|1-2-2019 Happy Birthday to Us
That's right! It is Bad Stain Records birthday today. On January 2nd, 1996, I drove to
downtown Phoenix and I got the business license and trade name and tax ID number and everything
else for Bad Stain Records. A few weeks earlier, I had sold the rights to my first label, Dirty
Records, to my good friend Mike "Bucky" Ball, who eventually became better known as "Dirty"
Mike. Bucky bought the label for a six pack of beer and a couple lottery tickets, although he was
not permitted to press any of the albums that Dirty Records had already released. At that point,
Dirty Records had released the "9 1/2 Months" EP and "All Washed Up" EP from my band, Dirty
Laundry. I retained the rights to both albums, but he was permitted to use the name. I just didn't
care for the name, Dirty Records, because it was too close to Dirty Laundry. I wanted the name of
the label to have something to do with my band, but Dirty Records was too obvious. So I chose Bad
Stain Records, but I honestly can't remember who gave me the idea for the name. It was either
my older brother Brent, who also mentioned the name, "Soiled Sox Studios", or my good friend and
former Dirty Laundry guitarist, Jones.
Regardless of how I came up with the name, that was 23 years ago, and in that time, we have
released over 40 albums from dozens of amazing bands from my hometown of Phoenix, as well as
the rest of the state of Arizona, and eventually across the U.S., venturing to Canada and even the
Ukraine! The label has also gone through two different hiatus periods. In early 2000, after
getting married, the label was pretty much inactive for the most part until 2004. More recently,
after going on hiatus with my band Numbers On Napkins in 2013, Bad Stain also remained inactive,
until 2017, just a few months before Numbers On Napkins ended our hiatus.
Bad Stain has never been about anything but supporting hard working underground musicians.
Over the years, the label has lost a lot more than it has made, and nearly all of the profit has
always been reinvested into the label to help it grow, We have always kept our prices low, too low
in fact. We have always sold our seven inch records for $4.00, postage paid, and the records use to
cost me about $1.90 each, or $2.10-$2.35 each for colored vinyl. The shipping envelope cost me
$0.96 each, and shipping cost me $1.24 in the U.S. So the seven inch cost me a minimum of $4.10 to
ship, and I lost ten cents for every record sold, plus I had to pay the artist 100 records for every
500 I had pressed........so it ended up making it so I was losing about $4.65-$5.35 per record. It
was even more when I sold them to my distributors to be sold in stores. I demanded that any
seven inch record from Bad Stain be sold for no more than $3.00 each in stores, so I could only sell
them for between $0.95 and $1.35 each. If I sold directly to a mom and pop record shop, I would
charge $1.85 each, so I didn't lose as much.
Today, pressing records is much more, and the amount lost on every record sold is crazy! For
the first time in 23 years, Bad Stain is considering increasing our prices. We haven't made an
official decision, but it is just one of the changes that you may see this year.
We also plan on starting an Instagram account, and we plan on becoming a bit more active on our
social media pages, like Facebook and Twitter. We have new albums coming out this year from my
band, "Numbers on Napkins", as well as "Daisy Moonshine and Her Redneck Brothers", "Johnny
Laundromat and The Drycleaners", and more! My daughter Nova is becoming more active with the
label, and she is determined to focus more on the local underground scene in Phoenix, and it will be
interesting to see what changes she ends up making to the label.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported the label over the years. Words cannot
fully express my gratitude. As we move forward into 2019, I wish everyone the best of luck, and
look forward to everything the future holds.
Happy New Year - Chase Stain
12-9-2018 Chase Stain Adds Additional Instruments to his "Signature Series
Collection" and NON Sells Out of Their Limited Edition "QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" EP
In the summer of 2006, Numbers On Napkins released their "QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" EP
CD that featured six new songs. They chose to make the EP a limited edition release, and only
pressed 5,000 copies, expecting to be sold out within two years. 12 years later, the EP has finally
sold the last remaining copies, and the album has been officially put to sleep. For those of you out
there that never purchased a copy, you can still download the songs at dozens of sites, and of
course listen to them at YouTube. Bad Stain also released the final pressing of NON's debut
album, "Waiting for Tomorrow" in the summer of 2017, and there are less than 200 copies
remaining. "Waiting for Tomorrow" is still the best selling album from a Bad Stain Recording Artist
ever released.......excluding our compilation albums. The #1 Best Selling Album that Bad Stain ever
released was actually, the "Punk til ya Poop" compilation CD. "Waiting for Tomorrow" sold over
1,000 copies within the first week, and has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies total......so far.
