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Steve Wynn - Kerosene Man

The first two albums from Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn get the deluxe Omnivore Records treatment!  1990’s Kerosene Man is bolstered by six rare live recordings from a promo EP, while 1992’s Dazzling Display (featuring guest shots by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, The Bangles’ Vicki Peterson, and Flo and Eddie) gains six bonus tracks including covers of Paul Simon and Sonic Youth!  Both titles have been remastered and are released with the participation of Steve Wynn!

The Debut solo album from founding member of The Dream Syndicate, remastered and expanded with 6 live bonus tracks from a rare promotional EP.

Sure, I was nervous. I had spent most of my adult life making music with The Dream Syndicate—a very good, successful band, with musicians I still considered very good friends. Bands break up because the members hate each other, or because nobody cares, or because someone in the band joins The Rolling Stones, or something. That wasn’t the case with us. I just wanted to try something different. I wanted to play different kinds of music, make new sounds, play with new people. I wasn’t running away from anything. I was just running towards something new. —Steve Wynn (from his liner notes)

After nearly a decade fronting The Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn struck out on his own with a debut solo album. With Wynn originals and help from friends including Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), D.J. Bonebrake (X), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and even Mark Walton from The Dream Syndicate, 1990’s Kerosene Man showed a new side to Steve, while retaining everything that attracted music lovers to him in the first place. “Tears Won’t Help” became a radio staple, and “Carolyn” found its way to MTV.

Kerosene Man returns nearly two decades later, remastered and expanded. The 11 tracks from the original release are now joined by six live recordings from the rare, promo only vinyl Straight To The Swapmeet: Legendary Authorized Bootleg. His second solo album, Dazzling Display, has also been remastered and expanded with 6 bonus tracks. That album was another star-studded affair.

Steve Wynn - Dazzling Display

Second solo album from founding member of The Dream Syndicate, remastered and expanded with 6 bonus tracks.

I’ve had the chance to revisit Dazzling Display in the course of writing these liner notes and putting together this reissue and, as is often the case, time has brought its merits into focus. Here’s the bottom line. It’s a really fun record. It was made with a fan’s enthusiasm as a reflection of the things that made me happy and got me excited in 1991. It may not have been the right record for its time and it may not have been the right record for this particular recording artist. But it sure feels good to listen to it now.

And in 2018, that’s what matters most of all. Enjoy. It truly is a dazzling display. —Steve Wynn (from his liner notes)

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Back in June,  R.E.M members Mike Mills and Peter Buck traveled to Norway for the Sun Station Vadso Festival, featuring performances by a series of intertwined bands including newly reformed The Dream Syndicate , Filthy Friends , The Minus 5 and The Baseball Project.

Peter Buck plays in most of those bands, and Mike Mills has rotated in and out of The Baseball Project, a — as the name suggests — baseball-themed band that also features Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate and latter-day R.E.M. sideman and The Minus 5 mainstay Scott McCaughey.

During the Baseball Project’s set at Sun Station on June 23rd, the group performed R.E.M.’s breakout 1987 single “The One I Love,” with Mills taking lead vocals , with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Taylor who plays with Buck in Filthy Friends — taking on Mills’ usual backing vocals.

During the festival, the band also played the R.E.M Out of Time album track “Texarkana,” which Mills introduced by saying, “Peter and I used to be in a band together a few years ago, and this is a song that we never did.” And, during his own set, Mills, along with Buck on guitar, played the  R.E.M. classic “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.”

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Five years after reuniting to play live, The Dream Syndicate plans to release its first new album in 29 years, a collection that bandleader Steve Wynn has revealed will feature a guest vocal by founding bassist Kendra Smith  who has sat out the ongoing reunion, but agreed to appear on a song Wynn calls “the perfect coda to the record.”

Wynn announced on his website late last summer that he’d completed work on The Dream Syndicate’s fifth album, the very belated follow-up to 1988’s Ghost Stories. He wrote, “It’s mind-blowingly good and we can’t wait to get it out there,” and said he was looking for the right label to put it out.

The album’s title has not yet been announced, nor a release date confirmed. But Wynn has prepared a new band bio for booking agency Billions that discusses the album recorded by the current lineup of Wynn, original drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton (who joined after 1984’s Medicine Show) and guitarist Jason Victor, who plays in Wynn’s band, The Miracle 3.

“Oh, and there was one last surprise, one more perfect link to our past and completing of the circle. One of the more intriguing of the songs we recorded was a hypnotic trance and mantra called ‘Recurring.’ I had a pretty decent lyric and sang a good vocal, but somehow it just didn’t work. The song and the riff were cool, the band’s recording was evocative and beautiful. But I began to realize I wasn’t the right singer for the song. And I knew immediately that the perfect singer would be the only other person to sing lead on a Dream Syndicate song, our original bass player Kendra Smith. I was amazed and delighted that my old friend and band mate agreed to do it and then wrote some astounding lyrics and sang a vocal that at once as true to the spirit of the song and also turned the whole thing upside down. The song, now called ‘Kendra’s Dream,’ is the perfect coda to the record, tying up loose ends from the past and then opening them up again to the future.”

The Dream Syndicate performing live from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge. Recorded August 31, 2014.The Dream Syndicate US tour begins this week.with Five cities then 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 lounge on Friday and Seattle’s Bumbershoot on Sunday with Atlanta, Brooklyn and LA just down the road.
we’ll make it worth your while. We promise. this session recorded for the Radio station KEXP.
Songs:Tell Me When It’s Over, That’s What You Always Say ,John Coltrane Stereo Blues, The Days of Wine and Roses.

Dream Syndicate continue their current tour with shows in New York all this weekend, This clip see the band in full tilt with fifteen minutes of hard-swinging sonic distortion from a recent show by The Dream Syndicate. The Dream Syndicate, formed by guitarists Steve Wynn and Karl Precoda and bassist Kendra Smith, acted as the natural bridge between the Television (and the new wave in general) and the new generation of psychedelic rockers.
Their first album, Days Of Wine And Roses (1982), conveyed, more than anything else, the synthesis of Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground that had been the hidden theme of the new wave. Echoes of the Rolling Stones, the Stooges and the Doors increased the hellish atmospheres of Wynn’s confessional trips. While Wynn was lost in his existential panic, Precoda and Smith lifted the music to a majestic level. When Smith left, the “acid” quotient dropped, and the band opted for the quieter jamming of Medicine Show (1984), a presage of the new sound of Out Of The Grey (1986), reminiscent of Neil Young’s neurotic country-rock; but Wynn was still the only songwriter capable of making his lyrics bleed.
Ghost Stories (1988) closed the semicircle by almost embracing R.E.M.’s folk-rock.