Mark your calendars::: The Smashing Pumpkins new album ‘Oceania’ out June 19
30 million albums sold and they are back to give us more…w/ beautiful album artwork by Richard Shay…a scene I don’t want to travel to…do you think the music will be as creepy as the artwork?
“We worked for a time in an empty movie theatre in Sedona during the winter months of early 2011, sketching out some primary versions of the songs while trying to dial in the emotional terrain we were seeking.” - Billy Corgan on recording the album
A Senior James Mercer talks to the Mercer family via video after his death and sends them on a scavenger hunt to find the deed of the house with constant flashbacks of the torture of their childhoods. MORE brilliant than the video are the new sounds of The Shins set for release tomorrow March 20.
Pitchfork says it best in this feature album review seen here
“More so than any other Shins album, Port of Morrow doesn’t sound like it belongs to any particular decade or style, instead hopping around like some fully loaded AM radio dial that cranks out gem after gem. There’s the sugary new-wave “Bait and Switch”, “No Way Down“‘s meat-and-potatoes American pop-rock (right down to the “Jack & Diane”-biting guitar hook), the title track’s creeping psych-soul bombast. Most surprisingly, there’s “Fall of ‘82”, a Steve Miller Band-meets-Chicago lite-rock hybrid— muted trumpet solo!— that also works as a “Summer of ‘69” update. (These are all good things.)”
- Brandon Boyd (Incubus) - Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Matthew Bellamy (Muse)
Would you agree or disagree that these are four of the best rock singers to pioneer their sound of the last ten-fifteen years? Who else would you put on this list? Of course there are many great singers in their own domain, but for this kind of rock and time period, I love these guys!