Smashing Pumpkins Release New Track As Free Download: “Widow Wake My Mind”
Today, the SMASHING PUMPKINS have issued a brand new track called “Widow Wake My Mind,” available exclusively as a free download for 24 hours through MySpace Music. The song marks the second release from the band’s in-progress 44-song project TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE. “Widow” will be the top marquee song at MySpace today and can be downloaded at www.Myspace.com/smashingpumpkins. It will also be featured Tuesday at MySpace and via a cross-promotion at www.ilike.com. Then starting tomorrow, it will be available at www.smashingpumpkins.com and the site also offers a widget enabling fans to host the song anywhere on the web.
PUMPKINS leader BILLY CORGAN is releasing the 44 songs of TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE one at a time, completely for free. The first track “A Song For A Son”–issued December 7, 2009–was praised in Rolling Stone, where Jody Rosen said, “A completely great mini-epic full of nonsense lyrics (‘This is a song for a space invader/Who flew into the sun/Never to return’) that builds over a stately piano into a wind-whipped guitar-strafed climax. Proof that Billy Corgan remains a master of the classic rock form – a man who can sing, with no apology or embarrassment, ‘This is a song for a dove/This is a song for a blown out bird’” (1/21/10).
The music will not only be issued online, CORGAN has revealed. “We will sell highly limited edition EPs (of 4 songs each times 11), and details of how those EPs will be made available are still being worked out. Because the songs themselves will be free, the EPs will be more like collector’s items for the discerning fan who will want the art itself, along with the highest possible audio quality available. The EPs 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.”
About The Smashing Pumpkins:
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist, which entered the charts in July at Number 2 in the U.S. and in the Top Ten internationally. Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and the V fest. In 2008, the band was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk. Their first post-major label release was the song “Superchrist,” issued via the Guitar Center CD Fresh Cuts Vol. 2. They subsequently recorded the song–the modern rock hit–“G.L.O.W.” for the Guitar Hero® World Tour game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise. In November 2008, the band released their first live DVD, If All Goes Wrong.