Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

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In the mid 80’s and 90’s, there was a growing gap between dirty punk rock, and clean cut christian music. Tooth and Nail Records founder, Brandon Ebel, felt the pain of that and did something to change it. This is the ongoing story of the tension between those two worlds and the cultural scene, from the bands, managers, label employees, and people whose lives were changed by the movement.

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A Time of Transition and the Rise of Solid State Records
51:41

Chapter 10

By the year 2000, EMI Records had been pursuing Tooth and Nail to buy half of the company and was already doing its distribution. New genres were emerging, Tooth and Nail was moving offices and the staff was beginning to undergo major changes as well. Solid State Records was gaining momentum with acts like Living Sacrifice and Zao as heavy music was becoming more widely accepted. Roy Culver, who worked for EMI was hired and moved to Seattle to be the first Solid State employee and its A&R.  Roy explains what the time of transition was like from his view and recounts stories of Solid State's successes and difficulties.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Living Sacrifice "Reborn Empowered"
Living Sacrifice "Rejected"
Zao "Kathleen Barbra"
Norma Jean "Face"
The Agony Scene "We Bury Our Dead at Dawn"
Living Sacrifice "Imminent War"
Stretch Arm Strong "For the Record"
Eso-Charis "Born with a Future"
Extol "Undeceived"
Darkthrone "As Flittermice as Satans Spys"
Selfmindead "Always"
Norma Jean "Created Something out of Nothing, Only to Destroy"

 

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May 16, 2019
Plankeye: Chasing the Dream
41:18

Chapter 9

Plankeye began as a raw, high energy power pop band in the 90's, but made their way into the polished Christian scene after touring with larger CCM acts. They became a commercial success, but appearances are not always what they seem. Guitarist Eric Balmer and others shed light on the complications and forces at play to make their breakout happen. This episode is an edited rebroadcast of one from before we began this series. 

 

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May 02, 2019
Favorite Three with Mike Mains
01:00:15

mewithoutYou and As Cities Burn are big influences on T&N's new artist, Mike Mains & the Branches, so on this episode we discuss Mike's three favorite tracks from the Tooth & Nail catalog, talk about his dumpster diving experience with Aaron Weiss, and dissect the thematic elements of As Cities Burn's second album. We also highlight Mike Mains & the Branches new album "When We Were in Love" and how it fits into the T&N catalog.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Mike Mains & the Branches "Breathing Underwater"
mewithoutYou "Song of a Widow"
mewithoutYou "Messes of Men"
Mike Mains & the Branches "Swamp"
As Cities Burn "Clouds"
Mike Mains & the Branches "Around the Corner"

 

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Apr 24, 2019
Dominate '98
51:07

Chapter 8

By the time the 90's were coming to a close, Tooth & Nail Records had accomplished some amazing things. They had sold millions of records and helped to create a movement and and establish a thriving music scene. In 1998 it seemed like Like the label was really on top and had it all figured out, but changes were brewing in the larger climate and music scene.

The punk sound was at its pinnacle, but new sounds were emerging as well and the music industry and major labels were beginning to catch up with what the indies were doing and looking to get in on the action.

This episode give us a chance to see from the view of a rival and competitor. Brad Most of Goatee Records explains what that time period felt like and Brandon reflects on his decisions making and thinking in that period.

 

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Apr 17, 2019
Labeled Special: Ryan Clark on Demon Hunter's War and Peace
01:02:58

Ryan Clark, front man of Demon Hunter joins the Labeled Podcast to discuss not only their new double album, but also his musical evolution from Focal Point and Training for Utopia and how that shaped Demon Hunter.  We also showcase and discuss lyrics and music on several tracks from the new albums.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Focal Point "Neglected"
Demon Hunter "On My Side"
Training for Utopia "A Good Feeling"
Training for Utopia "White Boys Burden"
Demon Hunter "The Negative"
Demon Hunter "No Place For You Here"
Demon Hunter "I Don't Believe You"
Demon Hunter "Rescue Myself"

 

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* This Is Solid State: New Tracks from Solid State Records: https://spoti.fi/2CUCsaH   

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Mar 06, 2019
Saved by Ska
53:01

Chapter 7

With the departure of MxPx, the now commercially successful label was in need of another breakout success to sustain and continue to thrive. They found it in The O.C. Supertones, a true underdog story of a highly motivated, positive, and zealous group of guys that just happened to stumble into a genre and culture combination that seemed as if it was meant to be.

 

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Copeland "Blushing" 
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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

The O.C. Supertones "Supertones Strike Back"
The O.C. Supertones "Adonai"
The O.C. Supertones "Roots"
The O.C. Supertones "Who Can Be Against Me"
Copeland "Night Figures"
The O.C. Supertones "O.C. Supertones"
The O.C. Supertones "Resolution"
The O.C. Supertones "Sure Shot" Live
The O.C. Supertones "Away From You"

 

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Feb 21, 2019
From Bremerton to the Wide World
47:09

Chapter 6

MXPX has a special place in the history of Tooth and Nail Records. They were the first band to break well beyond the Christian punk hardcore scene and into the mainstream. In 1992, they were 10th graders in Bremerton, trying to play at house parties. By 1996, they were on MTV, KROQ, and part of the global pop punk culture. This was an incredibly rapid rise, full of new elements to navigate, not only for the band, but for Tooth and Nail, who now found themselves in a different world and at a totally new level, setting a new precedent for what was possible for an independent label.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

