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Away From The World has hit the magic 500,000 units sold number. The Dave Matthews Band 2012 album is officially a Gold Record, according to the RIAA rankings.
Times are a bit different from even 2009, where CD's were still being sold in places called "stores", so it's a good number to turn in after the album being out only a few months. The DMB will be supporting Away From The World in a Winter Tour beginning November 30 in New Jersey.
Even with physical sales of Compact Discs way down from the numbers even a few years ago, the Dave Matthews Band managed their 6th straight #1 album, with Away From The World selling over 270,000 copies in its first week of sales.
The streak goes back to Before These Crowded Streets (with Crash debuting at #2 thanks to that pesky Hootie, and his alleged Blowfish). DMB stands alone now with 6 straight #1's.
The album is still getting very positive praise, except from a few shmos that either are just spiteful or like trolling. If you still haven't picked up a copy, quit lolly-gagging and go buy one!
Just a friendly reminder that the Dave Matthews Band plays at the Hollywood Bowl on September 12 (which odds are is tonight if you're reading this in a timely fashion) in promotion for the new album Away From The World. If you're within a plane flight of the area and want to hit it up, you still can (good seats still available!)
The promotion machine has been in full effect recently, with an appearance on the Ellen! show on September 11 and an upcoming sit-in with Jimmy Kimmel on September 13. So keep those ears pealed for some DMB!
Of course if you ordered the Super Deluxe version, you have 29 different songs to listen to (counting the CD, bonus Summer Sampler, and the DVD), so you've got a lot of listening to do. But we want to hear your reactions. Hit us up on the ole Twitter or post on our always sanguine message boards and sound off. Albums pretty darn good, ain't it?
We're not going to insult your intelligence by proclaiming that the latest Dave Matthews Band album - Away From The World - is streaming on iTunes. You know that and have listened to it 12 times already. And I'm sure you inventive non-North American fans have figured out a way to hear it too (let's not kid ourselves, you've heard it).
So... what did you think? Over on the boards, commonly known as the place with more negative energy than New York during the Ghostbusters 2 era, AFTW is sitting at around 93% approval. And honestly, that feels a bit low. What's interesting is that there's no real consensus on the best song on the album; for every Snow Outside vote, there's another fan that puts Broken Things up at the top and Snow falls toward the bottom. And that's not a knock on either song, it just goes to speak to the power of the entire album; it's just that good.
And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Drunken Soldier by name, because it is simply a work of controlled chaos captured in the form of music.
So... what's your favorite? What did you like? If you haven't sounded off yet, send us a tweet for your twitterers, or post over at the boards (plenty of threads on it, including the original stream one). We want to know, is Away From The World everything you'd hope it would be?
The contents of the Super Deluxe version of Away From The World is now official. The disc will contain 10 (or so..) live performances from the 2012 tour. The songs are:
- Eh Hee Noblesville, IN 6.22.12
- Pig Mansfield, MA 6.5.12
- Say Goodbye Saratoga Springs, NY 6.8.12
- Lie In Our Graves Saratoga Springs, NY 6.8.12
- What Would You Say Saratoga Springs, NY 6.8.12
- Stay or Leave Wantagh, NY 6.12.12
- Little Red Bird Hartford, CT 5.26.12
- Blue Water > Best of Whats Around E. Troy, WI 7.6.12
- Shotgun Hershey, PA 6.29.12
- Dont Drink The Water Noblesville, IN 6.22.12
The official listing calls Pig "Don't Burn The Pig", but it's the "Pig" version of the song. Also of note, Dave actually sings "and we dance away.." at the end of Lie In Our Graves, as he used to back in the early 90's. It's the first DVD release for Best Of What's Around (and Blue Water, for that matter), and only the second official release for Shotgun. And if you count the partial of Blue Water, that's 3 unreleased songs making it into the Away From The World package (along with Shotgun and Eh Hee). Also, there is a photo book and lyric cards for the songs.
There's still time to order. So what are you waiting for?
Some of the bonus material accompanying the latest Dave Matthews Band album is now known. If you order Away From The World from The Official Site, you will receive a 5-track bonus disc. Members of The Warehouse will get 8-tracks. I'm tired of telling you to join The Warehouse, if you haven't joined by now, you don't deserve the other 3 tracks. Yea, I said it. And if you want to get technical, it's more like 9 tracks, keep reading and it will make sense.
The track listing is as follows:
- SAVE ME 6/2/12 The Molson Amphitheatre: Toronto, ON, CAN
- YOU NEVER KNOW 6/8/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center: Saratoga Springs, NY
- JIMI THING 5/22/12 Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood: Atlanta, GA
- HALLOWEEN 6/6/12 Comcast Center: Mansfield, MA
- TRIPPING BILLIES 6/6/12 Comcast Center: Mansfield, MA
- MANSFIELD JAM > WHY I AM 6/5/12 Comcast Center: Mansfield, MA
- TIME BOMB 6/24/12 Harriet Island: Saint Paul, MN
- TWO STEP 6/24/12 Harriet Island: Saint Paul, MN
The Halloween and Billies are a medley, as are Time Bomb and Two Step. Additionally, unless you were in St. Paul for the show, you haven't heard the final two tracks, because there is no taper version available. Track 6 with the "Mansfield Jam" is the longest of the improv songs played before Why I Am this year; it's basically a full song. And in case you have forgotten, the Jimi Thing is the one where Dave does his scat talking about the first time he met Carter. And Save Me and You Never Know are just flat out awesome. I think that about covers it.
There is still time to Pre-Order, and of course if you do that via the Warehouse, you get the 8 track version, but now I'm just repeating myself and getting preachy. The contents of the DVD bonus disc should be announced... wait for it... wait for it... wait for it.... wait for it... soon.