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Tinted Windows crack open plans for new album 11:25 am // Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Tinted Windows—the supergroup featuring Taylor Hanson backed by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick—all but disappeared from the music scene after a concert in Tokyo eighteen months ago. Will that go down as the band’s final act?

The current calendar year has scattered the Tints like dust on the wind: Iha has toured with A Perfect Circle, Schlesinger with the Fountains, Carlos with northern Illinois supergroup Candy Golde, and, uhm, Taylor with Hanson. On the web, TintedWindowsMusic.com now redirects to myspace.com/TintedWindows, and the band hasn’t tweeted since that January 2010 tour wrapped. :tumbleweed:

Yet it seems the band members have left the door open for more collaboration. Late last year Schlesinger said he “had some more songs” for the group. And back in March, Carlos suggested that the band might rendezvous again this fall.  Now, Hanson, doing the press rounds for his namesake band’s fall tour, has told the San Francisco Examiner that he and Schlesinger have begun preliminary work on a second Tinted Windows album, saying “there’s definitely some brewing tuneage.” However, both Hanson and Fountains of Wayne are on tour through November.

Tinted Windows Tokyo Ticket Troubles? 8:37 am // Friday, December 4, 2009

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Just got a mail from e+ (think TicketMaster for Japan, only less fees) about next month’s Tinted Windows show.  The venue has changed from Zepp Tokyo (where I caught Duran Duran last year! ^_^) to Shibuya Duo Music Exchange, with a half-hour postponement – presumably to accomodate those who show up at Zepp, a good 35+ minute train ride away – and a drop in capacity from 2700 to 1100.  Ouch.  Guess ticket sales aren’t going as well as planned… Oh well- at least it should result in a closer view for those of us attending.

Now that I think of it, although I’ve had shows get cancelled and/or rescheduled, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a venue change- has anyone else?

Fox News: Iha, ‘Taylor Hansen’ talking about starting new band 4:36 pm // Monday, May 4, 2009

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Fox News celebrity gossip queen Hollie McKay has “Scene & Herd” what these two “Pop Tarts” may be plotting:

Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and Taylor Hansen hanging out together poolside at L.A’s The Standard last Sunday, talking about the possibility of starting a new band …

For the surprise factor alone, the only rival to this story I can recall is the ABC News report eight months ago that broke word of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion.  Today’s news, however, would seem to cast doubt on the involvement of James Iha in that reunion.

And, seriously — James is going to be in a band with Taylor Hanson?  WTF?!

James Iha: Solo Album in 2009? 2:21 pm // Thursday, April 30, 2009

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HU fave Time Out Chicago today, continuing the Tinted Windows media maelstrom in advance of tonight’s show at the Double Door.  Iha talks about his Chicago roots, driving in a tour van with old man Bun E., and his long-lost love for deep dish pizza.

Oh, and there’s a solo album in the works:

TOC: Cheap Trick is touring this summer. What then is plan for Tinted Windows?
James Iha: There’s going to be a break. Everyone has commitments to other bands. Hanson is making a record around the same time as Bun E.’s tour. Adam is doing a Fountains record. I’m working on a solo record, hoping I can finish up sometimes [sic] this year. But we hope to play as much as we can.

Pop, Hiss, and Ohhhhh Snap! 1:59 pm // Thursday, April 30, 2009

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So, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and his ‘supergroup‘ Tinted Windows are now officially on the touring circuit.  SP.com announced today that one of their writers will be in attendance at tonight’s show in Chicago and a review is forthcoming.  We saw them perform on Letterman last week and it was fairly enjoyable.

But I still hadn’t seen a live review of substance until the LA Times music blog “Pop & Hiss” published this gem yesterday.  Despite the generally positive album reviews I’ve been reading around the web, Mikael Wood begs to differ on the live show:

Yet more than anything else, Tinted Windows’ first Los Angeles show emphasized what the band doesn’t have — namely,  any collective sense of rock-star charisma. The hour-long Troubadour set was a rock concert re-imagined as a sort of trade-show demonstration… During “Messing With My Head,” Iha played a solo with all the enthusiasm of a guitar tech changing a broken string. And as the band’s rhythm section, Schlesinger and Carlos drove the music with competence but zero fire.

