Now THIS is a “super”group I never would have pieced together. I say “super” because I do not at all like the idea of James Iha working with Taylor Hanson in any serious capacity. I still haven’t forgiven the 90s for Hanson. In fact, I’ve been getting to know the 90s in a whole new way lately from listening to Year of the Rabbit.

New group, called Tinted Windows, will be debuting at SXSW in just a few weeks. Members include Iha, Hanson, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger.

Fuck them though, to debut at SXSW.See here for more.

Anyway, I used to think the Smashing Pumpkins were gods of rock and roll, but in the past few years that image has just been slaughtered–mostly due to Zeitgeist and Billy Corgan being a weirdo and living with Courtney Love. But turns out, like many famous, talented musicians, they’re all just a bunch of big-headed, dick-headed fucks. Jimmy Chamberlain is the only one who still jives.

Working at a publicity company is slowly taking the mystery and sweetness and magic out of the music industry. Now it just feels like a spiderweb of opinions and money and power pulls in every direction. Still fun, just a different kind of fun.