<p>Smashing Pumpkins</p>

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins finally put a date to 'Oceania,' team with EMI

Is Billy Corgan's long-gestating project going to be fully realized? Why it matters

Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins seem finally ready to release their long-gestating album-in-an-album project, "Oceania," due June 19. And with the announcement, comes other indications of sea change.

The album is an incorporated part of Corgan's 44-song concept project "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope," which initially intended to thrwart the traditional album release schedule and promotional thinking. Corgan and Co. -- drummer Mike Byrne, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Schroeder -- have released 10 official "Kaleidyscope" tracks, practically as they were being created, in a work-in-progress effort to bring singular attention to each song in consideration of the whole, which is a conceptual "Fool's Journey" through Tarot cards. The first eight tracks were packed into two different EPs, both released in 2010. The last "Kaleidyscope" song was released in May 2011.

So up until the news today, fans have been left to wonder what happened to that "journey" in the last 10 months, with talk of "Oceania," but not a specific idea of how it fit into the Kaleidyscopic vision, particularly since the band has been dropping tracks almost exclusively on their own.

"Oceania," as has been revealed, will be released through Corgan's own Martha's Music publishing with distribution and support from EMI Label Services and Caroline Distribution.

"The Smashing Pumpkins created Oceania as an album experience, and it is intended for the process of the release to follow a path of inclusion, so that best efforts are made for all the fans hear it at the same time as press or radio. We were excited to find partners in EMI Label Services that were equally passionate about the plan for the album release as well as being huge fans of the Pumpkins," says Peter Katsis in a statement.

Now just who the hell is Peter Katsis?

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Listen to Pitbull yell at you for 3 minutes in new 'Men In Black 3' song

Listen to Pitbull yell at you for 3 minutes in new 'Men In Black 3' song

'Back in Time' borrows heavily from 'Love Is Strange,' dubstep craze

For all the anticipation and money going into "Men In Black 3," there was a collective shrug from the internet when it was announced that Pitbull would be composing its theme. 

Continue shrugging. "Back in Time" is a high-mastered, thudding bumbler, with Pitbull's big-mouthed, good-timing, half-handed zingers draped in samples from a well-known, beloved former hit (Micky & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange") and a few bars of dubstep just to prove it's "with it." In other words, it's a Black Eyed Peas song without lady vocals.

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<p>Kevin Lyman</p>

Kevin Lyman

Interview: Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman says 2012 is for the ladies

Founder talks fest history, Warped doc 'No Room for Rock Stars,' stupid punk dance moves

Recent documentary “No Room For Rock Stars” makes and twists evidence that, during Warped Tour, everybody and nobody during the fest are rock stars. 

If there’s anybody who would be, it’s Kevin Lyman, at least in his field. The festival founder has experienced the ups and downs of an all-ages roving festival during the pre- and post-internet music business wipe-out. He’s adjusted his lineups and caps from year to year, emphasizing that success is in the ability to adapt to tastes and costs; he’s followed that demand into other touring festival sectors, with events like Taste of Chaos, Country Throwdown and Mayhem tours.
 
“No Room For Rock Stars,” in following 2010 Warped acts from rising radio star Mike Posner to deafening Suicide Silence to PLUR-like-harbinger heartthrob NeverShoutNever, outline how some Warped lineups have been more pop than others, some more hardcore or hip-hop. In the last five years, especially, it’s been a bit of everything to every kid who couldn’t otherwise be able to see their favorite band in their hometown club.
 
But that’s the thing. Kids who went to Warped when they were kids… now have kids. Its success has wavered and depended on all brands and demos, particularly finding a balance between male and female attendance.  
 
So this year, Lyman has lined a little something up for the ladies, for the kids-now-women. Taking Back Sunday has been announced as the fest headliner, and bigger bands like New Found Glory, the Used and Yellowcard have been added, all of which will appeal to a particular concert-goer, aside from the regular crew of teenagers expected.
 
