Massive New Smashing Pumpkins Undertaking: 44 Songs, All for Free
Billy Corgan gets a lot of shit around here for his new-age shenanigans and questionable self-promotion tactics, but he is something of an innovator when it comes to the online marketplace. Way before Radiohead's In Rainbows and Nine Inch Nails' The Slip was the Smashing Pumpkins' Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, an album that Corgan more or less gave away for free back in 2000.
And now he's returning to that no-charge policy with Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, a 44-track opus he started to record yesterday, according to a blog post from the man himself. Corgan reiterates: "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."