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Welcome to the Family, Omnian Music Group, Moshi Moshi Records, Donna Summer and Gege Produções!

September 18, 2014 Featured News, Orchard News No Comments

NewMusicSignings_TheOrchardSeptember2014Four new labels are joining The Orchard family! We’re super excited to announce that Omnian Music Group, Moshi Moshi Records, Donna Summer and Gege Produções (whew, that’s a mouthful!) have all been added to our distribution roster. We’ll be making sure you get to hear every bit of the fantasmical music they each have to offer. Before doing that, though, let’s take a quick look at just who these labels are.

First up on the docket: Omnian Music Group. This Brooklyn-based indie label is the brain child of Captured Tracks founder Mike Sniper. He’s got lots planned for the label’s five divisions: Body Double, Fantasy Memory, Flying Nun, Squirrel Thing, Couple Skate and (newly created) Sinderlyn, home to new buzz-band HOMESHAKE.

Next, there’s UK-based / Japanese-named Moshi Moshi Records (one of my all-time faves). What started as a hobby has become a full-time job for Michael McClatchey and Stephen Bass, who’ve been running the label now for 15 years. Through the years, they’ve uncovered exceptional indie acts and been touted “one of the best indie labels around,” by NME. Tom Vek, Teleman and Summer Camp are ones to watch from this label.

Driven By the Music belongs to the estate of late, great Queen of Disco Donna Summer. As you can imagine, the entire catalogue consists her Disco dance-floor hits. Seven releases from 1980-1991 are in there, with twelve Billboard Hot 100 singles. Get ready to hear a lot more of this lovely lady on your weekends – her dance-happy disco-fever is going to have DJs going crazy with all the new content available!

And lastly, we’ve decided to get into the political realm… with Brazil’s former Minister of Culture. Gilberto Gil’s been a leader in Brazil’s politics since the ‘80s (and had a very good run, at that!), but we’re more excited about his label, Gege Produções. Expect to hear anything from funk to samba to bossa nova and beyond in this catalog range.

Be on the lookout for lots of content coming from these key players, and read more details in our official press release. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

“Preservation:” Kill, Or Be Killed

Preserve_KM_102313_677The typical hunting trip usually entails a leisurely retreat to the woods, a bit of an escape from the hunter’s nine-to-five either as a solo expedition or with friends. But in Christopher Denham’s (you know him from Shutter Island and Argo) latest project, Preservation, the writer/director toys with that hunter vs. hunted concept to create a nail-biting thriller.

The cast of characters includes Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). That list of theatrical expertise alone should have you reeled in. But we’ll keep things moving along and get into a plot.

Brothers Sean and Mike (Schreiber and Staton), along with Mike’s wife Wit (Schmidt), set out on your average hunting expedition at a forest preserve. As luck would have it, two out of the three hunter-gatherers are captured, but one remains. And that one must use wit, expertise and guile for self-preservation. A total survival-of-the-fittest mechanism in play here, Denham will make you twist and squirm throughout the entire bloodbath.

We might be biased about just how wonderfully terrifying this film is (we are distributing it, after all!). But others are just as nervously excited to see this adrenaline-rush of a movie as we are! It’s been touted “a sustained white-knuckler,” as well as “a stylish and incredibly suspenseful piece of storytelling.”

Be sure to check out our official press release and Deadline’s coverage for more info on the deal.

Now, get your cold sweat on in the clip below:

Welcome, Dave!

September 17, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

DaveSuchmannIntroducing Dave Suchmann, Quality Control Coordinator

Hey! For those of you who don’t yet know me, I’m Dave Suchmann. I started out here at The Orchard in October 2013 on the Video Services team, and I’ve recently transitioned over to my new job as QC Coordinator on the Operations Team.

My first experience in the music industry was when I was 15, interning at VuDu Studios on Long Island. After graduating from Berklee, I spent two years engineering and writing arrangements at The Mix Palace Recording Studio, 1.5 years at Avatar Studios, and 1.5 years with EYM Digital at Flux Studios, all the while keeping busy with freelance production and engineering work.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on many different types of projects — ranging from terrible high school bands, to various Broadway Cast recordings and the 2010 & 2011 NFL Superbowl and Tony Awards live studio recordings. I’ve held jobs where it was common to work 30 straight hours without sleep, and jobs where the “artist” was more interested in drinking champagne than actually doing any REAL work!

