Dates for the Dream Syndicate's Tour 2013 are up!
Also check out a free download of "Tell Me When It's Over" recorded September 2012 at El Sol in Madrid, Spain
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The Guardian has an extension review of The Paisley Underground featuring contributions from Steve, Dan Stuart, Sid Griffin, Matt Piucci and many others:
The Paisley Underground: Los Angeles's 1980s psychedelic explosion Think of LA in the 1980s, and you think of hair metal. But elsewhere, the Bangles, the Dream Syndicate and a handful of others were reviving the 1960s and briefly becoming rock's hottest scene. Here's the story in the musicians' own words...
Over the 30 years that I have been recording and touring, there has been one constant collaborator and that's my good buddy Chris Cacavas. From the earliest days of 1982 when I put out Green On Red's eponymous EP on my Down There label through the two Danny & Dusty records as well as "Here Come The Miracles," "Static Transmission" and on many tours with many lineups, I have often had Chris right there by my side. And with the winter chill upon us, it is time again for Chris and I to take our songs, histories, collaboration and friendship out on the road. Chris and I will be coming to an autobahn/autostrade near you next month.
We both have new limited edition CDs with previously unreleased material — Chris' is called "Love's Been re-Discontinued" and mine is "Up There — the Home Recordings 2000 to 2008" and both will be available at the show. Got a song you're just dying to hear? Let us know via either of our Facebook sites. Put on your coat, your glove, your hat and come on down to join us for the musical equivalent of a night by a roaring fire.
"Up There--Home Recordings 2000 to 2008," Steve's latest in a series of limited edition tour CDs is now available for purchase right here on the WynnWeb. The CD is what is says, a collection of multi-track demos from the last decade, a few of which surfaced on tribute records and film soundtracks and even more that were never released. There are early sketches of songs that ended up on official records as well as covers of songs by Gene Clark, Nick Lowe, Daniel Johnston, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. The CD is hand numbered edition of 1000 copies. Read more about it and order your copy right here.
UPDATE: Due to family complications, the last four dates of this tour have been canceled. Check back for possible rescheduling early in 2013.
I always enjoy doing something I’ve never done before, especially when it comes to touring and making music. And that’s not easy. 30 years and thousands of shows into the game, it can be tough finding a new way to collaborate and take it to the stage. Well, next month in Belgium I’ll be doing something new--seventeen shows in Belgium with Piv Huvluv, an old pal who is really making a name for himself on the comedy circuit over there. Since his act is in Flemish, I’ll just have to take the word of friends (particularly my Dutch bass player Erik Van Loo) in knowing that the guy is hilarious. I have watched a DVD of his act and found myself laughing even when I didn’t know what he was saying. Funny bones, as they say, funny bones. Anyway, I put the idea to Piv a few years ago that we do a tour like this, combining what we do both separately and together on stage during the course of an evening. He loved the idea and now it’s going to be a barnstorming adventure. Naturally, it will be especially good if you understand his act but even if you don’t, it will be worth the trek, especially since I’ll be debuting my latest limited edition CD, “Up There—Home Recordings 2000 to 2008”—on the tour. The CD is what it says—demos and sessions from the last decade, recorded at my home studio (which was up there, on the 5th floor of my NYC digs) before I moved to my NEW home studio, once again on the 5th floor, as it turns out, of my Jackson Heights residence. Come for the music, come for the laughs, come for the collaboration, come for the new CD—but you just might want to come out somewhere along the trek because this one will be unique.
This September marks the 30 year anniversary of the release of The Days of Wine and I’m excited to say The Dream Syndicate will be commemorating the date by reforming for a handful of shows in Spain, the first time that Dennis Duck, Mark Walton and I will have performed as the Dream Syndicate since we walked off stage at the I-Beam in San Francisco back in 1988. We’re going to be joined for these dates (and very possibly some more beyond) by Jason Victor who has so ably carried the torch of the guitarists who have played these songs with us before. I’m really looking forward to these shows and I hope that some of you will have the chance to come down and see them for yourselves.
Allow yourself to be transported via your computer screen to that very special night in April when The Baseball Project had a chance to perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our good friends at The Met did a great job of shooting the event and have made the complete show available for checking out on YouTube. Enjoy.
It's been an odd touring year for me and both the Miracle 3 and The Baseball Project. Most of last year was spent on the road, zipping back and forth across both the US and the Atlantic as we played almost 150 shows. This year has been a year of staying much closer to home—well, except for a couple of weeks in Mexico and another just completed over in Australia.
But in the next few months, both bands will be active but mostly within the 200 mile range of New York City. I’ll be playing with Jason, Dave and Linda on a bill with our pals Dressy Bessy this Saturday in Brooklyn at Littlefield’s (full info and link below). It’s my first time at that club but I’ve heard some very good things. And then, the M3 and I will be going on a barnstorming 3-day tour with The Fleshtones in NYC, Rehoboth Beach (Delaware) and Philadelphia next month, before I switch over to my sporting gear for a few gigs with The Baseball Project in July.
The last time I was in Australia was 1986 with The Dream Syndicate. We had just released our new record "Out of the Grey" with a song called "Boston" that people seemed to like although the title track was the one that was being played daily on MTV. Yes, it was that long ago. What can I say?
