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New CDs from Pumpkins and a former Trucker

Maybe they should have just called the band The Smashing Pumpkin.

After all, neither James Iha nor D'arcy Wretzky have rejoined Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin with the so-called re-united Smashing Pumpkins. And indeed, early reviews of "Zeitgeist" — the band's first record in 8 years, which is out today — indicates it may be a third as good as the Pumpkins' best work. Adding to the confusion is the fact that there are various versions of the album, with different bonus tracks, depending on which big-box retailer from which you purchase your record.

Another notable release is Jason Isbell's "Sirens of the Ditch" — the long-delayed solo debut from the former Drive-By Trucker. Isbell shows more songwriting, singing and guitar wizardry on this album, which was recorded and originally scheduled for release before he parted ways with the band earlier this year.

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