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From the bottom of my heart, thank you…

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I went to my first punk show at 14, back in 1992 and was hooked for life. I was amazed that people didn’t know about these bands and wanted to share. I booked shows, made a couple of zines and did whatever I could locally. I went off to college for recording with the full intent of making this my career.

Real life happened and I found myself a decade later, a father of three with a desk job. My very good friend Shannon Koffman and I had been kicking around plans for a few years and decided it was now or never. In 2005, we bought three HD cameras, built a live recording rig and started recording shows. National Underground was born.

I enlisted the help of some friends and we started recording shows around Orlando. We answered the call to help No Idea Records record The FEST 4 in Gainesville. By the end of that weekend, we were three months out and had recorded Against Me! and The Bouncing Souls as well as another two dozen bands.

We were trying to turn these into CD/DVD releases, but by the time we got everything lined up with mixes, artwork and contracts, the recording industry was taking a major hit. We didn’t want to compete with the very bands and labels we were trying to help promote. No matter how low our prices were or how short our runs would have been, it made no sense. Plus, who really likes or ever buys live records?

We decided to just start putting it out online for free…and people really got into it. From 2007-2010, National Underground was this living, breathing thing. We had tons of traffic, volunteers who wanted to mix, edit, do pr, interviews and write content for the site, developers of other content wanting to team up and labels contacting us. We have so much to show for it. It was the best.

Shannon and I were still shelling out money for tapes, hard drives, hotel rooms, pizza, beer and such. We sold a couple dozen supporter packs, did fund raisers for expenses here and there and I still have a check from Fat Records I can’t bring myself to cash. Other than that and a quick tour with Less Than Jake, National Underground didn’t make any money or pay any of our crew. Every single person who worked for National Underground volunteered. I’m simultaneously humbled by and overwhelmed with gratitude for that.

Some made National Underground a stepping stone into the industry. I’m really proud of the part it played in their careers. I even got offers to do all sorts of things from shooting at SXSW and CMJ to music videos and tour managing but alas, I couldn’t risk it with so many mouths to feed.

So, here we are, years later. We recorded straight through until The FEST 10, both HOH Fests, picked up shows like Paint It Black in a parking lot, HWM’s reunion, Dead To Me’s new lineup house show and countless warehouse shows. Truth be told, I don’t know how much we’ve recorded. I think somewhere around 600 shows and we have video for about 450 of them. Many of them are repeats, but why wouldn’t you record Dillinger Four for the fifth time?

I’ve been fighting this battle with the post production the entire time. I’ve had people give me a hard time about our turn around time since the beginning. I may have laughed, but I was super hard on myself about it. It’s not easy to mix, edit, output and post any of what we record. That’s not even getting into approvals by management, labels and such. It’s a process. Then you take into account that everybody has an HD camera in their pocket. iPhone footage is up on YouTube before we’ve can even strike our equipment. Nobody cares that our audio is mixed or we have multiple camera angles that are lit correctly. There’s no value in what we do anymore.

National Underground has been a long, expensive, trying, yet amazingly rewarding chapter in my life that I feel I need to put to bed. I have that same job and I’m up to four kids to focus on. I just can’t give National Underground the attention I think it deserves.

We’ve given the recordings to HOH, The FEST and No Idea Records. Hopefully this way more of it will get to see the light of day. I can only be sure that it has no chance if I sit on it and do nothing.

We’re going to keep the site up and might post stuff we feel like sharing. We shall see.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to every single person, visitor to our site, crew member, band, manager, venue, label, support staff, security guard and yes, even cop who helped in any and every way, even by just giving us any attention at all. It’s been beyond rad.


Dead To Me Enter Studio; Announce Split 7″ For Upcoming Tour

Exciting news is coming out San Francisco-based Dead To Me‘s camp this week as they announced they’ve entered the studio to start recording their third full-length on Fat Wreck Chords, and will also be releasing a tour exclusive split 7″ with Off With Their Heads and theRiverboat Gamblers. The band has made the trek out to Chicago’s Atlas Studios to record with famed punk producer Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, Lawrence Arms, Less Than Jake) for their follow-up to 2009’s African Elephants. As for the split 7″, the record will feature new material from Dead To Me and Riverboat Gamblers, will be pressed on colored vinyl, and is only going to be available on their upcoming summer tour.

