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

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War Child Next in Line for Steve Wilson Treatment

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Steve Wilson is a very busy man. He somehow has time to record a new solo album in between bouts of remastering and remixing classic albums by other artists. Wilson has tweaked a number of classic albums by prog bands such as King Crimson, Yes, and Jethro Tull plus Nonsuch by XTC. Next on the [...]

Piano + Drums = Wow! = The Claudettes

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

I heard the Chicago band The Claudettes over the summer on an episode of Sound Opinions and really enjoyed them. According to the band’s Bandcamp site, the genesis of the name was quite fortuitous:
The piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey didn’t know what they were getting themselves into when they called a place [...]

New Primus Weirdness Just in Time for Halloween

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Tim Alexander has rejoined Primus and the band has a new album due out on 21 October called Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. It is a tribute to the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the one starring Gene Wilder, that is. Somehow I have no problem linking Les Claypool [...]

Upper Midwestern Music to Get Its Due in Folksongs of Another America

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Prof. Jim Leary teaches folklore studies here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and works tirelessly to document and gain recognition for the culture of the Upper Midwest, i.e. – Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I reviewed his book about The Goose Island Ramblers, Polkabilly, a few years ago and it can be found here.
His latest work [...]

Show #268: Eurythmics

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

(Photo found at Home of Rock.)

In her book She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll Gillian Gaar discusses how some artists utilized MTV subvert “traditional images of femininity” and notes that Annie Lennox of Eurythmics was one of the first women to take advantage of the new medium. I recall the [...]

Show #267: Suzi Quatro

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I recently finished reading Gillian G. Gaar’s She’s A Rebel: The History Of Women In Rock & Roll and thought it would be good to post some shows by bands/artists featured in the tome. The first woman I’ll feature is Suzi Quatro.

Garr notes that Quatro was considered a novelty. She wasn’t a singer-songwriter like Joan [...]

2014 Waterfront Festival Line-Up

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Summers in Madison are filled with festivals featuring music from far and wide. Indeed, they bring in many bands and artists that likely would never otherwise make Madison a tour stop. The Waterfront Festival begins on Saturday, 7 June and here’s the schedule:
Saturday, June 7th
Noon – Yid Vicious
1:30 — Son Contrabando
3:15 — Califone
5:15 — Lyrics [...]

Yahara Music Library Debuts

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Earlier this week the Wisconsin State Journal reported on the launch of the Yahara Music Library. The YML is an initiative of the Madison Public Library which showcases music by Madison musicians. Patrons can use their library card to stream and/or download the tunes.
Musicians have been paid $200 to have a CD featured on the [...]

Jazz Concert Series Returns

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Also courtesy of Arts Extract comes the news that the jazz concert series Surrounded By Reality has returned.
Surrounded By Reality, the on-again, off-again concert series that has brought excellent, abrasive jazz and improvised-music luminaries such as Chris Corsano Madison over the past five years, is making a tentative return. The NYC improvisational sax-drums duo of [...]

Hanah Jon Taylor Artet on Wisconsin Public Television

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Many thanks to the folks at Arts Extract for bringing this to my attention. Madison jazz muso Hanah Jon Taylor brought his band to the WPT studios earlier this year to perform a new piece called “Real/Surreal” for the program 30 Minute Music Hour.

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