“This year will be a pretty female-heavy crowd, a decision we consciously made. The 23-to-27-year-old female is out of college, starting a new job… when she was 13 to 19, Warped was a rite of passage,” Lyman explained. “When kids are 19 to 23, I’m gonna lose them, to Electric Daisy or Coachella. Three-day festivals are where college kids go, as they should. But when you’re around 23 or 24, money gets tight again and Warped might appeal to them again, because all those bands had hits during their teens.
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<p>The cover for Regina Spektor's &quot;What We Saw From the Cheap Seats&quot;</p>

The cover for Regina Spektor's "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats"

Credit: Sire/Warner Bros.

Listen: Regina Spektor releases 'Ne me quitte pas,' rants against leakers

Sunny new material met with tempestuous back-end promotional problems

Regina Spektor's cover of "Ne me quitte pas" is awfully upbeat, but the singer-songwriter's weekend felt more like her harrowing new single "All the Rowboats" sounds.

The singer-songwriter went on a brief rant addressing the fact that bits and bobs of her new album "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" -- like demos and art -- have been leaking. On her Facebook page, she questioned motive: "So sad to have art/photos/videos/music keep leaking online unfinished and at the wrong time... The strange thing is that if it's getting stolen and put out by someone who likes me and my music- why would they want to put me through this?" she wrote. "[A]nd if it's someone who doesn't like me- why would they waste all that precious time on me... it's confusing/feels sh*tty/takes much of the fun out (there's too much fun to take all of it out, though) Feels strange just waiting for things i'm working on to get stolen one by one."

It's a losing battle many artists have fought for years, a small war that only acts like Madonna and Watch the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) have the control and resources to prevent. It's also an inevitable part of the promotional process and album cycle that announces new albums three months out, release a single or song at that time and then have that awful waiting period super-fans must endure during that time, especially if a tour starts only a month out from that.

It's still no excuse. Spektor has the backing of Sire/Warner, but her profile is still small enough that every blow counts.

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<p>Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alexander Ebert</p>

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alexander Ebert

Credit: MySpace/AP

Listen: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' new single, plus... a companion album?

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'Man on Fire' is a humming, Alexander-led spiritual; group unveils 'Here' tracklist

He's a man on fire. Go dance with him.

At frontman Alexander Ebert's urging, do a little hippie dance to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros new single "Man on Fire," the first recorded track available from the group's forthcoming new album "Here."

This easy spiritual number moves between gospel and a country shuffle, spreading the message of safety and comfort with the occasional help of a didgeridoo. Like some of the band's best songs, "Man on Fire" succeeds with simplicity and earnestness, a single mind from the Magnetic Zeros seemingly numberless mass.

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<p>&quot;Ziggy Stardust,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;I Get Wet&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;RAM.&quot;</p>

"Ziggy Stardust," "I Get Wet" and "RAM."

Reissues: Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust,' My Bloody Valentine, Paul and Linda McCartney

'Yellow Submarine' gets a remaster and DVD release, plus Andrew W.K. and Uncle Tupelo

This week has been a blitz for re-issue announcements, what with the added incentive of a "holiday" right around the corner. Record Store Day seems to be an impetus for catalog-combing, so there are David Bowie, My Bloody Valentine, Paul and Linda McCartney, Beatles, Andrew W.K. and Uncle Tupelo reissues on the way.

No, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy didn't get back together again for RSD. But their entire album output is getting revisited, with heavyweight vinyl of 1990's "No Depression," 1991's "Still Feel Gone" and 1992's "March 16-20, 1992." Super fans may have noticed "Anodyne" in there, with the only current explanation of its absence being that the world is a lonely and unfair place. Have no fear, though, there's also a single's box with "I Got Drunk" b/w excellent cover "Sin City," "Gun" / "I Wanna Destroy You" and "Sauget Wind" /"Looking for a Way Out," plus previously unreleased single "This Year" with instrumental "Pickle River."

Those alt-country heroes may have been done for 20 years, but now just imagine one of your greatest works having been released 40 years ago. That's the word on David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," which will get remastered and re-released on all sorts of formats -- CD, vinyl, mix 5.1 DVD -- for a June 5 drop.

You may remember it was (yup!) 10 years ago that the 30th anniversary edition was out. The 2002 version was a double-disc set, with a few remasters, left and right speaker mixes, and other little changes. This 40th anniversary edition features remasters from the original London-based Trident Studios engineer Ray Staff. Check out the tracklist below for full details.

