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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.


The Inside Scoop on FEST 11 from Rocket Fuel Podcast

Jeff, at the always brilliant Rocket Fuel Podcast, just released his annual FEST preview special. Jeff sits down for an in depth interview with FEST main man Tony Weinbender. Tony discusses how FEST 11 came together, his picks of the weekend, and details of other projects he has been working on, like a Gainesville outdoor concert series and even a Tampa leg of FEST.

In addition to the interview, check out music from Latterman, Masked Intruder, Braid, and many more bands who will be descending on Gainesville late next month.


Wavelets Join Tiny Engines

Tiny Engines is stoked to welcome Gainesville, FL’s Wavlets to its growing family of bands. Wavelets is known around for being emotionally charged indie rock that is jam packed with noodle-riffic, angular guitar riffs. They will be releasing their debut full length, titled Athaletics, on October 25th, 2011.

You can download the track “My Dad The Manatee” from Topshelf Record’s 2011 sampler or stream the track “We’re Really Jazzed About The Gig” from AbsolutePunk.

Tiny Engines will be doing a preorder for Athaletics at the end of September.


Shores Leak First Track From Second Album

From the Grand Rapids of Michigan, comes the first leak from Shores‘ upcoming sophomore release. The new track is entitled “Faith Hill”and will be found onTo Volstead, which will be released by No Idea Records on October 4th, 2011.

“Faith Hill” can be heard on Alternative Press’sexclusive stream.

For album art and tracklisting for To Volstead and Shores tour dates…

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Cutman Streaming New Song From First Full Length

Gainesville’s own posthardcore rifflayers Cutman have their first full length album, titled “Universal Laws”, coming out on Underground Communique Records. The album’s release show will be at The Fest 10 and has an official street date of November 1st, 2011.

Underground Communique has posted the song “Bad Party” on their bandcamp for your streaming pleasure and will be doing a preorder for the album in about Mid to Late October.


Bands You Need to Know- Iron Chic

Have you recently spent some time in Tampa, Gainesville or Chicago? Did your time in these cities include attending punk shows and visiting dive bars? Well unbeknownst you probably have spent some quality time with Dan Sapp. Dan Sapp is that rowdy guy at shows yelling the lyrics right back to the band or the guy hanging off your shoulder at bars. In short, Dan Sapp is a man who likes good bands and knows how to party. It was Dan Sapp who told me to check out Iron Chic. Dan Sapp told me about an upcoming show they were playing and you know what I did? I fucked up and didn’t see them.

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New Seaweed Seven Inch

What better way to celebrate America’s independence than with new music from the state of Washington? On the 4th of July, Seaweed will be releasing a new seven inch through No Idea Records. This will be the band’s first release since 1998’s Actions and Indications

Magnet Magazine is hosting a stream of the new two tracks, “Service Deck” and “The Weight”. So before you get all wasted on beers and hot dogs, head over to No Idea or your local record shop and grab the new jams.


Hot Water Music Announce New Label + New Releases

As earlier announced, Hot Water Music have been spending their summer months working on new material and gearing up for their European tour with Make Do and Mend. To coincide with that European tour, Hot Water Music have declared that they will be self-releasing a two song seven inch in August. Also, the band has made the announcement that their next full length will be released by Rise Records with a target release date of spring 2012.

Rise Records Announcement + European Tour Dates below…

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Bands You Need To Know- Shores

Shore’s first release, Coup de Grace, came out last year on No Idea Records. Compared to other records that are released by the label, there was little fanfare and/or attention. Which is a shame because the album is so stunningly good. The album is quiet, loud and moving in all the right places. The music is a perfect soundtrack for that reoccurring dream where you are laying down on a glacier and just slowly drifting along the Northern Atlantic.

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Hot Water Music Recording New Material (Finally)

How are you spending your summer vacation? Recording a highly anticipated reunion album? I doubt it, but that is exactly what Chris Wollard, Chuck Ragan, Jason Black and George Robello are up to this summer. Hot Water Music has been back together playing shows together since 2008 but have not released any new material since 2004’s The New What Next.

Through the band’s official and the band mamber’s personal Twitter accounts Hot Water Music has announced that they are all back in Florida and are currently working on their next album.

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