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The Dave Matthews Band Is Akin to Saturday Night Live

Posted by AntsMarching.org Staff in Columns at 5:46pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

We asked for fan columns, and lo and behold the people have spoken. Another perspective is from Jeff, a long time Dave Matthews Band fan. His analogy makes sense; there's a lot in common betwixt your Dave Matthews Band and the long-running TV show Saturday Night Live. How, you question? Well, lucky for you there's a column on it right here to break it down.

And remember, we welcome ALL opinions. We're like that. You know, not just pigeon-holing people into thinking one way. That wouldn't be right.
   
     
   



Musicians On Call Fundraiser gets you Lounge Passes

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 5:24pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Musicians On Call - an organization that provides music to hospital patients - is offering a fundraiser auction for tickets for any Dave Matthews Band show along with accompanying lounge passes. You can bid here. The auction closes May 29 so act quickly if you want it.
   
     
   



What Did We Really Learn from the Instagram Leak

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Album News at 10:21pm on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

As you likely saw on Twitter, an Instagram account from a Viola performer leaked some sheet music from the orchestra additions to the Dave Matthews Band studio album tracks. There were three songs listed. The album thread is bursting with speculation. Here's what we can determine from the (now deleted) Instagram leak.

Don't count on the titles being set in stone.
We saw name changes in the last two sessions; Garden Hose became Seven, Skworm got it's correct spelling Squirm, and during Away From The World the naming of Big Things became Broken Things. So just because you see Bismark, Bob Law, and Here On Out, doesn't mean you should have them tattooed on your back.

Having a strings section doesn't mean anything.
Some Devil had a full orchestra on its eponymous album. It was removed (obviously). If you recall from the leaked Big Whiskey demo there was a You and Me version that was previously identified as "Stripped down". That just meant without all the orchestra, etc.

We still have no idea when or if an album is coming.
Dave said during a few different interviews that they are going to "road test" the songs. That means that some songs need more Dibba. Some need less Dibba. Lyrics and arrangements are still being toyed with - clearly. And don't forget that there has been no official announcement from the band that they're even doing an album. Away From The World had it's official announcement June 27, 2012 (with a September 11 release date), but it was announced as coming "soon" on February 15, 2012. We haven't received the "coming soon" announcement yet for this one.

   
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Ants Podcast 47 - Fonz Tweets Guest

Posted by Joe Maliszeski in Podcasts at 8:47am on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Now we're a bit bullish. We pulled off the pod without Matt last week, and we decided to double-up. On this week's podcast, controversy or debate? The DMB community was definitely up in arms last week, but not all on the same page. We'll recap what happened and then give our take on the current state of things. Plus we'll discuss the new Rolling Stone article, latest guests, and new song. Then to wrap it up, a few comments on the latest series of shows and then we answer your questions!

As always, this week's episode is available on Stitcher, which is an awesome app for podcasts if you aren't familiar. If you don't have one of those iPhone things, it's likely the best way to listen on the go! Of course, it's also listed on iTunes as well. Do us a favor and rate & review us on the iTunes store to get us up on top of the charts! Free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread, as well. (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast.
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A Hard Core Fan Sums Up the State of DMB

Posted by AntsMarching.org Staff in Columns at 7:40am on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The term "Hardcore" fan is loosely defined. The reality is that you are a hardcore fans if you consider yourself one. If you'd asked me in 2003-4 how many hardcore fans are at every show I'd say around 10%. In 2013 we learned that the actual number was closer to 25%. We realized that when we noticed a down-tick in attendance in correlation with fans specifically saying they were traveling less.

But is that 25% too low? Look around at a show. If there are 100 people surrounding you how many are singing along to Black and Blue Bird? Wouldn't you have to be pretty hard core to have that one down? Is 25% too low? A number bandied about this week is 40%, and honestly it's not a stretch to think that at a given show with 15,000 people there are about 6000 there than consider themselves "hardcore".

Not every hardcore fan feels the same way about the present state of the band, but we did invite feedback. And we got it. A fan with a lot of traveling under his belt has taken the time to write an 'open letter' style message to the Dave Matthews Band, and certain DMB members that are more vocal socially. Give Mark's open letter a read here. You might not agree with all of it, or any of it, but then again you might think you wrote it yourself. But it's the voice of a fan who is willing to spend his hard earned money to follow a band around the country. Or at least he did.

UPDATE: We are all about balance and someone wanted to provide a counter to the thoughts of Mark. Ryan thinks that it's the hardcore fan over-analyzing DMB. Read his take here
   
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Regularly Scheduled Tour Thoughts Column Debuts

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Columns at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We have been approached from time to time about publishing columns. The answer is always yes. So if you do have some thoughts, and they are written in a non-sucky way, feel free to email them away (my first name -AT-this website). One of our Moderators, Sean, came up with an idea of a running column about the tour. I asked him to wait a few shows to get a flavor of the tour, and by golly we've got a flavor!

The premiere column is here, where fittingly enough Sean discusses the first 4 shows, including the Arkansas show. Enjoy!
   
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The Lovely Ladies are Back

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 12:01am on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The good news is the Set List Game just got a lot easier.

The bad news is that according to a poll on the Message Board over 85% of you did not want to see the Lovely Ladies return in 2015.

We're not saying we were watching on Periscope, but for a second there we thought C. Montgomery Burns was on stage. It was probably just an echo.

The Tour continues May 20 in Mississippi just outside Memphis.
   
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Ants Podcast 46: Tour Time Minus One

Posted by Joe Maliszeski in Podcasts at 11:49pm on Monday, May 18th, 2015

Can you hear me? Is this thing on? Itís summer time which equals tour time and thereís plenty of exciting stuff to discuss that we crammed into this latest podcast. Webcast, New Songs, DMB2SETS, First 3 Shows Reviews, New Album News, etc. Golden Pipes MC and Host Matt is roaming all over Europe so we attempt to bring a podcast to you without the help of Mr Podcast. If youíre seeing this then we did something right!

As always, this week's episode is available on Stitcher, which is an awesome app for podcasts if you aren't familiar. If you don't have one of those iPhone things, it's likely the best way to listen on the go! Of course, it's also listed on iTunes as well. Do us a favor and rate & review us on the iTunes store to get us up on top of the charts! Free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread, as well. (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast.
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Blenheim Series Vol 2 Available

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 10:56pm on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The great winery Blenheim Vineyards is making available another select series of Dave and Tim performances. Painted Series Vol. 2 is yours for free with $50 worth of wine or merchandise. Proudest Monkey, Satellite, and Warehouse are the selections. The songs are from 1.22.97 in Erie, PA.

If you've missed our constant pimping of Blenheim, well, look around. We only do it because the wine is Fantastic; so basically you're getting 3 free songs for ordering some delicious wine. So what are you waiting for? Give it an order!
   
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The 2015 DMB Tour Begins

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 12:09am on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Dave Matthews Band 2015 tour kicked off. To the surprise of some (most) {pretty much everyone}, the #2sets were similar to the 2014 #2sets. Making an appearance was the new song Black and Blue Bird. Also of note were Raven which only had 3 plays in 2014 and Water Into Wine which had 4 plays in 2014. Incidentally, we refer to that song as Water/Wine Jam in Tour Central because we're old school like that.

The tour continues in Texas on Friday and Saturday in Dallas and Houston, respectively.
   
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