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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Show #273: For My Brother – Rush Returns to the Windy City

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Last month my brother passed away and I am posting some shows that he attended as well as shows by bands that he liked but for which he did not leave behind a ticket stub. The first post in this series is here.

This time around it’s Rush.
I recall being a kid and listening to my [...]

Lecture Series on Paramount Records Begins Today

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Center for the Humanities at the UW-Madison is hosting a symposium that starts today called “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records”. Paramount was a label out of Grafton, Wisconsin and is known for having released many historically significant blues and jazz albums. Back in 2006 I attended a lecture at the [...]

He Comes From the Land of Ice and Snow

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Here’s an amusing headline from one of our local newspapers.

Show #272: For My Brother – A Fest in Bern

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Spring is my favorite season but it is bittersweet this year as my brother passed away just shy of two weeks ago. It is early days yet in the grieving process and my eyes often tear up when I think about him for more than a couple seconds or dwell on particular memory. I have [...]

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 [...]

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