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The Smashing Pumpkast

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A bi-weekly Smashing Pumpkins podcast hosted by Frank Garcia-Hejl and Pat O'Brien. Wanna go for a ride?
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BONUS: "CYR" is HERE!
The clocks have all hit zero and the new double album "CYR" is finally here! Frank and Pat give their quick first impressions of the album (covering the non-single tracks since we already covered the singles in other Bonus eps). We'll be doing a deep dive episode into the full album and "In Ashes" later next year (since we're trying to go chronologically), but for now, these are our initial thoughts. Enjoy!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
42:16
November 29, 2020
KATIE COLE
Multi-hyphenate, multi-talented musician Katie Cole joins us to discuss her vital role in producing and crafting the supporting vocals on the new SP album, CYR, her early days in Australia, and how putting your desires out into the universe can pay off big. We also talk about the huge impact her mother had on her appreciation of music, working with legends like Glen Campbell and what it was like touring with Billy Corgan and playing with the Pumpkins on the In Plainsong Tour and beyond.  Even her cat even makes a cameo! And Frank & Pat take a page from Katie's book and put THEIR own Pumpkast desire out into the universe for 2021!  You can follow Katie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And pick up her music and merch on Bandcamp.  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
1:30:36
November 24, 2020
BONUS: "Dulcet in E" and "Purple Blood"
Frank and Pat get giddy about CYR being less than a week away and give their quick thoughts on the new singles "Dulcet in E" and "Purple Blood" while also teasing some upcoming episodes! A pear or a candle, one thing's for sure IT'S the Smashing Pumpkast!  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
33:00
November 22, 2020
SPOSE (Marcy Projects and the Infinite Sadness)
On today's Pumpkast we have a great chat with Rapper, producer and die-hard Pumpkins fan SPOSE about the making of his recent Jay Z/Smashing Pumpkins mashup album, "Marcy Projects and the Infinite Sadness,” and how it kept him creative and sane during the pandemic. We also discuss his early life and deep connection to the Pumpkins (including his early HTML SP fan site "By Starlight"), and the life-changing moment of his surprise hit "I'm Awesome." All that plus John Steinbeck rap, "Dross" appreciation, 90's music talk and more! 'Spose you better check it out!   Follow us on the socials:  Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast  Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
1:13:02
November 17, 2020
SIERRA SWAN
The incredible, multi-talented musician SIERRA SWAN joins us on the Pumpkast to talk about her work on the upcoming SP album, CYR, her musical family tree, her diverse resume of past collaborations (including touring with Gary Numan and Ringo Starr), and the story of how her years-long friendship with Billy began via Courtney Love at Linda Perry's studio. She also offers sage advice for anyone facing rejection in their field of work, and we even have time for a three-way Prince love-fest (though not the kind that probably went on at Paisley Park)! Sierra rules and we were so honored to have this great conversation with her. Enjoy! (Recorded in October 2020) Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
1:00:35
November 10, 2020
BONUS: A "Ramona" and "Wyttch" Halloween
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, PUMPKINLAND! Frank & Pat give their quick 'n' spooky thoughts on the new singles "Ramona" and "Wyttch"! We also talk about the "Ramona" video, the upcoming David Bowie tribute show, new merch for the MCIS anniversary, the Movember Billy solo acoustic performance and Pat throwing his hat in the ring for the Archive artwork project. All that plus Frank makes an important correction about his use of the word "grunge." Hope you all "Go as Joe" this Halloween!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review the show!
1:00:36
October 31, 2020
BONUS: Mellon Collie/Machina Double Album Sequel Announcement and More!
