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Episode 74 - You have Got Questions, We dance around them
June 5th, 2016

The Crew was merely 2 Live this week; Jake and Joe M took the helm whilst Matt felt the Bern, so to speak. With the band off this past week and based on twitter feedback, this episode is listener question heavy. Also addressed is the latest release announcement (a Dave Solo from 1996), the Bernie Sanders Dave Solo performance, and the latest DMBHub update that you dont want to miss!

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Dave Matthews Band Set for The Tonight Show on 6/21

Posted by Sean Balogh in TV Appearances at 9:32am on Thursday, Jun 14th, 2018

With Come Tomorrow probably debuting at #1 (it's #1 on the iTunes charts, which doesn't include any of the pre-orders from ticket sales), Dave Matthews Band looks likely to continue its streak of consecutive albums to debut at #1. This one breaks the three way tie for second place between them, Kanye, and Eminem. It appears the next logical step would be to celebrate that achievement on national television, so go ahead and set your DVR's to record The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon next Thursday, June 21st. The band is scheduled for a performance (our bets are on Samurai Cop featuring) in addition to Dave being booked for an interview with Fallon.


DMB to Stream 6.16.18 Show Live on YouTube

Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 10:07am on Wednesday, Jun 13th, 2018

If you could fly at the speed of light you could get to Canis Major in about 5,000 years, Betelgeuse in about about 600 years, or assuming youre anywhere on earth, Camden, New Jersey in under .15 seconds. Since Elon Musk hasnt made that technology public yet, we guess well have to settle for YouTubes ability to transmit video at nearly the speed of light.

This Saturday, June 16th, Dave Matthews Band will stream their concert from BB&T Pavilion live at the newly-registered dmblivestream.com. While the band did play their last album in its entirety shortly after release on November 30, 2012, its never happened before or since, so we'd say the chances are slim of it happening again. However, since its being advertised as Celebrating the new album Come Tomorrow," once could reasonably expect the debut of the two as-yet-unplayed songs, When I'm Weary and Come On Come On. To make things even easier, go to the livestream page now and click that little set reminder button to remind you of the 8pm Eastern event.

The recent registration of dmblivestream.com (it was literally registered yesterday, the same day the announcement email was sent) could simply be a one-off for this album-celebrating streaming event. It could also signify the start of a larger effort by the band to get ahead of the Periscopers that are now a staple at live shows.

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Ants Podcast 92: The Come Tomorrow Review

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:58pm on Sunday, Jun 10th, 2018

We've now had three days to marinate in the release of Come Tomorrow, and Matt & Joe break it down track by track in an epic episode of the Ants Podcast. It's not actually our longest podcast ever, but it sure is close, tipping the scales at two hours and thirteen minutes. And we tried to be brief! Catch up on the latest four shows on the DMB Summer Tour, and shout your vocal cords sore agreeing and/or disagreeing with our opinions on the album. Opinions, we all got em, eh?

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Ants Podcast 91: It's That Time Again and Again

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:20pm on Monday, Jun 4th, 2018

In our new album penultimate podcast, we discuss the latest song drop of Again and Again (ed: Bob Law), along with the album track times and the last 5 live shows.We take a data driven look at each of the topics and in each case it tells us something different than the general feel.Do you agree with the data or the feel?Plus a lightning-round recap of the setlist game results.Give it a listen and then join us this Sunday night for a LIVE podcast discussion on the new album.

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Ants Podcast 90: Summer Time = DMB Time

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:46am on Friday, May 25th, 2018

We need to crack open some white-wine-with-fizz-in-a-can to celebrate all the good stuff in this episode!We dream during the offseason of weeks like these jammed with DMB happenings.We have to recap and review the first 3 shows of the summer tour. New song debuts: 3 live, 1 early album release.Plus we discuss the latest band member changes and interviews. Did your username get highlighted during setlist game recap? And a major DMB Hub release. Whew!

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Reports: Boyd Tinsley no longer a member of Dave Matthews Band [Updated]

Posted by Matt Yette in Band Member News at 8:37am on Friday, May 18th, 2018

On what was once looked forward to as a yearly celebration, the eve of Dave Matthews Band's summer tour kickoff, a rather sobering bit of news grabbed the headlines and forced us to split our attention.

On Thursday afternoon, pop culture website Consequence of Sound published a story detailing a lawsuit that had been filed in Washington state on May 17th against Boyd Tinsley. The article goes into detail regarding the allegations contained in the lawsuit, filed by James Frost-Winn, a former trumpet player in Tinsley's band Crystal Garden. AntsMarching.org has chosen not to relay those details, as they can be found and read easily elsewhere, and as they are contained in ongoing litigation, they are as yet unproven.

