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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Hear What You’re Missing

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Last week Vox posted an interesting article called “Listen to what gets lost when an MP3 is made”. It features the work of a Ph.D. student named Ryan McGuire who is behind a project to let people hear the sounds that are discarded when a song is made into an MP3.
The MP3 format can reduce [...]

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

A new documentary about Nirvana’s frontman called Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on 4 May. It is an authorized production with Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain as executive producers. This means that director Brett Morgen was given access to home movies, diaries, sketchbooks, photos, recordings, etc. that had never been [...]

New Steve Hackett Album – Wolflight

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Steve Hackett has a new album called Wolflight due this spring. It is set to drop on 7 April here in the States. In advance of the release he has posted a trailer for the album. There are no whole songs included but I like what I hear in the excerpts and was surprised to [...]

Rhiannon Giddens on Letterman

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens was on Late Show with David Letterman last week where she performed “Waterboy” from her new album Tomorrow Is My Turn. She’ll be here in Madison on 27 April at the Capitol Theatre.

Show #271: She’s So Unusual – Cyndi Lauper

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Today we have my next show featuring music by an artist profiled in Gillian Gaar’s She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll and that artist is Cyndi Lauper.

(Photo found here.)

I recall very well the days when one couldn’t escape “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. It was all over the radio [...]

You Won’t Have to Hit the Road For These Shows

Friday, February 6th, 2015

(Photo found at MTVHive.)

Alabama Shakes have booked their first Madison tour date ever. They will be at Overture Hall on 17 March. Tickets (at $39.50) went on sale today. Opening will be Nashville’s Promised Land Sound who apparently sound like country, rock’n’roll, and soul. I shall have to check out their new album which is [...]

You’ll Have to Hit the Road For These Shows

Friday, February 6th, 2015

While there are some good bands coming to Madison this spring and summer, there are other tours that will be avoiding Madison like the plague, unfortunately.

(Photo found here.)

Rush is embarking on their R40 tour to celebrate 40 years of something. The band started in the late 60s, Neil Peart joined in 1974, and so I’m [...]

Minstrel in the Gallery is the Next Tull Remix

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Jethro Tull remixes just keep coming. Next up is Minstrel in the Gallery.

There will be a single CD version, vinyl, and a “La Grandé” edition which features 2 CDs and 2 DVDs. Here is the tracklisting:
01. Minstrel In The Gallery
02. Cold Wind To Valhalla
03. Black Satin Dancer
04. Requiem
05. One White Duck
06. Baker St. Muse
07. [...]

Rhiannon Giddens to Release First Solo Effort

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman, Rhiannon Giddens will release her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, next week on the 10th.
When the CCD were here last year Giddens mentioned a forthcoming solo album and the band played “Shake Sugaree” by Elizabeth Cotten which appears on Tomorrow Is My Turn. She related that much of the [...]

Madison. Cannot. Wait.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

(Photo by Amused to Life.)

This I did not expect. Steve Wilson will bypass Milwaukee on his American tour in support of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and instead play here in Madison at the Barrymore Theatre on 6 June. Tickets are $38 plus a $4 convenience fee. It is a general admission show. King [...]

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