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Freeloader Friday: The Black Angels, Catey Shaw, Souls of Mischief, PS I Love You, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, To The Wind, Kina Grannis, French Style Furs, Amp Live, & Animal Years

The Black Angels: Clear Lake ForestAs the month of June comes to a close, and the World Cup ramps up, it’s time to keep that summer energy going. Good news: we’ve got the best music and videos from this week to pump you up as we head into the weekend!

We’re starting strong with a bunch of tracks this week! The Black Angels are back with their classic Indie Rock fuzz, and this time it even has a psychedelic edge. Then, Catey Shaw croons on her new catchy Pop anthem about love conquering all. Go old-school with Souls of Mischief‘s latest track featuring Snoop Dogg and produced by Adrian Younge. It’s a Hip-Hop call to action about living in the present. Next, PS I Love You laments about leaving home through grainy guitars and crowd-led back-up vocals. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart lighten things up in typical Indie fashion with addictive hooks over cascading keys. Finally, things get intense on the latest from To The Wind. It’s a Hardcore apology, and you won’t be the one who’s sorry.

Now, for some eye candy, watch Singer-Songwriter Kina Grannis wander the forest at night in the brand new video for her dark, but ethereal lead single. Then, check out French Style Furs‘ new black and white music video. The song is “poetic punk urgency” and the video is as artsy as it gets. Amp Live muses on money’s eternal ability to change people in the video for his Oakland Hip-Hop take on the Biggie Smalls sentiment “mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Finally, go back to the 70′s with the new video for Animal Years‘ “jolt of musical serotonin.” You’ll be dancing right along with Bailey Noble (yes, she’s from True Blood) and wishing you too lived in 1972 Palm Springs, CA.

Well there you have it, Freeloaders! Enjoy your weekend!

The Black Angels: “Sunday Evening” track premiere via The Quietus
Clear Lake Forest out July 22 on Blue Horizon

Catey Shaw: “Revolution” track premiere via Refinery29
Revolution out now on Complex/Lefthook

Souls of Mischief: “There Is Only Now” track premiere via Sway’s Universe
There Is Only Now out now on Linear Labs

PS I Love You: “Friends Forever” track premiere via Noisey
For Those Who Stay out July 22 on Paper Bag Records

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart: “Kelly (Winter Station Demo)” track premiere via NoiseTrade
Days of Abandon out now on Fierce Panda

To the Wind: “Hands of the Clock” track premiere via Alternative Press
Block Out the Sun & Sleep out July 22 on Pure Noise Records

Kina Grannis: “The Fire” music video premiere via The Frisky
Elements out now on One Haven

French Style Furs: “Turn Or Burn” music video premiere via BlackBook
Is Exotic Bait out July 8 on Frenchkiss Records

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (feat. Anya & Prof)” music video premiere via WSJ
Headphone Concerto out August 5 on Plug Research

Animal Years: “Forget What They’re Telling You” music video premiere via Team Coco
Sun Will Rise (Deluxe Edition) out now on Mike McFadden Music

Live Shows Turn Virtual Fans Into Real Ones

kinaGrannisLiveinParis 3Going to concerts is both a privilege and a fun part of my job. Recently, I was able to attend a Kina Grannis show in Paris with my youngest child, 13-year-old Penelope. I found myself taking in the crowd around me, turning my head and watching as the audience reacted, and witnessing casual fans turn into loyal fans – or “fidelisés,” as the French expression goes – as the show went on. Occasionally, I too am so taken by an artist’s show that I become a fan myself. I find this is especially the case when I bring one of my kids with me. At this show, my daughter’s enchantment enthralled me. In fact, I think Penelope could probably write a more convincing post about the concert than me. She was so captured by Kina Grannis’s singing and songwriting talent and presence on stage, which you can see in this video she took during the show (the photo above is also hers).

As professionals in digital music distribution here at The Orchard, we have witnessed many artists develop their fan base through YouTube videos and Internet marketing. In my opinion, Kina Grannis and her management have brought this concept to a very high level, taking on projects most could never even imagine. If you haven’t seen the incredibly sweet music video for her song “In Your Arms,” you will be shocked to learn how much creativity and time was put into it in this Making of “In Your Arms” (Stop Motion Animation) video. It is projects like this that captivate online viewers enough to come back and keep watching.

The pivotal moment, however, comes when you turn your virtual following into something that can actually make you money. In France, and in many other places, we’ve done this for Kina by tapping into our retail connections and securing prime placement across digital storefronts, like iTunes, pictured below.

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Beyond this, time permitting, we can also contribute to more ‘out of the box’ connections aimed at facilitating further recognition and supporting upcoming events. In this case, it could be via one-on-one meetings with key local bloggers and industry figures, such as Virginie Berger from Don’t Believe The Hype (DBTH) Agency or Isabelle Wekstein, a very important legal representative for artists and labels within the French Cultural Industry.

