Category Archives: Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan On Kanye West: ‘If Somebody Got Up On My Stage, I Would Knock Them Out’

Note from Brett: I was lazy and re-used a Chris Cornell vs. Billy Corgan picture for this article and put Kanye over Cornell.

In a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

Billy Corgan Asks For Respect In A Sea Of Faceless Poseurs

In a new VH1 interview called Playback: The Musical Evolution of Billy Corgan the ever outspoken self-proclaimed “founder and destroyer of Smashing Pumpkins” says “All I’ve ever asked is to be respected as an individual in a world of faceless poseurs.” He goes on to make an analogy that “Kurt Cobain was the kid you went to high school with and I was the guy in your class that you probably didn’t like because I was too smart or something.”

Corgan discussed the state of rock music, “Most people I think for them music has been degraded in the culture and is no longer valuable. In fact it’s sort of a digital wallpaper that coexists with their other digital memories and experiences.” Corgan also says “the album is a dying form” and complains “Why are cat views playing pianos getting more views than the next band coming up?”

The Smashing Pumpkins core band is now just Corgan and guitarist of seven years Jeff Schroeder. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee provided studio drumming on the band’s 2014 Monuments to an Elegy album with Corgan singing and playing guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Schroeder on guitar. The Smashing Pumpkins touring rhythm section for December 2014 consisted of The Killers’ bassist Mark Stroemer and former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.

The same touring lineup is now in rehearsals for The Smashing Pumpkins South American Lollapalooza dates:

March 14-15 in Santiago, Chile.

March 21-22 in San Isidro, Argentina.

March 28-29 in São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins New “Being Beige” Video

The Smashing Pumpkins released their new official video for “Being Beige” today, the first video from their latest album Monuments to an Elegy. The artistic video features Billy Corgan singing, Jeff Schroeder playing guitar, along with Earth, moon, and nature imagery, and some ethereal looking women.

The Smashing Pumpkins core band is now just Corgan and guitarist of seven years Jeff Schroeder. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee provided studio drumming on Monuments to an Elegy with Corgan singing and playing guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Schroeder on guitar. The Smashing Pumpkins touring rhythm section for December 2014 consisted of The Killers’ bassist Mark Stroemer and former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.

The Pumpkins played three theater shows in Europe in December including Koko’s in London where they were joined onstage by Marilyn Manson for an encore duet of “Ava Adore”. The band wrapped up scheduled U.S. dates in New York and Los Angeles where they played new songs “Being Beige” and “One and All” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a 40-minute set at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert earlier in December.

2014 In Rock & Metal: Timeline Of 200 Albums

The year of 2014 had many amazing alternative rock and metal releases. Below, you can find Alternative Nation’s 200 most notable LPs and EPs that came out during this past year in a timeline format. Each release is paired with its US release date. You can also check out reviews of the albums or interviews corresponding to a member of the band. Note that the list below is in chronological order and the position on the list does not indicate the quality of the album. Which albums did we miss? Which were your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

1. Foster the People – Supermodel – 1/14 (Columbia Records)

2. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night – 1/14 (RCA Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist/vocalist Tony Smith

3. Supersuckers – Get the Hell – 1/14 (Acetate Music)
Click here for our review of the album

4. Alcest – Shelter – 1/17 (Prophecy Productions)

5. Warpaint – Warpaint – 1/17 (Rough Trade Records)

6. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter – 1/17 (Fueled by Ramen)

7. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything – 1/20 (Constellation Records)

8. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues – 1/21 (Total Treble Music, Xtra Mile Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

9. Indian – From All Purity – 1/21 (Relapse Records)

10. Mogwai – Rave Tapes – 1/21 (Sub Pop, Rock Action Records)

11. Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force – 1/24 (Rise Records)

12. Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears – 1/28 (Dine Alone Records)

13. Behemoth – The Satanist – 2/3 (Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade Records, and more)

14. Duo de Twang – Four Foot Shack – 2/4 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

15. ††† (Crosses) – ††† (Crosses) – 2/11 (Sumerian Records)
Click here for our review of the album

16. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors – 2/11 (Sargent House)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 13

17. Temples – Sun Structures – 2/11 (Heavenly Records)

18. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us – 2/14 (Season of Mist)

19. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams – 2/18 (Washington Square/Razor & Tie)

20. Nowadays – Cut Out – 2/20 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 26

21. Beck – Morning Phase – 2/21 (Capitol Records)
Click here for our review of the album

22. Truckfighters – Universe – 2/21 (Fuzzorama Records)

23. St. Vincent – St. Vincent – 2/24 (Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records)

24. Carnifex – Die Without Hope – 3/4 (Nuclear Blast)

25. 311 – Stereolithic – 3/11 (311 Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Nick Hexum

26. Kyng – Burn the Serum – 3/11 (Razor & Tie)

27. The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell – 3/12 (Razor & Tie)

28. Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow – 3/17 (Vice Records)

29. Gus G – I Am The Fire – 3/18 (Century Media Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Gus G

30. Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch – 3/18 (Relapse Records)

31. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream – 3/18 (Secretly Canadian)

32. Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion – 3/24 (Sumerian Records)

33. Wolfmother – New Crown – 3/24 (self-released)

34. Bigelf – Into the Maelstrom – 4/1 (InsideOut Records)

35. Chevelle – La Gárgola – 4/1 (Epic Records)

36. Lesser Key – Lesser Key – 4/1 (Sumerian Records)
Click here for our review of the album

37. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days – 4/1 (Captured Tracks)
Click here for this artist’s Band Spotlight

