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Smashing Pumpkins - Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (2009)

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  1. Soot and Stars

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    Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden By Kaleidoscope
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    The new work by the Smashing Pumpkins, Teargarden By Kaleidoscope, is an interesting process where lead singer/songwriter Billy Corgan is melding the marketing of music by giving fans the option to choose between it in it's physical form and digital form. Over the course of roughly three years Billy will release a total of 44 tracks to the masses one track at a time. As each track is released it will be available to download for free. Those who want their music in it's physical form will have two options. They are to buy the music in clusters as they are released on individual EPs or to wait patiently for the whole shebang to be released on box set! Here's an MTV article discussing the project and the philosophy behind it http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1627767/20091207/corgan_billy.jhtml As of announcing this project this project was not a finished project. Just a lot of song ideas in Corgans head that he was more than confident would be able to be completed for the project. On the official website http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ is where viewers can download each song and read daily updates as Billy is creating the soon to be available work. I think this is an awesome process. As a review, I will embed each song that comes out and give my thoughts, hence there will be constant updates here as well! Stay tuned as this project sounds very intriguing! :grinthumb
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    The first song to be released is called Song For A Son. Billy Corgan calls it a "folk" song. After hearing it, it's definitely an electric folk song! A funny note, is that Billy said he sucks at playing harmonica and he put in some big guitars to cover up for that! :heheh: This is a song that was played in concert last year so even though many fans have heard it it's been heavily modified since then!

    Song For A Son

    Original Live Version


    Studio Version


    Lyrics

    This is a song for a son
    This is a song for a sailor
    The son I never had
    This is a song for a kid
    This is the song for a tailor
    Who stitched up my old heart
    Who stitched up my old heart

    This is a song for dove
    This is a song for a blown up bird
    The kind that don�t return to the nest
    This is a song for a star
    This is a song for a space invader
    Who flew into the sun
    Never to return
    Never to return

    And I am one of many, many more to come, many more to come
    And I am one of many more, many more to come, many more to come

    This is a song for a son
    This is a song for a sailor
    The best I ever had
    He sailed without map
    This is a song for a kid
    This is the song for a tailor
    Who stitched up my old heart
    Who stitched up my old heart
    Before I broke it all apart

    And I am one of many, many more to come, many more to come
    And I am one of many more, many more to come, many more to come

    You daughters of the revolution
    Carry back your sons
    Carry them back home
    You daughters of the revolution
    Carry back your sons
    Carry them back home

    And I am one of many, many more to come


    I love the piano in the studio version and I think that Billy really worked this into a real solid opener for what should be a great project!
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    OMG totally missed this thread :) I love it !

    Edit: I heard song for son live a few months ago !
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    Like the song, but what is the Smashing Pumpkins now? Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin left the band last year, so is there a band or is Smashing Pumpkins just the label for Billy's solo work now?
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    Billy Corgan announced his intention to continue to write and record under the Smashing Pumpkins name, with plans to head into the studio. And those plans became real and are to be followed in this thread :)
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    The authenticity of whether this is truly the work of The Smashing Pumpkins is subjective as to what people think makes a band. Personally, while all the musicians in a band play a great part of what a band is I think as long as you have the principle songwriter still involved it still deserves to be considered the same. Look at people like Trent Reznor who use a band name (NIN) and even though hew uses a band the members besides him are interchangeable as he does the songwriting and actual creative process. That's how I feel about SP! Billy has always wrote the vast majority of the material and been the main drivere behind the groups creative direction. I'm just as excited about this Smashing Pumpkins as I ever have been! :grinthumb
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    O.K., so I honestly must be even more excited about this music project than I thought because upon clicking onto myspace and seeing the banner for the "New Smashing Pumpkins song download" I squealed giddily like a little girl! I fumbled clicking and scrolling to find out where to click to get it! I finally got it and played it. At first listen it was a complete turnaround from the first song Song For A Son! Corgan was in Zwan mode for this song! O.K. I'm with most people that the Zwan band wasn't Billy's greatest project but it was by no means bad! This song was even poppier and sunnier if you can believe it! Billy's always had a heart for pop though! Now halfway through the song I felt that this was the inferior of the two songs released but the cool use of organs picked this song up for me! Pretty cool! I love the change starting at 1:52! :grinthumb Here's the song and lyrics for your own listener discretion!

