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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hear a New Smashing Pumpkins Song, "Owata," and Ponder Billy Corgan's Cheerful Oblivion

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 8:24 AM

He wants you to believe. - KRISTIN BURNS
  • Kristin Burns
  • He wants you to believe.

It wouldn't be a full-on '90s revival without an actual '90s band trying to get in on the party by releasing music looong after its prime. So who's making the most voluminous attempt? Naturally, it's the Smashing Pumpkins -- or, as we prefer to think of the band, Billy Corgan +3.

Our peeps down at LA Weekly's West Coast Sound have an exclusive premiere of the Pumpkins' latest song "Owata," which is an essential reality check for any '90s/Pumpkins/Corgan connoisseur. Hear this gleeful synth anthem after the jump.

"Owata" is track 10 on the band's 44-song behemoth/project Teargarden by Kaleidoscope, which is being released track by track. What does it sound like -- er, besides a whining bald guy cultivating vanity with his synthesizer and cooing about California? Take a listen here (you can download it free for the next 24 hours on West Coast Sound; after that, hit up SmashingPumpkins.com).

Corgan apparently plans to condense Teargarden into a regular-size album to be called Oceania. Read more about that in LA Weekly's interview with Corgan from last year.

Oh, and Billy, if you want a guide to how a soggy '90s band can take a solid shot at relevance in this era of Yuck and the Pavement reunion, we know a guy you should call. His name's Dave Grohl.

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