Freeloader Friday: Dog Party, Pillow Person, & More


'Til You're Mine - Dog PartyHere we are once again, Freeloaders, with a full Friday’s worth of fresh, free tracks. This week, our Freeloader Friday is packed to the brim with female powerhouses who are ready to rock your socks off. The real question is, though – are you ready?

If “Bad Reputation” and “Blitzkrieg Bop” had a child, it would be “I Don’t Need You,” the latest track from sister act Dog Party. The song is short and straightforward, clocking in at a mere 2:36, but its repeated angst-filled sentiments are effectively translated through catchy melodic hooks and instrumentation that is rough without being off-putting. Gritty guitars flood and shred their way through the stereo field, leaving just enough room for the vocals and smashing drums to have great performances from siblings Gwendolyn and Lucy Giles, respectively. If you want a record reminiscent of late ‘70s rock with infused with a young spirit, Dog Party’s newest album ‘Til You’re Mine is definitely one you won’t want to miss.

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Deathcore Forefathers Despised Icon Roar Back to Life With “Beast”


Despised-Icon-BeastRejoice: After several silent years, deathcore pioneer Despised Icon is finally poised to release its new album Beast this July. Long-time fans of the Montreal-based band will be happy to know that Beast stays true to the heavy sound of the group’s early albums while adding a touch of the “speed and technicality” found on more recent releases.

Over their seven-year studio break, Despised Icon‘s members recharged while spending time with their families and pursuing individual career goals. After touring on and off, they decided they were ready to return to the studio with renewed vigor. The spark the band felt dwindling in 2010 is back full force for Beast, and according to the members, “The O.G. lineup is back and the new shit hits hard.” In the studio, the deathcore legends are having fun and keeping things heavy with the help of producer Yannick St-Amand. Having played guitar for the band on its first two albums, St-Amand helped Despised Icon stay true to its original sound on Beast.

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The Orchard Gets Funky With Truth & Soul Records


truth & soul recordsThat’s right baby, we’re spinnin’ the entire on-fire catalog from New York’s funk standard, Truth & Soul Records. The Orchard has acquired the pioneering label’s 45+ releases and will distribute it digitally and physically worldwide.

Truth & Soul is built on the backs of soul veterans Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels, a duo that collaborated on tracks by high-profile artists such as Aloe Blacc, Adele and Amy Winehouse as Truth & Soul Productions. Silverman & Michels took to Brooklyn to launch Truth & Soul Records with the goal of pushing modern funk music forward. The label brought its dream to fruition with critically acclaimed releases from staples such as Lee Fields, Lady Wray and more.

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Welcome, Riley!


Riley MaherIntroducing Riley Maher, Coordinator, Client & Retail Marketing, Australia & New Zealand

Hi gang, I’m Riley Maher and I’m stoked to be joining The Orchard team as the new Client and Retail Marketing Coordinator for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining The Orchard, I completed a Diploma in Audio Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Media studying in Australia while also interning for local independent label, ABC. During my studies I was lucky enough to study on international exchange in Asheville, North Carolina, home to good beer, picturesque mountains and authentic barbecue (and as I later learned home to some of The Orchard’s servers).

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Digging Through The Archives: Dean Reed, Días De Blues & Thor


DeanReed-AJehoWelcome to Digging Through The Archives, a new recurring Daily Rind feature from the Creative Services department that will explore cool vintage obscurities, under-the-radar sleepers, catalog albums in the news, and more.

Dean Reed: Dean Reed a Jeho Svět (1976, Supraphon)

The cover art caught my eye immediately. A handsome folksinger, perhaps taking an afternoon stroll through the forest, seems to have stumbled upon… A TREE WITH HIS OWN GIANT FACE! But a quick listen prompted a bigger question. Why would Supraphon, a state-owned record label from Communist Czechoslovakia, release an album (with English lyrics) by this anonymous American protest singer?

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