"There's a reason why Philadelphia Weekly calls Steve Wynn "One of rock's true heroes of the underground." Playing guitar, writing song, and performing for 25 years, Steve Wynn has a style of music that has been compared to Neil Yong and John Lennon. He has a contemporary flare with a classic rock sensibility. He was said to be part of the pioneers who brought indie rock to the trendy music scene of the 1980s. "
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Quote: "Steve, a devoted Yankees obsessive (friends have expressed concern) weighs in here with his feelings about the 2009 Yankees and what we can expect from a truly intriguing series."
Steve says, "I seem to remember it being a good session".
"Wait Until You Get To Know Me" at McCabe's for a 2008 taping of Extra.
On Atlanta Baseball Talk:
Steve Wynn discusses The Baseball Project's album, Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails as well as this year's post season.
Quote: "The band hit the stage at 9:30 with Wynn looking youthful and dapper in a classic smoking jacket (of all the musicians from the early '80s, he seems to have aged the best — yet another reason why he may be the luckiest man alive!), Buck on bass, and McCaughey taking on the role of the Master of Ceremonies with his extemporaneous witty banter."
Quote: "Steve started a ground-breaking band called the "Dream Syndicate" back in the 1980s, had a successful solo career and last year launched, "The Baseball Project," with Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., Minus 5), Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Linda Pitmon (Miracle 3, Zu Zu's Petals). Their CD, "Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails," is a collection of songs about baseball, but not in the "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" or "Talking Baseball" sense (mercifully).
They're great songs, rock and ballads, with rich lyrics that tell stories about Jackie Robinson ("Jackie's Lament"), Harvey Haddix (song of the same name for the man who threw a 12-inning perfect game but isn't credited with it), Satchel Paige ("Satchel Paige Said") and Curt Flood ("Gratitude," a great gritty tribute for the man who paved the way for free agency). The CD is well worth the buy."
Quote: "Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn co-captain the Baseball Project, a four-piece that brings its diamond-centric songs (not to mention some non-national-pastime-themed works of McCaughey and Wynn) to Cat's Cradle on Saturday night. We asked the pair to name their five favorite ballplayers and five favorite baseball songs. And because there wasn't a game on, they agreed...."
Quote: "And The Baseball Project's just-regular-folks-in-the-bleachers personality has led to some memorable adventures and connections for the foursome. McCaughey played Baseball Project songs live on mlb.com, and the band has been written up in Sports Illustrated and other sports publications. "Past Time" gets played at Twins home games, and a couple states over, Cubs announcer Len Kasper recently joined the band onstage to sing a Cub-centric verse that he wrote for the number. Ex-pitcher and dabbling musician Black Jack McDowell has even given his song, "The Yankee Flipper," a thumbs-up. A relative of Big Ed Delahanty showed up at a concert bearing newspaper clippings and family stories. An especially warm correspondence has taken root between the band and Marcia Haddix, Harvey the pitcher's widow.
Oh, and Craig Breslow—relief pitcher for the Oakland A's, aspiring physician and the season's American League leader in appearances—has made it known what a fan of Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails he is. Breslow, incidentally, pitched for John Stuper at Yale."
Quote: ""It fits alongside what Scott or I or Peter or Linda would normally do," Wynn said by phone from Philadelphia. "It has hooks, a good groove and it's about subject matter we like. We wrote songs about things and players we care about. You find some universal story that touches you and (you) give a minute detail more importance. We would do that if we happened to be writing about bank robbers or murderers or broken love.""
Steve, Scott, Peter and Linda in the studio at WFPK Radio Louisville.
McCaughey sent the lyrics and a demo of the Pete Rose song, "Pete Rose Way":
The Great American Ball Park
where the sun shines all day
Now I'm walking down Riverside
down to Pete Rose Way
the perfect chaos when he slid
and the way he made you pay
every single thing he did
He did the Pete Rose way
walk through hell in a gasoline suit
if there's one more game to play
diving down this boulevard
they call the Pete Rose Way
He'd be the first to tell you
how many outs he made
never said he was the best
but oh how hard he played
Ask about the Big Red Machine
what would Sparky say
I guess he'd probably tell you
that they played the Pete Rose Way
Oh Brandon, Bronson, and Joey
Oh, Aaron, Johnny and Jay
There are many lessons to be learned
Going down the Pete Rose Way
"As a musician and also as a music fan, I like being in a situation where things change constantly, where it's not just a whole lot of one thing and then the curtain drops," Wynn said. "I like surprise. I like the random element. And there will be plenty of both in this show."
Some recent clips of Steve live from YouTube. There's a bunch in this player, hit the arrow keys along the sides to rotate through.
"R.E.M. Young Fresh Fellows. The Dream Syndicate.
These bands won't be playing at Valentines on Monday night in Albany. Instead, The Baseball Project, The Minus 5 and The Steve Winn IV will be rocking the joint, with all three bands using the same members from a distinguished lineage of power-pop bands of yore."
