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    this was an awesome video to start my morning. maybe you guys have seen it before, maybe you haven't.

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    Jimmy has that little SOR drum set, and he's fucking awesome.

    A LOT of why the Smashing Pumpkins is so good is because Jimmy is such a great drummer.



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    so he just really likes to drum, huh? reminds me of Chad Smith and how he is a session drummer on top of the RHCP stuff.

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    Some discussion of the Machina reissue.

    -When it turned out the fans (like myself) liked MII more than MI, he went back to Virgin asking to release them together, "they told him to take a walk".

    -He reiterates that now everything is basically ready to go - 50 songs, 30 extra tracks - but the major factor holding things back is the vinyl shortage. Plants limiting how many can be ordered at one time, because the demand is so high. Wonder if that means the art is in the bag.

    -"What's interesting about it is that the album is way more new wave, and kind of dark goth than even I remembered, at the time. Like, when you hear it all in sequence, it's a much moodier and prettier record, where you just listen to Machina 1, the album's a bit abrasive, and maybe overly dark. So there's something about this sequence that really illuminates what the album was really about. I think the hardcore fans know how important that work is, but I think amongst the normal people who don't really follow everything that we do, they'll finally understand how this..this is just as important a work from the band as some of our other important works. We're proud to put it out and we're literally just waiting on the vinyl shortage stuff."

    -Wants to do more events like the Gish livestream in the future, mentioned SD is turning 30 soon...

    -Talks about Zeitgeist for a bit. Didn't really see how much the world had changed in 2007 from 2000. They did not expect how much people wanted the whole original band back. "To simplify it, nothing less than Siamese Dream II would have made people happy."

    Why is Zeitgeist not on streaming services? Because a) He felt it wasn't really getting the love it deserved b) It needs to be remixed - "it's a much heavier album than the way it was mixed". Does plan to eventually do a box of it and surrounding materials, has been talking to Sumerian about them releasing it. Does feel it's getting more love these days, with a lot of people bugging him to put it back out. Tons of unreleased tracks. Describes the demos for ZG as "really good, kind of reveal a part of the album that the album doesn't represent."

    "It's a little weird to take off the guitar sometimes now and move around without it (in reference to there being 3 guitars live). I feel like I've turned into the guy from the Ava Adore video."

    On pace to finish new album by the end of the year. "Personally, if I hand in the music Sept 1st, I sure hope we'd have a single out by Christmas." "Better than anything we've released recently, not to denigrate what we've done. When you say you're putting out a sequel to Mellon Collie and Machina, you really better step up and produce your best."
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    Nice video. Billy actually answered something I've been tempted to try asking him via IG - how does it feel to just go and sing some old songs and NOT play guitar at the same time (Ava, Eye, possibly others)

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    I'm a Zeitgeist defender. The mixing destroys the album. I want another Pumpkins album on that level but properly recorded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rampface View Post
    I'm a Zeitgeist defender. The mixing destroys the album. I want another Pumpkins album on that level but properly recorded.
    The songs and layers are there. Turn up Jimmy's drums in the mix because it's some of his best, increase dynamic range, turn the vocals way down so they balance more with the walls of guitars and blend in and it'd be a whole different experience. Oh, and put all the bonus tracks that were scattered about in the tracklist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnmotherfucker! View Post
    The songs and layers are there. Turn up Jimmy's drums in the mix because it's some of his best, increase dynamic range, turn the vocals way down so they balance more with the walls of guitars and blend in and it'd be a whole different experience. Oh, and put all the bonus tracks that were scattered about in the tracklist.
    Especially Ma Belle and Stellar.

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    The Machina vinyl is the only thing I want more (SP wise anyway) than a proper Zeitgesit reissue/remix

    Zeitgeist was an album I didn’t enjoy when it came out and then a few years later realized there are good songs on it it’s just not mixed well.

    and I’ve argued with a few fellow SP fans in the past about Machina I know it’s not their best album but it might have some of my favorite SP songs, and when I listen to it I feel like I can hear exactly the sound/mood he’s talking about, so I can’t wait to hear the finished product, finally...one day

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    Personally, I like to put Superchrist at the start of Zeitgeist. I think it works much better as the album opener, then with Doomsday Clock as track 2 and so on. Superchrist kinda feels like it's setting the stage for what will follow. A properly mixed Superchrist would be a scorcher.

