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Lisa Harriton to play with ELLE RAE this Thursday in Los Angeles 10:04 am // Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Former Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Lisa Harriton announced last night via Facebook that she will be performing new music this week — Thursday, August 9th at The 3 Clubs in Los Angeles.

According to this listing for the show, Harriton will be performing at the cocktail lounge / burlesque club as ELLE RAE alongside vocalist Kip Blackshire who is best known for his work with Prince, drummer Jason Ganberg of the British rock band Purple Melon, and bassist Grant Fitzpatrick of Mink.

Who’s planning to check out the show? Let us know in the comments!

She’s been the underdog; she’s ready for the stage 10:47 pm // Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Touring with the Smashing Pumpkins in 2007 and 2008 was “a life changing experience” for Lisa Harriton, the serious jazz musician who rebounded from the Pumpkins by dallying with CHR hustlers Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, and Natalia Kills.

Harriton and her vintage keyboards now may have found lasting work licking lollipops and sounding great among the rock stars of nascent L.A. pop band Diamond Baby, who have made one video.

Help wanted! Smashing Pumpkins looking for bassist, keyboardist; Ginger Pooley leaves to spend time with family, Mark Tulin to fill in 2:45 pm // Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Bassist Ginger Pooley, who played with the Smashing Pumpkins since their revival in 2007, is leaving the group according to a press release. She says in part:

With sorrow and yet with much thankfulness for the opportunity to have played in the Pumpkins, I am sad to say that I can no longer tour with the Pumpkins. Although I’ve been blessed beyond belief over the past few years through playing with the Pumpkins, my priority now is to keep our little family unit together, which includes my husband and my baby. Although I do plan on continuing to do music in different forms, my priority is for neither for my husband nor myself to be apart from our daughter so that we can raise her together.

Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan is quoted in the release as being “heartbroken” over Pooley’s departure but he says respects her decision.  Mark Tulin, the Electric Prunes and Spirits in the Sky bassist who has worked on recent Smashing Pumpkins studio material, may “fill in on an interim basis.”  Corgan says he will launch a fresh round of auditions to find more help:

We were lucky enough to find drummer Mike Byrne through an open audition process, so why not open the doors again to anyone who might be interested for the bass or keyboard position? As you can see from our past and present, age, race, or a person’s background is not an issue. Everyone is truly welcome to audition.

The press release offers this guidance to aspiring Pumpkins:

Bassists and keyboardists looking to play with The Pumpkins should send their background info (including age, a resume of any bands/recorded work), photos and performance web links via email only, either to pumpkinsbass@gmail.com or pumpkinskeys@gmail.com. Note: only musicians with video clips can be considered. Youtube.com type posts are perfect — that’s how Mike was found. Final date for submission is March 31.

A keyboardist who “can play in the prog-rock style of Jon Lord and Rick Wakeman” is sought to succeed Lisa Harriton, who toured with the Pumpkins alongside Pooley but is (when not backing Adam Lambert or Ke$ha) focusing now on serious jazz music.

Lisa Harriton, for your entertainment 1:56 am // Friday, November 20, 2009

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She will play keys in the band backing American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert (at right, with guitarist Monte Pittman) on Sunday night at the American Music Awards. Yes, she passed an audition with Lambert himself to land the spot. No, I don’t imagine this job will appear on her jazz résumé.

UPDATE: “The concept is sort of industrial gothic vintage Berlin 1930s.”

UPDATE: Next Wednesday, Lambert will add a “Good Morning America” live performance to his America-centric glam résumé.

PERFORMANCE PHOTO UPDATE (very late Sunday night):

HU Podcast #43: Lunchtime Drama with Billy Corgan 5:13 pm // Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Even without much time for me to prepare, last week’s flurry of news was definitely worth podcasting about.  Join us as we discuss Lisa’s residency, the lunch heard ’round the internet, and Choose to Choose Love.

Listen to the whole show (54:34)


This week’s topics:

-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

-Jill talks in-depth about her experience at Lisa Harriton’s residency, which she reviewed for smashingpumpkins.com, and how she refuses to ask the tough questions. (8:43)

-A since-corrected piece of fine print in a charity auction caused the internet to commence snarkiness and Billy to fire back.  Jason talks about how the blogosphere uses the story to sustain their usual narrative. (16:26)

-The fans also didn’t respond well to Billy’s message.  We try to discern what Billy is trying to say about the fans and what the role of fan feedback on smashingpumpkins.com should be.  Plus, does Billy spend too much time on the internet? (17:55)

-Somewhat lost in the drama was Kerry Brown’s posting of a musical collaboration between Billy and Sky Saxon, who passed away last week.  We give a few thoughts about the song. (5:07)

Song of the Week
-Try Try Try, Ft. Lauderdale, FL May 6, 2000

HU’s Jill at SP.com: Lisa Harriton Residency Review 4:02 pm // Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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This past weekend, our NYC-located blogger checked out the keyboardist’s venture into Afro-Peruvian jazz.  Check out her writeup and pictures on SmashingPumpkins.com.

