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Don’t listen to recordings from James Iha’s festival set in Japan 3:41 pm // Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Courtesy intrepid HU contributor 34, below are were three selections from James Iha’s brief performance at the EMI Rocks festival outside Tokyo on Sunday.

Smashing Pumpkins stocking stuffer “Have Faithe, Be Merrie” 7:31 pm // Friday, December 23, 2011

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In a sweet holiday email blast a few minutes ago, the Smashing Pumpkins sent out a special holiday track called “Have Faithe, Be Merrie,” featuring a solo Billy Corgan strumming an acoustic guitar. Download it here!

The mailer promises lots more in store in the upcoming year, calling out Oceania , the EMI Reissues, and more SPRC offers and exclusives. There’s even a cryptic mention of a “very special tour” coming up in 2012. Hmmm… we can’t wait to hear more!

Happy holidays, folks — and have a wonderful weekend!

Pumpkins featured in NYCTaper’s Top 25 Concert Moments of 2011 12:04 pm // Friday, December 23, 2011

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New York City live music authority nyctaper.com published a live music round-up today, showcasing their 2011 favorites. The Smashing Pumpkins show at Terminal 5 in October made it on to the list alongside greats like Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and Guided by Voices and buzzy new bands like Destroyer, The Antlers, and The War on Drugs. Says the site about the show: “a powerfully delivered, rocking performance that rivaled this band at their stadium rock peak in the mid-90s.”

“Muzzle” is the featured track, “a highlight in a show that was filled with them.” Check out NYCTaper for the full post, and be sure to download the full mix if you’re interested in checking out some of the other acts included in the round-up!

Stream four of the ‘Gish’ and ‘Siamese Dream’ reissue bonus tracks 10:18 am // Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Seattle’s 107.7 KNDD-FM is streaming four of the bonus tracks from the Smashing Pumpkins’ upcoming Gish and Siamese Dream reissues. From the Gish bonus disc, they have posted “I Am One (Reel Time Demo/2011 Mix)” and from the Siamese Dream bonus disc, “Today (Broadway Rehearsal Demo),” “Rocket (Rehearsal Demo),” and “Disarm (Acoustic Mix).”

Écoutez les Smashing Pumpkins 9:25 pm // Sunday, November 13, 2011

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An intrepid taper recorded the Smashing Pumpkins’ Paris gig this past Wednesday, and the tape has entered into heavy rotation in my household. Here are two selections:


“Frail and Bedazzled”

The complete Paris recording is available for download at archive.org. The band played tonight in Glasgow and will roll on through the UK, playing six out of seven nights this week, with shows later this week in Newcastle, London, Sheffield, and Birmingham. We at HU watch in anticipation to see if the band will pull out any surprises during their two-night stand in London.

NYC: In Music and Photographs 3:50 pm // Friday, October 21, 2011

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Earlier this week, I was fortunate to see the Smashing Pumpkins perform at Terminal 5 and it was truly a fantastic show. I plan on doing a write-up over the weekend, but I first wanted to share a couple of links, including a set of my photos and the fantastic live audience recording that HU contributor pzane made for NYCTaper.

Download the recording and stream both “Geek USA” and “Muzzle” here, and check out the photographs here!

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Live audio from Oakland! 10:39 am // Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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While last week’s tour debut in Los Angeles brought us four new songs, a slew of first performances since the “SP2” revival, and an electric energy fit for the opening night of the 2011 North American Tour, the second night’s performance in Oakland was not one to disappoint even if there was much ado about the Bay Area’s love (or lack thereof) for the band. Along with all of the new material played on night one, fans were treated to first performances of “Pale Horse” and “Pinwheels.’

This recording was captured by an HU loyalist from an advantageous spot about 25 feet directly in front of Jeff on the right side. The sound quality is certainly on-par with, if not better than, Los Angeles and the crowd within the taper’s vicinity is significantly tamer. We hope you enjoy!

Listen to “Pinwheels”:

The complete recording is available for download at archive.org. Direct link to the MP3 download [Here!]

Audio from Smashing Pumpkins’ tour opener in Los Angeles 11:45 am // Friday, October 7, 2011

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Courtesy some intrepid tapers, transfer agents, equalizers, and uploaders, here are three songs from Wednesday night’s concert at the Wiltern.

“Lightning Strikes”

“Thru the Eyes of Ruby”

“For Martha”

UPDATE: The complete recording is now available for download at archive.org. Direct link to MP3 download [Here!]

Corgan / Kot interview and acoustic performance now streaming! 10:22 am // Friday, July 22, 2011

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Last night’s interview between Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot and Billy Corgan is now streaming over here on the Trib‘s website, or via the player below.

Listen in as Corgan speaks of the demise of Q101, his DIY spirit vis-a-vis Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, the concept of ‘the band’ as an outdated concept, and some really interesting commentary about his inspiration in 1994 versus his songwriting headspace today!

