Freeloader Friday: Say Lou Lou, Royal Thunder & More

7332334435221The chit-chat continues on for the streaming debate. This week, it was all about Tidal. Lucky for us, though, it’s Friday and we get to simply relish in the music that was born into the world this past week. Here we go!

Say Lou Lou and Royal Thunder are both offering up full album streams before the big drops next week. But Todd Rundgren‘s twist on the album stream is this week’s major highlight. Hopefully you catch this post in the nick of time; otherwise, you’ll miss the pre-release festivities. You see, Todd’s got an entire “global” listening party going down for this album stream. So be sure to tune in at the right time so you can catch this one-time-only first listen!

For track premieres, we’ve got Brooklyn duo Weeknight giving away a sultry synth treat of Glam Pop, followed by a throwback Classic Hip-Hop track from 1995, courtesy of Pete Rock. Also check out Saun & Starr‘s contagiously upbeat Funk & Soul, as well as Holly Miranda‘s acoustic session at Dangerbird studios.

Happy Weekend (and Easter and Passover)!

Say Lou Lou: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Lucid Dreaming out April 6 on Cosmos

Royal Thunder: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Crooked Doors out April 7 on Relapse Records

Todd Rundgren: Full album stream via Premiere/Listening Party
Global out April 7 on Esoteric Antenna

Weeknight: “California” track premiere via The Wild
In the Dust out April 21 on Dead Stare Records

Pete Rock: “One, Two, A Few More” track premiere via Fader
One, Two, A Few More – Single out now on Mello Music Group

Mt. Wolf: “VIII (ft. Alexa Harley)” track premiere via Indie Shuffle
Red out April 13 on X Novo Records

Saun & Starr: “Big Wheel” music video premiere via Noisey
Look Closer out May 19 on Daptone Records

Holly Miranda: “Until Now” live acoustic session
Holly Miranda out 5/19 on Dangerbird Records

Planet Of the Abts: “Down For The Count” music video premiere via YouTube
All Things The Valley out June 2

Fidel Wicked: “Miss V” music video premiere via Radial YouTube
The Fusion out now on Первое Музыкальное Издательство

Label Spotlight: MPress Records

RachaelSageFor this month’s label spotlight, we’ve decided to feature MPress Records. The multi-talented singer-songwriter, producer and founder of the label, Rachael Sage, is a force to be reckoned with. This talented woman has been making music since 1995, cultivating a sound all her own and creating a following that has stuck with her throughout all these years. Not only does her label spotlight (no pun intended) her many talents but has also allowed other artists such as Melissa Ferrick and Seth Glier a platform to share their talents with the world.

Most recently, The Wall Street Journal premiered a new duet featuring Rachael Sage and folk icon Judy Collins singing Neil Young’s song ‘Helpless’. Sage’s music has also been featured on Lifetime’s hit show Dance Moms and she even appeared on the show to perform a song she specifically wrote for Maddie Ziegler, the young dancer who has most recently become Sia’s muse. This woman is unstoppable and we wanted to catch up with her to find out how she balances a label, continues to play shows and work on collaborations.


The Orchard & DHX Media Are Your Kids’ Source of Entertainment

1379978_697772623585922_1456916551_nKids (and parents, for that matter): you’re gonna love this. We’re partnering with DHX Media to bring the globe the best in children’s entertainment! That means we’ll be your worldwide source for over 8,000 episodes of much-loved shows like Arthur, Care Bears, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Madeline and tons more.

But we’re not stopping there! When DHX adds a new series to their roster, we’ll be the ones distributing those to you, too, along with the 2,000+ tracks of kids tunes that DHX currently holds in their library. So have no fear for those summer road trips this year! The kids will be fully entertained in the backseat on the way to grandma’s with all the options we’re dishing out.

To find out more about the deal itself, check out our official press release. Now go flip through the DHX library to find out what you and your family will be watching tonight!

Welcome, Kalie!

KalieWatchIntroducing Kalie Watch, Theatrical Marketing Coordinator, Film/TV

Hello everyone! My name is Kalie and I’m very excited to be joining The Orchard as the Coordinator for Theatrical Marketing. I am originally from Duluth, Georgia and attended The University of Georgia where I studied Film and Television Production. I then went on to receive my Masters of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University in New York City. I have produced a number of short films, including Aftermath, which played at over 15 international film festivals and received Best Dramatic Short at the Florida Film Festival. I have also worked on a series for the Travel Channel, in Development at, assisted writer/director Naomi Foner and most recently, managed Studio Operations and Communications at Harbor Picture Company — a New York City based post house. In October, I decided to move to Los Angeles and am so thrilled to be a part of The Orchard’s LA team where I’ll be able to work on our amazing new theatrical projects. I look forward to working with you all soon!

Talking to iPluggers Founder Marvin Kuijs

Photo Marvin Kuijs at iPluggersAs one of our popular Marketplace apps, iPluggers provides a reliable and cost-effective platform for worldwide digital radio promotion. And as we know, radio promotion can accomplish great things for a budding artist. To highlight the benefits of his app, we sat down (virtually) with Founder and A&R Head, Marvin Kuijs, to pick his brain. Check out the interview below, and, if you’re an Orchard client, venture into the Marketplace and try it on for size! 

Hi Marvin, thanks for doing this interview with us. iPluggers has been available in The Orchard Marketplace for quite some time now. When did you actually start iPluggers and how did you get the idea to offer musicians radio promotion via a digital system?

Thanks for having me, I’m glad to shed more light on the inner working of iPluggers.

For musicians, the most important way to get heard and get more fans is airplay. But traditional radio promotion is a major investment that is not affordable for every musician or label and certainly independent musicians cannot afford traditional plugging in these times.