38. Foxy Shazam – Gonzo – 4/2 (self-released)
Click here for our review of the album

39. OFF! – Wasted Years – 4/7 (Vice Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Keith Morris

40. Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican – 4/8 (Entertainment One, Mascot Records)

41. John Frusciante – Enclosure – 4/8 (Record Collection)
Click here for our review of the album

42. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast – 4/15 (Sub Pop Records)

43. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata – 4/15 (Prowling Death Records, Century Media Records)

44. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden – 4/19 (Profound Lore Records)

45. Pixies – Indie Cindy – 4/19 (Pixiesmusic, PIAS Recordings)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Joey Santiago
Click here for our interview with former bassist Kim Shattuck
Click here for our interview with drummer David Lovering

46. Prong – Ruining Lives – 4/23 (Steamhammer/SPV)

47. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – 4/25 (Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records, XL Recordings)

48. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun – 4/27 (Chimera Music)

49. Framing Hanley – The Sum of Who We Are – 4/29 (Imagen Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kenneth Nixon

50. Fu Manchu – Gigantoid – 4/29 (At the Dojo Records)

51. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun – 4/29 (Century Media Records)

52. Miss May I – Rise of the Lion – 4/29 (Rise Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Ryan Neff

53. Whitechapel – Our Endless War – 4/29 (Metal Blade Records)

54. Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home – 5/6 (Prestige Folklore)

55. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed – 5/9 (Nuclear Blast)

56. Soda Pants – Soda Pants – 5/9 (self-released)

57. The Black Keys – Turn Blue – 5/12 (Nonesuch Records)

58. Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere – 5/13 (Profound Lore Records)

59. Avatar – Hail the Apocalypse – 5/13 (Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Johannes Eckerström

60. Down – Down IV, Part II – 5/13 (Down Records, Independent Label Group)

61. Mushroomhead – The Righteous & the Butterfly – 5/13 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist J-Mann

62. Nothing More – Nothing More – 5/13 (Eleven Seven Music)

63. Swans – To Be Kind – 5/13 (Young God Records, Mute Records)

64. Casualties of Cool – Casualties of Cool – 5/16 (HevyDevy Records)

65. The Burning of Rome – Year of the Ox – 5/19 (Surfdog Records)
Click here for our review of the album

66. Charming Liars – We Won’t Give Up – 5/19 (Chart Maker Inc.)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here here for our interview with frontman Charlie Cosser

67. Crowbar – Symmetry in Black – 5/26 (Century Media Records, Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kirk Windstein

68. Eyehategod – Eyehategod – 5/26 (Housecore Records, Century Media Records)

69. Wolf Alice – Creature Songs – 5/26 (Dirty Hit Records)

70. Misery Index – The Killing Gods – 5/27 (Season of Mist)

71. The Everyday Losers – Revel in the Chaos – 5/28 (self-released)

72. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin – 6/3 (Merge Records)
Click here for our review of the album

73. King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists – 6/3 (Ipecac Recordings)
Click here for our interview with Buzz Osbourne

74. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie – 6/6 (Earache Records)

75. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite – 6/10 (Metal Blade Records)

76. Anathema – Distant Satellites – 6/10 (Kscope)

77. Arch Enemy – War Eternal – 6/10 (Century Media Records)

78. The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer – 6/10 (Profound Lore Records)

79. Bleachers – Strange Desire – 6/10 (RCA Records)

80. Body Count – Manslaughter – 6/10 (Sumerian Records)

81. Hellyeah – Blood for Blood – 6/10 (Eleven Seven Music)

82. Jack White – Lazaretto – 6/10 (Third Man Records, XL Recordings, Columbia Records)
Click here for our review of the album

83. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare – 6/10 (Season of Mist)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Teloch

84. Say Anything – Hebrews – 6/10 (Equal Vision Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Max Bemis

85. Tombs – Savage Gold – 6/10 (Relapse Records)

86. Vader – Tibi Et Igni – 6/10 (Nuclear Blast)

87. Wretched – Cannibal – 6/10 (Victory Records)

88. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party – 6/13 (Warner Bros. Records, Machine Shop Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

89. Nape – Read My Mind – 6/13 (Setalight Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 17

90. A Bad Think – Sleep – 6/17 (Windmark Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Michael Marquart

91. Septicflesh – Titan – 6/23 (Season of Mist, Prosthetic Records, Ward Records)

92. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun – 6/24 (Reprise Records)

93. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown – 6/27 (Epitaph Records)

94. Seether – Isolate and Medicate – 7/1 (The Bicycle Music Company, Concord Music Group)
Click here for our interview with frontman Shaun Morgan

95. Those Mockingbirds – Penny the Dreadful – 7/1 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 4

96. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless – 7/8 (Metal Blade Records)

97. Islander – Violence & Destruction – 7/8 (Victory Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Mikey Carvajal

98. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls – 7/8 (Epic Records, Columbia Records)

99. Marco Minnemann – EEPS – 7/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Marco Minnemann

100. Rise Against – The Black Market – 7/15 (Interscope Records, DGC Records)

101. Weird Al – Mandatory Fun – 7/15 (RCA Records)

102. Dog Fashion Disco – Sweet Nothings – 7/22 (Rotten Records)

103. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails – 7/22 (Unique Leader Records)

104. Overkill – White Devil Armory – 7/22 (Entertainment One, Nuclear Blast)

105. Theory of a Deadman – Savages – 7/25 (Roadrunner Records, 604 Records)

106. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye – 7/25 (Reprise Records)

107. Mark Lanegan – No Bells on Sunday – 7/29 (Flooded Soil Records, Vagrant Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Mark Lanegan

108. Wovenwar – Wovenwar – 8/1 (Metal Blade Records)

109. Godsmack – 1000hp – 8/5 (Universal Records, Republic Records, Spinefarm Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with drummer Shannon Larkin

