Billy Corgan might be alone in the studio, but on April 17th — Record Store Day! Duh! — he’ll be surrounded by 250 fans. There’s a reason that number is so low and also so precise. In celebration of his band’s forthcoming physical EP, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor, and in conjunction with Rocket Science Ventures and Amoeba Music in Hollywood, the first 250 fans who pre-order the new EP will not only receive a limited edition black light poster, but also a wristband that guarantees them access to an exclusive, intimate set by Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins, which will take place later in the day.
Admittedly pretty cool, though could you imagine if this offer happened two or 10 years ago? It’s pretty doubtful Corgan would have done such a thing, but who knows? It seems like he’s pretty chill about record stores, as he states, “I used to work at an indie record shop so I’ll always have a soft spot for the places where I still go to find the most vital music, whether new or still hidden.
If you’re down to throw away some cash, the physical EP sounds pretty rad. Not only does it come with the 4-song CD, a vinyl, and a hand-carved obelisk (WTF?), but it’s all packaged in a silk-screened wooden box. Sounds snazzy, right?