Frank & Pat give their super quick thoughts on the recent news of a Mellon Collie/Machina Double Album Sequel, the proposed high concept Mellon Collie era themed tour and the status of the Machina reissue. We also discuss Billy's announcement of this news and how his ominous tone at the beginning made us nervous. We briefly discuss the Zoom interview with Daniel P. Carter,  we give props to Papa Jimmy killin' it in interviews and our thoughts on The Smashing Pumpkins: The Characters, The Creation, The Concept.  We're just gabbin' some quick empty junk thoughts. Enjoy! Also, thank you for listening! We've hit 11k plus listens and we literally could not have done it without you! We're extremely grateful, Pumpkinland!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
34:34
October 26, 2020
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Twilight to Starlight
Just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Frank & Pat delve into Disc 2: "Twilight to Starlight"! This time they're joined by comedian, actor, producer, author and good friend,  DC Pierson (Stay for Dinner, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who discusses his history with and rediscovery of the tracks off of this iconic blue CD. We go deep on songs that are scary but rule, the Mountain Dew rush of "1979," and Regis & Kathie Lee inspiring "Thirty-Three."  All that plus songs tailor-made for Chino of the Deftones, Gene Shalit lateral segues... and is the "King of the Horseflies" actually Trent Reznor?   If Siamese Dream were an epic movie, Mellon Collie would be a majestic Broadway play. Billy Babe-Ruths this concept and knocks it out of the park with "Twilight to Starlight," capping off a stellar double-album that became an instant classic. Coil this 'kast 'round your bumblebee ears!  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
2:26:24
October 24, 2020
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Dawn to Dusk
Frank & Pat finally tackle the 1995 diamond-status double album juggernaut, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness! We start our coverage with disc 1 of MCIS: Dawn to Dusk, in which Frank and Pat break down their history with the album, a listener shares a theory of Billy's frustration fueling his ambitious grandeur, "Zero" becomes Alternative Music's Superman, and certain lyrics make for awkward car rides with Mom.  All that plus Star Woman's sexy secret, the spiritual sequel to "Love Stinks," little masks for your dog and more!   Let this episode keep you company on those empty party afternoons!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
2:25:00
October 13, 2020
BONUS: "Anno Satana" and "Birch Grove"
In this Bonus MIni-Episode, Frank & Pat give their quick thoughts on the latest singles "Anno Satana" and "Birch Grove"! We also tease some upcoming episodes!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
24:25
October 11, 2020
MELISSA JOAN HART
Frank & Pat welcome actor, director, producer and not-so-secret Pumpkins fan MELISSA JOAN HART to the 'kast to discuss her history with the band, how her favorite musicians in real-life became her characters Clarissa and Sabrina's favorites as well, and that time she went clubbing with Billy Corgan and Courtney Love after a Late Night with Conan O' Brien appearance. We also talk being a kid actor in the 90s, how her working class roots led her to learn other sides of the business, and the time Robert Smith signed her ex-boyfriend’s cast. All that plus MTV Cribs, Picasso and more!  Check out Melissa's upcoming Lifetime Christmas movies: 'Feliz NaviDAD'!, Dear Christmas and Once Upon a Main Street, and her dark comedy short MUTE. Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
52:42
September 29, 2020
BONUS: “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath”
Frank & Pat give their quick 'n' dirty thoughts on the new singles “Confessions of a Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath,” discuss the awesome SP clothing from Huf and decide to save their DEEPER thoughts on the full “In Ashes” experience until the whole thing is released.  It’s a quick trip into the owl's drug cove, but we hope you enjoy it! Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkins Please rate and review us!
13:49
September 27, 2020
BONUS: "CYR" Album, "In Ashes" Animated Series Announcement Reactions and More!
SO Much to cover in this Bonus Mini-Episode! Frank & Pat give their reactions to the latest countdown clock reveal! New DOUBLE ALBUM entitled "CYR" due out November 27th and an Animated Series to coincide with the album release, as well as some other cool tidbits. Lot of goodies to cover on this quick n' dirty episode. Enjoy, Pumpkinheads!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @ smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
47:57
September 19, 2020
PISCES ISCARIOT (w/ Ryan Parrish)
Frank & Pat cover the 1994 b-sides and rarities collection that feels like a proper album, PISCES ISCARIOT. And joining us to talk about this non-album is Ryan Parrish (of the bands Celebrity, Hopesfall, In Parallel). We discuss how this was an important Pumpkins release for all of us, how we worried about parents hearing certain lyrics, Glam Rawk, Iha Country Western, Pee Pee Bugs, Cheeky Corgan, Dan Aykroyd joining Hopesfall, Morning Pages lyrics for "Spaced" and so much more! 8-bit bed music by PipeFrit005 Follow us on the socials!  Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate & review us!
2:14:00
September 15, 2020
Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson Talks New Siamese Dream Cover Album
Frank & Pat welcome Eric D. Johnson (aka Fruit Bats) to the Pumpkast to talk about his brand new, full-album cover of Siamese Dream – out now on Turntable Kitchen! We had a great time talking to Eric about growing up in Chicago and watching the Pumpkins break big, what Siamese Dream means to him, and his approach to re-imagining the iconic album. We also discuss the Pumpkins' unique Midwest mysticism, the nexus of alternative radio and bonehead classic rock, and the freedom of having a "big tent" of musical influences. All that plus the boys dole out their first Pumpkast Seal of Approval (spoiler alert: this album is the recipient!). Apologies for the few moments of crackly audio. Enjoy!  You can also check out Fruit Bats' most recent releases here.  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us! 
