Billy Corgan has five Smashing Pumpkins songs mixed for their Teargarden By Kaleidyscope "album," but he also just announced he’s creating a new label with a rather eclectic roster.
"We need to make sure that we have the name rights before we can announce it," states a post on the band’s new blog written Wednesday (Jan. 6) by "Studiodog," a partner in the new label.
"We are very excited to be collaborating with amazing artists that have made a huge impact on the underground music world… From the psychedelic garage rock of the ’60s and the punk rock insanity of the ’70′s and ’80s to the post-punk Pleiadian power-pop that is now.
New material from The Germs is also on the way, with two songs the late Darby Crash wrote with Pat Smear prior to Crash’s suicide. The rest of the original lineup — Smear, bassist Lorna Doom, drummer Don Bolles — will be recording "Out Of Time" and ‘Beyond Hurt – Beyond Help" for the label. Shane West — yes, that would indeed be actor Shane West (A Walk To Remember) — is the band’s new vocalist.
Meanwhile, The Electric Prunes are working on two new songs with an EP to follow, and The Strawberry Alarm Clock are "in the writing/demo stage right now and hope to be in the studio soon."
Other projects to release material on the as-yet-unnamed new label include Fancy Space People. They’re recording three new songs, which will appear on their debut release. YaHoWha 13 are also returning to the studio to create new material, and Starchildren, a side-project featuring Corgan, which played sporadically from 1990 to 1994 will also record for the label.
Smashing Pumpkins spent most of 2009 working on new songs and away from the road. There’s no word on whether the group will play any shows in 2010.