Smashing Pumpkins machen einen Radiohead: Neues Album für lau

Das letzte Album der Smashing Pumpkins erwähnen wir hier mal lieber nicht und auch sonst habe ich von Billy Corgan nur noch eher obskure Newsbits gehört. Dass er jetzt eine spirituelle Website habe zum Beispiel. Egal, das neue Album wird 44 Songs enthalten, die nach und nach online gratis veröffentlicht werden, am Ende gibt's dann noch eine Collectors Edition und 4 EPs. Ob die Platte deshalb was taugt, ist immer noch fraglich, immerhin verspricht Corgan: „The music of 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins: atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.“ Na denn.

Recording began yesterday, September 15th, 2009 on the new record which will be entitled 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'. The album will feature 44 songs, 4 of which are now being recorded. My desire is to release a song at a time beginning around Halloween of this year, with each new release coming shortly after until all 44 are out. Each song will be made available absolutely for free, to anyone anywhere. There will be no strings attached. Free will mean free, which means you won't have to sign up for anything, give an email address, or jump through a hoop. You will be able to go and take the song or songs as you wish, as many times as you wish.

We will however sell highly limited edition EP's (of 4 songs each times 11), and details of how those EP's will be made available are still being worked out. Because the songs themselves will be free, the EP's will be more like collectors items for the discerning fan who will want the art itself, along with the highest possible audio quality available. The EP's will be more like mini-box sets rather than your normal cd single. We may also offer other variations for sale, say for example a digital single with a demo version of a song. The commitment that is most important is the one I'm making to you: that the music of 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' will be available for free to everyone. All 44 songs: free for ALL.

When the entire album is finished, it will be compiled into a deluxe box set which will also be made available for sale. Those who have bought the EP's need not worry, as the box set will not be a recompilation of the limited edition pieces.

Announcement from Billy Corgan about the new Smashing Pumpkins album (via Nico)