Ouch.  Couldn’t these be the growing pains of a newly-minted band? Or do they just need a lesson in the fine art of rock star swagger?

[Don’t miss the action starting at 3:40…]

NY Mag: “Good ’n’ Cheesy” Timeline 10:08 am // Friday, April 24, 2009

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As usual on my morning subway commute, I was reading New York Magazine when I stumbled on an illustrated timeline / chart of the Tinted Windows’ origins that I just had to share.  Check out the article here, but let it be known that the giggle-inducing illustrated flowchart is only in the glossy mag.

Beyond the goofy title, “How to Make Good ’n’ Cheesy Pop,” my favorite part is this, which doesn’t even aspire to be tongue-in-cheek:

In 2006, Schlesinger has an idea for a new project—loud guitars with Taylor singing. Iha likes it. At the 2007 Fools Banquet, the annual songwriters’ retreat hosted by the Hansons in their hometown, Tulsa, Schlesinger and Hanson write what will become Tinted Windows’ first song, “Take Me Back.”

Fools Banquet?  Really?!  Though I can’t hate on them too much, for they far exceeded my expectations at their Letterman debut performance earlier this week.  For more NY Mag content about the Tint, check out Matthew Perpetua’s article in the Culture Vulture also from this week.

“I just want to keep my history with the band positive and cool.” 5:36 pm // Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Jim DeRogatis has interviewed James Iha about Tinted Windows, who DeRogatis says have “unleashed a delightful sugar buzz” and whose debut album he says exhibits a “wonderful, spontaneous ‘we’re playing in the basement!’ kind of vibe.” (Beats the heck out of Zeitgeist, right, Jim?) Toward the end, DeRogatis does ask St. Iha about his time in the desert:

Q. I know your past with the Pumpkins is not something you are eager to talk about, but you have shown a lot of class over the last few years in not responding while you’ve had an awful lot of crap tossed your way.

A. Well, you know, I have said this before the few times I have had to comment about it: I want to keep it positive, because obviously, the Pumpkins achieved great things, made really good records, toured the world and it was a world rock band and that is great. But I’m not a part of it anymore and I just want to keep my history with the band positive and cool.

Tinted Windows gets help from touring guitarist 12:18 pm // Friday, March 20, 2009

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Does this guy dilute their supergroup status?  Or is he also almost famous?

Whoever he is, he did not get to sign the band’s post-show Tweet:

UPDATE: In the comments, Acknowledge identifies the extra player as socially networked musician Josh Lattanzi.  You can see Lattanzi’s left leg and arm in this TwitPic uploaded yesterday by the band.

Bring on the Cha Cha 4:30 pm // Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Our lovely commenter lala alerted us to the YouTube vid below of Tinted Windows’ first-ever performance at a venue called “Bob’s” in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday.

If you like what you hear (or have a man-crush on Mr. Hanson), they’re scheduled to play the SXSW music festival in a half hour.  And twice tomorrow.  And again on Saturday.

Related:  They’re coming to NYC in a month.  Do I dare?!

Lisa Harriton, Metallica to perform at SXSW 6:51 pm // Thursday, March 12, 2009

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SP.com posted this evening [via MySpace] that Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Lisa Harriton will be performing a solo show at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 19th at 5pm.  According to the Austin Chronicle, Ms. Harriton will be performing with country maven Joy Davis, the experimental-fusion Will Evans Project, and soul singer Chris Pierce.

Let the speculation begin.  Will she attend the Tinted Windows performance? … or perform with James Hetfield and crew?  Or will Girl Talk just mash ’em up and make a film about it?


HU Podcast #36: Archivists, Apologies, and Visa 10:04 pm // Monday, March 9, 2009

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There were lots of topics for this week’s show, but once again the big news centered around marketing alliances rather than musical output.  Hopefully our next show won’t require that I get an MBA in preparation, although based on tomorrow’s events I may need to go to law school instead.