1:02:33
September 1, 2020
BONUS: "Cyr" and "The Colour Of Love"
Frank and Pat recorded this quick (not so quick) bonus ep today (8/29) to give their first impressions on the new singles "Cyr" and "The Colour Of Love"!  Follow us on the socials!  Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
1:03:09
August 30, 2020
BONUS: Countdown Clock Speculation!
Been a while with one of these, but we're back with a Bonus Mini-Episode and we're doing some quick off the cuff speculation on the new countdown clocks on the SP website and socials! What could it all mean?! I mean, we kind of know, but still! It's fun to speculate. Also, some listener shoutouts and a correction/apology regarding our commentary on Disarm in the Siamese Dream episode.   Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us!
09:20
August 25, 2020
SIAMESE DREAM
Today on the Pumpkast, Frank & Pat cover the 1993 Smashing Pumpkins opus Siamese Dream! It's only fitting that a deeply earnest and personal album gets a deeply earnest and personal episode from the lads of the 'kast. That's not to say there aren't some laughs along the way! All that plus Butch Vig Guitar Maps, The Artist's Way success stories, secret segues, stuffy British censors who love Andrew Dice Clay, the ONE TRUE way to spell "Mayonaise" and SO much more! In a dream we are connected... by our love of this incredible album! Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate & review us! 
2:19:45
August 18, 2020
Lull EP
(Warning: Naughty language!) Today on the Pumpkast, Frank and Pat discuss 1991's LULL EP. We share some interesting Rhinoceros facts, discuss how Billy was pre-Punk'd by the label, explore alternate-potentially-problematic lyrics and reminisce about Commander Keen. You outta know, Uncle Joey! Put on those masks and pump this 'kast!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate & review us! 
51:44
August 4, 2020
GISH
You've been Daydreaming about it for months and the big day has finally come: for Frank and Pat to gush about GISH! Mustard lies, misheard lyrics, Fallon-esque rambling praises, LSD "strains," and the early days of Billy's D'ifficulties with D'Arcy. We dive deep into the Pumpkins' official album debut, from the recording process to the cover art to the little bell necklace Billy wore to bust ol' Butch Vig's chops. SEE YOU there!   Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review on iTunes! 
1:45:45
July 21, 2020
Pre-Gish Official Releases
(Recorded in May 2020) Frank battles a sinus infection while Pat shows off his Foley skills! In this episode of the Pumpkast, we cover the Pre-Gish official releases: Light Into Dark, I Am One (Limited Potential) single, Tristessa (Sub Pop) single and 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions! So much to cover in this episode: Ignoffo, baby! The Pumpkins connect with Butch Vig, Billy's prominent "SEE YOU!" in I Am One, Sub Pop snubs and groovin' on catchy covers of semi-obscure classic rock gems while visions of Machina box-sets dance in our heads! Ho, Ho, Ho! MERRY PUMPKAST! Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review us on iTunes!
1:39:52
July 7, 2020
"Moon" Demo Cassette Review
(Recorded April 2020) Frank & Pat conclude their demo cassette reviews (remotely) by covering 1989's "Moon" demo! Lots to break down in this one. Ignoffo lays down an organ jam for Baby Billy that's "groovy, baby!" The Pisces Iscariot original pressing that got away! Ye Olde Pumpkin Merriment! Drunk Drivin' Soul Asylum/Candlebox Lovin' Uncles! Rigged McDonald's Contests! Christian Slater-Nicholson! Mustard Lies! Defensive Alternative Band Track Titles! All that and MORE! Just remember you can always "Go as Joe." #GoAsJoe Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast 
1:13:42
June 23, 2020
BONUS: Once in a While... We'll Have More Bonus Mini-Eps
We're pumping the breaks on future Bonus Mini-Eps for a bit to focus on personal matters, but the full episodes will continue on a bi-weekly release schedule.   In this Bonus Mini-Episode:  Black Lives Matter, Frank answers some Listener Feedback (including favorite non-original 4 lineup), My Mistake: "Silvercrank" edition, Popper Plays Porcelina, Saving For A Custom Van: A Tribute to Adam Schlesinger, Frank & Pat's Pumpkin Pick of the Week and a Preview for next week's episode "Moon Demo"!  Links from this episode: Black Lives Matter Saving For A Custom Van The Discographers Podcast Rivals: Smashing Pumpkins vs Pavement Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Please rate and review if you can! 
