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  • Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year, everyone. I'm writing this from my home in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, USA, The World. And I emphasize that last part of my personal address. Food from Tibet, Thailand, Columbia, Mexico, India, Ecuador and more beckon from just around the corner. The tiny, bustling and always enticing Terraza 7 club last night featured a Cuban-tinged jazz combo that I watched from beneath the metal grating catwalk on which they played over a bar that was doling out bright red rum concoctions. There's a sense around here of constant travel without straying too far from home.


    It's good to be home but it's also good to be on the move.


    And there was a lot of movement in 2014. I did more shows with The Baseball Project than any year before and it was also the most active year for The Dream Syndicate since we reunited a couple of years ago. There weren't much in the way of solo shows - a few down at South By Southwest, a few more locally - but that will change in the coming months.


    First off, I'll be doing some shows this week opening for Ian Hunter in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Juan Capistrano. Just me, an acoustic guitar and my old pal Robert Lloyd adding commentary on mandolin and accordion. And then down below the border for my fourth visit to the Todos Santos Music Festival. I'll be mixing and matching with various pals (mostly from The Baseball Project) during 10 days of gigs that will also include The Jayhawks, Old '97s, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, the Drive By Truckers, Kev'n Kinney and more.


    From there it's over to Oslo where I'll be working on music for the fourth season of Dag, easily my favorite show on TV. And that's an unfair tease since, unless you live in Norway, it's impossible to see (I got my subtitled copy of the DVD from the director Øystein Karlsen who used some of my songs in earlier seasons). But it will hopefully get released or maybe even remade here in the States sometime soon so you all can check it out. It's a well-written dark comedy about a misanthropic, agoraphobic couples counselor. And I've been brought on to supply the bulk of the music for the current season. It will be cold, dark and, hence, very productive in Norway in late January.


    And then back home to get ready for my upcoming Solo, Electric (words capitalized since it's not only the description but the name of the tour) of Europe in February and March. I'm just finishing a tour-only CD of some of the songs I'll be playing on the tour - there will be only 500 copies and each will have original and unique artwork. But more about that later. I'm excited about the tour since it will give me the chance to revisit and reconfigure old tunes in a new setting.


    And then? Back home for a Baseball Project spring training tour in Florida with more dates for the band coming in May. And sometime next year I'll be in the studio with The Dream Syndicate for the first time since 1988. Oh, and a new solo record as well.


    But for now? The suitcase will stay in the closet for a few hours more. There are Himalayan snacks down the street and movies to rent. I hope to see you all soon.


    SW
    Brooklyn, NY

    posted: 2015-01-06

  • The Dream Syndicate US Tour

    The Dream Syndicate US Tour

    Hi Everyone,
    The Dream Syndicate US tour begins this week.
    Five cities--over the course of 2 months. Hey, after a 25 year layoff, it's nice to take your time.
    First up - Portland's Doug Fir on Friday and Seattle's Bumbershoot on Sunday with Atlanta, Brooklyn and LA just down the road.
    If we're in your town, come on down. If not, pack your bags. We'll make it worth your while. We promise.



    • August 29 Portland, OR Doug Fir
    • August 31 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
    • Sept 26, 27 Atlanta, GA The Earl
    • November 15 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
    • November 22 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex

    posted: 2014-08-25

  • Pop Matters

    These 10 songs comprise as strong a collection of music as any Wynn has recorded since fronting Dream Syndicate. more
    posted: 2014-08-13
  • Sketches in Spain

    Steve Wynn Sketches in Spain


    Hi Everyone, I'm really excited that Omnivore Records is putting out the 2 records I made with Spanish producer Paco Loco in 2000 and 2006. Some of you already know about these records and have them in your collection. But since they were only released in Spain, they're still mostly well kept secrets in the rest of the world. Hopefully that will change when Omnivore releases them as a single remastered disc in the US today.


    Read more about the release
    posted: 2014-07-01

  • Musical Memories

    Steve Wynn


    From Yahoo Music: "Steve Wynn has been a busy guy of late. Not only has he revived Paisley Underground legends the Dream Syndicate, he's doing double duty taking the field in the all-star unit known as the Baseball Project. When we had Wynn on the phone recently to talk about the Dream Syndicate jamming with Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones as well as the Baseball Project, we also asked him to share a few of his favorite musical memories."


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    posted: 2014-04-16

  • The Baseball Project 3RD

    The Baseball Project


    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.


