Freeloader Friday: Slum Village, Allman Brown & More
Hey gang, it’s Friday already (hooray!). As the work week comes to a close, you know we got your back keeping the weekend soundtrack fresh and free. I’m sure those of you in the NYC area will be moseyin’ on over to Brooklyn to check out the Northside Fest — they’ve got some sweet stuff lined up. But enough of what’s to come; let’s get going with this week’s fruitful finds!
Timeless Hip-Hoppers Slum Village treated us this week with a full stream of their new LP, Yes!, on Rolling Stone. These tracks are super nice, and how could they not be? A majority of them were produced by the late, great J Dilla: the best of the best in old school beats. Hot bass lines and smooth samples abound, so do yourself a favor and check it out.
Love Gaming? Meet Twitch.
Do you or your artists have a passion for gaming? Is it a struggle to talk about an upcoming record but easy to have an in-depth conversation about Counter-Strike? It might be time to setup a profile on the social video platform, Twitch.
Before you run away screaming “NO MORE SOCIAL NETWORKS,” let me explain how Twitch isn’t your usual social platform of the moment. Twitch is a social video platform specifically for gamers. It allows users to broadcast while playing any game of their choice while interacting with a community of fellow gamers tuning it to watch. Twitch broadcasts can additionally include Q&As and competitions for real money. Oh, and Twitch reaches over 50 million unique users worldwide each month. Gaming is serious stuff.
The Orchard and Tribeca Film Institute Will Move Your Documentary Right Along
From critically-acclaimed Oscar nominees such as Cutie and the Boxer and If a Tree Falls (which, incidentally, was directed by Marshall Curry, whose stellar documentary, Point and Shoot, The Orchard released theatrically in October of 2014), to crowd-pleasing gems like 112 Weddings and The Battered Bastards of Baseball, The Tribeca Film Institute has a long history of supporting a diverse array of nonfiction films, linked only by their quality.
The Orchard, too, has made marked strides in the documentary space, having released films including Frederic Tcheng’s Dior and I, Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Sundance winner Rich Hill, and The Yes Men Are Revolting, a hilarious look at climate change led by everybody’s favorite culture jamming activist pranksters, The Yes Men.
The Orchard Climbs to New Heights with Teton Gravity Research
We did it again. We just couldn’t help ourselves! We’ve picked up another very exciting action sports deal. This time, it’s with Teton Gravity Research (TGR), an award-winning media company that sure does know the ins and outs of action sports entertainment.
We’re already pals with TGR: we distribute their film catalog. This bit of news takes our partnership to new levels: TGR has announced 3 new films they’ve got in the works for this year, and we’re the trusted ones who’ll be releasing them for the world to see in your traditional on-demand stores, as well as new avenues like Cable VOD and InFlight Entertainment.
Introducing Sam Fruner, Client Services Content Coordinator
Hello everyone! My name is Sam Fruner, and I am very excited to be joining The Orchard team in New York. I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I recently moved back to Queens (Ridgewood), after living in Huntington for the past two years. I have a Music Business degree from Five Towns College in Dix Hills, Long Island.
After touring in a band nationally throughout college, I began booking and promoting shows at various venues throughout Long Island and NYC. More recently, I started a small boutique talent agency, booking national tours for artists such as Andrew W.K., Biohazard and Junior Marvin’s Wailers.