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Episode 44 - Gorge View Lager
September 5, 2014

The summer break is over and the band is back in full swing. We review our pre-2nd leg predictions and find that we were all, well, wrong. Matt and Joe talk about their experience at Gorge 2014 including some great friends made. Once again, our longest podcast yet, so you'll have to check it out!

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Dave To Raise the 12th Man Flag

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in at 9:16pm on Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015

Seattle resident Dave Matthews will participate in the raising of the Seattle Seahawks 12th man flag, according to reports. If you're not hip to the fact, Seahawks fans are known as the '12th man' because they're so annoyingly loud it's like they are another player on the field. Pretty creative, ain't it?

The Flag Raising ceremony will be at the Space Needle on January 29 at 9 am. That's Pacific Time since they're on Pacific Time and all. The Seahawks take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl February 1.


The New Tour Dates Are Here The New Tour Dates Are Here!

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in at 5:40pm on Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015

The Warehouse announced the 2015 Dave Matthews Band tour. The dates are a wee bit different than the past 8 or so tours. Of note, Hartford is down to 1 night (not surprisingly), and the deep south gets some DMB Love.

For the first time since 1994 Tuscaloosa, AL gets a show. Believe it or not, that will make the 9th full-band show in T-Town. Tuscaloosa was part of the college-town run the band did in the early days. Iowa gets a DMB show for the first time since 2009, and Rogers, AR is a new stop for the band. This will be only the 3rd DMB show in Arkansas, but the other two were in Little Rock and this one is way the heck up near Feyettenam.

Canada gets 3 shows, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. SPAC gets the coveted 4th of July run and Alpine is back, passing over Chicago (woo hoo!). Warehouse Tickets go on sale January 15, the rest of you slugs have to wait around. See you out on the road!

229 Comments           DMB2sets2015

DMB Updates Concert Rules No Signs Allowed

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 7:42am on Friday, Jan 9th, 2015

The Warehouse released an email in anticipation of the Dave Matthews Band 2015 tour, and there is one important rule change; no signs.

Yes, there are a few other changes, including a payment plan to facilitate the multi-show attending crowd. Rather than shell out thousands at once to see a show, you can now spread the payments out a bit. Check with the Warehouse for all the intimate details.

But the big one is signs. For years, fans have groaned at signs held up at shows, but people do loVe to bring random signs. the new policy reads as such: Due to a new policy, signs, placards and banners with messages for the band will no longer be allowed at DMB shows. What does it mean? Well, in this exclusive breakdown, Antsmarching.org has learned that it means that signs aren't allowed at shows.

Unfortunately, glowsticks are still OK, so you can't win em all, but it's baby-steps. The DMB #2sets2015 tour dates should be announced... soon.

UPDATE: On January 10, The Warehouse altered the wording to read, To provide a clear, unobstructed view for all fans, large signs will no longer be allowed at DMB shows. We aren't surprised by this, unless you've been the one holding up signs fans have been complaining about signs for years. It just got out of control.

392 Comments           DMB Signs

2015 DMB Tour to be 2 Sets

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 7:25am on Friday, Jan 2nd, 2015

In case you missed the New Year's Day email from The Warehouse, the Dave Matthews Band is indeed touring in 2015 (duh). And as was the case in 2014, the band will play 2 sets. If you need a refresher course - in 2014 the band played an acoustic opener and took a little (long) break and played an electric set. Fans were eager for the opportunity to catch some tunes in a new environment, but as the best laid plans of mice and men go, that didn't exactly work out.

Of course, the announcement is simply "2 sets" - not specifying one acoustic and one electric, so it's premature to completely bash the 2015 tour as a good idea on paper that shan't execute live (although that hasn't stopped some). Until there's a bit more defining of "2 sets", fans can only speculate if it'll be Stolen Away acoustic, Minarets opener, and Good Good Time in the encore or if the mold shall be shattered.

Tour dates - if the trend holds - should arrive in the middle of January. So be on the lookout for that.

