The Smashing Pumpkins
“Widow Wake My Mind” [live on Jay Leno]

After a titillating appearance by Heidi Klum and an oriental showing from Ken Jeong (Knocked Up, The Hangover), The Smashing Pumpkins end last night’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno with a performance of “Widow Wake My Mind” off Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor (set for release on May 25). The best part for me was when my wife farted (seriously) toward the end of the song. If only that could be embedded here too.

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Faith No More

“Ben” [Michael Jackson cover]

Faith No More covers Michael Jackson. ‘Nuff said. [via The Daily Swarm]

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Passe Montagne

“Lowcost Deluxe”

France/Italy’s Passe Montagne are releasing a new (and awesome) album, Oh My Satan, today on Sickroom Records/Africantape. This is their second full-length album, following their debut release, Long Play. The album is being released on limited-to-500 vinyl (with MP3 download), so chop chop motherfucker.

Check out them out on tour with The Conformists, starting April 24. Dates can be found here, here, and here again. You can download “Lowcost Deluxe” here.

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“Faded High”

Gayngs is comprised of musicians from groups like Bon Iver, P.O.S., Megafaun, Solid Gold, The Rosebuds, and Lookbook. Rumor has it they’re up to 24 peeps now. This means each member will probably earn very little money off the project. Our recommendation? Convert Gayngs to a solo project! The group’s debut, Relayted, is set for release May 11 on Jagjaguwar.

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The Flaming Lips

“Breathe” [Pink Floyd cover on Jimmy Fallon]

The Flaming Lips were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote the vinyl release of their cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. It all culminates in this little Hulu video stream.

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“I Was Playing Drums”

Efterklang’s Magic Chairs (TMT Review) was released earlier this year on 4AD. It’ll be released as a special-deluxe limited-edition box set with original artwork, a 200-page mini book, three posters, a button, two eye patches, and a bottle of fish oil pills next week.

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