Freeloader Friday: Miranda Lee Richards, Last In Line & More

61dxGVbNLsL._SY355_It’s Friday again. It happens every week! I know, pretty crazy. I heard Bernie Sanders actually gets all his recommendations for new music through Freeloader Friday, so let’s not disappoint him this week.

First up, we’ve got the new album Echoes of the Dreamtime from LA-based singer/songwriter Miranda Lee Richards. Echoes is her 4th studio album, so she’s no stranger to the scene (Richards also used to be a vocalist for Brian Jonestown Massacre). This album is a glimmering ray of bluesy light, but another one of those albums where the saddest songs are masked by some more beautiful, airy guitar parts and harmonies. Hmm… maybe I’m just making a realization about the kind of music I like. My favorite track on this album is “First Light of Winter.” Don’t miss this one.  (more…)

The Orchard Goes on a ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ With Latest Acquistion

000070.26559.16689_huntforthewilderpeople_still1_juliandennison_samneill__byunknownperson_-_h_2016Great news! We’ve reconnected with the witty and fun Taika Waititi to bring his amazing new action/comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople to North American audiences. This is our first Sundance acquisition of 2016. In the past, we’ve found gems such as The Overnight, Finders Keepers, and Digging With Fire. What can we say? We know the good ones when we see them.  (more…)

Welcome, Alexey!

AlexeyZingerIntroducing Alexey Zinger, Director of Technology, Vector and Data

Hi everyone, my name is Alexey Zinger and I’m really excited to be joining The Orchard family. I come here after just a little over four years in ed-tech (Kevin Layman and I share a previous life together) and a whole bunch of stints at start-ups early on in my career. My background is mainly in web development though I’m always on the look-out for interesting software hobby projects that give me a chance to learn and play with new ideas. Oh, and I like XML :)


Work Your Spot on the iTunes Charts

iTunesChartsIn an effort to better represent chart placements on both iTunes and Apple Music, the music store and streaming service have recently made some changes to their chart rules. With these come changes to best practices when it comes to pre-orders, instant grat tracks and the delivery of standalone singles. Read up to make sure you give your releases the best chance of charting, and charting high.