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Next DMB Album 'On Pause' For Now

Posted by Matt Yette in Album News at 12:46pm on Tuesday, Jun 17th, 2014

Rolling Stone had a chance to chat with Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard about the 2014 summer tour so far, and while most of the article is pretty standard "we're on tour" fare, there was an interesting bit about the as-yet-untitled new studio effort included.

Says Lessard with regards to the studio sessions, "We're sort of on a pause right now as far as any studio work and the newer material. There's some things that we've worked on that we'll talk about every once in a while and kind of get excited for. But right now we're all in these shows, so the acoustic shows have sort of taken over any thoughts for the studio. And also I think that the acoustic thing is maybe opening up ideas for the next record as well. We've done some preproduction. I think there will be more preproduction to go. I don't think that any one song is yet ready to say, 'Oh yeah, I know it's going on the record.' But there's some new things and new music in the works for sure and it's all very exciting. I love when this band gets into a creative place to start making a new product and new music and it seems like we're gearing up to do that."

All in all, this should be expected. The band is currently in the midst of a 42-date tour which sees them opening for themselves with an acoustic set each night, putting their total on-stage time per evening near the 4-hour mark. Historically, tour season is not when we see a lot of progress on studio sessions, and Lessard's comments should be taken with that in mind. The band's last album, Away From The World, was a record-setting 6th straight #1 debut on the Billboard 200.
   
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7.28.92 is the Next DMBLive

Posted by Sean Balogh in Live Releases at 3:27pm on Friday, Jun 13th, 2014

The first Best of Whatís Around opener that we know of, a Dave solo Zeppelin cover, and a Two Step with a few rare interpolations? Well, youíre in luck, as thatís the next iteration in the DMBLive series. From July 28th, 1992 comes the earliest official release of the band, and the first release from their weekly appointments at Trax in Charlottesville. Also including an early version of Help Myself and Angel from Montgomery, which the boys have covered multiple times although nobody seems to be quite sure who originally wrote the tune, this set certainly has plenty to interest a lot of fans. Oh, and this one has the much loved Peter Griesar, so those are indeed keys you hear being played on songs.

The show was actually fan recorded due to the band's open-arms policy towards taping, and that fan recording is available on our Download Area. It's a good test listen, but per the recording notes, there are various cuts in songs and crowd noise. It's a testament to the band's devotion to taping that fan recordings of live releases are allowed to remain in circulation; if you dig this show, you should definitely purchase the DMBLive release. The increase in fidelity from the mastering done in production alone makes it worth it.

This is the earliest DMB official release to date, so don't miss the opportunity to hear the band in their infancy.
   
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Ants Podcast: Episode 37

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 9:28pm on Sunday, Jun 8th, 2014

This was supposed to be one of those episodes where we all just sort of stare at each other with nothing to say. Dave Matthews Band must have been jonesin' for another episode, however, and pulled out a guest appearance that they knew would send the community into a frenzy: The Lovely Ladies. Jake and Matt actually land on the same side for this one (before Jake tries to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory), while Joe waxes optimistic. 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. Please free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread! (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast. We'll see you next week!

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The Lovely Ladies Return

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 8:41am on Sunday, Jun 8th, 2014

The Dave Matthews Band pulled a shocker - The "Lovely Ladies" returned to the stage in Massachusetts, joining the band for the first time since 2001. The crowd greeted the three backup singers with a refrain from #36, which prompted an impromptu sing-along that made the real-time set list (even though they listed it as Everyday refrain, which it wasn't). The Lovely Ladies guested on three songs - Long Black Veil, You and Me, and Stay - not counting the #36 refrain.

To a plurality of the crowd there, the Ladies returning was a positive. Boyd confirmed that they will be around for "a few" more shows. To fans that attended 1998-2001 shows, that's not exactly refreshing news. The reaction on the boards was... well, lets be kind and say mixed. On one hand, the odds of JTR or Best of What's Around increase. On the other hand, the odds of JTR or Best of What's Around with the Ladies increase. But to a younger crowd that was 5 or 6 in 1998, this is great news and a guest they never dreamed of seeing.

So... if you were there, you can go on about the 'had to be there' moment of the sing-along when the Ladies first took the stage in the Mansfield thread. If you're stumbling away from the plane after it crashed into the mountain, you can voice your opinion at the old Ladies thread that first appeared way back in 2003 AD on the site. Either way, this isn't the last time the Lovely Ladies will be at a 2014 DMB show.

