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Dave Matthews Band Land ‘Away From The World’ Atop Album Chart

Praise flannel! One group of rockers who found initial success in the ’90s succeeds another on the Billboard Top 200, as Dave Matthews Band‘s Away From The World bumps Matchbox Twenty‘s North off the top of the chart this week. DMB’s latest sold 266,000 copies out of the gate — nearly four times the amount (95,000) M20 debuted with last week. North has now been bumped down to #8 after adding another 28,000 copies to its sales total. More »

Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Elysium’, The XX’s ‘Coexist’ & Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Away From The World’ Get Reviewed: The Drop

Pet Shop Boys, The XX And Dave Matthews Band Get Dropped
It’s Tuesday and we’re back with The Drop, our Soundbytes segment where we rate the week’s hottest pop releases. September is in full swing, and perhaps that’s why we’re experiencing a serious chill vibe on the music front. Pet Shop Boys team up with a new producer for their 11th album Elysium, while Dave Matthews Band returns to an old collaborator on Away From The World. The xx debut their second effort Coexist — but is it a sophomore slump for the Brit group? Find out as we preview these albums and let you know which is worth your hard-earned dollars above.

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Grammy Awards 2010: Who Will Win Album Of The Year?

Now that we’ve thrown our money into the office Grammy pool for who will clinch Best New Artist, Song and Record Of The Year (not to mention which artists will walk away a golden phonograph in the Pop categories), there’s just one more loose end to tie up: Album Of The Year. In the E.N.D., will it be fearlessness, fame or fierceness that wins out?
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Green Day, Pink, Lady Gaga Set To Rock The Grammy Stage

Last month it was announced that Beyonce and Taylor Swift, the artists with the most Grammy nominations this year, would be performing at the awards show ceremony on January 31. Now news comes that five more acts will be taking the stage, all of whom are 2010 Grammy nominees: Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pink, Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band.

Given the fact that the Black Eyed Peas were already slated to perform, all five nominees in the Album Of The Year category (BEP, Beyonce, DMB, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift) will now be in attendance and belting out their material live come Grammy night. Who do you think is going to win?

Crabby Columnist Would Like You To Get Off His (City Park’s) Lawn

Some crankypants Austin American-Statesman columnist took in his first music festival this weekend, when he attended the Austin City Limits Festival, his hometown’s muddy three-day extravaganza that featured Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and a slew of other bands. Most festival reportage tends to gloss over the hinkiness of events like these—the gradual deterioration of the venues’ PortaPotty army, the dust-flecked food, the shirtless bros who turn their favorite bands’ sets into a campfire singalong—but Ken Herman went right into the mud, and wound up slinging some of his own!

“But as I now understand, festivals like ACL are not really about seeing bands and hearing quality sound. It’s about the experience. It’s about people-watching. It’s a fun experience, though for many of us it was akin to listening to a bad radio during typhoon/typhoid season in Bangladesh.”


“This may be news to the self-professed drunk behind me, but I did not pay $85, endure the ["treated sewage" and yard-trimming cocktail known as] ‘Dillo Dirt’ and pay $25 for parking (split with friends) to hear him on lead vocals during Pearl Jam’s ‘Evenflo.’ Karaoke is not Japanese for concert.”

You know, if you took every bad festival experience I’ve ever had and put them into a column, it would probably read something like this. Not going to lie.

Not sure I buy into all the ooze and ahs over music festival [Austin American-Statesman]
ACL Mud Fest 2009 – Slip ‘N Slide [YouTube]

Jay-Z’s First-Week Sales: Not Quite Eminem-Level, But Not Bad By Any Stretch

Unsurprisingly, Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 debuted atop today’s Billboard 200, thanks to sales of 476,000 copies in the time that elapsed between its release last Tuesday and Sunday night. But how did Jay’s first-week numbers fare in the more rarefied arena of No. 1 debuts? I crunched a few numbers to figure out just how all of the albums that topped the charts in their first week of sales fared, and came away slightly surprised!

