Freeloader Friday: Black Anvil, Kurt Baker Combo & More


As WasHello Freeloaders, today is an especially great Friday because all of our international offices are in NYC! That’s right, Singapore, Australia, UK; you name it, they’re here. The office is buzzing with bi-lingual meetings and international food. Despite all of these amazing distractions, I am still here to provide you with your soundtrack for the weekend. Let’s get to it, huh?

If you’re a fan of black metal, I’m sure you’ve heard of Black Anvil. If not, I’ll fill you in. This band is one of New York’s baddest in the genre. After two quiet years in the studio and a change in line-up, Black Anvil reignited this week with “As Was,” the title track off of their upcoming LP. “As Was” is not only a testament to the fact that this band has mastered the black metal fundamentals, but indicates a wonderful new direction. It’s a droning, multi-dimensional track with a swirling, almost shoegazey melodic quality. I recommend it for fans of any type of metal.

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Dive Into YouTube VR, YouTube’s New Virtual Reality App


youtube-vrA few months ago, we mentioned how YouTube was building a standalone VR-app to be part of the reignited wave of VR-based products that have become increasingly popular in recent years. YouTube’s announcement regarding the design of this app proves that the virtual reality experience is gaining significant attention. It also shows that YouTube understands its potential and wants to make sure they are a dominant force in this developing market. Well, after months of anticipation, YouTube silenced any doubts by officially launching the appropriately titled “YouTube VR.”  (more…)

The Orchard Earns 30 Nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards


Grammy-LogoGrammy season has officially begun with today’s announcement of the nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and The Orchard is excited and proud to say that 30 of those nominations belong to our artists. With so much to celebrate, we thought we’d break down a few of those in the running for the golden gramophone.

Our man Anderson .Paak exploded out of the woodwork this year, earning two nominations for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. His infectiously groovy breakout LP Malibu hung around on the charts for 43 weeks, peaking at #5 on Top R&B Albums, #6 on Independent Albums and #79 on the Billboard 200 charts. With complex instrumentation, feel good beats and high-profile features from heavy hitters like Schoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli & more, .Paak pulled critical acclaim from press and artists alike.

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A Sound Relationship: How Turkish TV Boosts the Local Music Industry


turkey-tvI remember the good old times when the whole family would sit in front of the old television and wait for The Cosby Show to start or when I begged mom to let me watch V before going to bed. Back then the only TV channel in Turkey was run by the Turkish government. In the 80s, soap operas took over the airwaves: Escrava Isaura was the first Latin TV series which aired in Turkey in 1985. Most Latin series used to air during the day. After Isaura’s success, many Latin shows followed such as Manuela, Maria Mercedes, Rosalinda and Marimar. Eventually, privately owned channels appeared and pushed the soap operas to prime time with The Young and the Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful and Dallas.

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Freeloader Friday: Smoke DZA + Pete Rock, Palmas & More


dont-smoke-rockReunited and it feels so good! Long time no see Freeloaders, how have things been? I know, I missed you last week too. Luckily, there’s a silver lining to our time apart: a killer crop of tracks and videos from your new favorite bands. Let’s get into these sweet streams.

Smoke DZA + Pete Rock‘s new joint record Don’t Smoke Rock officially hit the streets this morning and it is something to behold. It’s been a hell of a year for hip-hop with young guns coming out of the woodwork and veterans making big moves to keep up. For Smoke DZA + Pete Rock, two of NYC’s finest, it is effortless. Although there is a polished old-school style at the core of Don’t Smoke Rock, DZA’s verses and Rock’s beats are kept completely fresh with perfect production and star-studded features. Mac Miller, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rick Ross and many more grace this record, a true testament to the influence these two still have on the genre. Check out a full stream here.

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