Up the Downstair

Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Show #9: Porcupine Tree (Part 2)

July 25th, 2005

This is the second show dedicated to the band that gave this site its name.

This week I feature material from 1999’s Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun from 2000. Starting with the former, the Tree’s sound took a turn towards the heavier with more distorted guitar and slashing chords. The trend continued unabated on Lightbulb Sun.

In 2001, Steve Wilson produced Blackwater Park by the Swedish progressive death metal band, Opeth. Well, the band’s sound rubbed off on him as evinced by the Tree’s next album, In Absentia, which was released in 2002. While not every song was a super metal fest, the heavy songs were definitely heavier than anything the band had done up to this point.

So this week we pick up where we left off last week with a couple tunes from Stupid Dream, a quartet from LIghtbulb Sun, and a peek at In Absentia. In part 3, we’ll close out the trilogy and get current with their newest release, Deadwing.

“Don’t Hate Me”
“Pure Narcotic”
13 March 1999
Kinoteatr Zwiazkowiec, Krakow, Poland

“Lightbulb Sun”
“Russia on Ice”
23 June 2001
NEARfest, Bethlehem, PA

“Sound of Muzak”
25 November 2002
Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

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Porcupine Tree

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One Response to “Show #9: Porcupine Tree (Part 2)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Awesome. Thank you! Do you have any versions of Darkmatter or Burning Sky? Your site is great. I'm telling all my prog buddies to check it out.. We're all dorks, but at least we have great taste in music! Lol

    Thanks again,


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