Billy Corgan Discusses His ‘Secret Plan A’

Billy Corgan posted the following on

More ANAISE to start, but this round with the so-so bridge/chorus moved to solo status (thus voiding the so-so melody and turning the change to something epicurious). Also altered elegiac end so that it had less resemblance to adapted ‘SFAS’ bit; and I was happy (for once). Amazing.

Forging ahead, we tackled other said titles. What were they, you ask? I can’t remember. Ended on DRUM AND FIRE; I do recall that. And that is a rocking now with ambrosia-foiled tom-toms (In a big country…)

So only 2 more need-serious of the strong-arm tactics: BEING BEIGE and TIBERIUS. Which sets into motion SP-A (secret plan A!).

You’ll know all about it soon enough, dear friends. I swear (often).

And though this work may not read as exciting as past posts, it ‘tis the time for finishing, helping us to set an end date to recording by 8.15.14. Seriously.


Blur Frontman: ‘I Was Never Going To Beat Oasis’ Noel Gallagher In A War Of Words’

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Blur frontman Damon Albarn said: “The whole class thing was just insane,” says Albarn, growing suddenly animated even after all these years. “But we were young and we let ourselves get caught up in it. And the competitiveness was ridiculous for a while, but, you know, I was never gonna beat Noel in a war of words.”

Review: Joy Division/New Order Bassist Peter Hook Spills Dirt On The Hacienda In “How Not To Run A Club”

With its innovative design, early adoption of rock acts like Madonna, The Smiths, and the Madchester scene, and infamous struggles with gang violence, Manchester’s The Hacienda is probably the most iconic club to have ever been built. Despite its hefty reputation, the club, which finally shuttered its doors in 1997, struggled to even churn a small profit in its 14 years of operation. Peter Hook, co-owner of the club and the bass guitarist of Joy Division and later New Order, recounts all of the gritty details in his memoir, How Not To Run A Club, and, as its title suggests, provides a crash course in economics and building management which are vital to just about anyone.

The book suggests that, like the 60’s, you weren’t really a part of the club if you actually remember what happened. However, Peter Hook vividly recounts his initial career with Joy Division, mismanagements, and amusing misadventures (many of which being ecstasy fueled), with brutal honesty and a tad of sarcasm. The narrative, played out in a year-by-year format, is interlaced with cold financial data and ledgers for the club’s activity every year, along with a full schedule of events (the majority of which are DJ Mike Pickering). Hook takes the time to acquaint the reader with the various subcultures and musical genres associated with the club, including acid house and Madchester rock music, plugging artists like the Happy Mondays and various DJs of the era. Anecdotes about amusing encounters with famous artists, like The Jesus And Mary Chain and Madonna, are aplenty.

Peter Hook has successfully taken the niche topic and effectively made it interesting for just about anyone, whether you are an aspiring club owner looking for sage-like insights, or a casual reader looking to take a glimpse into a faded part of Britain’s pop culture. Despite its downbeat conclusion, you’ll probably laugh a few times along the way.

Billy Corgan Gives An Update On New Smashing Pumpkins Song “Anaise”



All we worked on today was ANAISE.

Focus was improving the song quotient of what is already an exciting piece. As in: shorten intro, build a better bridge, write a back chorus, tossing out the former middle 8 and inventing a new one; which also meant testing different keys to go to. From A minor to E, or D, or stay on C, or G (which was the key I was coming out of). D won!

Being tired, I was ready to go home but instead decided to stay and write a languid coda (nipped nicely thank you from a alternative tour version of ‘A Song For a Son.’

Reminds me of a conversation with a journalist about Oceania. He said: “Boy, you’ve done a good job on this album of ripping yourself off.” My reply, shocked as I was, went something like, “and how the fuck do you do that, seeing that I am I and if something came from me than it’s me that’s the arbiter of what’s mine.”

So yeah…


Dave Grohl Says Lorde ‘Represents The Nirvana Aesthetic’

Dave Grohl discussed Lorde fronting Nirvana in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“When I first heard ‘Royals’ it was sandwiched between all of that other stripper pop,” he says. “I was so fucking relieved. I thought, ‘Hey, this might be another revolution.’ When I met her I said, ‘When I first heard your song on the radio and my kids sang along I felt like there was hope for my kids to grow up in an environment which is more than just superficial.'”

“There’s something about her that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic,” he says. “She has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”

Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Suffers Concussion

Billy Corgan has suffered a concussion according to his latest blog on wishes BillCo a quick recovery.  Read the full blog below:

A long day for yours truly, being that I was up quite early to make my way downtown for interviews. And I’m grateful for those opportunities, so no complaining here. As a hometown Chicago has been generous to me, but never to a fault. As is our way.

Then a business meeting, then getting The Shredder lost as last night I managed to give myself a concussion (don’t ask) and was still a bit loopy.

With a PAWS event looming at Zuzu’s I knew our session would be curtailed, and the focus in that fell on bass sound (amp, instrument) and re-cutting our basic demos with core sounds. So over ANTI-HERO, ONE AND ALL, and DORIAN we confirmed arrangements with the notion that once we’ve gone through the other 6, we’ll dive into overdubs and vocal arrangements; giving us for the first time a pretty clear record of the album’s blueprint. Exciting stuff.

