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The Wrens’ Kevin Whelan & Charles Bissell Trade Blows In New Interview About Breakup

Kevin Whelan, formerly of the Wrens, is releasing Observatory, his debut album as Aeon Station, next month on Sub Pop. Notoriously, half of the album was originally recorded for inclusion on the next Wrens album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2003’s widely beloved The Meadowlands, which was also supposed to be released by Sub Pop. But due to a falling out with Wrens bandmate Charles Bissell — who has been tinkering with the new Wrens music for more than a decade, and who was seeking more robust ...
Tags: Music, News, Observatory, Whelan, Meadowlands, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Kevin Whelan, Aeon Station, Greg Whelan, Jerry MacDonald Bissell

‘It’s repulsive to me’: the bitter feud of indie-rockers the Wrens

Their 2003 album The Meadowlands earned them adulation, but a long-promised followup never arrived. Now their frontman is back as Aeon Station – and his former co-writer is very unhappy…Before taking flight as indie-rock heartbreakers the Wrens, Kevin Whelan and Charles Bissell were an awkward, prickly pair who met at a graduation party in an abandoned house. “I never had any friends or girlfriends,” the affable Whelan, 51, says with a self-effacing laugh from the New Jersey home he shares with ...
Tags: Music, New York, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, New Jersey, Indie, Whelan, Bissell, Charles Bissell, Kevin Whelan

Aeon Station – “Leaves”

It appears that the Wrens will probably never release their long-promised follow-up to their much-loved 2003 album The Meadowlands. Everyone seems to be bummed about this, including the Wrens’ own Charles Bissell, but it is what it is. Bissel’s bandmate Kevin Whelan has split from Bissel and signed to Sub Pop, and he’s getting ready to release his first album under the name Aeon Station. The songs on that album include the ones that Whelan was planning to include on that next Wrens album. But on...
Tags: Music, New Music, Whelan, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, BISSEL, Kevin Whelan, Aeon Station

The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Addresses Split With Bandmate Kevin Whelan

Everyone invested in New Jersey indie rock heroes the Wrens has been waiting well over a decade for Charles Bissell — the band’s singer, guitarist, resident producer, and de facto leader — to finish tinkering with the new album they’ve been promising since not too long after 2003’s masterful The Meadowlands. That includes Bissell’s Wrens co-frontman Kevin Whelan. In a New York Times interview last month, Whelan announced that, having run out of patience with Bissell’s perfectionist delays and co...
Tags: Music, News, New York Times, Queens, New Jersey, Observatory, Whelan, Bissell, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Jerry MacDonald, Kevin Whelan, Aeon Station, Greg Whelan Kevin

Aeon Station – “Queens”

It’s been 18 years since New Jersey indie rockers the Wrens released their dejectedly soaring late-career masterpiece The Meadowlands, and for most of that time, they’ve been talking about following it up with one last LP. Wrens mouthpiece Charles Bissell’s endless tinkering and false promises on that front have turned the album into a Chinese Democracy situation, yet no matter how rightfully skeptical any of us may be, that new Wrens album remains a holy grail for fans.
Tags: Music, New Jersey, New Music, Meadowlands, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Aeon Station

The Wrens’ Kevin Whelan Releasing New Album As Aeon Station In December

There’s a new wrinkle in the seemingly never-ending story behind the Wrens’ much-teased but never-released followup to their 2003 masterpiece The Meadowlands. A fresh New York Times profile of the group reveals that the band’s Kevin Whelan has made a new album that will be out on December via Sub Pop. It’ll feature five songs that were intended for The Meadowlands followup and five new ones.
Tags: Music, News, New York Times, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Kevin Whelan

Members Of Spoon, Superchunk, Hold Steady, Walkmen, Wrens, & More Announce Protest Music Benefit In NYC

Flip These Houses, a benefit concert celebrating "Protest Music, Political Music, and Unity through song," will be held on 9/28 at the Knockdown Center in Queens. The bill features Spoon's Britt Daniel, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, Ted Leo, Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, the Wrens' Charles Bissell, and the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. More »
Tags: Music, News, Queens, The Hold Steady, Wrens, Spoon, Knockdown Center, Superchunk, Hamilton Leithauser, Charles Bissell, Walkmen, Flip These Houses, Britt Daniel Superchunk, Mac McCaughan Ted Leo Walkmen

watch Charles Bissell play Wrens classics backed by Cymbals Eat Guitars in NYC

They named the band Wrenses Alien, and Charles called it ”the closest I’ve come to a tour in 8 or 9 years.” Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Charles, Music News, Andrew Sacher, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Cymbals Eat Guitars

surviving members of Brainiac reformed for Bell House tribute w/ GvsB, Les Savy Fav & more (pics, video)

