Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare

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Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare
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EP by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2010
Studio sessionsJanuary-June 2010 – Pumpkinland II
LabelMartha's Music, Rocket Science
ProducerBilly Corgan, Kerry Brown

Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare is the second EP of the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project by The Smashing Pumpkins.

After completing the initial work, the band recruited new bassist Nicole Fiorentino. The single "Freak" was released in July 2010 and reached #27 on the Billboard Alternative chart and #34 on the Rock Songs chart.[1] That same year, the band launched the Rock 'n' Roll Party tour, and went on to tour several continents, playing songs from the new album and promoting the free downloads. On October 12, 2010, "The Fellowship" was released on the television soundtrack for The Vampire Diaries.[2][3]

The Solstice Bare, which was named after a lyric in their song "Tom Tom", was released as a full EP on November 22, 2010 in the form of a cardboard box with the 4-song CD in a letterpressed sleeve and a 12" vinyl picture disc with all four EP tracks and a b-side.[4] Jon Stone of the American Songwriter reacted positively, stating that "The songs are not mind blowing, but for once, Billy doesn't seem like he is trying to prove his relevance to both old and new fans on every track. Respect is given to the song, rather than just the hook—quite an accomplishment from one of the most prolific and talented of hook writers."[5] Consequence called it the "happier, more radio-friendly" EP to come out of the Teargarden project, adding that Corgan uses "unique voice to the best of his advantage."[6]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.
No.TitleMP3 release dateLength
1."The Fellowship"January 12, 2011[7]3:51
2."Freak" (Also known as "Freak U.S.A."[8])July 6, 2010[9]3:52
3."Tom Tom"November 24, 2010[10]4:04
12" vinyl
1."The Fellowship"3:51
3."Tom Tom"4:04
5."Cottonwood Symphony"3:05

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 22, 2010 Martha's Music • Rocket Science CD • 12" US Discogs MusicBrainz [1][2]
More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Artist Chart History — The Smashing Pumpkins". Billboard.com. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  2. "The Smashing Pumpkins – "The Fellowship" & "Jesus Needs A Hit"". Stereogum. October 6, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  3. "Vampire Diaries: Original Television Soundtrack (updated tracklisting) | Vampire-Diaries.net | A Fansite for the Vampire Diaries". Vampire-Diaries.net. September 2, 2010. Archived from the original on January 29, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  4. "The Solstice Bare Limited Edition Box (12 Inch CDEP ++) - Smashing Pumpkins". Whatrecords.co.uk. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  5. "Smashing Pumpkins: Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II, The Solstice Bare". American Songwriter. November 23, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  6. Halle, Karina (December 1, 2010). "Album Review: The Smashing Pumpkins – Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II: "The Solstice Bare" EP". Consequence. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  7. "The Smashing Pumpkins' Facebook page". Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  8. "Blog Archive » Smashing Pumpkins Change "Freak" To "Freak Usa"". GrungeReport.net. November 17, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. "The Smashing Pumpkins Releases Fifth New Song". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner. July 6, 2010. Archived from the original on July 10, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  10. "TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. II: THE SOLSTICE BARE". smashingpumpkins.com. November 24, 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2010.