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New Site Is Up! [17 Jul 2006|04:53pm]
http://www.theformat.com

We are still tweaking it, so don't get upset if something doesn't work right yet. More stuff is going to be added later this week. Buy Dog Problems! Find Chaplin!
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thats my life...nothing is sacred...i dont keep friends, i keep acquainted...i dont fall in love.... [10 Jul 2006|10:17am]
hi,

just got back from a day in california doing stuff for our first video (the compromizzle)...thus far it looks pretty amazing...im not going to tell you what its about or whats going on...but i will say that the directors (www.nylonmotion.com)and everyone involved is amazing...for 6 dudes that never agree on anything to actually agree that it looks amazing really says something...

speaking of us six...5 of us have been rehearsing for the last month (the other will appear later...but for now hes adjusting to the married life)...rehearsals have gone great and i think we're all just ready to get out...unfortunately we wont be back till christmas...but its worth it...my dog might not like it.

so ive already typed up my whole dog problems schpiel...but...its release week...i think we're really nervous/excited for it...i know a lot of you have downloaded it online..but i have 10,000 records stacked in my bathroom and i think the packaging looks so rad that i want to take it into the shower w me...you should do the same.

and if you live in phoenix you should come to zia on 40th street and t-bird tonite at 1130 for our little cd release party..we'll be there...its a "special occasion" so i think ill be a little more hyper..but we'll see how it unfolds...oh we will also be on the edge some time today....its release week...we're gonna be everywhere...you'll see...ill be in your front yard with a bagel if i have to.

its taken forever and finally its here....dog problems....enjoy it.

see you soon...in fact...look outside your window...got any cream cheese?

<3
nate

p.s. thanks to all the nice bands that have said great things about dog problems via the internet and other stuff...that means a lot
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On The Edge: Here's a followup to our KEDJ "The Edge" kerfuffle [07 Jul 2006|11:37pm]
As it turns out, somebody from The Edge had gotten back to another person at our management company, just before we posted that The Edge wasn't all about The Format this time around.

This deserves an apology to the Edge folks and hopefully you'll be able to hear new Format music on the radio station when they are on the air this Monday at 2pm....the station will also be giving away tickets to the show... tune in!


*The Format Manager
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[06 Jul 2006|11:52am]
We will be releasing Dog Problems in the UK this coming September, and we will be touring the UK for the first time as support for the All American Rejects on the following dates:

09/22/06 Carling Academy Birmingham
09/23/06 Apollo Manchester
09/24/06 Leeds University Union Leeds
09/26/06 Corn Exchange Cambridge
09/27/06 Southampton Guildhall Southampton
09/29/06 Carling Academy Brixton London
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[05 Jul 2006|09:00pm]
new times - phoenix article w/pics!!!

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/Issues/2006-07-06/news/feature_full.html
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EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD at FUSE.tv [05 Jul 2006|03:22pm]
Dog Problems hits stores in less than a week and we know that many of you are a little bit excited. To help ease the itch for the great packaging (have we mentioned how awesome it is?), we have teamed up with FUSE TV to offer you an exclusive download of an acoustic* version
of "I'm Actual," available here:

www.fuse.tv/theformat

Happy week before release from your friends at The Living Room and FUSE.

*There's a blog from Nate explaining how they actually did an "acoustic" version of a song that's already kind of stripped down.
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The Format in Arizona! In-store Info, Shows and...have we lost our Edge? [30 Jun 2006|09:45am]
Helloooooooooooo Arizona Format Party People (too much caffeine. sorry).


First up, KEDJ "The Edge 103.9" in Phoenix hasn't told us if they are going to play any music from the new album. Even better, they aren't returning our calls or emails. B-O-G-U-S. If you would like to hear "The Compromise" or anything from Dog Problems on 103.9, you can ask the powers that be via email http://www.theedge1039.com/contacts2005.php. Or you can ring the request line 602-260-1039. Or let them know if you'd rather just spend time on the internet, where the songs are available any time that you would like to hear them (ouch).


Phoenix: Hopefully you have all heard about the Zia signing at Midnight on Monday July 10th, which is of course the second that the new record becomes available. It's at the 3851 East Thunderbird Location. There are still some tickets left for the show at the Celebrity but they're going fast, now that we're in the home stretch!


