Posted in music | tour dates on May 12, 2011

The Baseball Project

On one of the sunniest day of the year so far, Hobokenites came out in droves to eat, see local art and hear live music at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival on Sunday afternoon...

The Baseball Project... proceeded to rip a hole through the afternoon with the sheer power of their rocking and songwriting prowess. Highlights (and there were many) included Wynn's ode to Detroit Tiger's pitcher Mark Fidrych entitled '1976', McCaughey's wordtastic 'Panda and The Freak,' and the ridiculously talented rhythm section of Buck and Pitmon.

Craig Finn (of the Hold Steady) made a truly electric guest appearance on a tune for which he penned the lyrics called, 'Please Don't Call Them Twinkies.'" He was entirely captivating and having never heard/seen him sing live before, I think I fully understand now why his band is so popular. -[Patch]

As promised, Craig Finn also showed up two days earlier at The Baseball Project's 4/29 show at the Bell House. Watch Craig sing with them at the Brooklyn show, in a video below. In between Hoboken and Brooklyn, they also played a show at Drew's House in Ringwood, NJ where their setlist included covers of both the Cramps and the Flamin Groovies. Videos from that show are also below.

And with those triumphant dates in their rearview, The Baseball Project has announced their return to NYC with a date at City Winery on June 5th. Tickets are on sale. The NYC date is part of a larger string of mostly Northeastern dates that will also include a stop in Baseball Hall of Fame home Cooperstown on June 3rd (they play a brewery there).

All of this touring is in support of their second album, Volume Two: High and Inside, which was released March 1 on Yep Roc and includes guest appearances from Craig Finn, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, and Chris Funk and John Moen of The Decemberists.

All tour dates, a video of the band on "Extra" (where they play "Fair Weather Fan" and talk about being accepted by the baseball community), and the above-mentioned videos, below....

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The Baseball Project (with Craig Finn) - "Don't Call Them Twinkies" @ the Bell House

The Baseball Project "Fair Weather Fans" 4/30/11 Ringwood, Nj Drew's House

The Baseball Project "Strychnine" 4/30/11 Ringwood, Nj Drew's House

The Baseball Project "Teenage Head" 4/30/11 Ringwood, Nj Drew's House

The Baseball Project "Panda and the Freak" 4/30/11 Ringwood, Nj Drew's House









THE BASEBALL PROJECT - 2011 TOUR DATES
MAY 26 MINNEAPOLIS, MN VARSITY THEATER
MAY 28 MILWAUKEE, WI TURNER HALL
MAY 30 CHICAGO, IL THE CUBBY BEAR
JUNE 1 TORONTO, ON LEE'S PALACE
JUNE 3 COOPERSTOWN, NY OMMEGANG BREWERY
JUNE 4 BOSTON, MA HOUSE OF BLUES - FOUNDATION ROOM
JUNE 5 NEW YORK, NY CITY WINERY
JUNE 6 PHILADELPHIA, PA NORTH STAR BAR
JUNE 7 PITTSBURGH, PA THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
JUNE 8 FERNDALE, MI MAGIC BAG
JUNE 9 ROCK ISLAND, IL ROCK ISLAND BREWING CO.
JUNE 10 MADISON, WI WARNER PARK - DUCK POND
JUNE 11 ST. LOUIS, MO TWANGFEST

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Comments (11)

please note: mike mills is pinch hitting for peter buck at this show.

Posted by javier buchananeversonia | May 12, 2011 12:12 PM

auugh as an REM fan this is frustrating..Collapse into Now is a great album and should be toured behind. Instead Buck and Mills are touring these one trick pony side projects...well actually it is Stipe himself who said he didn't want to tour..guess I can't blame them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 12:23 PM

i had little to no interest in this originally, but to know that the dude from the hold shitty has been involved lately upgrades my disdain to "avoid at all costs." just in case anyone was wondering, lol!

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 12:41 PM

Baseball and Rock & Roll. Two great things that don't always go great together.

But here they do.

Posted by drewo | May 12, 2011 2:41 PM

Who's Drew?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 2:45 PM

^ Drew's is a venue in Ringwood.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 2:51 PM

is this like watching paint dry or grass grow?

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 3:08 PM

I prefer Ringworm..... for all you BV clods.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 3:45 PM

I'm gonna go to this but I sure wish it was a Minus 5 show, those records are super dark and really underrated.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 3:54 PM

"We don't buy our titles..." You can't just talk up your own team can ya, Finn. You gotta get in a dig on someone else's team. Not sure who you're talking about there but in any event I think it's time you got over it already.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 4:24 PM

3pm - let me guess: you went to LCD and LOVED IT.

The Baseball Project has more talent in any of their fingers than your 5 favorite bands.

Go watch your beard grow.

Posted by Anonymous | May 12, 2011 5:50 PM

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