Smashing Pumpkins to Release 44 Free Songs, To Be Known Collectively as Teargarden by Kaleidyscope; Something Tells Me This Isn’t the 19-Year-Old Drummer’s Idea

What do you get when you mix 42-year-old Billy Corgan with a 19-year-old drummer named "Mike"?

A heartwarming father/son-like relationship? ("Hey, let's go toss the ball around!") Weird, barely-legal sexual activity? ("Hey, let's go toss my balls around!") One would assume both, but Corgan has never been one for tradition. Instead, Corgan and "Mike" (a.k.a. The Smashing Pumpkins) will write some songs, record some songs, and release some songs. And not just a couple songs here and there, but 44 songs, released for free on the internet and not-for-free on 11 EPs that will eventually be collected as a box set titled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Confusing? Bill, take it away:

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.

The rest of the post describes what the album is based on, but who cares?? Just kidding! You can read the post here. Or should I say, experience the post.

Evan Parker and Ned Rothenberg Take Up a Life of Busking But Find That Street People Don’t Like and Can’t Even Hear Their Multiphonic, Microtonal Sax Duets Over the Crowd Noise; Decide to Take Their Act to Quiet Schools and Theaters Where People Appreciate Things Like a Good Tongue Slapping

Vast explorers of extended horn playing, Evan Parker and Ned Rothenberg have been a heavy part of the free-improv scene, with Parker dating back to 60s European free-jazz happenings and Rothenberg starting out in the late 70s. The two have been working together for over a decade and have released three records; Monkey Puzzle, Live at Roulette, and most recently, Free Zone Appleby 2007 (together with Sardinian Guitarist Paolo Angeli).

This month will see the two traveling around the U.S. for a short week-long venture, including a stop in D.C. to headline Friday night of the Sonic Circuits Festival. The tour starts on September 24 in Amherst, MA and ends September 30 in Montreal, QC. After the week is over, Parker will be hanging out at John Zorn's NY venue The Stone, while he performs and curates events through the first half of October, pitting Parker against the likes of John Zorn, Fred Frith, Milford Graves, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Chris Corsano, to name a few.

Just remember that if you plan on attending one of Parker and Rothenberg's shows, don't bring your grandma. She will definitely be asking you a million times if the sounds she hears are coming from the two men's horns. Yes, Grandma, YES!

Here are the dates:
09.24.09 - Amherst, MA - Bezanson Recital Hall (U of Massachusetts)
09.25.09 - Washington, DC - Sonic Circuits Festival
09.26.09 - Oberlin, OH - Fairchild Chapel (Oberlin College)
09.27.09 - Chicago, IL - Claudia Cassidy Theater (Chicago Cultural Center)
09.28.09 - Detroit, MI - 2739 Edwin
09.29.09 - Buffalo, NY - Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
09.30.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.01.09-10.16.09 - New York, NY - The Stone *

* Evan Parker in various determined combinations

By The Power of Salad! Lightning Bolt to Streak Across Sky and Touch Down in Australia and New Zealand; Brush Fires to Ensue

Blimey! Call the Prime Minister, innocent boys and girls of Australia! Like a young Michael J. Fox ripping through an obscene Van Halen solo at the end of a Chuck Freakin’ Berry song while a bunch of dumbstruck '50s kids at a High School Dance look on in horror, Rhode Island noise rock duo Lightning Bolt is crashing the unsuspecting country/continent of Australia for the first time; and, as Marty McFly himself can attest, you are SO “just not ready for that yet.”

As reported previously, bassist Brian Gibson and drummer Brian Chippendale are all set to drop their long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s batshit Hypermagic Mountain (TMT Review), the most-certainly batshittier Earthly Delights, on October 13 via Load. And now, hot on the flaming tracks of that new release, the Brians have been goaded into doing “something that really cooks.” So they’re kicking it up a couple of notches and bringing their whole DIY touring, rolling up parking lots, playing on the ground, blocking the exits kinda thing DIRECT to YOU, denizens of Australia and New Zealand. So if you live anywhere close to there, you might want to plan a fun little road trip down the interstate over to... umm, on second thought, I guess those aren’t the easiest places on Earth to get to, are they? Well, sans flying Delorean, at least... either way, if you live there, you’ll probably want to start practicing that whole “look on in horror” thing in advance, yeah?

Australia/New Zealand Dates:
11.20.09 - Melbourne, Victoria - Thornbury Theatre
11.21.09 - Sydney, New South Wales - Manning Bar
11.22.09 - Brisbane, Queensland - Hi Fi
11.24.09 - Auckland, New Zealand - Transmission Room
11.25.09 - Wellington, New Zealand - San Francisco Bath House
11.26.09 - Hobart, Tasmania - Mona
11.27.09 - Adelaide, South Australia - Fowlers Live
11.28.09 - Melbourne, Victoria - Trades Hall (Static Age Festival)

Photo: [Seth Tisue]

Holy Shitizzle! Snoop Dogg Named New Creative Chairman of EMI Music’s Priority Records

When you’re an internationally famous hip-hop star that was just named Creative Chairman of EMI Music’s Priority Records, what do you do as your first task on the job? If you’re Snoop Dogg, you promote your own upcoming album, duh! With Snoop at the helm, Priority Records’ next release will be his new studio album, Malice N Wonderland, due out this December.

