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 #290: Krautrock (R.I.P. Jaki Liebezeit)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

(Photo found here.)

Last month Sound Opinions did a show which featured Krautrock, the German experimental rock genre that blended psychedelic music with minimalism, some jazz, and more. The musicians who developed it were the first generation of Germans to come of age after World War II and they were determined to come up with style [...]

Show #283: Noura Mint Seymali

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

(Photo by Roland Owsnitzki.)

Last autumn I received an email out of the blue from an old friend. I’ve written about him previously as he and I aided and abetted his decent into Genesis madness back in the mid-80s. This led to the pair of us starting to collect bootlegs, the fruits of this hobby being [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gen X Flashback

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Last weekend I went out running errands with Soundgarden’s Superunknown in my stereo and had a 90s Gen X flashback. I got home feeling like I should watch Singles or Reality Bites. Luckily I refrained.

Maiden England DVD Out in March

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Iron Maiden’s 7th Tour of a 7th Tour concert video is finally coming to DVD on 25 March and it’s a double DVD release. Disc 1 is the show along with the full encore while disc 2 is bonus material.
Set List:
The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots [...]

New Steve Wilson: “The Raven That Refused to Sing”

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Steve Wilson’s YouTube channel now has a video for the title track of his forthcoming album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) which comes out later this month on the 25th.
A new in-depth interview with Wilson is now up at Innerviews. His tour in support of the album will bypass Wisconsin but [...]

Show #258: Fish Heads in Copenhagen

Friday, February 8th, 2013

(Photo found at The Company.)

I find myself listening to Fish quite a bit these days in anticipation of his new album, A Feast of Consequences, so I thought I’d post one of his shows.
2011 was a busy touring year for Fish with his website listing 108 gigs, the second-highest of his (solo) career. I’m not [...]

Tom the Dancing Bug with Phil Collins

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Phil Collins seemingly randomly appeared in yesterday’s Tom the Dancing Bug.

Richard Thompson’s Electric Out Now

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Richard Thompson’s latest album, Electric, was released here in the States yesterday and it received a glowing review from Greg Kot. The tour in support of the album will not, unfortunately, be coming to Madison but he and his band will appear at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee on 19 March.
Here’s a live version of [...]

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