Billy Corgan has always believed in the notion of "go big or go home." The Smashing Pumpkins founder and only current original member of the beloved '90s Chicago power rock group, has practically made the grandiose concept album his calling card.
And his latest mind-bender is no exception. Following in the footsteps of Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, Corgan will be offering his band's latest, the cryptically titled 44-song opus Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, online for free beginning next month. Based on "The Fool's Journey," the metaphor for the journey of life in the Tarot card world, Corgan said the album "harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of the Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy and pretty."
Still being recorded, the entire cycle is slated for completion in early 2010, to be followed by a world tour in the spring. Current plans call for the free songs to be released four at a time beginning around Halloween, with no requirements for fans to sign up for fan clubs or offer their e-mail addresses. While the songs will initially appear online, Corgan will also offer 11 limited-edition EPs that will represent the physical manifestation of the whole album.
Once the whole hot mess has unfolded, the Grand Pumpkin has also promised to compile it into a box set, which he said will be different from the limited-edition EPs. You can find out more at Corgan's official site. And if you like Corgan's take on spirituality but don't want all that silly music to get in the way, you can check out his new blog Everything From Here to There.