    SW

    posted: 2014-03-22

  • The Dream Syndicate 30th Anniversary Tour

    The Dream Syndicate Medicine Show Tour


    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...


    posted: 2014-03-22

  • Paisley Underground Revisited

    It seemed like a pipe dream, one of the impossible variety, something nice in theory but impossible in the real world. But a flurry of emails between members of the Bangles, The Three O'Clock, Rain Parade and those of us in the Dream Syndicate turned into two nights of Paisley Underground revisited fun at the Fillmore in San Francisco and Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.


    The show was the same lineup of a classic gig at the Music Machine back in the summer of 1982, one that I've always thought of as the live epicenter of the groovy scene we had back then and it was so nice to find that everyone was still making great music, getting along so well and open to whatever it took to make a memorable evening for both the fans who attended and the various bands as well.


    I'm glad that so many of you were able to attend the shows and, for the rest of you, here is our entire set from the Fonda as well as a clip from the all-star jam encores. Paisley Underground Lives!


    Steve

    Los Angeles, California











    The Dream Syndicate

    Full Show


    The Dream Syndicate

    Encore Velvets cover


    posted: 2013-12-10

  • Dream Syndicated interview

    Steve Wynn is bringing the Dream Syndicate back at a time when the band's primary inspiration is being eulogized. "When Lou Reed died (on Oct. 27), I was depressed and stunned," Wynn says. "I spent the first year of my musical life being compared to him, and fighting that, but I realized later it was an honor. It meant amore
    posted: 2013-11-21
  • Dream Syndicate plays Cleveland

    Steve Wynn, frontman of seminal Los Angeles indie band the Dream Syndicate, has two significant memories of Cleveland from the 1980s."The first time we drove into Cleveland on tour we had this really great experience," says Wynn, calling from his home in New York City. "We had the radio on WMMS and we just happened to hear our song 'That'smore
    posted: 2013-11-19
  • For the rockers of the Baseball Project, it's all about the game

    There is, they say, nothing more terrifying to a writer than the blank page. Steve Wynn knows this, and the solo artist and onetime frontman for semi-legendary 1980s jangle-poppers the Dream Syndicate appreciates how easy he's got it with the Baseball Project."It's a great band to write for because everything is very definable," says Wynn. "When you have your band,more
    posted: 2012-07-05
  • Steve Wynn at Bowery Electric

    Rumpled old set lists, handwritten in ballpoint pen, are the true collector's items; the neat printouts in big BLOCK LETTERS can come from anywhere. But people scoop them up after gigs, all the same. And to anyone privileged enough to stand by the foot of the stage before the show starts, printed set lists are a double-edged sword: Sure, youmore
    posted: 2012-07-01
  • Dream Syndicate Reforms for 30th Anniversary of The Days of Wine and Roses

    Steve Wynn of Steve Wynn & Miracle 3, and The Baseball Project has just announced a temporary reformation of his first successful band - The Dream Syndicate - for a short tour commemorating the 30th Anniversary of their seminal album The Days of Wine and Roses.Hard to believe that it's been that long since that album was released, although Stevemore
    posted: 2012-06-28
  • L.A. Times Music Blog

    Steve Wynn's amalgam of Lou Reed's streetwise brashness, Neil Young's openheartedness and Bob Dylan's oblique poetry is pretty hard to resist, and who'd want to try?L.A.'s veteran indie rocker is on a tear in his third outing with the up-for-anything Miracle 3 — guitarist Jason Victor, drummer Linda Pitmon and bassist Dave DeCastro — fusing Wynn's penchant for Americana rock,more
    posted: 2011-11-30
  • Phoenix New Times

    Sorry I ever doubted you, Steve. Like a lot of folks, I sure did love the first couple of Dream Syndicate records, especially the iconic Days of Wine and Roses, a record that may have summed up American indie rock (of course, it wasn't called that back then) in the early 1980s better than any other.But I all but ignoredmore
    posted: 2011-11-29
  • The Big Takeover

    After nearly three decades in the music business, Steve Wynn once again reaffirms his mastery of straight-up rock & roll on Northern Aggression, his latest LP with the Miracle 3. The former leader of the Dream Syndicate doesn’t push any envelopes when it comes to writing or arrangements no jazz chords or tricky time signatures or genre-fucking here. Butmore
    posted: 2011-11-18
  • Relevant

    Das "Chelsea" in Wien, das Kölner "Blue Shell" oder das "Knust" in Hamburg: Kleine Clubs, in denen Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 auftreten, sind die typische Umgebung für Nischen- und Kultkünstler. Der 50-Jährige und seine drei Mitstreiter werden dort auch in diesem November (Tourneestart: 6.11.) vor einigen hundert Leuten zwei Stunden lang aus Gitarren, Bass und Schlagzeug alles herausholen."Diemore
    posted: 2011-11-11
  • Steve Wynn

