The Baseball Project

How did I miss Vol. 1? This sounds like fun:

Love rock and baseball, too? Here’s a rare chance to put those passions together, courtesy of this all-star team of Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn, R.E.M.’s Scott McCaughey, Linda Piton and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills (pinch hitting for Peter Buck) – the 2011 road-trip lineup of The Baseball Project. Tunes on their new “Volume 2: High and Inside” album may harken some to the styles of the Beach Boys, Lou Reed or Bob Dylan. But the yarns are uniquely focused on baseball lore, with an emphasis on heroic originals (“Ichiro Goes to the Moon”) and beautiful losers, like Boston’s “chosen son” Tony Conigliaro (ruined by a fastball pitch to the eye) and ramblin’, gamblin’ Pete Rose, here given an easy walk on the “Pete Rose Way.” The Bigger Lovers warm up first.

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