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Wyndham Wallace

Wyndham Wallace

Wyndham Wallace is genuinely the name of an Englishman who's lived in Berlin, Germany since 2004, after spending the previous eight years running the UK office of Berlin's City Slang Records. His first book, Lee, Myself & I (about his friendship with Lee Hazlewood) was published in May, 2015 by Jawbone Press. He often works as a music and (occasional) travel journalist, writing regularly for (amongst others) Uncut, The Quietus and Classic Pop (for whom he is the New Releases reviews editor), as well as contributing to other publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Electronic Beats, BBC Music (RIP) and Slow Travel Berlin. He is also a writer/editor/photographer for the acclaimed A Poor Man’s Connoisseur Guide series, which has now published three volumes (Oslo, Tromsø and Træna), and his photographs have been published in The Guardian, Berliner Zeitung, Uncut, View and more.

In addition, he consults for two of Norway’s finest festivals, by:Larm and Træna, and managed legendary singer/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur Lee Hazlewood, as well as Nashville musician Cortney Tidwell, writing lyrics for both. He’s also been known to provide English language subtitles for German films, including Jan Ole Gerster’s award-winning Oh Boy (aka A Coffee In Berlin); Sebastian Schipper’s extraordinary My Name Is Victoria (for which he also acted as music consultant, working with composer Nils Frahm) and Mitte Ende August; Justus Von Dohnányi’s Disaster; Christian Alvart’s Banklady and Sigrid Hoerner’s Miss Sixty. Furthermore, he’s written album liner notes and artist press biographies for a diverse range of artists. Of course he’s never met anyone else called Wyndham, but he knows they’re out there.

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List of articles in the library by artist

A-ha: Their Valuable Hunting Life: The Rocky Road to A-Ha's Hunting High & Low

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2015

Thirty years after a-Ha unveiled their debut, Hunting High & Low – and as they release a new album, Cast In Steel – Wyndham Wallace ...

Bark Psychosis: I Put A Spell On You: The Story of Bark Psychosis' Hex

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, August 2014

Twenty years after their debut album, Hex, Bark Psychosis' legacy may not be widely celebrated, but their influence is pervasive. Wyndham Wallace tells the complex, ...

Bat For Lashes: Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 2012

Ivor Novello Award winner takes things a little too seriously. ...

Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Review by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, June 2011

FOUR YEARS or so ago, the oft-repeated story goes, Justin Vernon was holed up in a cabin in the rural wilderness of Wisconsin, recovering from ...

Tim Burgess, Felt: Killed by Felt: Tim Burgess discusses his love of Lawrence and "Birmingham's best band ever"

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, July 2011

Wyndham Wallace takes a road trip from London to Essen, Germany, with a truckload of CDs, LPs, and the unlikely company of the Charlatans' Tim ...

John Cale: Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, Fall 2012

IT'S UNFAIR THAT, almost half a century since their formation, John Cale remains best known for his role as co-founder of the Velvet Underground. ...

Can: The Lost Tapes

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, June 2012

Can do: quintessential krautrock rescued from the archives. ...

Cody Chesnutt: Cody ChesnuTT: Landing On A Hundred

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

IF YOU'RE OF the opinion that soul music in the 21st Century lacks the authenticity of its golden late 1960s/early 1970s period, then Cody ChesnuTT's ...

Vic Chesnutt's back with three new albums in as many months…

Report and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, October 2009

He calls himself "the biggest fuck up in the music business" but, according to Wyndham Wallace, Vic Chesnutt is turning into one of its greatest ...

Duran Duran: Looking Back to Planet Earth and Beyond: Five Decades of Duran Duran

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, December 2012

Please, please tell me now! As John Taylor publishes his autobiography, In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran, Wyndham Wallace accompanies him through ...

East River Pipe: "A Songwriter Who Works at Home Depot": F.M. Cornog of East River Pipe interviewed

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, June 2011

Cult singer songwriter Fred Cornog of East River Pipe talks to Wyndham Wallace about "scratching out a living, and trying to survive with a little ...

Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, January 2012

Classy Americana from Canadian chanteuse produced by Bon Iver. ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Beyond the Pleasuredome: Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Liverpool

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, July 2011

Wyndham Wallace follows last year's celebration of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's landmark album, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, with a look at its neglected follow-up, Liverpool, ...

Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, December 2011

THINK OF BLUR'S Damon Albarn and one thinks of Britpop, which is rather unfair, given that he's spent the last fifteen years working on projects ...

Grizzly Bear: Shields

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2012

WITH OPENING track 'Sleeping Ute''s initially perplexing time signature and the subsequent psychedelic noises that tear from the speaker to speaker, it's clear success hasn't ...

Herbert Grönemeyer: Herbert Goes 'Banana': Germany's Biggest Star Takes On England

Profile and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, August 2012

Virtually unknown in Britain, Herbert Grönemeyer is a huge star in his native Germany, having sold 18 million albums. Now his sights are set on ...

Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky's Edge

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2012

"… AND THIS ONE'S for all the men in the house." Yes, after a decade of seducing career couples with the Roy Orbison stylings of ...

Lee Hazlewood: "I'm just an old cowboy who wrote a few songs…" A First Encounter with the legendary Lee Hazlewood

Book Excerpt by Wyndham Wallace, 'Lee, Myself & I' (Jawbone), May 2015

The following extract takes place within a few minutes of my first meeting with Lee Hazlewood in April, 1999, at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel, ...

Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Pioneer Saboteurs

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2010

A powerfully ominous reshaping of old-school Americana. ...

Jenny Hval, rockettothesky: Jenny & the Jets: The Musical Universe of Rockettothesky

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, January 2010

Rockettothesky's Jenny Hval may have made little impact outside of Scandinavia, but that needs to change. According to Wyndham Wallace, she's one of the most ...

It's Immaterial: Living in an Immaterial World

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, October 2015

Emerging from the punk and art school scene of 1970s Liverpool, It's Immaterial are the band that time cruelly forgot. Despite one enduring big hit, ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Upside Down – The Best Of The Jesus & Mary Chain

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2010

TO DECLARE, as this CD's artwork does, that East Kilbride's Jesus & Mary Chain are "arguably the last great British rock'n'roll band" is almost as ...

Kitchens of Distinction: An Accidental Comeback: Reassembling Kitchens of Distinction

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2013

The return of Kitchens of Distinction was unexpected, even for the band. Wyndham Wallace joins them for their first face-to-face interview together in almost two ...

Levitation: Whirled Around: The Rise & Fall Of Levitation

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, May 2012

20 years ago, on the eve of their debut album's release, Levitation looked like they'd explode. Instead, a year later, they imploded. Wyndham Wallace invites ...

Morcheeba: Specs & Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll: True Stories Of Morcheeba

Profile and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, October 2013

Morcheeba may no longer be flavour of the month, or even the decade, but they've lived it large and survived to tell great tales. As ...

Sinead O'Connor: Institutionalised: The Faith and Courage of Sinead O'Connor

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, June 2013

Though her personal life has often overshadowed her career, Sinead O'Connor remains a treasured musical force. Belatedly back on the road to promote her most ...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: From Kraftwerk to Craftsmen

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, May 2013

They were just "two guys with a tape recorder and a name as long as the stage they were standing on", but Orchestral Manoeuvres In ...

Propaganda: Your Wish Is My Command: Propaganda's A Secret Wish

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, August 2010

Celebrating 25 years since its release, Propaganda's A Secret Wish has just been reissued with a bonus disc of rarities. Wyndham Wallace confronts their Sturm ...

Bill Ryder-Jones: If…

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2011

POP MUSICIANS have many aspirations, but one that is often hardest to fulfil is to be taken seriously. ...

Phil Selway: Familial

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

GUARANTEED WORLDWIDE coverage because of his day job as Radiohead's drummer and signed to Bella Union, a UK indie label currently at the top of ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós: Valtari

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2012

IF THE RELEASE of Sigur Rós' last studio album, Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, led people to fear that the band's days crafting ...

Simply Red: Let The Red Flag Fly: In Defence of Picture Book

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, October 2010

The Quietus battens down the hatches and prepares for a storm as Wyndham Wallace risks all to defend Simply Red's debut album, Picture Book, on ...

Slowdive: Pygmalion

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

Post-shoegazing classic reissued with bonus disc of demos. ...

St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, Fall 2011

WITH THE CRITICAL mass now in her favour, a commercial breakthrough seems inevitable for St. Vincent, known otherwise as Annie Clark, poster girl for indie ...

Sunn O))): Black Gold Of The Sunn O))): Earth's Loudest Band

Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, January 2012

Wyndham Wallace talks to Stephen O'Malley about volume, improvisation, the reissue of Sunn O)))'s debut album ØØ Void and Sunn O))) action figures… ...

Talk Talk: Classic Album: Talk Talk's Spirit Of Eden

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, November 2013

Twenty five years ago, Talk Talk's fourth album was spurned upon its release, lasted only five weeks in the British charts and led the band ...

Talk Talk: Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Story of Talk Talk's Laughing Stock

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2011

A triumph of art over commerce or ruthless, selfish exploitation? On the 20th anniversary of its release, Wyndham Wallace looks at the complex story behind ...

Tears For Fears: This Is Going To Hurt: The Mad World Of Tears For Fears’ Debut LP

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2013

In his 100th piece for The Quietus, Wyndham Wallace talks to five key figures behind Tears for Fears to present an epic oral history of ...

Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

DECEMBER'S NORMALLY dominated by chart artists seeking to grab a slice of Christmas pie, whether it be Dean Martin, Cliff Richard or the latest X ...

Travis: How We Learned to Hate Travis and Why We May Be Wrong

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, May 2013

With Where You Stand, their seventh album – and first for five years – due out this summer, frontman Fran Healy joins Wyndham Wallace to ...

The Waterboys: There's Something In The Water: The Waterboys' This Is The Sea at 25

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, April 2011

Wyndham Wallace talks to Mike Scott of The Waterboys about his classic album This Is The Sea, 25 years on from its release… ...

Patrick Watson: Adventures In Your Own Backyard

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 2012

SOMETHING OF a star in his Canadian homeland after winning the 2007 Polaris Prize – the country's equivalent of the Mercury Prize – for his ...

Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man In The Universe

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, June 2012

THEY'RE CALLING IT a masterpiece. That's the way when these beloved legends come in from the cold: so welcome is their return that weaknesses are ...

World Domination Enterprises: A World Of Noise: World Domination Enterprises

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, September 2009

"We were the most exciting band in the world, but the world never quite realised it," claims mainman Keith Dobson of the gargantuan World Domination ...

Yello: Mad About Saffron: Thirty Years of Yello

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Quietus, The, December 2009

Yello's Dieter Meier sits down with Wyndham Wallace to discuss the duo's new album Touch and three decades as an aristocratic prankster. ...

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