I actually experienced part of this effect at my own personal “expense,” but that expenditure was a positive sign of the possible growth of an artist and the music business in general. There was no way that Penelope, new fan of Kina Grannis, would leave that concert hall without a really cool t-shirt, a poster signed by a very nice woman, and the promise of a signed CD, even if she can — and will — listen to that same music for close to free on various streaming sites. Live shows offer an opportunity to bring in revenue via tickets and merchandise; but, more importantly, they allow artists to connect with fans in a way that makes them more committed to supporting that artist for years to come.

So I’m a bit out of pocket, but really happy to have helped facilitate musical discovery. Thanks Kina and Jonathan, Philippe Giard from The Orchard, and Penelope, of course. And to everyone who helped make this feeling happen, you know who you are…

The Orchard Chart Toppers: May 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

As every month, we’re proud to give a shoutout to our top charting artists and labels! Standouts from May include the mesmerizing Kina Grannis with her album Elements, Metal knockouts Epica and Killer Be Killed, Danish Electronic hot stuff Julias Moon and Turkish artist Çeşitli Sanatçılar. On the film side, the motorcycle sports documentary “Why We Ride” was all over the charts these past few weeks. Cheers to that and all of the great artists we work with!

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING June 1, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#67 — Various Artists: Mud Digger: Volume 5 [Average Joe's]
#99 — Sabaton: Heroes [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Current Albums
#63 — Various Artists: Mud Digger: Volume 5 [Average Joe's]
#86 — Sabaton: Heroes [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Independent Albums
#5 — Various Artists: Mud Digger: Volume 5 [Average Joe's]
#13 — Sabaton: Heroes [Nuclear Blast]

Billboard Heatseeker Albums
#11 — Young And In The Way: When Life Comes To Death [Deathwish Inc.]
#16 — Bury Tomorrow: Runes [Nuclear Blast]
#47 — Agalloch: The Serpent & The Sphere [Profound Lore / Revolver USA]

Portugal Top Albums
#8 – Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol Musica]
#14 — Nemanus: Ao vivo no Coliseu [Espacial]

Spain Top Albums
#3 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep's Records]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#19 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#6 — Melis Kar: Kaçak [Dokuz Sekiz Muzik]
#8 — Sezen Aksu: Yeni ve Yeni Kalanlar – EP [SN Music]
#9 — Fahir Atakoğlu & Aytekin Ataş & Soner Akalın: Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Vol. 2 (Orijinal Dizi Müzikleri) [Mira Records]
#10 — Çeşitli Sanatçılar: 98 Hit Şarkı [Dokuz Sekiz Muzik]
#18 — Çeşitli Sanatçılar: Bir Eksiğiz: Ahmet Kaya [Gam Production]
#20 — Gaye Su Akyol: Develerle [Olmadı Kacariz Yapim] * pre-order

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#9 — Various Artists: Villa Mix – 3a edição [Som Livre]
#17 — Thiaguinho: Outro Dia, Outra Historia [Som Livre]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#2 — Eva Polna: Поёт любовь (Deluxe Version) [First Music Publishing]
#3 — Legendy Pro: Классики [Soyuz MadStyle]
#8 — Ivan Dorn: Co’n’dorn [First Music Publishing]
#9 — Grigoriy Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]
#15 — Various Artists: OST Физрук [First Music Publishing]
#16 — Various Artists: Союз 54 (Studia Soyuz)
#20 – Okean Elzi: Избранное [Nikitin]

iTunes Poland Top Albums
#5 — Artur Rojek: Składam się z ciągłych powtórzeń [Kayax]

iTunes Denmark Top Electronic Tracks
#1 — Julias Moon: “Lipstick Lies” [NMS]

iTunes Top Music Movies US
#4 — Billy Joel, A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia – a Documentary Film [SonyMusic]

iTunes Top Documentary CA
#20 — Arrival [SecondBase Films]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#12 — Arrival [SecondBase Films]
#15 — Greatest Moments in NBA History [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Music Movies UK
#13 — Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream [Sony Music]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#11 — Why We Ride [Gnarlynow Ent & Walking West Ent]

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Freeloader Friday: PAWS, YVETTE, Anímic, Cerebral Ballzy, TOBACCO, Fatima Al Qadiri, Black Anvil, Kina Grannis, Zack Sobiech & Neal Schon

PAWS - Youth Culture ForeverHappy Friday, Freeloaders! Can’t say it enough. Hopefully you have some marvelous plans for the next 2 days. And by marvelous, I mean anything from lying in bed with sweatpants to catch up on Game of Thrones to rage dancing until sunrise. Regardless, you should definitely find the time to check out the week’s latest tracks — and there are a ton. Here we go!

This week gives you three full album streams to choose from: PAWS’s fuzzy Garage-Pop with some colossal bangers added, the chaotic, Industrial, guitar-processed nervousness of YVETTE or riveting, brooding Indie Rock with a Catalan twist coming from Anímic. So take your pick, or stream all three!