37:12
June 18, 2020
"The Smashing Pumpkins" Demo Cassette Review
(Recorded April 2020) Frank & Pat review The Smashing Pumpkins' 1989 self-titled demo cassette "The Smashing Pumpkins"! If only we had a time machine to go back and see those early Pumpkins shows (and do nothing else with the time travel technology)! We apologize for the less than perfect audio quality, we're still figuring out the best way to record remotely during these COVID times.  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
59:57
June 9, 2020
"Nothing Ever Changes" Demo Cassette Commentary
Originally recorded Feb 2020, this is a stand-alone re-release of our commentary and analysis of one of the Smashing Pumpkins' first demo cassettes, Nothing Ever Changes. Clean me out, Billy! Special thanks to YouTube users: Geroge17xx, acmslp, free8bit, Wasp Kap and Fuegoman96 Follow us on the socials!  Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
20:33
June 8, 2020
The Smashing Pumpkast: Pandemic Mixes Vol. 1 (No Past. No Future. Very Little Sun.)
It's our first quarantine lockdown episode (Recorded April 10th)! A lot of technical aspects of recording remotely were unknown, so we used this episode to make sure we could record future eps and thankfully, it worked like a charm. Frank & Pat make their own 14 track Pumpkins mix and break down what they chose and why. The guidelines for the mixes? It had to be on Spotify (so we could share with the listeners) and that it only stuck to Smashing Pumpkins only (no solo or side projects). Hopefully you all enjoy this fun little ep before we dive back into the demo cassettes!  Follow us on the socials: Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast Frank's Pumpkin Mix Pat's Pumpkin Mix
1:33:13
June 5, 2020
BONUS: "I'm Not a Fan of Normal TV"
In this Bonus Mini-Episode Pat shares some BIG news! Frank covers some listener feedback and questions, a perfect "My Mistake," Frank & Pat's Pumpkin Picks of the Week and a preview of next week's full episode!  Warning: Elements of this mini-episode might give you "paws."  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
36:42
May 27, 2020
Mellon Collie Memories with Lauren Adams / "Nothing Ever Changes" Demo Cassette Commentary
This episode serves up two hearty chunks of Pumpkin meat! First we talk to special guest Lauren Adams (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, Drunk History) about her Catholic confirmation retreat, vividly linked in memory to a CD copy of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. In the process we cover everything from dead bunnies to Sinéad O'Connor to the state of the Catholic church in Buffalo, NY. Next, Frank and Pat provide commentary and analysis while listening to one of the Smashing Pumpkins' first demo cassettes, Nothing Ever Changes.  Special thanks to YouTube users: Geroge17xx, acmslp, free8bit, Wasp Kap and Fuegoman96 Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
56:33
May 19, 2020
BONUS: Rick Didn't Produce Cotillions, Dummy!
It's another Bonus Mini-Episode! Listener feedback! Pumpkins songs Johnny Cash could have covered! Corrections from last week's episode!  Other music pod recs! Other music we're digging! Frank's Pumpkin Pick of the Week! Preview of next week's episode! AND MOOOOORE!!! EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!  Follow us on the socials! Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
29:19
May 12, 2020
Pumpkast Field Trip: WPC Live In LA
It's a Pumpkast FIELD TRIP! Frank and Pat venture out for an intimate (and ornery) William Patrick Corgan solo show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park, Los Angeles. Highlights include: The "3 Billy Rule" for concert seating, "Glass and The Ghost Children" with Jeff Schroeder gives goosebumps, Linda Strawberry and Meena Ysanne, and Billy gets a little miffed Re: D'arcy... Frank and Pat break it all down! (Recorded in November 2019) Special thanks to YouTube users: cramx3, Chad C, Fuzzy Legends Archives and Pamela Fisher. Follow us on the socials!  Twitter: @PumpkinsPodcast Instagram: @smashingpumpkast
1:22:51
May 5, 2020
BONUS: "eBay Keeps Getting On Me For That"
In our first Bonus Mini-Episode, Frank (w/ the occasional pop-in from Pat) teases next week's episode, reads a listener message, the hosts share their "Pumpkin Picks Of The Week" & more!  Follow us on Twitter @PumpkinsPodcast, on Instagram @smashingpumpkast
22:59
April 29, 2020
Episode Zero
Episode ZERO! An introduction to The Smashing Pumpkast, a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to our favorite band, The Smashing Pumpkins. Frank and Pat break down what the band means to them, what to expect in the show's future(Embrace), and the series of events that led to the Pumpkast's inception. Email us with questions or feedback at thesmashingpumpkast@gmail.com, follow us on twitter @PumpkinsPod and on Instagram @smashingpumpkast. Wanna go for a ride? 
35:20
April 11, 2020