Tucson: You can hear Nate+Sam live on 91.3 KXCI. When? Tuesdsay, July 11th sometime in the afternoon. This will be followed by an instore at Zia (3370 E Speedway). Check with Zia for a definite time but we're hearing that it'll be around 5pm.


*The Living Room (currently fueled by Red Bull and coffee)
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[15 Jun 2006|03:58pm]
Two new shows were added on the upcoming Dog Days of Summer tour:

8/2/06 The Recher Theatre Towson, MD
w/ Steel Train, Anathallo, Street To Nowhere

9/2/06 House of Blues – Courtyard Las Vegas, NV
w/ Rainer Maria, Anathallo, Street To Nowhere

Presale for both will be up on http://theformat.ducatking.com/ starting 6/22 and onsale through normal ticket outlets starting 6/24
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[13 Jun 2006|03:24pm]
Hey guys,

I just wanted to give you a heads up on this because I know a lot of you would love to help out:

Jake over at Nettwerk (The Format's management company) is looking for some dedicated Format fans to help promote Dog Problems...check out what he has to say:

With the release of DP just around the corner, we're hoping to get to know the most active members of The Living Room Street Team. If you're a big format fan, we definitely want to get to know you personally. We're getting together some cool things like posters, stickers, postcards... lots of stuff to do with the new album... if you would like to get more involved with promoting The Format give me a shout (jake@nettwerk.com) with your full name and address. We'd also love to hear any ideas you may have about the street team or The Living Room. The Format have such a great and eager group of fans, we want to keep you all as involved as possible. Hope to hear from you!

Also, if you are going to any of the shows please let Jake know which show you'll be attending (the city).

If you've been living under a rock and you still haven't joined The Living Room, what are you waiting for?! Go do it now!


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Dog Days of Summer Tour !!!!! [12 Jun 2006|12:30pm]
This is it guys, all of the tour dates.

We're happy to announce The Format's summer tour! Support for the tour will be Rainer Maria, Anathallo and Street To Nowhere, except where noted.

PRESALE: A portion of tickets for the 8/17-9/1 dates will be put on sale this Thursday at theformat.ducatking.com. These tickets will go onsale at 1PM (the Time Zone of where the venue is) and will have a smaller service charge than regular onsale tickets. A portion of the profit that Ducat King makes also goes to charity. Presale tickets are still available for some of the shows before August 17th.

REGULAR ONSALE: The official onsale for the 8/17-9/1 dates will be this coming Saturday, June 17th at 10AM. If you can't get tickets during the presale, this is where you'll find them. You can find tickets via whatever ticketing agent your venue uses (ticketmaster, ticketweb, etc).

July 14 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
July 15 - Rialto Theatre -Tucson, AZ
July 16 - Orpheum - Flagstaff, AZ
July 18 - Gypsy Tea Room - Dallas, TX
July 19 - White Rabbit -San Antonio, TX
July 20 - Numbers - Houston, TX
July 21 - The Parish - Austin, TX
July 22 - Juanita's - Little Rock, AR
July 23 - Nashville, TN - Exit / In
July 25 - State Theatre - St Petersburg, FL
July 26 - The Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
July 27 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
July 28 - Fuel Coffeehouse - Jacksonville, FL
July 29 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*
July 30 - Green St Club - Greenville, NC*
August 1 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa*
August 3 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre*
August 4 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Icon*
August 5 - Toronto, ON - Opera House*
August 6 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
August 8 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
August 9 - Providence, RI - The Living Room
August 10 - Boston, MA - Axis
August 11 - Hartford, CT - The Webster Theatre
August 12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
August 13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
August 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
August 16 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
August 17 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
August 18 - Chicago, IL - Metro
August 19 - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
August 20 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
August 22 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
August 23 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
August 25 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
August 26 - Portland, OR - Loveland
August 27 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
August 28 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
August 29 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
August 31 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
September 1 - San Diego, CA - SOMA

Steel Train will be playing instead of Rainer Maria from July 29th to August 5th. Anathallo will not be playing the August 4th date in Buffalo, NY; their replacement will be announced shortly.

