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Ken Tucker Reviews Chuck Cleaver's 'Send Aid' on NPR's Fresh Air by Wussy News

Chuck Cleaver / Photo - Anna Stockton

Chuck Cleaver / Photo - Anna Stockton

Ken Tucker reviewed Chuck Cleaver’s debut album Send Aid on the September 3 edition of NPR’s Fresh Air.

“Cleaver, one of the leaders of Wussy, sings about joy, pain, sorrow and regret on Send Aid. The resulting album stands with the best of anything Cleaver has ever done.” - Ken Tucker, Fresh Air

Read or listen to the rest here:

Wussy on CBS This Morning by Wussy News

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Wussy made their national US television debut on CBS This Morning, featured on the show’s November 29 Saturday Sessions. The band filmed an interview segment at the 60 Minutes Studio with CBS’s Anthony Mason, supplemented with additional footage shot on tour and in their hometown of Cincinnati. They performed the songs “Teenage Wasteland”, “Beatiful” and “Pizza King”. The performances are not currently available online; however the interview with Anthony Mason is featured below:

Cincinnati CityBeat reported on the coverage:

“Veteran Cincinnati band Wussy saw a huge boost of its national profile (and sales) over the weekend when the band was featured on CBS This Morning on Nov 29. The band’s network TV debut included an entertaining and funny interview segment, spliced with live footage (including shots filmed at this year’s MidPoint Music Festival, where the band opened for The Afghan Whigs in Washington Park). The featurette also showed band members Chuck Cleaver, Mark Messerly and Lisa Walker at their day jobs in Cincinnati and Shake It Records (the Northside record shop whose label branch releases Wussy’s albums) also makes an appearance. 

The band’s appearance also included a performance of “Teenage Wasteland” from Wussy’s latest album, Attica! A bonus performance of another song from the album, “Beautiful,” was also filmed.

The appearance had an immediate impact on Wussy’s sales. CBS’s Anthony Mason (who conducted the interview) tweeted that Attica! entered the iTunes album chart at No. 89 after the airing. Amazon sold out of its stock of Attica! CDs. 

Video: Wussy Live on KEXP (Full Performance / June 2014) by Wussy News

Wussy performed live at Seattle’s KEXP studios on June 20, 2014, receiving the first ever Midday Show encore! The video from that performance is available above. The band even ran into King Buzzo in the radio station parking lot!

Songs: Teenage Wasteland, Bug, Rainbows & Butterflies, Beautiful, Pizza King
Host: Cheryl Waters / Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs / Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Shelly Corbett & Scott Holpainen / Editor: Jim Beckmann

From KEXP:

“We’re glad to see more and more listeners and critics take notice of the the Cincinnati band’s dynamic 90s-steeped pop-rock sound. And they’re as much fun to talk to as hear them perform, so it was no surprise that Cheryl would ask them to keep playing after their fourth song for the first ever encore on the Midday Show!”

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