Posts By: Blake Russell

Oh Yes… Oh No + Dolemite = Ohnomite

Oxnard, CA beatsmith/MC Oh No may not be quite as insanely prolific as his older brother Madlib, but he is every bit as restlessly inventive. Previous albums have taken their inspiration from Canadian composer Galt MacDermot (Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms), psychedelic rock from Turkey, Lebanon, Greece and Italy (Dr. No’s Oxperiment), and rare funk, jazz, folk… Read more »

Lollapalooza Turns 20 With Help From A Few Orchard Faves

It’s hard to believe (especially for those of us that are getting a little long in the tooth) but Lollapalooza is turning 20 this weekend, meaning it’s now older than many of the young whippersnappers who will be in attendance. The internet is replete with timelines, reminiscences, and other assorted commentary tracing the festival’s evolution… Read more »

Esperanza Spalding Wins “Best New Artist” With Stunning Grammy Upset; Orchard Artists Take Home 3 Other Trophies


With all due respect to Arcade Fire, the 53rd Grammy Awards’ most surprising moment came when prodigiously talented but relatively unknown jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding beat out  Drake, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons, and Justin freaking Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category. (Bieber nation was NOT amused).  Jazz lovers might… Read more »

Orchard Artists Win 8 Nominations At The 2011 Grammys


We’re pleased to announce that the following Orchard-distrubuted artists and albums have been nominated for 2011 Grammys: Acclaimed neo-soul singer Bilal, was nominated  for  “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” for the song “Little One from his third album, Airtight’s Revenge (“[a] dynamite album — one that could take a decade to be fully processed,” Allmusic). Released in… Read more »