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The New Wrens Album Is Done! (Again!)

Fans have been awaiting the follow-up to the Wrens’ 2003 masterpiece The Meadowlands for 12 years now — which is over half of my lifetime (yes, I’m young). Last year, the band finally announced that the new album was completely done. Then, a couple of months ago, they announced that it was completely done agai… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 1, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Hear An Outtake From The Wrens’ New Song “Three Types Of Reading Ambiguity”

The Wrens already shared one outtake from their first new album in 12 years — which is officially done, hallelujah, and is coming out on a label this year — and now they’ve offered up some music that was excised from album track “Three Types Of Reading Ambiguity.” As they explain on SoundCloud, it’s a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 14, 2015 - 11:38 am

The Wrens’ New Album Is Done

After 12 years and many promises that the follow up to The Meadowlands was almost done — or even completely done — we now have photographic proof:… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 10:53 am

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 - 2:04 pm

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 “Acceptance Speech,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2014 - 3:39 pm

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 album i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 11, 2014 - 1:13 pm

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 cautioningMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 3, 2014 - 9:31 am

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 creative… More »

By: James Rettig / June 29, 2014 - 3:58 pm

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, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

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 - 9:56 am

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 tha… More »

By: Lauretta Charlton / June 26, 2012 - 11:54 am

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 see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

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 and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

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 Love… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 10, 2011 - 3:09 pm

The Wrens – “As I’ve Known”

O.G. legal indie mp3 dissemination site 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 about as long… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2011 - 10:57 am

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 Orleans benefit… More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2010 - 10:16 am

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 win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

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 - 9:25 am

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 - 10:49 am

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

Beloved online music radio station 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 of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 16, 2009 - 10:03 am
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