Harriton’s album still due; her NYC residency begins tonight 11:52 am // Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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In April, Lisa Harriton MySpace-blogged that her solo album would come out this month; this weekend a post appeared on that blog saying that the album will “be released at the end of the summer.”

But tonight at 8pm, as scheduled, Harriton will begin her six-night residency at Manhattan’s Tutuma Social Club.  And this is Serious Jazz Music, People, as evidenced by the omission of all Smashing Pumpkins work from her biography posted on the venue’s website.

(Thanks to HU Twitter follower Ramires for the heads-up.)

Lisa Harriton: Solo Album, Residency Plans 4:47 pm // Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Lisa Harriton has been busy as a bee in her time away from touring.  According to her MySpace blog updates from this week, she has a solo album to be released in June, upcoming NYC residency plans for July (I’m so there!), and recently performed for a charity show in LA.

In her own words:

After a long run of touring with the Pumpkins, it is nice to have some time to rest. It’s amazing the little things you notice about your house when you get home from a long tour. For example, the way those dust bunnies magically reappear every morning despite how much you cleaned the day before! Moi? A neat freak? Seriously, It has been a wonderful time of reflection for me. In the last three months, I have gathered all of the tunes that I wrote on the road with the Pumpkins plus a few new ones and have started recording my solo album. It will be released this June.

Also, I am finalizing details for recording an Afro-Peruvian jazz album in NYC to be released on Saponegro Records by the end of the year. Many of you know that jazz is such a big part of my life. In 2003 and 2005, I performed at Festival de Jazz in Lima, Peru. I simply fell in love with the culture and the Afro-Peruvian rhythms. This July, I am scheduled to do a residency at Tutuma Club de Jazz in NYC. I am so excited about all of the new music to come. Stay Tuned.

Lisa Harriton, Metallica to perform at SXSW 6:51 pm // Thursday, March 12, 2009

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SP.com posted this evening [via MySpace] that Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Lisa Harriton will be performing a solo show at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 19th at 5pm.  According to the Austin Chronicle, Ms. Harriton will be performing with country maven Joy Davis, the experimental-fusion Will Evans Project, and soul singer Chris Pierce.

Let the speculation begin.  Will she attend the Tinted Windows performance? … or perform with James Hetfield and crew?  Or will Girl Talk just mash ’em up and make a film about it?


Lisa+Billy+Magic 12:55 am // Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Okay, I just watched The Fillmore Residency, a.k.a. the main dish on If All Goes Wrong DVD #2. That was sweet.

Three of the 15 songs are performed by Billy Corgan and Lisa Harriton alone, those being “Peace+Love+Shit”, “Death from Above”, and “Winterlong”. Given my previously expressed fondness for that duo’s takes on “Death from Above” and “That’s the Way”, you might expect that I’d be all about these performances too…and boy, would you be right. I only watched it once, but I thought “Peace+Love” was the shit.

Better keep an eye on your man, Jimmy…he just might have another musical soulmate in the band these days.

Pictures of Pumpkins in Boca 4:53 pm // Friday, August 22, 2008

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Metromix photographer Ben Hicks has posted 16 shots from the show last night.

Monday Morning Eye Candy 8:37 am // Monday, May 19, 2008

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Forget Friday jokes and kareoke, here’s some Monday morning eye candy. I stumbled across four videos last night of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Lisa Harriton at the NAMM conference earlier this year, testing out new piano models. Brought to you by Keyboard Magazine, I’m presuming this series was done in tandem with the interview she gave to them. From these videos, it’s obvious she’s one talented girl!

First up, a Seiler 9-foot grand piano that Lisa loves:

Next up — an Estonia grand.
Third on the list — a Young Chang grand.
And finally — a cherry red four-octave Schoenhut baby grand.

HU Podcast #1: Presets Squabble, Virgin Lawsuit, and More 9:32 pm // Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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podcast logoAs previously alluded to, my name is Chris, and I am here to announce the latest addition to the HU universe: the HU Podcast. Each episode, the distinguished panel and myself will discuss the latest news and rumors surrounding the Smashing Pumpkins. While the blog is a great way to get information out quickly, I hope that the podcast will allow us to go a little deeper into the news and share our opinions on the events of the week. See the end of this post to find out how you can become a part of the show.

