Freeloader Friday: Hand Habits, Red Baraat & More


Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s edition of Freeloader Friday. I’m sure you’ve had a long week in anticipation of the Grammys this weekend. We’ll have our fingers crossed on Sunday hoping that all 30 of our nominations come to fruition! But enough bragging, let’s get down to brass tax and new tracks.

Leading off this week’s celebration is a full stream of Hand Habits‘ divine debut LP Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)The brain child of eclectic indie songwriter Meg Duffy, Hand Habits has the intimacy of a solo act but the expansiveness of a full band effort. Wildly Idle is gentle and melodic yet disruptive and unpredictable. Guitars shimmer and vocals float lightly throughout, but lyrically the album is declarative and thought-provoking. It’s perfect for your end of week reflection. Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) is out today on Woodsist.

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Welcome, Richard!


Richard Matson WelcomeIntroducing Richard Matson, Vice President of Theatrical Distribution

I hail from the glorious metropolis of Little Rock, AR in the verdant foothills of the mighty Ouachita Mountains (top peak 2753 ft!). From there, I bounced around for college stints at Hampshire, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then Columbia College. I made my way to NYC to start my career directing epic, Fellini-esque movies. Filmmaker friends told me that if I wanted to direct I should avoid the industry, get a bartending job and dedicate all of my free time to writing… so I immediately took a job running a production/distribution company.

Luckily for me, the two ad agency guys who started the company knew even less about the film business than I did. We had a fantastic time and I learned so much from them about taking risks in an established industry, following your customer/audience, and recognizing the needs and values of all parties along the way. In 4 short years we produced and distributed Adrien Brody’s first 2 starring roles and a political doc with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The Orchard Takes The 2017 Juno Awards By Storm


2017 Juno AwardsThe nominees for the 2017 Juno Awards have been announced and include a number of The Orchard’s note-worthy Canadian releases. The Juno Awards will take place in Ottawa, Canada at the Canadian Tire Centre on April 2nd at 5PM PDT on CTV.

Despised Icon landed on the list of nominees with their fifth studio album Beast. The vocal contrast of Steve Marois and Alex Erian generates a sound for all types of metal-lovers. With engaging lyrics, perfectly placed breakdowns and powerful riffs, it is no surprise that Beast, brought to us from Nuclear Blast, is nominated for Heavy Metal Album of the Year.

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What The #&@$ Do You Do, Priyanka?!?


Priyanka Dewan
Director, Asia
Joined The Orchard in January 2013

At the helm of our Asian operations from the Singapore office, what the #&@$ do you do Priyanka?!!?
I travel A LOT managing our Asia business (ex-India), looking for new opportunities in acquisitions and business development, as well as helping to manage our top clients across the region. I am often invited to speak about The Orchard at conferences like MU:CON in Seoul and the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan.

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Snow Bikes Debut At The 2017 Winter X Games


Snow Bike Image credit Wayne DavisThe 2017 Winter X Games descended upon Aspen, Colorado last month for the 15th consecutive year. Top action-sports athletes from around the world gathered to compete in a number of the usual skiing and snowboarding competitions, but there was a new event that drew all the buzz this year.

Dubbed “Snow BikeCross,”this intense and nerve-racking event sends riders out onto a course filled with large jumps and bowl turns atop a machine that is part dirt bike and part snowmobile. The start of the race is pure chaos as all 16 riders speed off at the drop of the gate. You can a great feel of how wild this race begins via helmet camera footage here.

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