Posts By: Blake Russell

Introducing Solo Sounds


What would The Beatles’ hits sound like on a single Hammond organ? Or Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison on a solo harp? True to its name, the recently launched Brooklyn-based label Solo Sounds specializes in intimate recordings of iconic songs and albums performed on a single instrument. All titles are expertly produced by label co-founder Eric Ambel… Read more »

Digging Through The Archives: Tall Dwarfs


Welcome to Digging Through The Archives, a new recurring Daily Rind feature from the Creative Services department that will explore cool vintage obscurities, under-the-radar sleepers, catalog albums in the news, and more. Tall Dwarfs: Hello Cruel World (1988/2005, Flying Nun) My infatuation with the Kiwi lo-fi gods Chis Knox and Alec Bathgate began sometime in the 1990s when I… Read more »

Digging Through The Archives: Ghetto Brothers


Welcome to Digging Through The Archives, a new recurring Daily Rind feature from the Creative Services department that will explore cool vintage obscurities, under-the-radar sleepers, catalog albums in the news, and more. My first entry was inspired by both National Puerto Rican Day and a recent viewing of the fantastic documentary Rubble Kings. The film chronicles the… Read more »

Get (Re)acquainted with Xanadu Records


Earlier this summer, The Orchard, in conjunction with Elemental Music, announced the first six releases in a series of twenty-five Xanadu Master Edition reissues from the vaults of the acclaimed Jazz label founded in 1975 by legendary producer and photographer Don Schlitten. One of these initial titles, From The Attic Of My Mind, a 1978 release from… Read more »