Speculation about the details behind Tinsley's break from the band ran wild after he announced the night before their pre-Super Bowl show that he would be stepping away from the band for an indeterminate amount of time. Ultimately, the band (and by extension, it's PR arm) have remained silent regarding Tinsley's status, or how it would impact the upcoming tour. As recently as Wednesday, the band tweeted from their social media account, "Please join us in wishing Boyd Tinsley a Happy Birthday!" The lone word regarding the situation seemed to come as a response to the Consequence of Sound article, which quotes "a representative for Dave Matthews Band" as stating the following: "Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and were sending positive thoughts his way." Things would take a turn just hours later. See below for an update - Ed. note

Late into the evening, multiple sites such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, People and Relix began reporting that another statement by the band had been released, this time with a different tone: "Though Boyd is no longer a member of the band, we are shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them," the statement said. Parsing that statement, it's not too difficult to see that the band is clearly distancing itself from Tinsley, both past and present. What this changes in the dynamic of the band versus where things were on February 2nd are unclear. The facts that matter as far as the tour go remain the same; Boyd Tinsley will not be joining the band on tour this summer. It now sounds like he may never rejoin. We have reached out to the band for comment and will update this story if necessary.

Updated 5/20/18 at 7:50am PST: In the third paragraph, we pointed out the apparent dichotomy between two statements that the reader is led to believe were made just moments apart. Since then, Ants has learned that the original statement by the band's PR firm was in response to a generic question about Tinsley's status with the band, prior to the news breaking about the lawsuit. Consequence of Sound posed this question without context and thus were given the canned response. CoS's article doesn't make this distinction, and instead allows the reader to believe that both statements were made in the context of the lawsuit details.


Ants Podcast 89: Come Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 8:08am on Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Matt and Joe come together to breakdown these latest announcements and discuss very early analysis.Thoughts on the recording work, changes from live versions, multiple producer albums, and music industry trends in general.Plus DJ Yette bumpers in the world premier of Samurai Cop.

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Come Tomorrow Tracklist Revealed

Posted by Sean Balogh in Album News at 10:10am on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Hello Friends. Kentucky Derby week is here, and post positions have been awarded. Betting lines have been posted. Theres a lot of information out there, and yet nobody knows what will shake out come race time (this Saturday). Who would have thought a 144 year old horse race would have so much in common with a new Dave Matthews Band release?

Earlier today, our beloved boys from Virginia continued their pattern of weekly notices about their much anticipated album. We now have a track list. Last week they let us know the title of the album (Come Tomorrow), the release date (June 8th, 2018), and the bonus releases coming with it (theres too many to include in a parenthetical, there was an email sent out about it, but to make this short they all sound pretty damn good. That #34 from the Gorge has me jazzed). Todays announcement also indicates the first single, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), will be released nationwide next Friday, May 10th. So, once again, theres a lot of information to parse through and make predictions and all thats left to do is sit back and wait.

Its been 6 years since the groups last studio effort, and to say this ones a bit of a departure from the norm would be accurate. Most notably, this collaboration is just that, a collaboration. Traditionally each record has been produced by just one producer. Steve Lillywhite did 1994s Under The Table And Dreaming, 1996s Crash, 1998s Before These Crowded Streets, and 2012s Away From the World; Glen Ballard was recruited for 2001s Everyday; Stephen Harris was nabbed for 2002s Busted Stuff; Mark Batson produced 2005s Stand Up; and finally Rob Cavallo was enlisted for 2008s Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King. Come Tomorrow, however, boasts 4 producers. Cavallo and Batson return, longtime studio friend John Alagia assists, and the band welcomed newcomer Rob Evans to lend a hand as well. Each of the four reportedly tackle individual songs. Some will be obvious (its pretty safe to assume that Batson will be handling Cant Stop, as that was originally written with him during the sessions that produced Stand Up) while many others remain a mystery.

Impressively, Come Tomorrow will feature 14 tracks. Lets go track by track and break down what we know.

