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Go behind the scenes of one of the generation defining indie record label in this tell all podcast. Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of Emery, along with help from Aaron Lunsford from As Cities Burn take on the task of setting the record straight through story telling and reporting on what really happens behind the scenes in the music industry. Exclusive interviews with bands, managers, touring crew, producers, record label employees, and the man who started it all - President and Founder of Tooth and Nail Records, Brandon Ebel. Subscribe to “Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, and Legends of Tooth and Nail Records” today.

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Go behind the scenes of one of the generation defining indie record label in this tell all podcast. Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of Emery, along with help from Aaron Lunsford from As Cities Burn take on the task of setting the record straight through story telling and reporting on what really happens behind the scenes in the music industry. Exclusive interviews with bands, managers, touring crew, producers, record label employees, and the man who started it all - President and Founder of Tooth and Nail Records, Brandon Ebel. Subscribe to “Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, and Legends of Tooth and Nail Records” today.

    Ninety Pound Wuss: A Cred Band in a Pop Punk World

    Ninety Pound Wuss: A Cred Band in a Pop Punk World

    Ninety Pound Wuss formed in 1994 just down the road from MxPx, and became one of the first bands on the label. The Seattle indie scene at the time was quite artistic and developed compared to the rest of the country, it could easily be described as snobby. Bands like Ninety Pound Wuss and Roadside Monument had a very difficult fight to prove their legitimacy in the eyes of their peers and to get the opportunities they deserved, so being associated with and dropped into the Christian pop punk subculture gave them great exposure but came at a cost.
     
    This was an in person conversation and features Jeff and Marty from Ninety Pound Wuss, and legend Matt Johnson from Blenderhead, Roadside Monument, and Ninety Pound Wuss.
     
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    Ninety Pound Wuss “Something Must Break”
    Ninety Pound Wuss “Perserverence”
    Norma Jean - “I Used to Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents” Live at Cornerstone ’02
    Blenderhead “Bottle Breaker”
    Extol “Undeceived”
    Frodus “Lights On for Safety”
    Zao “To Think Of You is to Treasure an Absent Memory”
    Blenderhead “La Grieta”
    Roadside Monument “Compressor District”
    Starflyer 59 “A Housewife Love Song”
    Ninety Pound Wuss “Girl Song”






      
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Cross Pollination with the Scandinavian Metal Scene

    Cross Pollination with the Scandinavian Metal Scene

    Tooth & Nail goes global in the mid 90’s by acquiring and licensing Christian metal bands from Norway: Extol, Lengsel, and Selfmindead.  This episode explores how kids growing up on the other side of the world were having parallel experiences to kids here with regards to discovering heavy music and finding identity amidst struggles with authority and religion, and in just the same way, great and influential music was created to express those feelings that resonated with others. Along with the rise of the mail-order scene and the internet, global connections were able to be made musically with other like-minded people who would then have the opportunity to influence one another.
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    Extol “Undeceived”
    The Crucified “The Pit”
    Fold Zandura “Samovar”
    Selfmindead “One Step Forward”
    Pedro the Lion “Penetration”
    Extol “Gloriana”
    Benea Reach “Ground Slayer”
    BANKS “Gemini Feed”
    Mantric “Polyanna”
    Asuza “Interstellar Island”
    Asuza “Memories of an Old Emotion”





      
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice: Be Like Bruce

    Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice: Be Like Bruce

    Some say that Bruce Fitzhugh is the Godfather of Christian Metal and while he would resist that designation, he is certainly at minimum the driving force behind one of Solid State Records' first big successes as the lead vocalist and guitarist from Living Sacrifice. He also is credited as being central in the development of the heavy music scene that gave rise to a very positive culture that emerged in central Arkansas in the 90's, the national scene, and eventually the mainstream.
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    Living Sacrifice “Reborn Empowered”
    Living Sacrifice “Nonexistent”
    Stavesacre “Gold And Silver”
    Living Sacrifice “Second Death” - Demo
    Zao “Lies of Serpents, A River Of Tears”
    Embodyment “Halo of Winter”
    Living Sacrifice “Reborn Empowered” Live at Cornerstone ’00
    Living Sacrifice “Flatline”




      
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Nate Burke of Frodus: Lean Into What You’re Afraid Of

    Nate Burke of Frodus: Lean Into What You’re Afraid Of

    Frodus was a pioneer post hardcore band whose influence is larger than their footprint ever was. This important group was recognized early by Brandon and Tooth & Nail, who acquired  Frodus, a non-Christian from the 90’s DC punk scene that transitioned into the Tooth & Nail world as part of the recipe for the success of the scene we all know and love being built. These origins and early attractions to the  danger of music and new movements is something we all feel or felt at some point to varying degrees, but Nate particularly embodies that mindset  and is able to articulate the experience quite well. 
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    Frodus “The Misaligned Men of Flomation”
    Roadside Monument “Sperm Ridden Burden” Live at Cornerstone ’02
    Starflyer 59 “I Drive A Lot”
    Demon Hunter “Lifewar”
    Refused "Rather Be Dead"
    Thrice cover of Frodus’ “The Earth Isn’t Humming” Live
    Frodus “Red Bull of Juarez”



      
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Josh Scogin: Do You Hear Something Beautiful?

