Posted in music | tour dates on July 23, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

James Iha

Ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha released his second solo LP, Look to the Sky, earlier this year and it was the followup to his 1998 LP, Let it Come Down. That's the covert art above. You can check out the video for album track, "To Who Knows Where," below.

James will be playing some shows in support of the album this year. A full tour hasn't been announced at the moment, but we know he'll make his way to the NYC area for shows on October 5 at Mercury Lounge and October 6 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Maxwell's show go on sale Friday (7/27) at noon. An AmEx presale starts Wednesday (7/25) at noon for the Mercury Lounge show. All currently known dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, former Pumpkins bandmate Billy Corgan, who continues to lead the group with new members, is unhappy with James. In an interview with Howard Stern from this past June (which you can listen to below), BIlly spoke about the first time James recorded a solo album back in '98 saying:

He never consulted me. He never asked even for my advice as a friend, like 'what do you think of these songs?' As soon as I heard the album, I had about 40 comments for him that I thought would've improved his album. Because I would've been the friend that would've said you could use a better lyric there. I would probably would have even shadow wrote some of the stuff for him and never would have said a word because I would want him, even just for the business, to make a good album.
He continued saying the last time he saw James was in New York about a week after 9/11 and about six months after the Pumpkins initially broke up, but that "as soon as [James] saw [Billy] he split." Billy was also recently interviewed by NME (via GrungeReport) and is quoted saying, "James Iha I think is just a piece of shit. I think he's one of the worst human beings I've ever met in my life." Damn.

In addition to being angry with James Iha, and Radiohead, Billy also just called out Pitchfork for hindering young artists who aspire to be the next Billy Corgan or Kurt Cobain. He says:

Let's say you're the next Kurt Cobain. You will be appropriated on your first album by the Pitchfork community. Your record company will rally round that idea because that's your marketing platform. But the minute you're in that world you're frozen. Those Pitchfork people are very much about social codes, about whether you're wearing the right t-shirt. That orthodoxy is no different than the rigidity of the football team at school. You can't break the social order if you're preaching to the choir - and the choir already has cool haircuts!
Sounds like bad news for the Kurt Cobain loving, Best New Music earning DIIV.

A list of all currently known dates and videos below...

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James Iha - "To Who Knows Where" Official Video

Billy Corgan on Howard Stern

James Iha -- 2012 Tour Dates
7/27-29 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata, Japan
7/27-29 Jisan Valley Rock Festival Icheon, Korea
9/24 Club Quattro Umeda, Japan
9/26 Club Quattro Shibuya, Japan
10/5 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
10/6 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ

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Comments (58)

"He never consulted me. He never even asked for my advice"

haha, what an out of touch, pathetic loser.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 2:41 PM

Corgan seems like such a little prick. Dude shouts his mouth off about all kinds of shit that doesn't really concern him. Like Iha needs his effing permission to put out a record.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 2:41 PM

WHAT A DOUCHE...Despite all his rage he is still just a twat in a cage.

Has he ever been happy?
Also it ain't like SPumpkins were every really THAT good of a band?!?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:24 PM

these guys both suck

Posted by Bones Howell | July 23, 2012 3:28 PM

I wonder if I could have Billy shadow write my next work? I could use a friend like him - y'know - just to help out.

Posted by Stephen King | July 23, 2012 3:38 PM

People still read pitchfork?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:38 PM

RIP monster

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:42 PM

Jesus Christ, this guy just lacks ANY self-awareness. Does he realize how he sounds? "I would have even shadow wrote some stuff, that's how nice a guy I am!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:44 PM

Total douche about Iha. Spot-on about Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:48 PM

James is playing Mercury Lounge. Quit bitching already, William.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:49 PM

Iha's record is great, actually. surprising that so few of the 90s rock stars kept at it... but Iha's one of the few who still does.


Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 3:53 PM

Billy Corgan's complaint James Iha not calling him is all the explanation I need about why James Iha did not call him.

Posted by pecola | July 23, 2012 3:55 PM

Because of Billy's whining, I will make it a priority to both buy James' new record and attend one of his shows. James always seemed like a nice guy...

Posted by Brian | July 23, 2012 3:57 PM

....maybe he wanted to make an album outside the the influence of Billy Corgan ... solo album

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 4:02 PM

James really has worked with some crybabies. I had forgotten that he was in the final incarnation of Whiskeytown with the king of all crybabies Ryan Adams

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 4:18 PM

His attitude towards James' first record is awful, but he's spot on about Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 4:26 PM

Ptichfork comment is a 100% right no. The industry is its own worst enemy

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 4:29 PM

It's never Billy's fault. What a dick he always is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 4:43 PM

lesson learned: billy corgan will make your album better, all you have to do is ask

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 5:02 PM

News flash Billy: You're an ass and there's a large portion of the population that doesn't give two shits what you think.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 5:14 PM

Billy Corgan nailed it for once about Pitchfork. Glad someone had the balls to do it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 5:18 PM

who would have thought becoming a born-again christian would make someone so humourless....

Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2012 5:28 PM

3:24, FYI, and for the record, the Pumpkins were definitely, once, one of the Great Bands.

Period.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 5:33 PM

Billy: when you use phrases like "the next Kurt Cobain", it becomes obvious that you're still stuck in the '90s. Sure, sites like Pitchfork breeds monotony, but maybe you should try listening to something that wasn't album-oriented rock music put out between 1972-1997.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:07 PM

not like James Iha is any great talent, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:15 PM

"Horrible Bosses", am I right guys?...

Posted by Cathy Shumway | July 23, 2012 6:26 PM

For a very short instance, I would say that the Pumpkins were just about the biggest band in the world.

And does this also kind of confirm that he shadow-wrote most of Courtney Love's stuff? He tossed off that comment like it was something he did all the time.

I get Iha not wanting anything to do with Corgan, being such a huge d-bag and all. I'm sure Corgan was just insufferable. But Iha should still never lose sight of the fact that he wouldn't be whatever he is now without Billy Corgan. He was lucky enough to be third-banana to an extremely talented guy, at just about the last moment in time when a guy could get pretty rich by being a rhythm guitarist in a band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 6:36 PM

Iha's album isn't out yet, except in Japan.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 7:36 PM

Damn. This makes me have this really strong urge to go listen to some Pumpkins right now. 1979, give me your sweet melancholy...

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 8:26 PM

Did he ask Howard Stern where he got his wig? He's in the market for one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 9:23 PM

Anyone think that James Iha song is ironically better then anything Billy's put out in years?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 9:47 PM

No.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 10:21 PM

Valid point on Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 8:46 AM

wow, get over yourself. reminds me of when jimmy carter tried to insinuate himself into the baseball league strike negotiations, saying some nonsense like, "all you have to do is ask me and i'll resolve all these issues for you." everyone's like, "mind ya neck, bitch." haha. hubris...arrogance...however you wanna describe.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 9:59 AM

^real old tymer over here

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:09 AM

this conversation reminds me of aught-six when president mckinley said to those ruskies "take yer dang land! we don't need no alaska!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:20 AM

they both suck, although corgan is right about pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:25 PM

the pumpkins were still together when iha put out his first record. it was actually pre-adore so it was at the height of the pumpkins popularity.

so yeah, not asking your bandmate, the one who wrote the songs that made you famous enough to put out a solo record, for his opinion was kind of a dick move.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:31 PM

not that old! that carter reference was from like 1996--whenever they protracted baseball strike hit. separately, i saw smashing pumpkins at terminal 5 and they were lousy! not their sound, but their chosen song list. how could you neglect to play any songs that made ya famous? struck this listener as very self-indulgent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:33 PM

I went to Spotify to listen to Iha's album and it said unavailable so now I'm going to pirate it instead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:37 PM

corgan totally ghost wrote that hole album - celebrity skin. you can even hear it in the chord progressions.

he is an arrogant prick, but the pumpkins were absolutely Great for quite a few years. iha should stop trying to be too cool for the pumpkins when he was in it for 10+ years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:54 PM

Wow, Stern really sucks his dick in this interview.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:48 PM

They're both has beens. They should just call it a day and live off the remains of their past success.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:34 PM

Actually in this context it's "has-bes", the past participle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 5:47 PM

corgan is such an ass

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 7:21 PM

What kind of writing is this: "Ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha released his second solo LP, Look to the Sky, earlier this year and it was the followup to his 1998 LP, Let it Come Down."?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 6:47 PM

12:31 is the only person on this thread who knows what he's talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2012 6:49 PM

James Iha should stay to Smashing Pumpkins because there he know the succes. This is just my pure opinion! What you gays say about this?

Posted by Cheapest Auto Insurance In Florida | August 3, 2012 5:20 AM

very good! I am a big fan of him! plays great guitar! surely buy this album!

Posted by Aeronaves a Venda | August 18, 2012 12:37 AM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

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Posted by games | October 14, 2012 6:26 PM

Yea, i agree in absolutely Great for quite a few years. iha should stop trying to be too cool, thanks!

Posted by Modelos de Elite | November 26, 2012 10:23 AM

James Iha sucks. The pumpkins were the best thing to ever happen to him, and the last 13 years proves this. I was a teenager in the ninety's and I remember the music scene very well. It was a great time for rock and what the pumpkins were putting out was genius. And yes the smashing pumpkins are essentially Billy Corgan. He is the creative force behind it. Doesn't anyone remember some of the James Iha tracks Billy let him put on some of their records? They were awful!! And looking back at it Billy probably let it go just to try and keep peace within the band. And yes Billy Corgan shadow writes A LOT for other people, i.e. Breaking Benjamin, Courtney Love, etc.

Posted by Vaporgrin | January 5, 2013 10:31 AM

the beginning of the video looks like he is having some event mma, funny!

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james is a great man.

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