As the music industry gears up for a week in the Austin sunshine, we’ve prepared a great selection of new albums to entertain you on your travels. Brush up on some talented artists and maybe even find them among the variety of venues and watering holes at SXSW. Add these new releases to your playlist, including records from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and psych-punk quartet Acid Dad, and be the coolest kid on Sixth Street!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Record Store Day 2018 is upon us and whether it’s your first time with a turntable or you’ve been spinning LPs for decades, this year’s limited edition spread has something for everybody. As always, The Orchard is all in with exciting small-batch presses for super-fans and collectors alike. (more…)
Introducing Azu Olvera, Marketing Manager, US Latin
My name is Azu Olvera and I am from the crazy but awesome Mexico City. I’ve joined The Orchard sales team in New York as Marketing Manager for US Latin releases.
I have been working in the music industry for many years, first as an independent manager, then as A&R manager at Sony Mexico. So I definitely love going to big music festivals but also discovering new artists at some small local bars and venues.
The good people at the American Association of Independent Music, better known as A2IM, announced the nominees for the annual Libera Awards this week. The ceremony takes place on June 21st, celebrating acts and labels of all sizes in indie music. Among the many fantastic nominees are several from The Orchard family.
2018 has been quite a whirlwind of a year already for Run The Jewels. Following their 2017 release RTJ3, the duo took the crown as ambassadors of Record Store Day, released a remix and will be touring with pop sensation Lorde, and now, they’ve earned a spot on the Libera Awards ballot. El-P and Killer Mike earned nominations for both Best Sync Usage for EA’s FIFA ’18 Official trailer starring Cristiano Ronaldo and Marketing Genius for their ‘Call Ticketron!’ campaign.
Whether you’re looking for new entertainment post Winter Olympics or you’re motivated to walk home rather than taking an Uber after watching those incredibly talented athletes, The Orchard comes to the rescue once again! This week’s releases range from strong women of the indie rock scene to heavyweights of metal, all out today.
Soccer Mommy‘s story is one that will inspire you to listen to your heart and not be afraid to speak up. Sophie was sure that she wanted to become a musician at the age of six, but never got the courage to tell anyone thinking “it would be too big of a deal.” Dating a guy in a punk band in high school, she had spent time in the Nashville rock scene, yet kept her own creations to herself until she moved to New York for college. Thinking back, she reveals her insecurities were due to male dominance, speaking to Fader “It was the little things — not being asked to jam, or not being considered for this new band. Sometimes you have to say, ‘Hey, I’m here and I do this. Check my shit out.'” Now being an ambitious player of the New York indie music scene, Soccer Mommy releases her debut full length album Clean via Fat Possum. Clean is built around the self-discovery of Sophie, through growth, isolation and change. She explains “The more you accept, the more you comes out.” On top of her impressive singing and songwriting skills, Sophie plays guitar and bass on the album as well. The 20-year-olds album is produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey). Check out Sophie’s attitude towards oppressive men in the music video “Your Dog” below and access the full album here.