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dmblive offers digital downloads of unreleased shows

Dave Matthews Band has officially announced the arrival of their "new" music and media store, Nearly the entire DMB catalog from studio albums to live trax can be purchased via digital download. MP3's (128 and 256 format) and FLAC (lossless format) can be found throughout the store.

Now introducing DMBlive, Dave Matthews Band is offering what many fans have been longing for...Digital downloads of previously unreleased shows, in all digital formats. These releases are unmixed soundboard quality shows. This new addition to the DMB store follows what other artists like Phish, Pearl Jam and Umphree's McGee have being doing for years, making downloads of their live shows available.

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Magic and Mystery Tour
As the last leaves fall of the trees and fall turns into winter, many people find themselves feeling uncharacteristically blue. For some, this condition, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can be almost debilitating. Dave fans know this all too well, except that for us (SAD) stands for Severely Absent Dave. Every year, at the conclusion of the summer tour we're forced into involuntary Dave withdrawal for far too long. Luckily, my friends, 2009 will be different, as we have a Spring tour to look forward to, which kicks off April 14th at Madison Square Garden. So, what is it about being at a Dave Matthews Band show that can put a spring in our steps and shake up our bones and feet?
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A Surprise on the Way, Any Day, Any Day
The year 2009 will be an exciting one for Dave Matthews Band aficionados. With the release of a new studio album expected early in the year, anticipation is growing among the groups' faithful followers. We're all wondering what to expect and how the tracks will resonate with us. There's understandable anxiety about how the chemistry of DMB has been altered due to the death of Leroi, and how that will play out in the music, although deep down we know the gang will pull through and deliver something amazing. Still, even the most devout fans might be wondering if the new production will meet our lofty expectations. Can we love these novel tunes as much as our old favorites?
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So Damn Unlucky?
Recently, there's been a lot of hype about Dave and Stefan on Twitter. Fans everywhere are trying to figure out the magic formula to score a coveted response. Some “twitterers” say Dave only responds to "tweets" about sex, politics, and of course farts, while others say it's all about being online at the right moment. I wish I could say I've been immune to the craziness, but I too, have played the game and been rewarded with a single answer. I asked Dave whether he puts his bananas in a bag when he buys them at the store, and he said, “I bring a banana bag along.” Great, ecological answer. Of course, if I knew he was going to respond, I probably would have chosen a different question!
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DMB Song Evolution: Recently

February 24th, 2008

“People stare and we just ignore…”

recentlyevolution.jpg“Recently”, another fan favorite has had a lot of history through Dave Matthews Band’s career. “Recently” is one of many songs that Dave Matthews wrote very early on, long before they had a recording contract and even before they had the whole band together.

The first known studio recording of “Recently” came as early as 1990-91 on a couple demo tapes.

“Recently” was first released on the album “Remember Two Things”, which consists of a collection of live performances from various shows. This was their first album released independently on their label, Bama Rags Records. The recording of “Recently” featured on this album was taken from their performance on August 10th, 1993.

While “Recently” was never recorded and released on any of their studio albums, it was released as a promotional EP in 1994 on the Bama Rags label with two different covers and track listings. One cover had a man holding a pumpkin (bama 002) and the other without (bama 003). The “Recently” EP was then re-released in 1997 by DMB’s current label RCA.

ebayadsmall.jpgThe Bama Rags 002 release of “Recently” contains only 4 songs, which were all radio edits and different artwork than the re-release by RCA and the secondary Bama release. This cover features a man holding a pumpkin. This makes this promotional copy of “Recently” probably one of the rarest releases in DMB history and the most wanted by fans. This release came around April-May 1994, just months before their first studio album, and only limited amount were made and mostly distributed to radio stations. While some other promotional releases are very hard to find, this particular release holds a lot of value and has occasionally been found auctioned on Ebay for hundreds of dollars.

The Bama Rags 003 release of “Recently” features only the radio edit of “Recently” and 4 additional live songs from various shows. In addition, the cover art is without the pumpkin. This release is still quite rare, but not nearly as rare as Bama 002.

In 1997, RCA wanted to re-release the “Recently” EP and did so using the Bama 003 version, which can be easily found in any retail store.

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DMB Song Evolution: Warehouse

January, 22nd, 2008 

"That's my blood down there..." 

warehousesmall.jpg“Warehouse” is one of Dave Matthews Band’s oldest and most popular songs. Every since Dave Matthews wrote and performed the song for the first time in 1991, it has become one of their staple songs. “Warehouse” has been played on every tour since its very first live performance, over 600 live performances and counting. Also known as “The Bourbon Song” and “Anytime We Can Stop”, the name that stuck was “Warehouse”

“Warehouse” has been a very enjoyable song to listen to over the years, because of Dave Matthews Band ability of improvisation. While some of their songs have had a very straight forward approach, “Warehouse” is one of many songs that have had some variations during their live performances, keeping it new and fresh.

Before the song was officially released on their first studio album “Under the Table and Dreaming”, the lyrics in the song were varied from time to time. The lyrics became more consistent after that point, but has been played with many interpolations, intros, improv jams, time changes, and a little crowd participation. After the summer of 1994, and the official release of "Warehouse", the last verse evolved beyond the mere repetition of "That's my blood down there".

Most of the time closing with these lyrics:

That's my blood down there.
Seems poured from the hands of angels.
And trickle into the ground.
Leave the Warehouse so bare and empty.
And my heart's numbered beat,
will echo in this empty room.
And the fear wells in me.
Til nothing seems big enough to stay
So, I'm going away.
I'm going away.
Lucky, lucky day.

Lyrics can be interpreted many ways. Everyone who listens to any of DMB’s songs may interpret them in a different ways, but every song has its story and there are some themes in the song “Warehouse" that many can agree on.

Superstition is a common theme that is apparent in the song…with lyrics like:

"The black cat changing colors
I can walk under ladders
And swim as the tides choose to turn me"

Overall, the song is about your mind. The Warehouse being a metaphor for your mind and memories that you hold.  

Steve aka ToothPicVic wrote a very detailed interpretation of "Warehouse" on an online message board in November of 2002.

newsicon.jpg Click Here to read Steve's Warehouse interpretation.

Some have questioned Dave Matthew’s inspiration for the lyrics. There is a “Pink Warehouse” located in Charlottesville, Virginia where Dave worked and lived for some time. Dave was known for visiting that Warehouse from time to time and the roof of the pink warehouse was where Dave Matthews Band performed one of their very first shows.

WHLogo.jpgWhether inspired by the song or not, the one and only official Dave Matthew Band Fan Association was named "Warehouse". Founded on December 4th, 1998, Warehouse gives fan early access to concert tickets, exclusive CDS and merchandise to its members. The current fee for membership is $35 per year, up from the original price of $30.

"Warehouse" has been placed all over the setlists through the years. It has frequently opened shows and closed them as well. By 1996, "Warehouse" was frequently followed by Dancing Nancies. This one-two combo was very common through 90's and still occasionally get's played in that fashion at least a few times each tour. Dave Matthews Band are consistently changing thier setlists, but the Nancies - Warehouse combo has always been a favorite for them and the fans alike.

One thing that is clear about this particular song is that it is not going anywhere. "Warehouse" will never be one of those songs that come and go, like other songs have in the past. The only thing that is unknown is how the band will continue to play the song in future tours.

The Beginning

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