Everywhere At Once
Though it seems cliched to use the word prolific to describe musician Steven Wilson, there is hardly a better way to note his seemingly inexhaustible cache of projects. Best known as founder member of the heavy progressive outfit Porcupine Tree, he also teams with Aviv Geffen for the equally excellent Blackfield. As a producer he has been affiliated with Opeth, and his recent remixes of early King Crimson albums, and more recently Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”, have brought kudos from fans and the artists themselves. This is not to mention his other creative outlets Bass Communion and No-Man.
On November 11, 2011 Wilson treated faithful New York fans to an in store appearance at Park Row’s J&R Electronics, one of the few bastions of “deep catalog” music shopping left in the city. The nearly 300 attendees got a live appetizer of the guitarist/singer’s newest solo album “Grace for Drowning” and the Best Buy Theater show scheduled that night. Flanked by flute player Theo Travis and keyboardist Adam Holzman, Steven offered “Postcard” and “Deform To Form A Star”, both from the new record. During the following meet and greet he gave a generous amount of chat time to each fan (considering the impressive lunch time turn-out) and signed copies of the new record. The album is available in several formats including standard CD, double vinyl, and a Blu-Ray DVD package with 5.1 mix, video extras and demos.
PiercingMetal’s Ken Pierce was on board for the appearance as well as the evening’s solo show while I headed back to Brooklyn for the first of four nights of garage band blow-out at Norton Record’s 25th Anniversary. I’ll post a link to Ken’s review and photos of the Best Buy show as soon as it goes live.
Christa Titus covered the after-party for Billboard Magazine.
A wonderfully thorough, completely obsessive, discography of Wilson’s work can be found here.
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