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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Too Old to Rock’n'Roll?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

(Photo found at Get Ready to Rock.)

Earlier this year prog stalwarts Yes and Ian Anderson both released new albums. Both went on tour in support of their new works. Interestingly, Yes played only a couple of new songs most nights on their tour while doing both Fragile and Close to the Edge in their entirety. [...]

Pink Floyd Coming Back to Life (Sorta)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

It was quite a surprise to read over the summer that Pink Floyd was going to release a new album called Endless River.

The album features 18 songs which were crafted from outtakes/jam sessions from 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Overdubs were applied and some parts were re-recorded. From what I’ve read, the album is [...]

Show #269: Richard Davis

Monday, October 6th, 2014

(Photo found at Isthmus.)

Richard Davis is something of a legend here in Madison. He’s been teaching at the University of Wisconsin since 1977 and is very active in the social justice movement here. Prior to moving to Madison, however, he had established himself as one of the best bass players on the planet.
He was born [...]

Relayer is Next Yes Album to Get Steve Wilson Treatment

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Not long after reading about Jethro Tull’s War Child getting the Steve Wilson treatment I now read that Yes’ Relayer has also gotten the treatment. It will be released on 4 November.

From what I can tell, there will be two iterations of the album. One is a BluRay/CD combination while the other is a DVD-A/CD [...]

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 [...]

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