Oceania – what a grand name for the new album from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS. Lead track, ‘Quasar’, shouts hello with big drums and big guitar – BIG sound! Rock borders on metal, held together by the alternate vocals of Billy Corgan, a god of the Nineties reminding us that gods don’t die.
I don’t imply that Billy was ever gone but it’s been a confusing period of disappearing band members, a band called Zwan and a string of wonderfully free singles that are part of a yet to be fully defined collective called Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. The latter deserves special mention. Although it never got promoted, songs such as ‘Widow Make My Mind’ and ‘Freak’ were a return to form. And ‘Song for a Son’ was one of the greatest creations claimed by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS moniker. Indeed, Billy may be diverting from his original intentions but has said that Oceania is “an album within an album.” Continue reading →
Better late than never is the best cliche for my laziness. I begin counting down the Best Rock Albums of 2010. Sure that you will find some gems in the list and spread great music through your world.
#13 SMASHING PUMPKINS Teargarden By Kaleidyscope: Vol. 1 [EP]
There’s nothing worse than losing touch with one of the hero bands from my youth except for them losing touch with me. Smashing Pumpkins got a bit lost but Billy Corgan found some rope and tied himself to the concept that the album format is dead. It’s true to a big degree in that much of the world no longer worship bands but the momentary single instead. So Billy Corgan decided to start a lengthy project called Teargarden by Kaleidyscope in which 44 songs will be gradually released for free. With every 4, an official E.P. will be available from stores such as iTunes. The first is called Teargarden by Kaleidyscope: Vol. 1- SongsFor a Sailor and it gives me an excuse to post the single release from the previous year – ‘Song for a Son’ is one of the greatest Smashing Pumpkin’s songs! As there have been no official videos so far, it’s thanks to Jon the Dandy for his YouTube effort. There are currently 10 Smashing Pumpkins songs available for free download here.