For those of you not In The Know, the new album is already available for sale digitally here. We're also taking pre-orders here, for the CD, which will come in some fancy schmancy packaging (and with a free frisbee too!). Dog Problems is in stores on July 11th.
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[06 Jun 2006|05:32pm]
We're happy to announce the second half of this summer's Format tour! Support for the tour will be Rainer Maria (except 7/29-8/5), Anathallo (except 8/4) and Street To Nowhere. We will tell you who the openers will be on the other dates as soon as we know.

PRESALE: A portion of tickets from the annnounced dates will be put on sale this Thursday at theformat.ducatking.com. These tickets will go onsale at 1PM (the Time Zone of where the venue is) and will have a smaller service charge than regular onsale tickets. A portion of the profit that Ducat King makes also goes to charity.

REGULAR ONSALE: The official onsale for the second half of the tour will be this coming Saturday, June 10th at 10AM. If you can't get tickets during the presale, this is where you'll find them. You can find tickets via whatever ticketing agent your venue uses (ticketmaster, ticketweb, etc).

July 14 - Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
July 15 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
July 16 - Orpheum - Flagstaff, AZ
July 18 - Gypsy Tea Room - Dallas, TX
July 19 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
July 20 - Numbers - Houston, TX
July 21 The Parish - Austin, TX
July 22 - Juanita's - Little Rock, AR
July 23 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
July 25 - State Theatre - St Petersburg, FL
July 26 - The Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
July 27 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
July 28 - Fuel Coffeehouse - Jacksonville, FL
July 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
July 30 - Green St Club - Greenville, NC
August 1 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
August 3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
August 4 - Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Icon
August 5 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
August 6 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
August 8 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
August 9 - Providence, RI @ The Living Room
August 10 - Boston, MA @ Axis
August 11 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theatre
August 12 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
August 13 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
August 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
August 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
August 17 - Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
August 18 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
August 19 - St Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights
August 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
August 22 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
August 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
August 25 - Seattle, WA @ Corazon
August 26 - Portland, OR @ Loveland
August 27 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
August 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims

and STILL MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON................

Rainer Maria will not be on the tour from July 29th to August 5th, a replacement will be announced shortly. Anathallo will not be playing the August 4th date in Buffalo, NY.

For those of you not In The Know, the new album is already available for sale digitally here. We're also taking pre-orders here, for the CD, which will come in some fancy schmancy packaging (and with a free frisbee too!). Dog Problems is in stores on July 11th.
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[30 May 2006|07:16pm]
We're happy to announce the first half of this summer's Format tour! We will announce the second half on Tuesday, June 6th. Support for the entire tour will be Anathallo (www.myspace.com/anathallo) and Street To Nowhere (http://myspace.com/streettonowhere). There will be one more act to be announced as soon as we can confirm them.

PRESALE: A portion of tickets from the annnounced dates will be put on sale this Thursday at http://theformat.ducatking.com/ . These tickets will go onsale at 1pm (the Time Zone of where the venue is) and will have a smaller service charge than regular onsale tickets. A portion of the profit that ducatking makes also goes to charity (http://ducatking.com/charities.php).

REGULAR ONSALE: The official onsale for the first half of the tour will be this coming Saturday, June 3rd at 10am. If you can't get tickets during the presale, this is where you'll find them. You can find tickets via whatever ticketing agent your venue uses (ticketmaster, ticketweb, etc).

7/14 Celebrity Theatre- Phoenix, AZ
7/15 Rialto Theatre-Tucson, AZ
7/16 Orpheum-Flagstaff, AZ
7/18 Gypsy Tea Room- Dallas, TX
7/19 White Rabbit-San Antonio, TX
7/20 Numbers-Houston, TX
7/21 The Parish-Austin, TX
7/22 Juanita's-Little Rock, AR
7/25 State Theatre, St Petersburg, FL
7/26 The Culture Room, Ft Lauderdale, FL
7/27House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
7/28 Fuel Coffeehouse-Jacksonville, FL
7/30 Green St Club - Greenville, NC

For those of you not In The Know, the new album is already digitally available for sale HERE:https://www.werkshop.com/nettmusic/details.jsp?description_id=6812. We're also taking pre-orders HERE:http://www.theformatmerch.com/ for the CD, which will come in some fancy schmancy packaging (and a frisbee too!). Dog Problems is in stores on July 11th.

