If you have been wondering why I’ve been so quiet about the three new Smashing Pumpkins songs…

I think I’m going to have to accept that the Pumpkins have taken a new path, down the road that is currently way too overcrowded and traveled all too frequently.

They sound great for what it is they are doing, if that is indeed what they are trying to do?  But the passion, depth, and resonance that once accompanied Billy Corgan and his tunes is gone.  These latest new songs are in reality very nice, but I can’t listen to them without getting depressed.   I’m hearing his voice and its so lovely, but the lyrics feel empty and the music is kind of average. (ouch)

It sounds like Billy is having fun, playing around with some friends, and quickly writing songs.  Thats his right, its just that he has always been so picky about his music.  I hope this doesn’t come across as complaining because I could never, more so I’m just talking through my thoughts and feelings.   I think after this Thumper and I will revert to saying “nothing at all” on this subject for a while.

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Before you start reading this, click here, and start listening to the song “Andromeda’s Eyes.”  That way you will know what I’m talking about, and I won’t have to try and describe it.

I don’t quite know what to say about this band that I haven’t already said, except “ooh ooh ooh, they have made another unconventional masterpiece!”

This music can really take you places: be prepared to dance in silly ways and amaze your closest friends.
Have I mentioned that they do a Halloween show every year?   If you’re ever in New York on Oct. 31, I can’t think of a better place to be!  (hint to Tac, if you ever surprise me with a trip to NY, do it then)

Also, if you think these guys are pretty awesome and want to have some of their music, then buy one of their albums!  Support cool music, so they can continue making it :)

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Seattle has given me a boost -  in concert attendance.  I am the proud ticket owner for two upcoming shows, both of which I have been “hoping against hope” I would get to see someday.   I think everyone who knows me is aware that I am going to see Muse next month.   While I don’t break into spontaneous clapping and jumping anymore when I think about it, I’m still purely delighted as the big day approaches.

One month later, I will be sitting in a nice little club while Matt Hales/Aqualung makes my ears purr.   Years ago after discovering that I loved Aqualung, I read the wonderful news in the Boise Weekly  that he would be performing that month, unfortunately that particular day had already come and gone.   Another time I remember getting so excited because he was going to be in San Francisco, and then I did the math on just how far away that was from us and how impossible it would be for us to leave like that.   So, when I read that he was coming to Seattle on his really small tour, I did a happy dance, sent Tac a hyper text message and bought tix!

Aqualung is on the mellow end of my musical cup of tea, but I find that I can listen to it at any time.   Some bands require me to be in a certain mood, Aqualung is is always choice to me.  

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