"From Bob Dylan's "Catfish" to Don DeLillo's Underworld to John Fogerty's "Centerfield," American writers and rockers have long been lured to the baseball diamond in search of metaphorical grist for the artistic mill.L
So why not a whole album of songs inspired by the national pastime? That's the concept behind Volume 1: Frozen Ropes & Dying Quails, the 2008 disc credited to The Baseball Project. The collaboration teams up veteran clutch-hitters Scott McCaughey, the leader of the Minus 5 and Young Fresh Fellows (and also a prized utility player for R.E.M.), and Steve Wynn, the Dream Syndicate founder who has had a two-decade solo career as a hardboiled Raymond Chandler of rock, combining influences from the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones."
"Wynn, 49, and McCaughey, 54, have been lifelong baseball fans. And Wynn, growing up in California, did sportswriting as a teenager and thought that would be his career.
"Then I saw the Sex Pistols play Winterland (in San Francisco) and that was the end of that," he says.
His first band of note, L.A.'s Dream Syndicate, channeled the Velvet Underground's prickly, shadowy, idiosyncratic Rock & Roll with uncanny intuition. How did he get from that to baseball, the all-American national pastime? He sees a natural connection.
"Baseball is such a game of eccentricity and individualism," Wynn says. "You can be an absolute freak, a malcontent, out of your mind and still excel as an individual regardless of how good your teammates are. It's a game of the oddball individuals, and that appeals to a Rock & Roll fan or musician. It's not a jock mentality: 'Live and die for the team, rah rah rah.' It's where an out-of-shape pitcher can strike out a bonus baby or where a guy can pitch a no-hitter on acid.""
Quote: "For Wynn, formerly of the Dream Syndicate, one of the appeals of the rotating bands is he gets to be a sideman when McCaughey (formerly of the Young Fresh Fellows) sings lead.
"I'm always the guy in front of the microphone the whole night, missing everything that goes on onstage," he says. "I get to kick back and watch Scott McCaughey sing songs every night. I have a great time. It's a fun tour because there are three different bands, and different sets of songs to choose from. We mix it up, and there's no real rule of how the show will be from night to night.""
Over the course of his 25-year career, Steve Wynn has fronted iconic '80s alt-rockers the Dream Syndicate, been called the next Bob Dylan and the next Lou Reed, opened for U2 and R.E.M., and released a dozen solo discs under his name.
But even after all these decades in music, he's still experiencing some firsts.
Quote: "The Baseball Project may not be the Yankees of rock supergroups, but if you're putting together a lineup for power-pop veterans, you'd want these guys on your team."
Quote: ""It's funny, but I'm still going to clubs and doing the things I did when I was 20," he said. "I would go see a band, maybe they had been around for 10 years and I'd think, 'Wow, they're 30.' Now 20-year-olds come to see me and I'm like, 'What must he be thinking?' Half the people who come see my shows are kids. I ask them how they know me and they say, 'My dad got me into your music.' Hey, that's great. As long as it's not, 'My grandfather got me into your music.'""
Magnet's Live review: Minus 5, Baseball project, Steve Wynn 4, San Francisco, Ca, August 30, 2009.
Quote: "It didn't take white home uniforms or grey road ones for the fans to tell who was who onstage. Wynn and Pitmon looked every inch the sharp, uptown New Yorkers. McCaughey and Buck, neither of whom has visited the barber all season, could've been mistaken for former members of Seattle-area grunge-meisters the Screaming Trees. It was like the odd couple times two. But not when it came to the music."
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Five songs from the Portland show are online at the Earcandy Archive.
Photoset at Flickr of shots from the LA show at the Troubadour on August 29th.
Some recent clips on YouTube:
Angela shared some shots from Strade Blu:
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New Q & A with Magnet:
STEVE SINGS BOB is the kickoff release from Steve's new Short Run Records, a series of limited edition (300 in this case), signed CDs of archival as well as off-the-beaten-track new material. This first release is a collection of various covers of Dylan songs that Steve has recorded since 1982 with his extended family of musical pals.
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 played at the XPN Festival in Camden, New Jersey.
Click here to check out the page about it on the XPN site and listen to a really nice recording of the show and photos!
Get ready for the barnstorming tour of the year! Steve, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck will be hitting the US highways in various musical disguises as the Minus 5, The Baseball Project and the brand new Steve Wynn IV, all three bands made up of the same players with a possible costume change or 2.
According to Steve, “I’m fairly certain it won’t be a typical 3-band bill with separate sets and repetoires—I have a feeling we’ll be mixing it up and changing from night to night.” Click here for tour dates and if the caravan isn’t stopping in your town it might be time to book a vacation!
