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April 15, 2010
Billy Corgan's alt-rock stalwarts the Smashing Pumpkins celebrate national Record Store Day with a special — and very cozy — live performance in Hollywood. Be one of the first 250 fans to preorder a copy of the Pumpkins' forthcoming EP at Amoeba Music in Hollywood and gain entry to the exclusive show, plus a limited-edition black-light poster. Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 4 p.m. Saturday.
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April 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Completist collectors of Billy Corgan's ouvre are about to take a sizable hit in the wallet. The Smashing Pumpkins singer announced a very limited run of a new double LP, "AEGEA," that compiles a set of ambient and experimental music he recorded in 2007. It comes after the singer-guitarist began hosting a successful run of experimental music performances at his Chicago-area tea shop Madame ZuZu's. The LP will be released in a private pressing and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies.
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August 16, 1991 | JONATHAN GOLD
In one of his "Ficciones," Jorge Luis Borges postulates a contemporary Frenchman whose life's ambition is to write "Don Quixote"--not just copy it, but write the whole thing anew. But since 20th-Century Paris is not 16th-Century Castile, the Frenchman's text, even though it's word for word the same, is extremely different from the original. Context is everything: That's the postmodern condition.
NEWS
May 1, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica Place and Brit Week are hosting a two-day festival celebrating all things British this weekend. The event will span three blocks along the Promenade from Wilshire to Broadway and include the main stage at Santa Monica Place. Organizers promise a variety of environmentally-friendly vendors, gardens designed by landscape architects, live entertainment, speakers and demonstrations. Among the highlights: --British designer Duncan Quinn is slated to park his double-decker mobile tailoring truck and showcase bespoke and tailored men's clothing.
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August 30, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Somewhere near the middle of Smashing Pumpkins' headlining set Saturday night at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Billy Corgan recited a long list of the Los Angeles musicians who'd "made [him] want to be a big rock star. " That the group included the Doors, Love and the Electric Prunes came as no surprise: Traces of those bands' expansive sonics and flowery philosophizing course throughout Smashing Pumpkins' work, from its 1991 debut, "Gish," to the new songs Corgan began releasing for free online late last year.
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December 4, 2008 | Steve Appleford, Appleford is a freelance writer.
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins was being funny. "It's a good time for you to sit, because you're all old, I can see," he teased fans as he picked up an acoustic guitar on Tuesday, in the first of the band's two nights at the Gibson Amphitheatre. "The '90s are a distant memory." Maybe not so distant for Corgan, who has been leading the newest version of the Pumpkins in an ambitious 20th anniversary tour, challenging audiences to see the band beyond its 1990s hits. That's been a problem for Corgan since re-forming the group in 2006 (minus original members James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1996 | Richard Cromelin
The Smashing Pumpkins are anti-pack rats, clearing out their accumulated music with compulsive frequency: The band has released only three regular albums, and with "Aeroplane" it now has two odds-and-ends collections. This box of five CD singles is designed as a limited-edition treat for hard-core fans--a premise that gives Billy Corgan and company a self-issued license to be indulgent. How indulgent?
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July 14, 1991 | JONATHAN GOLD
In the eclectic, hard-rock '90s, all styles of music, from Buddy Holly to Bolt Thrower, exist simultaneously, ready to be mined for riffs and poses by every bunch of fellows with two amps and a garage. Some of the best of this new mix 'n' match metal comes from bands with extremely short attention spans--Faith No More and Primus come to mind--that seem to have acquired their aesthetics from long workouts with a remote-control zapper and molded them into unique sounds of their own.
NEWS
July 14, 2005 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Once and future Pumpkin, momentary Zwan, temporary solo artist, forever Billy.... Enigmatic and contrary no matter what his context, Billy Corgan came to the Henry Fonda Theatre on Tuesday to play his first L.A. concert under his own name. Add that credit to a resume that began with leading the Smashing Pumpkins to preeminence among '90s American rock bands, then sputtered with the short-lived mistake called Zwan.
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July 9, 1994 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
For the first time in its four-year history, this summer's "Lollapalooza" tour is saving its best for last. After seeing support bands overshadow the headliners in past extravaganzas, the top-billed Smashing Pumpkins defied the odds here Thursday with an assurance and drama that even Vegas casino high-rollers would admire.
