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Ants Podcast 83: We're Taking the Year Off*

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 2:50pm on Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017

We are back! And we are quickly back to where we left off; making fun of each other.  But thanks to some recent exciting news, we can now temporarily end the hold out. What hold out? Take a listen. We talk about the upcoming ‘year off’ tour dates, and our expectations for large outdoor venues vs the traditionally indoor quiet show.  We dive into what songs may appear in the setlists, and we take a few quick listener questions.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Dave and Tim 2017 Summer Tour Announced

Posted by Matt Yette in Tour News at 4:42pm on Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

So, how's that "year off" treatin' ya? Just this morning, The Warehouse sent out an email blast letting their members know that Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds would be hitting the road this summer, in spite of the band's self-declared hiatus. While this may not come as a surprise to anyone who has paid attention to past trends, it's altogether exciting to get have some live music to look forward to this summer. The losers in all of this? The west coast, and your wallet. Sixteen eastern-facing dates span from May 3 to June 18, with a sprinkling of two-night stands in there.

  • May 3 - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • May 6 - Nashville, TN
  • May 7 - Nashville, TN
  • May 31 - Alpharetta, GA
  • June 2 - Philadelphia, PA
  • June 3 - Philadelphia, PA
  • June 4- Canandaigua, NY
  • June 6 - Wantagh, NY
  • June 7 - Holmdel, NJ
  • June 10 - Chicago, IL
  • June 11 - Chicago, IL
  • June 13 - Clarkston, MI
  • June 13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • June 16 - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • June 17 - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • June 18 - Columbia, MD


The Warehouse ticketing request period opens this Thursday, 1/19 at 10am EST and runs through Monday, 1/30 at 12pm EST. Public onsale drops on Friday, 2/10 at 10am local venue time.
   
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You should order Live Trax 40

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 4:43am on Monday, Dec 12th, 2016

As a rule, we at Antsmarching.org don't tell you what to spend your hard earned money upon. But every once in a while something comes along that seems like such a no-brainer. Live Trax 40 is such a fantastic release if you don't have it you don't know what you're missing. We wanted to take a little time and explain a few things in case you're a bit weary on ordering or have ordered and thing something is amiss.

First let's start with the obvious. In 2002, the Dave Matthews Band did not video record in high definition. What that means is that the video doesn't make it all the way across your widescreen TV monitor. And guess what? It's not supposed to. Despite what you hear in advertising, there is no such thing as upconverting. You can't take a video in it's native format, and make it into a higher format. In other words, a 2002 video recording can't magically become a 4k video. You can't upgrade the Mona Lisa into a high definition digital image can you? So you can't expect a 2002 video to suddenly become wide screen.

In other words, yes, the video is not supposed to fit across the screen; it's supposed to be cropped. The 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired December 10. Did you watch it? Shame on you if you didn't. But if you did you didn't even realize the video didn't fit across the screen. That's because just like Live Trax 40 you can't improve it past the original format.

Another "complaint" is lighting. Why is it so dark? The answer lies in concert videos. If you've ever had the pleasure of watching Shine a Light, the 2008 Martin Scorsese documentary concert featuring the Rolling Stones, you can hear Mick Jagger complain about how bright it is on stage. That's because it's very difficult to light properly for video. Unless DMB has an extra crew and enough lights to hit the entire stage, there will be parts that look dark on video. Fenton isn't lighting for a TV audience, he's lighting for the crowd (as well he should). And of course there's Madison Square Garden itself; it's really a poorly lit venue anyway. Yes, it's supposed to be dark.

But the real gem is the audio. DMB records their live audio in multi-track. The true value of the blu-ray isn't the video - that we just explained to you - it's the audio. Once you pop your blu-ray in, choose the 5.1 mix and sit back and enjoy. Stefan's bass pops. Boyd fills your back left speaker while Roi blasts his solos. Dave's voice hits you dead center from the speaker above your TV. The blu-ray truly gives you the feel that you're at MSG.

If you're reading the boards and a bit apprehensive about ordering, fret not. This is a fantastic release. If you haven't picked up that Boxing Day gift for the DMB fan in your life, order Live Trax 40 for them.
   
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2016 Blenheim Painted Series Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 3:40am on Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016

The Fantastic Painted series from Blenheim Vineyards is back at it again with the awesome wine! The 2016 release features 2015 grapes - that's why it's called the 2015 Painted Series so don't get confused - and is just as good as ever! The pre-sale is happening right now and runs until December 9.

As the good folks at Blenheim often do, they're including some nice merchandise to accompany your purchase; a hand-drawn handbill by Dave Matthews. 20 lucky pre-orders will receive an autographed handbill from Dave himself!

The wine breakdown this year is as follows:

2015 PAINTED WHITE: 58% Chardonnay, 21% Viognier, 12% Albarino, 9% Sauvignon Blanc.

2015 PAINTED RED: 44% Cabernet Franc, 31% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.


The options for ordering are aplenty. If you're not a wine-drinker there are merchandise only options, and let me tell you their shirts are the most comfortable ever! There are also multiple labels, so you can choose an order package to get em all! Please note that due to the silly laws that govern alcohol shipping that it may not be available in your state; refer to the order page to see if you live in one of the sane ones that allows it.

