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Plan Your 2014 CMJ Music Marathon Right

CMJ Music Marathon 2014When the 2014 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon kicks off next week, 1,300+ artists will perform for tens of thousands of fans at 80 venues across New York City in the span of about five days. And those are just the official numbers. For the die-hard music fan, planning one’s schedule is roughly as complicated as it was to decode the human genome.

With this is mind, some of us have taken time off from painstakingly constructing color-coded Google docs and RSVP’ing to every party invitation that comes through the ol’ digital transom to create the following Spotify sampler titled  CMJ 2014: The Bands, The Music, The City, which highlights a few of our favorites including, of course, the 130+ Orchard-distributed artists that will be in attendance. Just push play on the embedded playlist below to start listening!

We also wanted to give a shout out to a few showcases near and dear to The Orchard family.

Balcony TV
Tuesday, October 21st @ 5:00 PM
The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St, Manhattan)
Performances from Brooklyn Alt-Pop bands Little Daylight and M O T H X R (the latter is fronted by “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley), plus Heavenly Beat  (a side project of Beach Fossils bassist John Pena), NYC (and viral) Pop sensation Catey Shaw, NYC artists on the rise Tiny Victories (featuring The Orchard’s own Zach Meyer on bass), and more.

Red Dust Music
Wednesday, October 22nd @ 7:00 PM
Parkside Lounge  (317 E. Houston St, Manhattan)
This emerging imprint (run by The Orchard’s own Heather Ellis) will host performances from bluesy Charlottesville, VA band Erin & The Wildfire and DC-area Pop-Rock singer-songwriter Dave Farah.

Frenchkiss Records
Thursday, October 23rd @ 8:00 PM
Fontana’s Bar (105 Eldridge St, Manhattan)
Performances by L.A. trio French Style Furs (members of Cold War Kids and We Barbarians),  Austin, TX Psych Rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, Minneapolis Indie Pop duo Strange Names, Bronx-based duo The Suits, and DC-based Surf-Punk oufit Shark Week.

Ernest Jenning
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM
The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn)
Performances from local rockers Wild Yaks, Dinosaur Feathers, and Miniboone plus New Jersey Punk-Rock-Doo-Wop septet The Everymen, and Philadelphia orchestral Pop outfit Grandchildren.

Captured Tracks / Omnian Music Group
Thursday, October 23rd @ 1:00 PM
Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn)
Omnian signees HOMESHAKE aka Montreal musician Peter Sagar (a former member of Mac DeMarco’s band), Mega Bog, the Seattle experimental Pop project of singer-songwriter Erin Birgy, and L.A. Punk trio Girl Tears join Captured Tracks vets Widowspeak and Juan Waters.

Goodnight Productions
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00 PM
The Gutter  (200 N 14th St, Brooklyn)
Performances from Heliotropes (named “the best garage band in NYC” by the Village Voice this week and featuring The Orchard’s own Meredith Meyer on keys), Brooklyn Chamber-Pop group Friend Roulette, sunbaked Baltimore band Sun Club, and many others.

Exploding In Sound
Friday, October 24th @ 6:30 PM
Trash Bar (256 Grand St, Brooklyn)
The cult Boston label’s showcase features performances from Boston’s Krill, Chicago’s Geronimo!, Maryland’s Two-Inch Astronaut, New York’s own Lost Boy?, and many others.

Happy CMJ!

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Freeloader Friday: Black Hearted Brother, CFCF, The Melvins, Fan Modine, Vinnie Paz, Toxic Holocaust, Albert Hammond Jr., Stryper & The First

October 18, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

blackheartedbrother_starsIt’s Friday! It’s CMJ! It’s a crazy fun week and as such we need an equally crazy fun Freeloader Friday! Ask and you shall receive, my friends. If the artwork to your left here is any indication, this selection of free tunes will keep you on your CMJ upper (or CMJ-upper-from-afar if you didn’t make it this year).

Kicking it off are Indie-bred Space Rockers Black Hearted Brother with the album stream of Stars Are Our Home. The band is a trio of superstars, with Slowdive and Mojave 3’s Neil Halstead, founder of Locust and Seefeel, Mark Van Hoen, and mastermind behind Holton’s Opulent Oog, Nick Holton. Together they have brought us an album well worth our listen and perfect for the weekend.

Next up, the ever-prolific CFCF is back with a new record you can sample over at Dummy Mag. This is his third release in the span of 18 months, but the first full-length since 2009, and it’s chock full of quality sounds that express beautifully the environment in which he largely composed the album: trains and buses between his home in Montreal and New York and Toronto.

Then you can sample a variety of tracks to suit all tastes, from The Melvins, another prolific band with a new album landing soon; Fan Modine, who you can catch at the Lost Colony Music showcase Saturday afternoon; all-star rapper and Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz; and Toxic Holocaust if you’re more of the sinister Thrash Metal kind.

Closing up, as always, we have a selection of three great music videos. See more of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. than you ever have [wink wink nudge nudge] in the video for “St. Justice,” catch Stryper‘s first music video in 20 years with “No More Hell to Pay” from the album of the same name, and conclude your Freeloader Friday with up-and-coming UK rockers The First.

Enjoy the rest of your fest-filled week/weekend!

