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Working with a Living Legend: Richard Gottehrer

On my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? …

The Marketplace Presents: Klick Push

If you had the opportunity to get your music featured in more places, why wouldn’t you take it? And if those places were high-engagement areas, it’d really be a no brainer. Well listen up then, because our latest Marketplace partner, Klick Push, has just the thing for you. With access …

Use YouTube Annotations to Create an Album Preview Video

So you’ve got a new album coming out and you want to give fans a taste of what to expect. Try creating an album preview video and uploading it to your YouTube channel! We’ll walk you through how to set this up. Prepare Your Content We’re not going to go …

Become A SoundCloud Master and A Master Of Your Rights On SoundCloud

Between updating their subscription plans and experimenting with more visual profiles (still in early beta), SoundCloud has been on fire lately. ComScore even recently reported that their traffic increased by 26% in one month, making SoundCloud the 8th fastest growing site in the U.S. Though it’s certainly evolved since its launch in Berlin in …

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Talk About a Grand Slam: The Orchard Acquires Sports Doc ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

No No DockumentaryIf you’re halfway through your corporate league’s baseball season or in the middle of MLB’s season on your couch, you’ll definitely want to catch No No: A Dockumentary, the narrative that shines light on the life of no-hitter base-baller Dock Ellis. And since we’ve acquired worldwide rights to the full-length, you’ll soon be able to see it for yourself!

The Orchard’s Film team scooped up the knock-out after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. When Fall 2014 rolls around, audiences will be able to score the release either theatrically or digitally by way of The Orchard’s documentary brand Opus Docs.

Director Jeffrey Radice captures a different side to the Dock story. Although he’s most-known for the no-hitter he threw while on LSD, his outspoken (at-times outrageous) attitude, and the foam hair curlers he wore during games, not many people are aware of his drug addiction, eventual turn-around, and the help he provided to others in similar situations.

Radice’s goal behind the film? “To share Dock’s full story with his legions of fans,” which Radice (making his directorial debut) and crew accomplish through detailed interviews from Ellis’s friends, family and teammates.

There’s plenty to read about the famed trip, but now you’ll be able to take your own trip down Dock Ellis’s memory lane to learn more about the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher.

You can get more details on the official acquisition from The Wrap and Indiewire, and read the complete press release here.

Seeing the World Differently with HBO and Vice

Vice-HBO-Season-2The Sync Licensing industry can often be a fast paced, getcha’ in, getcha’ out, move on to the next project kind of world. Especially as more music is being licensed to more outlets, we don’t often get the time to become as attached and invested in our projects as we would like to.

This year, however, we got a great opportunity to showcase our catalog while working closely with HBO’s sophomore news-magazine series, Vice, scoring six placements over the course of this season’s 10 episodes featuring labels like Band of Locksley, Xao Productions, Babygrande, Music of The World, and Caltex Records.

One of the interesting challenges about having a catalog as big as The Orchard’s is being able to comb through it all to find exactly what you are looking for — especially when you’re looking for songs that are very regionally specific and often times in foreign languages. For this season of Vice, we worked on episodes that covered sixteen different countries and many of the cultural subdivisions in each. Along the way we found music from Brazil, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Georgia and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Korea and Japan — and that was just scratching the surface.

Working on projects such as these not only challenges us creatively, but also show the world of possibilities for all music when it comes to licensing. Back catalog, traditional music and b-sides always seem to come into play and prove just as important as their popular counterparts.

We’re proud to have had such a great run working with our many contributing labels and the team at Vice this season. If you’re not familiar with the show, you can check out the first two seasons of one of the most thought-provoking and transformative news blocks on television now on HBO Go.

“Life Lessons” According to Handguns

handgunsSince their 2012 release of Angst, Handguns has seen transformative change. This Pop-Punk band out of Harrisburg, PA is now made up of an entirely different lineup than its original, and it shows. Their new album, Life Lessons, out July 8th on Pure Noise, is “a record about self-realization, rebuilding, letting go of the past and focusing on what’s in front of you,” says lead vocalist Taylor Eby.

Handguns joined All Time Low on their “A Love Like Tour” this past spring and teamed up with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Dangerous Summer) and All Time Low member Alex Gaskarth while recording Life Lessons. Leavitt worked with them at Valencia Studio in Baltimore, with Gaskarth pitching in to help with vocal production.

Three tracks, “Sleep Deprived,” “Heart vs. Head,” and “Queens,” from Life Lessons are available for streaming now and you can pre-order the new album, too.

Handguns will be on tour with Hundredth, Counterparts, and more this summer; check out dates and details after the jump.

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Welcome, Evan!

June 11, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

Evan DanielsIntroducing Evan Daniels, Coordinator, Quality Control


I’m proud to be the newest member of The Orchard’s Operations team!

I’m from Detroit Michigan and I attended college in Grand Rapids Michigan. I joined my college’s radio station and eventually became the General Manager. That experience led me to pursue a career in music. After graduating, I moved out to NYC in 2010 and worked for Sony Music, then for an agency called Superfly.

I also love traveling, being active (I went to Europe and ran Tough Mudder last year), movies, and going to shows/exhibits. You know, boring stuff mostly.

Some of my favorite bands of the moment are SOHN, Kwabs, Tycho, Jon Hopkins, Warpaint and Mos Def. The last concert I went to was The Soil & The Sun.

I look forward to meeting and building with all of you!

Indie Vets Debut New Supergroup: French Style Furs

French Style FursLongtime friends and artists Nathan Willett, Matt Maust and Nathan Warkentin debut their first album as French Style FursIs Exotic Bait, in just under a month. This seemingly unknown band is in reality a “supergroup” made up of familiar pieces: two-thirds Cold War Kids (Willett and Maust) and one-third We Barbarians (Warkentin).

Maust and Warkentin started working together in the studio in 2013, soon joined by Willett, who approached them with the idea to use Thomas Merton poetry as inspiration for the lyrics. With this, the spontaneous collaboration began. Merton, a Trappist monk, gives distinct purpose to the music, as his poetry explores spirituality, social justice and pacifism.

The group premiered their first live show as French Style Furs on June 2nd at The Satellite in Los Angeles. They will continue a Monday night residency there for the rest of the month and then play two shows in New York around the time of their album release.

Three tracks from the album have already been released for streaming on BULLETT, as well as lyric videos for “All The Way Down” and “Solitary Life.”

Pre-order Is Exotic Bait, due out on July 8th, and check out tour details below.

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