110. John Garcia – John Garcia – 8/5 (Napalm Records)

111. Spoon – They Want My Soul – 8/5 (Loma Vista Recordings)

112. Tuatara – Underworld8/5 (Sunyata Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Barrett Martin

113. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World – 8/9 (Last Gang Records, Warner Bros. Records)

114. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt – 8/12 (Island Records)

115. Nonpoint – The Return – 8/12 (Razor & Tie, Metal Blade Records)

116. Upon a Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now – 8/12 (Sumerian Records)

117. He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit – 8/15 (Tragic Hero Records)

118. Accept – Blind Rage – 8/19 (Nuclear Blast)

119. King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer – 8/19 (Roadrunner Records)

120. Arctic Sleep – Passage of Gaia – 8/21 (self-released)
Click here to view this band on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 23

121. Royal Blood – Royal Blood – 8/22 (Warner Bros. Records)

122. Opeth – Pale Communion – 8/25 (Roadrunner Records)

123. Ty Segall – Manipulator – 8/25 (Drag City)
Click here for our review of the album

124. Wand – Ganglion Reef – 8/26 (Drag City)
Click here for our review of the album

125. Infinika – Echoes and Traces – 9/1 (TogethermenT)
Click here for our interview with the group

126. Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland – 9/2 (Capitol Records)

127. Earth – Primitive and Deadly – 9/2 (Southern Lord Records)

128. Incite – Up in Hell – 9/2 (Minus Head Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Richie Cavalera

129. YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend – 9/2 (Neurot Recordings)

130. Robert Plant – Lullaby and The Ceaseleass Roar – 9/5 (Nonesuch Records, Warner Bros. Records)

131. Interpol – El Pintor – 9/9 (Matador Records, Soft Limit)

132. Tony Levin – Levin Brothers – 9/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
Click here to view our interview with Tony Levin

133. U2 – Songs of Innocence – 9/9 (Island Records, Interscope Records)

134. Nick Olivieri – Leave Me Alone – 9/12 (Schnitzel Records)

135. Philm – Fire From the Evening Sun – 9/12 (UDR Music)

136. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain – 9/16 (Metal Blade Records, Howling Bull)

137. The Contortionist – Language – 9/16 (Entertainment One, Good Fight Music)

138. Flyleaf – Between the Stars – 9/16 (Loud & Proud Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Pat Seals

139. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will – 9/16 (Relapse Records)

140. Shellac – Dude Incredible – 9/16 (Touch and Go Records)

141. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators- World on Fire – 9/16 (Dik Hayd International)

142. Trapt – The Acoustic Collection – 9/19 (Crash Collide Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Chris Taylor Brown

143. alt-J – This Is All Yours – 9/22 (Infectious Records)

144. Decapitated – Blood Mantra – 9/22 (Nuclear Blast, Mystic Production)

145. Charm City Devils – Battles – 9/23 (The End Records)
Click here to view this artist on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 20

146. The Growlers – Chinese Fountain – 9/23 (Everloving Records)

147. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny – 9/23 (Cult Records)

148. Yumi and the System – Wonders of Origin – 9/23 (self-released)
Click here to view this artist in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

149. 1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos – 9/30 (Season of Mist)

150. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars – 9/30 (Entertainment One)

151. Davenport Cabinet – Damned Renegades – 9/30 (Equal Vision Records)

152. Electric Wizard – Time to Die – 9/30 (Spinefarm Records)

153. Sick of it All – The Last Act of Defiance – 9/30 (Century Media Records)

154. Scar Symmetry – The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity – 10/3 (Nuclear Blast)

155. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire – 10/7 (Avalanche Recordings)

156. The Picturebooks – Imaginary Horse – 10/7 (RidingEasy Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 22

157. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End – 10/7 (Republic Records)
Click here for our review of the album

158. Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out – 10/14 (Nuclear Blast)

159. Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues – 10/14 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman dUg Pinnick

160. KMFDM – Our Time Will Come – 10/14 (Metropolis Records)

161. Melvins – Hold It In – 10/14 (Ipecac Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with frontman Buzz Osbourne

162. Revocation – Deathless – 10/14 (Metal Blade Records)

163. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died – 10/14 (Century Media Records)

164. Justin Symbol –  V Ω I D H E A D – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here for our interview with frontman Justin Symbol

165. Polanski – Between This and Hate – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

166. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter – 10/17 (Roadrunner Records)
Click here for our review of the album

167. Sunn O))) and Scott Walker – Soused – 10/20 (4AD)

168. Thurston Moore – The Best Day – 10/20 (Matador Records)

169. Bush – Man on the Run – 10/21 (Zuma Rock Records)

170. Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio – 10/21 (Vagrant Records)
Click here for our interview with Mark Lanegan

171. Pitch Black Forecast – As the World Burns – 10/21 (Ferocious Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Jason Popson

172. Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble – 10/21 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

173. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum – 10/24 (Metal Blade Records)

174. Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You – 10/24 (Epitaph Records)

175. At the Gates – At War with Reality – 10/27 (Century Media Records)

176. Black Map – And We Explode… – 10/27 (Minus Head Records)
Click here for our review of the album

177. Crobot – Something Supernatural – 10/27 (Wind-up Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Brandon Yeagley

178. Devin Townsend Project – 10/27 (HevyDevy Records)
Click here for our review of the album

179. Unearth – Watchers of Rule – 10/27 (Entertainment One, Century Media Records, and more)

180. Live – The Turn – 10/28 (Think Loud Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

181. Obituary – Inked in Blood – 10/28 (Gibtown Music, Relapse Records)

182. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds – 11/7 (Nuclear Blast)

183. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways – 11/10 (Roswell Records, RCA Records)
Click here for our review of the album

184. Haken – Restoration – 11/10 – (Inside Out Music)

185. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel – 11/10 (Season of Mist)

186. Pink Floyd – The Endless River – 11/10 (Parlophone, Columbia Records)

187. Job for a Cowboy – Sun Eater – 11/11 (Metal Blade Records)

188. Emigrate – Silent So Long – 11/14 (Vertigo Records)

189. Alain Johannes – Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 – 11/17 (self-released)

190. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral – 11/17 (Peaceville Records)

191. In This Moment – Black Widow – 11/17 (Atlantic Records)

192. TV on the Radio – Seeds – 11/17 (Harvest Records)

193. Crash Midnight – Lost in the City – 11/18 (Bronx Bridge Entertainment Inc.)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Shaun Soho

194. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen – 11/21 (Metal Blade Records)

195. Soundgarden – Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path – 11/24 (A&M Records)

197. The Amsterdam Red Light District – Gone For A While – 11/26 (Red Light Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Maxine Comby

198. AC/DC – Rock or Bust – 11/28 (Columbia Records)

199. Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker – 12/9 (To the Stars Records)

200. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy – 12/9 (Martha’s Music)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview of frontman Billy Corgan

Former Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin To Record New Music

Today, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin announced plans via Twitter (separate tweet confirms Garson’s involvement) to record new music with his on and off musical project, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, in 2015. Members Billy Mohler (bass, vocals), Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), Mike Garson (piano and Gannin Arnold (guitar) are confirmed to be recording new music. Chamberlin’s tweets seems to indicate some involvement with Columbia recording artist Frank Catalano, a Chicago-based saxophonist who recently collaborated with Chamberlin on Catalano’s Love Supreme Collective EP, which stands #1 on iTunes’ Jazz charts.

The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex released their debut album Life Begins Again in 2005, with Sean Woolstenhulme on guitar and Adam Benjamin playing on keyboards, who have since left the band. Life Begins Again is a jazz fusion album met with mostly favorable reviews bringing Chamberlin back to his roots as a jazz drummer in the ’80’s in Chicago before joining the Smashing Pumpkins. Interesting to note the appearances of Billy Corgan, Bill Medley (the Righteous Brothers), Linda Strawberry (Billy Corgan collaborator) and Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel) performing guest vocals on the album. The band went on official hiatus from 2006 to 2009, but continued with stagnant activity until very recently. Chamberlin in an 2013 interview said that five to six songs have been written between the group in the last years. Mohler’s busy schedule as a record producer has prevented the group from furthering recording or touring. It is uncertain if Billy Corgan will collaborate on the record or not.

Billy Corgan: Grunge Is ‘Irrelevant’

The Guardian just conducted a hilarious interview with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, covering a wide range of topics such as astrology, reviews of Monuments to an Elegy, and Marilyn Manson. Billy teased the interviewer for such a bizarre range of questions. At one point, when the interviewer asked Billy about his thoughts on his successes back in the 90’s, Billy only replied that the matter was moot and the era is completely irrelevant to modern audiences, who are more turned onto EDM…

There’s a quote in the NME today that says …

I wouldn’t quote anything from the NME. Because as you’ve seen, I ramble. And they just quote one sentence out of it. So I won’t know what the fuck it means. So just ask what you want to ask.

OK, I wondered how you look back on the 90s scene and if you feel you accomplished …

Irrelevant.

What’s irrelevant?

Irrelevant. Right now that era is irrelevant.

To you?

To everyone. How big are those bands right now? Are any of those bands in the charts right now?

There are lots of new bands who are influenced by the 90s sound …

I would disagree with that. I don’t hear that. The mythology [of that era] right now is irrelevant to combat the pop menace in America right now.

Who is the menace?

I’m not naming names, come on. But it’s immense. People can get rosy and sentimental about something, but if it can’t compete it doesn’t mean anything. Meanwhile, EDM is kicking everybody’s fucking ass. Look at the numbers the DJs are making! They’re kicking rock bands’ ass. And we’re sitting here talking about an era from 20 years ago because it’s misty in people’s minds. Meanwhile there’s 60,000 people in a field watching a guy with lights behind him.

Photos & Videos From Surprise Billy Corgan Show Last Night In Las Vegas

Last night, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed a surprised acoustic set at Las Vegas based record store Zia Eastern. You can view photos and video from the event below:

Photo credit @ZiaRecords

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In other BillCo news, in a recent piece with NME, Corgan discussed his take on staying relevant in today’s music industry and his displeasure for nostalgia:

“I had grown very frustrated with that widening gap between rock and roll and music where you have to get to the chorus within the first ten seconds or I’m gonna start taking a selfie. I had to really realize that the game had changed during my twenty something years and that I was facing the same kind of challenged that I had faced when I was making an album like Siamese Dream against hair metal bands of the world. You have to look at what the enemy is, in this case, time or attention spans and just go straight at it. The song’s the thing and it’s funny because if I listen to a Beatles song I like I’ll realize that the song begins with the vocals! No intro, just right into the chorus. So I took lessons from things like that.”

Corgan then added:

“I think of all the data of touring around the last seven years, seeing what music sticks and doesn’t we were pretty clear on that if we didn’t update what we were doing then we were pretty much dead in the water. I can’t speak for Europe as much, although I have played over there a lot the past few years, but America is very much stuck on the sentimental idea of what grunge was and what rock and roll was. You literally can phone in the same record over and over again and the public is actually OK with it. That creeps me out personally but that’s sort of the choice you’re given, do you update, come forward and get in there with the kids and get people on the dance floor or you might as well get on an oldies circuit, get on those package tours and play the hits. Which, to me, is like a form of slow motion suicide. It’s got nothing to do with why I started a band or am in a band and I rather not face oblivion in that type of way. I rather do a record like monuments, take a shot at it, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work but at least I’m on my feet trying.”

