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Smashing Pumpkins 44 Free Songs

Are you listening Radiohead? Billy Corgan has just upped the bar on getting your music to the public, by announcing that the next Pumpkins album will be 44 tracks long, called ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ and be available totally for free. And he’s quite explicit about what free means: “to anyone anywhere…no strings attached..Free will mean free, which means you won't have to sign up for anything, give an email address, or jump through a hoop. You will be able to go and take the song or songs as you wish, as many times as you wish” There is, of course, a twist, as the songs will be released one at a time, each shortly after the other, starting around Halloween. If you like proper sound quality, then don’t despair, as there’ll be physical releases in the form of eleven four track EPs, but these will likely be fancy box collector’s pieces. Oh yes, and there’s a concept: “The story of the album is based on 'The Fool's Journey', as signified in the progress of the Tarot. It is my intention to approach this by breaking down the journey of our life here into four phases as made by these different characters; the Child, the Fool, the Skeptic, and the Mystic.” Err, ok, peace and love. Your move Yorke.

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