Introducing Solo Sounds

Solo Sounds What would The Beatles’ hits sound like on a single Hammond organ? Or Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison on a solo harp?

True to its name, the recently launched Brooklyn-based label Solo Sounds specializes in intimate recordings of iconic songs and albums performed on a single instrument. All titles are expertly produced by label co-founder Eric Ambel [Nils Lofgren, Steve Earle, Joan Jett] and his team at Cowboy Technical Services.

The unique series includes solo thumb-style guitar renditions of Bob Marley’s Legend and The Clash’s London Calling by Mississippi musician Ben Hall. The talented guitarist has released music on Tompkins Square and performed and recorded with Charlie Louvin, Candi Staton and Kurt Wagner. Hall has also recorded solo versions of of Nirvana’s Nevermind, which debuts February 24th and U2’s The Joshua Tree (just in time for its 30th anniversary) available March 3rd.


Welcome, James!

James ChryssanthacopoulosIntroducing James Chryssanthacopoulos, Software Engineer 

Hello my name is James Chryssanthacopoulos and I’m excited to be joining The Orchard as a software engineer in the data team.

I grew up in Massachusetts where I also attended college for Physics. After school I joined Lincoln Laboratory developing the next version of collision avoidance systems for aircrafts. In 2013, I moved to New York to join the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University as a programmer/analyst. At the Center, I helped develop systems to improve global food security.


Indie Store Spotlight: Waterloo Records

Indie Sotre Spotlight: Waterloo RecordsGreetings from the physical sales department! Each month I will be taking you on a trip to some of the greatest records stores around the country. This month we’re going to Austin, Texas to visit Waterloo Records.

Opening April 1, 1982, Waterloo took its name from the original designation of the territory before it was purchased as the capital of the Republic of Texas and renamed “Austin” in 1839. In 1982, Austin wasn’t quite the same town that it is today. The computer industries had arrived in the mid-seventies but had not started to draw people into town by the turn of the decade; nor had Austin’s reputation as a premier arts town, especially in both music and film. Simply put, Austin was a lot smaller before it took off as one the fastest growing cities in the country.


Freeloader Friday: Sweet Crude, Charles Fauna & More

Sweet Crude - Isle Danse le Mer Freeloader FridayWelcome Freeloaders, to another week of your favorite releases. As you slowly climb out of your chocolate coma and strive to keep your flowers in bloom, take a moment to listen to this weeks latest sounds.

Sweet Crude‘s newest track “Isle Dans Le Mer” kicks off our weekend with a joyous French theme song you never knew you were craving. Translated to “Island in the Sea,” this single is a refreshing jaunt on a summer day in a far-away paradise. With a catchy sing-a-long hook and liberating group vocals, Sweet Crude will definitely get you moving with this wildly vivacious track.


Inside BalconyTV’s “Live From the Outside, Vol. 5”

It’s only been six months since we announced the creation of BalconyTV Records, but we’ve got some catching up to do. Born from global live performance video network BalconyTV, the label began by pulling the audio from some of the 15,000 plus live shows they’ve produced and arranging them into sick (and streamable) compilations.

In the spirit of the video channel’s knack for “music with a view” by shooting in beautiful locations worldwide, these comps are aptly named Live From The Outside.