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Freeloader Friday: Souls of Mischief, Code Orange, Melvins, Diamond District, Whirr, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Obituary & Catey Shaw

August 29, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

856040005013It’s about that time again. It’s been a most marvelous summer, but it’s drawing to an end, slowly but surely. Not to say that all the Saturday college football games and Sunday Night madness won’t make for an excellent Fall! But we will miss our beach days and BBQ’s. So, here’s to one last summer Friday!

To start us off, we’ve got the very epic Souls of Mischief guys telling a story with their sixth album, filled to the brim with quite the cast of characters: Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest), Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, William Hart (The Delfonics), and Scarub (Living Legends). It is, quite effortlessly, a stupendous hip-hop dialogue. After that, switch over to the likes of Code Orange for a Metal-heavy album sound.

For track streams, hear the Melvins team up with two Butthole Surfers for an initially Rocked-out screamer that turns into a Psych jam, Diamond District’s groovy Boom Bap synth grind, Whirr’s ultimate Shoegazer mantra, the mesmerizing Indie-Punk sound from We Were Promised Jetpacks’ rallying cry, and Obituary’s nasty, gnarly growl.

To round things out on this fabulous three-day weekend, play the most feel-good, dance-happy tune you’ve probably heard all summer. That’d be Catey Shaw’s latest single, along with a stellar backdrop of brightly-colored fruits, florals, and flamingos in her music video.

Whatever you may have planned for this Labor Day weekend, enjoy these final few days of summer, and get ready for an awesome Fall!

Souls of Mischief: Full album stream via USA Today
There Is Only Now out now on Linear Labs

Code Orange: Full album stream via Consequence of Sound
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish, Inc.

Melvins: “Brass Cupcakes” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Hold It In out October 14 on Ipecac Recordings

Diamond District: “March on Washington” track premiere via Washington City Paper
March on Washington out October 14 on Mello Music Group

Whirr: “Lines” track premiere via Noisey
Sway out September 23 on Graveface Records

We Were Promised Jetpacks: “I Keep It Composed” track premiere via Consequence of Sound
Unravelling out October 14 on FatCat Records

Obituary: “Visions In My Head” track premiere via SoundCloud
Inked In Blood out October 28 on Relapse Records

Catey Shaw: “Human Contact” music video premiere via Billboard
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Freeloader Friday: Johnny Aries, Katrina Leskanich, The Twilight Sad, Elliott BROOD, Iron Reagan, Souls of Mischief & American Hi-Fi

August 22, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Johnny Aries UnbloomedIt’s a pretty quiet Summer Friday here in the New York office – and our second to last one! Along with that, we’ve got a short list of Freeloader faves from the week. So I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Just in time for the last days of summer, Johnny Aries (The Drums) premieres a full album stream of his lackadaisical, Smiths-sounding EP. It’s that totally recognizable melancholic, yet charming Brit rock. There’s a second full album to be streamed: that’d be from Katrina Leskanich – yep, of Katrina & the Waves. It’s her 2nd solo album, and it’s got all the Singer-Songwriter Pop you’d expect.

On to the track premieres! The Twilight Sad are back with a most excellent somber-sounding tune that includes some added electronic echoes that mix perfectly with the very Scottish bleak-Rock. To snap you out of that mournful headspace, there’s Elliott Brood’s danceable Country-tinged melody, filled with claps, bouncy rhythms, and harmonies that’ll melt your heart. If you’re more in the mood to melt your face off, though, there’s Iron Reagan’s Deathcore Metal track with guitar riffs and heavy chanting that’ll get you rallying.

To wrap things up, Souls of Mischief have a cooly-constructed lyric video with cartoon-like typography, while American Hi-Fi cruise in their 60s Chevy and take you inside their recording studio.

That’s all for this week, folks — Just a few more days left in the summer, so get out there and enjoy!

