Dave and Fenton direct bizarre new video

Today, Dave Matthews enters the pantheon of such musical luminaries as Bob Dylan, David Byrne, and Barbra Streisand with his first foray into filmmaking. With DMB lighting director Fenton Williams, Matthews directed the new video for his solo track "Eh Hee," on which Dave plays all the instruments.

The strange video appears to have been shot in one take and features the former Miller's bartender sitting in a barber's chair being painted with clown makeup, having an apple shoved in his mouth, and being smacked upside the head with a raw egg– complete with an interpretive modern dance. After sharpening his acting chops in TV's House and on the big screen in Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn-Dixie, Matthews chews plenty of scenery in his four-and-a-half minute performance, contorting his face and thrashing in a manner that recalls One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest more than Under the Table and Dreaming.

The clip is available as a free download from the iTunes Music Store until Tuesday, September 11.



One more thing,
Thank you to The Hook. There is a good chance I wouldn't have know about this video if it wasn't for your blog. Sad, but true.
Keep up the great work.

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That's quite a description of a video. I guess ol' Dave found a shroom hook up out there in Seattle.

I love this video! I have never been a big DMB fan but this is the sort of thing that makes me realize (once again) that maybe I should be. It is quirky and interesting and fun. On top of that, the music is fabulous.

Nev: Music is something to be enjoyed - some call it art, others call it entertainment. If you don't enjoy it, move on to something else. In this day and age, you have a pretty big selection.

Music Lover: Maybe you shouldn't care so much.

iTunes: Thanks for the free download. This is the first video I have ever downloaded. Maybe I do need the video iPod after all.

In order to better understand the video, you would need to have heard the story Dave tells about the song.

I thought the video was very interesting and extremely well done. Dave is a very creative, talented individual - and you either like his work or you dont. Obviously, many people do.

Is the video available without downloading iTunes software?

Looks like someone desperate to save their withering career.

Yeah - seriously! I mean, DMB only put on 4 of the top 10-grossing concerts in August. Remember before his career started withering - you know, when the band would EASILY have 5 of the top 10-grossing concerts? Those 4 engagements didn't even bring in $6 million! Crap - I'm glad MY career isn't withering like Dave's. Jeeze - I mean, damn I'm lucky.

It never ceases to amaze me how people dis Dave and DMB. You'd think they were horrible citizens or completely lacking in talent. It's one thing to say "I don't particularly care for their music." That's sensible, reasonable, and a grown-up thing to say. But some of the things you hear locals say about them is just venomous with more than a hint of jealousy. To say they suck, or they have no skill is just flat-out ignorant. The mere fact that hundreds of thousands of people pay to see them every year does, in fact, indicate that there are a lot of people who love their music. And it takes talent to get people who are not in your family to love your music. Maybe it's not for you - no artist is for everybody - but how can you not give them their props? How can you not admire the fact that a few local guys who love the hell out of music worked their asses off and sold a lot of records and concert tickets? They're living the life, living the dream and they represent the living daylights out of Charlottesville, all over the world.

Someone desperate to save their withering career? Please.

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