Thursday, January 03, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins "American Gothic" EP

Ironically, the last original-recipe (plus or minus D'arcy) Smashing Pumpkins album was a free download called Machina II. It's ironic because the first reborn Smashing Pumpkins (SP2) album - Zeitgeist - has been repackaged so many times, and one of the album's singles has been shilling for "A Sick System" - or is that "A Sync System"? Machina II was an F-YOU to the major record companies, and Zeitgeist has been hijacked by the same industry - a dying industry desperate for money.

Currently, this is Zeitgeist, though I'm missing a few versions on this list: Red Zeitgeist, red book Zeitgeist, yellow Best Buy "Death from Above" Zeitgeist, green UK Zeitgeist, blue iTunes "Stellar" Zeitgeist, violet Target "Zeitgeist" Zeitgeist, silver Best Buy "Death from Above" / "Stellar" / "Ma Belle" / Inside the Zeitgeist documentary Zeitgeist, and now blue "explicit lyrics" iTunes Zeitgeist / American Gothic / music videos bundle. Whew!

With that said, SP2's acoustic-ish Zeitgeist EP American Gothic sounds pretty good. It's almost like an alternate universe where Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin recorded songs for Into the Wild, instead of Eddie Vedder. More accurately, this is what the Adore album might have sounded like with Jimmy Chamberlin and with the original rumor of an acoustic post-Mellon Collie album.

In case you're wondering, this is what a potential Super Zeitgeist would look like. It's not an Ultimate Zeitgeist because the faithful still hope for an epic studio version of "Gossamer." This is basically combining the silver Best Buy reissue album, the Target-only title track, and the new EP:

1. Doomsday Clock
2. 7 Shades of Black
3. Bleeding the Orchid
4. That's the Way (My Love Is)
5. Tarantula
6. Starz
7. United States
8. Death from Above
9. Bring the Light
10. (Come on) Let's Go!
11. Neverlost
12. Stellar
13. Ma Belle
14. For God and Country
15. Pomp and Circumstances
16. Zeitgeist
17. Rose March Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist - Rose March (From American Gothic EP)
18. Again, Again, Again (The Crux) Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist - Again, Again, Again (The Crux) [From American Gothic EP]
19. Pox Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist - Pox (From American Gothic EP)
20. Sunkissed Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist - Sunkissed (From American Gothic EP)

Super Zeitgeist is too large to fit a standard 80-minute CD. You can buy a DRM-free mp3 album of Zeitgeist at, otherwise the bundle is for sale at iTunes Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist. You'll have to track down the bonus tracks "Death from Above," "Stellar," "Ma Belle," and "Zeitgeist" elsewhere.

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