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Hello from Chicago... [Aug. 27th, 2008|09:47 am]
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Hello from Chicago. A few thoughts to share, if you'll indulge. First, thanks to everyone who came out on this last tour. For me, that was the most exciting tour I've been on since before Jimmy left in 1996. I thought the band did a fantastic job, and I really appreciate the enthusiasm we saw towards what we were getting at. It seems like we have finally found what we have been looking for since we came back.

Secondly, I want to say openly that I am optimistic about a return to our site hosting a message board. What I would need to see is a constructive framework that would allow a whole host of thought and opinion in a positive way that brings fans together, and not further divide them. As you can see from the Media Militia writers, thoughtful opinion and criticism are welcome here.

Lastly, I would like to make a small declaration. For 20 years I have been asked 'what kind of music do you make?', and to be honest. I've never had a good answer. When I began playing seriously in 1985, there was no such thing as 'alternative music'. It was known then as 'new wave'. Alternative music seems to be the label that won, so I suppose that's what we get lumped in as. Once we were New Wave, then Post-Modern, then Grunge, and now just plain Alternative. And honestly, I've never liked any of those labels because it doesn't really cover what we do. In addition. Alternative Music has been hijacked by poseurs. No mystery there as to why.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is I've found a label for our music that fits. And that is that we play 'American Gothic' music. Yes, I know that's the name of our e.p. that came out, but its not meant as a self serving self reference. I was attracted to the idea of an American Gothic movement musically because it embodies both the English ideal of gothic music and the decay of Americana. So that's us for now on. We play American Gothic music. Please use that label, its one I hope sticks :) blah blah
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[User Picture]From: jemmifire
2008-08-29 04:34 am (UTC)

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I loved your tour, and hope to see you again soon.
From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-18 11:39 am (UTC)

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Ты понимать по Русски?????????
[User Picture]From: james_phoenix
2008-08-29 04:37 am (UTC)

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Billy, I have the bird flu!!!
[User Picture]From: ta_nefer
2008-08-29 04:41 am (UTC)

american gothic

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i like it. i think it works.
[User Picture]From: blurry_static
2008-08-29 04:41 am (UTC)

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Play at the Metro, like tomorrow <3
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From: leofonorow
2008-10-09 03:17 pm (UTC)

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Goths (none / 0 ) ) by Anonymous Reader on Fri Jul 20th, at AM PST your basically saying that goths are unintelegent all the goths i know work in offices and are computer geeks.
[User Picture]From: indey
2008-08-29 05:20 am (UTC)

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when you will arrive in Moscow?
[User Picture]From: dadadetuske
2008-08-29 05:24 am (UTC)

dreamboats.

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best tour ever, seriously.
[User Picture]From: metanoia_cw
2008-08-29 05:25 am (UTC)

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Possibly you were all of those things at one time as well as too innovative to stay in any one track. I am not sure I know what "American Gothic" music is, but I know I like what you do and that is enough for me. Some of us simple folk need no labels but "The Pumpkins" to know it is good enough.
From: loydpinnick
2008-10-09 02:35 pm (UTC)

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I am not much one for TV, but I was sure never to miss any show. If it is cancelled, it would be a shame.
[User Picture]From: photomusic
2008-08-29 05:51 am (UTC)

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we're still waiting for you in Moscow. no, seriously :) come play a few songs.
[User Picture]From: dima_dig
2008-08-29 05:12 pm (UTC)

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+1 ;)
[User Picture]From: blackswan1983
2008-08-29 06:10 am (UTC)

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Do you think there are any other bands that would fit in that genre? I can't think of any off hand, but I am sure there are. What do you think?
[User Picture]From: divinelybereft
2008-08-29 06:12 am (UTC)

Oh oh oh it's magic, you know...

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I'm glad the tour was so positive for you, Billy. Even if you never read this I am happy for you. I was in attendance at the Charlotte, NC show. I felt a wave of energy from you (and the band) that I haven't felt in a long time. And it wasn't my own nostalgia at hearing old favorites being played live... it was something else.

I hope you harness it for beauty and truth as you always have managed to do.

Personally I'd rather be labeled a friend of the band (yes kind of like "friends of the library") than a fan of the band.