*The Living Room
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Summer Tour! [26 May 2006|01:27pm]
We will be announcing the July 14-September 2nd tour in two halves. The first half will be announced on Tuesday (may 30th), with a presale for next Thursday/Friday (regular onsale Saturday). The second half will be announced the following week! Keep your eyes peeled. Anathallo and Street To Nowhere are the two confirmed support bands right now...we'll have one more on the tour.
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"im floating with the birds im talking to the weeds look what youve done to me" [18 May 2006|06:44pm]
hi,

sitting on my couch...watching espn...damn its good to be home...things have been pretty crazy the last 6 months...as a lot of you know, we were dropped by our label...we went and recorded a new record...labels became interested...we decided to release it ourselves...we went on tour...and now im...now im home for the next week...my first week off in six months...what do i do?...well, my roomate and i got memberships to the ymca down the street from our house, its an amazing place...downtown phoenix is pretty much an amazing place...its not like the rest of the state...speaking of which...im declaring war on scottsdale...its the opposite of downtown phoenix.

anways, so i wake up at 9am every morning...i dont know what it is really...ive been a "pro" musician for about 3 years now...we are supposed to wake up at 11 or 12...i know some dudes that wake up at 1...but no...since ive been home the last few days ive been going to bed at 1 and waking up at 9...my roomate has a job...i think it has to do with that...see, there are 3 showers total in our house...i have the big bedroom so i have the big shower...since ive been off on tour and recording he has gotten used to the nice shower in my room (which is fine...anyone thats gotten close to me knows im not too fond of showers...so its not like i use it that much)...so every morning around 845 i wake up to my door opening and my roomate going through my room to use the shower...you know what its like when youre half asleep but you want to act like youre awake so as not to freak someone out with all the crazy babble, but you just end up saying all the same crazy babble...i do that every morning..i turn and look at him and try to act like i wasnt just dreaming about tootsie rolls and parrots that shatter like glass..."hey nate, that was some game last nite"...thats usually what comes out of my mouth...something to that extent..and i think he feels sorry for me...but continues to walk right into my bathroom, and use the shower...at this point im awake...i usually have to pee...and i have to then use his restroom...its a terrible swap...and it always ends with me wide awake on my front porch (har har)...smoking a cigarette and wondering how the hell im gonna fall back asleep when the air conditioning is broke...ah what a wonderful life at home...thats the weird thing..i love it...now we wake up and we go to the y...we run, we play basketball, we jump in the pool...we play pool basketball...we get yelled at for dunking the ball...we dont use soap before we go into the sauna...and the nite usually ends with a poker tournament...this is the life i love to live when im away from the road...it too is the opposite of scottsdale...its who i am...its pretty much who ive become.

see..for the last 23 years its been about the highs and the lows for the me...ive got an addictive personality...i stay away from a lot of things because of this...however, when i find things i get generally excited...i go crazy...its all i think about and all i do for the next howeverlong...for the first 23 years it was either talking non stop...or locking myself in my room...its either great or terrible...not good or bad...dog problems changed that...initially dog problems was supposed to be that...the original concept of dog problems was to be 2 sides of music...the first half taking over where interventions had left off..."we'll be together in the morning"...

we werent...in fact...we were over before interventions was even released...we were over two weeks after it was recorded...i spent the next 2 years feeling terrible...we got back together...we broke up...we got dogs...we broke up...we got back together and got dogs...i was still miserable...but i wanted dog problems to get me through everything...i wanted it to help me...not anyone else...just me...the first side was supposed to be me down in the dumps...everything that went down...how the two of us were dealing with it differently...the second half was supposed to be a realization...

the first inkling of realization was a day we were on tour... we were all laughing about something im sure marko or adam said...here i was supposed to be depressed...but the fact that i can spend all of my days in different states with my best friends...all of us doing what we love...that was major!...then my mom called...ive got my parents!...my friends...what else could i possibly need?....at that point i felt as if a relationship in a michael bolton sort of way didnt mean anything...it was the people you surrounded yourself with...those were the people that made the difference...and that was going to be side two...i was convinced that when i just closed my eyes and thought about the wonderful people around me...i was going to be great...not good...great...

