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18 Feb 2011 19:47


Music: Hey, guess who Smashing Pumpkins’ new bassist is?

  • One of these two girls may be Nicole Fiorentino: Fiorentino recently became the band’s new bassist, and Billy Corgan claimed on Twitter after she joined, she revealed that she was one of the girls in the above album that anyone worth their salt in 1993 owned. (“Today” still sounds just as good many days later.) She said that she held the info back out of fear it would cost her the gig. Anyway, because Rolling Stone likes bursting bubbles, they got a hold of the photographer involved in this shot, who claims that Fiorentino, 31, was too old for the photo. Even though they claim this, she looks almost exactly like the girl on the right. WE WANT TO BELIEVE. source

15 Jul 2009 13:11


Music: D’arcy Wretsky of the Smashing Pumpkins comes out from hiding

Wooooowww. Blast from the past. The bassist chick in the Smashing Pumpkins randomly showed up on a Chicago radio station recently. She sounds BAD. source

26 Jun 2009 17:01


Music, Politics: Speaking of charity lunches, Billy Corgan is regretting his

  • I was surprised to see a minor detail I was unaware of that said the winner must pay the bill at lunch turn into an attack on me and my supposed fortune. What an @$$hole I am to not want to buy lunch?
  • Billy Corgan • Regarding the hate he’s facing from some corners of the Interweb because the winner of a charity lunch with the Smashing Zwankin has to pay the check. (Which we kind of agree is bull.) He goes on to say that he thinks it’s kind of unfair that he’s seen as a bad guy for attempting to do a noble thing, just because he’s been perceived as being a jerk in the past. How come you have to write a long rant instead of coughing up $50 for a meal, dude? At least split the check. • source

07 Jun 2009 21:31


Music, Politics: Iggy Pop has a huge problem with wannabe-brainy bands

  • I took great pains not to think first, because the thing I can’t stand is a rock star who thinks he’s got brains. They’re always so damned dull!
  • Rock god Iggy Pop • In a video where he bashes “crappy music” by “idiot thugs with guitars.” He was talking, specifically, about modern rock acts like Smashing Pumpkins and (uh) Limp Bizkit. Pop, by the way, is going a completely different direction with his latest album, “Preliminaires,” which is jazz-influenced and probably a better idea than that Stooges album which critics hated back in 2007. • source

23 Apr 2009 10:24


Music: Did we mention how much we hate Billy Corgan lately?

I swear, we did. It was kind of a big deal. But he keeps doing things that makes us hate him. Stop it, Billy! source

10 Apr 2009 21:33


Music: Billy Corgan explains Smashing Pumpkins, his public persona

  • But many lack the sophistication to appreciate that just because I play a baby-faced killa upon the darkened stage that it doesn’t come close to who I really am.
  • Billy Corgan • In a lengthy manifesto. He says that the artistic complexity and diversity of his work provides hints as to his true nature as a human being. He also noted, by the way, that the Pumpkins will go on with just him, and he’s OK with that. Dude, we get it. You’re insane and you alienate your fans. It’s OK. You don’t need to explain your points any further. • source

23 Feb 2009 21:32


Music: Know Tinted Windows, that kinda-supergroup? Here’s a photo.

Who looks most out of place? Our vote is for James Iha’s wig. There’s music, too, BTW. source

18 Feb 2009 22:00


Music: Put random musicians in a blender, get Tinted Windows

  • A sorta-supergroup Remember Hanson? Betcha thought Taylor was dreamy. And how about that Asian guy from Smashing Pumpkins whose guitar parts Billy Corgan replaced with his own? What about the guy from Fountains of Wayne who writes all the songs but doesn’t sing? Put them together with the drummer from Cheap Trick, and you have, uh, a band of some kind.
  • An album’s already done Tinted Windows is already far along in their band-life process. Not only do they have an album recorded, but they’re going to play a Billboard showcase at SXSW next month. In case you’re wondering why this bizarre combination makes sense, here’s the connection: Adam Schlesinger (who wrote “That Thing You Do!”) and ex-Pumpkin James Iha co-own a studio together. source

28 Jan 2009 18:49


Biz, Music: The Smashing Pumpkins’ newest song gets a Super Bowl ride

  • The combination of Hyundai’s exciting new Genesis Coupe matched with music performed by Smashing Pumpkins offers the perfect ‘kick-off’ to Super Bowl advertising.
  • Joel Ewanick • Hyundai Motor America’s vice president for marketing, who we imagine was gritting his teeth when he said this phrase regarding the placement of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “FOL” in one of their Super Bowl commercials. Yo-Yo Ma also gets the placement treatment from Hyundai; Yo-Yo Ma may actually be cooler than Billy Corgan at this point. • source