Although this is the albums last and final pressing, so anyone who wants to be able to hold the
physical disc in their hands should order soon, cuz once they're gone, they're gone for good.
One last bit of info.....As I'm sure most of you know, Chase Stain and Moe Money recently
released their signature instruments and listed them for sale. Chase Stain wanted to expand his
collection, and offer several different models of guitars and bass guitars, all limited edition, with
very unique original features. Over the past few weeks, he has worked on his signature series
collection and has officially added several instruments and pickups to his collection. Stain will be
adding a few more items in a few weeks, which will complete his collection for the time being. Stain
will then add a new guitar and bass guitar every year after that. Chase Stain's Signature Series
Collection" can be viewed by clicking HERE
Bye for Now - Johnny L
10-30-2018 Moe Money Steps Down as Vice President of Bad Stain Records and is
Replaced by Nova Kaine Stain
Last week, Moe Money announced to all of the staff that he was stepping down as Vice President
of Bad Stain Records, due to the fact that he needs to focus more on his silk screening and T-shirt
manufacturing business, as well as his clothing company, "Urban Infidel Clothing". Money feels as
though he cannot give the proper amount of time to the label needed as Vice President, so he
requested that we change his position in the company. Money was replaced by my daughter, Nova
Kaine Stain, and although she is being thrust into the position much sooner than I had planned, I am
confident that she will be able to handle the job. Nova will be handing all of the public relations and
promotions, as well as the social media and online duties. She will also be working in the A & R
department, and managing all other branches of the label. Moe will now be our Head of Distribution
and Merchandising, and will be in charge of all wholesale distribution of our physical products, and
will also be in charge of merchandise manufacturing, and art design work. We are excited to have
the changes, and have a lot of exciting future plans in the works for 2019.
9-24-2018 Numbers On Napkins Frontmen, Moe Money and Chase Stain, release their
signature music equipment
Moe Money and Chase Stain both unveiled their signature instruments this week, and they are
officially for sale now and available to view and purchase. Moe Money released his signature Fender
Stratocastor with various modifications and a unique hybrid humbucking pickup, custom made by
Seymour Duncan. Money requested that Seymour Duncan take their infamous "Invader" pickup and
put it along side their popular "Hot Rails" pickup, to make his signature "Hot Raiders" pickup, with
an original and unforgettable tone. Chase Stain released his signature Fender Jagstang Bass, which
is a custom designed bass version of the Jagstang guitar that Kurt Cobain designed and had built by
Fender. Stain's Jagstang Bass has a PJ Bass pickup configuration, and he had Seymour Duncan
Custom build his signature series "White Gold" bass pickups, designed especially for the Jagstang
Bass. After designing the Jagstang Bass, Stain decided to create a couple of signature guitars as
well, to go along with his solo work. All of Chase Stain's Signature Series Collection of instruments
can be viewed on his official website by clicking HERE Stain and Money's collection can be viewed
on Numbers On Napkins official website by clicking HERE or you can visit our Merchandise Page
Time to make the donuts........
7-2-2018 Daisy Moonshine and Her Redneck Brothers performing 3 dates in Texas at
this years Warped Tour!
For everyone that's gonna be in the Lone Star State in early July, make sure to check out Daisy
Moonshine and Her Redneck Brothers as they perform on the Full Sail Stage at this years Warped
Tour. Daisy and her Bros will be performing on July 6th in Dallas, July 7th in San Antanio, and July
8th in Houston, and they are very excited and honored to be performing with the final cross
country Warped Tour. This is the first time Daisy and Her Redneck Brothers have played the
Warped Tour, and they will be signing autographs and taking pictures at their merch booth directly
after their performance.
I have been to several Warped Tours, but have not attended one for the past 4 or 5 years. I
decided to go this year, and took my daughter and some of her friends. I had a great time, despite
the fact that it was over 110 degrees and patrons were dropping like flies from heat stroke. This
year was a little strange for me, because I can honestly say that the bands that put on the best
live shows and had the best sounds were all on the smaller stages. Every band that performed the
large main stage played a weak set. I have seen Fenix TX about a dozen times (although most of
the shows sere when they were still performing as River Fenix), and they have always put on a
decent live show, and few times they had amazing performances. This year, their live set was a
snoozefest, and every band on the main stage had the same reaction, with the exception of The
Used, who put on an average show. I can forgive the poor performance by Waterparks, because
they had former My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way filling in for their bassist, and Mikey
seemed to have some serious technical difficulties that took nearly 30 minutes, so they only played
3 songs. I hate to speak ill of any bands, and perhaps the main stage was just cursed in Phoenix.
