Freeloader Friday: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Whistlejacket & More

Sharon Jones Holiday Party Album ArtWelcome back, everybody! Missed you last week but I’m sure you can agree that the holiday break was as much enjoyed as it was needed. This week, we’re back in action and we’ve got a lot to catch up on so keep reading for the freshest picks from The Orchard!

From one holiday to the next, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are ready for Christmas and this new music video proves it. Their new version of “White Christmas” fills the traditionally solemn song with glowing, honest-to-goodness holiday cheer and — nothing against Bing Crosby, but — this is the version I’ll be playing for the rest of the year.


Label Spotilight: The Archivist

AndyLow_ArchivistThe Archivist is a new, re-issue label run by Robotic Empire founder, Andy Low.  I had a chance to catch up with him recently to discuss his new label and tackle hard hitting questions like which is the best song by Thou.

Please state your name, for the record: Andy Low

First show: My parents took me to see A-Ha when I was 5. I fell asleep. I attended concerts for The Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine and a few other classic 90’s alt/rock bands… but the first underground/independent kind of show I went to was when the punks at my high school took me under their wing and brought me to see some local bands at a coffee shop: Unabomer, Positive State and some other Northern Virginia classics. A smoke bomb was let off, every cop in three counties showed up, a chair went through the window: I was hooked.  (more…)

Welcome, Dan!

DanGoldbergIntroducing Dan Goldberg, VP, Theatrical Marketing, Film & TV

Hi everyone! I very much look forward to working with you all. A little about me: I was born and raised on Long Island (I somehow made it out without the accent), and went to college at Oberlin. I majored in politics there, and for a while entertained a career working on political campaigns, but ultimately my love of the arts superseded all else.


Meet Juliette Ashby: When Hard Work, Talent and Dreams Come Together

1432649364_folderEvery time I have the chance to speak with British singer-songwriter, Juliette Ashby, or see her perform, what strikes me most are the positive vibes she radiates. Those vibes can be clearly perceived in her music, even in her most melancholic songs, where listeners are suddenly plunged into a world where they feel like every single word has been written for them, telling stories about them.

Juliette Ashby released two albums in 2015, Over + Over, a perfect mix of R&B, Reggae and Neo-Soul rhythms, seasoned with a hint of Hip-Hop — check out “Mad,” featuring Da Brat — and Bitter Sweet, an acoustic album which blends in Pop, R&B and Folk.


Welcome, Eric!

Eric MokIntroducing Eric Mok, Coordinator, YouTube Content Management

Hi everyone! My name’s Eric, I’m a Coordinator on the YouTube Content Management team. I’m a Jersey native and a recent grad from Purdue where I studied Interdisciplinary Science and Economics. I just came from Macy Inc.’s buying offices, where I worked in Women’s ready-to-wear and special sizes. I had a fascinating experience there, from finding my way out of the sample room to learning what a “twofer” is. But more importantly, I also learned what tremendous effort and talent is involved in the business. Even ’til this day, I cannot believe how complex women’s apparel is.