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Wussy's Attica, Track by Track

Having told you repeatedly of the wonders of Wussy, I've been feeling oddly reticent about writing at length again, about their latest album Attica. There's a lot to say, but a lot has already been said -- and said pretty well. The band may not have the most numerous fanbase in rock but they certainly have one that is thoughtful and articulate.Exhibit A in making that case has to be an impressive essay by Charles Taylor in the LA…See More
Jun 8
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Wussy's Attica, Track by Track

Having told you repeatedly of the wonders of Wussy, I've been feeling oddly reticent about writing at length again, about their latest album Attica. There's a lot to say, but a lot has already been said -- and said pretty well. The band may not have the most numerous fanbase in rock but they certainly have one that is thoughtful and articulate.Exhibit A in making that case has to be an impressive essay by Charles Taylor in the LA…See More
Jun 6
A blog post by Peter Wrench was featured

Great Escape 2014, Brighton: The Hold Steady & Powder Blue

I just paddled in this year's Great Escape festival, after the immersion of recent years. I knew other commitments would keep me from wandering the streets and bars of Brighton for the full three days, but I had to sign up when the Hold Steady were added to the bill. I then caught half a dozen other sets and snippets of a few more, but I'm not your source this year for a real overview or best-of list.I've been following the Hold Steady's records since picking up Separation Sunday six or seven…See More
May 14
Peter Wrench posted a blog post

Great Escape 2014, Brighton: The Hold Steady & Powder Blue

I just paddled in this year's Great Escape festival, after the immersion of recent years. I knew other commitments would keep me from wandering the streets and bars of Brighton for the full three days, but I had to sign up when the Hold Steady were added to the bill. I then caught half a dozen other sets and snippets of a few more, but I'm not your source this year for a real overview or best-of list.I've been following the Hold Steady's records since picking up Separation Sunday six or seven…See More
May 12
Jack commented on Peter Wrench's blog post 'Record Store Day: Dave & Phil Alvin'
"Saw Dave and Phil along with Jon Langford, John Doe and Rick Shea do an acoustic show last week.  Dave and Phil did a few tunes off what promises to be a pretty good record.  If there are two guys whose musical sensibility you can trust on…"
Apr 22
Peter Wrench posted a blog post

Record Store Day: Dave & Phil Alvin

So, I did the Record Store Day thing on Saturday, late afternoon when the crowds had died down...A new four track EP from Bruce Springsteen, a nice live album from Chris Forsyth, but I think the cream of the crop is a lovingly-produced 2x10" set from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin. The records come in a hardback book-style sleeve, like some 78s used to, back before the dawn of time. Yep Roc Records have even managed to pre-age the sleeve with some imitation ring-wear, but were also thoughtful…See More
Apr 21
Peter Wrench posted a blog post

No Bob Dylan on 33 1/3 short list

The short list of possible new commissions for 33 1/3's series of slim volumes on classic albums maintains Bob Dylan's surprising under-representation on that list.Of course, I find it particularly scandalous that they didn't take up my pitch for a study of John Wesley Harding, but I do find it more generally odd that Highway 61 Revisited remains the only one of the maestro's many memorable releases to be…See More
Apr 17
A blog post by Peter Wrench was featured

The Hold Steady and My Song of the Year, So Far

My high hopes for The Hold Steady's Teeth Dreams have largely been realised - and 2014 has finally delivered some classic songwriting for me to enthuse about.It's great to have a new record from this band, after about a four year gap. No-one else has quite the same combination of power chords, punch-the-air choruses and (shaggy-dog-) story-telling lyrics. And, on top of the record, they've just been added to the bill for Brighton's Great Escape festival, so I hope to see them live for the first…See More
Apr 12
Peter Wrench posted a blog post

