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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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Ants Podcast 84: DMB Live 25 (28?)

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 9:27am on Friday, Jul 14th, 2017

You know, we were really enjoying this year off*. Jake's making Chik-Fil-A sauce, Joe's hitting up every no-show and then some, and Matt's switched from beer to coffee. But what's that you say? A new album has dropped? No - not *that* album. DMB Live 25 took most of us by surprise (well, not Jake), and it's set the community on fire. Jake offers some insight into how this project came to be, and what went into bringing it to fruition. The 'cast is back, Ants!

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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Dave Matthews Band Offers Up 25th Anniversary 5LP Vinyl Set for Presale

Posted by Matt Yette in Live Releases at 11:59am on Monday, Jul 10th, 2017

Warehouse members received a bit of a surprise today, as a 5LP vinyl set has been put up for exclusive preorder. The email states that this will be a vinyl-only release, with a production limit of 2500 units sure to make this a hot ticket. After the presale period expires, any remaining inventory will be put up for presale to the general public.

Per the email to Warehouse members:

To celebrate the end of the Dave Matthews Bands 25th anniversary year, we have curated a collection of 25 of our favorite unreleased live performances spanning the bands early years in Virginia though the twenty-tens. The end result, DMB Live 25, is a limited edition 5 LP 180 gram collection. The set is housed in a fabric-wrapped, lift-top box and contains a foil-stamped, hard cover book featuring photographs exhibited in the DMB 25 Pop-Up Retrospective.

Due to production limitations, the box set is capped at 2500 units. DMB Live 25 is available now as a pre sale to all Warehouse members in the Warehouse Official Store. Remaining inventory will then be available as a pre sale to the general public on July 12th at 3:00PM ET.

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Live Trax 42 is the best show of 2007

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 5:00pm on Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2017

The Official Site announced the latest Dave Matthews Band Live Trax; Live Trax 42 - 9.14.07 West Palm Beach, FL. This marks the first Live Trax release for a Florida venue - a popular spot and home of the late great Ants Parties. 2007 was quite the unique show - it features the best If I Had It All ever. No joke, with a terrific jam intro and a unique "Holding Back The Years" interpolation, if you're not generally a fan of this song, this performance will win you over.

The "new" songs from 2006/07 are featured throughout the show; A Dream So Real, Cornbread (early and a little slower than today), Eh Hee, and Shotgun. Also making an uncommon appearance are Song That Jane Likes and Sweet Up and Down. The encore closed with a rocking Louisiana Bayou and Ants Marching; you might be in the negative in the Bayou department, but this encore just worked. The band was on fire that night, and it was this very show that inspired West Palm Beach to be the host of the very first Ants Party the following year - 2007 was the year that West Palm Beach became the destination venue for fans.

The show is great. Is it the best show of 2007? Yes, by far. Unless you're one of those fans that need guests to make a show great, then maybe you need a Camden or Hollywood in your life. For the rest of us that actually like hearing DMB at DMB shows, this is the best show of 2007. Pre-order today - there's some other swag available, including a poster and a t-shirt.

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Live Trax 41 is great

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 4:32am on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Fans got their ears on Live Trax 41, and they love it. If you haven't picked up a copy, you should consider it strongly. The show, 3.13.99, is a strong Dave and Tim performance featuring some unique performances, including Stay in a 6/8 time signature, and acoustic versions of The Last Stop and Halloween. If you're on the fence with this one, you might consider picking it up - those who've heard it love it. The release is one of the best in the Live Trax series. Seriously.

Everything you need to know about Live Trax 41 and the Warehouse disc

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 3:54am on Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

The Official site announced the latest Live Trax - . The 1999 Dave and Tim show - available for pre-order now - is either the best or second best Dave and Tim show from 1999, depending on your song selection preference. One thing undeniable is that Dave and Tim both respectively turn out a a great show, some highlights are Halloween and I'll Back You Up back to back - a rarity for the twin songs that tell different parts of the same story, The Last Stop, the first multi-mix acoustic release for the song, a little joke jam fans called "Spooner, and covers of Wild Horses and If I Had A Boat. Basically, given the Dave and Tim tour in 2017, this is an easy show to get behind. So if you're not feeling Live Trax 41 you're not doing it right.

