REVIEW: skinxbones – “Distances and Xanax” (2016)

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Most of the time, we hear records that are nothing more than a collection of songs that somehow work well together. But every once in a while, a record comes along that is so much more. And what separates these two kinds of records is one thing: intent. Part love letter and part journal entry, “Distances and Xanax” is the latest record in prolific producer skinxbones’ oeuvre. And yet it is also his most emotionally resonant work yet.

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Billy Corgan Addresses Smashing Pumpkins Original Lineup Reunion

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In a recent Facebook Live video post, Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Impact Wrestling President Billy Corgan has revealed that he has recently reconciled with original bassist D’arcy Wretzky and that all the original members of the band are in contact with each other. However, Corgan squashed rumors about the original lineup reuniting at least for the time being, saying that they will not reunite solely for money and that if the band does indeed get back together eventually, it will purely be about music.

According to Corgan:

There are some things going on, but they’re the type of things I didn’t even think were worth talking about because they’re more private than public. But at the same point, I don’t want people speculating about something that’s got nothing to do with what’s going on. First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.

He added:

There’s excitement there that surrounds the idea that maybe there’s the possibility that we will get back together, but until you hear it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important. I can tell you without a doubt that if that band ever gets back on stage, it will be about music, it will be about playing music that fans love, and that we love.

In the video, Corgan also addressed his new role as president of Impact Wrestling. You can watch the video here.

SPLINTR PLAYLIST: The Dropouts!

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What do Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash, and Kumiko Osugi’s “Doraemon” theme song have in common? Frankly, I have no idea. But when I asked the members of The Dropouts to curate a Youtube playlist of some of the songs they enjoyed, they turned in one of the most diverse, fun, and surprising playlists we’ve had in a while. Every track highlights each member’s sensibility, which I’ve already come to expect. Enjoy this very special edition of our Splintr Playlist series as curated by The Dropouts.

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REVIEW: The Dropouts! – “The Dropouts!” (2016)

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Let me start this review by saying that I’m a sucker for garage punk, so when I got a review copy of The Dropout’s new record, I knew I was in for a treat. And I’m glad to say that the record was what I expected and then some. It hit all the right notes, and I loved every minute of it. It’s fun, it’s rambunctious, and it’s chaotic in the best way possible.

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