Billy Corgan Says His Fanbase Is ‘Long F-cking Gone’

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed the state of Smashing Pumpkins fans in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal:

“Honestly I think the fanbase is gone. I know it’s a prickly way to put it, but I don’t think there are fans anymore. I would define a fan as someone who explores the depth of the artist’s work, and allows the artist to show you something. It’s not up to the artist to walk you by the hand. I don’t think there are that many of those people who exist. I’d say they’re in the low thousands.”

Corgan went on to say

“(Based on) Feedback, web traffic, whatever you want to look at. This is where I start to complain, but I think the depth of my work and the depth of my catalogue is just now beginning to be explored in the way it was intended to. For whatever reason–cultural shifts or my own need to shift my public personalities–I have not gotten the cultural review worthy of my position. With the tenure I have, and the work and the reissues piling up, there’s going to have to be some kind of reckoning with me in the culture, because I just won’t f—ing go away. You know what I mean? When you look at my generation, I come out on the leaner side of the conversation about people who actually survived, and prospered and continued on. My position as an artist has basically not changed in a world where even Pavement started doing reunion tours. All the people who walked around puffing out their chests about the word integrity? A lot of those people are long f—-ng gone.”

Billy Corgan Slams Grunge Nostalgia, Bands Committing ‘Slow Motion Suicide’

In a new piece with NME, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his take on staying relevant in today’s music industry and his displeasure for nostalgia:

“I had grown very frustrated with that widening gap between rock and roll and music where you have to get to the chorus within the first ten seconds or I’m gonna start taking a selfie. I had to really realize that the game had changed during my twenty something years and that I was facing the same kind of challenged that I had faced when I was making an album like Siamese Dream against hair metal bands of the world. You have to look at what the enemy is, in this case, time or attention spans and just go straight at it. The song’s the thing and it’s funny because if I listen to a Beatles song I like I’ll realize that the song begins with the vocals! No intro, just right into the chorus. So I took lessons from things like that.”

Corgan then added:

“I think of all the data of touring around the last seven years, seeing what music sticks and doesn’t we were pretty clear on that if we didn’t update what we were doing then we were pretty much dead in the water. I can’t speak for Europe as much, although I have played over there a lot the past few years, but America is very much stuck on the sentimental idea of what grunge was and what rock and roll was. You literally can phone in the same record over and over again and the public is actually OK with it. That creeps me out personally but that’s sort of the choice you’re given, do you update, come forward and get in there with the kids and get people on the dance floor or you might as well get on an oldies circuit, get on those package tours and play the hits. Which, to me, is like a form of slow motion suicide. It’s got nothing to do with why I started a band or am in a band and I rather not face oblivion in that type of way. I rather do a record like monuments, take a shot at it, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work but at least I’m on my feet trying.”

 

 

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Billy Corgan Says Sex With Courtney Love Was “Mythical”

In a recent interview with the Howard Stern Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed how he met Courtney Love:

I was on a record label, they sent a box of music and one of the singles was Courtney’s. I flipped over the record, look at her on the back and said “I need to meet this woman.” I never heard of her, her name, I just looked at the picture and had to meet that woman. I called the person at the record record company and said, “I need to meet this woman.” It was even before I heard the music, I saw the picture and knew I had to meet her.  The only other time I’ve felt a feeling like that is for my friend Sasha Gray, the former porn star. In the case of Courtney, I called the woman at the record label, kind of arranged her to stay at my apartment when her band came through town and that started this whole insanity. 

Corgan then recollected the time when he threw Courtney Love out of his apartment:

She did this thing where she called me and asked “Do you want to see me?” and I’m a guy, of course I want to, so five hours later the phone rings and she says, “I’m at the O’Haire Chicago airport.” I had a girlfriend! It was like, “Yeah, I don’t want to see you today”. So boom, she’s at the door, all dressed up and then I had to kick her out. Courtney was a typhoon back in day. Back in the day Courtney was smokin’ hot, she’s still a very attractive woman but back in the day, you know, she was indie style, wearing the baby-doll dresses, I mean come on. It was like an indie fantasy.”

Stern then asked what the sex with Love was like. To which Corgan replied:

It was mythical. Just, kind of mythic.

Billy Corgan Rips Pearl Jam And Foo Fighters

Billy Corgan had some choice words for the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam today during a new interview on the Howard Stern show. Corgan first compared the work of Pearl Jam to both the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana:

“No. Not even close. I think they were derivative and the work speaks for itself. If you listen to the band’s work, and I know they have a tremendous fanbase and they should, they’re a great band but you know, I’m a Beatles guy, a Stones guy and a Kinks guy but if you go to a lot of those other bands they just don’t have the work. I just don’t think Pearl Jam have the songs. If you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band, still an arena act, they’ve been getting it done for a long time and I have to bow to that but it’s a mystery to me on how they have because I just don’t get it. They don’t have the songs. People will take that the wrong way but speaking competitively, they are my competitors and I have to say who am I competing against & why.”

Corgan also said the following when asked about potentially collaborating with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder:

“I would have to understand his motivation, we were friends at one point so it’s not like there is a relationship train-track there. I haven’t been in a social frame with the guy in I don’t know how long but I think a lot of people are transformed by fame. I knew one person and then there was another person. I’m another person so maybe he felt the same way about me. You can’t blame the guy though, he was on the cover of TIME magazine, not me and dealt with a level of fame that I never dealt with.”

