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.
Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music, working as Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, his early friendship and the Gentle Giant audition of Elton John, the formation and creative process of Gentle Giant, working with Tony Visconti, the ups and downs of Gentle Giant, his time working A&R at Polygram and as the President/CEO of Atco Records where he helped discover and sign such bands as Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tears for Fears, Dream Theater, Pantera, thoughts on Dan Reed Network, the new Gentle Giant Blu-Ray and CD release Three Piece Suite featuring remixes by Steven Wilson, does he still write music, does he miss performing, what’s next and much more.
Adrian Belew joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering guitar as a kid in Kentucky, auditioning, working with and learning from Frank Zappa, memories of recording and touring with David Bowie, his long tenure in King Crimson, his varied solo and side projects (including working with The Bears, Trent Reznor and Steven Wilson) and pursuits and we get into his new unique, interactive and constantly evolving music app, Flux.
As a compliment to the track by track look at the Hand. Cannot. Erase. album in our previous episode, Steven Wilson took some time during a break in the tour to speak with Pods & Sods about the album, tour, record collecting and his new signature guitar.
Steven Wilson’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. is already Craig’s pick for album of the year, and it’s looking good to take the decade as well. Megan Stemm-Wade is on hand to discuss this monster record track by track with Pods & Sods and also touch upon the live show as well. Please also check out our following episode which will feature an exclusive interview with Steven Wilson.