Act quickly and grab this fantastic wine!
   
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Here's all the details on Live Trax 40

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 6:10pm on Monday, Nov 7th, 2016

If you were wondering if Dave Matthews Band's Live Trax 40 would be special, the answer is obviously yes. Let's take a look at what this release has under the hood.

Right off the bat... James Brown! If you're wondering how he even ended up with DMB, the answer lies in the opening act. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe served as James Brown's backing band. If you weren't around back then, the James Brown info leaked out prior to the show; not like anyone believed it however. So it wasn't a complete shock, but still, the Godfather of Soul appearing with DMB was stunning.

Live Trax 40 marks the first full band Blu-Ray release. By default, the audio will be 'better' than a standard DVD video. It's complicated to explain, but it just is. There's also a plethora of add-ons, including posters, t-shirts and an Encore disc. The details aren't out yet but it's from the 2002 winter tour. Please keep in mind that there is a different Bonus Disc for The Warehouse than the DMB store. So if you're a Warehouse member order via their site.

   
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More Dave and Tim shows announced during 2017 year off

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 3:40am on Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will play a small tour of Europe during the 2017 break. The tour begins March 20 with a 2-night stop in London and ends April 11 in Portugal.

Dave and Tim are playing 3-nights in Mexico in February, so the grand total of scheduled shows is 18 (15 across Europe). Tickets go on sale October 24, for more details check out the official site.
   
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Here's all the details on Live Trax 39

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 3:55am on Wednesday, Oct 5th, 2016

The pre-order is now for the latest live release from the Dave Matthews Band; Live Trax 39 on 10.31.98 in Oakland, CA. The most obvious is that the show was on Halloween, so yes, the band did indeed play Halloween. The Halloween is also very similar to the Before These Crowded Streets album version; a style that is not played like that live anymore. In fact, there aren't too many live versions like this one from Live Trax 39. The rare 'companion songs' Halloween and I'll Back You Up are both played. The latter features Joshua Redman, a fantastic saxophonist. He also plays on Jimi Thing.

Greg Howard, guest on BTCS, plays just about the entire show on Chapman Stick. That unique instrument is featured on the album version of Dreaming Tree, so once again you get a live version that sounds a lot like the BTCS style. The show might not seem that long on paper, but this was in DMB's more jamming days with every song clocking in around 10 minutes, so the band really shines on the solos. 1998 was a special tour, and really featured the band at the height of their popularity; it's not a stretch to say this is one of the best shows of the entire 1998 tour. We don't like to call anything 'must own', nor tell you how to spend your hard earned money, but this show is as close to that as humanly possible.
   
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More Info on the Dave and Tim Mexico Excursion

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 9:39am on Tuesday, Sep 13th, 2016

The 'year off' thing has begot its first show. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are playing in Mexico for 3 days, starting February 23. This 3-day event will be similar to the Dave and Friends island excursion in 2006 (that ended up happening on the boat) so it's not unprecedented.

The concerts will occur in the 'tourist' section of Mexico; the greater Cancun area. If you've never been that way, rest assured that pretty much everyone speaks English there so you won't be at a disadvantage if you don't comprende espanol. The way the packages are set up you really don't even have to leave the all inclusive resort(s) except to see the performance(s). Should you choose to do some adventuring in Mexico, it's a short drive to Xel-ha (pronounced shell-ha) - a wonderful lagoon with true brackish water (the freshwater is cold and the sea water is warm) and oodles of fish to see on a snorkeling adventure. Tulum is another short drive; it is a Mayan village with a small temple to climb if you choose. A bit further is the famed Chichen Itza with its pyramid temple.

The prices aren't for the squeamish; but keep in mind you are getting an all inclusive resort and 3-days of Dave and Tim music. And it's February and unless you live in a warm place like sunny FLA you will be elbow-deep in snow; and Mexico sounds pretty swell when you're shoveling 6 inches of partly cloudy.
   
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Ants Podcast 82: Ali-Bama and the 40 Things

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 12:32pm on Thursday, Aug 18th, 2016

Just because the band is off it doesn't mean the Ants Podcast is. In addition to the popular Twitter questions, the fellas talk about the upcoming TV performance on TNT of C'ville 16 and an interview Stefan did on YouTube. Samuel Adams, news, mispronounced words, and Twitter questions, what more do you need?

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Ants Podcast 81: Short Little Ditty

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 9:52pm on Tuesday, Aug 9th, 2016

If last week represented the mother of all podcasts, then this week represents the baby. With the band on a short break before the final seven shows, we took the opportunity to catch up on the backlog of questions that the listeners have been lobbing our way. This episode's a nice quick chaser after the marathon we put out last week. Thank you for all your questions, and enjoy!

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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