Silversun Pickups Unplugged: Panic Switch

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I can’t say I’m much of a Silversun Pickups fan. The Smashing Pumpkin similarities are just too much for me. But I do love this song – one of the best riffs of ’09. And they do a friggin’ fantastic job with this MTV unplugged version of if. For the entire MTV unplugged performance, click here.

Meet Smashing Pumpkins New Drummer

For those who read The OCMD regularly, you know how I feel about The Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan. When drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the last standing original member of The Smashing Pumpkins, quit the band I couldn’t help but laugh.  I laughed even harder when Billy set up an open audition for a new drummer.  Because who in their right mind would work with such a bona fide butt head?

The 19 year old Berklee College of Music freshman and Oregon native Mike Byrne will.  Maybe because he’s too young to know any better.  He was born the same year the band was formed after all.  Whatever the case, the guy can drum – that’s for sure. Here’s the audition video he submitted for review. Only 12 drummers were chosen to audition for the gig (including System of a Down’s John Dolomayan).

More Evidence Billy Corgan is a Tool


Not like I need any more convincing on this subject, quite frankly, but I was reading the recent issue of Spin and smirked at this review of Billy Corgan’s December 3 LA Smashing Pumpkins show where he figuratively spits in the faces of fans.  His response to fans screaming “Billy, I love you”? “Last time I checked, I was nobody’s bitch.”  Way to mock your audience, Billy.

Read the full article for more antic dotes of his surly display of self-pity.  There’s also a hilarious review on Pitchfork blasting their 20th reunion tour as a ‘shitshow’.