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Mar 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

Peter Buck

I may or may not have written about The Baseball Project before. It’s a supergroup of sorts led by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, which only performs songs that are baseball related.  Last night they played in Austin, and this blog post about it in Rolling Stone pretty much hits the nail on the head. On the bald, old, pasty head:

The audience seeing the Baseball Project on 5th Street in Austin midnight Wednesday definitely included a significant quotient of balding older white men up past their bedtimes. Whether this is because they were aging fans of R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate (whose Peter Buck and Steve Wynn form the band’s core), aging fans of baseball (the sport that provides all of the band’s subject matter), or just plain Nuvola regulars (perhaps ones sticking around after seeing three earlier bands from Spain), was not entirely clear. But it was appropriate, given that this is as much a band about past glories as about the national pasttime, per se …

That kind of hurts. Hurts almost as much as my wife coming home from Starbucks yesterday after being given a free iTunes download of the latest R.E.M. song.  She put it down on my desk and said “here’s a free song from that old lame-ass band you like.” I had better not tell her about the existence of The Baseball Project.

Oh well, beats The Football Project. They’re on hiatus right now and who knows when they’ll be back?

  1. minnesconsin - Mar 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I sincerely hope Peter Buck made it through the show without throwing any yogurt at anyone.

  2. trevorb06 - Mar 17, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    This is one band that won’t be getting to 1st base anytime soon.

  3. banksatdixie - Mar 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    It really is “the end of the world” for the football project…..

  4. cleareye1 - Mar 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Have the Dodgers been sold yet?

  5. frankvzappa - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    probably not his best side project, which, while we’re at it, was the Hindu Love Gods…Warren Zevon, need i say more?

  6. spindervish - Mar 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Old R.E.M. is most certainly not lame. Starbucks, however, is. I submit that your wife has poor taste.

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