Posts By: Blake Russell

Strike Gold with The Orchard’s Playlist for the 2012 Olympic Games


The 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London on July 27. In anticipation, we’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite celebratory, uplifting, and inspirational tracks in our dedicated playlist: Olympic Gold. Highlights include a rousing motivational track by Dana Buoy aka Akron/Family percussionist Dana Janssen [his debut album Summer Bodies reflects “the genuinely happy… Read more »

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 »