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Album Review: Baseball Project, Vol. 2: High and Inside by The Baseball Project
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The Baseball Project is a concept group, so by definition, they make concept albums. Formed by Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Peter Buck, and united by a love of baseball and alternative rock, the group released a concept album of rocking narrative songs centered on baseball, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails, in 2008. Now, abetted by guest appearances from Steve Berlin, Ira Kaplin, Robert Lloyd, Chris Funk, John Moen, Ben Gibbard, and Craig Finn, the group has returned for Volume 2: High and Inside, a second album of like-minded baseball narratives.
All-Star Band Swings for the Fences We’re still deep in the throes of winter here in the Midwest. Spring seems like an impossible dream. But for the members of The Baseball Project—major-league sports nerds from better-known bands Young Fresh Fellows, Dream Syndicate, R.E.M., and Golden Smog—Opening Day is just around the corner. Their second album, Vol.
With High and Inside, everyone's favorite baseball-loving indie-rock super group —Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and Linda Pitmon—is back again with the second volume of its odes to the national pastime. And this time they have brought their friends: Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, The Decemberists' Chris Funk and John Moen, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, among others. The result is a laid back indie-rock baseball party.
If pitchers and catchers reporting signals spring to you more than a groundhog, if opinions on the designated hitter have severed friendships, or if your record collection includes Terry Cashman, then it's likely the Baseball Project is your band. The sophomore LP from Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Peter Buck picks up where 2008's Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails left off, mixing musical styles to their song histories of the pastime's heroes and goats (from Bill Buckner to Mark Fidrych to Pete Rose).