Never believe it's not so,
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[User Picture]From: albijuli
2008-08-29 04:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh oh oh it's magic, you know...

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I was also at the Charlotte show, and what ze is describing definitely hit me during Billy bangin' on those big drums. It's my favorite part of the show, hands down.
[User Picture]From: zillioneyes
2008-08-29 06:15 am (UTC)

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Why do you feel the need to constantly re-invent yourself? Why not just do things at a steady pace?

Anyway, you don't read this, so whatever.
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[User Picture]From: albijuli
2008-08-29 04:20 pm (UTC)

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Because if you don't, you get brilliant musician, but nothing new and sounds the SAME for the longest time.

I don't know if you noticed, but most musicians change after time, sometimes for the better, but the change is there.
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[User Picture]From: captainsavvy
2008-08-29 06:58 am (UTC)

American Gothic

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I love it. Thanks for being yourself.
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From: earleparcell
2008-10-17 02:51 am (UTC)

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) we spent a week rehearsing with Jerry, he adds so much extra texture to the group, the first ever gig in this expanded format went down such a storm that I can't wait to play in Saint Petersburg and Moscow this week.
[User Picture]From: burningofroissy
2008-08-29 10:27 am (UTC)

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American Gothic. hm... I like it.

What I would need to see is a constructive framework that would allow a whole host of thought and opinion in a positive way that brings fans together, and not further divide them.

I agree, that would be a wonderful thing. Set a positive tone early and get yourself some good moderators and you'll have a chance. Otherwise...well, you've seen what fandom is like on the Internet, right? Yeah. This is the same medium that brought us 4chan. Best of luck though! :)
[User Picture]From: willdevine
2008-08-29 10:38 am (UTC)

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"American gothic" is as good a moniker as any. Hope to catch you guys on the next tour!
[User Picture]From: clawkate
2008-08-29 11:45 am (UTC)

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Please come to Moscow!!! )
[User Picture]From: sarabella
2008-08-29 11:52 am (UTC)

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I will definitely check out the message boards - and support your optimistic vision :)
You are right on about a label for your music. I have always considered your music too dark and elegant to be lumped in with 'alternative' or 'new wave'.
(American) 'Gothic' is a more fitting descriptor. I love it.
Can't wait to see you guys again soon!
Peace, Sara
[User Picture]From: thedeadinme
2008-08-29 12:21 pm (UTC)

Cool

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How is Mr. Tom. I watched the night where you and Uli were together back in Feb. in Deutchland I think. I thought it was so cute about how you told us about what your cat did when he was watching the hummingbird. I am jealous of your cat now. My g/f and I had to get rid of ours. But hope Chicago is well. I moved from there to Portland. I met you a few times. I am the kid that has scoliosis and is really skinny. I was at your book signing at the downtown Borders and at your solo release party at the Planetarium downtown. But anyways, it would be awesome if you said something on my LJ page. I posted pics of our apartment up and posted about watching you on that video i saw. ok ttyl.
[User Picture]From: artichoke
2008-08-29 02:32 pm (UTC)

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American gothic; that works!

I hope you all come to Japan soon. Please?
[User Picture]From: lanulove
2008-08-29 04:14 pm (UTC)

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Haha fabulous label (:
I went to your show in Belfast.. I wrote I <3 BC across my collar bones. I could've swore you winked at me.. :P
From: gods_lament
2008-08-29 07:49 pm (UTC)

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No no no no no. "Strontium Rock".

It reaches for the future, not the past.

It's good that you feel the band is really getting the groove tho.
No matter what you call it.
From: x_curetastrophe
2008-08-30 03:04 am (UTC)

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billy,
i love your American Gothic music label... haha it's like the Pumpkins' own label. that is very cool. i don't really like the labels either. it's really hard to answer "what kind of music do you listen to?" well, now i can say "American Gothic." [:
i love you billy!
[User Picture]From: sparklndymnd
2008-08-30 03:14 am (UTC)

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American Gothic. I like it. But, you shouldn't worry about labels. You make wonderful music. Just keep doing it.
[User Picture]From: skafanx
2008-08-31 03:18 am (UTC)

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Billy, I thought you were incredible at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. That concert was so awesome and you were full of energy. It was just awesome. I can't wait to see the Pumpkins again in Clearwater, or the surrounding areas.
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