With that being said, the highlight of the show in my opinion was seeing the bands on the small
stages. My daughter and her friends were excited to see Palaye Royal, and I had expected nothing
much from the band. I've heard them a bit, and I personally feel as though they lack any
personality, and are trying much too hard to be like My Chemical Romance. I really liked My
Chemical Romance, but I think a band needs to try and focus on developing their own original style.
I was actually amazed with the live performance they put on, and in retrospect, they are still a
young band looking for their image. I honestly think they will do well in the future if they can
branch out with their own identity.
The biggest surprise was watching Chase Atlantic. My daughter had played a few songs from them,
but nothing ever jumped out at me. As I watched Chase Atlantic, it was obvious that this was a
band that had found their own unique style. I must admit that I was impressed, especially with
their guitarist/sax player.
Authority Zero also put on a highly energetic performance, which was no surprise to me at all. I've
played dozens of shows with Authority Zero, and they have always had a great live show. I find it
mind boggling at times, considering that the singer Jason is the only original member. I would
expect their live shows to change with the members, but they are always just wild and crazy and
full of energy.
There was one band at the Warped Tour that was far and away the best, and that was Doll Skin.
Doll Skin is an all female group hailing from Phoenix that I feel is one of the top 20 best bands to
come out of the Valley of the Spun, and I consider them the best all girl band Arizona has ever
produced. Their songs range from being upbeat and poppy punk rock tunes like "I know You Miss
Me", to more dark and metal influenced punk tracks like "Daughter". The girls put on a stellar, jaw
dropping live performance. The singer Sydney is so charismatic on stage, and bassist Nicole also
seems to balance on the same wave length. When they both are on stage talking to the crowd
between songs, cracking jokes and having fun, you can't help but smile. The girls are so damn cute
and adorable, and their overall charisma and outgoing personalities really enhance their live
performance. Drummer Meghan is hidden behind the drums, but she too has a bouncy and bubbly
personality when given a mic and interacting with the crowd. Doll Skin's guitarist Alex seems to be
the quiet one in the group, and she seems to be more focused on the music during the live shows.
When you watch her play, you can see that she has an almost spiritual relationship with the music
and is fine tuned with song she is playing. Alex is also probably the most talented girl in the band,
and she becomes so sexy as she shreds her metal influenced solos. Despite the fact that it was 115
degrees outside while Doll Skin was playing, Alex remained the hottest thing on the stage.
When my daughter introduced me to Doll Skin, I was impressed by their sound, and blown away at
how talented the girls were. I didn't expect a group of teenage girls to be as talented as they are,
and I remained stunned as I realized that they had developed their vocals to perfection and could
harmonize and sing very melodic backing vocals together. All four of the girls were attractive, and
oozing with charisma. I realized I needed to jump at the chance to sign these girls. Of course, to
my surprise, they had already been snatched up. I discovered that Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson
had actually just started his own record label and signed Doll Skin. In fact, he started the label
because he saw a future in these young ladies, and Doll Skin was the first band he signed. I figured
that they could do better on Bad Stain, considering I have been around so much longer and could
grant them more opportunities........but I was totally mistaken. After doing a bit more research, I
found that Ellefson had put a lot into his label, and it wouldn't benefit Doll Skin in any way to sign
with Bad Stain. So I must admit that I'm a bit bummed that Doll Skin isn't part of the Bad Stain
Family, but oh well. I feel the same way about several other bands over the years.
So everyone who is attending the Warped Tour in Texas should make sure to head on over to The
Full Sail Stage to check out Daisy Moonshine and Her Redneck Brothers! Don't miss out on seeing
Doll Skin perform on the Owly Stage, as well as Chase Atlantic and Palaye Royal. Also, check out
Authority Zero on the Journey's Left Foot Stage. Ohhhh....and remember to stay hydrated!