Let's address some concerns, shall we? First, the difference between a Live Trax and a DMBLive is great - even for an acoustic show. So no, this isn't the "same show" as previously released DMBLive 3.3.99. They're both great shows, but a multi-mix will have a better sound by default. And yes, 3.13.99 is actually a better show than guest heavy 3.14.99. Finally, don't be confused by a great sounding fan-tape; the difference between a fan recording and a professional mix is as great as a lion and a chinchilla. If you're having trouble seeing this, it's on you.

Speaking of things, on you, The Warehouse 7/10 volume 5 is officially announced. The tracks are:

AMERICAN BABY INTRO 7.30.05 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY
  • AMERICAN BABY 7.30.05 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY
  • DREAMGIRL 8.20.05 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
  • GET IN LINE 11.8.94 Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
  • CRASH INTO ME 7.20.04 Tweeter Center At The Waterfront, Camden, NJ
  • BARTENDER>>DONT DRINK THE WATER 3.14.99 Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
  • THE LAST STOP 9.12.06 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
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  • PEOPLE, PEOPLE 11.24.92 Trax, Charlottesville, VA
  • CRY FREEDOM 11.8.94 Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC
  • DODO 12.11.10 Theater For The Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV

  • So, Last Stop, Bartender/Don't Drink acoustic, Dodo acoustic, Cry Freedom from 94, the first (and only) multi mix recordings of Get In Line and People People. If you can't dig this Warehouse disc, your hard-core fandom has warped your sense of existence. Now, yes, there is a re-release (Crash previously released on a Stand Up bonus disc), and the Stand Up songs are not exactly fan favorites, but you will be hard pressed to find a better American Baby with Roi's great sax outro, and - believe it or not - this is the best Dreamgirl ever. Now. let us never speak of Dreamgirl again, but wait til you hear Roi on the back end of this version. Basically, this is a great release and if you don't get it this is the place for you.

              DMB D+T Live Trax 41

  • The new Dave and Tim song is from a movie

    Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Random Appearances at 4:59am on Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2017

    Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds debuted a new song Mother of Africa, February 25 in Mexico. Vusi Mahlasela provided backing vocals on the track, which obviously has an African vibe to it (hence the name). Some websleuths learned that the song is from a 2016 documentary entitled Naledi: A baby elephant's tale. The doc follows an abandoned baby elephant and some people's attempt to rescue and raise it. At the beginning of the trailer, you can hear a studio clip of Mother of Africa.

    You can give the song a listen from a fan recording. So... what do you think? Let us know on social media or go old-school and post in the thread and tell us what you think of mother of Africa.

    Ants Podcast 83: We're Taking the Year Off*

    Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 2:50pm on Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017

    We are back! And we are quickly back to where we left off; making fun of each other.But thanks to some recent exciting news, we can now temporarily end the hold out. What hold out? Take a listen. We talk about the upcoming year off tour dates, and our expectations for large outdoor venues vs the traditionally indoor quiet show.We dive into what songs may appear in the setlists, and we take a few quick listener questions.

    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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    Dave and Tim 2017 Summer Tour Announced

    Posted by Matt Yette in Tour News at 4:42pm on Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017

    So, how's that "year off" treatin' ya? Just this morning, The Warehouse sent out an email blast letting their members know that Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds would be hitting the road this summer, in spite of the band's self-declared hiatus. While this may not come as a surprise to anyone who has paid attention to past trends, it's altogether exciting to get have some live music to look forward to this summer. The losers in all of this? The west coast, and your wallet. Sixteen eastern-facing dates span from May 3 to June 18, with a sprinkling of two-night stands in there.