    Josh Scogin: Do You Hear Something Beautiful?

    If there is are legends in this scene, Josh Scogin is one of them: frontman of Luti-Kriss, Norma Jean, The Chariot, and ‘68. Josh has played thousands of show, and from what we can all gather from our shared experiences of seeing them, and from scouring the internet, there appears to be not even a single moment in any of those thousands of shows where Josh is ever giving anything less than his whole self. 
     
    While the word “passion” can be overused and misunderstood, what people are talking about when they use the word, is what Josh Scogin performing is. If you could bottle that and sell it you’d be a millionaire. I’d define it more like someone powerful being fully invested in the moment in search of something that has intrinsic worth, and in Josh’s own words, it seems that beauty is what he is in search of.
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    Norma Jean “Shotgun Message”
    The Chariot “And Then, Came Then”
    The Chariot “The City” (Live in Moscow)
    Starflyer 59 “Minor Keys”
    Starflyer 59 “Twenty Dollar Bills”
    Starflyer 59 “I Like Your Photographs”
    The Chariot “Before There Was Atlanta, There Was Doughlasville”
    The Chariot “Back to Back”
    Lightworker “Empyre”
    Emery “Civil Wars”
    ’68 “Whether Terrified or Unafraid” (Live in Tennessee)


      
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Back to Indie

    Back to Indie

    Chapter 29
     

    We have reached the final chapter of our series! We’ve seen both Tooth & Nail and the scene grow from being independent, in basements and obscurity, and grow until they were partnered with a giant corporation and had artists all over MTV and mainstream radio. Today we see how Tooth & Nail came full circle from all the mayhem and tied hands that came along with that, to once again become a true indie label.
     
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    SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
    MxPx "Chick Magnet"
    Starflyer 59 “Fell In Love at 22”
    Underoath “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White”
    Jonezetta “Get Ready (Hot Machete)”
    mewithoutYou “Messes of Men”
    Silent Planet “Trilogy”
    Blenderhead "Escape Reason"
    MxPx “Secret Weapon”

      
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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RockTheProject ,

Josh Scogin Episode; best yet

I’ve been aware of Scogin for years and have always been a casual fan. I saw Luti-Kris years ago when they were a new band, I caught (and opened for) Norma Jean on multiple occasions, and I’ve owned records by Norma Jean and The Chariot, but somehow ‘68 eluded me. Thanks to this episode I am now infatuated with their sound. I never knew what a cool dude Josh Scogin was, and I was thrilled that he and I share a common love for Starflyer 59, my all-time favorite band.

Matt Carter, this interview was the best one I’ve heard on this show yet, and probably the best interview I’ve ever heard. You asked the perfect questions, and Josh’s responses were supremely satisfying and introspective. Thanks for nailing this!

Additionally, it was cool to hear Ben Ricketts mentioned at the end of the episode for recognizing the tone at the end of the podcast. Matt mentioned that if Ben wasn’t already a musician, she should consider becoming one. He is, and his music is amazing. I highly recommend checking him out. He also shares a love of Starflyer 59—I know him through the Starflyer FB fan group.

Big T 81 ,

Criminally Underrated

I listened to the podcast of Dead Poetic and began to realize how much of a disconnect there really was between the fans and the artists. I couldn’t help but feel so much empathy for Brandon Rike, but that music carried me through so much loneliness. When they split I remember feeling so sad...but I treasure Vices and New Medicines. I pray one day they’ll release one last project...not to tour, but for those who truly loved their God given talents as a whole.

MostUniqueNickname ,

Fascinating

I got into Tooth & Nail around 2000, and this podcast is both nostalgic and really enlightening. It’s unfortunate they feel the need to throw the Christian scene under the bus so often, as though 1) there were no benefits to being in that scene, and 2) the Christian scene is the only one with problems or an agenda—don’t all bands have a message they want to share, Christian or otherwise? Other than the frequent jade that comes through, still a really fascinating podcast.

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