Peter Buck gets takes you out to the ballgame with The Baseball Project 

Is collaboration the new name of the showbiz game? Sure looks like it, as far as Peter Buck is concerned.

Fresh off his recent collaboration with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody as Tired Pony, he jumped back into the studio with his old cohorts in R.E.M. for their just-released new “Collapse Into Now” return to fine form.

But tomorrow night, the ace axeman will return to Slim’s in San Francisco as part of the sports-themed supergroup The Baseball Project, which he formed as a lark four years ago with The Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5. And — believe it or not — they’ve just released a second album full of all-baseball melodies.

“Vol. 2: High And Inside” is currently available at the label YepRoc’s website as a bargain-priced $3.99 digital download. And it features a mittful of athletic tracks, like “1976” (about Tigers pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych), “Ichiro Goes To The Moon” (for the Seattle Mariners outfielder), “Pete Rose Way” (self-explanatory) and “Here Lies Carl Mays” (the story of the only pitcher to ever hurl such a deadly ball that actually killed another player). Opening, quite logically, will be Steve Wynn, solo, and The Minus Five.

The season has indeed begun!

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