The Smashing Pumpkins will release the next EP installment of the 44-song Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project on Tuesday, November 23.
Head Pumpkin Billy Corgan has abandoned the traditional album format in favor of recording songs in batches of four, offering them for free online, then releasing them as four-song EPs in limited edition CD and deluxe 12 vinyl picture disc form. The second such release, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol II: The Solstice Bare, features The Fellowship, Freak, Tom Tom And Spangled as well as unreleased B-side track, Cottonwood Symphony. The lid covering the 12 box is a metallic/foil wallpaper motif designed by The Flavor Paper Co.
As for the future direction of the project, Corgan told Mixdown magazine, I have more than enough written but I would say probably half or less than half is worth recording, because I'm still evolving with the quality level and maybe what I'm trying to say. Now that the band has really come together as a unit, I'm looking at the material in a completely different way. We're sort of back into a dynamic rock outfit. So that opens up my mind. It brings the musicianship back into the equation in a way that maybe it hasn't been in a while.
Thanks for the report to Peter Hodgson, Gibson.com.