was demo’ed out in 2009 (eg 2009 whiteboard and Spirits in the Sky), stuff from the 2010 soundchecks, and stuff he’d written during/since that time (particularly the Sedona material).

Or he could’ve just written 30 songs in Sedona. This is Billy Freakin’ Corgan we’re talking about.

19. Just_Erick - 9:07 pm // Monday, September 19, 2011

To add to what Susan is saying too, Billy already had over 50 songs written and ready for TGK. I’m going to assume that the 30 songs were the cream of the crop (from the 50+) plus some new written songs thrown in. I can’t wait for this album. My Love is Winter is just amazing and is probably one of the best “new” Pumpkin song we have heard.

20. Misery - 5:13 am // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Is there a set acronym for teargarden?
I assumed TBK, but loads of people have been saying TGK

21. Jonk - 8:36 am // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

We should just call it Zoo in German lol

Curious if Lonely is the Name will pop up anytime in the future.

Susan thanks again

22. jjb - 8:48 am // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A source tells HU that “Wildflower” is not “Pretty Boy.”

@apm LOL at ‘ask Monte’ as the new only way to learn anything

23. atoz - 9:35 am // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

[Ed. comment deleted; long personal messages to Billy Corgan should be sent to Billy Corgan]

24. Exclaimed - 1:05 pm // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aw, Billy has a picture of himself and his brother in the corner. :)

25. skullivan - 7:46 pm // Tuesday, September 20, 2011

@misery Billy abbreviates it TbK, which when you think about it is really the only acronym that makes sense. Aside from simply “TK”, which makes it sound like a Breeders album.

26. MaxDusz - 5:59 am // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Where is Jeff ?

27. Johnny - 7:49 am // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No Pretty Boy? Too bad. I was looking forward to the electronic drums. :(

28. Steve - 11:52 am // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

@MaxDusz – they mention in there that Jeff was working with Billy on guitar overdubs. I would think that Jeff would be needed the least in the studio since Billy obviously could play anything on guitar and make it sound the way he wants it to…

29. susan - 12:23 pm // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The primary reason that these updates I’ve been doing don’t have much information about Jeff is that he doesn’t use social media. Nicole & Billy are overrepresented because they use twitter/facebook etc. Jeff doesn’t like social media:


Jeff did fly to Chicago on June 13 to record his parts:


30. Kevin - 3:14 pm // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What happened to Lonely is the Name?

31. MaxDusz - 3:17 pm // Wednesday, September 21, 2011

@Steve & @Susan : Thanks for your answer

32. Hipsters United - 1:03 pm // Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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