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    I really hated Zeitgeist when it first came out but it has grown on me over the years. I think it is their best record to date post Machina I/II. If they remix it properly, it could have a resurgence. Billy saying "you really need to step it up" when he mentions the Mellon Collie/Machina sequel drives me up the wall. It's almost like he's admitting they half-assed the last few records. I was once a die hard Pumpkins fanatic, but everything since Zeitgeist just hasn't done it for me. Really curious what is up the sleeve, so to speak, for this sequel record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinkle50 View Post
    Billy saying "you really need to step it up" when he mentions the Mellon Collie/Machina sequel drives me up the wall. It's almost like he's admitting they half-assed the last few records.
    Not really. It's just that most of the recent albums were created with deliberate attempt to distance from the old band's sound. Billy was always getting butthurt over people demanding return of the old sound and now he is doing exactly that (but with a twist - calling it 'a mix of old and new', as if planting an excuse in case people hate this record too)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fillow View Post
    Not really. It's just that most the recent albums were created with deliberate attempt to distance from the old band's sound. Billy was always getting butthurt over people demanding return of the old sound and he is doing exactly that (but with a twist - calling it 'a mix of old and new', as if planting an excuse in case people hate this record too)
    Good point. Very possible that is what he's saying too. Just a strange thing to say I think.

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    I really enjoyed reading this Rolling Stone interview; pretty comprehensive on the 30th anniversary of Gish.

    I bought Gish when it was released, and it's still the only Smashing Pumpkins album I own. And I still love it.

    I'm glad to read that it was such an influence to so many artists.

    An aside: G and I have been to ZuZu's. We particularly went for their first Comedy Night. Their plant-based empanadas are AMAZING. Chloe is one of the hardest-working people I've ever encountered, working behind the counter all night taking orders on Comedy Night. ZuZu's is interesting, I hope they are able to start having music there this summer.
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    I agree, great interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadaloo View Post
    -He reiterates that now everything is basically ready to go - 50 songs, 30 extra tracks - but the major factor holding things back is the vinyl shortage. Plants limiting how many can be ordered at one time, because the demand is so high. Wonder if that means the art is in the bag.
    Vinyl shortage holding back the Machina reissue, yet he manages to release this dumb 7" box set of half the album that was just released last year..

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    Quote Originally Posted by imail724 View Post
    Vinyl shortage holding back the Machina reissue, yet he manages to release this dumb 7" box set of half the album that was just released last year..
    Wow, that really seems like a completely pointless release, especially if you already bought the album on vinyl.

    Also, so he can do a 5x 7" record release, each with its own artwork, all housed in a box for $65, but he's charging $70 for a simple 2LP set of an incomplete concert from 1992. If this doesn't show you how Billy is squeezing every dollar he can get from his hardcore fans. Just wait for the Machina boxset. He's really gonna price gouge fans with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imail724 View Post
    Vinyl shortage holding back the Machina reissue, yet he manages to release this dumb 7" box set of half the album that was just released last year..
    I bet it was probably queued up to be pressed and released before the Machina reissue/remaster was done, and we're just getting it now because of the backlog

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    Quote Originally Posted by imail724 View Post
    Vinyl shortage holding back the Machina reissue, yet he manages to release this dumb 7" box set of half the album that was just released last year..
    Quote Originally Posted by AndItKeepsRepeating View Post
    I bet it was probably queued up to be pressed and released before the Machina reissue/remaster was done, and we're just getting it now because of the backlog
    While this might be the case, it would not surprise me at all if he were using the vinyl shortage as a cover while artwork arrangements are worked out behind the scenes. He's been very quiet about the artwork for a good year now.

    And yes, I don't get the point of that Cyr boxset either. For whatever that album is worth to you it really seems like something that should have come out months ago.

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    And as far as price gouging on the Machina reissue goes, I'm fully expecting a charge of like $325 CAD/$250 USD or so for the vinyl set. MCIS was what, $130 USD for 4 LPs? 28 tracks total. Using that as a framework, you can guess that Machina will be 6-7 LPs if it contains nothing but the 50 regular tracks.

    Price gouging or not, that thing is destined to be expensive and I can't wait to see people bitch about it

    It'll probably be something obscene like $500 to get it autographed. Which I haven't decided whether I want or not.

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    Shuffle has given me "Mayonaise." Pure perfection, I feel spoiled to have seen it live.

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