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We've got some news for you that might make you subscribe: Dave and the band are on the cover of our forthcoming March issue. It's written by veteran journalist Tom Moon who spent time with the band on the last leg of their winter tour. You're not going to read a piece this deep and insightful on Dave and the boys anywhere else. We promise you that. (The issue also has features on Antibalas, Yonder Mountrain String Band and Tame Impala.)
Click here CLICK HERE for a special renewal rate and use promo code SPECIAL, before 2/21/13, to get your issue delivered to your mailbox.
In addition, you'll receive a complimentary copy of the July 2009 issue featuring DMB on the cover. (That one was about the post-LeRoi world of DMB and Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.)
Not too shabby, eh? If you missed out on the last DMB issue, you get that too! Or, if you're just one of those Noah people that need 2 of everything, you'll have a spare. So if you're considering broadening your reading horizons, and like music, this is a win-win.
The first full interview of the Dave Matthews Band is on newstands now. Billboard magazine interviewed DMB about their forthcoming release Away From The World. The article is not on-line yet, so you'll have to pick it up at newsstands (or something like that...).
There isn't a whole lot of info regarding the songs, per se, but it goes into a lot of detail in the relationship with producer Steve Lillywhite and Dave, and it does talk about how awesome the album is, because it is.
Away From The World is available September 11, and there's still time to pre-order, so if you're one of those procrastinators, stop it and order.
The aforementioned new book about the Dave Matthews Band is now available for pre-order. Nikki Van Noy's book, So Much To Say: Dave Matthews Band, 20 Years On The Road, is the culmination of 15 years as a fan and 2 solid years of writing by Nikki. If you don't believe us, just listen to Nikki discuss the book on Simon and Shusters youtube page.
"The end result is based on hundreds of interviews and written submissions from fans (including people from all over the US, Europe, South America, and Australia), C'ville musicians and journalists, and some exclusive material from Stefan." Van Noy told antsmarching.org. You can pre-order the book from amazon now.
You are probably wondering, "so... what's the book about?" We here at antsmarching.org have already read it. This is the type of book that fans, especially those reading this right now, will greatly enjoy. It gives a fan perspective of the band; for those of you not around in the early days, or even in the 1990's, it really paints a picture of what exactly it was like to be a fan at those times. Included in that is some great insight from fans from the very early days (circa 1992). In case you missed our last full-disclosure, both Matt and I were interviewed for the book, along with countless other fans, many members of Ants.
Keep your eyes peeled for some more exclusive content from the book, and a contest or two that will have caravan-like implications for the winner.
UPDATE: Keep checking back here in a few days for some content from the book.
Tim Reynolds and his band TR3 have been touring around the US, and during the stop in the greater New York area, Tim played a special gig. In the boiler room at Relix magazine headquarters, Tim performed in the boiler room. Why do they call it the boiler room? Well, just see for yourself.
Stefan Lessard has been quite the little social butterfly lately. Lessard sat down for an interview with Bass Frontiers Magazine.
The interviews - available in video playback - discuss Stefan's beginnings with the band, his technique, and his continuing education. Check em out!
The Dave Matthews Band is getting their collective mugs out in magazine form. Stefan is appearing in Bass Player Magazine, and Dave gives everyone an idea of what he's listening to in the August Oprah Magazine. But Carter is the big winner appearing on the cover of the September issue of Drum!. All are available in finer newsstands near you.
Stefan also has contributed to a worth wild cause; Little Kids Rock Lessard is now Honorary Board Member for the non-profit group that provides instruments to underfunded public schools. You can read a bit more about Fonz here, and you can get involved with Little Kids Rock or just flat-out make a donation. It's tax deductible!
Relix magazine's interview with the Dave Matthews Band is here, being it's the July issue. In accordance with the release, they have put together a podcast featuring outtakes from their interview with Dave, along with some seldom-heard DMB songs. And unlike most claimed "rare" track listings, this one really is a rare-track-listing.
The over 90-minute podcast features the following songs:
- Seek Up - 6/23/93
- Heathcliff's Haiku Warriors - 3/23/93
- #34 - 3/23/93
- Halloween - 12/22/92
- Blue Water Baboon Farm - 8/19/93
- All Along The Watchtower - 12/30/95
- Mother Father - 5/18/01
- People People - 8/91 "Granny's Basement" demo
- Jimi Thing (jam) - 5/13/92
- Pay For What You Get - 5/10/95
- Redemption Song - 6/91 "Granny's Basement" demo
So, outside of one song, that's a pretty good listing, and a very good listing when you consider this is a mainstream magazine, and not some fan-site listing of songs.
You can listen to the podcast here - via download. And look for Relix Magazine at your local book provider.
UPDATE: If you're having trouble locating Relix at your local periodical stand, you can easily order the magazine on line. Follow this link and order away!
Dave talked on a variety of topics he usually doesn't address; among his quotes are, "The life I live is nothing close to regular, and never in my life, until I was in this position, had I ever been accused of being normal."
To read some more excerpts, click here.
Relix is giving Antsmarching.org an exclusive look at its July issue cover story by Chris Willman ahead of time with extended versions of Dave Matthews' track-by-track commentary of each song from Dave Matthews Band's latest album. We’ll be sharing new track commentary each weekday for the next two weeks, covering all 13 tracks from Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.
To join Relix, visit here.
Current Song: You And Me
Dave: “I wrote that song while I was sitting on a boat with my wife and kids and some friends, writing the lyrics on my iPhone while we went across this lake. It’s a nice goodbye for the record. Because there’s been a lot of dark stuff, I thought that, at the end, it deserved a really straightforward song about hope.”
Read past song explanations here.
The best music magazine out there - Relix - proves their mettle with a great old school picture of DMB in the February/March issue (the one with Bob Weir on it).
DMB played New York's famous CBGB's on 8.22.92, a show we knew very little about previously. We don't know a whole lot more, but the picture does tell us a lot about the band's out-of-state 1992 tours.
The only DMB member not seen in the pix is Carter - blocked by Dave and Roi from the angle of the camera. But also in the picture is former keyboardist Peter Greisar - who once again sees his last name misspelled in a national publication (it's -ar, not -er), and former contributor to the band Miguel Valdez. Valdez played Bongos on numerous DMB shows in 1992. The song #34 is dedicated to the memory of Valdez, who died in early 1993. This is the only known picture of Valdez published (or seen anywhere for that matter) performing with DMB. That alone makes it worth it to pick up the issue of Relix alone.
Thanks to Kevin for the tip!