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Illinois Indie Rock band The Graduate wants to release a live concert DVD of their farewell shows and needs your help!

~YOU REALLY SHOULD WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE~

Last month The Graduate played 4 farewell shows around the midwest.  We filmed and recorded the concerts in the hopes of making a live DVD, and now we need your help to make it happen!

Everyone who backs the project (even for $1) will receive occasional project updates via email.  These will include progress reports, rare photos, videos & audio clips, etc.  These are exclusive to backers, so go ahead and throw down a buck!

If you're not interested in becoming a backer, but still want to help the project succeed, please like our Kickstart on Facebook, make a tweet about it, or post if on your tumblr or blog.  Seriously, these things make a big difference!

UPDATE - Sept. 18

Since things have been going so well on day 1, I'm adding a new kickback.  I just came across a huge box of Best of Winter CDs (Me and Jared's first band) For $15 you can pick up one of these discs!  We'll also drop a few of these bad boys into every kickback over the $15 mark while supplies last.  Keep in mind you can change your donation, or add another at any time ;)

FAQ

  • Introduction by Snake Wegs -

    a 4 minute intro like no other

    The Concert -

    The entire show was shot in HD and professionally recorded at Reggie's in Chicago, IL. The set features a ton of songs from what ended up being one of our favorite gigs of all time.

    Interviews -

    approx. 10 minutes featuring the entire band discussing their career, going on hiatus, and what it's like preparing for a farewell concert.

    Additional Content (budget willing) -

    Every music video by The Graduate, tons of tour/studio videos, rare behind the scenes footage, interviews and concert footage.

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  • - Mixing and mastering the audio

    - Editing the video footage of the concert and other content into a nice little package

    - Production costs including manufacturing, artwork, and pressing

    The more money we raise, the better we can make this project!

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  • If/when we reach our goal, we will begin production immediately. We're expecting this will take somewhere between 30-60 days, and we will ship DVDs to every backer the day after we get them in the mail from the manufacturer. Seriously. I'll take time off work and stay up all night writing everyone's address out all by myself if I have to...

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  • Then the project fails, and unfortunately the live DVD may never see the light of day :(

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  • We'll start with adding more content to the DVD, possibly making it 2-discs if need be. We'll up the quality of everything as much as we can, including more artwork, cooler DVD menus, hidden features, things like that. Everything pledged will be put back into the project to make it the best it can be!

    If things get crazy, we might even be able to afford to press Horror Show on 7-inch vinyl like we've always dreamed!

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    A BUCK - We know that not everyone has cash to spare, but every little bit helps. For $1, we'll send you a thank you e-mail attached with a rare photo of the band.

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    SNAIL MAILER - You'll receive a thank you letter in the mail (yes, the regular old fashioned USPS kind) with an actual picture of the band from the final show.

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    Cleaning out my storage room, I stumbled upon a huge box of Best of Winter CDs (Me and Jared's old band). We definitely won't be pressing any of these again, and I don't believe there's anywhere else you'd be able to find these. *Note: anyone who pledges over the $15 mark will get one of these while supplies last* ***For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!**

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    JUST THE DVD, PLEASE - This is essentially a pre-order. You'll receive the DVD before everyone else (free shipping.) It may not seem like much, but just committing to picking this up is a huge help! *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    DVD Preorder+ - You'll receive the DVD pre-release and a digital copy of all 4 Eps (Horror Show, The Evergreen EP, Every Other Time : B-Sides, and Sea Legs EP) plus a hand written lyric card. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    CAN YOU SIGN THIS - A nice even number, and a more personalized kickback. You'll get a signed copy of the DVD, all the EPs, lyric card, and a signed copy of one of our last copies of Only Every Time on CD (we only have 1 box left!) *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    FOR THE WALL - Signed DVD, EPs, lyric card, a limited edition poster only available from this kickstarter campaign, and an original print from Sea Legs - the art show by Jolby that inspired the EP. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    I WANT IT ALL - This is a serious pledge, so you'll get a serious package. On top of the signed DVD and lyric card, You'll receive digital copies of our full catalogue - Horror Show, Anhedonia, The Evergreen EP, Only Every Time, Every Other Time : B-Sides, the elusive Sea Legs EP, AND a collection of early demos and home recordings from all our albums. Your name will also be listed in the credits. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    KEEP YOUR CLOTHES ON - Everything in the $100 pledge, plus a Skype chat session with a member of the band. Maybe you want to know what a certain song was written about, or have always wondering how we make a guitar sound like that, or how Tim keeps his beard looking so great. Just don't be creepy, ok? *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    ONLINE SERENADE - Everything in the $100 pledge, and Corey will play you a private 3-song acoustic set over Skype. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    STORY TIME - Everything in the $100 pledge, plus a 50 page full-color photo book that tells the story of The Graduate from start to finish. This book is only available through this Kickstarter and features rare and intimate pictures of the band throughout our 6 year career, all put together in a beautiful hardcover book by Corey using iPhoto. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    COREY'S PACKAGE - Everything in the $100 pledge, a signed handwritten song of your choice, a signed copy of our setlist from the farewell shows, an old Graduate concert poster straight from Corey's wall, a signed pick and drumstick, and Corey's monster drumhead. He's played this thing at 100's of shows, and did the artwork himself. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    YOUR SONG, BY US - Everything in the $100 pledge, and we will record your song. If you don't have one, we'll write one for you! We'll send you the finished recordings to do with as you please. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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    YOU'RE THE BEST AROUND - You are an executive producer of the DVD project. To prove it, your name will appear in the credits as just that! You'll get the $100 pledge, a pile of special Graduate memorabilia, free tickets to any future shows we ever play (reunion or whatever), and a letter and framed Certificate of Awesomeness from the band. *For international orders, please consider adding $5-10 to your donation!*

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