    Steve Wynn's career initially started in the California-based band The Suspects. Shortly after, he became a founding member of The Dream Syndicate, who were a huge band associated with the Paisley Underground scene of the 1980's in California. He later on formed indie rock super group Gutterball. In recent years, he's put out several solo albums, as well as twomore
    posted: 2011-11-11
  • Boston.com

    On paper, the idea sounds questionable: four rock vets with more than 100 years of tenure among them knocking out original power-pop songs about baseball. But the Baseball Project works.“You do this kind of stuff all the time — getting together with other musicians and vowing to do this record or that tour and then getting sidetracked for years,’’ Wynnmore
    posted: 2011-04-01
  • AOL Music

    Click link above for Video interview with Steve and Scottmore
    posted: 2011-04-01
  • The Bulletin

    With the 2011 Major League Baseball season kicking off this week and temperatures warming up in Bend, this is an ideal time to talk about The Baseball Project, a pop-rock supergroup coming to Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom on Thursday (see “If you go”).The concept is simple: Four veteran musicians (three underground, one not so much) play catchy songs thatmore
    posted: 2011-04-01
  • Musician Fans of All 30 MLB Teams Talk Baseball :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste

    Fifteen years ago, I sat front row on the third-base line at Wrigley Field at a Cubs-Padres matinee. It was my first real encounter with baseball—I was still oblivious to the Cubbie curses, and I was more captivated by the sand-covered Tony Gwynn home run ball that landed in my possession somehow after being thrown back by the Cubbie faithfulmore
    posted: 2011-03-31
  • Detroit Free Press

    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.The track appears on "Volume Two: High and Inside," the second album from the Baseball Project, a group made up of alternative rockers who share a love for America's pastime. Themore
    posted: 2011-03-30
  • Chart Attack

    Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Gutterball), Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Linda Pitmon (Zuzu's Petals, Golden Smog) return for another album full of great songs about baseball. It may fall a run short of the 2008  Volume 1: Frozen Ropes And Dying Quails debut LP, but this team's combination of talent, passion, knowledgemore
    posted: 2011-03-30
  • Concert review: Baseball Project's wild, winning pitch

    If, when you think of baseball-related music, you immediately seize on Terry Cashmen's "Talkin' Baseball" and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" and then ground out at third base, you can see the trepidation at wanting to see and hear a band that has devoted its whole canon to the subject. Even an indie rock supergroup with heavy hitters Steve Wynn (the Dreammore
    posted: 2011-03-26
  • Interview: Steve Wynn

    Steve Wynn was the vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter for The Dream Syndicate, a key band in the guitar-driven neo-psychedelic Paisley Underground sub-genre which emerged in early 1980's Los Angeles. Their first album, the Velvet Underground-influenced The Days of Wine and Roses, is considered an early classic of the alternative rock genre. The Dream Syndicate recorded several more albums, includingmore
    posted: 2011-03-18
  • The Baseball Project rocks the Cactus League

    Scott McCaughey says he still likes playing in "bad rock clubs." So what's not to love about plugging in a cheap PA system, hammering out chords on the concourse of a Spring Training ballpark in the late March desert sunshine, alongside seasoned big league musicians, and belting out lyrics to songs about baseball?"I can't wait," says McCaughey, a touring membermore
    posted: 2011-03-18

Steve's Tour Diary

  • Oostende, Belgium

    2012-11-12: Last night was the first show of my 17-city tour of Belgium with comedian (and my longtime friend) Piv Huvluv. And guess what? It worked. Really well, in fact. It's almost like we were somehow combining Vaudeville and the United Nations. He did his very funny comedy routine (click here to see clip--it's even funnymore
  • Dream Syndicate Tour Diary

    2012-10-15: Funny how these things work out. Early last summer, my friend Mikel Renteria asked me if I would return to play the second annual Walk On Project (WOP) charity festival that he was putting together in Bilbao. I had a great time there last summer and he raised a lot of money for his cause so I was definitely upmore
  • Our Work Here is Done

    2012-04-29: Well, that's it. The Dig It Up festival is over. All of the bands have scattered in various directions. Some are still touring. The Hoodoo Gurus, Redd Kross and Fleshtones played in Perth last night. But Linda and I remain, like some stubborn settlers, holding firm on our new land like settlers here in timesmore
  • Southern Aggression

