Ian Zapczynski & Craig Smith
episode 10: Craig’s choice
Ben Folds Five / The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner
Steven Wilson superfan Henning Mielke joins Steven Wilson obsessive Craig for a look at the solo catalog of their absolute favorite artist. First known for his work with Porcupine Tree, Wilson is one of – if not THE – most prolific musicians of our generation with numerous side projects and production credits to his name. Starting with 2009’s Insurgentes, Wilson weaves through jazz and prog elements and concept albums with some stellar bandmates through the years to bring us to 2017’s song-oriented To The Bone. Henning and Craig discuss each and pick some key tracks to sample.
To check out more SW, check out Uwe Häberle’s Steven Wilson discography that is mentioned towards the beginning of the episode. As of this episode, it was last updated in May 2015 and contains 1,150 entries.
Author Duane Tudahl joins Craig for a discussion about his book PRINCE AND THE PURPLE RAIN STUDIO SESSIONS: 1983 AND 1984. A Prince fanatic with an impressive resume going back several years, Duane tells the story about procuring a stack of Prince’s session documents from Sunset Sound and how interviews with those who worked with Prince folded into an impressive work which is – in Craig’s opinion – the ultimate look at the Purple Rain years. You can purchase the book here.
On the heels of March’s Two Pick Ten debut, Christopher Fritz returns to the Pods & Sods Network to discuss a band that he and Craig worshipped throughout the latter half of the nineties: Smashing Pumpkins. Given the difficulty in narrowing down such a broad (and let’s face it, genius) body of work required some rules to be put in place, so the goal each take on is to pick their respective ten non-single SP tracks, with some backups in case of overlap. No worries though, the episode opens with their five essential singles picks, just so some great songs that would have been lost could get a shoutout. Will they mock each other? Will they speak in Corganisms? Will Craig serenade Fritz? The answer to all of the aforementioned (adorementioned?) questions is… YOW.