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Collision Course with AM & Shawn Lee

March 12, 2013 Artist News No Comments

AM & Shawn Lee - La Musique Numerique

It’s not too often that a collision between two very musically diverse artists comes to fruition. However, for AM & Shawn Lee, their collaboration sprouted from an idiosyncratic shared passion: both were fans of vintage French and Italian Soundtrack music as well as digital effects from the ’80s.

The duo’s somewhat serendipitous covalent bond led to them writing music together, and they eventually penned enough songs to release their first record together, Celestial Electric, in 2011. Now, two years later, they’re back with their sophomore release, La Musique Numérique, out May 7th via Park The Van Records — also home to Dr. Dog, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister and Generationals.

Perhaps the reason why this creative fusion works so well is because both musicians in the band come from very distinct musical backgrounds. AM hails from Los Angeles and is originally a soulful, folk singer/songwriter whose songs have been featured in a plethora of TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights and Criminal Minds as well as movies such as Spread and Flakes. Shawn Lee, on the other hand, is a multi-instrumentalist from London who has become one of the most sampled artists in Hip-Hop. Together, this duo has toured with the likes of AIR, Phoenix, Sigur Ros, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and many more.

With the release of La Musique Numerique, AM & Shawn Lee explore the themes of love, addiction, and even economic bitterness. The record is a throwback to the days of the Casio keyboard, but also remains a futuristic piece of art that is a testament to the fact that the duo continues to innovate. To give listeners a taste of what’s to come in a few months, AM & Shawn Lee have released the album’s opener, “Two Times,” for streaming and download on Rolling Stone as well as SoundCloud. The band has encouraged fans of the music to share the music in hopes of spreading the tune to as many ears as possible.

On that note, enjoy and share AM & Shawn Lee‘s amalgam of musical wonder…

Board the CMJ “Pirate!” Ship

October 11, 2012 Industry Trends No Comments

Pirate!It’s Fall and we know what that means for the industry: the CMJ Music Marathon.  CMJ will host a series of events from October 16th to 20th in NYC. These events will bring everyone from music reps and artists to college radios, college students, and professional radio (basically everyone) together.

Amid all this excitement, Pirate! will be broadcasting LIVE from Fontana’s on October 17th, starting at 12PM all the way through to 6PM. What is Pirate! you ask? Pirate! (I really like saying that) is an independent marketing and management agency from Boston that promotes music to radio stations, college students and websites in North America. Pirate! has promoted artists such as Matt & Kim, The Temper Trap, Wilco, Silversun Pickups, Tegan & Sara, Tom Waits, The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Mates of State. They work with labels such as Barsuk, RCA, Atlantic Records, Epic Records, Roadrunner, TKO, Warner Brothers and TVT [cough The Orchard]. Pirate! has also marketed products and events to tastemakers such as HBO, Target, Levi’s and provides the service to alert radio stations about ongoing tours while promoting ticket giveaways, interviews for emerging artists.

Next week, Pirate! will be broadcasting live music from the likes of Conveyor, Sean Rowe, Pretty & Nice, Mean Creek, Generationals, and Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. In between artists, various speakers from CMJ, students from colleges and other radio professionals will be promoting music, talking about music, and radio and interviewing the featured artists live on the airwaves. It’s a great way for people to get together and talk about what everyone seems to have in common: their passion for the music industry.

See ya there!

Start Jamming Early to The Sounds of CMJ 2012

CMJ 2012The 2012 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon may still be a couple of weeks off but we’ve already been excitedly penciling in our (exhausting!) show schedules and RSVP’ing to every party invitation that comes through the ol’ digital transom.

We’ve also assembled Spotify and Rdio playlists for some of our favorite Orchard artists performing at this year’s festival. Hopefully it makes some of your decisions easier.

We here present you with CMJ 2012: The Bands, The Music, The City. Happy CMJ!

Contest Launch: Wanna Remix Generationals?

July 25, 2011 Artist News No Comments

New Orleans indie-pop sensation Generationals just launched a remix competition for two of the standout tracks from their sophomore Park The Van LP, Actor-Caster. The guidelines are simple: download the stems of either “Greenleaf” or “Ten-Twenty-Ten” (or both, if you’re feel extra ambitious) and create a remix using the software of your choice. Submit your remix via the SoundCloud DropBox on the site, and two winners will be chosen to receive a free 3-month trial membership to music streaming service Rdio. Winners will also receive an Rdio tote bag and a prize pack of Park The Van goodies, including CDs, vinyl and digital downloads.

Enter Generationals’ remix contest here.

Check out Generationals on KEXP’s Live w/Cheryl Waters here.
Listen to the band on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” following this link.

The band is also currently offering up a free EP featuring one brand new track, one alternate version of an older track and two remixes, called Medium Rarities. Download Medium Rarities EP at this link.


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Freeloader Friday: Generationals, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Mathieu Santos, & Pepper Rabbit

Gotta get down with Friday (too soon?)! What better way to celebrate the weekend than with FREEEEE music! Welcome to our second installation of Freeloader Friday where we give you free music from Orchard artists. This week, we have tracks that were premiered over the last few days from Cymbals Eat Guitars, Mathieu Santos, and Pepper Rabbit along with an EP
from Generationals. So, go crazy!Generationals: “Medium Rarities” via Park The Van
Medium Rarities EP was released May 29th on Park The Van

Cymbals Eat Guitars: “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)” via Pitchfork
Lenses Alien out September 13th on Barsuk Records

Mathieu Santos: “I Can Hear The Trains Coming” via Spin
Massachusetts 2010 out August 2nd on Barsuk Records

Pepper Rabbit: “Murder Room” via Stereogum
Red Velvet Snowball out August 8th on Kanine Records

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