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Working with a Living Legend: Richard Gottehrer

On my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? …

The Marketplace Presents: Klick Push

If you had the opportunity to get your music featured in more places, why wouldn’t you take it? And if those places were high-engagement areas, it’d really be a no brainer. Well listen up then, because our latest Marketplace partner, Klick Push, has just the thing for you. With access …

Use YouTube Annotations to Create an Album Preview Video

So you’ve got a new album coming out and you want to give fans a taste of what to expect. Try creating an album preview video and uploading it to your YouTube channel! We’ll walk you through how to set this up. Prepare Your Content We’re not going to go …

Become A SoundCloud Master and A Master Of Your Rights On SoundCloud

Between updating their subscription plans and experimenting with more visual profiles (still in early beta), SoundCloud has been on fire lately. ComScore even recently reported that their traffic increased by 26% in one month, making SoundCloud the 8th fastest growing site in the U.S. Though it’s certainly evolved since its launch in Berlin in …

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Tell a Story With Google Maps

Google-Maps-iconThis year, we’ve seen artists take to Yelp and Craigslist to tell the stories behind their songs. If you’re looking for another way to share the places and experiences that influenced a record, try making a custom Google Map. A custom map will allow you to include points of interest with your own names and descriptions. All you’ll need to get started is a Gmail account.

Create a new map by opening maps.google.com, clicking on the empty search bar and selecting My Maps. You’ll see the option to then create a new one. Google Maps work in layers. The base map layer will change how the map itself looks. If you want to remove standard Google Maps features (like the names of businesses or public transit stops), change the base map to something simple. You’ll automatically have an “untitled layer” – use this to add your places. Add some icons to locations you’d like to highlight by clicking the marker icon under the search bar. Icons will default to your standard red Google Maps icon, but each icon can be a different shape or color. There are preset images for things like restaurants, bars, music venues, and more. There’s even an option to use your own custom icons, although you’ll need a “pro” account.

Google Map Layers

Try highlighting the places songs are about, where they were written, or the venues where they were first performed. You can even create separate layers for different categories, like in the example above (Songwriting Spots and Inspiration). Description text supports links, so you can add a purchase link. There’s also the option to embed a video or image. Try adding YouTube videos to stream within the map!

Description with Video

When you’re ready to share your map, click the green Share button and make sure your settings are at “Anyone who has the link can view.”

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

The Orchard Chart Toppers: September 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

Happy Autumn and welcome to the busiest time of the year for music. In that vein, I’ll keep this short: Huge congrats as always to our charting artists and labels, with shoutouts to Pure Noise Records’ No Bragging Rights, who got some great action with their release The Concrete Flower, Egyptian Pop star Amr Diab, who snagged a #1 World release, and the documentary on Baseball legend Dock Ellis, No No: A Dockumentary.

See y’all next month!

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING September 28, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#111 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#141 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#107 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#130 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#161 — Stryper: Live At The Whiskey [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#26 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#32 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#40 — Stryper: Live At The Whiskey [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Heatseekers
#2 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]
#6 — Whirr: Sway [Graveface Records]
#22 — Iron Reagan: The Tyranny Of Will [Relapse Records]
#39 — Trudy Lynn: Royal Oaks Blues Cafe [MDI Distribution / Wiggins Music Distribution]
#47 — Myrkur: Myrkur [Relapse Records]

UK Independent Album Breakers
#2 — JAWS: Be Slowly [Rattlepop Records]

UK Independent Albums
#17 — JAWS: Be Slowly [Rattlepop Records]

Spain Top Albums
#2 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep’s Records]

Portugal Top Albums
#12 – Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol]
#14 – Various Artists: Kizomba Mix [Vidisco]
#15 – Various Artists: Caribe 2014 [Vidisco]
#16 – Various Artists: Piradinha 3 [Vidisco]