MxPx "Secret Weapon"
MxPx "Walking Bye"
MxPx "Christalena (Demo Version)"
MxPx "Want Ad"
MxPx "Punk Rawk Show"
MxPx "Chick Magnet"
MxPx "Responsibility"

 

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Feb 07, 2019
Labeled Special: Aaron Marsh and the New Copeland Record
46:17

Matt and Aaron Marsh discuss the coming Copeland album “Blushing” and his musical and lyrical approach. We also feature some new music in this special bonus episode of Labeled.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Copeland "Pope"
Copeland "Lay Here"
Copeland "On Your Worst Day"
Copeland "Night Figures"
Copeland "Choose the One Who Loves You More"
Copeland "I Can Make You Feel Young Again"

 

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Jan 31, 2019
The End of Cornerstone
49:08

Chapter 5

Cornerstone Festival grew to a massive level by the mid 2000’s with Tooth and Nail day being one of its main features. The cultures of Tooth and Nail and Cornerstone were a perfect fit. The environment that they created was both the incubator and launching pad for countless careers and also a wonderful place of development for its attendees, staff, and volunteers. The festival did in fact come to an end, but it by no means did it fail.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Dogwood "Never Die"
Danielson "Did I Step on Your Trumpet"
Charlie Peacock "This is the Way of Love"
FM Static "Next Big Thing"
Hangnail "Aspire"
Mae "Last Call"
Mae "Light Years"
Two Thirty Eight "Modern Day Prayer"
Value Pac "Nothing"
Norma Jean "Leaderless and Self Enlisted"
Copeland "Pin Your Wings"

 

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Jan 24, 2019
The Rise of Cornerstone
47:57

Chapter 4

As it turns out, Cornerstone Festival had a lot more than a good lineup of bands; it has its own rich history and undergirding philosophy born out of The Jesus People USA and John Herrin, the festival’s director. Much of this philosophy and the festival’s audience was a direct inspiration to Tooth and Nail Records. Brandon Ebel traveled there in 1990 with a backpack and left with the clear notion that there needed to be more of what was going on at Cornerstone.

 

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SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:

Resurrection Band:   "Irish Garden"
Zao "Free The Three"
Ghoti Hook "My Bike"
As Cities Burn "The Hoard"
The Drowned God "Catholic"
Jeremy Camp "Take My Life"
mewithoutYou "In a Sweater Poorly Knit"
Further Seems Forever "The Sound"
Morella’s Forest "Gentle Go The Hours"
Family Force Five "Dance Or Die"
Showbread "Mouth Like A Magazine"

 

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* Tooth & Nail Store (LABELED Patreon members get 20% off everything): tnn.lnk.to/store

Jan 10, 2019
The Stigma
51:33

Chapter 3:

By the mid 90’s, Tooth and Nail Records had moved from Southern California to Seattle, where they were confronted with a scene that was not exactly welcoming to Christian rock, but the influence of that scene would play a role in Brandon’s strategy to embrace and seek artists that could be credible in the mainstream world and place them alongside others that could have mass appeal in the Christian market.

This episode explores the difficulty navigating being an artist while having to wrestle with Christianity, credibility, commerce, and the conflicting expectations of fans, parents, record labels, and the non-Christian bands that you think of as peers.

 

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Songs You Heard in this Episode:

Stavesacre "Against the Silence"
Pedro the Lion "Almost There"
Roadside Monument "Sperm Ridden Burden"
The Blamed "Walkabout"
Focused "Hurts to Ask"
Azusa "Interstellar Island"
Focused "Dead Sky"
Luxury "Bitter Once Again"
The Blamed "Feeding the Ignorant"
Frodus "Revolution"
Demon Hunter "Through the Black"

Dec 13, 2018
Who is Brandon Ebel?
53:44

Chapter 2:

Brandon Ebel’s ability to spot, harness, and highlight the talents of others (bands and staff) is his magic.  The emerging scene and his unique personality were the right combination to turbo charge and launch a label that would go on to sell 26 million records.

 

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Songs You Heard in this Episode:

As Cities Burn "Bloodsucker Pt II"
Poor Old Lu "All Pretty For the TV"
Scattered Few "Beggar"
Norma Jean "A Small Spark Vs. A Great Forest"
mewithoutYou "January 1979"
MxPx "Punk Rawk Show"
Danielson "Headz in da Cloudz"
Demon Hunter "Infected"
Emery "Walls"
Starflyer 59 "Wake Up Early"

Nov 29, 2018
Permission Not Required
57:46

Chapter 1:

By the late 80s, a massive void had formed between secular and Christian culture, and the secular side seemed to have all the best music. But, something new was beginning to emerge from Southern California and the Pacific Northwest: a movement of Christian kids and leaders who not only embraced punk and DIY ethics, but saw it as consistent with their faith.

They began to form a scene and a community of inspiring and credible music – but with no internet, there was little-to-no support or infrastructure. Clearly, there was not only proven demand from would-be consumers, but a clear vision from the artists involved. So they built what they needed, gained support from fans, and sparked a culture-shifting creative explosion leading to to the founding of Tooth & Nail Records and much more.

 

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Nov 15, 2018
We're Back!
45:30

Labeled is on its way back with a new vision and increased opportunity for listener contribution. The Labeled team discusses why we took a hiatus and what’s in store for the future of the podcast. Come back November 14th, where we’ll take our first deep dive into the unlikely rise of the alternative Christian music scene!

 

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Oct 24, 2018