Freeloader Friday: Alexis Taylor, Dan Reed Network & More

13055300_634862006666197_8839977649580911487_nLast week, we embarked on the crazy rock n’ roll train. This week, The Rind is turning the knob down from 11 to start your weekend with some mellow jams. Let’s kickstart the vibes.

We are all familiar with Hot Chip‘s sweet electronic sounds, but lead singer Alexis Taylor is venturing down a much different path on his solo project’s second effort following 2014’s Await BarbariansThe British frontman premiered “I’m Ready” this week, the first taste of the upcoming Piano, an intimate and unadorned piano-vocal album. “I’m Ready” is a beautifully executed example of what awaits. Taylor delicately hammers chords on the piano, as he softly carries us through the song with his distinct vocals. There’s a lot of breathing room on this record, as pauses punctuate and emphasize the story behind the song. Taylor concludes, whispering: “Don’t you know I’m ready, ready as I’ll ever be.” So are we man, so are we.


Welcome, Mike!

MichaelCimicataIntroducing Mike Cimicata, Associate Producer, Special Products

It’s great to be at The Orchard as Associate Producer, producing soundtrack albums, compilation albums, and playlists for the Special Products department.

Recently I wrapped up an extended consulting role at Legacy Recordings, where I launched a few successful product lines and developed content for more than 125 new releases in the acclaimed The Essential series, including key titles by The Kinks, R. Kelly and James Taylor. I also produced compilation albums for Matthew Sweet, Shawn Colvin and Fishbone, along with multiple collections of ’80s hits.


Rock Your April with Frontiers Rock Festival III, Sponsored by The Orchard

frontiers rock festivalNot just your average distribution company, The Orchard has some exciting news to share: for the first time, we’re becoming a music festival sponsor.

Taking a long-standing relationship with label partner Frontiers Records to another level, we’ve signed on as the leading sponsor for this year’s Frontiers Rock Festival III — get ready to rock and roll!


Freeloader Friday: The Mystery Lights, Young Rival & More

Cf7nCG_UYAAe-F7.jpg-largeHey freeloaders, how about we get a little fuzzed up in this week’s edition? The world supplied us with a wonderful array of rock tracks this week, and I don’t know about you, but I could use a nice face-melting this Friday. Let’s plug in and tune out.

Up first is “Follow Me Home,” a first taste of The Mystery Lights‘ upcoming self-titled album. Signed to Wick Records, Daptone Records’ rock imprint, the New York five-piece garage outfit is set to teleport you 50 years back with this hard-hitting rock n’roll track. The song’s contagious energy comes from raw leads and backing vocals, punchy drums, and guitars dipped in psychedelic blues. You can feel Daptone’s fingerprints all over this recording — who knew the experts of soul could do rock this well?