Thursday, November 29 2012
The original album is sprawling, ambitious, overlong, frustrating, and fascinating all at once. The three (!) discs of additional, unreleased material is fascinating for audiophiles, worthwhile for fans, and absolute manna from heaven for collectors.
Wednesday, August 1 2012
Billy Corgan oversees the reissue of a rarities album stuffed with even more rarities. Rather than decry this as a sign of a rampant ego again, let's just dive in and revel in this music made with little-to-no commercial expectations.
Sunday, June 17 2012
Oceania is further proof that Corgan has created an interesting and captivating reboot of a beloved '90s band.
Sunday, June 17 2012
Oceania is a prog rock record. The songs might not be as long, but the sounds and the themes are just as portentous as all that dinosaur rock of the 1970s. And it's just as boring, too.
Tuesday, December 13 2011
Freak out, give in: these generous repackages of the Chicago alt-rock heroes' first two albums chart the upward trajectory that took them from a promising-yet-overextended debut to one of their genre's all-time greatest masterpieces.
Friday, November 22 2013
Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!
Wednesday, October 16 2013
Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.
Thursday, June 14 2012
The Smashing Pumpkins have always exhibited grandiose ambitions, from their album concepts to their song titles. To commemorate the release of their new record Oceania -- the latest installment in their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope song cycle -- Sound Affects counts down the alt-rockers' ten best six-minute-plus tracks.
Wednesday, April 27 2011
Rolling Stone is reporting that Smashing Pumpkins are planning an elaborate remaster campaign that will, of course, find them releasing additional rarities and "bonus material".
Tuesday, September 14 2010
The Smashing Pumpkins have released "Spangled", the second song from the band's forthcoming EP Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare . "Spangled" is a brief
Wednesday, June 20 2012
CHICAGO — Billy Corgan calls “Oceania,” the Smashing Pumpkins’ first studio album since 2007, “an anti-mid-life crisis album.” Whatever it’s called, the new album due out
Tuesday, April 26 2011
CHICAGO — The Smashing Pumpkins delivered a double dose of news Tuesday about past and future recordings. In a video posted on the band's Facebook page,