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  • [Music]The Baseball Project.

    Holy crap. This has the potential to be the Best. Thing. Ever.

    For years when I was working at Euclid Records, I'd hear The Man (Euclid Joe, the owner), Skitch, and others talk about indie rock hipster legends like Steve Wynn and Ira Kaplan and Scott McCaughey and Gerard Cosloy being absolute baseball *fanatics*--allegedly there is or was a hyper-competitive New York league revolving around the offices of Matador Records.

    Well then. Apparently last year, Scott McC (of the Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus Five--Jeff Tweedy's Wilco diversion) and Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, and solo work for three decades) got together at the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and spent a drunken evening talking baseball and joking about how the history of the game would lend itself to rock and roll songs that would rise above the banal mawkishness of "Talkin' Baseball" or anything else Terry Cashman touched.

    The two guys decided to give it a shot, and enlisted Steve's wife, drummer Linda Pitmon (who isn't just the best female drummer in rock history, she might be the best drummer, period, in rock right now) and REM guitarist Peter Buck, also a huge baseball fan. The idea of the songs wasn't to give baseball a free pass on pure nostalgia. Nope, the idea was, baseball is good and the history and traditions are amazing...but part of the tradition is the story of Curt Flood and Jackie Robinson, Ed Delahanty and Hal Chase, Mark McGwire and Raphael Palmiero.

    So anyway, I was sort of worried about this, but check the track list:
    • "Past Time”
    • ”Ted Fucking Williams”
    • ”Gratitude (For Curt Flood)”
    • ”Brook Man”
    • ”Satchel Paige Said”
    • ”Fernando”
    • ”Long Before My Time”
    • ”Jackie's Lament”
    • ”Sometimes I Dream Of Willie Mays”
    • ”The Death Of Big Ed Delahanty”
    • ”Harvey Haddix”
    • ”The Yankee Flipper”
    • ”The Closer”
    Yeah. I've actually heard "Ted Fucking Williams" and "Past Time", and if the whole disc is that good, this thing will be epic. The album is called "Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails, Vol 1" and will be out July 8th...day of the All Star game, natch.

    The Baseball Project Myspace Page, where you can see Oscar Gamble's 'fro and hear the song "Past Time".
    I like cheese.

  • #2
    That

    is

    awesome.

    "The Death Of Big Ed Delahanty". So these guys are legit. I hope it can rise to the inspired levels of "Go, Cubs, Go".

    I am agog.

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    • #3
      "Gratitude (For Curt Flood)"

      Now everyone’s walking like they’re rolling in dough.
      Throwing all their money around just for show.
      Acting like everything is coming to them
      and knowing that more is just around the bend.
      But I’m the one who paved the way
      and laid my body in the road so you can walk on it today.
      I stood right up when they tried to put me down.
      You’re so high up, you forget to look down!
      You call that gratitude?

      I’m the well-paid slave and the roads that I paved
      took my career, that’s just what I gave.
      Five years later they were rolling in clover
      but nothing for me,my career was over.
      If I’d been born just a generation later
      I could have settled up with an arbitrator.
      I’d be wearing fur coats if I were rich with a
      “bum-bum-bitty-bitty-bum”
      You call that gratitude?

      On the day that I died and they laid me in the ground
      where was everybody? They couldn’t be found.
      I’m gone and they don’t know my name.
      No plaque, no speech, no hall of fame.
      A-Rod, Zito, Tejada, Posada,
      Johan, Maddux, Manny, Mussina.
      Who’s the one who paved the way with blood?
      Go say my name—it’s (Flood!) Curt Flood!
      You call that gratitude?
      I like cheese.

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      • #4
        InfluencesJim Bouton, Roger Kahn, Vin Scully, Bo Belinsky, David Wells, Hoss Radbourne, "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, Micah Owings, Bill Lee, Fermando Valenzuela, Morganna the Kissing Bandit, John Sayles, the Phillie Phanatic, Cleon Jones, Masanori Murakami, all three Alou Brothers, Jim Rome, Dick Allen, Dave Niehaus, Christy Mathewson, Bill King, Charles O. Finley, Edgar Martinez, Dan Patrick, Casey Stengel, Gorman Thomas, Connie Mack, Al Hrabosky, Albert Pujols, Keith Olbermann, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, Sudden Sam and Black Jack McDowell, Daniel Okrent,
        FAIL
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        • #5
          Originally posted by backstop View Post
          That

          is

          awesome.

          "The Death Of Big Ed Delahanty". So these guys are legit. I hope it can rise to the inspired levels of "Go, Cubs, Go".

          I am agog.
          When I saw the song title "Ted Fucking Williams" I knew they were gonna do it right. I thought "Hey! These guys read 'Ball Four', too!!"

          In the bullpen tonight Jim Pagliaroni was telling us how Ted Williams, when he was still playing, would psyche himself up for a game during batting practice, usually early practice before the fans or reporters got there.
          He'd go into the cage, wave his bat at the pitcher and start screaming at the top of his voice, "My name is Ted fucking Williams and I'm the greatest hitter in baseball."
          He'd swing and hit a line drive.
          "Jesus H. Christ Himself couldn't get me out."
          And he'd hit another.
          Then he'd say, "Here comes Jim Bunning. Jim fucking Bunning and that little shit slider of his."
          Wham!
          "He doesn't really think he's gonna get me out with that shit."
          Blam!
          "I'm Ted fucking Williams."
          Sock!
          I like cheese.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ty Shula View Post
            FAIL
            Eh, they're fans of The Mad Hungarian act--which, if you didn't have to listen to Al as a broadcaster for 30 freakin' years--was pretty cool.
            I like cheese.

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            • #7
              can't wait to give this a listen!!

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              • #8
                Album can now be streamed and listened to in whole here:

                http://216.69.135.140/MP3Players/Bas...me1/wimpy.html

                On two trips through, my favorite song is Steve Wynn's bitter (but tuneful) "Gratitude (For Curt Flood)", with "Broken Man", "Satchel Paige Said", and Scott McCaughey's gorgeous nostalgia trip "Sometimes I Dream Of Willie Mays".
                I like cheese.

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                • #9
                  sounds good, is this on amazon?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jhanke View Post
                    sounds good, is this on amazon?
                    Not until proper release on All-Star game day.

                    The label is just streaming it for now as a pre-release marketing thing.
                    I like cheese.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jhanke View Post
                      sounds good, is this on amazon?
                      yes you lazy SOB, it is.

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                      Said the Quangle Wangle Quee

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                      • #12
                        The Baseball Project will be on Letterman tomorrow night.
                        I like cheese.

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                        • #13
                          I like cheese.

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                          • #14
                            I like cheese.

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                            • #15
                              I like cheese.

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