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The Orchard Chart Toppers: October 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

October was a month for the Hard Rockers and Metalheads of The Orchard, with some top positions for Relapse Records, Pure Noise Records, Nuclear Blast and Ipecac Recordings with Obituary, State Champs, Exodus and the Melvins, respectively. That doesn’t mean other genres did get their say: Soul got a good rep there with The Budos Band, and Army of the Pharaohs nailed it for Hip Hop, too. Abroad, Goat made its presence known in the UK and Turkish sensation Cem Adrian hasn’t left the iTunes Turkey Top Albums chart since he hit #1 with even just his pre-order. On the film front, Action Sports doc Days Of My Youth has been a chart staple, and one of our latest theatrical releases, Harmontown deserves a big shoutout too. Hats off, everyone!

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.


Billboard Top 200 Albums
#75 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#73 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#17 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Tastemakers Albums
#18 — Obituary: Inked In Blood [Relapse Records]

Billboard Heatseekers
#12 — Grouper: Ruins [kranky]
#14 — The Budos Band: Burnt Offering [Daptone Records]
#27 — Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence [Relapse Records]

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

Portugal Top Albums
#1 — Varios Artistas: Kizomba Mix 2014 – Mixed by DJ Manu Santos [Vidisco]
#2 — Varios Artistas: Mais Kizomba Hits 2 [Vidisco]
#3 — Varios Artistas: Era So Jajao [Vidisco]
#12 — HMB: Sente [ Farol Música, Lda.]
#14 — Leandro: Sou Um Homem Feliz [Espacial]

Italy Top Albums
#10 — Andrea Bocelli: Opera – The Ultimate Collection [Sugar Music]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#150– Grouper: Ruins [kranky]

iTunes Turkey Top Albums
#3 — Cem Adrian: Sana Bunları Hiç Bilmediğin Bir Yerden Yazıyorum [Dokuz Sekiz Müzik]
#6 — İnsan Nasıl Unutabilir Ki: Cem Özkan [TMC Film Müzik]
#8 — Resul Rindar: Dalgalan Karadeniz [Esen]
#12 — İncir Reçeli 2 (Soundtrack): Çeşitli Sanatçılar [Dokuz Sekiz Müzik]

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#4 — Suricato: Sol-Te [Som Livre/Globo]
#6 — Malta: Supernova [Som Livre/Globo]
#8 — Varios: Império – Nacional [Som Livre/Globo]
#9 — Henrique e Juliano: Ao Vivo em Brasilia [Som Livre/Globo]
#10 — Sambô: Sambô Em Estudio e Em Cores [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#15 — Dazadi Izpilditaji: Latviešu Teātra Zelta Dziesmas [Mikrofona Ieraksti]

iTunes Czech Republic Top Albums
#1 — Various Artists: Karel Kryl 70 [Supraphone]
#8 — Lenka Dusilová & Baromantika: V hodině smrti [Supraphone]

iTunes Portugal Top Albums
#1 — Various Artists: Summer Jam 2014 [Vidisco]
#3 — Various Artists: Mais Kizomba Hits 2 [Vidisco]
#15 — Various Artists: Kizomba Mix [Vidisco]
#16 — HMB: Sente [ Farol Música, Lda.]
#17 — Various Artists: Era So Jajao [Vidisco]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#4 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#6 — Days of My Youth [Red Bull Media House]
#12 — Slednecks 16 [Slednecks Inc]
#13 — Boondockers 11 [Dan Gardiner Films]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#7 — 509 Films: Volume 9 [509 INC]
#8 — Days of My Youth [Red Bull Media House]
#13 — Slednecks 16 [Slednecks Inc]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#17 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#18 — Moto 5: The Movie [The Assignment, Inc.]

iTunes Top Independent Movies AU
#14 — Rich Hill [Dinky Pictures]

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Freeloader Friday: Exodus, Army of the Pharaohs, Magnolia Memoir & More

September 26, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831773955Happy First Friday of the Fall! It’s here, and it is wonderful. How are you kicking it off? We’re having a going-away party (it’s not goodbye, it’s see you at your next DJ set at Donna!) for Jason Jones slash welcome to our humble abode Frenchkiss Records & Frenchkiss Label Group, who’ve recently joined us full-on. But first and foremost, it is Friday. And that means… Freeloader sampling time.