Johnny Aries: Full album stream via Bullett
Unbloomed out August 26 on Frenchkiss Records

Katrina Leskanich: Full album stream via Pop Matters
Blisland out now on Katrina’s Web

The Twilight Sad: “There’s a Girl in the Corner” track premiere via Noisey
Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave out October 28 on FatCat Records

Elliott BROOD: “Jigsaw Heart” track premiere via KEXP
Work and Love out October 21 on Paper Bag Records

Iron Reagan: “Four More Years” track premire via Loudwire
The Tyranny of Will is out September 16 on Relapse Records

Souls of Mischief: “Ghetto Superhero” lyric video premiere via OK Player
There Is Only Now out August 26 on Linear Labs

American Hi-Fi: “Golden State” music video premiere via Vevo
Blood and Lemonade out September 9 on Rude Records

Freeloader Friday: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Allo Darlin’, Afrikan Boy, Amp Live, Raul Midón, Laurel, Big Freedia, Code Orange & Inspiral Carpets

August 15, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - Secret EvilIt is a fine Summer Friday here at The Orchard’s office in New York. We’ve got our groove on thanks to Diana’s speakers, our bellies are nice and full after eating Sarah’s homemade cheddar-jalapeño scones, and our weekends are so close to beginning! But, before we all head out and about, here’s the latest and greatest in music from the week.

What’dya know, it’s almost that time — time for Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas to release their long-awaited album! And along with that very special date (happening next week), they’ve got their whole record available for streaming. It’s wild, it’s jazzy, it’s alluring and bewitching. This lady’s got some kind of wonderful in those smoky vocals, and her band adds just as much fervor with their lush rhythm.

For this week’s track premieres, there’s Allo Darlin’s Indie Pop starlet of a track: the usual cute happiness replaced by a boppy melancholia (still equally as charming); Afrikan Boy’s Nigerian Afrobeat, referencing shoplifting and getting past immigration officers; Minnesota’s initially chilled-out soundscape remix of Amp Live’s track that turns into a rager; and the collaborative outcome from legendary Bill Withers and Raul Midón, a smooth, Spanish-guitar groove.

And then, of course, there’re the music videos. Laurel takes her viewers on a woeful stroll under a night sky, Big Freedia goes into a dance and glow stick frenzy with her audience, Code Orange gets cultish and Inspiral Carpets rock and roll in the middle of a monastery.

That about wraps it up here. Make sure you check out all these fabulous music goodies from the week, and enjoy your next two fundays!

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: Full album stream via WSJ
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

Allo Darlin’: “Romance and Adventure” track premiere via Pitchfork
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

Afrikan Boy: “Lidl” track premiere via NoiseTrade
The ABCD out August 18 on YAM Records

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Minnesota Remix)” track premiere via Earmilk
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research

Raul Midon: “Mi Amigo Cubano” track premiere via USA Today
Don’t Hesitate out September 30th on Mack Avenue

Laurel: “Shells” music video premiere via Vevo
To the Hills EP out now on Next Time Records

Big Freedia: “Mo Azz” music video premiere via YouTube
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music

Code Orange: “Dreams in Inertia” music video premiere via Fangoria
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish

Inspiral Carpets: “Spitfire” music video premiere via The Guardian
The Inspiral Carpets out September 29 on Cherry Red Records

Freeloader Friday: Literature, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Emilyn Brodsky, Johnny Aries, Pretty & Nice, Au Revoir Simone, Foxes in Fiction & Catey Shaw

749846020185I don’t know what everyone else is talking about with all this nonsense about summer drawing to an end because, as far as I’m concerned, it’s still beach weather and I’m wearing shorts! Summer’s still here guys, and so are the jams. To prove it, we’ve got some stellar music picked out, and then I’m outta here to enjoy this summertime greatness!

Literature starts us off with the quintessential feel-good, sunshiny-day kind-of album. The good ole’ fashioned Indie Pop dude band gives you eleven reasons to open your windows to the breeze and dance around barefoot at any given time. There’s mention of smelling the flowers on one track, and another that leans heavily on ample amounts of Garage Pop and 80s Pop-Rock. Plenty in there for everyone!

Onto the big-hitter tracks of the week. First up, there’s Soul-Punk indie darling Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas luring in the masses with doo-wop. Then, a vivacious, foot-stomping cutesy-Pop sample from Emilyn Brodsky that makes for a nice segue into Johnny Aries’s (of The Drums) new-age Smiths-style crooning. Pretty & Nice are back with hand-clapping Pop-Synth, Au Revoir Simone hand over their original piano-driven track for a totally danceable remix version by I Am The Cosmos, and Foxes in Fiction delves into a fuzzy, keyboard & synth-based medley.

