Better than: No Smashing Pumpkins.
Billy Corgan just kind of does whatever he wants. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman--and now sole remaining member of the band's original lineup--has been making music for about two decades now. He's written love songs, hate songs, double LPs, masterpieces, and then ... More >>
By Neph Basedow
Poet e.e. cummings said, "To destroy is always the first step in any creation." For Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, destruction and creation are a way of life. "A good artist is willing to die many times over," Corgan says. "What's funny is, I've died so many times."
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C. Spencer Yeh is one loquacious dude. Pose a question to the guy, and it's likely to return a treatise as discursive and winding as his improv pieces tend to be. In a world of limited print space, Yeh's long-form conversational gregariousness runs a definite endangered-species risk: our email inter ... More >>
David Pajo is one hell of a jack-of-all-trades guitarist. In the early '90s, Pajo revolutionized minimalist post-punk sonics with the crucial Kentucky outfit Slint, helped birth the post-rock aesthetic in Tortoise, collabbed with ex-Slinters in loopy dance new wavers King Kong and palled around in p ... More >>
Mister Hands, the debut album from NARC, is the sound of Balimore's Nicky Smith bisecting and pinning to cork several the electric guitar's sonic flavors: the panning-stereo patty-cake blare of "Gangrene/Snickers"; the drowsy, Drunken Master splay of "Sweater"; "Don't Touch," which bear-hugs a meat ... More >>
In the above video, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slam-dunks a pumpkin in honor of the Smashing Pumpkins, because the Internet demands absurdist content to feed its perpetual-motion machine. I would have preferred a recreation of the Airplane! scene where some smartass kid starts smack-talking Kareem-in-disg ... More >>
Our corporate siblings on the other side of the country have the line on "Owata," the newest--10th, if you're counting--song to surface from the Smashing Pumpkins' 44-track Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. "Owata" finds alt-rock superheel Billy Corgan and his mates (Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fio ... More >>
"What's up, Billy Corgan?" Photo by Annabel Mehran.Back in the stellar, angular riffage-filled '90s indie-rock days of yore, guitar-rawk behemoths Chavez scorched downtown spots like CBGB while unleashing two now-classic mathy slabs in Gone Glimmering and Ride The Fader. Front and center in t ... More >>
Because why the hell not, we guess. You've got to give it to Steven Blush--between giving away 911 songs that didn't exactly belong to him and pulling both the legendary Dag Nasty frontman Dave Smalley and "Avenue A-skinhead-turning-notorious-author Laura Albert," a/k/a the infamous J.T. LeRo ... More >>
On Friday Cee-Lo debuted a delightful new song with the simplest, most uncouth title possible: "Fuck You." It immediately joined the upper echelons of a surprisingly crowded genre -- from 50 Cent to Pharoahe Monch, the Avengers to Pussy Galore, Lil Kim to Atmosphere, there are lots of songs n ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithCourtney Love at the Perez Hilton SXSW party 2010
It's a big week for Courtney Love. Tomorrow is the major-label release of her five-years-in-the-making Nobody's Daughter. There're two Hole headlining shows at this week at Terminal 5, one late-night rendevous at Union Square Best B ... More >>
Rule number one for your rally: have a rapper. Have two even. Doesn't even matter what your rally is for. Anti-death penalty? Sure. Indigenous workers' rights? Definitely. Pirate radio? Have 'em spit on air. Old white person tax protest? You know it, bro! Why rappers are the universal currency at ... More >>
Should you be in the mood this evening for a sloppy tribute to Billy Corgan's GF, a Biz Markie cover, being called a "barbarian," or nonsensical asides about things like Stinky the Ferret or leaky flasks, get yourself to Lit Lounge tonight where ex-Moldy Peach wiseacre Adam Green is playing a $6 " ... More >>
Yup, this photo was taken in 2009, by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week Chuck Schumer became a bike-riding, Williamsburg Pool Party-saving hipster man of the people, we roamed far and wide over his most precious borough, from an Obama Fried Chicken in Brownsville to the very likely defunct N8 to the ... More >>
Nice cape, dude. Photo by Araceli Cruz."The first thing that struck me was the boat," said Billy Corgan, onstage Saturday at the Rubin Museum, where he was being psychoanalyzed. In front of him was an image from C. G. Jung's The Red Book. The illustration was of a vessel at sea, with a spear- ... More >>
Courtney Love posted this googly-eyed picture of her in bed with a turtle on her head to Twitter. Somehow she was surprised when it ended up in a UK tabloid.
Gun, meet these fish in a barrel. Courtney Love's public missives have always been an endless source of voyeuristic entertainment, from her a ... More >>