i didnt get that far..no...i got back into the relationship...i was sure it was going to work...at that point life would be perfect...and we all want perfection right?....things went right back to far from perfect...things went to terrible...i couldnt stop feeling sorry for myself...but i had a concept...at that point i figured that even by singing and recording these positive songs i was going to feel better...so sam showed me what was then just a short acoustic guitar version of snails...this was it...this was my first chance to prove to myself that life can be beautiful...the things is...i had never been more miserable...i remember writing the lyrics to snails...my roomate was at work...i was on the bed...on my night stand was a giant bottle of booze...and somewhere off in california she wasnt calling me back on a friday nite...so i went to work...listened over and over...i wanted to get it right...i wanted to be positive...i passed out...then i woke up the next morning...big headache (p.s. drinking is not really that cool...its cool when you condemn it for the first 22 years of your life...then it becomes not cool...then it becomes ok when you moderate yourself)...and i started writing...everything positive i could think of...i started writing it...snails was, in sams mind, supposed to be a 2 minute kids song...i wrote so much that there was no going back...i thought that was it...snails solved all of my problems.

it didnt get that far either...nothing could shake the depression...i really started to worry about myself...here i want to feel great...but i only feel terrible...a few months later it got really really bad...i had to go to my parents house that nite...i didnt want to be at my house...i wanted to feel like a kid...its funny how we always want to be adults when we're younger...we want to drive cars...we want to have girlfriends...i still didnt consider myself an adult...all i wanted was to come home...be tucked in...know that everything was going to be alright...i woke up the next day...she met someone new...ive got to figure myself out...

in the meantime we've got 4 songs we are recording over at our friend aarons house...(he is an amazing producer..and an amazing musician...and his house and his roomates have gotten me through a lot of tough times...theyre some of the only people i know who would rather spend their saturdays getting dinner and watching a movie instead of going to a party..i like that)...all of this turmoil in my relationship was going on at the time...and i was trying to write side two...i couldnt...there was more fuel to side one....these songs have to be done...so i wrote about what i knew...and at that point i knew how to feel terrible...so much for side two...dog problems is going to be one giant mess of depression and "look what youve done to me".

atlantic got those four songs...as well as a few others...they were not psyched...to say the least...but some people at the label actually cared about it enough to say "go record"...so we were able to pick our producer....we met with a few people...talked to a few more...things were looking up...dog problems was going to happen...i remember meeting steve mcdonald at his house...sam and i were excited to be at his house because we knew his wife anna would prolly be there...anna was the lead singer/songwriter for a band we used to obsess about called "that dog"...her brother was one of the ten drummers in the world that i actually liked...so steve couldnt be so bad...and he wanted to produce our record...so he had to be pretty cool....he was just that...and more...sam and i were eating every word that came out of his mouth...he had stories...he was young, hip, energetic...and yet very all knowing...we saw someone that was going to let us do whatever we wanted to do...and in the meantime he was going to make us laugh...and make sure we didnt lose our minds...from that point on i knew there was someone i could always trust...i made a friend pretty quick.

things were moving forward...steve mcdonald was to be the producer...i hated los angeles so there was no way in hell i was going to record there...we decided palm springs would be perfect...weird...but perfect...i had a phone conversation with steve that night and we were finalizing everything...i was going to call atlantic in the morning and let them know just how everything was going to work....i didnt get that far...i was sleeping in a blowup bed at the house when my phone rang...i didnt wake up and answer like it was my roomate and he was coming into my room to use my shower...this call felt different...right away i was awake...it was our manager: "youve been dropped"...when i heard that, the first thought going through my mind wasnt "oh man...how are we going to be famous now and make boat loads of money?"...it was more like "fuck...but dog problems..we were supposed to go make dog problems"...the thing is...atlantic wasnt into dog problems...they were into whatever it was they thought we were...never had "the first single" made more sense...what was supposed to be a song about getting the band started and doing something with it, had actually turned into a song about how stuck we were in the labels eyes because of the song...i was past that...we're proud of something we wrote when we were 19 and 20...but when i think of music i think of progression...i think of all of the wonderful records i had been introduced to when i had nothing to do riding in a van....i think of all of the new influences...all the instruments...all of the "how did they do that?"...and i think of how much it gets me through everything...music has been the consecutive great thing in my life...its been that one thing...and with dog problems it wasnt about "i want everyone to sing along because i can write a catchy song" it was about feeling...it was paying tribute to all of the bands that we obsessively listened to...it was for harry nilsson and van dyke parks, it was for jellyfish and xtc, it was our way of saying thanks for making our lives better...whether it be lyrically or musically...it was never about being something...being told something...and sticking to something...it was an adventure...for the artist and for the listener....they didnt get that...they wanted the old record...the old songs...just with different words...and few different chords here and there...they didnt care about "snails" or "dog problems"...what it meant to write those songs...they knew it wasnt going to be huge...the guitars werent big enough (if big guitars are your thing thats fine...its just not really our thing right now)...it wasnt going to be competitive...and so they dropped us...and rightfully so...we werent going to change...and obviously the major label business is never going to change...now it comes down to who goes down first...and we werent ready to go down....sam and i had conversations about it...whether the business end of things have been fucking with us so much that we'll never be sane enough to just enjoy it...we thought about getting out...it wasnt cause we hated each other...or the songs...it was because we hated the business...