It wasn’t surprising that Eminem’s first-week numbers for Relapse were the best posted by a debuting album all year, but I was a bit taken aback by the fact that a little rock band called U2 beat Jay out by a slim margin:

1. Eminem, Relapse (608,000, June 6)
2. U2, No Line On The Horizon (484,000, March 14)
3. Jay-Z, The Blueprint III (476,000, Sept. 26)
4. Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King (424,000, June 20)
5. Rascal Flatts, Unstoppable (351,000, April 25)
6. Maxwell, BLACKsummer’snight (316,000, July 25)
7. Whitney Houston, I Look To You (305,000, Sept. 19)
8. Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. (304,000, June 27)
9. Daughtry, Leave This Town (269,000, Aug. 1)
10. Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted (255,000, March 28)
11. Jonas Brothers, Lines, Vines, And Trying Times (247,000, July 4)
12. Bruce Springsteen, Working On A Dream (224,000, Feb. 14)
13. Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown (215,000, May 30)
14. The Fray (179,000, Feb. 21)
15. Keith Urban, Defying Gravity (171,000, April 18)
16. Rick Ross, Deeper Than Rap (158,000, May 9)
17. George Strait, Twang (155,000, Aug. 29)
18. Now 30 (146,000, April 11)
19. Bob Dylan, Together Through Life (125,000, May 16)
20. Demi Lovato, Here We Go Again (108,000, Aug. 8)
21. Colbie Caillat, Breakthrough (106,000, Sept. 12)
22. Fabolous, Loso’s Way (99,000, Aug. 15)
23. Reba McEntire, Keep On Loving You (96,000, Sept. 5)
24. Chrisette Michele, Epiphany (83,000, May 23)
25. Sugarland, Live On the Inside (75,000, Aug. 22)

Maybe it’s just that the expectations for U2′s album were a lot higher than those for Blueprint 3—recall that last week, early estimates had Jay’s first-week sales somewhere around the 300k mark—but the reaction when the numbers finally came out was very different than the semi-triumphant reception this week’s numbers are getting, no? I guess the summer was really that bad for the biz…

Beatles, Jay-Z Dominate Album Charts [Billboard]

Well, Slap Me Silly And Call Me A Lamestain: Gen X Radio Debuts

Clear Channel has flipped one of its Louisville stations to a format called “Louie,” which the bigwigs are actually saying is the first firmament in what will be come to known as “Gen X radio.” Yes, the generation that inspired so much Boomer disdain is finally getting a format to call all its own, although the music associated with it may not be what you necessarily think of when you think of slackers and Singles. Quoth CC market president Bill Gentry: “It’s focused on a musical experience… [that] crosses cultures from grunge, hip-hop, hair bands, boy bands and more.” And another CC higher-up has this to say: “[Louie will] capture how 30-somethings listen to music, and it ignores genres and categories.” Sounds sorta Jack-y to me, but then again, perhaps that ill-conceived marketing will inspire further nostalgia for those 30somethings who remember all too well being ineptly pandered to back in the day. The playlist of Louie’s inaugural hour after the jump.

2 Unlimited, “Get Ready For This”
Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Montell Jordan, “This is How We Do it”
No Doubt, “Just A Girl”
Coolio, “1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)”
EMF, “Unbelievable”
OMC, “How Bizarre”
blink-182, “All The Small Things”
D-Mob, “C’mon and Get My Love”
Sublime, “Santeria”
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, “Good Vibrations”
Dave Matthews Band, “Ants Marching”
Culturebeat, “Mr. Vain”
Spin Doctors, “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
Jennifer Lopez, ”If You Had My Love”

So… the dance songs are actually kind of awesome (“Mr. Vain”!!) but that first hour seems to be made for highlighting just how dreary the “alternative” “revolution” was in retrospect. (Sublime and the Spin Doctors? Oh God.) That said, the EMF/OMC back-to-back is a nice touch. Do you think they’ll eventually throw an All Acronym Weekend, just for kicks?

Louisville’s classic hits “Louie 100.5″ goes “Gen X” [Radio-Info]
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Ten Bands That Should (And Ten Bands That Shouldn’t) Grace Us With A Cover Of “Yakety Sax”

I don’t know about you, but the dog days of August are making me long for some levity. And what better way to bring in some hilarity than to think about the late Boots Randolph’s delightful “Yakety Sax,” a.k.a. “that Benny Hill Show song,” a.k.a. the best way to make any YouTube clip hilarious? Noted “Yakety Sax” enthusiast Jess Harvell and I put together a pair of lists related to the song—namely, a top 10 countdown of artists who need to cover the song soon, and a counterpoint list of 10 artists who should never get within a 25-mile radius of its implied hilarity, for fear of ruining it for all time. The countdowns after the jump.