Next up, blast four amazingly rowdy new songs in their own right. Cerebral Ballzy have an excitingly gritty and rambunctious headbanger, as equal in rage-mode to TOBACCO’s beat-fueled, warpy and distorted single. There’s also a Trance-happy track from Fatima Al Qadiri and Black Anvil’s straight-up Screamer Thrasher that stays utterly grim and Hardcore until the very end.

And, as always, there’s a short list of music videos for you to shuffle through to finish off the work week, most of which being lyric-based. Kina Grannis has one that’s jam-packed with cuteness, French Style Furs give a first-look at what we can expect with their first full-length, Zach Sobiech of A Firm Handshake continues to inspire even after death and Neal Schon of Journey shows off his latest Psychedelic-themed clip.

There you have it, Freeloaders — until next week!

PAWS: Full album stream via Spin
Youth Culture Forever out May 6 on Fat Cat Records

YVETTE: Full album stream via NME
Process out May 5 on Tough Love Records

Anímic: Full album stream via Spin
Hannibal out May 12 on BCore Disc

Cerebral Ballzy: “Lonely As America” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Jaded & Faded out June 17 on Cult Records

TOBACCO: “Father Sister Berzerker” track premiere via The Fader
Ultima II Massage out May 13 on Ghostly International

Fatima Al Qadiri: “Shanghai Freeway” track premiere via Rookie Mag
Asiatisch out May 5 on Hyperdub

Black Anvil: “Still Reborn” track premiere via Noisey
Hail Death out May 27 on Relapse Records

Kina Grannis: “Dear River” video premiere via YouTube
Elements out May 6 on One Haven

French Style Furs: “All The Way Down” lyric video premiere via YouTube
Is Exotic Bait out July 8 on Frenchkiss Records

Zack Sobiech from A Firm Handshake: “Clouds” lyric video premiere via J-14
Fix Me Up (Deluxe Edition) out May 6 on Rock the Cause

Neal Schon: “Serenity” lyric video premiere via Guitar World
So U out May 19 on Frontiers Records

Freeloader Friday: Wovenhand, Mark E, Kina Grannis, Big Freedia, PAWS, Tombs, People Get Ready, TOBACCO, Sebastian Bach & Luke Haines

Wovenhand - Refractory ObdurateWell look what day has finally arrived. As always, it took a bit longer than wished for, but we got through the work and made it out on top, right? I don’t know about y’all, but this weekend’s going to be phenom. And for absolutely no good reason — no big family plans, no holidays, no Record Store Day lines — just a low-key, laid-back 2-day hiatus. And to go along with that, here’s a jam-packed list of this week’s music greats.

For starters, we’ve got Wovenhand’s latest album: think apocalyptic, True Detective madness meets grassroots Punk. Mark E’s also got a full album stream available this week, and man, is it a doozy! I’ll be more than likely be putting this one on as a pre-gamer for Saturday night — machinery beats, heavy analog-use and pure dark-House grit.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Kina Grannis’s latest track bubbles over with effervescence and sun-lit bliss, something for the likes of your lazy Sunday morning. Big Freedia’s jam, which comes boooooming out of nowhere, is to be played at absolutely any time, any day — it is straight up booty-bounce funness. But if you’re looking for more lyric-based content, check out PAWS’ true-to-life clumsy relationship-awry love song. For your rough-around-the-edges Hard Rock fix, sample the latest from Tombs; for complete instrumental, Pop-kitsch gloriousness, ya gotsta play People Get Ready’s new one on repeat.

Our videos this week need a bit of forewarning. Well, only one. But seriously. TOBACCO’s kinky, warped-out & geeked-out music vid is NOT intended for office viewing! (But you should most definitely see it.) Sebastian Bach gives a stellar shout-out to Amanda Bynes, and Luke Haines whips out perhaps the greatest ode to Lou Reed in art form (these last 2 are G-rated, don’t worry).

That’ll do us for this week. Enjoy some down time and let the listening begin!

Wovenhand: Full album stream via Pitchfork
Refractory Obdurate out April 29 on Deathwish Inc.

Mark E: Full album stream via XLR8R
Product of Industry out April 29 on Ghostly International

Kina Grannis: “Oh Father” track premiere via Refinery29
Elements out May 6 on One Haven

Big Freedia: “Explode” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Just Be Free out June 17 on Queen Diva Music

PAWS: “Owls Talons Clenching My Heart” track premiere via Stereogum
Youth Culture Forever out May 6 on FatCat Records

Tombs: “Edge of Darkness” track premiere via Pitchfork
Savage Gold out June 10 on Relapse Records

People Get Ready: “Physiques” track premiere via Stereogum
Physiques out June 14 on Brassland

TOBACCO: “Streaker” video premiere via Stereogum
Ultima II Massage out May 13 on Ghostly International

Sebastian Bach: “Taking Back Tomorrow” lyric video premiere via Guitar World
Give ‘Em Hell out now on Frontiers Records

Luke Haines: “Lou Reed Lou Reed” video premiere via Vevo
New York in The ‘70s out May 19 on Cherry Red Records

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