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Aaron Gillespie of Underoath

In 2006, Underoath self-destructed and left Warped Tour amid rumor of drug use among other things. This is the full uncut interview with drummer Aaron Gillespie about that summer and the events surrounding it. Some of this audio was used in the Labeled (Tooth and Nail) Podcast that Matt produces. Go listen to that full episode first, and come back here for more details from Aaron's point of view.

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Chad Gardner of Kings Kaleidoscope

Kings Kaleidoscope is one of the few bands that has experienced that breakout success every new artist asks about. Lead man Chad Gardner joins to discuss their new mixtape, "The Beauty Between," which is a collage of hip hop, rappers, chamber choirs, and worship music featuring rappers Andy Mineo and Propaganda. They break down a couple songs' themes and inspirations with his unique style of organized chaos.

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Thinking Out Loud About Charlottesville Protest

Dan Koch joins today to discuss the weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matt wonders how we know who is in what group, and what's worse, a hate-filled person or a violent actor? While white-supremacist are repugnant, do they deserve any protection? They also discuss the results of a poll Dan conducted on Facebook asking about roadblocks to faith and issues with making it stick.

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Aaron Sprinkle and the LCHF Diet

Matt has explored the Ketogenic diet for the past couple years, in part due to his friend and producer Aaron Sprinkle, who has made some major life changes, including a LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) diet after discovering he was at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. They bring clarity to the ketogenic lifestyle and discuss some advantages and common struggles that come with such a change.

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Josh Zepps of #WeThePeople LIVE

Josh Zepps is an Australian media personality, political satirist, actor, and TV show host. He and Matt discuss the importance of context and heart behind offensive words, topics off limits to people of majority race or gender, and how shutting down conversation by those people doesn't equal progress. They also articulate how both journalism and science are incomplete processes.

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JB from August Burns Red on Guitars, Amps, and Pedals

August Burns Red's guitarist JB Brubaker joins today to discuss his process switching from mic'd amps to DI for live shows, share tour stories, and the frustrations of traveling with a rig. Matt also plays a clip of a solo JB wrote on an Emery album and get into arranging, style, and tablature.

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Apolitical VS Direct Action Politics with Chris Spangle

We Are Libertarians podcast host Chris Spangle joins Matt to discuss political engagement. They have similar views and stances on politics, but different opinions of how to go about engaging or not engaging and on what levels. They also discuss what role culture has in the political realm.

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Tooth & Nail Records' A&R Adam Skatula and the Labeled Podcast

Adam Skatula, Tooth & Nail Records' head of A&R joins Matt to discuss his history at T&N, and their process in creating the new podcast "Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, and Legends of Tooth & Nail Records." This podcast also includes the second episode of Labeled, which is all about the T&N's legendary A&R, Chad Johnson, who is responsible for signing well-known artists such as Underoath, mewithoutYou, Further Seems Forever, As Cities Burn, and many more.

 

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BBQ Talk with Aaron Lunsford

It's a common trend for music industry people to get involved in the food industry. One example of this is As Cities Burn's drummer Aaron Lunsford, who started cooking at restaurants after the band broke up, and now runs his own barbecue business in Nashville called Magnolia BBQ.

 

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The Future of Social Skills with Jordan Harbinger of The Art of Charm

The Art of Charm's Jordan Harbinger joins for this 4th of July episode where we discuss how technology effects social skills, differential learning styles, and costs and benefits of having "Southern Charm." Jordan and Matt connect in business as well, with networking, work ethic, and the extreme-ownership ethos.

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Writer Shannon Dingle, the Alt-Right, and Raising Daughters

Shannon Dingle is a freelance speaker and writer who talks about all the topics we’re taught to avoid in mixed company. She doesn't shy away from the hard places, from politics and privilege, to trauma and disability. Her work and story has been featured by the Today show, Christianity Today, NPR, and Good Morning America. She has a multi-ethnic family in Raleigh, NC, and we get into how she has been attacked by self-proclaiming alt-right.

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Dewey Halpaus of the Peer Pleasure Podcast

Dewey Halpaus (Anatomy of a Ghost, Portugal. The Man) host of the Peer Pleasure Podcast joins Matt to catch up and reminisce about touring together. He has a plan for a government program of how to help high school grads adjust to adulthood by replicating the touring life. He went from touring the world to constructing plumbing in hospitals, which poses the question of how to integrate into normal life after being a professional musician.

 

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Guitar Pedals and Ambient Music with Andy Othling of Lowercase Noises

With a degree in Computer Science, Andy Othling of Lowercase Noises is one of the best and most equipped people to create art through altering signal flows from his guitar or keyboard. He also uses his computer science knowledge to code visual displays that match the instrumentation live. On this episode he showcases his talent while Matt analyzes the music theory used in real time. They also bond on the experience of getting lost in another world when exploring delay pedals.

 

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Matt McGinley of Gym Class Heroes and the S-Town Podcast

Matt McGinley, drummer for Gym Class Heroes who toured with Matt Carter in Emery, joins this episode to talk about his work on the new S-Town Podcast and This American Life, and his dream of doing film composing.

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Mike Wilkerson and Some of What Happened at Mars Hill

Hear Mike Wilkerson's conversation continued from last time with more detail. How do you respect people's minds in difficult situations to make decisions for themselves? Trusting other people to put pieces of the puzzle together on their own instead of telling all at the harm of others.

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Alcohol and Tax Laws

Dan Koch comes in to the studio to discuss his participation in the Tax Day March, what it was and his goal for participating, but before that they get hung up on whether or not the legal limit for drinking and driving should be raised or lowered from .08.

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