Heading full-throttle into tracks this week, Exodus’s title track off their upcoming album is now live and, just as you’d expect, it’s brutal: an all-out Metal fest in the span of four minutes. Army of the Pharaohs premiered the top Hip-Hop track of the week: the beat is infectious and the lyrics – well, you just gotta hear ‘em. Mr. Big is back with a quick, riff-driven Rock anthem, the Melvins collaborate with Butthole Surfers for a gnarly, crazed heavy Rock sound, and Forever Came Calling pull out the perfect weekend Alt-Pop Jam that’ll have you tapping to the beat in no time.

On the visual side of things, Teleman cleans up nicely (think 70’s mom style) so that they can get down and dirty in slo-mo; Amp Live teams up with Anya and Rebecca Roudman for an acoustic B&W performance; and lastly, Magnolia Memoir use their spirited Soul Pop to send us on our way via BalconyTV’s LA location.

And that’s it for our very first Freeloader Friday of the Fall! Happy Friday, folks.

Exodus: “Blood In, Blood Out” track premiere via Billboard
Blood In, Blood Out out October 14 on Nuclear Blast

Army of the Pharaohs: “War Machine” track premiere via YouTube
Heavy Lies the Crown out October 21 on Enemy Soil

Mr. Big: “I Forget To Breathe” track premiere via Ultimate Classic Rock
The Stories We Could Tell out September 30 on Frontiers Records

Melvins: “Sesame Street Meat (ft. Butthole Surfers)” track premiere via The Quietus
Hold It In out October 14 on Ipecac Recordings

Forever Came Calling: “Transient” track premiere via AltPress
What Matters Most out October 21 on Pure Noise

Teleman: “Mainline” official music video premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Breakfast out now on Moshi Moshi Records

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime” live music video via Exclaim
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research

Magnolia Memoir: “Pale Fire” live music video via BalconyTV
Pale Fire out now on Pale Fire Records

Freeloader Friday: Souls of Mischief, Code Orange, Melvins, Diamond District, Whirr, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Obituary & Catey Shaw

August 29, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

856040005013It’s about that time again. It’s been a most marvelous summer, but it’s drawing to an end, slowly but surely. Not to say that all the Saturday college football games and Sunday Night madness won’t make for an excellent Fall! But we will miss our beach days and BBQ’s. So, here’s to one last summer Friday!

To start us off, we’ve got the very epic Souls of Mischief guys telling a story with their sixth album, filled to the brim with quite the cast of characters: Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest), Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, William Hart (The Delfonics), and Scarub (Living Legends). It is, quite effortlessly, a stupendous hip-hop dialogue. After that, switch over to the likes of Code Orange for a Metal-heavy album sound.

For track streams, hear the Melvins team up with two Butthole Surfers for an initially Rocked-out screamer that turns into a Psych jam, Diamond District’s groovy Boom Bap synth grind, Whirr’s ultimate Shoegazer mantra, the mesmerizing Indie-Punk sound from We Were Promised Jetpacks’ rallying cry, and Obituary’s nasty, gnarly growl.

To round things out on this fabulous three-day weekend, play the most feel-good, dance-happy tune you’ve probably heard all summer. That’d be Catey Shaw’s latest single, along with a stellar backdrop of brightly-colored fruits, florals, and flamingos in her music video.

Whatever you may have planned for this Labor Day weekend, enjoy these final few days of summer, and get ready for an awesome Fall!

Souls of Mischief: Full album stream via USA Today
There Is Only Now out now on Linear Labs

Code Orange: Full album stream via Consequence of Sound
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish, Inc.