steve called to let us know that he was still onboard...label or not...we let him know we were still on board...we were going to make this record...i was going to feel great!....but the record was going to cost something...how could we afford it?...we were lucky that we had a management company like nettwerk...not only are they the most forward thinking music business people around...theyre also (for the most part) canadian...oh and they care a shit load about the music we make...they could have waited for the ship to sink...but they told us they would pay for the record if need be...fortunately we were able to get money for getting dropped...atlantic actually paid us to leave...so we could afford the recording ourselves...the only stipulation was that it had to be done quicker..and when you want something quick...you have to go to the "right here, right now" capitol of the world...los angeles...i was a little irked at the thought at first...then steve said it was his personal goal to make la a wonderful city for me...like i said...i would jump off a cliff if steve said it was the best way to get coffee...but i wasnt jumping off of cliffs...i was too excited to make dog problems...la it was...

sam and i moved to the "silver palace" in silverlake california in the middle of december...we found an amazing studio in burbank california and an amazing engineer in ken sluiter...and our goal was to just do everything free from a record label...and someone constantly messing up the recording process by saying things like "thats not high octane enough"...the only pressure we had at all was from our manager saying "you have a tour you accepted in march...get it done by then"...other then that it was me, sam, steve, and ken working 13 hours a day for 6 days a week...it became our lives...we were putting so much of ourselves into...everyone that worked and played on the record was the same way when they were there contributing...i would leave the studio at 2 in the morning and wake up at 10 to be at the studio by 11...there was no free time...the four of us were so invested into this...we all bought into the concept...in the meantime things outside of the studio were getting interesting...we had a lot of labels calling and constantly asking about it...during one week of recording i remember at least 3 different label people coming down to the studio...our minds werent made up as to what we were doing with the record once it was recorded...all we wanted to do was finish it...but we kept our options open and let people sit in the big chair and listen to what we had been working on...the response was overwhelmingly positive...but we didnt really think about it too much beyond the compliments we were receiving...sam and i got used to la...i was 10 minutes away from where i had been the previous summer when i was back" on" in my" on and off" relationship...i was ten minutes from her...she was calling every day...i was singing about it...but how was it not getting to me? why did i not care?

my phone was off...i woke up in silverlake one morning and started wondering why for the last month i had a smile on my face...sure i was down at times...but the thing that had been brining me down for 3 years was now the last thing on my mind...apparently it had been that way for awhile...something that took 3 years to get over...i was finally just ok with it...no big realization...just the fact that things happen...people make mistakes...and i came out of it alright...i was good...not great...i was good...and that felt good...i wasnt looking for great anymore...i was ok...the last song on dog problems is all about that...here this record was supposed to be the downs...and the ups...and it ended with the middle...the realization that i dont need to be talking...i dont need to be locked in my room...i need to enjoy whats going on around me...and if things go wrong...they go wrong...theres always tomorrow...dog problems means so much to me in so many different ways...ive never been more proud of anything in my life...i cried so many times during the making of the record...all the money i had spent on therapy....and all i had to do was go make a record...realize that im alright...and realize that i made something that ill forever be proud of...