  • Samurai Cop Weve heard this one before. Debuting at the bands 25th anniversary show in Charlottesville back in 2016, this ones now bene played 80 times live in various settings. Of the 80 full plays, 32 have been just Dave and Tim, 10 have been just Dave by himself, and the remaining 38 have been full band. Its anybodys guess as to which version will appear on the album in a month. Luckily this one will be out next Friday, so we wont have to wait long.
  • Cant Stop Somehow, this Stand Up era song made the cut this year. Initially recorded for and then cut from the 2005 album, Cant Stop has now been played in full 75 times. Much derided by hardcore fans but generally considered to be a passable up-tempo song by everybody else, I guess we wait with bated breath to see if this ones gone through any significant changes in the studio.
  • Here On Out Here we have a simple song debuting with a full backing orchestra on a PBS special in November of 2016. While that one play remains the only public appearance of this song, its transfixing. Daves repetitive guitar riff is soothing and relaxing, and the humble vocal delivery brings back memories of the old DMB. You know, the same voice that gave us such delicate tunes as Ill Back You Up and Cry Freedom.
  • That Girl is You Coming in at fourth on the album is our first encounter with a true unknown. Like, nothing. Well, ok, let me backtrack. We know Mark Batsons HEARD it. So this ones probably not produced by him. He said he asked to hear it 4 times in a row, and described it in an Instagram comment as a freaking amazing performance. But thats it so far. Its possible this ones a reworked title of the twice-played Plastic Girl, but it seems Dave relented to the quick and vocal dislike from the fanbase on that.
  • She Ok, this one I havent heard anything about. All Ive got for this one is the name is similar to Che, a song from Tim Reynolds solo album The Limbic System. Its probably not that song, though.
  • Idea of You FINALLY! This 2006 era song has been visited in the studio and scrapped seemingly every year for over a decade. Boasting 110 full plays and widely regarded as one of Daves most recent classic dmb sound songs, were finally getting a studio cut of it. In another Instagram comment, Batson said he heard versions (plural) of this track including the late Leroi Moore. Featuring that Little Red Guitar used exclusively for Idea of You and Shotgun, the tone of the Veillette Soprano 12 string is enough to make every day feel like a summer evening.
  • Virginia In The Rain To be honest, although this ones been played 39 times and Ive heard it live twice, I cant remember a thing about it. Through some relistening today, I realized why. To my ears, its just flat. Its been performed by Dave & Tim almost two dozen times, but every performance has included Dave sitting at the piano. The slow, brooding feel of the song is reminiscent of something, I just cant put my finger on what. I guess, to sum this one up, Im anxious to hear if its been fleshed out in the studio. I dont envision it being in my top DMB songs, but it does have a lot of potential to work with.
  • Again and Again Unfortunately, it doesnt appear this one is named after the lyrics from JTR. Batson has confirmed this is a reworked title for the song previously known as Bob Law saying It made more sense to Dave as we came down the stretch. Another Dave piano song, this one seems to have originated in 2015 when a musician leaked out the sheet music for three different songs. Those three ended up being Again and Again, Bismarck (more on this one later), and Here On out. This ones good, its upbeat, and the lyrics make sense. But its not JTR, and that upsets me.
  • bkdkdkdd No folks, thats not a typo. I dont know what it is, but it is accurate. Maybe this ones secretly Be Yourself (thats the morning line favorite, but Keen Ice upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah up here in Saratoga, so anythings possible I guess. By the way, I wouldve hit the Superfecta on that race had I gotten out of work in time to place the bet, so if anybody needs some last minute Kentucky Derby tips for Saturday we have a Horse Racing thread). Maybe its an Afrikaans translation for something (its not). Maybe its an old song about worms somebody got from eating some bad take-out in the studio. Maybe its an allusion to #RoiBombs, an old gag where Leroi would blindly type characters onto band members iPhones and the resulting phrase would be saved. Batson is being mysteriously coy about this one, only saying its a hidden gem. If you know anything about this one, please quell some fears over in the Come Tomorrow thread.
  • Black and Blue Bird Again, another road tested slow song. With 64 plays (debuting at the Legends on Letterman Show in 2015), weve heard it. More or less, we know what were getting with this one. One notable tidbit on this one though, its probably much older than we think. Registered with ASCAP, the listed writing credits go to Dave, Jeff, Rashawn, and then Doug Taylor McKean. Astute readers may realize Doug isnt a member of the band. Good job. It appears Doug is a studio engineer the band was working with back in 2013. Rolling Stone published an article in November of that year quoting Dave as saying he was working with Cavallo and McKean on something that doesnt sound like the past. I guess we got Black and Snooze Blue Bird and Virginia in the Rain out of that session.
  • Come Tomorrow The titular track is, again, unknown. I cant find anything on this one. No writing credit is available publicly, its not a new title for a known song as best I can find, and theres not even any indication as to how long this ones been kept under wraps.
  • When Im Weary More of that here.

