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Label Spotlight: Joel Gion & The Reverberation Appreciation Society

Himmelman_11183I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Joel Gion, the most famous tambourine player in the Indie Rock world, about his new album Apple Bonkers on The Reverberation Appreciation Society label in Austin (also the home of Night Beats, Elephant Stone, Holy Wave, Austin Psychfest DVDs and Christian Bland & The Revelators, guitarist for The Black Angels)…

Your new album Apple Bonkers on the Reverberation Appreciation Society label seems like a great fit. How did you hook up with one of Austin’s finest labels?

Well after I got most of the album tracks recorded I saw the Austin Psych Fest was coming up so I wanted to premiere my new songs at the coolest Festival in the world. I emailed them the tunes and they’re like “hey let us put this out on our label” so I got the perfect fit before I even had to go shopping.

I saw a prior Joel Gion album, Extended Play, at Other Music a while back… How would you compare the experience of making and playing that record to your latest?

Oh that’s neat they had that. It was a home recordings EP. It was my first attempt at writing my own songs and I turned it into an experiment. I wrote, recorded and mixed the whole thing on my computer and had a limited edition vinyl pressed before ever playing the music to anyone. I was just bored and was up for some learning in public. Some of the results I love, but it’s got some wonky moments as well. But then Burger Records wanted to do a cassette so I was able to add a couple more songs and make some afterthought adjustments. That’s the best version.

Doing everything by yourself I get, but I also think it’s kinda masturbatory. I much prefer collaboration with like-minded weirdos. I guess I found I’m just more of a circle jerk kinda guy. I wrote all the songs and had a great time fleshing it out in a proper studio with many friends. It was really nice to have people I respected want to be apart of it. Rob Campanella, Collin Hegna, Dan Allaire & Matt Hollywood from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Pete Holmstrom from The Dandy Warhols, Ryan Van Kriedt from Asteroid #4, ex-BJMr’s Miranda Lee Richards and Jeff Davies and others. The Psychedelic Super Friends!

“Hairy Flowers” is a Psych-Pop smash hit in our opinion. What’s the back-story on that particular song?

Thanks. Well that song more than any other is a true expression of myself and also explains why it took so long for me to start making my own work. I’m lazy as f#ck! I can sing that song with pure honesty and self awareness. I love music that romanticizes just being free to bum around. Lee Hazlewood, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings — all that “Sunday Morning Coming Down” type fare.

OK now lets jump back into history… you and I met while the documentary Dig was being shot here about your old group The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols in what was then the TVT offices. Can you synopsize your time with BJM and leader Anton Newcombe for us?

Well he’s incredibly motivated and intelligent and funny and a real f#cking trip of a dude. He’s also very self-obsessed which is common in people that prolific. My Chinese Astrology animal is the Dog which makes perfect sense in that I’m fiercely loyal and so the perfect right hand man. So we went through all this crazy stuff and people came and went but I was always the constant guy hanging tough with him. When I finally did have just too much of what had become total heroin negativity and left, I came back a couple of years later to a different situation. The “band” mentality was gone (if it was ever truly there) and the idea is it’s just him and whomever. Which is fine, I absolutely accept his vision. But for me, what makes it better than before is the line up that has been the constant since my return has turned into the best bunch of friends I’ve ever had (except for one guy but that’s still pretty good for an 8-piece).

So now we’re in this current year of the Horse, and dogs run as fast as the horses, you see, so I’ve stepped out on my own as my own leader. This year I put out a new single, an album and now have 4 songs recorded for the next one plus I’ve got 2 different live bands. I also toured Europe for a month and an additional 3 months with BJM. I’ll always play with Anton as long as it makes sense for both of us, but now things are different for me too. It’s a lot funner to write and record your songs than it is just to play tambourine. There, I said it and it freaks me out!

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Plan Your 2014 CMJ Music Marathon Right

CMJ Music Marathon 2014When the 2014 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon kicks off next week, 1,300+ artists will perform for tens of thousands of fans at 80 venues across New York City in the span of about five days. And those are just the official numbers. For the die-hard music fan, planning one’s schedule is roughly as complicated as it was to decode the human genome.

