Posted in music | pictures on August 17, 2010

words & photos by Lori Baily

The Baseball Project

The Baseball Proiject headlined a show at Maxwell's on Thursday night. It was before their set over the weekend at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA...

Wilco headlined, and Mavis Staples was their lead-in, but there was six hours of music before them Saturday at Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.

The warm, sunny afternoon made for perfect festival conditions for a series of sets by Wilco-curated bands which alternated between a pair of stages set up in outdoor courtyards on the Mass MoCA grounds.

Alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project brought together Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Miracle 3 (and formerly of the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and journeywoman drummer Linda Pitmon to perform songs that were, in fact, mostly about baseball. Call it good, clean, nerdy fun.

With a rollicking rock 'n' roll sensibility, the foursome sang a tune written after a night out drinking with now-retired pitcher Jack McDowell, advocated for the inclusion of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix on the list of starters who have thrown perfect games (Haddix kept one going for 12 innings in 1959 before losing in the 13th) and threw in a couple of Minus 5 tunes, including "Lies of the Living Dead" and "Aw Shit Man." [Hartford Courant]

Mike Mills was filling for Peter Buck at that show and at the one in NJ on Thursday, where everyone was having a good time - performers and audience alike.

I know nothing about baseball or I would've been entertained even more. Scott McCaughey joined opener Dennis Diken for a couple of songs at the end of their set. The guys (and gal) in both bands are all really sweet and down to earth, Mike Mills even requested that he not be "lit like a lead singer, cause I'm not a lead singer."

More pictures of the NJ show, below...

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Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

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Comments (16)

que que há velhinhos???:P

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 6:57 PM

Cool! Nice pics! Was a fun show!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 8:33 PM

Ted Fuckng Williams

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 8:58 PM

I wanted to go but didn't because I don't care for baseball.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 9:33 PM

"I wanted to go but didn't because I don't care for baseball."

Double Fail! D-Bag x 2

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 8:41 AM

I really wonder what all the fist pumpers think of Maxwell's in Hoboken? Discuss

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 9:41 AM

9:41 Maxwells ain't no guido club dumbass!

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 10:22 AM

10:22 - no shit Sherlock. I've been going there for over ten years. Maxwell's sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the other dumps in that town (aside from DC's & Louise and Jerry's). Thank god that place exists though - I can avoid tools like yourself in NYC/BK

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 10:47 AM

I am taking bets on whether or not Peter Buck will come back to this band. He is too cool for it and needs to split permanently and pronto!

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 12:51 PM

Why don't we get pictures of drummers unless they're women? Can we have drummer pictures for every gig, please? Considering that most posts include 4,392 photos, it won't be hard.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 12:52 PM

I always get drummer photos :)

Anonymous who says Peter Buck is "too cool" for this band has no clue...

Posted by lori | August 19, 2010 4:09 PM

Would be great to see The Zambonis (World's Greatest Hockey Band) open / tour with the Baseball Project.

Posted by Hockey Monkey | August 21, 2010 1:44 AM

It would be really nice if the baseball band had some hummus and crackerjacks to pass around

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 2:23 AM

What's the word on my Babe Ruth song,"Pointing over the fence"?joel

Posted by joel goldstein | November 2, 2010 12:47 PM

What's the word on my Babe Ruth song,"Pointing over the fence"?joel

Posted by Bell Business Internet Fax | November 2, 2012 1:50 PM

Nice post! Thanks you so much for posting.

Posted by Nurs | November 2, 2012 2:23 PM

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