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Dave finally sets the record straight about karaoke

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Member News at 7:03pm on Saturday, Jun 23rd, 2018

Has Dave Matthews ever performed karaoke? He is a singer, after all, but has he actually ever gone up on stage and sang along to an instrumental track and read lyrics off a screen? Well, Dave has now set the record straight on his karaoke crooning.

Dan Patrick, on his syndicated radio program, has twice told tales of Dave singing karaoke. Both incidents happened during the filming of the Adam Sandler movie, Just Go With It - which also featured Patrick and Dave himself. The stories are similar in structure, only flipping around the small details. At an afterparty during filming, Dan - who played a karaoke host in the movie - jokingly introduced Dave as, according to story A. John Mayer and story B. David Schwimmer. Dave then proceeded to sing: story A - Super Freak by Rick James or story B - Wild Thing by Ton Loc. So which story is true? According to Dave, neither.

In the interview portion of the Dave Matthews Band's June 2018 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Dave told Jimmy that he never sang karaoke in his life. He recounted an amusing story where he went to a karaoke bar with Ryan Gosling, and Gosling belted out a tune. Dave respectfully declined to sing up on stage himself - after all, he does it for a living.

Depending on how you feel about Gosling's fame, he might be the second most famous "Ryan" to be a DMB fan. You may recall that Ryan Reynolds is a pretty big DMB fan and even sports a Firedancer tattoo on his leg. Really! As for Dave, karaoke might not be in his future, but he can sure sing some Trap Music (Gucci Gang is straight fire, yo).

So if you want to catch Dave singing, make sure you pick up a ticket and stay out of the karaoke bars.
   
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Howard Stern to interview Dave, and possible DMB-SiriusXM partnership

Posted by Joe M in Radio Appearances at 2:24pm on Saturday, Jun 23rd, 2018

If you've been following last few weeks, there's been quite a bit of SiriusXM activity around Come Tomorrow, and that leads credence to partnership rumblings we've heard. Let's start with the latest announcement and upcoming interview, Dave Matthews will be on the Stern Show this Monday at 9am. Can't say we ever thought this would happen, because after all these years it hasn't historically. Just two years ago the show did interviews with Camden DMB tailgaters and selected the most unglamorous parts to broadcast (more later on some similar recent activity.) This appearance will be a first, and a bit surprising given that Howard hasn't had too many positive things to say about DM/DMB in the past. Arguably one of the best interviewers in the game, Howard has a way of getting his guests to open up in ways you'd expect from a private conversation, yet far from the case. Tune into Howard 100 on Sirius XM this Monday 9am.

In addition to the upcoming Howard appearance, on the Come Tomorrow release date at midnight SiriusXM broadcasted a produced piece that played through the new album tracks with commentary by Dave prior to each. It offered early insight and context to Come Tomorrow and was an exclusive to SiriusXM.

And then just recently, a 17 minute interview on SiriusXM Volume, the talk channel about music. You can listen to it here, where Dave discusses (in longest form we've seen to date) how the new album came together. It offers insight into the album progress over the last 6 years, the repeated start/stop of Dave's writing momentum, and confirmation of previous Batson comments that Can't Stop was the start and sound anchor of album.

Amongst all the SiriusXM activity, there have been rumblings that SiriusXM may be adding a Dave Matthews Band channel to it's lineup. And this past weekend SiriusXM producers were in the Camden tailgating lots recording fan interviews. But was this for another Stern Show bit similar to 2014, or actually for a new DMB channel as positioned? The idea of a new DMB channel isn't that far fetched, and maybe a more appropriate question is ďFor how long?Ē. SiriusXM first did a week long DMB channel in 2009 following the release of Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King. And then again in 2012 with the release of Away From The World, but for a full month that time, and even live broadcasted Night 2 from the Gorge. If the trend of more DMB content with each return were to continue this time around, it's fun to imagine what the latest Dave Matthews Band Radio could bring. (Is it too much to ask for B-sides?) Maybe we'll hear more Monday during Howard's interview, because while it may be an open debate if he is the "King of All Media" it's without question that he is the "King of SiriusXM".
   
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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.
   
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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 youíre anywhere on earth, Camden, New Jersey in under .15 seconds. Since Elon Musk hasnít made that technology public yet, we guess weíll have to settle for YouTubeís 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, itís never happened before or since, so we'd say the chances are slim of it happening again. However, since itís being advertised as ďCelebrating 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 ďset reminderĒ 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?

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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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.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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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!

