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Album Tue Feb 23 2010

Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor


The Smashing Pumpkins' new album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, is a huge undertaking. They're releasing 44 songs, one at a time, for free online via An EP will be available for purchase after every 4 songs (11 EPs total), and a box set will be available after the entire project is completed. We were originally promised one song per month starting on October 31st of last year. We're now nearing the end of February, and so far, only two songs have been released: "A Song for a Son" and "Widow Wake My Mind". At this rate, the project will be finished in just over 7 years (equal to the span of time between Gish and Adore). Let's hope Billy speeds up the process.

Now Insound and Amazon have the deets on the first EP on the roster, Songs for a Sailor. The EP comes in a silk-screened wooden box, and will include a hand-carved leopard stone obelisk. The four songs (available online) will be in CD format, with previously unheard instrumental intros for each song. The box will also have a bonus 7", containing a previously unheard b-side. Songs for a Sailor is set to be released on April 20th, but is available for pre-order on both sites for a whopping $29.99. This means, if you plan to purchase all 11 EPs, it'll set you back $329.89. And you thought that Mellon Collie price tag was hefty.

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David / March 3, 2010 10:48 PM

Insane that I totally would have bought this about 5 years ago.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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