Until we are listed in the iTunes Music Store, you can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or your podcatcher of choice using the following link: http://www.hipstersunited.com/blog/podcast/rss.xml.

This week’s topics:

-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

-Billy Corgan vs. The Presets, the feud that never was (9:54)

-Lisa Harriton interview in Keyboard Magazine (9:34)

-Linda Strawberry covers W.P. in an attempt to become Miss Hooker 2008
-The final leg of the Spring tour begins

Tour Roundup
-Mexico City, MX April 12, 2008

In-Depth Discussion
-Billy sues Virgin Records (20:38)

Song of the Week
-Cherub Rock August 14, 1993

Listen to the whole show (1:03:42)


Note: Due to technical difficulties, we had problems keeping Andrew on the line for the show and the last 5 minutes of the Virgin lawsuit discussion were lost. Each show we will strive to improve our audio and connection quality to bring you the most informative and entertaining show we can.

Have a topic you want us to discuss? A suggestion for improvement? Want to gripe about the length, audio quality, or sound of our voices? We’re always looking for feedback. Contact Us or leave comments in this post. Responders who leave their real first name and location may even hear their comments on the air.

Interview with the Lovely Lisa 11:49 am // Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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HU reader JZ tipped us off this morning to a new interview with Lisa Harriton, conducted by Keyboard Magazine. The interview goes into detail about the musicality of the Harriton family (her dad is a composer, her mother a singer, her older brother a guitarist), her personal path as a musician, and the passion she has for being a Pumpkin.

“When I play with the Pumpkins, I think really texturally with splashes of color,” she says. “I think as a composer and an orchestrator, not just as a keyboard player. It’s a really cool mix with Billy, because he definitely thinks that way in the big picture. He’s really inspiring… I think Billy respected that I had a different background than anyone else in the band,” she says. “He is very supportive and never makes me feel stupid.” Once she began playing with the group, things gelled quickly and the band had a lot of fun together. “I love to play free,” she says. “We sometimes just jam. It is a great environment for taking chances. Billy is appreciative if you jump off the cliff and commit to your choice.”

Harriton continues on to discuss tour rehearsals, ramping up for the road, her gear, her keytar, and her saint-like calm spirit. If it’s one thing that boggles my mind – it’s the grace, humility, and good cheer this keyboardist exhibits. But then again, I’m a total Lisa convert. Anyone *this Zen* has my lifelong respect:

“I love being on the road,” she continues. “Sometimes the time away from home and erratic sleep schedule can be challenging. But I feel so fortunate to be making music for a living, with very talented people whom I respect so much. The key for me is gratitude. That helps to keep a perspective on what is really important and to keep my focus on the music.”

Photo by Kristin Burns.

SP-HOLY-F’ing-C! 10:32 pm // Monday, March 31, 2008

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A site I know and love has perhaps the scariest set of 156 Photoshopped images I’ve ever seen. And they rotate. In this fine example above, I believe lilac-screened Paz Lenchantin is either 1) trying to eat me or 2) revealing to the world that she is, in fact, a serpent capable of unhinging her jaw to devour “The Girl with the Cruel Face.”

In recent news (post-1999, at least), the rotation has been updated to include the newish band members almost a year after the band’s reunion. Timely. Below, meet Jeff “The Matrix” Schroeder, Ginger “Smurfette” Reyes, and Lisa “Bubblegum Face” Harriton. Welcome aboard, gang! You’re in good company!

… to be continued …

Atlanta #1: the HU Lisa liveblog 7:32 pm // Thursday, November 15, 2007

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Jill is on the scene at the Fox Theatre, taping and texting for our eventual and immediate enjoyment:

7:19pm: “Well, it’s sunny and 35 degrees in Atlanta. 70 minutes to drive 20 miles, but I paid way below face value for a seat in row 8 of the orchestra. The opening band is on stage and I’m setting up the gear.”

7:23pm: “For the record, this is one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever been in. Art deco to the max. Mmmmm.” (photo, 50KB) Well, I think we know now what our Jillyfriend prefers…

7:34pm: The band’s official site reports that Billy promises “something special” for Atlanta, which I suppose could be anything from red scrubs to “Gossamer” feat. Josh Childress. The band also posted a couple photos from soundcheck, one of which I will reproduce here in case Fogelsong is following along:

7:54pm: Now back to Jill, who is obviously killing time: “I wonder if 1fatslug is here…”

8:00pm: “I’ve seen three grown men wearing overalls. Denim ones. Have I turned into a New Yorker if this boggles my mind?”

