Thursday, August 1, 2013

James Iha

James Yoshinobu Iha is known to be the guitarist of The Smashing Pumpkins.

But he's a lot more than that: Iha was a member of the group A Perfect Circle and Tinted Windows - a super group of members of Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and Hanson (Bun E. Carlos, Adam Schlesinger, Taylor Hanson).

He co-owns the record indie label Scratchie Records (with Adam Schlesinger) and has a recording studio called Stratosphere Sound with Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase (from Ivy) in Manhattan.

But most important: he released two solo records in 1998 (Let It Come Down) and 2012 (Look To The Sky) that are stunning. These records are musically very different from what you'd suspect from a member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

If you don't know James Iha at all, I suggest you listen to: Beauty, Speed Of Light, See The Sun, Be Strong Now, Dream Tonight.


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