Archive for January, 2012
Here’s the fourth episode of the StarsDie.com Podcast! This month, Doug and I discuss Steven Wilson’s new tour dates plus his soon to be released live CD, the future of Blackfield and more! I’ve embedded it below via the SoundCloud player. I’m still working on iTunes/RSS feed integration for the podcast, but you can still stream or download it below by using the player. Enjoy!
The Sky Moves Sideways has proved to remain a divisive release in the Porcupine Tree catalogue since its release in February 1995. For the first time, the band name had begun to take shape as an entity beyond the sole whim of Steven Wilson and his fabricated ‘group history’ mythology created through three cassette releases in the late 1980s; just 14 months prior, they had performed live for the first time, Wilson joined by a hodgepodge handful of previous No-Man collaborators and associates (with part of the performance collected in 1993 on the limited release Spiral Circus). However, Wilson had already begun demoing material in his usual methods at No Man’s Land, proving The Sky Moves Sideways to be a transitional record.
It may be this reason that informs such division in fanbase and critical reaction: clearly, Wilson’s own interests were waning from the psychedelia of …On the Sunday of Life and avant garde electronic dance-rock of Voyage 34 and Up the Downstair, instead leaning toward the progressive influences of Pink Floyd and krautrock. Yet the powerful live formation and musical chemistry with Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, and Chris Maitland proved fruitful in this direction as well, the Moonloop EP release in 1994 confirming their collective improvisation and songwriting would also propel forward the expansion into the new territory.
Let’s take a walk through the tracks, following the tracklist of the 2003 remaster (save the alternate version of the title track, which will be sprinkled where appropriate).
Kscope have updated their mini site for Richard Barbieri & Steve Hogarth’s upcoming album ‘Not The Weapon But The Hand’ with an album sampler. I’ve embedded the album sampler below, so be sure to give it a listen! ‘Not The Weapon But The Hand’ will be released on Kscope on February 27th 2012. You can pre-order the CD digibook version of the album from Burning Shed here. Let us know what you think of the album sampler in the comments below!
Several new photos of Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt have been added to the official Storm Corrosion Facebook page. I’ve added all of the photos that were added into the gallery below, and if any more appear, I’ll update it. Storm Corrosion is one of this year’s most anticipated collaboration projects, and all of us here at StarsDie.com personally cannot wait to see what Steven and Mikael have come up with.
Storm Corrosion will be released in April 2012 on Roadrunner Records.
Photos by Naki Kouyioumtzis
Steven Wilson has revealed five new dates for his Grace for Drowning Tour 2012. The dates are spread across the west coast of the USA and Mexico (the latter was highly requested by fans) in April of this year. I’ve posted a complete list of all of this year’s tour dates below, along with the new dates. I’ll update this post with ticket links and new dates if the information becomes available. StarsDie.com will be going to Steven’s show in London on May 15th, and we will be covering the event with videos, interviews and more!
I plan to present one (very long) new piece, otherwise this is a continuation of the show presented on first leg of the GFD tour – SW
What could this long piece of music Steven is referring to be? It can’t be Raider II, because that was performed during the first leg. Perhaps it’s a completely new piece of music entirely? We’ll have to wait and see.
4th April – Showbox, Seattle – Tickets not yet available
6th April – Fillmore, San Francisco - Tickets not yet available
7th April – LA (venue to be confirmed) - Tickets not yet available
9th April – Dallas, House of Blues - Tickets not yet available
13th April – Metropolitan, Mexico City - Tickets not yet available
30th April – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark – Buy Tickets
2nd May – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands – Buy Tickets
4th May – Trianon, Paris, France – Buy Tickets
6th May – Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany – Buy Tickets
7th May – Theterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany – Buy Tickets
9th May – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland – Buy Tickets
10th May - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy – Buy Tickets
11th May – Orion, Rome, Italy – Buy Tickets
13th May – FZW, Dortmund, Germany – Buy Tickets
14th May – AB, Brussels, Belgium – Buy Tickets
15th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK – Buy Tickets