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Start Jamming Early to The Sounds of CMJ 2013

September 10, 2013 Artist News No Comments

CMJ2013A week ago, as many of us were facing the hard realization that Summer is fast riding off into the proverbial friscalating dusklight, CMJ announced the first round of artists for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon (with some key assistance from Orchard favorites Weekend). Newly invigorated with sunny optimism, we thought we’d highlight a few of  them. We’ll continue to update this list as CMJ draws closer, but for now, allow us to present ten artists with recent releases that will definitely be worth a look.

1. Fuck Buttons: Released earlier this summer, the UK duo’s third album, Slow Focus, is easily one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, earning raves from Pitchfork ["Best New Music"], SPIN, NME ["all-consuming and consistently impressive"], Pop Matters ["2013’s most unexpectedly danceable long-player"], Stereogum, and scads of others. Their live show is killer too. Check out the video for the lead single “The Red Wing” via Pitchfork.

2. The Cloak Ox: This Minneapolis group, featuring former members of Fog and guys who’ve spent time playing with Andrew Bird and WHY?, will release their debut album, Shoot The Dog on September 17th. In addition to sounding “like a proto-metal band playing R&B… or a fusion group covering Tom Petty… or Manchester alt-dudes doing Americana,” [Crash Music]  it features appearances from Justin Vernon [Bon Iver], Tunde Adebimpe [TV On The Radio], and Nona Marie [Dark Dark Dark]. Stream “King Rope (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)” via Rolling Stone

3. Jessy Lanza:  Most recently heard singing on Ikonika‘s July 2013 single “Beach Mode (Keep It Simple),” this Canadian Electronic Pop artist’s debut album, Pull My Hair  [out September 9th] was co-written and co-produced by Jeremy Greenspan [Junior Boys] and has received giddy advance press from The GuardianPitchforkResident AdvisorXLR8R. The video for lead single “Kathy Lee” has received nearly 60K YouTube views [watch it via Pitchfork].

4. Shigeto:  Trained as a Jazz drummer, this Detroit producer’s compositional and melodic sensibilities have earned him comparisons to likeminded artists like Flying Lotus, Dabrye, Teebs, and Four Tet. “If he isn’t already, Shigeto should be counted among some of the best contemporary Jazz artists alive, and [his latest album], No Better Time Than Now is the reason why.” [XLR8R] You can listen to the second single “Ringleader” via Ear Milk.

5. Them Swoops: This Melbourne, Australia duo is rapidly rising in their native Australia where lead single “Work Around It,” ["one of those Indie Pop gems so perfect that playing it three times in a row is not nearly enough," Nylon], has received airplay from national alternative music powerhouse Triple J. They’ll make their U.S. debut this fall. Their debut EP Glimmer was mixed by Mark Needham [The Killers, Bloc Party] and features a remix of the aforementioned “Work Around It” from Ben Browning of Cut Copy.

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The Orchard’s Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

O-kay so most official holidays are more legit than Valentine’s but aside from Christmas and Halloween, few are in our faces more than Valentine’s Day. IT IS EVERYWHERE. Love it or hate it, you can’t escape it. This morning alone, Peel’s Restaurant was serving red-hot mini cookies, Dunkin’ Donuts had heart shaped donuts, and CVS was clearing out half the floor for little fluffy teddy bears (really, who is buying these) and chocolates (o-kay I get that 100%).

So let’s break this down. It’s happening either way, so you can do one of two things: Deal with it or complain about it. I think it’s better for all of us if you (and I) just deal with it. So the wonderful staff here at The Orchard has taken a stand in support of this arbitrary holiday. You have no excuses now because we’re equipping you with what you need to embrace Valentine’s this year. This is your Valentine’s Survival Guide from us to you:

