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The Glide 20: Our Top Albums of 2012

2012 wasn't a very flashy year for new music, but what it did spawn were well-wrought, thoughtful and multi-layered releases that balanced introspection with muscle, unafraid to maybe make a few missteps but unabashed in their verve for making good, solid music.

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James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins& A Perfect Circle (INTERVIEW)

For a while in the 1990’s, the Smashing Pumpkins had a whirlwind ride, spitting out singles such as “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and “Zero” that enraptured listeners with a searing dose of alternative corrosiveness from the psyche of frontman Billy Corgan. It touched a nerve and brought the band to the height of fame. Now in 2012, Iha has put together a reflective solo album titled Look To The Sky and last month took a little time while home in New York to call in to talk about his “cool” youth and what inspired him to go back into the studio.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania

For a period of time The Smashing Pumpkins looked like they had the potential to be the next U2; Corgan shares Bono’s gift for creating over-the-top anthems that hit their mark, although the lyrical content is dark and mysterious instead of straightforward and earnest. For a variety of reasons The Smashing Pumpkins imploded before this could happen, and at this point it most likely never will, but “Oceania” is a strong return to form for a band that could do wonders to help revive a struggling rock n roll scene.

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