While Bowie reissues can often be in abundance, My Bloody Valentine has only really touched "Loveless" in any revisited capacity. Now, they've bundled up that groundbreaking album with old original tapes, the rock act's multiple EPs and 1988 album"Isn't Anything" for a May 7 drop of "painfully remastered" CDs. No, no vinyl, nerds. Sad. The four-EPs have been put into a double-disc format for the box, with three (!!!) previously unreleased tunes. That tracklist is below Bowie's. "Loveless" will also arrive in double-disc, with the original tape version and the really-really-old tape version.

Andrew W.K.'s "I Get Wet" celebrates its 10-year-old birthday with a 2-disc set of previously unreleased live, demo, alternate and rarely recorded versions of tracks from the set. A limited run of deluxe CD collections will come packaged with Andrew W.K.'s stuff -- literal stuff -- like a lock of hair or a ticket stub. There will be a double-gate folded vinyl drop as well. All this, with details to come, due on July 17.

The "Party Hard" dude also tours hard, as usual, you can check those dates at his website.

For the first time ever, the Beatles' 1968 animated film "Yellow Submarine" ermerges on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 28, with accompanying "Songtrack" CD if you want it; but Beatle Paul McCartney also has a reissue of his own up his sleeve. He and Linda McCartney's "RAM" will perhaps take you back to your hippie days:

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. This is an album that is part of my history - it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed. It's an album called RAM. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you're going to like it, because I do!

That McCartney's press statement on May 22's multiple formatted reduxes -- mono, stereo, box, single, deluxe, CD, vinly, digital you get the picture. He and Linda wrote the songs out of their Scottish farm back in 1970, putting it out in 1971.

Here are the tracklist details on the various "Ziggy Stardust" reissues:

CD

"Five Years (2012 - Remaster)"
"Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)"
"Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)"
"Starman (2012 - Remaster)"
"It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)"
"Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Star (2012 - Remaster)"
"Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)"
"Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)"
"Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)"
 
180-gram vinyl with DVD featuring a new 2012 stereo remaster and 2003 5.1 and stereo mixes (audio only)
LP 180G heavyweight vinyl


Side 1
"Five Years (2012 - Remaster)"
"Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)"
"Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)"
"Starman (2012 - Remaster)"
"It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)"
Side 2
"Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Star (2012 - Remaster)"
"Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)"
"Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)"
"Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)"

DVD Audio only

"Five Years (2012 - Remaster)"
"Soul Love (2012 - Remaster)"
"Moonage Daydream (2012 - Remaster)"
"Starman (2012 - Remaster)"
"It Ain't Easy (2012 - Remaster)"
"Lady Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Star (2012 - Remaster)"
"Hang On to Yourself (2012 - Remaster)"
"Ziggy Stardust (2012 - Remaster)"
"Suffragette City (2012 - Remaster)"
"Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2012 - Remaster)"
"Five Years (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Soul Love (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Moonage Daydream (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Starman (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"It Ain't Easy (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Lady Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Star (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Hang On To Yourself (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Ziggy Stardust (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Suffragette City (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Moonage Daydream (Instrumental) PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"The Supermen PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Velvet Goldmine PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"
"Sweet Head PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MIXES (5.1 mixes: DTS 48/24 and Dolby Digital / Stereo mixes: 48/24 LPCM stereo)"

 

Here is the My Bloody Valentine "EPs 1988-1991" tracklist:

Disc 1:
1. You Made Me Realise #
2. Slow #
3. Thorn #
4. Cigarette in Your Bed #
5. Drive It All Over Me #
6. Feed Me With Your Kiss $
7. I Believe $
8. Emptiness Inside $
9. I Need No Trust $
10. Soon %
11. Don’t Ask Why %
12. Off Your Face %

Disc 2:
1. To Here Knows When ^
2. Swallow ^
3. Honey Power ^
4. Moon Song ^
5. Instrumental no. 2 !
6. Instrumental no.1 !
7. Glider [full-length version] &
8. Sugar +
9. Angel *
10. Good for You *
11. How Do You Do It *