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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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 weíre 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.
   
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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.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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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. Thereís 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 (thereís 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). Todayís announcement also indicates the first single, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), will be released nationwide next Friday, May 10th. So, once again, thereís a lot of information to parse through and make predictions and all thatís left to do is sit back and wait.

Its been 6 years since the groupís last studio effort, and to say this oneís 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 1994ís Under The Table And Dreaming, 1996ís Crash, 1998ís Before These Crowded Streets, and 2012ís Away From the World; Glen Ballard was recruited for 2001ís Everyday; Stephen Harris was nabbed for 2002ís Busted Stuff; Mark Batson produced 2005ís Stand Up; and finally Rob Cavallo was enlisted for 2008ís 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 (itís pretty safe to assume that Batson will be handling Canít 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. Letís go track by track and break down what we know.

  • Samurai Cop Ė Weíve heard this one before. Debuting at the bandís 25th anniversary show in Charlottesville back in 2016, this oneís 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. Itís anybodyís guess as to which version will appear on the album in a month. Luckily this one will be out next Friday, so we wonít have to wait long.
  • Canít Stop Ė Somehow, this Stand Up era song made the cut this year. Initially recorded for and then cut from the 2005 album, Canít 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 oneís gone through any significant changes in the studio.
  • Here On Out Ė 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, itís transfixing. Daveís 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 Iíll Back You Up and Cry Freedom.
  • That Girl is You Ė 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 Batsonís HEARD it. So this oneís 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 ďa freaking amazing performance.Ē But thatís it so far. Itís possible this oneís 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 Ė Ok, this one I havenít heard anything about. All Iíve got for this one is the name is similar to Che, a song from Tim Reynoldsí solo album The Limbic System. Itís probably not that song, though.
  • Idea of You Ė 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 Daveís most recent ďclassic dmb soundĒ songs, weíre 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 Ė To be honest, although this oneís been played 39 times and Iíve heard it live twice, I canít remember a thing about it. Through some relistening today, I realized why. To my ears, itís just flat. Itís 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 canít put my finger on what. I guess, to sum this one up, Iím anxious to hear if itís been fleshed out in the studio. I donít envision it being in my top DMB songs, but it does have a lot of potential to work with.
  • Again and Again Ė Unfortunately, it doesnít 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 ďIt made more sense to Dave as we came down the stretchĒ. 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 oneís good, itís upbeat, and the lyrics make sense. But itís not JTR, and that upsets me.
  • bkdkdkdd Ė No folks, thatís not a typo. I donít know what it is, but it is accurate. Maybe this oneís secretly Be Yourself (thatís the morning line favorite, but Keen Ice upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah up here in Saratoga, so anythingís possible I guess. By the way, I wouldíve 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 itís an Afrikaans translation for something (itís not). Maybe itís an old song about worms somebody got from eating some bad take-out in the studio. Maybe itís an allusion to #RoiBombs, an old gag where Leroi would blindly type characters onto band membersí iPhones and the resulting ďphraseĒ would be saved. Batson is being mysteriously coy about this one, only saying itís a ďhidden gem.Ē If you know anything about this one, please quell some fears over in the Come Tomorrow thread.
  • Black and Blue Bird Ė Again, another road tested slow song. With 64 plays (debuting at the Legends on Letterman Show in 2015), weíve heard it. More or less, we know what weíre getting with this one. One notable tidbit on this one though, itís 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 isnít 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 ďsomething that doesnít sound like the past.Ē I guess we got Black and Snooze Blue Bird and Virginia in the Rain out of that session.
  • Come Tomorrow Ė The titular track is, again, unknown. I canít find anything on this one. No writing credit is available publicly, itís not a new title for a known song as best I can find, and thereís not even any indication as to how long this oneís been kept under wraps.
  • When Iím Weary Ė More of that here.

    So, where does that leave us. First, thereís lots of potential here. Of the tracks we know (8 definite) most are at the very least good. Thereís 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, Iím confident they can be improved.

    Secondly, it appears some of the most anticipated tracks wonít be released, at least for now. Songs like Bismarck, Shotgun, Break For It, and Break Free wonít be on the album, as far as we can tell. Batson has hinted on Instagram that itís possible theyíll be released later, either as a bonus track or some other such release. Heís stated that while everybody really liked Bismarck, for example, it just didnít 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 didnít work in that theme. Thatís fair enough, I suppose. But for now, weíll just have to wait. Thereís just about a month until the whole album is released, and most of our questions will be answered.
       
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