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Album Review: Blackfield – Welcome to my DNA

It’s a common sentiment among music fans who’ve lived through the 60s, 70s or even 1980s: Music’s not as good as it used to be. They just don’t make it like they used to. While I understand that sentiment, I’m happy to report that nothing could be farther from the truth. There is some really

Album Review: King Crimson – Islands (40th Anniversary Edition)

From the album’s opening strains of “featured player” Harry Miller’s string bass, it’s clear that Islands is going to be quite a different affair from its predecessors. Released in 1971, King Crimson’s fourth long player found the incredible self-destructing band reinventing itself once again. The 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King was

Interview: Steven Wilson on Porcupine Tree Rarities

Porcupine Tree recently reissued the rare outtakes disc Recordings. I spoke with group leader Steven Wilson about that album and other currently-unavailable material from the band. We also discussed his thoughts on working with other artists, something he does a lot of. — bk Bill Kopp: Over the last several years you’ve managed to make

DVD Review: Insurgentes

Steven Wilson is a man with a lot on his mind. The peripatetic and almost impossibly prolific composer/musician has his hand in a myriad of musical projects: Porcupine Tree, solo work, Bass Communion, no-man, Blackfield. He produces other artists. He is deep into the remixing and remastering of the legendarily influential King Crimson back catalogue.

Interview: Steven Wilson on Audience Taping

Not that this writer would ever admit to being a collector of unreleased live and studio recordings – perish that thought – the ethics and controversy surrounding the practice of taping shows is an interesting topic. I recently spoke with Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson about his band’s policy on that practice. We also discussed the

Interview: Steven Wilson on the King Crimson 40th Anniversary Reissue Project

Steven Wilson – leader of Porcupine Tree – was chosen by King Crimson mainstay Robert Fripp to handle the work of remixing and remastering the King Crimson catalog in connection with that band’s 40th Anniversary reissue series. To date five of these albums have been released as part of this project; reviews of three of

Interview: Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree – Do What You Love and the Fans Will Follow

“What I do barely feels like work to me,” says Steven Wilson. “People ask me, ‘Are you a workaholic?’ I respond that to be a workaholic, you’ve got to feel that what you’re doing is work. Making records, that’s not work. It’s fun, isn’t it?” By any measure, Steven Wilson is one of the busiest

Interview: Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree

Note: Today Asheville NC’s altweekly Mountain Xpress is running my interview with Steven Wilson. That feature will be here in a couple of weeks; it’s ’embargoed’ until then. Meanwhile here’s a feature I wrote when I interviewed Wilson the first time. This feature appeared in print in January 2008. Porcupine Tree is a tough group

DVD Review: Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize

From the opening menu of Porcupine Tree‘s latest concert DVD, 2010’s Anesthetize, it’s clear that the band is striking a decidedly different tone this go-round. It’s been four years since the band released Arriving Somewhere…, the live document of their 2005 tour. Back then, the band was promoting their then-current release Deadwing. Since that time

DVD Review: No-man – Mixtaped

Steven Wilson is one busy dude. In addition to fronting Porcupine Tree (for whom he writes virtually all of the music and lyrics), he’s also involved in a number of other high-profile projects. His collaboration with Aviv Geffen (Blackfield) has resulted in a couple of albums and a live set. He’s at the center of