Billy’s engaging in some intriguing brand expansion lately — launching a label (roster includes, awesomely, the Germs and Electric Prunes) and getting “lost in laughter” in the studio with Jessica Simpson, for example — but the principle Pumpkin still has enough bandwith to offer incremental updates to his biggest undertaking, the 44-track song-at-a-time free-download collection Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. “Widow Wake My Mind” is less epic in its ambition than the lead cut “A Song For A Son,” and less dirge-like. It’s his softer side at play here, singing about “a love that shines.” Sounds like he’s been getting lost in laughter lately:

(via MySpace)

That photo comes from the band’s MySpace, captioned with the project’s Teargarden title, if you’re looking for visual clues for what’s in store. “Widow” will be featured on the first of 11 EPs Billy’s releasing for those wanting collector’s items, “more like mini-box sets rather than your normal CD single.”

The first one’s tracklist:
1 “A Song for a Son”
2 “Astral Planes”
3 “A Stitch in Time”
4 “Widow Wake My Mind”

Comments (27)
  1. can we stop talking about billy corgan, like, forever please?

  2. pretty easily the best song they’ve (well ,Billy Corgan has) made since the singles from Melon Collie…
    I surprisingly actually like this!

  3. Panty Melter  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    Panda – like, last I heard , like, Stereogum was, like, a music blog that, like, talked about, like, musicians that make records and stuff.

    There are a holy host of artists this blog covers that I don’t give two shits about, but unlike people looking to provoke substance-free internet confrontations from the comfort of absolute anonymity, I don’t waste my time with it (you could argue I sort of devalue that point by even responding to your post…)

    Post whatever you want, its a ‘free’ country and all, just know you’re not contributing anything to the discussion, especially with a post a stereotypical 90′s valley girl would have written.

  4. Rinjo Njori  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    I think the last interesting thing billy did was for the World Wrestling Federation. These two songs so far are crap.

  5. Open My Eyes  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    It lacks the necessary pizazz production wise for one thing…I remember the first time I heard “It’s A Beautiful Day”…

  6. Fernando  |   Posted on Jan 18th, 2010 0

    This sounds fun! Great song!

  7. Billy is literally trying to stuff garbage in my ears now. And yes, I do know the meaning of literally.

  8. i agree with jordan, widow wake my mind is a pretty good track. i am following the developments of teargarden by kaleidyscope with interest. new models for music are important, and at least some people are exploring this space, not suing those dirty pirate music fans :p

  9. “‘What did you do with your shitty pants?,’ is what I’m asking you.”
    “What? No, dude, I didn’t fuckin’ really shit my pants, I literally shit my pants. You need to . . . you don’t understand, man. You don’t get it, at all.”–David Cross

    No, you don’t.

  10. Definitely an interesting variation from their typical style.

  11. I lasted until after they went through their Machina phase but nothing since has compared to their past brilliance. The lyrics appear uninspiring while the music lacks the buzz-saw edge which used to define their sound. Still hoping for a surprise amongst the next 42 songs.

  12. billcorgandouche  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2010 0

    Why hasn’t this guy committed suicide yet? Seriously give it up man you are just a hack.

  13. Widowmaker  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2010 0

    billcorgandouche why don’t you committ suicide you piece of shit. The world would be a better place.

  14. Ted Tedson  |   Posted on Jan 19th, 2010 0

    Yeah because someone telling someone to commit suicide just because they don’t like what they do isn’t the real piece of shit? At least he’s creating music and not bringing more negativity into the world like you, you food tube oxygen waste.

  15. Chad  |   Posted on Jan 20th, 2010 0

    Great song. Keep em’ coming Billy!

  16. Whiskeyclone  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2010 0

    It took me long enough but I finally got past the point where I let anything this guy does excite me anymore. Against all logic I briefly got psyched for the last album and what a peace of dretch that was. Out of morbid curiosity I even listened to the “Song for a Son” and boy was that ass.

    Corgan and the Pumpkins were responsible for some of the best music of the 90s, no two ways about it. Siamese Dream is my favorite album of the decade. I even liked Zwan, particularly live. But he’s past the point of being anything but a joke now.

    *cue rabid BC fans assembling online lynch squad*

  17. steve  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2010 0

    I am in the same boat as whiskeyclone. Smashing Pumpkins used to be an amazing band (when it was a band, not just a brand name). Billy Corgan used to be on top of the world with his songwriting, and now it seems like he sets out to ruin even his songs with the catchiest melodies by embellishing them with everything that makes them not work: vocal overdub upon vocal overdub (far too loud in the mix I might add), cheesy sounding keyboards- with bands like Japandroids and Surfer Blood gaining popularity for their fuzzed out guitars, you would think Billy Corgan would go back to what he did best.

  18. EgyptianCowboy  |   Posted on Jan 21st, 2010 0

    Song for a Son is decent but this track is stale and lifeless.

  19. Johndoe  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    +1 to EgyptianCowboy… The new drummer sucks too.

  20. Tom Favore  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    This song makes me want to make love to Billy again.

  21. Um, I thought it was 4 EP’s with 11 tracks each, not that 11 tracks constitute an EP but none the less…?

  22. No offense but Smashing Pumpkins have a hard time trying to make a couple good songs, what makes them think they can write 40 + songs and still keep everyone listening, its too ambitious, too soon

  23. Wow, a lot of intensive anger towards Billy Corgan. While much of his later stuff has been ho-hum, he’s definitely worthy of respect. This track in particular was ok, not something I’d throw on often. Still waiting for the rest though.

  24. I am a long time fan, I think up through and including Machina are good stuff. Zeitgeist is weak, only 3 or so strong tracks. I really like this new stuff so far though! Song For a Son is very strong.

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