With this is mind, some of us have taken time off from painstakingly constructing color-coded Google docs and RSVP’ing to every party invitation that comes through the ol’ digital transom to create the following Spotify sampler titled  CMJ 2014: The Bands, The Music, The City, which highlights a few of our favorites including, of course, the 130+ Orchard-distributed artists that will be in attendance. Just push play on the embedded playlist below to start listening!

We also wanted to give a shout out to a few showcases near and dear to The Orchard family.

Balcony TV
Tuesday, October 21st @ 5:00 PM
The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St, Manhattan)
Performances from Brooklyn Alt-Pop bands Little Daylight and M O T H X R (the latter is fronted by “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley), plus Heavenly Beat  (a side project of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena), NYC (and viral) Pop sensation Catey Shaw, NYC artists on the rise Tiny Victories (featuring The Orchard’s own Zach Meyer on bass), and more.

Red Dust Music
Wednesday, October 22nd @ 7:00 PM
Parkside Lounge  (317 E. Houston St, Manhattan)
This emerging imprint (run by The Orchard’s own Heather Ellis) will host performances from bluesy Charlottesville, VA band Erin & The Wildfire and DC-area Pop-Rock singer-songwriter Dave Farah.

Frenchkiss Records
Thursday, October 23rd @ 8:00 PM
Fontana’s Bar (105 Eldridge St, Manhattan)
Performances by L.A. trio French Style Furs (members of Cold War Kids and We Barbarians),  Austin, TX Psych Rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, Minneapolis Indie Pop duo Strange Names, Bronx-based duo The Suits, and DC-based Surf-Punk oufit Shark Week.

Ernest Jenning
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM
The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn)
Performances from local rockers Wild Yaks, Dinosaur Feathers, and Miniboone plus New Jersey Punk-Rock-Doo-Wop septet The Everymen, and Philadelphia orchestral Pop outfit Grandchildren.

Captured Tracks / Omnian Music Group
Thursday, October 23rd @ 1:00 PM
Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn)
Omnian signees HOMESHAKE aka Montreal musician Peter Sagar (a former member of Mac DeMarco’s band), Mega Bog, the Seattle experimental Pop project of singer-songwriter Erin Birgy, and L.A. Punk trio Girl Tears join Captured Tracks vets Widowspeak and Juan Waters.

Goodnight Productions
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM
The Gutter  (200 N 14th St, Brooklyn)
Performances from Heliotropes (named “the best garage band in NYC” by the Village Voice this week and featuring The Orchard’s own Meredith Meyer on keys), Brooklyn Chamber-Pop group Friend Roulette, sunbaked Baltimore band Sun Club, and many others.

Exploding In Sound
Friday, October 24th @ 6:30 PM
Trash Bar (256 Grand St, Brooklyn)
The cult Boston label’s showcase features performances from Boston’s Krill, Chicago’s Geronimo!, Maryland’s Two-Inch Astronaut, New York’s own Lost Boy?, and many others.

Happy CMJ!

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Oh Hai, Latin Grammy Nominees, We See You!

10646836_10152223625891106_8956298480194290098_nYet again, Orchard artists strike gold in the awards department! This time, it’s for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards nominations. The Latin Recording Academy honors the industry’s leading talent from the Latin music world with these prestigious awards and, like last year, we’re proud to see so many of our clients being recognized! From Salsa to Ranchero, Brazilian Rock to Classical, and everything else in between, our clients are all across the Latin Grammys board. We love working with all this amazing talent coming from independent labels and artists, and we’re thrilled to see our clients gaining such phenomenal recognition:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Jarabe De PaloSomos [Tronco Records]

BEST ROCK ALBUM
Luz VerdeEl Final Del Mundo Vol. II: Nada Es Imposible [Music Hit Factory]

BEST POP/ROCK ALBUM
Jarabe De PaloSomos [Tronco Records]

BEST ROCK SONG
Jarabe De Palo: “Somos” from Somos [Tronco Records]

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Los Cafres: Los Cafres – 25 Años De Música! [Pop Art Discos/Sony Music/Instinto Musica]
Siddhartha: El Vuelo Del Pez [Lov/Recs]
Sig Ragga: Aquelarre [Pop Art Discos/Sony Music/Instinto Musica]

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Jessica Hernandez & The Remixes

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - Secret EvilOver here in the Retail Marketing Department, we’ve been fans of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas for quite some time. In 2013, we were blown away by her Demons EP and last month’s full length, Secret Evil, managed to surpass all of our expectations. Needless to say, we were quite pleased when we saw Jessica lighting up various charts following the first week of release. So what happens next?