The land down under (which was most likely being segued out of our video on MTV) is just SO far away. But thanks to the wonderful and rocking Hoodoo Gurus, I'm going back to help them celebrate their 30 Year Anniversary on a bill that will also include The Fleshtones, Redd Kross, Died Pretty, the 5,6,7,8's and other amazing acts. I'll be on the Sydney and Melbourne gigs. Who knows? Maybe this time I just won't end up leaving.
The baseball season is still a few months away but here's something to tide you over and keep you warm--a clip of The Baseball Project singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and "Past Time" from Spring Training out in Arizona last March. Expect new music and some interesting gigs from the band (starting with a performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on April 13) in the coming year.
MTT: The Dream Syndicate are said to be influential partially because while other bands were experimenting with more electronic forms of music, you were bringing back the guitar. What do you think of this statement?
SW: It seemed really weird to me. We were treated almost like a novelty because we played guitars. Can you imagine that? But at that brief ugly time in history, it seemed like a weird thing to do. It just was the sound that we loved. But nobody else seemed to want to do it, so we did it ourselves. I've always said that if someone else had been making the music we wanted to hear, we wouldn't have bothered.
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There are worse places to begin the new year than in Mexico at the Southern tip of Baja California. And that is exactly where you will find me and my bandmates in the Baseball Project (Scott, Peter and Linda) as well as Robyn Hitchcock and the other members of the Minus 5 over the first 3 weeks of 2012. It's something that Peter put together for big new year fun and also to benefit The Palapa Society of Todos Santos. Come on down and join us--here's the lowdown
It's only fitting that a band that can sing about 100+ years of the Grand Old Game would be well represented on the musical medium that is somehow both very old and also very new and hip. And with that, we're proud to announce that our "Volume 1--Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails" is now available on vinyl (along with Volume 2 which, strangely enough, was released FIRST on vinyl but that's another story). You can find both of these fine artifacts up on The Baseball Project's online store. Stay tuned for the release of The Broadside Ballads on 78, coming soon!
We had been asleep only a few hours before and we were only about 2 cups of coffee into the day, but nonetheless my noontime show with the Miracle 3 at KEXP's showcase at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop at South By Southwest in Austin last March was one of our best sets of the year. You don't believe me? Well, fortunately KEXP and their outstanding technical team was there to document the day and you can find their snazzy video for "Amphetamine" (which is also included on their latest sampler--check it out here right here. By 1pm we were out the door, station swag in hand and on our way to seek out some fine BBQ down the road
Quote: "The Rhino Records store in Los Angeles already has its place in the history books, but a new documentary -- which received its world premiere Saturday with numerous former employees and label executives on hand -- further cements its identity as an inventive rule-breaking retailer."
If our first tour of the year last March was dubbed the “Spring Training Tour” and then was followed in May and June by the “Regular Season Tour,” it only makes sense that the end of the Summer would have to bring – drum roll, please – the “Pennant Race Tour.” Yes, The Baseball Project is hitting the road once again and this time our endless barnstorming will take way up to the tippy-top of the Northeast and then down the Atlantic Coast. Peter will be back at First Bass (sorry, couldn’t resist) and we’ll be hitting new cities this time around and a few old favorites as well.
Come out and see us mix and match from our three albums (a veritable dynasty!) and be dazzled and surprised as we toss in some odd choices from our mutual back catalogues as well as some oddities from our various record collections. Anything can (and will) happen when the four of us get together. After all, we’re kicking into high gear to make sure that we make it to the post-season.
I've recently become a fan of the work of a young animator and video director from Brooklyn named Sines and when the new deluxe vinyl version of The Days of Wine and Roses came out a few weeks ago, I had the idea of asking him to do a video for "Tell Me When It's Over."
He did not disappoint and somehow got to the core of a tune that was recorded several years before he was born. Check it out.
Our good pal Brigid Pearson (who designed the cover and package for "Northern Aggression" and also most of Steve's other CDs) came up with this fantastic video for the swirling, sonic adventure from the new album. The concert footage was shot in Austin and New York City.
" former Angeleno Steve Wynn talks about Pete Rose, his World Series picks and the band itself, of course."
"Mark Fidrych is being celebrated in the nostalgic new song "1976," which recounts the former Tigers pitcher's fabled rookie year -- the song's title -- and his death in 2009."
"In his Eighties band the Dream Syndicate, singer- guitarist Steve Wynn subverted Sixties psychedelia with droning guitars and tangled skeins of lies and treachery, like a Velvet Underground score to a Fifties-noir film. Northern Aggression, made with his long-running Miracle 3, is a new peak in that hard-boiled moral aggression."
A wrap up from Steve:
Check out videos from the performances:
You can hit side arrows to cycle through all the different videos in player below.
And all kinds of press about The Baseball Project's latest, which you can check out by clicking here (scroll down a bit to see all the press clippings).
"If it sounds like insider territory, fear not. As members Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey tell Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, baseball is often just a backdrop in the lyrics."
"What else besides the great American pastime could bring so many melodic rockers together? All 13 songs on the album are odes to baseball, and like the band's first outing, Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, Wynn, McCaughey, Pitmon, and Buck don't just stick to the big names and stories. With obsessive eyes for detail, they display an encyclopedic knowledge of the miscreants who play the game, the ballparks where it's played, and the myriad tragedies and comedies that color the sport's history."