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    Welcome to All The Wine, The National’s official message board. Getting started? Here are some of our more frequently asked questions;

    Q: What is All The Wine?
    A: All the Wine is the official board of The National. Hopefully if you’ve arrived here, you already know who the band are – but this board is here to facilitate discuss about the bands releases, upcoming shows, to meet fellow fans and to share opinions and thoughts about the band.

    Q: How long has the board been around?
    A: The board was originally established in 2007. However, you may not recognize the board in it’s current form – the board changed to a new server in September 2012.

    Q: I’m new, where do I start?
    A:  It is a good idea to read through the FAQ to understand how the board works and to find answers to common queries. Everyone is super friendly, feel free to post and get yourself acquainted!

    Q: I have just registered. Where can I introduce myself?
    A: There is a Newbie thread pinned at the top of the National section of the forum.

    Q: I just discovered the National, what else is there?
    A: The band have an extensive back catalogue. For reference, please look here: http://www.discogs.com/artist/National,+The

    For current news on the band, check out their News page on their official site: http://www.americanmary.com/news.php

    Feel free to browse through the board for current topics on the band.

    Q: I don’t want to miss any news, is there a newsletter?
    A: There is, sign up at the bottom of the homepage: http://www.americanmary.com

    Q: When is the band touring in my town?
    Try checking out http://www.americanmary.com/tour.php

    Q: Where can I watch Official National video clips?
    A: The National have an official YouTube account which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/user/thenationalofficial/videos

    In addition to YouTube, the ‘Sight’ section of the official site American Mary is a good place to start: http://www.americanmary.com/sight.php

    Q: Do the band have an official Flickr account?
    A: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenationalofficial/

    Q: Do the band use Twitter?
    A: They indeed do: https://twitter.com/The_National

    Q: Are The National on Facebook?
    A: Of course, who isn’t? https://www.facebook.com/thenationalofficial

    Q: Do the band have a last.fm page?
    A:Yes, it’s http://www.last.fm/music/The+National

    Q: I have read/heard The National are releasing a new CD/DVD/video/single but there is no info on the message board. Why?
    A: Sometimes, fans leak information on web sites before it should be announced. Often, though, the news is simply false rumours. When news is officially announced and confirmed by the band, management or the record label, the information will appear on this board, and/or on the official website.

    Feel free to check over platforms such as Tumblr and Twitter where information is often posted by other users.

    Q: I’m interested in side projects from National members, where can I find out about this?
    A: There is no official outlet for this currently. Often, events will be posted on http://www.americanmary.com/tour.php, please keep an eye here. However, at times this will not always be the case, and may be posted by other users in the ‘Live’ section of the forum.

    However, Bryce has his own website: http://www.brycedessner.com

    Q: Can I post links to leaks/prereleased tracks?
    A: In a word: NO. Please refrain from doing so, you may face a ban if you do post such material.

    Q: Can I post/ask for rarities/unavailable tracks?
    A: Only if they’re not available anywhere else. If you are able to legally purchase the material, whether on digital or physical format, please respect the industry and do not post the material. Likewise, there are certain demos and material the band wishes not to share, please respect their wishes.

    Q: Can I resell tickets/records/merchandise here?
    A: Yes, but please do so at your own risk. Please be safe and understand there are risks in involved.

    Likewise, remember that this is a board for fans, not an opportunity to rip others off. Please stick to face value where possible.

    Q: Can you put me in touch with the band?
    A: No, the band can not be contacted through the message board. However, the band has a list of appropriate contacts which can be found here: http://www.americanmary.com/people.php

    Q: Does the band read the message board?
    A: Maybe. We still don’t quite know….

    Q: What’s Nationary?
    A: Nationary is our own infamous version of Pictionary. A user illustrates a song lyric through any visual format they wish – a concoction of googled images, the useage of Microsoft Paint, a pencil sketch – and other users guess what the song lyric is.  The person who guesses correctly gets to post their very own Nationary!

    Q: Can I post my own artwork/ fan tribute/ cover version?
    A: Sure! That’s exactly what this board is for.