  • Music: We did NOT create a Valentine’s Day Mix. Instead, a sweet lovin’ mix. This is a year-round mix that will get you in the lovin’ mood for any occasion. Anniversary, third date, post-fight snuggle… Listen below on Rdio and here on Spotify and also on Sharemyplaylists.com (we’re spreading the love everywhere).
  • Matchmaking: We think we’re pretty good at music but who knew we were such good matchmakers? For a limited time only, we’re switching gears and servin’ up some saucy singles that are sure to suit your needs. Click here to find your life MATCH.
  • Treat Yo Self: Buy yourself some flowers any day this month at a DISCOUNT (no judgment here for signing the card  with an imaginary lover’s name). With help from the soulful Lee Fields and Proflowers.com, you can sign up for the Truth & Soul mailing list on their website or on Lee’s Facebook page and receive a a free download of “You’re The Kind of Girl” along with an exclusive ProFlowers discount link.
  • Distraction: Free show tonight at Piano’s in NYC with Frenchkiss’ very own Devin… just in case you forgot to plan something earlier.

Lee Fields Knows How To Treat The Ladies

February 14, 2012 Marketing No Comments

February 14th may be Valentine’s Day, but it’s also the release date for the brand new single, “You’re The Kind of Girl“, from soul singer Lee Fields on Brooklyn’s Truth & Soul Records. To promote the single release in a way that would make this ladies man proud, we wanted to do something a bit more creative than the usual press release.

We teamed up with ProFlowers.com to offer Lee’s fans a 20% discount on orders sitewide for the month of February. So even if you’re too late for Valentine’s Day, you can apologize to your honey after the fact with an even bigger bouquet than you thought you could afford!

Folks can sign up for the Truth & Soul mailing list on their website or on Lee’s Facebook page, and they’ll receive a a free download of “You’re The Kind of Girl” along with an exclusive ProFlowers discount link.

We put the promotion together with the help of The Orchard’s fantastic design team, who built the splash page on Truth & Soul’s website, and designed the banners and “coupon” we used with our Marketplace partner FanBridge‘s Facebook app on Lee’s page. We also used SoundCloud’s embeddable email unlock widget to collect email addresses on the Truth & Soul site.

Along with his backing band The Expressions (featuring members of The Dap-Kings and The Menahan Street Band), Lee Fields releases his sophomore album for Truth & Soul, titled Faithful Man, on March 13th.

There aren’t many artists who keep their cool well into their fifth decade in the business, but this R&B veteran is one. With a career spanning 43 years and having toured the world over with his raucous-yet-tender voice, the music he’s making today is some of the best of his career.

Truth & Soul Records and Lee Fields Launch iPhone Application

June 22, 2009 Artist News No Comments

Truth & Soul Records has elevated their visibility in the realm of digital media by launching their very own iPhone Application. The iPhone app will be a one-stop-shop for fans of Truth & Soul and will deliver video, audio, and other updates straight to the user’s iPhone. The application is free of charge and available now at the iTunes Store.

Catch Lee Fields rehearsing his smash hit “Ladies” available on the Truth & Soul iPhone Application. Click the link below to download the application:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=318904078&mt=8
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The Orchard’s Music Newsletter: The Daily Rind – June 17th, 2009

June 17, 2009 Artist News No Comments

Welcome folks, to another Daily Rind Newsletter! We’re bursting at the seams this week when it comes to free tracks, but first let’s take a look at our Featured Artists. First up we’ve got soul legend Lee Fields, with his incredible Truth & Soul debut, My World. Grab the lead leak “Love Comes and Goes” below, along with a brand new remix of the title track from Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc. Our other featured artist this week is an exciting new signing from Frenchkiss Records (yes, the label that brought us Passion Pit and The Dodos), The Antlers, with their already critically acclaimed LP Hospice.

Now on to that immense batch of free tracks – there’s catchy indie-pop from Generationals, reggae-tinged indie rock from Sean Bones, one of Wu-Tang’s own deities U-God, and another type of deity in certain circles – Mike Gordon from Phish, who guests on the amazing new track “Arc of the Sun” by Assembly of Dust. Also make sure you pick up the brand new funky sounds of Budos Band and everything else up there! We have some great new videos from Swedish sirens The Sweptaways and the Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern as well, along with plenty more goodies Bubbling Up, In Stores Now and Coming Soon!

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