Feel free to listen to Randolph’s original track as you peruse the two lists:

The Ten Artists That Definitely Need To Cover “Yakety Sax” ASAP:
10. Slayer
9. Tom Waits
8. Rahzel
7. The User (but only if he uses dot-matrix printers)
6. Kronos Quartet
5. Wendy & Lisa
4. Mighty Mighty Bosstones
3. R. Kelly
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
1. “Weird Al” Yankovic

OK, so that last one? Something of a gimme. To counterbalance it:

The Ten Artists That Should Stay As Far Away From Boots Randolph’s Triumph As Possible:
10. Dave Matthews Band
9. Grizzly Bear
8. Creed
7. Cat Power
6. James Taylor
5. Baz Luhrmann
4. 4 Non Blondes
3. Mariah Carey
2. brokenCYDE
1. Phish

The countdown to someone digging up a moldy clip of Phish doing “Yakety Sax” starts now, I guess.

Yakety Sax [YouTube]
Mario Paint Composer – Yakety Sax [YouTube]

The Dave Matthews Band Throw A New Orleans Funeral Parade

Our look at the closing lines of the week’s biggest new-music reviews continues with a roundup of reactions to the seventh studio album by the Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which arrives in stores today:

• “In the end, the particular balance Matthews and his band struck may be the best one possible for a nearly 20-year-old band. They’ve drawn on the tone of old, while refusing to simply mimic it.” [Jim Farber, New York Daily News]

• “Big Whiskey, though, is a lot like a New Orleans funeral parade—mourning and zest balled into big, brawny music. ‘We’ll be drinking big whiskey while we dance and sing,’ Matthews crows in ‘Why I Am.’ ‘And when my story ends, it’s gonna end with him/Heaven or hell/I’m going down with the GrooGrux King.’ I’m betting on heaven—and that Moore will be quietly waiting for him.” [David Fricke, Rolling Stone]

• “GrooGrux is harder edged and more bottom heavy than DMB’s usual fare, undoubtedly due to the band’s decision to work with Green Day and My Chemical Romance producer Rob Cavallo, but probably also a result of the grief suffered by Moore’s surviving bandmates. A fond, funky farewell.” [Mikael Wood, Spin]

• “Matthews is still writing lyrics that will make undergrads nod their heads in quiet wonder; but at album’s end, he also offers ‘You and Me,’ a modestly sweet love song to his wife in which he exchanges that trademark quirkiness for an unfussy adult voice. It’s just one little song on a big record, probably doomed to be overlooked by many. The happiness in domesticity it expresses marks one path to survival–after the storm, after all, there are still the dishes to do.” [Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times]

Austin City Limits To Party Like It’s 1997

Pearl Jam, the Dave Matthews Band, the Beastie Boys, and Kings of Leon are at the head of the 130ish-artist lineup for the Austin City Limits Festival, which takes place in the Texas capital’s Zilker Park from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4. Tickets are $185; the genre-spanning bill also includes Lily Allen, the Supersuckers, Daniel Johnston, a bunch of blog bands, and the Jack White/Allison Mossheart superishgroup The Dead Weather. And the Toadies! Full lineup after the jump.

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Thievery Corporation
John Legend
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Ghostland Observatory
Sonic Youth
Mos Def
Flogging Molly
The B-52s
Lily Allen
Citizen Cope
Arctic Monkeys
The Decemberists
Coheed and Cambria
Andrew Bird
Girl Talk
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
The Airborne Toxic Event
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Grizzly Bear
Heartless Bastards
Passion Pit
White Lies
Dan Auerbach
The Walkmen
The Scabs
Reckless Kelly
Blitzen Trapper
The Virgins
Here We Go Magic
K’ Naan
Asleep at the Wheel
Dr. Dog
The Raveonettes
The Knux
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
State Radio
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Raul Malo
Daniel Johnston
Poi Dog Pondering
Brett Dennen
Henry Butler
Preservation Hall
Sam Roberts Band
The Greencards
Sara Watkins
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
David Garza
John Vanderslice
Zac Brown Band
Todd Snider
School of Seven Bells
The Dodos
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Alberta Cross
Deer Tick
Bell X1
Alela Diane
The Wood Brothers
The Parlor Mob
Rebirth Brass Band
Marva Wright
Terri Hendrix
Lisa Hannigan
The Low Anthem
Sons of Bill
Sarah Jaffe
Cotton Jones
The Henry Clay People
Papa Mali
Vince Mira
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
Mimicking Birds
Jeffrey Steele
Jonell Mosser
Keith Gattis
Damien Horne
Sarah Siskind
Danny Brooks
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Soul Stirrers
The Durdens
Palm School Elementary
The Gospel Silvertones
Quinn Sullivan
Ralph’s World
Q Brothers
Telephone Company
Loose Cannons
Lunch Money

ACL 2009 full band list [Austin American-Statesman]