Priority Records made a name for itself by becoming a major force in the West Coast Rap scene of the 80s and 90s. Snoop will be in charge of relaunching “the legacy of Priority and will drive efforts to maximize untapped digital and branding opportunities at the label,” according to the press release. All of which basically means that the Priority label execs are catching onto this whole internet marketing phenomenon thing (omgz Twitter is totes exciting!). Snoop will also be an executive producer for a new series of Priority releases that are due out next year commemorating the label’s 25th anniversary.

Of course, no story about Snoop Dogg is finished without a direct quote from the Dogg Father himself. From the press release:

Starting fresh with EMI is a great feeling. It's a new partnership, a new Priority Records, and a new Snoop Dogg: the Creative Chairman... the Boss Dogg... the Dogg Father. The business model we've developed will bring the musical heritage of groups like N.W.A. to the forefront. And you definitely got to get ready for my new album Malice N Wonderland in December to kick it all off -- this is going to be the most potent dose of Snoop Dogg yet!

Fuck Buttons Drag Their Drony Asses Across Europe and North America in Support of Their Upcoming Drony-Ass Record

Last year, British partners-in-feedback Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power (Damn, that is one stately-ass name!), better known together as Fuck Buttons, released their debut album Street Horrrsing (TMT Review) to what the internet calls “generally favorable reviews”. By all accounts it would appear the drony duo have been enjoying the fruits of their success, choosing to pass the long hours between blistering live shows and recording sessions by stroking only the finest mares and dining on succulent surge protectors at England’s poshest bistros.

But the vacation can’t last forever, so it’s back to work for these Buttons of Fucking. In fact, Hung and Power (If that isn’t already the name of some seedy glory hole parlor, then I call dibs) will be extremely busy over the coming months, staying on the road steadily until the end of November. Smack in the midst of their frenzied tour schedule, the band will release their sophomore effort Tarot Sport October 20 on ATP/R.

Welcome to the autumn of Fuck Buttons, everyone! Be safe, wear a sweater and have fun, k!
09.17.09 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club #
09.18.09 - Sheffield, England - The Corporation #
09.19.09 - Oxford, England - The Cellar #
09.20.09 - Manchester, England - Deaf Institute #
09.21.09 -Nottingham, England - Bodega #
09.22.09 - Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds #
09.23.09 - Newcastle, England - The Other Room #
09.24.09 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
09.25.09 - Lancaster, England - The Storey #
09.26.09 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall #
09.27.09 - Brighton, England - Audio #
09.30.09 - Porto, Portugal - Plan B
10.01.09 - Lisbon, Portugal - Zbios
10.02.09 - Madrid, Spain - Experimenta Club
10.03.09 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa
10.09.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg %
10.10.09 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10.11.09 - Aarhus, Denmark - Voxhall
10.12.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
10.13.09 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
10.14.09 - Leipzig, Germany - Connie Island %
10.15.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar %
10.16.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique, The Rotonde
10.17.09 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
10.18.09 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
10.19.09 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
10.20.09 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
10.21.09 - Lyon, France - Grrrnd Zero
10.22.09 - Lille, France - Ground Zero Festival
10.23.09 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
10.24.09 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Exit07
10.27.09 - London, England - Heaven
11.01.09 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Night Club
11.02.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.03.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11.04.09 - Washington DC - DC9
11.05.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.06.09 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.08.09 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.09.09 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
11.11.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.12.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
11.13.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.14.09 - Portland, OR - Worksound
11.15.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
11.18.09 - Northfield, MN - Carleton College
11.19.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
11.20.09 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge
11.21.09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.22.09 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.23.09 - Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
11.24.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
11.25.09 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
12.11.09 - Minehead, England - Ten Years of ATP Festival

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Pavement Reunion? Sure, I Could Definitely Fuck with Some Pavement Reunion.

Here's the question of the moment, the inquiry of the indie rock zeitgeist, the preoccupation of the "slacker generation": When the fudge is Pavement reuniting?? Earlier today, no one seemed to know. Anderson Cooper didn't know. Greg Kot didn't know. Kurt Cobain's avatar didn't know. Not even Ryan Schreiber™ knew. But all that changed at 7:35 PM, when Brooklyn Vegan and its "reliable sources" seemed to know:

There will be multiple, possibly four, nights of shows at NYC's Central Park Summerstage in September [2010]. That could be part of a tour. That could be the end of a tour, the middle of a tour, or even the beginning of a tour, but it seems reasonable to speculate that they might make their official comeback at Coachella in April.

It's also time to start guessing who might be the big curator of September 2010's ATP NY festival (the job Flaming Lips had this year, and My Bloody Valentine the year before that). Might as well put Pavement high on the list of possibilities for that too.

A rumor and speculation? Wowee Zowee! Obviously, the rumor is unconfirmed, but does anyone else feel like releasing some cream of gold from your slanted and enchanted carrot rope?

Photo: [neonwar]