The Baseball Project

New Music Ahead
Music You Should Know

Photos by 5342 Studios
at the Solid Sound Festival
Photo Album - Aug 14, 2010

In a few short weeks music's most accomplished baseball-obsessed band will return to release their sophomore effort. "High and Inside" (Yep Roc) will be timed to be in the hands of fans while players are in Spring Training. (Pitchers & Catchers report in just three weeks.)

The Baseball Project consists of a core of accomplished musicians (lead by Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynnn and rounded out by Linda Pitmon and REM's Peter Buck.) Their debut album, "Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails," with Boston favorite, "Ted Fucking Williams" featured prominently. This is music for passionate people who love their music and their baseball.

Linda Pitmon

New Album Contributors: Some of those people who love music and baseball include album contributors: Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Chris Funk and John Moen of The Decemberists as well as longtime friend and musical collaborator Robert Lloyd.

1. 1976
2. Panda and The Freak
3. Fair Weather Fans
4. Don’t Call Them Twinkies
5. Chin Music
6. Buckner’s Bolero
7. Tony (Boston’s Chosen Son)
8. Ichiro Goes to the Moon
9. The Straw that Stirs the Drink
10. Look Out Mom
11. Pete Rose Way
12. Twilight of My Career
13. Here Lies Carl Mays

Case in point is today's new Baseball Project track, "Pete Rose Way." The band doesn't celebrate his accomplishments on the field or his failures off of it - they simply elevate the effort for which he exhibited on every play. For a sports fan, that's what it's all about. And like, the Baseball Project just talking about his supreme effort to win as an athlete. Rose, like the Baseball Project, is just fun to watch.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
THE BASEBALL PROJECT in N Adams, MA - 8/14/10

We caught the band at Wilco's Solid Sound Music Festival last August [Editor's note: Solid Sound will be back again this year, but has moved forward in the calendar from June 24-26. Peter Buck, btw, missed the weekend and was filled in for, most admirably, by REM band mate Mike Mills. You'll see Mike and his sky blue shirt in the album above.]

Steve Winn


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