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02 January 2013 - 07:27 PMAccording to the Portuguese media, the band is going to play in a festival in july, 18th. Will Oceania tour get to Europe finally?
08 December 2012 - 06:37 AMhttp://www.npr.org/b...nic-album-cover
Really nice to know more about the artwork in MCIS!
A funny part:
NPR: Let's talk about the hands, which are really interesting to me. I was probably 12 when I got this album, and I don't think I looked twice at the art. When I revisited it a few years later, I remember thinking there was something really risqué about it — especially the left hand, draped below the waist. Is there a sexual element there?
JC: Is she masturbating?
NPR: That's my question.
JC: You know, I have to be honest with you: I see that in a lot of paintings of women from those periods.
NPR: That they appear to be masturbating?
JC: Not necessarily — but that there's a lot of fondling, self-fondling. She may be, and maybe only Raphael knows. There's something about the placement of the hands and the whole look this woman has on her face that implies it. I think that's the unspoken eroticism in a lot of that early art. That's all they could get away with.
Craig's cover art for the 2005 Augustana album All the Stars and Boulevards. Enlarge image
I have to tell you, I've had a few calls from young bands over the years who grew up with this album, who tracked me down and wanted me to do their covers. Augustana was one of the first bands I did a piece for, and it's kind of erotic as well: a night scene with a very monumental pair of legs that kind of fade up just off the naughty bits. It's been fun seeing how quickly time passes and how new bands are generated out of old bands. All art is derivative.
21 November 2012 - 04:30 AMhttp://www.suntimes....n-14-years.html
Q. The obvious first question: What took so long to record the follow-up?
A. After the Pumpkins broke up, I got into the other side of this, producing and writing and starting my studio, and the record label [the now-defunct but once great Scratchie Records]. I did a lot of other things for a while, and it wasnít until three or four years ago that I started getting inspired to do my own thing again. When youíre not signed and donít have a manager constantly asking for a record, I took my time.
Q. What drives your choices when selecting a new project?
A. I try to be pretty open-minded when good stuff starts coming my way. I mean, when Adam [Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne] asked, ďDo you want to be in a band with Taylor Hanson?Ē the answer is, ďYeah, thatís great!Ē As long as I feel like I can contribute something, Iíll do it.
Q. Will there be a second Tinted Windows album?
A. We keep talking about ďTinted Windows 2,Ē but none of us has written any songs for it. I think it will happen, but I donít know when.
Q. You recently wrote and recorded with Courtney Love on a single titled ďThis Is WarĒ?
A. Itís a work in progress. Iíve known Courtney for a while.
Q. Do you and Billy Corgan talk at all anymore?
A. Itís probably been eight or nine years.
Q. Is there any condition that could be met to reunite the two of you, on stage or off?
A. Never say never, but as I said we havenít talked in a really long time. I havenít heard the new [Pumpkins] record.
Q. As a musician, do you feel any connection to or inspiration from Chicago at all?
A. I grew up in a suburb (Elk Grove), itís where Iím from. I couldnít point to anything in my music thatís specific to Chicago, or if Chicago even has a sound. When the Pumpkins were coming out, we werenít like many Chicago bands at all, and when grunge hit, we got lumped in with that. When people ask me to describe Chicago, I donít think music. I think sports, pizza and architecture.
26 October 2012 - 03:01 AMhttp://www.musicrada...ns-sound-565872
"Joining the band has been unbelievable," says Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder. "This is where I really wanted to go musically. I was a fan of Billy Corgan's music for years, so to be able to work with him on his vision and help take the band to a new place is incredible. It's great to be part of something that you can be completely passionate about."
28 September 2012 - 02:18 PMI'm not sure if this is new, but I think I haven't see this before...
"he spoke about the set list for the Oceania tour (he wanted to balance it, and tell a narrative story); the inspiration behind "The Orb" that is part of the stage show; and what inspired the song "Oceania."
And there's a whole lot more tooÖ"
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