shit...the record was supposed to be about how california can change you for the worse.....it played a huge part in doing the opposite!

so as we were putting the finishing touches on the record (all our friends came in and recorded, a ton of people we admired came and worked on the record...all of their responses were so positive that its hard not to get an ego about it...these are the people i worship...theyre the ones i wanted to pay tribute to...and they think we've made something unique and special...its like michael jordan telling you that you have a nice jump shot (no more sports references...i swear im done)) and we started to think about what we were going to do with it...how we were going to release it...labels were getting pretty into it...and we knew we would have to make a decision soon....after much debate and discussion we decided that the record was something we had made completely on our own...so why not release it completely on our own...nettwerk was going to take care of the distribution...so it would have major label distro...it would be inside all of the best buys....what more did we want? we didnt want a big fat check...we did that last time..it made us miserable...and nothing came out of it...barely anyone at the labels helped us....we werent making music videos...our songs werent on the radio....so why would we take their criticism...after all...everything that weve done...any success weve had is from being real people who make music....from showing up to play....from 3 years on the road...on interventions there might have been an elektra logo on the back of the record...but it ended right there...we were the ones SHOWING people who we were...i wouldnt have it any other way...no one knows us better then ourselves...so why not release it ourselves...to me its not only a testament to the hard work we put into the band (mike, don, marko, toco, everyone else involved in putting these songs to life....you guys are the best thing we have...its pretty special when your best friends are some of the most talented musicians)...but i really feel like the people who come to our shows are such good people that they dont give a fuck what label its on...they are there because we are doing something positive...and because we care about them as much as they care about us...so for the time being we've said "fuck the middleman"...we're the only people we can blame at this point....im so tired of even talking about major labels and the split and everything like this...the music is the only thing i care about...dog problems is the only thing i care about....so why let someone else ruin it?

the vanity label was born.

the record got finished...we had no time to rehearse...and we had to go right back out to tour...our first show before the motion city soundtrack tour was in nashville...i remember the last time we were in nashville there were about ten kids....reubens accomplice kept asking them why they hate whales...so we figured why not go there and get some of the rust out of the way...after all....we havent toured in a year so there should be like 3 kids there...we can mess up if need be...

unfortunately we were not allowed to mess up...on a sunday nite in nashville...with ted leo playing across the street (i <3 ted)...our first headlining show outside of arizona in almost a year was over sold out....what the fuck happened? we thought we were going to have to play for another 3 years just to get back to where we were when we left...and yet its sold out on a sunday nite?....it didnt end there either...the whole tour went like that...nite after nite ("nite after nite?")...i couldnt believe it...as if having dog problems wasnt enough...now we have people showing their support in the most positive way...coming to the shows...being there from the only thing they knew before...those two months were such good months...it was the last thing i expected...thanks so much to all the bands that played with us...and thanks so much for everyone that came to the shows and sang along...we'll be back in july.

in the meantime things were going great on the vanity label front...business actually felt natural...we are shooting a video with the directors we had always dreamed of doing a video with (it wont be serious...no pouty face)...there were magazines like ap and online magazines like ap taking notice...supporting the whole idea and concept....we actually took press photos....ive never been through any of this before...its exciting...i dont think its going to change who we are...not one bit...but its still exciting to see people who can help out actually help out.

so where does that leave me now?...sitting on my bed...ive rambled for hours...the air still doesnt work...and ive been told that dog problems...(something that isnt supposed to come out till july)... has been leaked..not the best news when you just got out of the pool...but it happens...i freaked out at first...i thought i was going to lock myself in my room...after all...this is something that we spent over two years making....its something that you have to take the time...listen to in headphones...play loud....listen to in order of the tracks...the artwork....sam did the best artwork he has ever done...the packaging is something we paid extra for because sams concept was so brilliant...and now....its leaked on the internet?....i was locking my door...then our manager called....

"hello" "we're releasing it on the website today" "wow"

so....here goes...youve read enough...i shouldnt have to go on about it anymore...but i will say...if you wanna wait for the full hard copy release then do so...its july 11...we are gonna be touring right after that...but if you want to get it now....please do it by purchasing it right here...we released it...its our money...its our little baby...you should take the time to listen to it all the way through...free of distraction...you should turn the songs into your own...its an adventure...and its something that we put everything we have into...and if anyone deserves it first...its you guys who have been here with us all along.

without further ado...

