ZWAN – Live at Rock am Ring 2003

In just two short years, Zwan demoed and recorded a huge amount of material.  Whether in their electric format (The True Poets of Zwan) or stripped back and more acoustic driven (Djali Zwan), the Billy Corgan-fronted project showed a great depth and inventiveness.

Always a prolific writer, with Zwan, Corgan occasionally showed off his power pop influences (‘Lyric’, ‘Yeah’) alongside expansive prog rock indulgences (‘Jesus I/Mary Star of the Sea’).  While not always championed by everyone, this varied approach to material ensured Zwan’s only studio album remains a thrilling listening experience years after the event.

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Being Beige: a new video from The Smashing Pumpkins

As part of the promotion for their 2014 release ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, The Smashing Pumpkins have issued a new video for ‘Being Beige’, which can be watched in full below.

‘Monuments To An Elegy’ – the fourth part of the Pumpkins’ ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ song-cycle was released in December 2014 [full review here].  A new album is expected in the first half of 2015.

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS – Monuments To An Elegy

monumentsFollowing The Smashing Pumpkins relaunch in 2006 after a half-decade hiatus, the band’s ever-prolific mainman Billy Corgan went into overdrive.  The ‘Zeitgeist’ album of the same year was well received, but subsequent projects were both broader in appeal and stylistic content.  With the launch of the ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ song cycle in 2009, Corgan embarked on his most ambitious project since ‘Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness’ in 1995.   ‘Teargarden’ – an ongoing series of releases covering a concept of sorts – began with two deluxe EPs of unreleased material, but really came alive with its third chapter, 2012’s full-length ‘Oceania’, which at the time of release stood as the reformed Pumpkins masterpiece…

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