758 Comments           DMB2sets2015

DMB Headed to Mexico

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 7:31am on Monday, Dec 1st, 2014

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, The Official Site announced Dave Matthews Band is heading to Mexico in 2015. The band will perform during the Vive Latino (or Latin Live for you Englishers) March 15, 2015. This will be DMB's first show in Mexico; they previously cancelled a 1998 performance. Tickets are available ahora - or now. So if you're interested in checking out DMB in a major festival (it should be over 50,000 fans there), grab your tickets now!

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Live Trax 32 is a 2014 Show

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 5:22pm on Thursday, Nov 6th, 2014

The Warehouse announced the next in the Dave Matthews Band Live Trax Series, Live Trax 32. The show is Night 2 from Berkley, CA.

There are 2 add-ons; the entire show is available in a CD/DVD combo, so you'll be able to sit back and watch the show and the lovely Greek Theatre backdrop. Additionally, there is a bonus disc of tracks compiled from Night's 1 and 3 - 8-tracks if you're in the Warehouse. The acoustic set from night 2 is pretty sweet; including Rhyme and Reason, Ants Marching, and Recently. Lover Lay Down highlights the electric set; it only received 5 plays in 2014. The encore features the newly (greatly) improved Space Betwixt, fan favorite Granny, and Rapunzel. It's a nice show overall with a great acoustic set.

You can pre-order now. And as usual there's some swag to go along with it, including an awesome t-shirt featuring Stefan's Set List doodle.

1009 Comments           LT 32 DMB

Blenheim Painted Series Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 8:09pm on Monday, Oct 20th, 2014

The fabulous Painted series from Blenheim Vineyards is available for pre-order now! The wines - with bottles designed by Dave Matthews - this is his original winery located on the outskirts of Charlottesville near Thomas Jefferson's home - are a popular fall release from the vineyard. This year Dave has taken the selfie to a new level.

You can order an array of the wines; including the Painted White bundled in with the Red (or reds). You can additionally order some of their very comfortable shirts or posters in addition to the wines. 20 random orders will be selected to receive a hand-drawn handbill by Dave himself, so get your order in and enjoy this delicious wine!

          Blenheim Wine Painted Red

Under The Table and Dreaming comes to Vinyl

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Album News at 7:30am on Friday, Oct 10th, 2014

The age of vinyl is upon us, apparently. The official site announced Under The Table and Dreaming, the Dave Matthews Band first major label record, will be released in a 20th anniversary deluxe vinyl on November 24. There are a number of order packages, including a throw rug, t-shirts, and the usual suspects, but the true value is in the additional tracks.

The release features the original studio cut of Granny; that was one of the songs recorded in the studio and left off the album. Also, acoustic versions of Song That Jane Likes and Dancing Nancies are included. Those originally appeared on a radio-promo from 1994 and prior to that were on the often mislabeled Quad Demos and Rutabaga Demos.
Pre-order is now. So what are you waiting for? Pre-order!

1520 Comments           UTTAD DMB Vinyl

Recently coming to Record Store Day

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 10:17am on Monday, Sep 29th, 2014

The increasingly popular Record Store Day - where major acts release recordings on vinyl is getting a special treat for the hard core fan. According to Modern Vinyl, Dave Matthews Band's EP Recently is slated for release on Black Friday - that's the Friday after Thanksgiving if this is your first day on the planet (and welcome to you!).

In case you didn't know, there's actually 2 versions of the EP - the standard release that most of you have, and a 'radio release' which features a radio cuts of the songs Recently, Ants Marching, Tripping Billies, and Song That Jane Likes. That's usually called the "pumpkin Recently" by fans because it has a giant pumpkin on the cover and fans are creative like that. The blog Wax Poetic says that both Recently versions will appear on the vinyl.

Obviously demand will be great for this, so if you want one find a local store that will have it and camp out; they'll go quickly. Happy hunting!

864 Comments           Recently vinyl DMB

Dave and Tim in Oakland

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 6:49am on Wednesday, Sep 24th, 2014

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will perform two shows in January 2015, according to The Warehouse. The Official Fan Club announced performances January 16 & 17 at the Paramount Theatre. Public ticket sales begin October 3, with Warehouse members getting a shot on September 26. As with the last few tours, a VIP package is also available with an assortment of trinkets to accompany the tickets.

The concert is presented by Dreaming Tree Wines - that's Dave's other wine label, the one you see in most grocery stores and Targets.

          D+T Oakland

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