Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Billy Corgan announces new, free Smashing Pumpkins album

Despite being the only original member left, Billy Corgan is still planning on releasing a new Smashing Pumpkins album... but not in the traditional sense. Having previously discussed taking a different approach to releasing albums, it seems Corgan really meant different.

The new album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, will consist of 44(!) tracks, and will be absolutely free. Which I guess is a good thing for those who felt guilty after actually buying the band's 2007 return album, Zeitgeist. How does this work? Let Billy explain himself:

"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. "

Sounds good, though whether the music itself sounds good is to be told yet. For those who want to have a physical release o the album, there will be four 11-track EPs available to buy, of which you can read more about in the full release at

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