Oh, yeah — and he plays a little acoustic ditty called “Owata,” and it is lovely.

Savor the old faves 4:18 pm // Monday, December 6, 2010

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Saturday night in Dallas and last night in Houston, Texan fans of modern-rock radio the Smashing Pumpkins were the first to receive that band’s “Christmas gift” of hit after hit. Share in the bounty with these audience recordings of three songs from the Houston concert:

“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”


“Stand Inside Your Love” (with bonus lecture on crowdsurfing)

UPDATE (12/7): The full recording is available at archive.org.

Smashing Pumpkins launch South American tour in Buenos Aires 9:23 am // Friday, November 19, 2010

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Above: Last night at Luna Park (more photos at GermanSaez.com)

After a month away from the stage, the Smashing Pumpkins got back to it on Thursday in Argentina.  Some fan discussion of a radio stream of the concert can be found on the SmashingPumpkins.com message board. Fresh additions to the band’s setlist included “By Starlight,” “Heavy Metal Machine” (full mp3), and an electric take on “To Sheila” (partial video).

UPDATE: Here’s a video of “By Starlight.”

Audio from Australia 2:41 pm // Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Courtesy HU reader and now-veteran taper Lapis, here are three recordings from the Smashing Pumpkins’ just-concluded swing through Australia and New Zealand.

“The Fellowship” (Oct. 16, Sydney, opening song)

“Lonely Is the Name” (Oct. 16, Sydney, second song)

“Tarantula” (Oct. 17, Brisbane, set-closing song)

Audio from Sunset Strip Music Festival 1:37 pm // Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Courtesy of novice taper (and former HU reader) Lapis, here are the opening and closing numbers from yesterday’s Smashing Pumpkins concert (setlist, from spfc.org) on the Strip in Hollywood:

“Astral Planes”


For your listening pleasure… 11:52 am // Friday, July 30, 2010

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Though I’m not going to do another full review of Monday night’s Smashing Pumpkins concert at Terminal 5 since many of you got a chance to watch along with the live broadcast, I did want to give you the heads-up that an awesome audio recording of the show has been posted to the Live Music Archive here.

According to the video screens at the venue, the concert will be rebroadcast sometime next week, but in the meantime you should download the full show or check out a few of my favorite highlights below!

“A Song for a Son”



Smashing Pumpkins tour media madness 11:53 pm // Saturday, July 17, 2010

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While the band takes a breather en route to Florida for their show in Orlando tomorrow night, I thought I might take a moment to direct your attention to some of the great Smashing Pumpkins media that’s been cropping up around the internet.

First and foremost, point your browsers to the Live Music Archive for several new 2010 recordings of the Pumpkins on this tour, including new tapes from Columbus, Baltimore, and Richmond. Of course I’m still partial to this one, but let us know of your favorite highlights in the comments!

The photographers at Getty Images have also been busy uploading shots from the tour, including a set of photos by photographer Stephen Cohen from the Forecastle Festival and a set from photographer John Shearer of the Viper Room show (the venue has also shared its own photos from the gig here).

Josh from the Grand Rapids site GRNow.com has a set of photos up from the Orbit Room on his Flickr, Rachael Barbash shot a great set at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus for DoneWaiting.com, and of course you can head on over to YouTube for plenty of videos. Make sure to check out this channel for some great clips from the Baltimore show, including the new version of “Eye” below!

Charmed in Charm City: The HU Review & Recording! 7:38 pm // Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Monday afternoon, I ditched work early to meet up with my boyfriend and rent a car for our jaunt down the Jersey Turnpike for the Smashing Pumpkins’ show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore (presumably, to ‘get in on it’). We packed our gear into the rental before navigating the gridlock of west Midtown to get out of town.

Two hundred miles and one insane thunderstorm later, we arrived in Charm City with enough time left to meet up with Jason and Andrew for dinner before the show. After chowing down with the HU crew (say that five times fast), we headed back to the venue to scope out our spots on the floor. The (bro-tastic) crowd was rambunctious and the air was buzzing with energy.Other reports I’ve read allege the Baltimore crowd wasn’t as excited as Chris experienced in Columbus, but I heard most people talking about how psyched they were.

As you may have already seen my livetweets from the venue or the full setlist on the SPFC, there were loads of highlights from the show. Some of my personal favorites included the new retooled “Ava Adore” (listen below) and the crazy energy as the band set fire to “As Rome Burns.” This tour’s rendition of “Eye” is super sexy and groovy with Nicole Fiorentino rocking the bass. And of course, the mid-section of “Gossamer” just kills.

But as I watched the show, one thought crept into my mind: we are watching the band rebuild its base, its very foundation. Of course, I’m no unbiased spectator, but it seems clear — from the straightforward approach to the setlists, to playing lots of ‘the hits,’ to preserving original compositions — it seems clear that Billy Corgan is putting this new lineup through its paces and exercising the ol’ sea legs. Of course, there’s plenty of improvisation, and lots of opportunities to showcase the talents of new drummer Mike Byrne and new bassist Nicole Fiorentino. But the show seemed mission-driven – an exercise.

