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Feature: 'The Many Reasons to Love Wussy' by Robert Christgau by Lisa Walker

Rock critic Robert Christgau published a feature in the Barnes & Noble Review (March 6, 2012) titled The Many Reasons to Love Wussy, saying:

“Wussy have been the best band in America since they released the first of their five superb albums in 2005, only nobody knows it except me and my friends. I’m oversimplifying, of course. Wussy are a moderately big deal in their unhip Cincinnati hometown, and in part because so many of my friends are rock critics, their 2011 Strawberry finished 109th in the 2011 Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll — not bad for a band never once mentioned in Pitchfork. (Ever.) Nevertheless, they remain dishearteningly obscure.” - Robert Christgau

Read the full feature here.

Update: This piece was later published in Christgau’s October 2018 anthology titled Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 (Duke University Press).

Photo: Michael Kearns

Photo: Michael Kearns

Lisa Walker Interview Included in New Book About Coen Brothers by Wussy News

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We are pleased to announce that an interview with Wussy’s Lisa Walker is featured in Adam Nayman’s gorgeous new hardcover book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together. Other interviewees include frequent Coen collaborators such as Carter Burwell and Roger Deakins! 🎳

“.. film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through [the Coens’] complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, ‘some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness’. The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.”

In the interview, Walker discusses how The Big Lebowski, and Donny’s character in particular, inspired her to write Forever Sounds’ soaring anthem “Donny’s Death Scene”.

Read more about it from Abrams books.

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Wussy Feature in The Ringer: "Wussy’s American Gothic" by Wussy News

Pop culture mag The Ringer just published an in-depth feature on Wussy and their newest release. Written by Adam Nayman (author of The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together), the article delves into some of the stories behind the songs on What Heaven Is Like, declaring: “This is the best band you’ve never heard of.”

Read the rest here: “You Need to Hear Wussy Right Now: The Ohio band has been quietly crafting one of the great rock catalogs of the decade. But their latest album, ‘What Heaven Is Like,’ is too good to be kept secret.”

Wussy's 'Ceremony' Cover Featured in SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week by Wussy News

SPIN included Wussy’s cover of “Ceremony” among their “7 Favorite Songs of the Week”, saying:

There are plenty of ways for a cover song to be successful, but it can be especially meaningful when artists weave in their perspective without compromising the magic of the original — which Cincinnati’s Wussy do with aplomb with this take on New Order’s 1981 classic. Staying faithful to the new-wave pioneers’ looping guitar line, Wussy throw in layers of hazy, frayed distortion while singing Ian Curtis’ last lyrics together in unruly unison. — R.B.

Read the rest here: SPIN’s 7 Favorite Songs of the Week: DeJ Loaf, Julianna Barwick, and More

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.