Official Denmark Charts — Top Albums
#10 — Marie Fisker & Kira Skov: The Cabin Project [Stunt / Sundance Records]
#17 — Mike Andersen: Home [NMS]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#176 — No Bragging Rights: The Concrete Flower [Pure Noise Records]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#3 – Various Artists: Summer Jam 2014 [Vidisco]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#11 — Funky Arabesk: Ebrulimuharrem [3 Adım Müzik] *pre-order
#17 — Cengiz Kurtoğlu: Saklı Düşler [Esen]
#18 — iPhonedo: Süper Ay [Scooter Tunes]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#8 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

iTunes Top Sports Movies US
#4 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

iTunes Top Movies CA
#16 – 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#2 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#12 — Thunderstruck 13 [Thunderstruck Films]
#18 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]
#19 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#2 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#9 — Thunderstruck 13 [Thunderstruck Films]
#20 — No No: A Dockumentary [Baseball Iconoclasts]

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Freeloader Friday: A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Communions, Haley Bonar & More

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888831406013It’s October, folks, and it is lookin’ very fine outside. Time to pull those cozy sweaters over your heads and get a warm cup of joe in your hand. I’m sure you’ve got plenty going on this weekend (relaxing for a full 48 hours totally counts), but at some point you’re going to need to sit down and have a listen to this first Freeloader Friday of October! Because it’s a beaut.

It’s a very special week for album streams: in total, there are four, yes FOUR (count it out) full albums in all their glory that are yours for the listening. First up, A Winged Victory for the Sullen eases you into a weekend trance with their hour-plus Ambient Instrumental. Dinosaur Feathers is next in line: they ball-out full force in some very unlikely ways, going from heavy Industrial drummage to an all-out dance-a-thon that Janet Jackson would totally approve. Allo Darlin’s ode to all things Indie-Pop and European Folk-cuteness comes next, and The Black Opera finishes out with a surge of pulsating beats in tribal Hip-Hop form.

Tracks, you say? Gotcha covered. Communions, the new kids on the block out of Copenhagen, have an Indie-Punk groove to dance around to, while Elliott Brood gets rootsy and cowboy-bootsy with a new piece of Folk Rock. In need of something a bit more… Metal? Try the debut single from The Skull, featuring members from Trouble and Pentagram. Yep, triple-threat bad-ass material. Speaking of, Machine Head’s got a new one that’ll rip your face off, so there’s another addition for your Metal splurge! Finally, Inspiral Carpets take everything down a notch with their close-out track of old school Psychedelic for the modern age.

For visual stimulants, check out the ever-stunning Haley Bonar and her thought-provoking narrative that shuffles between rowboat and forest scenes, and Gringo Star’s true-to-life retro house party.

Whew! That’s quite the Freeloader Friday list there. So take ‘em all in, and have a marvelous weekend while you’re at it!

A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Atomos out October 6 on kranky

Dinosaur Feathers: Full album stream via Pop Matters
Control out October 7 on Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Allo Darlin’: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

The Black Opera: Full album stream via Okay Player
The Great Year out now on Mello Music Group

Communions: “So Long Sun” track premiere via Noisey
So Long Sun / Love Stands Still – Single out November 10 on Tough Love Records

Elliott Brood: “Nothing Left” track premiere via CMJ
Work and Love out October 21 via Paper Bag Records

The Skull: “Till The Sun Turns Black” track premiere via Noisey
For Those Which Are Asleep out November 4th on Tee Pee Records

Machine Head: “Now We Die” lyric video via YouTube
Bloodstone & Diamonds out November 10 on Nuclear Blast

Inspiral Carpets: “Changes” exclusive free download via Email Unlock
Inspiral Carpets out October 20 on Cherry Red Records

Haley Bonar: “From a Cage” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Last War out now on Graveface Records

Gringo Star: “World of Spin” official music video premiere via CMJ
Long Time Gone – Single out October 17 on dizzybird records

The Orchard Catches Big Air with Warren Miller Entertainment

It’s pretty cool to be able to tell the world you were the first person to take skiing to the big screen. It’s equally as awesome to hold the world record for the longest running film series; Warren Miller Entertainment has accomplished both. The ski film phenomenon began in 1950 under Warren Miller himself, and we’re psyched to now offer WME a digital distribution home for their massive, ever-growing catalog!