Have fun at the Warped Tour - Chase Stain
6-22-2018 NON sells out of "QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder"
After twelve years, NON has finally sold out of copies of their limited edition
"QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" EP. Bad Stain pressed 5,000 copies of the CD, expecting the
release to sell out of copies within the first 3 years. Everyone had thought therelease would sell
much faster, due to the fact that NON's debut release "Waiting for Tomorrow" had sold 5,000
copies in the first 3 years, and album sales had remained strong. Unfortunately,
"QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" received very little radio airplay, and did not have the same push
behind it. "Waiting for Tomorrow" had songs that were featured in indie films, and the single "True
Love" became the #1 Best Love Song for the genre of Punk on GarageBand, and remained #1 from
2005 until 2014 when the site went out of business. Of course the real driving force behind album
sales was the fact that the single "Runaway" received radio airplay on various online stations and
college stations, as well as very popular FM stations, including Arizona's 103.9 The Edge. So the EP
may be out of print, but it is still available to download from dozens of various sites. In addition, a
couple of tracks from the out-of-print EP will be featured on NON's upcoming release, "From
Buckeye To Beardsley", in stores in late 2018. Well.... I'm off to get ready for the final Warped
Tour EVER suckas!
- Peace Out, Chase Stain
5-23-2018 Daisy Moonshine and her Redneck Brothers sell out of their debut record.
We've been warning everyone for weeks, so don't blame us if you never got a copy. The good news
is that Daisy Moonshine just posted that they will be entering the studio in late July to start
recording the follow up to their debut record. The "Not-Yet-Titled" sophmore release will feature
special guest musicians and will be nothing but cover songs from bands that Daisy and her bros
admire. More info coming soon!
4-19-2018 Rose Sunshine signs to Bad Stain and starts recording her debut record.
Rose Sunshine signed on to join the Bad Stain family last week, and she's already in the studio
recording her debut release. Rose Sunshine is the younger half sister of Daisy Moonshine, and
performs with Daisy Moonshine and her Redneck Brothers on a regular basis. Rose can be heard
perform,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ing guest vocals on the tracks "Solo Cups and Shotgun Shells", "Gone Fishin",
and "Jenny B Goode", from Daisy Moonshine's debut release, "Bellis Perennis", and fans can expect
her debut release by late summer.
- Johnny Laundromat
2-2-18 Daisy Moonshine and her Redneck Brothers debut release nearly sold out!
It has been six weeks since the release of "Bellis Perrenis", the debut album from Daisy Moonshine
and her Redneck Brothers, and all of the colored vinyl has been sold, and less than 200 copies of
the regular black vinyl remain! The album sales ended up being much better than we had
anticipated, and in retrospect, we should have pressed more copies. If you haven't got a copy of
the new record yet, you had better order one quick before they're gone!
- Johnny Laundromat
1-16-18 Numbers On Napkins Returns to the Scene After Spending Nearly Five Years
That's right! The rumors are in fact true....Numbers On Napkins has posted an official
announcement on their website stating that they are ending their hiatus that has lasted for nearly
half a decade.
Numbers On Napkins posted the news of their return on their official website....to read the
complete post, CLICK HERE
We are very excited for their return and are happy to announce that Bad Stain will be releasing a
new full length album from the band in 2018. NON's new album will be titled, "From Buckeye To
Beardsley", and the band will be in the studio working on recording new material over the next few
months. Numbers On Napkins are including several live recordings, and a few songs from their
"QuickerDrunkenLouderHarder" EP on the new album, that promises to give listeners a reflection
of the band throughout its entire history. It manages to provide an accurate portrayal of NON's
comedic and energetic live performances, provides the listener with a small sample from each of
the bands releases over the years, and gives fans several new songs that are sure to satisfy anyone
who enjoys NON's diverse style of punk rock.
One of the most exciting things about the new album is the news that NON will be recording a
handful of the new songs with their former guitarist Matt Martini. Martini parted ways with the
band in late 2010, just a few weeks before they released their last album, "Borrachos, Chingasos, Y
Rucas". NON stated that Martini left the band on good terms for creative differences. Martini
wanted to play music that was more raw punk rock, and after announcing his departure, he chose to
put all of his time and energy into focusing on his other band Reason Unknown. NON has made it
clear to fans that although Matt Martini is joining them to play on a few select tracks from the new
album, he will not be joining the band on stage to perform any live shows in the near future.
We will keep everyone up to date with the progress being made with the new album as it develops,
and will hopefully set a release date sometime in early 2018 when the band has finished things up in
Happy New Year - Nova Stain
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