The Orchard Takes Home SXSW Best Doc Winner “The Work”


It’s been a month since our film team was down in Austin but the sun hasn’t set on SXSW: The Orchard and TOPIC have acquired the North American rights to the festival’s Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Documentary, The Work. The film is slated to hit theaters this fall.

America’s prison system has long been controversial, but one group of convicts and civilian volunteers are coming together to make a change. The Work travels through the bolt locked doors of California’s infamous Folsom State Prison to introduce this group to the world. It’s a documentary goes where no one has gone before to to examine the humanity within prison walls and drives viewers to change their idea of rehabilitation.

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Out Today by The Orchard: Diet Cig, Lou Canon & More


Hello everybody, I hope your weeks are wrapping up nicely. The Orchard office is buzzing today with some big releases and premieres. As always, I’m here to share some of our most exciting new digs with you. This week, we have debut records from Diet Cig and Lou Canon as well as the theatrical premiere of our much anticipated film All These Sleepless Nights.

If you’ve attended SXSW the past couple of years or hit NYC for the fleeting days of CMJ, you’re familiar with the name Diet Cig. With back to back double-digit years of live shows in Austin, you’ve likely seen them play as well. After months and months of buzz, today marks the release of the band’s ambitious debut LP Swear I’m Good At This. With twelve tracks of beyond empowering indie pop punk, SIGAT feels like a 28 minute anthem for every young girl that’s ever picked up a guitar. Singer Alex Luciano’s open book lyricism gives honest insight to what it feels like entering a genre heavily dominated by dudes (and totally owning it). Watch the “Tummy Ache” video below, give the album a first listen with NPR and make it yours here. (more…)

Catalog Time Capsule: Cecil Taylor “The World Of Cecil Taylor” (1960)


The World of Cecil TaylorWelcome to Throwback Thursdays, a monthly spotlight on a gem from The Orchard catalog that was released a long, long time ago.

Album: The World Of Cecil Taylor
Artist: Cecil Taylor
Released: 1960
Genre: Jazz

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Welcome, Andrea!


Andrea PersiaIntroducing, Andrea Persia, Digital Advertising Coordinator

Hello! My name is Andrea and I’m so excited to be joining the The Orchard as the newest member of the Digital Advertising squad.

Born and raised in NYC, I hail from Inwood, just north of Washington Heights. Before coming to The Orchard, I worked as a Sales Assistant at Clear Channel Outdoor and before that I was as a Production Assistant at Major League Baseball.

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Label Spotlight: Hiphoplife.PRO


hiphoplife.proIn the early 90’s when the musical bad boy of all genres, hip-hop, was getting popular all around the world, Gastarbeiters’ following generation in Germany were amongst the ones who heard the first timbres of this energetic genre. Turkish youngsters who were trying to fit into 90’s communities in Germany were influenced by the children of the American Army families. This is where they got the first taste of hip-hop. The interaction between these two youth groups became the origin of the Turkish hip-hop culture. Every aspect of the hip-hop culture manifested itself in this period from rap and graffiti to break dance, as well as its sub-cultures that were heard by the Turkish crowds in the beginning of the 90’s.

Let’s dive into Turkey’s biggest hip-hop record label Hiphoplife.PRO and ask them a couple of questions about how they created their structure and how they still continue to shape hip-hop culture in Turkey.

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