Black Hearted Brother: Full album stream via The New York Times
Stars Are Our Home out October 22 on Slumberland Records

CFCF: Full album stream via Dummy Mag
Outside out October 22 on Paper Bag Records

The Melvins: “Dr. Mule” track stream via Noisey
Tres Cabrones out November 5 on Ipecac Records

Fan Modine: “Épater La Bourgeoisie” track stream via AllMusic
Épater La Bourgeoisie (Single) out now on Lost Colony Music

Vinnie Paz: “God Bless” track stream via SoundCloud
Carry On Tradition out October 29 on Enemy Soil

Toxic Holocaust: “Rat Eater” track stream via Loudwire
Chemistry of Consciousness out October 29 on Relapse Records

Albert Hammond Jr.: “St. Justice” music video premiere via SPIN
AHJ out now on Cult Records

Stryper: “No More Hell to Pay” music video premiere via Loudwire
No More Hell to Pay out November 5 on Frontiers Records

The First: “William” music video premiere via VEVO
Take Courage out now on Destroy Everything

Freeloader Friday: Shigeto, Crocodiles, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Flaamingos, CFCF, Minor Alps, Earthless, Slowly Rolling Camera, V V Brown and Ra Ra Riot

August 16, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Shigeto "No Better Time Than Now" album artOh hai Friday! Happy to have you back. I’m especially pumped this week about our Freeloader Friday selection, so I’ll get right to it.

Opening for us are three amazing and diverse full album streams. Shigeto — whose visuals are breathtaking, be it on this #nobettertime contest page, on the Hype Machine-hosted streaming widget you see on Dummy Mag or simply the album artwork — will take you places you most definitely want to go to with his blend of Soul, Jazz, Electronica, Afrobeat and more. Crocodiles‘ new record, produced by The Raveonettes’ Sune Wagner, is so satisfying, you have to listen to it from start to finish. And Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, aka Craig Dermody, brings us the musical fruit of his move from Australia to New York.

Also streaming free on the web are tracks from Flaamingos, who come out with a new album in a couple of weeks; CFCF, who’s been on a roll lately with three album releases in less than a year and half, the next one due just three months after Music For ObjectsMinor Alps, a new band composed of Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws and the lovely Juliana Hatfield; and Earthless, who are coming out with their first album in six years this October. 

Then we have a special preview of a new act, Slowly Rolling Camera, which teams up composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett. You can download their self-titled track for free in exchange for your email address — so you can better be informed of when their upcoming album drops, right now just announced as “early next year.”

Closing out our Freeloader Friday selection are V V Brown with an exclusive live Daytrotter session, and the music video premiere for Ra Ra Riot‘s “Binary Mind.”

It’s hard to pick a favorite this week… What’s yours?

Shigeto: Full album stream via Dummy Mag
No Better Time Than Now out August 20 on Ghostly International

Crocodiles: Full album stream via NPR
Crimes of Passion out August 20 on Frenchkiss Records

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding: Full album stream via Stereogum
Any Port In a Storm out now on Fire Records

Flaamingos: “Walk A Wire” stream via Fader
Flaamingos out August 27 on Felte

CFCF: “Jump Out Of The Train” stream via SoundCloud
Outside out October 22 on Paper Bag Records

Minor Alps: “Buried Plans” stream via NPR
Get There out October 29 on Barsuk Records

Earthless: “Uluru Rock” stream via Pitchfork
From the Ages out October 8 on Tee Pee Records

Slowly Rolling Camera: “Slowly Rolling Camera” free download via Email Unlock
Slowly Rolling Camera out early next year on Edition Records

V V Brown: Live session via Daytrotter
Samson & Delilah out October 8 on YOY Records

Ra Ra Riot: “Binary Mind” music video premiere via NPR
Beta Love out now on Barsuk Records

Freeloader Friday: Children of Bodom, Crocodiles, Blackburner, CFCF, Weekend and Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody

Children of Bodom, HaloHello June, and hello Summer! I know this image to our left here doesn’t exactly scream “beach!” or “suntan!” but believe me when I say this shouldn’t detract you from our great selection of free tracks below.

Just days before the release of Children of Bodom‘s highly secretive eighth studio album, you can preview a new track from the album straight from Spotify. Also catch Children of Bodom headlining the Musicians Institute stage at this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this June 29th in San Bernardino, California. Rockstar + Metal? Hell, yeah!

After “Cockroach” a couple of weeks ago, Crocodiles are giving another sneak peak of their upcoming album with “Teardrop Guitar;” Blackburner and CFCF are both offering free downloads — one a remix, the other a track premiere for their upcoming album; and Weekend and Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody have some new music to share in advance of their July releases too.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Children of Bodom: “Your Days Are Numbered” via Spotify
Halo of Blood out June 11 in North America on Nuclear Blast

Crocodiles: “Teardrop Guitar” track premiere via NPR All Songs Considered
Crimes of Passion out August 20 on Frenchkiss Records

Blackburner: “Drop Bass (Not Bombs) (TRVP Mix)” track download via Trap Music
Drop Bass Not Bombs out now on Cleopatra Records

CFCF: “Camera” track premiere and download via Dummy Mag
Music For Objects out July 8 on Paper Bag Records

Weekend: “Mirror” via SoundCloud
Jinx out July 23 on Slumberland Records

Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody: “Boocat Leah” track premiere via A.V. Club
Black Horses out July 16 on Goodnight Records

Freeloader Friday: RACES, Dinosaur Feathers, CFCF, and The Big Sleep

February 3, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

With another February comes yet another Groundhog Day where the groundhog does in fact see his shadow and we are doomed yet again to six more weeks of winter. Since you’re inevitably going to be staying inside, why not get cozy and settle into the weekend with some free tunes?

Start the month off right and warm your ears up with single streams from RACES and Dinosaur Feathers or download tracks by CFCF and The Big Sleep:

RACES: “Big Broom” via Facebook
Year Of The Witch out March 27th on Frenchkiss Records

Dinosaur Feathers: “Untrue” via Paste
Whistle Tips out April 10th on Ernest Jenning

CFCF: “Exercise #3 (Building)” via Soundcloud
Exercises out April 24th on Paper Bag Records

The Big Sleep: “Ace” via Sterogum
Nature Experiments out now on Frenchkiss Records

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