Perhaps this is not a terribly romantic way to review a concert, so let me diverge: Mike rocked my face off. I joked via Twitter that he looked like the Karate Kid, and Corgan called him Samurai Mike, but the comparisons don’t stop at the bandana. He brings a fresh, young sound to the band, and lends a new, unpredictable energy to the songs. I never got a sense of just how talented he is until I saw him perform live, and color me impressed. Evidence below, via “As Rome Burns.”

Jeff, as per usual, gave a fantastic performance, complete with some serious Jimi Hendrix guitar noodling after playing “Perfect.” Corgan gave due credit: “This is one badass guitar player right here.” Each time I see him, his guitar riffing is more impressive (and aggressive) than the last, and seems perfectly at home on stage with the band, honing his hilarious mock fight skills with some bro in the crowd who threw water at him. (Wonder where he gets that?)

And though I sadly couldn’t see much of the gorgeous Nicole throughout the show, her bass playing is fluid and groovy. Her precision, blended with Mike’s new energy, lends a great pop sensibility to the rhythm section and one that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. See: new Teargarden track “Freak”:

After the show concluded and we jumped into the car to make the long haul back to Brooklyn, I still couldn’t shake my initial impression: the new lineup is in its incubation period, and its potential is really exciting. If what I saw was only five dates into the tour, I can’t help but wonder how tight they’re going to be after six months on the road. Probably as mind-blowing as this new version of “Gossamer.” As Corgan promises in the lyrics: they ain’t goin’ anywhere.

For more from the show, be sure to check out the full recording here!

Smashing Pumpkins rock Forecastle, head to Baltimore tonight 9:35 am // Monday, July 12, 2010

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The initial reports are in from this past weekend’s Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, and they’re good: The Smashing Pumpkins, who headlined the Saturday night festivities, played a 90-minute singles-heavy setlist to a crowd of thousands. St. Louis-based Eleven Magazine gushes:

The light show? Extraordinary. The music? Prodigious. Billy Corgan? Superhuman. What’s more to say?? I just watched my childhood god rock out about five feet away from my face while playing “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” (which I learned to head-bang to at age 7. Fun fact!) In sum: The only thing that could top seeing Smashing Pumpkins live, is if Kurt Cobain came back from the dead, reunited with Nirvana, and played a private show in my living room. Since that’s never going to happen, my life is pretty much complete after tonight.

And of course, the Pumpkins wasted no opportunity to curry favor with the locals, according to Spinner:

Corgan stopped to banter with the enthusiastic crowd and told an anecdote of asking someone earlier in the day, “What do they make here in Kentucky? They told me, bourbon, baseball bats, horses and hot Kentucky women.”

It also sounds like they turned on the romance for the festival-goers, “finish[ing] on the lush ‘Tonight, Tonight’ as helium lanterns floated into the night sky and over the Ohio River.” Sounds like a beautiful moment, if you can ignore the glow sticks that were getting tossed on stage. And newbie Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino summed up the show thusly: “ummm, Kentucky kind of rocked my socks off.”

After the show, the Pumpkins headed straight to Baltimore to rest and prepare for tonight’s show at Rams Head Live!. HU will also be visiting Charm City, so we should have a liveblog comin’ at you tonight! In the meantime, stream new crowd-pleaser “Owata” below, or relive this concert in full over at the Live Music Archive where a full recording has already been uploaded by an industrious taper!

Not a dream: “Freak” MP3 upped to Pumpkins’ site at midnight PT 2:19 am // Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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The fifth song from Teargarden by Kaleidyscope is now available and can be had for free via this link to SmashingPumpkins.com.

Taped (live) in the basement of the Viper Room 9:22 pm // Sunday, July 4, 2010

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Here’s one of the more curious audience recordings made of a Smashing Pumpkins show: fan Rob Cardenaz used microphones to capture last Wednesday’s concert off speakers delivering a live audio feed to “the bar downstairs” inside West Hollywood’s Viper Room. The result is a nearly equal mix of (1) clear band sound with virtually no crowd noise and (2) a couple of loud, proximate conversations. Here are a few cuts:

“A Song for a Son”

“Bleeding the Orchid”


Jimmy Chamberlin contributes to two tracks on new album 8:44 pm // Sunday, April 11, 2010

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A recent article on Truth In Shredding reveals that Jimmy Chamberlin has contributed his talents to the latest record entitled Not From Here released by guitarist Gannin Arnold. Chamberlin joins a hard-hitting line-up for the The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex guitarist’s LP, contributing to two tracks (“Not From Here,” “Get On With It”).

Preview “Not From Here” below or buy the full release via Arnold’s official site here! Thanks to HU reader Megan for the news tip!


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