As for videos, not a whole lot going on this week. But there is one beauty that’s not to be missed: Catey Shaw’s sensational B&W live studio recording. The lady and that piano meld together for a sweet-spot of melodies.

There they are, Freeloaders! Your weekly, hand-picked musical goodies. Now off to  revel in this pure summer beauty!

Literature: Full album stream via Hype Machine
Chorus out August 19 on Slumberland Records

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: “Sorry I Stole Your Man” track premiere via USA Today
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

Emilyn Brodsky: “” track premiere via Refinery29
Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings out September 23 on Dead Stare Records

Johnny Aries: “This Grave Is My Bed Tonight” track premiere via Stereogum
Unbloomed out 8/26 on Frenchkiss Records

Pretty & Nice: “Summer Boyz” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Infinity Forever out August 12 on Lost Colony Music

Au Revoir Simone: “Love You Don’t Know Me (Remixed by I Am The Cosmos)” track premiere via Beat
Spectrums out August 26 on Instant Records

Foxes in Fiction: “Ontario Gothic” track premiere via Pitchfork
Ontario Gothic out September 23 on Orchid Tapes

Catey Shaw: “Show Up (Live)” music video premiere via YouTube
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Freeloader Friday: Columns, Baked, HOMESHAKE, The American Scene, Pretty & Nice, Iron Reagan, French Style Furs, The Raveonettes & Apollo Brown

Columns - Please ExplodeHappy August, Freeloaders! Today you have two things to celebrate – the end of the work week and the beginning of a new month. Obviously, two cheers are in order for that one. And to help you get started with your celebrations, we’ve got your weekly list of music greats that you need to have a listen to – here we go!

Starting you off with a full album stream is Columns. This is one of those not-to-be-reckoned-with-ever albums: it’s ferocious, loud as hell, and slams you in the face second after second with its Hardcore Metal scream theme. And the album review that goes along with it? Hands down, one of the best, most enthusiastic rally cries I’ve read to date.

Onwards and upwards with track premieres! If you haven’t heard of Brooklyn’s Baked, you’re missing out. So, quick! Hear their latest psychedelic Rock groove, exactly what you’d expect given the name. On a similar note, HOMESHAKE (Peter Sagar from Mac DeMarco) has a whirry, warped and blotchy new single that gets your headspace all blurry, in a very, very good jam way. There’s also The American Scene’s Punk-Pop track that’ll have you mindlessly tapping out the beat and Pretty & Nice clapping out an equally as tantalizing Indie Rock rhythm.

Last but not least, the visuals. The name pretty much gives it away in Iron Reagan’s music video for “Bloody Gore.” Yep, it’s as raunchy visually as you’d think with a Metal Punk tune to really set the mood. French Style Furs take you to an underground 90s rave (note the dance moves + wind breaker fashion), The Raveonettes go from sex on the beach to down-right, hardcore murder on the beach in their totally NSFW video, and Apollo Brown hits the not-so-popular streets of New York with help from Roc Marciano.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Get out there and enjoy your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Fundays!

Columns: Full album stream via Metalsucks
Please Explode out August 5 on Relapse Records

Baked: “Codec” track premiere via The Fader
Debt out August 19 on Exploding in Sound Records

HOMESHAKE: “Cash Is Money” track premiere via Noisey
In the Shower out October 7 on Sinderlyn

The American Scene: “4th And Broadway” track premiere via Alternative Press
Haze out September 9 on Pure Noise Records

Pretty & Nice: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Wizards” track premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
Infinity Forever out August 12 on Lost Colony Music

Iron Reagan: “Eyeball Gore” track premiere via Bloody Disgusting
The Tyranny of Will out September 16 on Relapse Records

French Style Furs: “All The Way Down” official music video premiere via YouTube
Is Exotic Bait out now Frenchkiss Records

The Raveonettes: “Endless Sleeper” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Apollo Brown: “Lonely & Cold (feat. Roc Marciano)” music video premiere via Okayplayer
Thirty Eight out now on Mello Music Group

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