Friday, May 29, 2009

How to Disappear Completely

So the message boards have been afire with talk of my mysterious absence.  Aside from my computer being repaired again and a trip to LA, there is one man to blame:
Yes, Dave Matthews.  Dave Matthews Band has a new album called Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King that drops on June 2nd.  In tandem with the record release is a 4-part documentary on Fuse called The Road to Big Whiskey.  I was an assistant editor on it.

I know what you're thinking: "Dave Matthews Band sucks.  Well, they don't suck.  I mean I like a few of their songs, but I'd never buy a CD of theirs.  Wait, I have a CD of theirs.  But they're definitely not the best live band ever."

Before I started on the project I too was skeptical of DMB, claiming they had one good song ("What Would You Say") and one okay song ("The Space Between").  But as I watched more and more live footage, I realized that every person in the band is an extremely talented musician.  While I still feel their hardcore fans overrate them as the pinnacle of live performance, I have come to appreciate the band.  Call me a fag if you must.

Onto the new album: Dave has been quoted in multiple publications as saying, "If you don't like this album, you don't like music."  (I actually read that before I started on the project, and was curious to hear it 'cause that's a bold statement.)  Another Dave quote, which you won't hear: "If you don't like this record, you're a fucking retard."  So I had to listen, both my musical taste and intelligence at stake.

The verdict?  I haven't listened to all of DMB's records yet, but Big Whiskey does have some really good songs on it.  "Shake Me Like a Monkey" is even pretty awesome.  "Why I Am" and "Seven" are other standouts.  Sorry, but I'm not allowed to leak any tracks.

So be sure to check out The Road to Big Whiskey, airing in 4 parts on June 2, 3, 4, and 5 at 8pm on Fuse.  I'll be posting a mega-blog about my LA trip soon enough.

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