And be sure to scroll down a wee bit after you read this on the main page - look to the right. See it? Yep, that's our latest poll. Be sure to vote, Yea or Nay to the Lovely Ladies returning.
   
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Interview About the New Italian DMBook

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Random Appearances at 8:24am on Friday, Jun 6th, 2014

You may recall a mention of a new Dave Matthews Band book coming to America soon - it is written by Corsina Andriano, of Con Fusion - the Italian DMB Fan site. The good folks over at DMBLA - a Spanish Language DMB fan site with a focus on Central and South America, recently interviewed Corsina regarding her book.

Si puedes leer Espanol, vaya con Dios. If you don't know a Cahahuate from a mierda chimichanga, you are in luck. There is an English translation available - and you can read that here.

The book will be available "soon" in English. We'll keep you posted on that. Because that's how we roll.
   
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Ants Podcast: Episode 36

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 1:13pm on Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

With Jake off on an excursion, Matt turns to Joe to bring the noise. And noise does he bring! Joe was at SPAC this weekend and gave us the straight dope on what it was like to be there, the crowd, the sets, and oh, that encore. We have some questions from Ants that spark some pretty good discussion, so as always, thank you all for your submissions. We're excited to keep these releases going. 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. Please free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread! (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast. We'll see you next week!

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SPAC Night 1 Was Pretty Good

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 8:14am on Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The general consensus is that SPAC is the first "real" show (or major show to those not trying to offend the prior venues) of any year of a Dave Matthews Band tour. With night 1 in the books, we can see how the show shook out.

If you follow that link, you'll see a little graph to the right of the set list; that's the flow trend of the show according to both the fans in attendance (red line) and those set list watching (yellow). The combined make up the blue line (ignore that red and yellow don't make blue, just go with it). The only songs close to the bottom are Sugar Man (an acquired taste) and Proudest Monkey . Even Space Betwixt in its current non-horrible incarnation is peeking above the Mendoza Line.

This show was one of the very few in the last 6 summer tours to not feature a song from Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King. How few? How about the second - (only other one was 7.17.13). And in case you've missed the general complaints from hard core fans, they're sick of Big Whiskey.

So... did SPAC night 1 give you hope for the rest of the tour and make you ponder adding a show or three? Or are you one of those haters that says "We'll get Jimi, Cornbread, Shake Meh, and Can't Stop tonight"? Has the band turned the corner with electric sets, and we'll see more of that to come? Is your band backô version 4.0? Can every sentence in this paragraph end with a question mark?

SPAC night 2 begins around 7ish; make sure you follow along on the Ants Twitter, the Ants Instagram, DMBLive for live set list updates, and of course, set list watch on the boards. So your Saturday is pretty full tonight.
   
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Ants Podcast: Episode 35

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:37pm on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Three episodes in a row? How can this be? Matt, Joe and Jake are at it again and having a blast reviewing the #DMB2Sets Dave Matthews Band 2014 Summer Tour. We take your questions, talk about some new site ideas, and discuss the Babe Ruths of the Setlist Game. This week's episode also marks the beginning of the Ants Podcast's availability 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! Please free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread! (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast. We'll see you next week!

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DMB Shows Now With More Food Drive

Posted by Matt Yette in Tour News at 1:28pm on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

According to the official Dave Matthews Band mailing list, the band, in partnership with Reverb, is conducting a food drive at every summer show as part of DMB's Bama Green Project. They ask that you please bring a non-perishable food item to donate at the show! Per the email, "The Bama Green Project continues to focus on fighting hunger and supporting sustainable agriculture. We are collecting donations in partnership with a local organization at every show. Upon arrival, look for food collection points outside of the venue's main gate."

Each show will also contain a "Bama Green Eco-Village". The food drive effort is being helped along by Tunespeak where you can watch, listen and share to help get the word out about this charitable project. You can also visit bamagreen.org for additional information.
   
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Ants Podcast: Episode 34

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

We did it! Somehow, someway, we were able to stick to our goal of having a weekly tour podcast and do we ever knock it out of the park with this one. #DMB2Sets kicked off in style, as does our analysis of the format. We chat about that curtain, backwards house music, and how the acoustic set is wiping the slate clean on even the...shall we say...least favorite songs. Oh, and Joe and Matt absolutely bury Jake during the question and answer portion. You can't afford to miss out on that; an absolute must listen! Please free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread! (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast. We'll see you next week!

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