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Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha is part of a new band that also includes members of Cheap Trick, Fountains Of Wayne and Hanson.
Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Taylor Hanson, and bassist Adam Schlesinger of Fountains Of Wayne round out the line-up of Tinted Windows, and they’ve already recorded their debut album.
It was recorded at the Schlesinger-Iha-owned Stratosphere Sound Studios in New York, and according to Billboard, will be released in the spring.
The band will play their first publicized gig at South By South West in Austin on March 20.
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Auf Der Maur Talks Smashing Pumpkins, Hole Reunions
Having played in two of the biggest bands from the alternative scene’s heyday in the ’90s, calling’s pedigree impressive would be an understatement. “Playing in Hole and Smashing Pumpkins was an incredible education period of mine, like unbelievable,” she tells Spinner. “It was the best music and social education and life I could have ever asked for.”
Unfortunately for her fans, it doesn’t look like Auf Der Maur will be reuniting with either band anytime soon, though the Pumpkins did have a little reunion recently. “I haven’t seen any of the Pumpkins’ reunion shows, but I’d like to,” she says. “There was a brief conversation once about me rejoining but it didn’t happen. We’re on good terms and I’m a huge Pumpkins fan. Opening for them was how I even got involved in any of these bands to begin with.”
Meanwhile, Auf Der Maur has been out of touch with former Hole bandmate Courtney Love. “We very rarely talk but when we do, it sure makes me laugh,” she says. “She’s one of the funniest ladies I know and I hold huge amounts of love and respect for her. She’s my big sister.” Auf Der Maur’s quick to assert that her opinion of Love certainly hasn’t changed, even through Love’s peristant tabloid fodder and bizarre Myspace missives. “Things were wild during the years I was with her in the band and she’s one of the wildest creatures I’ve ever met, but I have my own personal perception of her,” she says. “There’s nobody else like her. I feel like there should be a review of the great stuff that Hole and Courtney put out there. I would support that because I feel it’s important to pass on to women of future generations.”
In the end, the dim prospects of rejoining either band are truly due to Auf Der Maur’s focus on her own career. “I don’t have a problem with reunion tours but it’s a complicated situation in general,” she says. “Right now, it doesn’t make any sense in my musical life. I have to say, my freedom to make fantasy films and concept albums whenever I want makes me happy.”
For its Super Bowl Ad Hyundai-commissioned a new song by the Smashing Pumpkins, “F.O.L.,” which made its debut right before the big game. The Ad featured many careening turns and some sort of “make your own ad” contest that takes about five minutes of Flash animations to finally get to. Billy Corgan completists out there can grab the track, which is only 3:05 yet sometimes feels like it’s about double that length (perhaps I need to, as Corgan instructs over and over and over and over again, “feel our love”), at the car company’s site.
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