    Widow Make My Mind

    Studio Version


    A note on this live version! As a tribute to a musician I admittedly know nothing about, The Seed's Sky Jackson, Billy performed this song as part of a string of shows under the name Spirits in the Sky rather than the Pumpkins! Members playing live in the Spirit in the Sky ensemble were new Smashing Pumpkins drummer 19 year old Mike Byrne, Mark Tulin (Electric Prunes), Mark Weitz (Strawberry Alarm Clock), Kerry Brown (Catherine)! Other artist who contributed are Dave Navarro, pop artist Linda Strawberry, Songwriter Kevin Dipold and Violinist Ysanne Spevack! Billy had projects going on with the singer prior to his death!

    Live Pre-released version
    (Wow! This song does a lot for the crowd and Billy! He seems so happy performing it!)


    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh...Oh..Oh (x3)


    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh............


    Widow wake my mind, widow wake my mind

    Widow wake my mind, widow wake my mind..........

    I'm looking for a love, a love that shiiiiiines

    It shiiiiiines, a love that shines........

    It's all miiiiiine, it's all miiiiiiiine. A love that's mine..........

    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh...Oh..Oh

    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh............


    Widow wake my mind, widow wake my mind

    Are you real this time? Widow wake my mind..........

    I'm looking for a love, that I can fiiiiiiiind

    It's gonna be miiiiiiiine, a love that's mine..........

    Shiiiine, yes we'll shiiiiiine, our love will shine........................


    Accept the grace of the moment you are in

    Accept the chase of where we must begin

    Cos when you crawl, you crawl into my heart

    And when you fall, you fall into my arms

    Shiiiiine, yes we'll shiiiiiiine, our love will shine.........

    Miiiiiiine, it's all miiiiiiiine, our love will shine.........


    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh...Oh..Oh

    Oh......Oh..Oh.....Oh......Oh...Oh...........................

    I'm looking for a love,

    a love called mine


    Shine, we'll shine....Widow wake my mind

    Shine, we'll shine....Widow wake my mind

    Shine, we'll shine....We'll shiiiiiiiine

    Shine, we'll shine....We'll shine, widow wake make my mind

    Shine, we'll shine....We'll shine, widow wake make my mind

    Shine, we'll shine....We'll shiiiiiiiiiiiiiine, widow wake make my mind
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    Great thread, I really love the Smashing Pumpkins and totally missed this thread (doh!) I will be listening to all the tracks as they come out and will deffo buy the whole thing when it is released. Long live the Pumpkins, I have seen them loads of times and the last time I was not going to stay as I was at a festival and I had seen them but they were that good I had to:)
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    I missed this thread too!

    Wow didn't know about this - top stuff :woho: As Sweaty said "Long Live The Pumkins" :ro:
     
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    Re: Smashing Pumpkins-Teargarden by Kaleidyscope

    Belated thanks for the comments/compliments guys! So, I've really slacked on this thread so in my update I have two new song this time! :heheh: The first song Stitch In Time is a fun 60's vibed retro song called A Stitch In Time. I read more than one person compare it to a Fleetwood Mac style but I don't hear it. Maybe one of the posters here will be able to confirm or deny that. I hear more of an Indian influence. Any here's the track:

    A Stitch In Time


    A Stitch In Time Live
    (I like the quality of the instrumentation better in this live version)


    It's just a stitch in time
    It's perfect, I don't mind
    Sailing on your endless sea
    You're perfect, I don't mind
    I've got your stitch in mine
    Everywhere I wanna be

    Don't say you want too much
    They'll say you've had enough
    Don't let them lay their trips on you

    There's somewhere I just gotta be...
    You're everywhere at once, and you can't break free...
    You're everywhere at once, and you can't catch me, watch out
    There's somewhere I just gotta be

    It's just a stitch in time
    We fit together fine
    A puzzle looking for its piece
    You're perfect, I don't mind
    Your travel makes you mine
    Everywhere I look I see

    Don't say you want too much
    They'll say you've had enough
    Don't let them lay their trips on you

    There's somewhere I just gotta be...
    You're everywhere at once, and you can't break free...
    You're everywhere at once, and you can't catch me, watch out
    There's somewhere I just gotta be...



    The second song is the most aggressive rockish song yet. All the songs have had a poppy, acoustic vibe so far so it was a breath of fresh air to hear, Astral Planes! I would say this song would've been perfect for either the 33 Disc on the Aeroplane Flies High Box Set or on Machina. Not meant to be a lyrical song by any means but still a great spacy vibed anthemic chanting rock song! :grinthumb

    Astral Planes


    Astral Planes Live


    I don't know why I'm bothering with the lyrics! :oyea:

    Everyone gather up your soul x8

    Everyone! Everyone! Everyone!

    YEAH!

    Far away light Far away light
    Far away, far away light

    Far away light Far away light
    Far away, far away light

    Everyone gather up your soul x4

    YEAH!
     

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