And one side note: there is an expectation in the modern marketplace that extra tracks be provided to certain retailers, which on the face of it is the current shing-a-ling of providing b-sides (something I’ve enjoyed through the years). Generally speaking we’ve leaned towards just recording the next best songs for that purpose; like BURNT ORANGE BLACK. But I’ve nixed that, and we’ll treat those b-sides as sessions of their own merit, using most likely cover songs. Certainly it’ll be more fun.

Fun + SP = a new horizon


Joe Satriani Discusses Giving Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Guitar Lessons

We have up a new 2 part interview with Joe Satriani on our sister site Concertfy. In the newly released Part 2 Joe discusses giving guitar lessons to Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, turning down joining Deep Purple, and the future of Chickenfoot. Below is an excerpt of Joe talking about Kirk Hammett:

“The main thing with Kirk that was really a lot of fun was he was a really good guitar player when he walked in the door. He was already playing lead guitar for Exodus, so he was already shredding. He had a great right hand, he knew most of his chords, he just didn’t learn how to play in an environment where he learned all the names and how to connect everything together. So my job was to take advantage of the fact that his fingers were already moving like crazy, and we could focus entirely on melodic and harmonic possibilities that he hadn’t yet been exposed to, which means I would show him more developed chord structures. I would show him how to figure out what key he was in, and I would show him all the different melodic possibilities that exist, scales basically. That’s a fancy way of saying I had to show him scales and he had to practice them all over the neck.

The thing that was very interesting that a lot of people don’t realize, is that it was very exciting because I noticed that Kirk’s age, all the way down to let’s say about 10 years old, my students were at the very beginning of what turned into thrash metal, and what became what everybody knows as Metallica and every other band that was sort of under their wing there.”

Listen To Soundgarden’s Original Demo of “Superunknown”

Soundgarden has released the original, raw demo of the title song from their soon to be re-released “Superunknown.” Like their other recently released demos of “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell On Black Days” one has to ask “Where’s the Bass?” Still the “Superunknown” demo shows the Soundgarden song was a classic even before it was finalized into the studio version that is now 20 years old.


Billy Corgan: ‘The Recording Of My Musique Concrete Gig Is Flawed’

I’ve afraid I’ve got some bad news, as the recording of Billy Corgan’s recent Musique Concrete gig reportedly suffered from some technical problems. In better news though, progress is being made on the new Smashing Pumpkins albums and Billy is getting ready for his August solo gig. Read BillCo’s latest blog below:

Gonna keep this short, simple, sweet. First of ll, I blame Howard. Why? Because his quest for MONUMENTS (the song) has caused a domino’s fall of choices. But I jest, because ultimately our choices are limited by the tunes I write. And all agree MONUMENTS is a great idea. As are others, yet Howard feels this one has the edge. That said, he’s been stuck on the demo feel (drums, keys, bass vocals) as opposed to guitars over the top.

And I agree that the demo feel of MONUMENTS is pretty cool; that is for another band. I don’t think however that the general fan, etc would ‘get it’ as is; but with guitars it’s a no brainer. So now the song has geetars (again) and it’s back on; SOLARA off (for the arguments made previously). It’ll be a ringer for the second.

Rest of the day was spent losing mind over flawed recording of my MUSIQUE CONCRETE gig (think ground hum), rebuilding MUSIC MACHINE mega-synth, dithering with a new, as yet unnamed idea (with a Gene Loves Jezebel flair), and a nailing down of ANAISE arrangement. (Yet, it has an E now).

Tomorrow we’re back to aligning for recording, sorting through amps, basses, and guitars to further hone techtonic sounds you’ll find within the MTAE a-lbloom.

RAVINIA show goes on sale tomorrow. I’ll be on a few Chicago stations to promote. If you’re interested in going, Jeff and I are interested in seeing ya; if you get my gist.


We give the recording quality of the Musique Concrete gig 1/5 Bills.


There is a clip below though of Musique Concrete.

Listen To Veruca Salt’s New Song “The Museum Of Broken Relationships,” See Tour Dates

This year’s Record Store Day, Veruca Salt reunited and released a 10-inch single featuring tracks “Seether,” “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” and “It’s Holy.” You can watch the music video for “The Museum of Broken Relationships” below:

Veruca Salt original lineup reunion (Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro) tour dates:
06/22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
06/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
07/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
07/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
07/11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
07/12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
07/21 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
07/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Apple Ad Uses “Gigantic” By The Pixies To Sell iPhones

“Gigantic”, the classic Pixies song about big black cocks and having sex in an alley, is appropriately being used to sell Apple iPhones. The tagline of the new marketing campaign is “You’re more powerful than you think”.

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Lovely legs they are
What a big black mess
What a hunk of love
Walk her every day into a shady place 
He’s like the dark, but I’d want him

Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big big love
Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic
A big big love

Pearl Jam To Headline Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival’s lineup has recently been announced. The festival will occur on weekends October 3rd-5th & October 10th-12th in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. You can purchase tickets on the festival’s site by clicking here.

Performers include Pearl Jam, Beck, Lorde, The Gaslight Anthem, and many more. To view the entire lineup of the festival click here.