For upcoming tour dates and album artwork…

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Dead To Me – Fail Safe Warehouse Aftershow (The Fest 8)

San Francisco, CA’s Dead To Me has been going through some changes leading up to the release of African Elephants, their latest full-length on Fat Wreck (out today!). Founding member Jack decided to hang it up for a while and focus on family, so the quartet turned trio decided to not let that stop them and keep on making music. They played at the Fail Safe Records Warehouse during The FEST 8. Take a look for yourself…there is nothing missing in this trio or their performance.

 


You Voted: Best of 2008 Results!

Best New Band: Sakes Alive!!

(honorable mention: how dare you, anchor arms, get bent)

Sakes Alive!!

How Dare You Anchor Arms Get Bent

Best Live Band: The Fest

We asked for one, you gave us the whole shebang!

(honorable mention: Hot Water Music)

The Fest 7

Hot Water Music

Best Album: Off With Their Heads “From The Bottom”

(honorable mention:� Dillinger Four “C I V I L� W A R,” Paint It Black “New Lexicon,” LaGrecia “On Parallels”)

From The Bottom

Dillinger Four Paint it Black LaGrecia

Best Album Art/Packaging: Dead to Me “Little Brother,”– art by drummer Ian Anderson

(honorable mention: Torche “Meanderthal,” Glass And Ashes “Glass And Ashes,” Polar Bear Club “Sometimes Things Just Disappear.”)

Little Brother

Torche Glass and Ashes Polar Bear Club

Biggest Breakup Bummer: The Ergs!

(honorable mention: Modern Life Is War, LaGrecia, New Mexican Disaster Squad, Chinese Telephones)

via MySpace

Modern Life is War LaGrecia New Mexican Disaster Squad Chinese Telephones

Best Band for Stage-Dives and High-Fives: Paint It Black

(honorable mention: New Mexican Disaster Squad, Comadre)

PAINT IT BLACK

New Mexican Disaster Squad Comadre, Mitch Paster Photography

Best Lookin': Dillinger Four (specifically Paddy)

(honorable mention: Tiltwheel, Off With Their Heads, Lemuria, Bridge And Tunnel)

via MySpace

Tiltwheel, via Toby Off With Their Heads Lemuria Bridge and Tunnel

Band That Should Have Played The Fest This Year: Hot Water Music

(honorable mention: Defiance Ohio, Dead To Me, Thorns Of Life)

Hot Water Music

Defiance, Ohio Dead To Me Thorns of Life

Best Fest Performance: Paint it Black

(honorable mention: Leatherface, Able Baker Fox, Coalesce, None More Black)

via MySpace

Leatherface Able Baker Fox, via Chris Heavener Coalesce, via getcryptic on Flickr None More Black, photo by Emily

Best Venue:� FailSafe Records Warehouse, Gainesville

(honorable mention: Snake Pit in Clemson (RIP), Transitions in Tampa, The Atlantic and Common Grounds in Gainesville)

The Anchor @ the Fail Safe Warehouse

Good Dudes @ Snakepit, photo by Susannah Caviness Paint it Black @ Transitions Common Grounds Planes Mistaken For Stars @ The Atlantic

Best Website: http://www.nationalunderground.org

thank you so much!!!

(honorable mention: IfYouMakeIt.com, Vinyl Collective.com, last.fm)

thanks Horsebites!

www.ifyoumakeit.com www.vinylcollective.com last.fm

Best Sing a Long: Dillinger Four “Gainesville”

Dillinger Four

Best Song: Off With Their Heads “I Am You”

Off With Their Heads, photo by Susannah Caviness

Best Label/Distro: Vinyl Collective

(honorable mention: FailSafe, Suburban Home, Kiss Of Death, No Idea)

Vinyl Collective

Fail Safe Records Suburban Home Records Kiss of Death No Idea

Best Band Photographer: Brian Kelleher (readysteadyjedi)

readysteadyjedi

Most Anticipated Album in 2009: Thorns Of Life

(honorable mention:Bouncing Souls, Shook Ones, None More Black, Young Livers, Propagandhi)

photo courtsey of http://brooklyndiy.blogspot.com

Bouncing Souls Shook Ones, Intrepid Photography None More Black, photo by Emily Young Livers, photo by Brian Kelleher Propagandhi

Thanks for a great year, and congrats to Lukas Hauser (lifetimerule)–our winner! :)


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