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman was also critical of Foo Fighters’ recent output, saying the band needs to “evolve”:

“I’m not particularly thrilled with the Foo Fighters. Dave is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work but to me, my criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I’m being a music critic is that they just haven’t evolved and that’s sort of the recent wrap on them is, you know, making the same music. Ovbiously, I’ve put my whole life on the line for making different types music as I’ve gone along. We’ve talked last time I was here about playing old songs, evolving and it’s just my mentality. I know it’s not for everybody. Listen, he’s getting it done so it’s like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he’s the one winning.”

You can view the full interview below:

Video: Watch Marilyn Manson Perform With The Smashing Pumpkins


Marilyn Manson joined the Smashing Pumpkins during the encore of their show in London this past week at KOKO. Marilyn Manson appeared as a surprise guest for the encore, he sang Third Day of a Seven Day Binge, which is the lead single off of Manson’s newest album, The Pale Emporor. He also performed the Smashing Pumpkins classic Ava Adore as a duet with Billy Corgan. You can view videos above:

In a recent interview with the Independent, Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan reflected on his experiences in the music industry, chronicling his twisted tales from the idealism of the alternative rock movement that the Smashing Pumpkins helped to propel, along with other bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.

Corgan, in the interview, marks his new album, Monuments to an Elegy, as his return to, for a lack of a better concept, relevance. Corgan notes, “I needed to find my way back to the center, and whether it’s David Bowie, John Lennon or Bob Dylan, if the public can only deal with certain personalities when they cross the line of pop and artifice, so be it.” Never losing his artistic vision, Monuments to an Elegy according to Corgan, is him “taking up the chef’s knives again”, though he admits that, “I had to give up some form of idealism. But this album doesn’t feel compromised. I don’t think it has the bitter taste of someone who’s finally had to grow up and do his homework.” Critics and fans alike have long criticized the experimental nature of the Pumpkins’ post-reunion work, namely albums Zeitgeist and Oceania, feeling that Corgan had lost the muse had created the well-established classics like Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Siamese Dream and Adore.

However, in Greek mythology the Muses, the goddess of inspiration which “muse” is derived from, exist as “One and All”, that is, they represent different aspects of articulate human focus while simultaneously representing the same very thing: artistic inspiration. There is no greater or lesser muse, art exists as it is. Corgan never lost his muse or the ability to write hit songs, the lack of attention to albums like Zeitgeist and Oceania stems from the critical course of musical evolution, which moves faster and faster as time and technology moves on with the rest of hyperactive society. Art changes with the time and some is ignored and some is accepted. Monuments to an Elegy has led to much more favorable reviews than anything Corgan has released in the last ten years, for a number of reasons, which included the trial and error process of reformation which took several years to consolidate, in the same way the early Pumpkins went through various incarnations before they took off as Corgan, Iha, Wretzky and Chamberlain straight to the top of the pop charts with Siamese Dream. There would be no Monuments to an Elegy without Zeitgeist, Oceania or the rest of the material from the Teargarden by Kaleidoscope project and the subsequent criticism.

Corgan also commented on his relationship and legacy of Nirvana frontman and 90’s visionary Kurt Cobain. “He [Cobain] was quarterback of the football team, leading the aesthetic and integrity charge. He knew how to navigate those things”. Amongst the uplifting comments, Corgan admitted that he did not look up to Cobain during this time, “We were competitors. He [Cobain] and I were the top two scribes, and everybody else was a distant third.” Corgan in other recent interviews has always come to a critical defense of Cobain and a staunch attitude against Courtney Love, a feud which only recently has been reconciled.

As for who fits the case of the “distant third” of 90’s alternative rock, Corgan took a more abrasive stance against Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, in response to the “survivor guilt” Vedder experienced after Cobain’s death in 1994, “That would be Eddie Vedder…somehow he makes it about him even when it’s about somebody else!”

The Smashing Pumpkins release their new album Monuments to an Elegy on December 9th, available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and on their official website.

Billy Corgan Says He And Kurt Cobain Were Greatest Songwriters Of The 90’s, Condemns Vedder

In a recent interview with the Independent, Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan reflected on his experiences in the music industry, chronicling his twisted tales from the idealism of the alternative rock movement that the Smashing Pumpkins helped to propel, along with other bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.

Corgan, in the interview, marks his new album, Monuments to an Elegy, as his return to, for a lack of a better concept, relevance. Corgan notes, “I needed to find my way back to the center, and whether it’s David Bowie, John Lennon or Bob Dylan, if the public can only deal with certain personalities when they cross the line of pop and artifice, so be it.” Never losing his artistic vision, Monuments to an Elegy according to Corgan, is him “taking up the chef’s knives again”, though he admits that, “I had to give up some form of idealism. But this album doesn’t feel compromised. I don’t think it has the bitter taste of someone who’s finally had to grow up and do his homework.” Critics and fans alike have long criticized the experimental nature of the Pumpkins’ post-reunion work, namely albums Zeitgeist and Oceania, feeling that Corgan had lost the muse had created the well-established classics like Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Siamese Dream and Adore.

However, in Greek mythology the Muses, the goddess of inspiration which “muse” is derived from, exist as “One and All”, that is, they represent different aspects of articulate human focus while simultaneously representing the same very thing: artistic inspiration. There is no greater or lesser muse, art exists as it is. Corgan never lost his muse or the ability to write hit songs, the lack of attention to albums like Zeitgeist and Oceania stems from the critical course of musical evolution, which moves faster and faster as time and technology moves on with the rest of hyperactive society. Art changes with the time and some is ignored and some is accepted. Monuments to an Elegy has led to much more favorable reviews than anything Corgan has released in the last ten years, for a number of reasons, which included the trial and error process of reformation which took several years to consolidate, in the same way the early Pumpkins went through various incarnations before they took off as Corgan, Iha, Wretzky and Chamberlain straight to the top of the pop charts with Siamese Dream. There would be no Monuments to an Elegy without Zeitgeist, Oceania or the rest of the material from the Teargarden by Kaleidoscope project and the subsequent criticism.