"dog problems"

-nate
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absolutepunk.net has the exclusive.... [11 May 2006|01:55pm]
go here to download our new single "the compromise".

http://www.absolutepunk.net/artists/showlink.php?do=showdetails&l=2400
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[10 May 2006|11:51am]
"The Compromise" has been picked as the first single.

Thanks for all of your input! It was a close first place race, with "She Doesn't Get It" also racking up a ton of votes.

" The Compromise" (the new album version!) will be available as of this Thursday as a free download on absolutepunk.net!!!

We'll be shooting a video in the next month for this track."
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[03 May 2006|05:44pm]


http://www.theformatmerch.com
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[10 Mar 2006|01:20pm]
LIVING ROOM EXCLUSIVE EP + NEW CONTEST

Head on over to The Living Room @ theformat.com for "Live From The Living Room Volume One", a free downloadable EP just for members. There are five tracks, including FOUR new acoustic versions of songs that are coming on the album. You'll also find a bonus video of on track too.

Living Room members: Keep your eyes peeled for an e-mail today (3/10), which will announce our tour contest, which could land you tickets for the spring tour, and more prize action.
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[27 Feb 2006|02:57am]

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new tour dates [24 Feb 2006|06:04pm]
3/12/06 THE END
nashville, tn
w/bands tba
all ages | 7:00pm | $10

3/14/06 HOUSE OF BLUES
myrtle beach, sc
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/15/06 MASQUERADE
atlanta, ga
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/17/06 THE NORVA
nortfolk, va
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/18/06 THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS
philadelphia, pa
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/19/06 930 CLUB
washington, dc
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/20/06 GREAT HALL
fredericksburg, va
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/22/06 IRVING PLAZA
new york, ny
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/23/06 STEEL CITY MUSIC HALL
rochester, ny
men women and children, and the matches
more information tba</a>

3/24/06 PALLADIUM
worcester, ma
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/25/06 STONE PONY
asbury park, nj
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/26/06 BINGHAMPTON EVENTS CENTER
binghampton, ny
w/O.A.R.
all ages | 2:30pm | more info tba

3/27/06 THE OPERA HOUSE
toronto, on
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/29/06 THE TOWN BALLROOM
buffalo, ny
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

3/31/06 AGORA THEATRE
cleveland, oh
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

4/01/06 RIVIERA THEATRE
chicago, il
W/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

4/02/06 CLUTCH CARGOS
pontiac, mi
w/motion city soundtrack
men women and children, and the matches
click here more information

4/03/06 MSU UNION BALLROOM
east lansing, mi
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:30pm | $7 students/$10 public

4/04/06 METRO
chicago, il
w/june, and tickertape parade
all ages | 6:00pm | $10 adv / $10 dos

4/05/06 HI POINTE
st. louis, mo
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10

4/06/06 MAINTENANCE SHOP
ames, ia
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $11 students / $13 public

4/07/06 MARQUIS THEATRE
denver, co
w/june, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:30pm | $10

4/09/06 THE VENUE
boise, id
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 6:00pm | $10

4/10/06 FAT TUESDAYS
spokane, wa
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10 adv / $12 dos

4/11/06 HAWTHORNE THEATRE
portland, or
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 8:00pm | $10

4/14/06 GLASSHOUSE
pomona, ca
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10 adv / $12 dos

4/15/06 TROUBADOUR
los angeles, ca
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10 adv / $12 dos

4/19/06 LAUNCHPAD
albuquerque, nm
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10

4/20/06 MEACHUM AUDITORIUM
norman, ok
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10

4/25/06 THE COMPLEX
memphis, tn
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 6:30pm | $10

4/26/06 THE BOMBSHELTER
brimingham, al
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | time tba | $10

4/28/06 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
2006 GRAD BASH
orlando, fl
w/the click five, and chris brown
all ages | more details tba

4/29/06 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
2006 GRAD BASH
orlando, fl
w/the click five, and chris brown
all ages | more details tba

5/2/06 JUANITA'S
little rock, ar
w/june, anathallo, and tickertape parade
all ages | 7:00pm | $10

we will be filling the holes for the headlining dates very soon.
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