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Our Doors Are Open for a Shoegaze Revival

TheBlackRyderTheDoorBehindTheDoorTrends come and go and cycle back around in the music business — there have been revivals of Punk, Psychedelic Rock, Dance music in various forms from Disco to House to today’s EDM, three waves of Ska, even Rockabilly. So when Ride announced their first major tour since the 1990s, I tried to get tickets to their only NYC show at Terminal 5 on June 4. But sold out, $35 face value tix currently reselling at a minimum of $155 means my only other realistic shot of catching Shoegaze’s most commercially successful band will be at Coachella 2015.

With reunion tours by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive — and the long-delayed/anticipated release in April 2013 of MBV, a Shoegaze revival could almost be imagined. The genre has come a long way since MBV’s hugely influential and genre-defining classics Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991). Of course, while these bands were long-dormant, something weird happened in the 2000s… could it be? “Nu gaze?” Acts like Dangerbird Records’ Silversun Pickups, Maps, Blonde Redhead, and My Vitriol were inspired by all of the above and some of the original source material (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Jesus & Mary Chain, etc.).

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Can’t Get Enough of Butch Walker

ButchWalkerAfter welcoming Dangerbird Records to The Orchard family, I think we can speak for the whole team when we say we were very excited to work with the label’s extensive and acclaimed catalog, starting with the multi-talented Butch Walker.

As soon as we heard Butch’s Afraid Of Ghosts was to be our first release with Dangerbird, we digital retail marketing folk jumped to promote it to our accounts. As a singer/songwriter titan deeply rooted into Rock and Roll’s rich soil, Butch really lets his music speak for itself, weaving intimate stories of love, loss and life into a unique tapestry of lyrical imagery. This recipe resulted in a massive amount of coverage of the album its first week in stores, and ultimately a spot at #1 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Albums chart.

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Get Spoiled by Icelandic Songstress DíSA This Valentine’s Day

DisaValentine’s Day is here! Glug…

So the 14th of February looms and you’re either alone and eating ice-cream or spending more of your hard-earned cash smiling adoringly into another’s eyes. Right? Ben & Jerry’s for me please…

Whatever your relationship status, our very own DíSA just premiered her new single “Marry You” as a warm-up for Saturday and is offering you the opportunity to win a luxury Valentine’s Day gift bag worth $150/£100/€130.

“Marry You” is the second single from the upcoming debut EP by the Iceland-born, London-raised and Copenhagen-based singer/songwriter who is already receiving critical acclaim. Although the song is about the troubles with unrequited love and the heartbreaking grief that follows, “Marry You” stands out from the rest of the EP with its warm and embracing melody and the electronic Scandi sound we love, all still in DíSA‘s mysterious universe of electro layers and power with a strong and graceful vocal.

The good news is, whether you’re home alone and gleefully tucking into the Valentine gift bag solo, or sharing it with a loved one, entering is easy. To celebrate the launch of the single and to enter the competition, all you have to do to is head over to our friends at EarMilk here.

Don’t forget to check out more of DíSA by visiting her website and social profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud and YouTube.

P.S – Is anybody free Saturday night?

Congrats To Our 2015 Grammy Awards Winners!

RickyKejWouterKellermanGrammysLast night, all music-lovers and creators — well, almost — watched one of the year’s biggest events in music: The 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Some of us were lucky enough to attend in person — here’s lookin’ at you Colleen and Laura, our COO and Latin American Regional Manager who doubles as Chair of the Latin Grammys — while the rest of us watched from our living rooms (or if you’re like me, treadmills).

Of course, at The Orchard, we were rooting for our slew of nominated artists, many of whom didn’t actually get air time last night (there’s a whole score of wins that get awarded pre-prime time!), but who still deserve the highest praise for their accomplishments.

Speaking of, we tip our hats to our four big winners:

Anne Sofie von Otter for her album Douce France [naïve classique], who snagged the Grammy for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Wouter Kellerman & Ricky Kej for their album Winds of Samsara [Raveolution Studios], which took the title of Best New Age Album

Ziggy Marley for Fly Rasta [V2 Records Benelux], which brought home the award for Best Reggae Album

Partch for Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances, which won Best Classical Compendium

The whole night was full of epic performances, important messages and cringe-worthy moments but honestly, would we expect any less? Check out the full list of winners on the Grammy website, browse through photos and fashion, or just read a nice good recap courtesy of the NY Times.

Ten You Might’ve Missed in 2014

We’re busy. You’re busy. We probably missed some of your favorite records this year. Here are a few of our under-the-radar favorites from 2014. Tell us yours!

The #1s: The Number Ones [Deranged Records]

The guff of these Irishmen! If you name your band AND your debut album “The #1s,” you’d best deliver. (See: Big Star’s “#1 Record.”) Guess what: they deliver. Ten punky power-popsicles with rowdy anthemic gang vocals and heartbroken lyrics that trace a strong lineage from The Undertones to The Figgs.

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Warm Soda: Young Reckless HeartsWarm Soda: Young Reckless Hearts [Castle Face Records]

The second album in as many years from the Austin-via-Oakland quartet fronted by Matthew Meltion [Bare Wires], Young Reckless Hearts is chock full of infectious power-pop odes to young love that rival anything in The Shoes’s classic discography. Get your swoon on  just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can stream the entire thing via Noisey.

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Haley Bonar: Last War [Graveface Records & Curiosities]

As NPR noted, this Midwestern US singer-songwriter’s fifth album is “so breezy and brief, so bright and agreeable” that it takes a few listens to absorb the “deeply ambivalent” lyrics. The songs are jangly cool, quietly anthemic, and smartly bittersweet. Bonus: her voice reminds us of Sam Phillips (the lady, not the Sun Records guy).

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