Corgan also commented on his relationship and legacy of Nirvana frontman and 90’s visionary Kurt Cobain. “He [Cobain] was quarterback of the football team, leading the aesthetic and integrity charge. He knew how to navigate those things”. Amongst the uplifting comments, Corgan admitted that he did not look up to Cobain during this time, “We were competitors. He [Cobain] and I were the top two scribes, and everybody else was a distant third.” Corgan in other recent interviews has always come to a critical defense of Cobain and a staunch attitude against Courtney Love, a feud which only recently has been reconciled.

As for who fits the case of the “distant third” of 90’s alternative rock, Corgan took a more abrasive stance against Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, in response to the “survivor guilt” Vedder experienced after Cobain’s death in 1994, “That would be Eddie Vedder…somehow he makes it about him even when it’s about somebody else!”

The Smashing Pumpkins release their new album Monuments to an Elegy on December 9th, available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and on their official website.

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The Killers Bassist Discusses Joining Smashing Pumpkins

As previously reported, drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and bassist Mark Stoermer of The Killers will be joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder for a series of special shows in select cities, which you can view below. Stoermer recently spoke to Las Vegas Weekly about joining. You can check out The Killers bassists take on the tour and the Pumpkins below.

Smashing Pumpkins special tour dates:
December 5 London, UK Koko’s
December 6 Paris, France Le Trabendo
December 8 New York, NY Webster Hall

Regarding joining Smashing Pumpkins:
“It’s surreal for myself in a lot of ways, but at this point it’s just about being a musician, I think, and playing songs that I like. And it’s a lot of work, actually, and little bit of a challenge—but I mean that in a good way. A lot of practice, a lot of songs to learn in a short amount of time. Smashing Pumpkins songs are actually pretty complicated arrangement-wise. Even as someone who’s been listening to them for years and years, until you sit down and learn them, you don’t necessarily realize how tricky they can be. So that’s been a challenge, but it’s been a good thing for me in getting back to playing bass and being a musician and not worrying about being a songwriter or the business side of being in a band—just coming here to play music.”

Oh how he was invited:
“I guess me and Billy Corgan have a mutual friend. [Corgan and I] became acquainted about seven years ago. The Killers and Smashing Pumpkins did a few shows together; one was actually in Spain in a bullfighting ring. I met him then and on a few other occasion over the years. We’re not close or anything, but we had multiple conversations in person over the years. I guess officially Smashing Pumpkins is only two people—two people and Tommy Lee on [new album Monuments to an Elegy]—and they don’t have a band. [Corgan] called me a month ago and asked me to do it. It’s one of those things where it’s just the right time for me. I’m not doing any music, I’m not feeling inspired with my writing at the moments, The Killers are obviously on a hiatus, and of course there’s a side of me, the 14- or 16-year-old in me, that would be freaking out, so I couldn’t say no. In addition to the nostalgia aspect, I also had to hear the new music, which I think is great. If the new music wasn’t up to par, I wouldn’t be doing it. I felt like, yeah, it was one of those things I had to do.”

Opinions on Monuments to an Elegy:
“I don’t know. I think it’s an uphill battle and the longer you go on your career, the steeper that hill becomes when you present new material. Just as a listener and a fan myself, I like the new material, but it becomes one of those things where if you have a huge catalog of great music, you’re always gonna compare it to that. But I try to take myself out of that as much as I can, and ask myself, are these great songs you would listen to from a brand new band? And to me, yes they are, but does everyone think that way? Not really. It’s tough, and I can’t predict what people will say, but I know it’s a challenge. I can say that out of the the people that came out from the early ‘90s and maybe the late ‘80s, Billy Corgan is one of the few that are still writing really good material. There’s maybe a few others, but not many. Whether or not it’s as good as the other stuff—and I’m not making a comment on that—it’s neither here nor there. Is it good today? My answer is yes. The public or fans don’t always perceive it that way, and I know that even from being in a band for 10 years. It’s a crapshoot, it’s gets harder and harder as time goes by once you set your own bar so high.”

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Top 10 Alternative Rock B-Sides Albums

In honor of today’s revelation that Soundgarden will finally release the long-awaited B-sides and rarities compilation Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, let’s take a look back at some of the best B-sides compilations from Generation X and beyond.

10. Foo Fighters – Medium Rare

A more recent addition to the B-sides canon. Although 2011’s Medium Rare isn’t exactly acclaimed, who can go wrong with an extra helping of Foo Fighters, performing classics such as Cream’s “I Feel Free” and Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”?

9. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Power Of Negative Thinking

This ultimate, multi-disc B-sides and rarities collection collects a huge amount of songs throughout the cult Scottish band’s career.

8. The Killers – Sawdust

Sawdust was released by The Killers in 2007, with Dave Keuning calling the B-sides/rarities collection a homage to some of his favorite bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Oasis who had done the same.  Sawdust features some of The Killers’ best songs, like the epic Sam’s Town outtake “Sweet Talk” and the haunting “Tranquilize” featuring the late Lou Reed.  The collection also features some of The Killers’ heavier material like “All The Pretty Faces” and “Move Away.”

7. Pixies – Complete ‘B’ Sides

Released in 2001, Complete ‘B’ Sides is pretty much self explanatory. Along with an alternate version of River Euphrates and a live recording of the Pixies concert staple “In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator)” from David Lynch’s classic Eraserhead, some of the songs include two separate songs with “manta ray” in the title and  the brilliant “Evil Hearted You”.

