Time moves forward--even when it moves forward in the past. In September of 2012, the Dream Syndicate traveled to Spain to play our first show together since 1988 to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the release of our debut album, "The Days of Wine and Roses." 11 countries and 30 shows later, we're getting ready to embark on a 10-city tour of Europe to mark another 30 year anniversary, to the month in fact, of the release of our second album "Medicine Show." read more...
On that night in 2007 when Scott McCaughey and I were the last stragglers holding up the bar at a New York City party celebrating the induction of REM to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and found ourselves turning to idle chatter about the idea of devoting an entire record to the subject of baseball, I don’t think either of us would have seen our late night notion turning into somewhat of an institution. But here we are. It’s the beginning of spring, seven years later, and our third album is here. And get ready for the title—it’s called 3rd, a nod to one of my most significant numbers in the game (outs, strikes, Babe Ruth’s uniform number). Along with the mail-order/tour-only CD “Broadside Ballads,” that brings us up to about 60 songs that we’ve released celebrating the national pastime. Not quite the same as 150 years of the game itself but getting closer and closer.
And if you ask any of us (and that “us” includes me, Scott, Linda Pitmon, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, the latter who had been touring with us and joined us this time in the studio for full-time bass—ah, those baseball terms again—duties), we would tell you quite candidly, quite hype-free that this is our best yet. A sprawling double-vinyl (and single CD) set, you could even say this is the “London Calling” of baseball. Well, I’ve been saying that, anyway. We recorded much of it live as a five-piece and it sounds like a rocking band of longtime musicians, friends and fans of the game, all of which we are. We’re incredibly proud of the results and will be hitting the road (US only for now—come ON, our pals in Europe, don’t be afraid—it’s only baseball) this summer to spread the word. But for now? It’s getting warmer, spring is in the air and the 2014 season is just getting started so it’s a good time to hit your local mom n’ pop record store or to make a few well-placed clicks and get a copy of 3rd, our last stop before we circle the bases.
|2014-06-07||St. Louis, MO|
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