The Hold Steady and My Song of the Year, So Far

My high hopes for The Hold Steady's Teeth Dreams have largely been realised - and 2014 has finally delivered some classic songwriting for me to enthuse about.It's great to have a new record from this band, after about a four year gap. No-one else has quite the same combination of power chords, punch-the-air choruses and (shaggy-dog-) story-telling lyrics. And, on top of the record, they've just been added to the bill for Brighton's Great Escape festival, so I hope to see them live for the first…See More
Apr 9
Peter Wrench commented on John Abrahams's blog post 'Neil Young Solo Show – Carnegie Hall (NYC – Jan 7, 2014)'
"Thanks for a nice, thoughtful piece, John. You have to put up with a fair amount of crap as a fan of Neil, but it's definitely worth it... And I love the beret story."
Jan 14
Peter Wrench left a comment for The Amigos Band
"Thanks for getting in touch - see post here"
Jan 10
Peter Wrench posted a blog post

Eden On The Line's Best Gigs Of 2013

Another tremendous year for live music. I was lucky enough to get to about 25 different gigs, as well as two festivals in Canada and the Great Escape here in Brighton. I held off finalising this list until I'd caught Kurt Vile last night, to round off the year.As usual, it's difficult to weigh big concerts by established greats with an audience in thousands…See More
Dec 18, 2013
A blog post by Peter Wrench was featured

Eden On The Line's Best Albums Of 2013

This has been an interesting process. I started compiling my list a couple of weeks ago in something of a grump, feeling that it had ended up being a somewhat disappointing year – with some of my established favourites not quite hitting former heights and not many new people bursting through, in a way that tickled my rather particular eardrums. Then I went back and re-listened to the year's acquisitions.After that further reflection, I am happy to tell you that it has been a more than solid…See More
Dec 16, 2013
Peter Wrench commented on Peter Wrench's blog post 'A Close Look At Bob Dylan's 'I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine''
"Thanks, Rick - that's an interesting additional angle."
Dec 13, 2013
The Backyard Harmonica Teacher commented on Peter Wrench's blog post 'A Close Look At Bob Dylan's 'I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine''
"I agree with you about Dylan being a reader. This makes his "freewheelin'," ramblin' side that much more deceptively complex and artistically a game changer."
Dec 13, 2013
Rick Schoff commented on Peter Wrench's blog post 'A Close Look At Bob Dylan's 'I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine''
"For me, first of course, it's a great, great song. I used to listen to it in my head while swimming laps (I don't swim fast). One line always stood out for me, as far as lines that resonate with other material is concerned. When he sings…"
Dec 13, 2013

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Wussy's Attica, Track by Track

Having told you repeatedly of the wonders of Wussy, I've been feeling oddly reticent about writing at length again, about their latest album Attica. There's a lot to say, but a lot has already been said -- and said pretty well. The band may not have the most numerous fanbase in rock but they certainly have one that is thoughtful and articulate.

Exhibit A in making that case has to be an impressive …

Continue

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:00am

Great Escape 2014, Brighton: The Hold Steady & Powder Blue

I just paddled in this year's Great Escape festival, after the immersion of recent years. I knew other commitments would keep me from wandering the streets and bars of Brighton for the full three days, but I had to sign up when the Hold Steady were added to the bill. I then caught half a dozen other sets and snippets of a few more, but I'm not your source this year for a real overview or best-of list.

I've been following the Hold Steady's records since picking up Separation…

Continue

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Record Store Day: Dave & Phil Alvin

So, I did the Record Store Day thing on Saturday, late afternoon when the crowds had died down...

A new four track EP from Bruce Springsteen, a nice live album from Chris Forsyth, but I think the cream of the crop is a lovingly-produced 2x10" set from Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin. The records come in a hardback book-style sleeve, like some 78s used to, back before the dawn of time. Yep Roc Records have even managed to pre-age the sleeve with some imitation ring-wear, but were…

Continue

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

No Bob Dylan on 33 1/3 short list

The short list of possible new commissions for 33 1/3's series of slim volumes on classic albums maintains Bob Dylan's surprising under-representation on that list.

Of course, I find it particularly scandalous that they didn't take up my pitch for a study of John Wesley Harding, but I do find it more generally odd that Highway 61 Revisited remains the only one of the…

Continue

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

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