In Loving Memory of David Balfour


The Orchard is saddened by the passing of beloved friend, colleague, and business partner, David Balfour. Since his diagnosis in 2015, David fought MND (motor neuron disease) with courage and positivity. David was passionate about music and dedicated over 20 years to his career in the industry, invigorating the independent music community with his insightful reporting diligence for publications such as Record Of The Day and Music Week. Many are honored to have worked with him during his time at finetunes.

“We all are struggling for words to express how sad we are about David’s passing. Everyone that worked with him at finetunes will remember not only a colleague but a friend. We lost one of the smartest characters in digital music distribution. All of us enjoyed his passion for music, his strategic approach and his perceptive reporting on the future of music. Our condolences and hugs go out to his family.” – Oke Goettlich, founder of finetunes  (more…)

The Icon Edo.G Returns With “FreEDOm!”


EDO.G (Every Day Other Girls) hailing from Humboldt Avenue (“The Boldt”) in Roxbury, Massachusetts has returned to bless us with his new project FreEDOm via Red Line Music Distribution, Inc.

Now, lets take a second and think back. The first time the masses heard of Edo. G was with the group Da Bulldogs (Black United Leaders Living Directly On Grooving Sounds) which was the first Boston hip hop act to be signed to a major deal via PWL America/Mercury Records back in 1989.

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Welcome, Livi!


Introducing, Livi Quiroz, Label Manager, Mexico

Hi crew, I’m Livi; enthusiastic, curious and a loud laugher. I am Mexican by nature, a food lover by experience, and I’m very happy to join this amazing family as Label Manager at The Orchard Mexico’s office.

Since I was a child, my father taught me to appreciate and love any kind of music. It wasn’t until I finished my degree in Design and Visual Communication at UNAM and was working as a concert photographer that I’ve discovered I could actually dedicate my life to music. At that time, I wasn’t sure how to make it happen, so I started began working as a graphic designer.

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The Many Sounds Of ‘Stranger Things’


The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling, and the inevitable approach of creepy and mysterious has begun. In recent years, horror and science fiction has kicked into high gear in an formerly unlikely setting, television. Themes captured in shows like, American Horror Story and Bates Motel, were previously only depicted in cinema and definitely unheard of on cable due to their twisted and often graphic nature. Preceded only by the popularity of classics such as The Twilight Zone or Buffy, recent supernatural thrillers have developed into a television phenomena, breaking through the predictability of sitcoms, crime or hospital dramas we have grown so familiar. Coming back for a second and highly anticipated season, Stranger Things will be available Friday, October 27th, on Netflix. And we’ll tell you why The Orchard is so excited.

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Out Today by The Orchard: The Walking Dead, The Frightnrs & More


Taking a break this month may seem tough – summer serenity feels like a lifetime ago as the hours of sunlight grow shorter. Keep pushing through with the colors of fall, holidays, upcoming winter festivities and three incredible new releases. A pop voice with the melodies of heartbreak, beats having you at the edge of your seat from one the most popular TV shows, and a reggae sound destined for tranquility, are all Out Today.

Time for another season of the most riveting post-apocalyptic world, spewing with zombies and our favorite actors, coming together to destroy them. In case you are unsure of which show we’re talking about – The Walking Dead premieres it’s eighth season on AMC this Sunday, the 22nd. With a new season comes a new soundtrack by Bear McCreary. Prepare for a scare with fresh beats backdropping Daryl riding that infamous motorcycle, Michonne swinging her signature weapon, and most notably, Rick devising his many plans amidst dramatic beats to heighten your nerves. Get a taste of The Walking Dead (Original Television Soundtrack) from Lakeshore Records with the official trailer below.
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