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October 5, 2011
STAGE Indifferent Places John Ennis and Jessica Makinson play Errol Flynn, Olivia DeHavilland and a parade of other spirited characters in this two-person variety show featuring music, sketches and special guests. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $10. (323) 666-4268. http://www.steveallentheater.com MUSIC Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan & Co. have gone through several lineup changes, including a breakup and re-formation, but the band's commitment to soaring alt-rock never wavered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2011
Mark Tulin Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin, 62, bassist for the Electric Prunes, a short-lived 1960s garage band best known for their distortion-filled psychedelic-acid rock single "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)," died Saturday in Avalon after a suspected heart attack, said his daughter, Samantha Tulin. A diving enthusiast, he had traveled to Catalina to volunteer for the annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup event. The Electric Prunes quintet formed in 1965 in the San Fernando Valley.
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December 11, 2010
POP MUSIC KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas One of Los Angeles' louder holiday traditions, KROQ's 21st annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert offers two nights of alternative rock courtesy of the Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and a slew of other bands. Proceeds benefit Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $96.30. (818) 622-4440. http://www.kroq.com . Aimee Mann For years, local singer-songwriter Aimee Mann has hosted her Christmas Spectacular, a droll send-up of holiday variety shows featuring scads of her A-list songwriter and comedian friends.
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August 30, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Somewhere near the middle of Smashing Pumpkins' headlining set Saturday night at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Billy Corgan recited a long list of the Los Angeles musicians who'd "made [him] want to be a big rock star. " That the group included the Doors, Love and the Electric Prunes came as no surprise: Traces of those bands' expansive sonics and flowery philosophizing course throughout Smashing Pumpkins' work, from its 1991 debut, "Gish," to the new songs Corgan began releasing for free online late last year.
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August 26, 2010
Sunset Strip Music Festival with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Common and more Where : Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive, West Hollywood When : 1 p.m. Sat. Concerts also scheduled as part of the festival at various Sunset Strip night clubs Thursday and Friday nights. Cost : $49.50 Info : http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com
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August 26, 2010 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
By the second snare hit of Dave Grohl's drum intro to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in 1991, the Sunset Strip was dead. The most famous stretch of surface street in rock history had birthed the careers of bands from the Doors to Motley Crüe. But after the unlamented demise of the decadent hair-metal scene, the neighborhood's musical juice began flowing eastward across Los Angeles to Silver Lake and beyond. In its wake were a half-dozen walkable nightclubs like the Whisky and Roxy with an incredible legacy but a massive identity crisis and no clear way to move the scene forward.
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August 26, 2010 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
By the second snare hit of Dave Grohl's drum intro to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in 1991, the Sunset Strip was dead. The most famous stretch of surface street in rock history had birthed the careers of bands from the Doors to Motley Crüe. But after the unlamented demise of the decadent hair-metal scene, the neighborhood's musical juice began flowing eastward across Los Angeles to Silver Lake and beyond. In its wake were a half-dozen walkable nightclubs like the Whisky and Roxy with an incredible legacy but a massive identity crisis and no clear way to move the scene forward.
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October 17, 1993 | LORRAINE ALI, Lorraine Ali writes about pop music for Calendar.
At first glance, Billy Corgan hardly comes across as the latest giant of the college/ alternative rock world. He's not darkly handsome and elusive like Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, nor outwardly rebellious and gritty a la Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. The 6-foot-plus singer, in fact, appears as soft and vulnerable as your favorite stuffed animal. His short, chestnut-colored hair isn't cut in any of the trendy styles of the day, and his round, brown eyes seem placid.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2010
Billy Corgan's alt-rock stalwarts the Smashing Pumpkins celebrate national Record Store Day with a special — and very cozy — live performance in Hollywood. Be one of the first 250 fans to preorder a copy of the Pumpkins' forthcoming EP at Amoeba Music in Hollywood and gain entry to the exclusive show, plus a limited-edition black-light poster. Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 4 p.m. Saturday.
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April 30, 2009 | Mikael Wood
"We got something," Taylor Hanson of Tinted Windows sang Tuesday night at the Troubadour, "Yeah, we got something." There's no denying that: A new supergroup featuring veterans of Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson, Tinted Windows has a self-titled debut full of near-perfect power-pop songs, as well as a frontman who couldn't look better in his soccer-mom shag and tight white trousers. Yet more than anything else, Tinted Windows' first Los Angeles show emphasized what the band doesn't have -- namely, any collective sense of rock-star charisma.
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