The Stigma

The Stigma

Update: 2018-12-131


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"

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The Rise of Cornerstone
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. Support Labeled on Patreon Join Labeled on Facebook    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"   MORE FROM THIS EPISODE:* The Drowned God - “Catholic” Music Video:* Follow The Drowned God on Spotify:   MORE FROM TOOTH & NAIL:* Labeled: Music From The Podcast:* DISCOVER IT: New Tracks from T&N Records:* This Is Solid State: New Tracks from Solid State Records:   * Tooth & Nail Store (LABELED Patreon members get 20% off everything):

The Rise of Cornerstone


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The Stigma

The Stigma