Monthly Archives: January 2014

Daily Dose of Dave

1/31/14
Hunger for the Great Light
Live at Red Rocks, Morrison, Co

A month in and I feel I’ve hardly scratched the surface of Dave Matthews Band’s catalogue. This is another of the blatantly sexual songs that the DMB blankets in a catchy melody and packages in a driven rock song.
As a lighting director, I always look forward to this song at shows, because the lyrics lend for some interesting interpretive visuals.
Thanks to my friend McCartney for reminding me how good this song is!

Daily Dose of Dave

1/30/14
Warehouse- Live at the Gorge

When you’re standing in a crowd of 25,000 people at a Dave Matthews Band show and the first few notes of ‘Warehouse’ play, you know it’s about to get loud.
Some where along the way the crowd developed a tradition of screaming “Woo” during the pauses in the beginning of the song. This is now done during all the live shows where ‘Warehouse’ is played, regardless of venue, or even country. This track recorded at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington state is no exception.
On a side note, once while on tour with Man on Earth, we played in Charlottesville, VA and I walked over to see the pink warehouse building that may have been the inspiration for this song. It’s actually been converted into apartments… But it’s still pink.

Daily Dose of Dave

Gaucho-
Away From the World Deluxe Edition

‘Gaucho’ was the first song to be released from “Away From the World”, and to be honest, I didn’t like it at first. It took me seeing it performed live to “get” it. Since then, it’s definitely grown on me. The message of the song is great. You can’t just sit around wishing that things will change, you have to be proactive.

Nintendo Content With Mediocrity

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In the 1980’s Nintendo was on top of the game. In 2014 however, the former front runner is greatly overshadowed by it’s competition.

In what should be good news, Nintendo is reportedly planning it’s foray into mobile apps. My mind, and I’m sure a lot of y’all had similar thoughts, imagined myself lying in my bunk on our tour bus, squashing goombas and turtles, throwing bananas behind go karts, or, if I felt ambitious, saving Hyrule.

But no, the creator of so many of my childhood gaming memories doesn’t seem to share my hopes and dreams. Maybe it’s a cultural difference, I’m not sure.

Nintendo’s possible plan, as discussed on BGR , is far less satisfying.

Instead of treating the mobile app platform as it’s own market, it seems like Nintendo wants to use it as a way to push people to purchase it’s struggling console systems. The way it’s looking, is that they will release exclusive mini games on the mobile devices, with the hope that you will be hooked enough to go pony up the 50 bucks to get the full version.

If the company is hurting so much financially, why wouldn’t they capitalize on rereleasing existing content on already existing platforms?

I hope these reports are only half truths. My fingers are still crossed.

Album Review: Crash

Crash

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What is success? 7 million copies sold, 5 Grammy nominations, 1 win…. Sounds like a winning album to me!

‘Crash’ was, in my opinion, Dave Matthews Band’s first real crossover commercial success. While ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ was nominated for two Grammys, it wasn’t until ‘Crash’ that the band received it’s first and only Grammy. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts, and with a carrier agent like “Crash into Me” it’s no wonder that Dave Matthews Band became a household name. This success came at a weird time in music history. America was entering the post-grunge alt-rock era. The hip hop/rap genre was gaining it’s momentum, and the pop machine was busy churning out its usual drivel. This was the environment that ‘Crash’ was born into.

To me, ‘Crash’ is an example of a perfect album. There is an exceptional balance of tempos, tone, and lyrical diversity. There are fast songs, slow songs.. rock songs, jam songs… Songs about love, life, sex, death… And even one about a peeping tom. Starting with the 1, 2 punch of “So Much to Say” and “Two Step”, “Crash Into Me” follows nicely, creating the first layers that set the precedent that carries through right to the end, the album finishing with the rousing “Tripping Billies” and topped off with the introspective allegorical narrative of “Proudest Monkey”.

The albums backbone is just as strong, with powerhouses like “#41” and “Drive In, Drive Out” holding an even keel with the slower emotional “Let You Down” and politically pointed “Cry Freedom”.

Over the years, and especially before MP3 players became popular, ‘Crash’ seemed to be the Dave Matthews CD that random people would put on whenever we were cruising around. There were countless times in the summers after midnight, windows down, Two Step blaring as we rolled around the country roads of Western Massachusetts.

As an album, ‘Crash’ has that endearing, enduring quality, and I’m sure it will go down in the books as one of Dave Matthews Band’s most influential albums.