Billy Corgan No Longer Rat in Cage

Bald beauty Billy Corgan.Photo: Getty Images

The latest MP3s to hit the blogs.

1. Smashing Pumpkins, “Doomsday Clock”
For Billy Corgan’s sake, let’s hope doomsday arrives before he sees the reviews for the Pumpkins’ new album. [Matt’s LiveJournal]

2. Aerosmith feat. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, “Give Peace a Chance” (John Lennon cover)
Unfortunately, none of the proceeds from the new John Lennon charity tribute album will benefit the victims of Steven Tyler’s rapping on this ill-advised cover. [Ingrained Refrains]

3. Annuals, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (traditional)
Amazingly, this North Carolina sextet can make any song — even this spiritual that was composed in 1862 — sound like a track from the Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin. [I Guess I’m Floating]

4. The Thrills, “Long Forgotten Song”
The name of this new song from the Dublin quintet suggests any number of easy punch lines, but it’s actually pretty catchy. [Fuel Friends]

5. St. Vincent, “Marry Me”
On her first solo album, this sometimes guitarist for Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree manages the rare feat of sounding both feisty and Feist-y. [Dead Indie Elephants]
—Lane Brown

Billy Corgan No Longer Rat in Cage