"Last night at Bell House, The Miracle 3 were even better in their start-to-finish performance of The Dream Syndicate’s The Medicine Show. This was one of the best, if not the best, concert we have seen this year. Steve was in fine form vocally and on the guitar and the band absolutely smoked." - nyctaper
For more and a recording of the show: click here!
Another performance of Medicine Show coming up in Los Angeles on July 9th! Click here for details.
Included on the article page is a video from The Baseball Project's visit to MLB.com last year when they performed their song, "Harvey Haddix".
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of Medicine Show, Steve and the Miracle 3 will be playing the Dream Syndicate's classic second album from start-to-finish at show in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Many of the songs have been a part of Steve's sets for years but he has never done the complete album on stage before so these shows will most definitely be worth seeing.
June 27 Bell House Brooklyn, NY
July 9 Echo Los Angeles, CA
JoJoBlog: "Were did your sound come from?"
Steve: "I was listening to a lot of music that was surprisingly out of fashion at the time. Not many people were talking about bands like the Velvets and The Stooges and the Modern Lovers-everybody wanted to be into horrible synthesizer and New Romantic bands. It was pretty awful. But I knew I loved the sound of those bands as well as newer bands like The Fall, The Feelies, Black Flag and The Fleshtones and it turned out that a lot of other people were out there that wanted to hear that kind of raw, hypnotic guitar music as well."
Steve plays "Waiting For The Man" with guests Chris Eckman and Vlado Kreslin in Ljubljana.
Steve will be performing at Vienna's Stadfest on April 25 as part of a show called The Satellites of Love, a Tribute To Lou Reed. Steve will sing "Walk On The Wild Side," "Rock and Roll" and "The Blue Mask" backed by a band that includes old pals like Chris Cacavas, Chris Eckman and Chris Brokaw (it's the Chris Festival!) as well as various stars of the Austrian indie scene. The show will take place outdoors in front of the Michaelerplatz (pictured here). Click here for the press release and more information.
"Though McCaughey and Wynn may be nostalgic, they're not delusional, much less anything like deadly. This is a relief, because both have worked musical bohemia long enough to be in the nostalgia business themselves."
The word from Steve:
"Anyone who has seen me play live in the last six years has most likely heard me play “Amphetamine,” my ode to late-night driving, self-examination and speed in all of its many forms. But I think that a lot of people might be hearing for the first time this summer in a very new way. Scroll about 45 seconds into this trailer for “Bandslam,” the upcoming movie featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Aly Michalka (who sings the song), Lisa Kudrow and David Bowie. I've heard the full version of the song (and have been told that it's played at a garage rehearsal) and I think it's great. Horns! Now why didn't I think of that?"
Steve Wynn & the Dragon Bridge Orchestra
Live in Brussels
2CDs & DVD
Now On Sale!
Vinyl lovers rejoice! This is the first single by Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3. This very wild and exploratory version of John Coltrane Stereo Blues from an in-store at Euclid Records last November couldn't be contained to just one side of 7" vinyl and had to be divided into 2 parts just like "Susie Q," "What'd I Say" and other favorites from the golden days of jukebox vinyl. One observer at the in-store compared it to both Television and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Never mind all that--it's SW plus the M3 doing what they do best--tearing up the road map and then piecing it back together.
Limited to only 300 numbered and signed copies with deluxe silk-screened artwork by local artist Phil Huling.
*** SOLD OUT ***
Steve and Linda are two of the musicians forming the "House Band" at the Rock-it Science show in New York City next week (March 3) at the Highline Ballroom. Other musical guests will include Lenny Kaye, Peter Holsapple, Gary Lucas, Rufus Wainwright and Dee Snider (!)
Rock-It Science is a musical event celebrating the interface between music and science. Rock-It Science is the brain child of Dr. Joseph LeDoux, and the event features scientists and academics who are also active performers of music (and science-friendly guest stars).
Steve is in Spain gearing up for the five night tour.
He did a secret show yesterday, part of which has been captured for the rest of us and currently being shared via youtube:
He also visited with RTVE. The interview will play Feb 3 10:30 (GMT+1).
An interview with EITB will play Feb 6 15:00 (GMT +1)
Steve will be visiting Spain:
"Steve Wynn And The Dragon Bridge Orchestra, Live In Brussels: a two-CD/DVD set recorded at Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique in October promoting 2008’s Crossing Dragon Bridge. “We had our little junior orchestra with violin and upright bass, as well as Chris Cacavas on keys, Chris Eckman on guitar and Linda on drums. It’s a great keepsake from a tour that was different than any I’d done before: big, vibrant, exciting and even, uh, grown-up in all the best ways.”"
Steve will be the guest DJ on The Eclectic Company, a weekly show on Chicago's WXRT next Tuesday at 10pm (Central Standard Time).
The show will be streamed live at www.93XRT.com.
Listen as Steve plays favorites and oddities from deep in his collection and spins yarns and tall tales with host Nicholas Tremulis.