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New Wrens Album Is Done

The Wrens went seven years between their second and third albums, Secaucus and The Meadowlands -- a period of time that seemed extreme at the time of The Meadowlands' release, in September 2003. But, it turns out, that was nothing. The 10th anniversary of The Meadowlands came and went last September -- we did a… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 5, 2014

The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Was Torn Hawk’s Guitar Teacher

Experimental guitarist Luke Wyatt, AKA Torn Hawk, has garnered acclaim here and elsewhere for his new Mexican Summer LP Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time, which I'd describe in a pinch as bite-sized Mark McGuire chillwave by way of Oneohtrix Point Never. But before Wyatt was making genius tracks like "AcceptanceMore »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2014

The Wrens Sign Deal For “Nearly Done” New Album

The Wrens have been saying their follow-up to 2003 masterpiece The Meadowlands is almost finished for years and years, and last fall we even got our hopes up enough to put it in the top 10 when we listed the most anticipated albums of 2014. But now there's some concrete evidence that the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 11, 2014

Hear Some New Wrens Music Cut From Their Forthcoming Album

Depressive New Jersey indie heroes the Wrens have been working on the follow-up to The Meadowlands, their much-loved 2003 album, for a very long time. (That photo above? That's them recording at Abbey Road. Five years ago.) Lately, the members of the band have been claiming that the new album is nearing completion (while… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 3, 2014

The Wrens Promise New Album Is No Meadowlands, But Will Have At Least One Great Song

The Wrens are currently working on their first album in over a decade, the followup to 2003's masterpiece The Meadowlands. They're nearing the end of the recording process and singer Charles Bissell has been keeping fans up to date with their progress on Facebook. His most recent posts are a great look inside a… More »

By: James Rettig / June 29, 2014

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we've ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we're looking forward to hearing, enjoying,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013

An Oral History Of The Wrens’ The Meadowlands

Ten years ago, three grown men approaching middle age lived in a house together in Secaucus, New Jersey. A recently married fourth was living in a Garden State home to the south. Ostensibly the quartet comprised a band, although they rarely played shows and hadn't had a release of any sort in more than half… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / September 9, 2013

The Top 20 Albums We’ve Been Waiting For Forever

In the June 2, 2012 issue of the NME, Kevin Shields said the long-awaited third album from My Bloody Valentine –- the first since 1991's classic Loveless –- is imminent. The UK mag quotes Shields as saying the album will be released "sooner rather than later," perhaps even this year. For more than two… More »

By: Lauretta Charlton / June 26, 2012

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011

Download Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2011 Mix

Here's the sequel to last year's popular heartbreak of a mixtape, Cruel Summer. That one was worn, forlorn, and sexual, it was the soundtrack arc to your winter romance burning up and melting in the hot, hormonal sun. This year it's just a party, really, soundtracked once again by some of the very best… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2011

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2011

The March edition of our Monthly Mix series runs the gamut from South London mixtape hip-hop, to lady-baiting R&B, pop, to lady-fronted arpeggiated-vocal ukulele/sax funk. Or at least it runs that gamut within its first three tracks. There are plenty of collaborations (the lead harmonizers from Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear, harmonizing; PS I… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 10, 2011

The Wrens – “As I’ve Known”

O.G. legal indie mp3 dissemination site Epitonic.com boarded its DNS gateways back in 2004. And now they're back, relaunched after a successful Kickstarter campaign to solicit seed-money contributions, and with a publicity-grabbing MP3 premiere from O.G. legal indie procrastination band The Wrens. The NJ heroes have been teasing a Meadowlands followup for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2011

The Wrens – “Crescent”

It's been a long while since the Wrens offered their fans new sounds. In January 2009 they let us premiere "Marked Up" -- and that was that. This new track "Crescent," a demo for a song that'll show up on the band's followup to the Meadowlands, appears on Dear New Orleans, a 31-track New Orlea… More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2010

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we'rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys' virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to wi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their treks across country, they've shared nothing but raves for this year's festival, from the Gorge's breathtaking views to this year's fantastic lineup. Even the public indecency seems particularly magical on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 29, 2009

SXSW 2009: Thursday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy Yesterday started off bright, early, and ecstatic with NJ's Roadside Graves at Peckerheads. The band seduced a 2PM crowd into hooting, hollering, do-sa-do-ing, and otherwise pretending it was after midnight to tracks both new ("Far And Wide," "My Father Sat Me Down," "Ruby") and old ("Family And Friends," "Radio"). More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 20, 2009

The Wrens @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 3/13/09

Beloved online music radio station KEXP.org took over Bowery Friday night to celebrate one year of co-broadcasting terrestrially at 91.5FM and raise some funds, and you know, respect for the momentousness of that occasion and all, but for most that snapped up tickets to the sold-out show, the evening had a different celebratory center… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009

Progress Report: The Wrens

NAME: The Wrens PRGRESS REPORT: Recording the followup to The Meadowlands at bassist Kevin Whelan's home studio in Teaneck, New Jersey. We usually like to catch bands after they've been in the studio for a while, or when they've just left it. But we are so excited to hear that New Jersey's Wrens were finally… More »

By: Jessica / January 30, 2009

New Wrens(!) – “Pulled Fences” (Live At Abbey Road)

Good morning, 2009. True to form and band lore, the mighty Wrens released one of the past decade's best albums, like they do ... and then retreated to too many years at their day jobs, to play the occasional gig here and contribute to our Automatic For The People tribute there. Like… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 13, 2009

Progress Report: Kings Of Convenience

NAME: Kings of Convenience PROGRESS REPORT: Recording their third studio LP, Quiet IS The New Loud (working title), at Esagono Studios near Reggio Emilia, Italy Things are coming full circle for Kings Of Convenience, at least as album titles go. "We have thought about Quiet IS The New Loud, says Erlend Øye of their upcoming… More »

By: Jessica / December 1, 2008
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