The Smashing Pumpkins have a long relationships with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the charity that provides money for musicians who get sick or injured and don’t have the money to cover their care. They appeared on Sweet Relief’s charity album in 1996. And a couple months ago they did a charity concert for Madina Lake bassist/total hero Matthew Leone, who was beaten severely and suffered brain damage after he stopped a man beating his wife (the husband turned on him then fled the scene with his wife).
Now Corgan and co. are offering a free download from the second part of their Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project on the Sweet Relief site. It starts with a harpsichord-like melody, but it settles into a standard mid-tempo modern rock track, complete with string swells on the chorus:
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Spangled”
If you donate at least $10 to Sweet Relief, you can enter to win an autographed Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster. Donate and enter at the Sweet Relief website.
Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare EP is out 11/11.
[Photo By Kristin Burns]