# from You Made Me Realise EP
$ from Feed Me With Your Kiss EP
% from Glider EP
^ from Tremolo EP
! free 7-inch w/ first 5000 copies of Isn’t Anything
& B-side, “Soon (The Andrew Weatherall Mix)” 12-inch
+ promo-only B-Side on “Only Shallow” (France only)
* previously unreleased

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<p>Obie Trice</p>

Obie Trice

Listen: Eminem joins Obie Trice and Statik Selektah on 'Richard'

Summer jam reveals Detroit rappers' new nickname

"Just call me Richard / 'cause I'm a dick." So goes the refrain to "Richard," Obie Trice's new song with Eminem and production from Statik Selektah.

For all the dickishness of the track, it's got a pretty fun, summer-oriented beat that very may well blow up during the hotter days this year. Let's just say it was these Detroit rappers' own way of wishing you "happy start of spring" this week.

"Richard" is off of Trice's "Bottoms Up," due on April 3, a release date that has been often moved around. It could have to do, in part, with the fact that this is Obie Trice's first release on his own Black Market Entertainment imprint, brought to you by the fine folks at Universal. The idea behind BME was to "create quality employment opportunities in the entertainment industry for Metro-Detroiters," an entrepreneurial endeavor that maybe takes a little longer to get up off the ground.

But it's no non-profit, so it's a good thing that "Richard" sounds so fun: this could be a good start.

Obie Trice released a mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid, "Watch the Chrome," earlier this year.

Eminem showed up for another friend this month, crashing in on 50 Cent's performance of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" in its entirety at SXSW.

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<p>Katy Perry in &quot;Part of Me&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in "Part of Me"

Watch: Katy Perry joins the Marines in 'Part of Me' music video

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Do you buy it? Does it matter?

They say a woman who changes her hair is about to change her life. Katy Perry hacks off most of her natural locks in the new music video for "Part of Me," so her shift in life? Joining the Marines.

The Ben Moore-directed clip was shot, in part, over three days at Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, where Perry was put through a series of combat training exercises, shooting guns, lifting logs and lip-syncing beneath a gigantic American flag, throwing in some literal "bombs" and "blows."

The clip opens up with Perry listening to a fictional celebrity interview on the radio that obviously reflects on her disintegrated relationship with now-ex-husband Russell Brand; we learn that her character in the video was inspired to join the armed services after the crash-and-burn ending of a relationship with a boyfriend. Perry told MTV that she wanted a video that was an "affirmation of strength" after a relationship that took it out of her. "I wanted go the strongest route I possibly could."

That route began with her chopping off all her hair (a la "G.I. Jane"), embracing her hoodied androgyny ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") wrapping her infamous boobs with gauze (a la... "Shakespeare in Love" [???]) and crying into a sink before handing over her clothes and preparing to mouth "Yes drill sergeant" for as many times as it took. The inspiration was a bumper sticker: "All women are created equal, then some become Marines."

In this case, enlisting was a source of self-esteem, encourages a sense of community among other women. Marines are tough, their part of America's pride. But part of the video's oddness was Perry's degenderizing -- and the co-option of a military institution.

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<p>The Flaming Lips with fwends</p>

The Flaming Lips with fwends

Record Store Day update: Flaming Lips with Coldplay, Sub Pop, White Stripes

Listen to Beach House's non-RSD single

Music lovers and vinyl collectors, update your shopping list: The Flaming Lips have announced further details on their Record Store Day collaboration set, plus below are some outlines on other April 21 exclusive drops, like those from Sub Pop, Arctic Monkeys, Sex Pistols and more.

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<p>fun.'s Nate Ruess</p>

fun.'s Nate Ruess

Credit: SiriusXM

Watch: fun. covers Lady Antebellum's 'We Own the Night'

The cute-o-meter is now broken

I promise this will be quick: Today's cute-o-meter was broken, by an acoustic cover of Lady Antebellum's "We Own the Night" by fun., for SiriusXM.

I've always been a fan of Nate Ruess' voice, especially on his old band The Format's record "Dog Problem." He treads that perfectly harmonize-able line between tenor and alto, a solid foundation for a memorable pop song that everyone can sing.

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