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


December 23rd, 2005

I talked with Dave Zero this afternoon and he said he’ll be at Mad City Music for a while yet despite ending his run at WORT.

Porcupine Tree’s album Deadwing won the award for Best Made-For-Surround Title. Also in PT news, the band’s 19 November performance at the Koln Live Music Hall was taped by the German TV show Rockpalast and will be shown on 9 January.

I bought my girlfriend Careless Love by Madeleine Peyroux for Xmas. I’d heard a couple songs from it as well as an interview with her on NPR in the spring of 2004. I was driving back to Madison from Louisiana after the death of my father when it came on and her music just stayed in the back of my head. I hadn’t sought her album out until a week or so ago but I never forgot what I’d heard. We exchanged gifts last night and got a chance to listen to it. I really loved it although I admit we were getting it on while it played so I didn’t give it a careful listen. I’m sure I will soon, though. As I said above, I talked to Dave Zero today and this is because I made a trek to Mad City this afternoon. I picked up Tempest’s second album, Serrated Edge as well as Something Else by The Kinks. It’s one of my favorite albums of theirs. “Death of a Clown” is great drinking music and “David Watts” rocks! My other fave of theirs is Muswell Hillbillies. It’s got “Skin and Bone”, a song as topical today as it was 34 years ago. Ditto for “Alcohol”. And “Complicated Life” is a great tune to sing along with regardless of whether you’re sober or not. I was seriously thinking about getting Neil Young’s Freedom but restrained myself somehow. I’ve been thinking about getting this album for the past few days as I recently downloaded “Box Car”. You see, before Freedom was assembled, Young had intended to release an album called Times Square but decided to revamp it. “Eldorado”, “Someday”, “Crime In The City”, “Don’t Cry”, “Wrecking Ball”, and “On Broadway” were included on Freedom while “Heavy Love” and “Cocaine Eyes” ended up on the Eldorado EP along with a slightly extended version of “Don’t Cry” which featured more feedback. “Box Car” is the only Times Square song not to have seen an official release. It’s not a fast and heavy rocker; more like “Safeway Cart” from Sleeps With Angels. It’s a very moody little tune.

Perhaps I’ll get a gift certificate for Xmas that I can use on tunes. What to buy next?

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