I have to say that working at The Orchard has continued and (I believe) will remain to be the most gratifying and rewarding experience for me thus far. I’m really proud to say that I am a part of this company and family!

The Orchard Chart Toppers: August 2014

September 12, 2014 Featured News, Orchard News No Comments

The Orchard Chart Toppers

As we bid farewell to the summer month, we also bid congrats to some great acts who made themselves known on the charts this past month. Highlights include the hot new band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. This brand new act has shown tremendous organic growth, seducing fans at every turn, and landed some impressive spots on the charts with their debut Secret Evil. Join the bandwagon, guys. Spanish brother Gemeliers took their local charts by storm as well, and label Vidisco released such awesome compilations, that together with other big local artists, they pretty much monopolized half of the Portugal official charts. Way to go!

August also saw the release of our very first theatrical film, Rich Hill. We all went to see the premiere as an exciting summer outing, and the film clearly hit home around the world. It’s a must-see — bring some tissues.

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING August 31, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#133 — Accept: Blind Rage [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Current Albums
#111 — Accept: Blind Rage [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Independent Albums
#22 — Accept: Blind Rage [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Heatseekers
#18 — Will Dailey: National Throat [Wheelkick]
#26 — Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: Secret Evil [Instant Records]

Billboard Tastemakers
#19 — Accept: Blind Rage [Nuclear Blast]

Spain Top Albums
#2 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep's Records]

Portugal Top Albums
#2 — Various Artists: Kizomba Mix – Mixed by DJ. Manu Santos [Vidisco]
#3 — Various Artists: Caribe Mix 2014 [Vidisco]
#4 — Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol]
#9 — Various Artists: Piradinha 3 [Vidisco]
#12 — Various Artists: Latin Hits 3 [Vidisco]
#15 — Various Artists: Disco Ouro 2014/15 [Espacial]
#17 — Various Artists: Caribe 2014 – o Teu Toque [Vidisco]
#18 — Various Artistas: Kuduro Portugal Vol. 2 [Espacial]
#20 — David Carreira: A Força Está Em Nós [Farol]

Italy Top Albums
#17 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#191 — Souls Of Mischief: There Is Only Now (Deluxe Version) [Linear Labs]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#18 — Negramaro: Una storia semplice [Sugar Music]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#3 — Smyslovye Gallyutsinatsii: Мысленный Волк (Лучшее 2000-2014) [Первое Музыкальное Издательство]
#5 — Various Artists: Танцевальный Рай 33 [2014 Studia SOYUZ]
#15 — Grigory Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#8 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]
#15 — Into the Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Top Sports Movies US
#6 — Into the Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#11 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#10 — Slednecks 16 [Slednecks Inc]
#12 — Into the Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Top Sports Movies UK
#19 — Into the Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Top Short Films UK
#1 — NotBad [Anthill Films]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#10 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#17 — Into the Mind [Sherpas Cinema]

iTunes Top Independent Films AU
#11 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

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“Club Life:” A Look Behind the Nightlife Curtain

stillEver wonder what it must be like walking into a star-studded, sparkler-in-your-champagne kind of nightclub? Tons of people see the glitz and glam all the time on TV, but few ever get to experience it, much less live it on a regular basis. That’s because few ever reach the New York or Las Vegas big-name club promoter status. But Danny A. Abeckaser did, and now he’s letting you in on the secret life in his film, Club Life.

The movie follows Johnny D. (Jerry Ferrara), a young New Yorker desperately seeking monetary relief for his father’s medical treatment. Just as the stars align in life every so often, they line-up perfectly for Johnny so that he meets top club-guru Mark (played by Danny A. himself, the legendary NY nightlife don). Little by little, hustle by hustle, Johnny broadens his horizons and becomes a top-dog himself. He no longer waits in line behind that velvet rope, but decides who’s allowed behind it. Drama is inevitable – amongst co-workers, his trusted club-going guide, and girlfriend Tonya (Jessica Szohr). Ultimately, Johnny must decide if the sparkling lights and bottle service are enough to tear him away from a more simplistic, blue-collar life, and how to stay in the runnings.

What’s cool about this flick? For starters, it features Jerry Ferrara (whom you’ll know from Entourage) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl’s rebel-darling). On top of that, the film is loosely based on Danny A., the NYC club god who not only stars in the film, but also wrote and produced it. So you know you’re getting a true-to-life insider look.

Be on the lookout for this hot premiere next year! In the meantime, read the full press release here and check out official coverage from The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, press play below for a sneak peak:

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