Listen to the whole show (57:15)


This week’s topics:

-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

-Kind of a Girl is released online.  We discuss Tinted Windows’ first single and whether it will turn younger fans on to the Pumpkins.  (7:30)

-The Archivist.  It’s not a new police procedural on CBS, it’s a new position in Team Pumpkins.  Jill has no inside info on his role, so we speculate wildly on when we’ll see the fruits of Frank’s labors and debate whether this is a job for a fan or a professional.  (8:22)

-Billy apologizes to the denizens of the new o-board, and we try to figure out what he’s apologizing for.  (7:42)

-Today plays while Morgan Freeman waxes poetic about Visa.  The panel is divided in our reactions to this financial stunt, but no one can argue that the band is reaching a wide audience.  Even Jill’s mom noticed. (21:22)

This Week in Pumpkins History
-Machina is released, and we reminisce about practically every song.  (7:22)

Song of the Week
-Today, Toronto, Canada Jan. 3rd, 1996

We may be back next week if Billy’s Congressional visit proves to be worthy of discussion.

HU Podcast #35: Whoah, Whoah, Whoah 7:39 am // Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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We recorded this episode of the podcast on Sunday, before Tinted Windows’ single was released to the hordes on the internet, so keep that in mind during our first segment when we don’t mention it. 

Listen to the whole show (53:42)


This week’s topics:

-Chris, Jason, Jill, and Andrew

-What do you get when you crosss a…never mind.  Is the world ready for Tinted Windows, the latest power-pop supergroup?  How many bloggers have “it’s better than Zeitgeist” in a post already just waiting to click on Publish when their debut album drops?  Plus, Jill gives a plug and a shout out.  (12:37)

-Billy posts a pair of controversial articles on smashingpumpkins.com.  He seems to be discovering a political voice, but we question his choice of source material.  (32:34)

This Week in Pumpkins History
-The Pumpkins play their now-famous four-night set at the Double Door in Chicago.  We remember the golden age of rock, and once again talk turns to Tinted Windows.  (3:36)

Song of the Week
-Sound of Love, Los Angeles, CA Jan. 15th, 1998

Rolling Stone posts Tinted Windows single 4:43 pm // Monday, February 23, 2009

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Check out “Kind of a Girl” here; it’s kind of a rocker.

(I would like to…thank…HU commenter “Acknowledge” for the heads-up.)

Roundup of judgments passed on Tinted Windows formation 5:25 pm // Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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“Greatest band ever?” –RadarOnline.com

“Really strange supergroup” Rolling Stone‘s Daniel Kreps

“[T]he lineup sounds like some crappy musical expansion team.” –VH1’s Dan Hopper

“The Not-Quite Dream Team: …a crew of odds, ends, and low-key front men.  …Surely this has already pissed off Billy Corgan somehow.” New York Magazine’s Amos Barshad

“You put together one of the most random something-groups ever and the best name you can come up with is Tinted Windows?!” –Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal

“I’m guessing the material will mostly be power-pop, but it might (likely) end up being classified as ‘awful.'” –PrefixMag.com’s Andrew Winistorfer

“[T]he late-’90s music revival has just become as regrettable as wearing a pair of fuzzy, wide-leg Mod Robes pants to prom.” –Dose.ca’s Leah Collins

And, last and least, this brilliant take from Paul Cashmere of the authoritative music-news site Undercover.com.au:

What do you get when you cross a Pumpkin, a Hanson, a Fountain and Cheap Trick? You get Tinted Windows.

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly’s Rob Brunner evinces excitement over the project, offers new information he’s obtained from a source (you know, reporting), and actually talks about music:

According to a source close to the band, Taylor will be the primary singer, and the album has an “old-school, naive, young, bubblegum power-pop” sound. Iha has apparently mentioned the Buzzcocks and the Knack as influences. Sounds good to us!

Billboard: Iha in pop supergroup with Schlesinger, Cheap Trick’s drummer and Taylor Hanson; album done, band to play SXSW 8:47 pm // Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Superstar rock reporter Jonathan Cohen, rolling the way he does, breaks the news:

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Hanson’s Taylor Hanson and Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger have formed a new band, Tinted Windows.

The group has recorded its debut album at Stratosphere Sound Studios in New York, which Schlesinger and Iha co-own with Ivy’s Andy Chase. The set is expected this spring on a label to be announced.

Tinted Windows will play its first major show at Billboard’s South by Southwest showcase, to be held March 20 at Pangaea in Austin, Texas.


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