Freeloader Friday: Blackmore’s Night, Zombi & More

Blackmore's Night Album CoverFreeloader Friday has been celebrated for centuries. Rumor has it that when Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, he had a medieval band of mistrals aboard the Santa Maria, just so that he and his crew could get down on Freeloader Fridays as he sailed the open sea.

Being Columbus Day weekend, we might as well have a little history lesson. Medieval-Folk-Rock band Blackmore’s Night premiered a new music video this week with a 15th century flair entitled, “Will O’ Wisp.” With more than 50 years of musical bad-ass-ery under his boots, Ritchie Blackmore and his wife/bandmate, Candice Night, draw inspiration from from Celtic folklore and, appropriately, wear outfits consisting of tall hats, leather boots and flowing dresses. If you’re still having trouble grasping the concept, just think Dropkick Murphys circa 1500. Let’s digress.


The Orchard Travels “Southbound” For Our Latest Film Acquisition

unnamedIf you were a fan of found-footage horror film V/H/S, then prepare for yet another scare-your-pants-off feature from the same crew of Roxanne Benjamin, Brad Miska, David Bruckner and Radio Silence, along with a handful of newcomers. The gang’s back together for their next round of Horror Anthologies, Southbound, and The Orchard snagged North American distribution for it.

Southbound, which just premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, brings together not only quite the crew of directors, but also a cast of diverse characters: four groups of seemingly unrelated people quickly become intertwined in each other’s lives under the most horrific of circumstances. From the family road trip to the band traveling to their next gig, five sub-stories unfurl into one gruesome tale on the “open road.”


Welcome, Joe!

JoeLimIntroducing Joe Lim, Software Engineer, Master Rights

My name is Joe Lim and I’m a Software Engineer here. I got my BS at Cornell University and since then I’ve worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at an AdTech startup called ActionX. Aside from technology, I like playing golf (though I’m terrible) and following the Philadelphia Eagles. Lastly, I’ve been playing the flute for over 12 years so if anyone wants to play some music, come find me!

What The #&@$ Do You Do, Bob?!?

BobArdreyBob Ardrey
Director, National Sales
Joined The Orchard in July 2008, when The Orchard bought TVT Records

As an Orchardite adopted via TVT Records, can you please give us both a short history lesson and tell us what the #&@$ you do?!!?
Simplified, TVT was bought by The Orchard seven years ago. I worked for TVT Records from 1995 until 2008 (although there was a 2 year break in there to do A&R/Sales direction for a developing label). TVT sold more new releases than any other independent label/distributor from 1999-2006, and we had a great time doing it.


The Orchard Goes Back To College

CollegeRemember your college days? Yea, neither do we. But — we’ve managed to track down a group of College students in various markets across the U.S. who are as passionate about music as we are! These students I’m speaking of make up our College & Lifestyle Marketing Department.

We have students in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Portland and Seattle, and we’re hoping to find more like-minded, passionate College students in even more markets in the near future. These students, better known as The Orchard’s College Marketing Representatives, create awareness around priority releases in each of their markets by targeting lifestyle accounts, indie retail stores, college campuses, local radio stations & blogs, and by using various social media platforms.