8:18pm: “WTF. BC on stage solo acoustic. ‘Snow falls.’ ‘Visions of’ something? Chorus is ‘a little longer, a little longer to go.'” Internet research indicates that this is “The Rose March” (YouTube video of performance on 2007/08/01 in San Francisco).

8:23pm: “Another solo acoustic tune…
That’s the Way.”

8:27pm: “Disarm, solo acoustic. Our first singalong.”

8:30pm: “Billy is talking about how Disarm was recorded in Marietta. One more song until the band comes out, that being For God and Country.”

8:32pm: “Sports talk, about the Falcons. Shout-out thank-you to Michael Vick, who’s a few rows in front of me, in the pit.” [ed. Are you sure, Jill? “I was pretty sure I saw him before the show. He is hard to miss.”]

8:36pm: “Band out, light show begins. United States. I would like to see this song with Dick Cheney.” Wait, what?

8:41pm: “JC is just killing it tonight. He was sick? Lord have mercy.”

8:46pm: “Vampire now. Damn rats in cages.” If she wasn’t taping, she’d be in the ladies’ room.

8:51pm: “Drown.”

8:54pm: “Trippy purple slow-moving triangles for the soft part of Drown.”

8:57pm: “I prayed that God would bring the light, but Billy beat him. Yessssss…”

8:59pm: “For the Netphorian fappers: Lisa is wearing tight blue sequins tonight, and yes, she looks hot. And new-agey.” Hahaha…

9:02pm: “Tonight, Tonight. Lisa is changing up the intro a bit.”

9:06pm: “Tare-an-too-lah.”

9:20pm: “On Glass and the Ghost Children there was a wicked Lisa solo into a jammy duet with Jimmy. Truthfully, it was awesome. I no longer feel like this song is a waste of ten minutes of my life.” Okay, I am now convinced that Lisa’s new-agey spirit has found a new-agey way to commandeer this liveblog, and I have changed the header accordingly.

9:26pm: “Hummer.” The song or the beer?

9:32pm: “La la la la la la laaa la. Yay Pomp and Circumstances!”

9:36pm: “BC had his voice crack on Pomp…adorable. Now Set the Ray.”

9:43pm: “Uh. ‘That was Set the Ray to Jerry, for those of you who own Pisces Iscariot.’ Now he’s calling out two women who have a TAKE ME BACKSTAGE sign. Hahaha. Today ensues.”

9:47pm: “Billy ends Today with a wanky solo. Jeff looks up, gives him a strange look, and they both laugh. Straight into Superchrist.”

9:49pm: “I haven’t seen Billy do this extreme a job of bird-pose-rocking since Machina. And you know exactly what I mean.” That…that he’s not dead?

9:53pm: “The crowd has put Superchrist on a cracker and is eating it up! Amazing! I’ve never seen Billy and Jeff laugh and smile this much because of wanky solos. Heavy Metal time.”

9:57pm: “More of the insane la-la’ing. Go ask Alice yourself, Billy.”

10:01pm: “LOL. I’m so bad with identifying cover songs. I will call later to sing it.”

10:04pm: “On the Road Again.”

10:10pm: “OMG. The little kid I blogged about is here. Billy has stopped I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll to bring the little kids in the audience on stage.” Okaaay…I thought the special something had already happened…

10:12pm: “Ten kids on stage. Billy is holding a baby.”

10:13pm: “Back to the show. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

10:17pm: “End set.”

10:21pm: “Back out solo acoustic for 1979.”

10:24pm: This might be a good time for me to point out the total lameness of this other liveblog. We’re glad you’ve chosen HU for tonight’s entertainment!

10:25pm: “Billy talking about how amazing Jimmy is. Jimmy apologizing for the postponement in mime. I shit you not. Perfect.”

10:29pm: “End encore uno.”

10:31pm: “Enter full band for Cherub Rock.”

10:42pm: Phone rings…the show is over, and Jill sings the riff to Sabbath’s “Iron Man”.

Death from Above. 4:24 pm // Sunday, July 22, 2007

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That would be the sober way to spell the title of the Zeitgeist outtake (and ground-level answer to Ted Leo’s “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb.”?).  Perhaps this post can help disassociate the tune from the Power Rangers…not that that wasn’t funny or anything.

Below:  Billy and Lisa start the second encore in Santa Cruz on Friday night (YouTube)


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