    Q: What are the lyrics at the end of ‘Secret Meeting’?
    A: “ I’m talking ace, I’m talking ace this morning”.

    Q: What does it mean?
    A: We don’t know. What do any of the lyrics mean? Use the board to discuss this!

    Q: Where can I buy merchandise?
    A: The official store is here: http://thenational.cinderblock.com/

    Q: I have ordered a National T-shirt, but I got this lousy hat. What can I do?
    A: The website and the message board have nothing to do with the merchandise site – please contact them directly.

    Q: Can I sell bootleg materials on the board?
    A: Yes, at your own discretion and risk. You can also are free to trade materials. Be cautious when entering an exchange of goods/money. You are posting on a board with public access.

    Q: I’m having technical problems with the message board, what do I do?
    A: Feel free to post in the ‘Explain everything to the Geeks’ section of the board –  we’ll do our best to help you. It may be worth checking out the Forumer FAQ’s and/or googling the problem.

    Q: Can I post copyright material from other artists?
    A: No.

    Q: I’m having problems with someone on the message board, what do I do?
    A: Please contact one of the moderating team.Registering and posting on the message board:

    Q: Do I have to register in order to be able to post?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Can I search for specific posts?
    A: You can search for specific posts using the “Search” button, located on the top of each page. We always encourage people to search the forum before posting. Different topics about the same subject will be merged together.

    Q: There was a thread on the board, but I can’t find it now. Where is it?
    A: Perform a search. If you come up empty handed, the thread may have been:
    1.) Deleted by the creator of the thread
    2.) Accidentally erased
    3.) Pruned because it was too old
    4.) Lost due to the board crashing/refreshed
    Because any one of the above situations can happen, we encourage you to save any information you care to keep long-term.

    Ensure when you perform a search that your search terms are correct – for instance, that you ensure the search period for posts is long enough.

    Q: Can I change my username/ subtitle?
    A: Yes; Private message one of the admin team with the change.

    Q: Can I edit my profile?
    A: Yes, you can edit your profile clicking on the “My Controls” button located on the top of each page.

    Q: How do I add a signature?
    A: Click on “My Controls” > “Edit Signature”

    Q: Can I have an image as my signature?
    A: Yes, you can. However, please keep images in signatures to a suitable size (A height of approx. 150-180 pixels including both text and images).

    Q: Can I get email notifications when someone replies to a topic I have started?
    A: Yes. All you need to do is edit your “Profile Settings” and enable that option.

    Q: How can I upload an avatar/picture?
    A: The board can not host images. If you desire a picture/avatar/image, you have to upload it onto an outside server and link it from there. There is no direct uploading from your computer. Make sure the image is within the specified sizes (pixels and kb size).

    Q: What is an outside server?A: “photobucket.com” or “imageshack.us” are two examples of what we call an outside server. Registration is free. You can upload your pictures on those sites and then link them from there. Make sure your photo is within the specified size and be careful when copying the URL of the image.

    Other general hints, tips and other things:

    – Do not post rumours and gossip about the band
    .- Do not post offensive (racist comments, open attacks, insults) comments.
    – Show respect for all members, including those for whom English may not be a native language. Non-native speakers are completely welcome and encouraged to participate.
    – All members have got the right to communicate together in a nice environment.
    – If your entire intention is to simply annoy/spam/harrass other members, please leave before you’re banned.

    Thanks for reading!



    Hello. My 71 year-old father, who recently had back surgery, is driving from Boston to attend the show in Columbus at the LC Pavilion. He cannot stand for long periods of time, and uses a cane now. Was wondering if the band had special seating areas during GA shows. My father, too proud to acquire “handicap” status, needs a place to sit. I first saw the band on June 18, 2007 at the Beachland Ballroom. Cannot imagine these guys would not accommodate a few chairs, although the venue may.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.


    Hey bdolan -I would advise you contact the venue and they should be able to provide assistance. Hope you and your father enjoy the show, and thanks for checking in.



    please tell me how to turn off email notifications of other people’s posts on the forum. Thank you


    When you’ve replied to a post, you’ve likely clicked to subscribe to replies. You should be able to turn this off by editing your reply.

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