6. Oasis – The Masterplan

Only three albums into their career, Oasis released their first B-sides compilation, The Masterplan. This record compiles every B-side to that point, including a live cover of “I Am The Walrus”. Several songs from this record would later appear on Oasis’s Stop The Clocks.

5. The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs

One of the only B-sides compilations to have landed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Louder Than Bombs was released as an American counter to the UK release The World Won’t Listen.

4. Pavement – Westing

Not explicitly a “B-sides” album, Pavement’s Westing collects every song from the band’s early cassette releases and gives them a home on CD-ROM.

3. Nirvana – Incesticide

Barely requiring an introduction, Incesticide is held nearly as dear as the rest of Nirvana’s discography, featuring such classics as the live staple “Aneurysm”, the abrasive homage to classic rock known as “Aero Zeppelin”, the childlike “Sliver”, and an electric version of “Polly” off of Nevermind.

2. Pearl Jam – Lost Dogs

Pearl Jam’s acclaimed Lost Dogs finally gives “Yellow Ledbetter” a proper home, along with their cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” (which gave the band its biggest pop hit). You’ll find album outtakes spanning the band’s career to the point, from the albums Ten to Riot Act.

1. The Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot

Pisces Iscariot, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, is acclaimed by fans of the Smashing Pumpkins for compiling the band’s early rarities. It includes “Landslide”, a Fleetwood Mac cover that would end up being one of the band’s most popular songs, along with many other tracks that characteristically venture between haunting and heavy/abrasive.

Billy Corgan Wears A Blue Wig

Former WWE and ECW superstar Justin Credible tweeted the following picture with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on Thursday.

Billy Corgan discussed Smashing Pumpkins’ new album Monuments to an Elegy with AlternativeNation.net last month, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

Billy Corgan Cuts Down Tree After Two Year Legal Battle

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and actors Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart have just settled a dispute lasting two years over trees.

That’s right. Trees.

More specifically four of them and when a huge eucalyptus tree on Corgan’s property fell onto the property of Dane, a feud ensued and the insurance companies settled on property damage issues. The trial was to begin in Los Angeles on Monday in L.A. County Superior Court but was settled when Corgan finally agreed to cut the trees down. You can view photos below via TMZ:

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In related Corgan news, the Smashing Pumpkins released their newest single on Monday entitled “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)”. The single is off of their newest LP Monuments to an Elegy. Corgan spoke to AlternativeNation.net last month about the new LP:

“The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

 

Peter Hook Reveals Where Joy Division Would Have Gone Musically, Praises Billy Corgan

Photo credit: Stefano Masselli

I was recently lucky to interview former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook for the Songfacts site (the entire Q&A can be viewed here). Quite a few tidbits were discussed (just prior to Mr. Hook launching a North American tour with his band, the Light, which will perform tunes from the classic New Order albums Low-Life and Brotherhood, of which dates can be found here), a few of which can be sampled here:

Songfacts: Do you ever wonder what Ian Curtis would have gone on to do artistically and musically had he lived? Did you ever discuss future plans with him?

Peter: Ian had big future plans for the band. He was extremely focused on making the band as big as he could. He wanted to change the world and he would be proud now to see that he did it. Had Ian lived, Joy Division would obviously have carried on, but I do think that we would have gone down the same route that New Order did – more electronics and eventually some dance-based tracks. Ian was very interested in electronics and synths. I can see him singing “Blue Monday.”

Songfacts: How close to the truth were such films as Control and 24 Hour Party People?

Peter: Control and 24HPP are both good films in my opinion, but they are very different. 24HPP is more of a light, good-humored look at Factory Records. It’s almost like a comedy at times. There are some inaccuracies in it but it makes for a funny film, and as Tony Wilson said, never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

Control is obviously a lot more serious, and is more of a look at Ian’s life. Anton Corbijn who directed Control is a great friend and he was with us at the time, so that film is in turn very accurate.

Songfacts: Who are some of your favorite songwriters, and why?

Peter: I have been fortunate enough to work with two of them for most of my career in Ian Curtis and Bernard Sumner. Myself and Bernard have our problems now but I will never let that cloud my view of him as a fantastic musician. I have a lot of respect for the other people that I have worked with in my career too, like Moby, Billy Corgan and Perry Farrell.

To read the entire Q&A (including memories of writing such alt-rock classics as “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Blue Monday”), click your clicker here.

Photo by Stefano Masselli.

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Smashing Pumpkins Reveal Songs That Will Appear On ‘Day For Night’

Billy Corgan has just revealed details regarding the group’s upcoming LP, “Day For Night.” The Smashing Pumpkins frontman previously stated that the early stages of writing for “Day For Night” would begin immediately after work on “Monuments to an Elegy” was complete. You can view the nine tracks that Corgan announced would be on the album below:

“Here are the titles: BURNT ORANGE BLACK (still in it’s nascent MTAE form), SWORD FROM THE STONE, CARDINAL RULE (updated from Herr Howard’s twee version), FULLSAIL (MTAE form), ROUSTABOUT (updated from B-sides sessions), THE SPANIARDS (same), CALX, ERSTWHILE, and NINE PLANET ROCK (or FEAR OF A 10TH PLANET). And coming in today we’ll have a good listen to the pile to decide what we need, don’t need. My approach to most likely be the same as SIAMESE DREAM, where I’ll go about besting what I have with a particular focus. In essence using these songs to clarify the vision (if there is one).”

You can view Billy Corgan’s full statement by clicking here.

Click here to check out AlternativeNation.net’s interview with Billy Corgan.