Here at The Orchard, we love a good adventure sports film – just take a look at our campaign around Into the Mind! WME shares our passion: as soon as Miller returned home from WWII, he began his ski-themed filmmaking career; by 1950, Deep and Light hit the big screen, and thus began the biggest film franchise in the world. Every year since, WME has released a ski-related picture with the count going up to 65 this year.

If you’re not familiar with the annual movie drop, you’ll have lots of catching up to do. Where to begin? There’s the flick that launched 64 more to come, mentioned above – it’ll give you a rundown of how the entire WME name began. There’s also #52: Cold Fusion, which includes two ski world records, #49: Freeriders, with plenty of nods to the late 90s, and #58: Playground, featuring the latest and greatest ski parks around the world.

Not only do WME films give you access to the world’s “Best in Show” among skiers, the movies also take you to some of the most exotic snow-capped mountains and top-tier ski resorts you could only hope to visit. Hence why we are stoked to be bringing this long-running and fabulously crafted series to the web for all to see. You can find more info on the deal itself in our official press release and VideoInk’s news coverage.

Check out what’s coming in this year’s No Turning Back below:

How to Make an Impact With Your Album Artwork

PhotoShopThis article, written by music journalist/venue owner/freelance writer, Jhoni Jackson, originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to bring you the best and most relevant content for your business!

Once upon a time, it was pretty uncommon to preview tracks before committing your cash to the whole shebang. Particularly in the heyday of CDs, your best bet was a store’s listening station, and it was typically limited to whatever discs were already loaded, and it always seemed to be occupied anyway. Preexisting knowledge of an artist was usually reliable but, without that, you were kind of shopping blindly — save for the album artwork.

For people who remember browsing aimlessly hoping to discover a new favorite group, this happened often: The coolness of a cover would either lure you in or discourage you from buying. If a foreign-to-you group presented itself with a compelling enough photo or a super-rad design or anything else that caught your eye, it was likely sufficient bait to get you to the register.

These days, of course, we have the luxury of listening before buying. Sometimes, in fact, we don’t even pay — artists often offer singles and even full albums free of charge. All that considered, why should anyone bother with album artwork?

Because your album cover is still a direct representation of your band, that’s why! Covers are still used on most every internet listening medium, from iTunes to Bandcamp to SoundCloud to Spotify. Plus, a lot of labels and distributors use album covers as links to purchase or learn more on their websites or press blasts. Alluring art is still an attention getter, and failing to consider it — or, even worse, not bothering to include a cover at all — is like a giving someone an unwrapped birthday present. It’s glaringly incomplete, and some might even consider it a little lazy.

Here are six different examples of great cover art with tips for making yours just as effective.

Are We There – Sharon Van Etten

arewethere.lpoutWhy it works: Heart-wrenching wistfulness is a much-used motif in Sharon Van Etten’s material, and the artwork for her latest LP channels that, but with an added dose of catharsis. Who hasn’t bent their head out of a car window hoping the fresh air will relieve you, at least briefly, of emotional hopelessness? Nostalgia is a seductive tactic, especially if it recalls moments of despair you’ve long since overcome.

How to it make your own: Opt for black-and-white, and capture a simple image that applies to a wide audience. Be careful not to be too cheesy; shots of hand-holding or dead roses are a bit trite. Instead, consider seemingly insignificant moments in your own life — your rain-drenched clothes after a poorly timed jaunt in the city, for instance. What you think is personal minutiae can make for a surprisingly impactful flashback for someone else.

S/T – Sultan Bathery

Sultan_BatheryWhy it works: This trippy artwork is mystical, wondrously pretty, and incredibly detailed. It’s one of those images that demands close inspection; it’s captivating. Plus, it’s a spot-on reflection of the Italian trio’s chaotic-yet-melodic brand of garage-psych. Both are instantly mesmerizing.

How to make it your own: Intricacy is the goal here — it doesn’t have to be a mind-melting style like this one. It be accomplished in any medium and in any style, but maintaining a sense of order amid the complexity is paramount, because messiness is unappealing. Get meticulous with the details, and you’ll find yourself in the right realm.

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