Melvins: “Brass Cupcakes” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Hold It In out October 14 on Ipecac Recordings

Diamond District: “March on Washington” track premiere via Washington City Paper
March on Washington out October 14 on Mello Music Group

Whirr: “Lines” track premiere via Noisey
Sway out September 23 on Graveface Records

We Were Promised Jetpacks: “I Keep It Composed” track premiere via Consequence of Sound
Unravelling out October 14 on FatCat Records

Obituary: “Visions In My Head” track premiere via SoundCloud
Inked In Blood out October 28 on Relapse Records

Catey Shaw: “Human Contact” music video premiere via Billboard
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Freeloader Friday: Au Revoir Simone, Fort Romeau, RJD2, Anthony Green, Black Hearted Brother, Red Fang, Melvins, The First, Bell X1, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Har Mar Superstar and BOT & TAI

September 20, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

aurevoirsimone_moveinspectrumsSeptember is always an exciting month in the music world. Yes, we’re also dealing with our summer withdrawals, but it helps when a slew of really great releases are there to pick you up when you’re missing those few extra degrees or Sunday beach days.

This week’s Freeloader Friday is full of such great releases! Kicking it off is a full album stream of the album BuzzFeed listed as #6 on its pick of “Albums To Get Excited About This Fall:” Au Revoir Simone‘s Move In Spectrums. Fort Romeau is also streaming the full album they released last week for another few days, so take the opportunity to preview it while you can.

RJD2 is back with another preview from his upcoming album, which you can enjoy while reading his exclusive interview with Esquire. Warning: it might make you want a fig. Yep, a fig. I’m going to go look for one as soon as I’m done writing this post. And then while I eat it, I’m going to play around with this awesome virtual MPC on RJ’s website. Anthony Green also has a ton of cool stuff going on in anticipation of his adorably titled Young Legs. Start by listening to the first track off the album, “Breaker,” then take a look at his website to see if you’re interested in purchasing some hand-painted LPs or handwritten lyrics. Or perhaps a one-hour private Skype show is more up your alley, hmm?

Other great music available today are track premieres from Red Fang and the Melvins, who are out with yet another new album this November, and free downloads from Black Hearted Brother and UK band The First.

To treat your eyes and ears, we’ve got four music videos worth watching by Irish band Bell X1 (one of my personal faves), Scott Dermody a.k.a. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Har Mar Superstar from Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records, and Electronic beasts BOT & TAI.

Off I go to get my fig. Enjoy!

Au Revoir Simone: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Move in Spectrums out September 24 on Instant Records

Fort Romeau: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Stay / True out September 17 on Ghostly International

RJD2: “Temperamental (feat. Phonte Coleman)” track stream via Esquire
More Is Than Isn’t out October 8 on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Anthony Green: “Breaker” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Young Legs out November 12 on Moshtradamus Records

Red Fang: “No Hope” track premiere via Revolver
Whales and Leeches out October 15 on Relapse Records

Melvins: “American Cow” track stream via SPIN
Tres Cabrones out November 5 on Ipecac Records

Black Hearted Brother: “This Is How It Feels” free download via Rolling Stone
Stars Are Our Home out October 22 on Slumberland Records

The First: “There’s No Place Like Home” free download via Email Unlock
Take Courage out September 23 on Destroy Everything

Bell X1: “Careful What You Wish For” music video premiere via Mojo
Chop Chop out now on Belly Up Records

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding: “Jackie Boy” music video premiere via VEVO
Any Port In a Storm out now on Fire Records

Har Mar Superstar: “Prisoner” music video premiere via MTV Hive
Bye Bye 17 out now on Cult Records

BOT & TAI: “Nuthin But Fire” music video via THUMP
Nuthin But Fire EP out now on Dim Mak Records

Melvins Premiere New Track From The Bride Screamed Murder on AOL Noisecreep

May 25, 2010 Artist News No Comments

Seattle sludge masters Melvins are gearing up for the release of their TWENTIETH album, The Bride Screamed Murder, this June, and yesterday the band premiered the massive first track from it on AOL Noisecreep. Like all Melvins album openers, “The Water Glass” doesn’t hold anything back, hitting like a sucker punch with serious riffage and heavy drums that rock your face. The surprise comes close to the 2-minute mark, with a military marching cadence that is so utterly Melvins that you wonder why they’ve never done this kind of thing before. Check it out below.

Stream Melvins’ “The Water Glass” from The Bride Screamed Murder [Ipecac Recordings] on AOL Noisecreep:

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