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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Smart Studios Story Documentary Seeks Funding

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Madison filmmaker Wendy Schneider is hoping to fund a documentary on Smart Studios, the recording venue here that closed four years ago but helped give rise to groups such as Killdozer, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and Death Cab for Cutie.
She has a Kickstarter campaign that has only a few days left but it woefully short of [...]

The Vagaries of Collecting

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

When looking for shows to add to my collection, I like to take time to look beyond simply getting recordings by a particular band or a particular band’s tour. This isn’t to say that I don’t go after certain bands as I’ve spent the last couple months grabbing every IQ, Fish, and Fish-era Marillion show [...]

The Yes Music Podcast

Monday, March 24th, 2014

I recently stumbled upon a Yes podcast called Yes Music Podcast. Perhaps not the most clever of names, but host Kevin Mulryne digs deep into prog geekdom.
Back in February someone at the Progressive Ears forum started a thread called “Did ‘classic’ Yes have another masterpiece left in them?” which got me listening to the results [...]

Yes: New Album, Old Album Remixed, and a Tour Stop in Madison

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Let’s start with the old.

The Yes Album is the latest Yes album to get the remaster/remix treatment from Steve Wilson.
…the CD features a completely new stereo mix, while the DVD-A features new stereo & 5.1 surround sound mixes all by Steven Wilson, a flat transfer of the original album master & a complete alternate album [...]

IQ’s Latest Out in May

Monday, March 24th, 2014

IQ have a new album coming out on 3 May called The Road of Bones. These are the first recordings with Tim Esau since 1989. There will be a single CD version as well as a double disc iteration with even more proggy goodness. Both are now available for pre-order.
Disc 1
From The Outside In
The Road [...]

New Metallica Tune

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Metallica have a demo of a new song called “Lords of Summer”. Is Hetfield getting all pagan on us with lines like, “Lords of Summer bring the sun.”? Or is this an extended ode to summer tours?

Melt Yourself Down

Monday, March 24th, 2014

I heard these folks in a recent SXSW post mortem on All Songs Considered. Really good stuff. I love the dual saxes. This is “We Are Enough”.

Ian Anderson’s New Solo Album and A Passion Play Remix Coming Soon

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Ian Anderson’s new solo album, Homo Erraticus, will be out on 14 April. It will be another concept album and sees Anderson working with Gerald Bostock again>
For Homo Erraticus, Anderson is reunited with Bostock, using lyrics written by Gerald based on an old historical manuscript. The manuscript examines key events from throughout British history before [...]

Show #261: A Moveable Feast

Monday, December 30th, 2013

(Photo by Jasper Bolderdijk.)

I’ve been listening to Fish’s A Feast of Consequences a lot lately and so I thought I’d post a show from his tour in support of the album.
The more I listen to A Feast of Consequences, the more I like it. It makes a nice counterpoint to 13th Star. That album was [...]

Show #260: R.I.P. Lou Reed

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Lou Reed passed away on 27 October at the age of 71. Reed was one of those giants of rock music whose influence and genius I recognize and admire but whose music has always been just outside my grasp. I like The Velvet Underground and understand they are hugely influential even if the quote about [...]

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