Well, thanks to our friends at Beatport, we have the Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas “Caught Up” Remix Contest! Since September 2nd, DJs and Producers around the globe have been downloading the stems for “Caught Up” and putting their own spin (pun intended) on the rocking song. Deep House, Dubstep, Trap, Trance and more are all represented in the heaps of submissions from the last 3 weeks. And with another week to go, we can’t wait to see what else the Beatport community cooks up for our Detroit rocker.

Starting September 30th, voting begins on the top 10 remixes. And with the top 10 entries announced on October 14th, Jessica herself will pick the grand prize winning remix, which will be released on Instant Records in November.

Think you have what it takes to join the ranks of past Beatport Play remix winners like Zedd? Head on over and get “Caught Up” in the remix fever!

From Gardel to Gramophone: Oh Awards, We Welcome You!

awards_premiosgardel_gramophoneTurns out, September has been a good month for Orchard artists and labels around the world. Between the Argentinian Gardel Awards and the U.K. Gramophone Classical Music Awards, our Latin American and Classical labels got some much-deserved recognition.

Straight from the source, The Orchard’s Regional Manager for Latin America, Laura Tesoriero, and our Classical-specialist from London, Katie Ferguson, share the great news. Congrats to all the winning and nominated labels!

The Orchard Sweeps the Majority of Wins at the “Premios Gardel a la Música”

by Laura Tesoriero

The 16th edition of the “Premios Gardel a la Música” were held on September 4th in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are very proud to announce that out of 42 winners, The Orchard beat the majors and other independents with 16 wins (Sony, Warner and Universal won 14 combined).

These awards are the most important in Argentina, and besides the Latin Grammys, are the most influential of the region. They are organized by CAPIF (Argentina’s  Chamber of Record Producers) and distinguish the best national talents in a wide array of categories. The jury consists of musicians, journalists, producers, sound engineers and various notable figures related to the industry, and the “Gardel de Oro” is awarded to the Best Album, which in recent years, Orchard artists have been awarded twice: Babasonicos’s Infame in 2004 and Escalandrum’s Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla in 2012.

Of this year’s winners we highlight Ruben Rada, from Uruguay, who was adopted by Argentina as one if its own; Ramón Ayala, a living legend of Argentine Folklore who took home his first Gardel; Jazz group Escalandrum, winner of the 2012 “Gardel de Oro,” who took home Best Jazz Album this year; and Poncho, a chart topper in digital sales in Argentina, who won their second Gardel in a row with their new album Carnaval.

Check out the full list of Orchard winners below and play them on Spotify here:

  • Best Female Pop Artist: Isabel de Sebastián [Popart Discos/Geiser Discos]
  • Best New Pop Artist: Indios [Popart Discos]
  • Best Electronic Music Album: Poncho — Carnaval [Popart Discos]
  • Best Female Argentine Folklore Artist: Liliana Herrero [S-Music]
  • Best Male Argentine Folklore Artist: Ramón Ayala [Los Años Luz Discos]
  • Best Male Tango Artist: Guillermo Fernández [Acqua Records]
  • Best Tango Orchestra Album: Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilio Balcarce — Mistonguero [Los Años Luz — Tango Vía]
  • Best New Tango Artist: Juanjo Hermida & Julián Hermida [Epsa Music]
  • Best Male Cumbia Artist: El Polaco [Magenta Discos]
  • Best Romantic Album: Dany Martin — Te llevo bajo mi piel [Acqua Records]
  • Best Testimonial/Auteur Album: Gabo Ferro — La primera noche del fantasma [Oui Oui Records]
  • Best Jazz Album: Escalandrum — Vértigo [Epsa Music]
  • Best Instrumental/Fusion/World Music Album: Rubén Rada — Amoroso Pop [S-Music]
  • Best Reggae / Urban Album: Los Cafres — 25 Años de Música [Popart Discos/Instinto Música]
  • Best Conceptual Album: Facundo Ramírez — A Piazzolla / A Ramírez [Epsa Music]
  • Best DVD: Los Cafres — 25 Años de Música [Popart Discos/Instinto Música]

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