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.