Friday afternoons at MTV News tend to get a little hectic. Most people are trying to get out the door to get the weekend started, but there will always be plenty to do before everybody can check out. Stories need to be written. Blogs need to be updated. Video needs to be cut. And sometimes, icons need to be interviewed. That was the case on Friday (December 4) when Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan visited the MTV Newsroom to chat about his new single “A Song for a Son,” the first track from his epic new project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.
Since the song just premiered today, I had no prior knowledge of the tune before Corgan showed up for our interview. Luckily, he brought along a copy of it, and we sat together (along with the handful of Friday afternoon stragglers in the Newsroom) listening to the song’s six minutes of tonal shifts, crescendos and big-ass guitar solos. It’s a track that recalls Corgan’s best work from the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness era.
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope is a hell of a project to undertake. Corgan plans on releasing the 44 song album four tracks at a time as a part of 11 separate releases over the next three years. In addition to the new song and the album project, we talked a lot about the process of giving away free music, his focus on spiritualism and what we both think about Dave Navarro’s abs.
Plenty more nuggets will emerge from the nearly 30-minute sit-down, but for now, enjoy Corgan trying to explain the whole project. And in case Billy is reading this: Your gloves are on your way back to you (the poor guy left the Newsroom without them, which must have been quite the bear in the frosty New York winter).