    2012-04-25: It's good to take some time and look at the map of Australia. Everybody open your textbooks to page 32. Very good. Notice how a 2-city tour of this country (and both of my tours of this country have indeed been limited to the two biggest cities), firmly places you in a pretty small quadrant, name themore
  • Battle of the Bands, Indeed

    2012-04-23: I will say this for the Hoodoo Gurus. They really put together a festival of bands that know how to put on a live show. There are many bands who are great on record (and plenty more that aren't) who don't know what to do once they hit the stage. But it seems that every band onmore
  • The Cure For Jet Lag

    2012-04-21: And, really, there are many ways to adapt to a new environment and time zone. I've always chosen to just hit the ground running, spit in the face of chemistry and immediately bend to the new reality. We're staying in a neighborhood of Sydney called Surrey Hill on what my pal Robyn Hitchcock would call the "groover's strip,"more
  • Somewhere Over the Pacific Ocean

    2012-04-20: The last time I toured Australia was back in 1986. I was in the Dream Syndicate and we had just finished a tour of Europe which meant our flight from London to Melbourne was a whopping 27 hours (with stops in Dubai and Malaysia). 27 hours! As at least a few members of our band found out,more
  • Bowery, Buckfest and other Surprises

    2011-11-30: Bowery ElectricSteve Wynn & The Miracle 3 | New York City | Friday, December 2 - 9pmYes, I'm writing my own concert preview. It must be the retired rock critic in me (--granted, I haven't been a rock critic since I was 19, but you have to stay in shape). Nonetheless, the Miracle 3 and I don't playmore
  • Battling the Elements--The Road to New London

    2011-08-25: It's easy to talk about The Baseball Project using metaphors from the game itself. We had a Spring Training tour last March, a regular season tour in May and now it's time to embark on--what else?--our Pennant Race tour. Yes, six months after the release of "High and Inside" and about 60 gigs into 2011 and we're stillmore
  • The Road to Madison (first pitch, final shows)

    2011-06-10: There's nothing like celebrating a birthday on the road. The party is right there and waiting for you. You're with your pals, you're in a bar, you get to play some music and strangers will make a fuss over you. And that was the story on Wednesday for Linda as she rang in a new year inmore

Other Writing from Steve

  • Steve Wynn Talks Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye

    July 2014: After 35 years, you might think you have Tom Petty figured out, but this portrait of modern malaise is worth spending time with.You put together a long, productive career and catalogue and eventually every new release comes down to some variation on your past. Every release is reduced to either "a return to form," meaning you hit the mark ofmore
  • Why Don't You Just Try Making Music

    July 2008: There's a story from the filming of "Marathon Man" that I love and often repeat (I hope it's actually true and not just a cinematic urban legend). It seems that Dustin Hoffman was in the process of trying any method acting trick he could come up with to get inside his character. He stayed up for threemore
  • Music, Friends, and Good Times: Remembering Bryan Harvey

    January 2005: I first met Bryan Harvey when he and Johnny Hott moved to LA and played an amazing show at Raji's. They were amazing. I couldn't believe all of the sound and energy and fury that came from just two people. I was instantly a fan and would not have imagined that I would eventually be in a band with them.Imore
  • Doing a second playlist for Delta Airlines

    September 2002: ALEX CHILTON -- The Replacements RADIO FREE EUROPE -- REM PLATEAU -- Meat Puppets I HAVE FAITH -- The Dream Syndicate LOS ANGELES -- X MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL -- Hüsker Dü BLISTER IN THE SUN -- Violent Femmesmore
  • Doing a playlist for Delta Airlines

    September 2002: When the programming director for Delta Airlines in-flight radio and magazine contacted me to host an hour-long show about anything I chose, I wasn't at a loss for ideas. I was a DJ when I was in college (and still dabble now and then--have me up to your station when I come to town!) and this kind of stuff ismore
  • 72 Hours in New York City

    September 2001: Hi Everybody, I have been so touched and grateful to receive letters from so many of you asking to see if the band and I are okay. I am thankful to say that, for the most part, this horrible tragedy hasnít directly hit us or our families but as citizens of New York, themore
  • On Signing the National Anthem

    May 1992: Lets face it ...............it's a lousy song.The melody -- singable by possiby .01% of the population -- careens around aimlessly like your Uncle Jerry after a few dips in the Christmas punchbowl. The words suggests that the best thing to say about this country is that we kick butt on the battlefield.How did we get stuck with an anthem asmore