    • May 3 - Tuscaloosa, AL
    • May 6 - Nashville, TN
    • May 7 - Nashville, TN
    • May 31 - Alpharetta, GA
    • June 2 - Philadelphia, PA
    • June 3 - Philadelphia, PA
    • June 4- Canandaigua, NY
    • June 6 - Wantagh, NY
    • June 7 - Holmdel, NJ
    • June 10 - Chicago, IL
    • June 11 - Chicago, IL
    • June 13 - Clarkston, MI
    • June 13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
    • June 16 - Saratoga Springs, NY
    • June 17 - Saratoga Springs, NY
    • June 18 - Columbia, MD

    The Warehouse ticketing request period opens this Thursday, 1/19 at 10am EST and runs through Monday, 1/30 at 12pm EST. Public onsale drops on Friday, 2/10 at 10am local venue time.

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    You should order Live Trax 40

    Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 4:43am on Monday, Dec 12th, 2016

    As a rule, we at Antsmarching.org don't tell you what to spend your hard earned money upon. But every once in a while something comes along that seems like such a no-brainer. Live Trax 40 is such a fantastic release if you don't have it you don't know what you're missing. We wanted to take a little time and explain a few things in case you're a bit weary on ordering or have ordered and thing something is amiss.

    First let's start with the obvious. In 2002, the Dave Matthews Band did not video record in high definition. What that means is that the video doesn't make it all the way across your widescreen TV monitor. And guess what? It's not supposed to. Despite what you hear in advertising, there is no such thing as upconverting. You can't take a video in it's native format, and make it into a higher format. In other words, a 2002 video recording can't magically become a 4k video. You can't upgrade the Mona Lisa into a high definition digital image can you? So you can't expect a 2002 video to suddenly become wide screen.

    In other words, yes, the video is not supposed to fit across the screen; it's supposed to be cropped. The 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired December 10. Did you watch it? Shame on you if you didn't. But if you did you didn't even realize the video didn't fit across the screen. That's because just like Live Trax 40 you can't improve it past the original format.

    Another "complaint" is lighting. Why is it so dark? The answer lies in concert videos. If you've ever had the pleasure of watching Shine a Light, the 2008 Martin Scorsese documentary concert featuring the Rolling Stones, you can hear Mick Jagger complain about how bright it is on stage. That's because it's very difficult to light properly for video. Unless DMB has an extra crew and enough lights to hit the entire stage, there will be parts that look dark on video. Fenton isn't lighting for a TV audience, he's lighting for the crowd (as well he should). And of course there's Madison Square Garden itself; it's really a poorly lit venue anyway. Yes, it's supposed to be dark.

    But the real gem is the audio. DMB records their live audio in multi-track. The true value of the blu-ray isn't the video - that we just explained to you - it's the audio. Once you pop your blu-ray in, choose the 5.1 mix and sit back and enjoy. Stefan's bass pops. Boyd fills your back left speaker while Roi blasts his solos. Dave's voice hits you dead center from the speaker above your TV. The blu-ray truly gives you the feel that you're at MSG.

    If you're reading the boards and a bit apprehensive about ordering, fret not. This is a fantastic release. If you haven't picked up that Boxing Day gift for the DMB fan in your life, order Live Trax 40 for them.

    2016 Blenheim Painted Series Available for Pre-Order

    Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 3:40am on Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016

    The Fantastic Painted series from Blenheim Vineyards is back at it again with the awesome wine! The 2016 release features 2015 grapes - that's why it's called the 2015 Painted Series so don't get confused - and is just as good as ever! The pre-sale is happening right now and runs until December 9.

    As the good folks at Blenheim often do, they're including some nice merchandise to accompany your purchase; a hand-drawn handbill by Dave Matthews. 20 lucky pre-orders will receive an autographed handbill from Dave himself!

    The wine breakdown this year is as follows:

    2015 PAINTED WHITE: 58% Chardonnay, 21% Viognier, 12% Albarino, 9% Sauvignon Blanc.

    2015 PAINTED RED: 44% Cabernet Franc, 31% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The options for ordering are aplenty. If you're not a wine-drinker there are merchandise only options, and let me tell you their shirts are the most comfortable ever! There are also multiple labels, so you can choose an order package to get em all! Please note that due to the silly laws that govern alcohol shipping that it may not be available in your state; refer to the order page to see if you live in one of the sane ones that allows it.

    Act quickly and grab this fantastic wine!

              Blenheim wine Dave Matthews

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