Members of The Wrens, The Dismemberment Plan, Hole, Chrome Cranks, and more came out for a very special evening. Continue reading… [Author: BrooklynVegan Staff]
Tags: Music, Hole, Brainiac, Caribou, Smashing Pumpkins, Music News, Holy Fuck, SAVAK, Bell House, Cat Power, Matt Schulz, Edsel, Hella, Enon, Girls Against Boys, Photo Galleries

Cymbals Eat Guitars playing year-end shows (NYC with Charles of The Wrens)

Charles Bissell also has other shows, including one in Brooklyn this Friday (10/27). Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Brooklyn, Charles, Music News, Tour Dates, Andrew Sacher, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Holiday Shows, Choo Choo La Rouge, The Paranoid Style, William Matheney

Brainiac tribute happening in NYC with mems of GvsB, D-Plan, Wrens, much more

A tribute show to Brainiac is happening in NYC, and footage will be used in the upcoming documentary on the band. The show will feature surviving members of Brainiac, plus members of Girls Against Boys (who also headline), The Dismemberment Plan, The Wrens, Hole, Les Savy Fav, Hella, Chrome Cranks, and more... Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Music, Movies, Steve Albini, Brainiac, Fred Armisen, Music News, Tour Dates, Wayne Coyne, Andrew Sacher, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Matt Schulz, Girls Against Boys, Buzz Osborne, David Yow, The Wrens, Charles Bissell

What's going on Sunday?

Today's NYC shows include STEVENSTEVEN (Blue's Clues, Flaming Lips), Run the Jewels, and more. Continue reading… [Author: BrooklynVegan Staff]
Tags: Music, Music News, The Body, Dreamcrusher, Muslin, Elysia Crampton, What's Going on Tonight in NYC, BrooklynVegan Staff, Charles Bissell, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, William Matheny, Lingua Ignota, Nathan Xander, STEVENSTEVEN Blue s Clues Flaming Lips Run

The Wrens – “At Irish Exit” (Demo)

The day after Election Day, the Wrens said on Twitter that they would release a new song from their long-in-the-works follow-up to The Meadowlands, but it appears that Charles Bissell has reconsidered and decided to release just a mostly instrumental demo from the new album instead. Which isn't nothing, considering the dearth of material … More »
Tags: Music, Meadowlands, The Wrens, Charles Bissell

The Wrens share instrumental demo from new LP (listen); Charles Bissell playing Union Hall w/ Antietam, Palomar & more

"So with an eye towards the ideal politics of the hopefully-not-distant future (i.e. as a compromise), this is an instrumental version of the song I happen to be working on right now, it's the last one still under construction and yes, that means the album is only finishing now." - Charles Bissell [Author: Bill Pearis]
Tags: Music, Music News, Tour Dates, Bill Pearis, Palomar, Antietam, The Wrens, Charles Bissell, My Teenage Stride

The Wrens' Charles Bissell posts update on cancer condition, is in remission

The Wrens have a long-in-the-works album on the way, but in sadder news, Charles Bissell revealed earlier this year that he's battling cancer. He's now posted an update on Facebook about his condition, which reveals that he's in remission... Continue reading… [Author: Andrew Sacher]
Tags: Facebook, Music, Cancer, Music News, Andrew Sacher, The Wrens, Charles Bissell

The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Shares Update On Cancer Treatment

Back in March, the Wrens' Charles Bissell began treatment for multiple myeloma, "a white blood cell cancer sorta thing" that affects plasma cells in bone marrow. And today, he's shared a lengthy update on his health via the Wrens' Facebook page, which includes some very good news. He's on cycle seven of "a …
Tags: Music, News, The Wrens, Charles Bissell

The Wrens' Charles Bissell battling cancer

We are sad to report that The Wrens Charles Bissell has cancer, specifically multiple myeloma. He broke the bad news in a lengthy post on The Wrens' Facebook page today: With apologies for both a repeat of what's old news for some, and an out-of-nowhere 'what the... Continue reading… [Author: Bill Pearis]
Tags: Cancer, Fuck Cancer, Music News, Bill Pearis, The Wrens, Charles Bissell

The Wrens’ Charles Bissell Has Cancer

In December 2014, Charles Bissell of the Wrens offered an update on the status of his band's long-awaited fourth album -- the follow-up to their 2003 (2003!) masterpiece, The Meadowlands. Bissell reported the album was "done" (which maybe it was?) and it would be released in 2015 (which it definitely was not), … More »
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