    So, where does that leave us. First, theres lots of potential here. Of the tracks we know (8 definite) most are at the very least good. Theres room for improvement on a lot of them, none of them are downright bad, and given the proper time in the studio with creative minds working on them, Im confident they can be improved.

    Secondly, it appears some of the most anticipated tracks wont be released, at least for now. Songs like Bismarck, Shotgun, Break For It, and Break Free wont be on the album, as far as we can tell. Batson has hinted on Instagram that its possible theyll be released later, either as a bonus track or some other such release. Hes stated that while everybody really liked Bismarck, for example, it just didnt seem to fit on the album. Reportedly, this album is more of a concept album than a collection of songs. Representing the past, present, and future of DMB, the 14 selected tracks are the most representative and Bismarck simply didnt work in that theme. Thats fair enough, I suppose. But for now, well just have to wait. Theres just about a month until the whole album is released, and most of our questions will be answered.


  • Dave Matthews Band Announces 9th Studio Album

    Posted by Jen Henson in Album News at 5:37pm on Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018

    With the Dave Matthews Bands near constant production of new music the possibility of an album is always up in the air. However, album rumors solidified late 2017 when Dave Matthews mentioned to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he and Carter Beauford had been recording in the studio. He said that he hoped to have something out at the beginning of the year. At this point, there was no official news of a 2018 tour or even if the band would get back together after their 2017 break. News of Dave and Carter in a studio gave the Dave Matthews Band community hope that exciting things were on the horizon. On January 15, 2018, the album became official when the band announced that there would indeed be an album released this year and that a free physical copy or download would come with each tour ticket purchased for the 2018 summer tour. A few weeks later Dave Matthews gave a brief interview with Radio One. Dave hinted at what we might hear on the album. He explained that his current songs are about friendship, love of family, love of the world and love of each other. Following that theme, Dave stated that he thought that Black and Blue Bird and Samurai Cop would appear on the upcoming album.

    The bands social media continued to plug the tour and free album but remained silent on any details. That silence was broken, not by the band, but by Stand Up producer Mark Batson. On March 6, 2018 Batson took to Instagram to share his excitement about the upcoming Dave Matthews Band album. Batson confirmed that he was one of several producers and continued to interact with fans by replying to comments and dropping tidbits of information. Batson repeatedly used the hashtag #WeBeginTheSame leading people to believe that may become the album title. Batson also shared that he had heard songs that featured Butch Taylor and LeRoi Moore, that there would be bonus discs, and that he had specifically heard Idea of You and a song called That Girl is You. Batson described the tracks and Daves playing as epic, emotional, passionate, and the best DMB this century! The majority of these Instagram posts have been deleted leading many to believe that Batsons impromptu conversation with the fans was not only unsanctioned but did indeed contain accurate information about the album. Before the posts were deleted, AntsMarching forum user chadizzy1 was able to consolidate Batsons remarks. Once again, silence followed these posts and the fans were left to wonder what was going on with the album and whether it would be completed before the summer tour began.

    This time that silence was broken by official news. As of today, Dave Matthews Bands ninth studio album finally has a name and a release date. And no, unfortunately its not called "What Album?" The album entitled Come Tomorrow has at least four different producers including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans and will be released on June 8, 2018. "Come Tomorrow" is currently available for pre-order which include bonus discs and options to include vinyl copies, DMBLive Vinyl releases and even a Limited Edition Cassette Tape.

    While the contents of the bonus disc were listed in the Warehouse Store, the track list for the album remains a mystery. From what has been revealed by Dave Matthews, Mark Batson and other rumors swirling around the album, it sounds like the tracks will be mostly recognized and road tested material. With the tour and album date so close, so many questions remain. Will the band continue its record of debuting number one albums? When will the first single be released? Will there be a violinst on tour with the band? Its all speculation at this point. Hop on over to the AntsMarching forums to join in the ponderings while we wait for the next bit of news to be released. In the meantime, everybody sing with me now, Save tonight and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow Ill be gone


    Ants Podcast 88: The Night Before, Indeed!

    Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:14pm on Thursday, Feb 8th, 2018

    Matt and Joe mix it up over "The Night Before" performance, and just how ominous that designation was. Joe went to the show (of course he did), so we have first-hand intel on how the band sounded, and what the reception to the Boyd-less Dave Matthews Band was. We try our hand at broadcasting this one on Facebook Live, but don't worry Periscopers, we haven't forgotten about you. We take your questions as we head into this anxiety-inducing break before the summer tour.

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