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Freeloader Friday: The Black Angels, PS I Love You, Mogwai, To The Wind, The Raveonettes, Princess Superstar, Souls of Mischief, Amp Live, Catey Shaw, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Kid Vishis & Temara Melek

The Black Angels: Clear Lake ForestSo the World Cup is over…now what? It seems that everyone’s got just a bit more time on their hands since Germany scored that epic final goal, solidifying themselves as winners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. I say, what better way to fill your new-found free-time than with this week’s best new music? Sit back and enjoy this all-star lineup!

We’ve got full album streams galore this week. Start with the much anticipated new release from The Black Angels — it’s modern Psychedelic Rock that’ll have you addicted at first listen. Next, turn to Canadian duo PS I Love You as they prove once more that their minimalist Indie Rock is edgy and excellent. After that, get lost in the sullen Art-Rock instrumentals that make up Mogwai‘s 15th anniversary reissue of their 1994 album. Then, go Hardcore with To The Wind as they explore the universal feelings of loneliness, heartbreak, and getting older.

Looking for a quick music fix? No problem! These short, sweet sampler tracks’ll do the trick. Check out The Raveonettes‘ gritty new track filled with the Danish duo’s trademark harmonies over noisy guitar and sparkling harp. Then, get sassy with Princess Superstar as she works her Hip-Hop magic on a 90’s Indie-Pop classic. Following in the Hip-Hop genre, listen to Souls of Mischief‘s rap about reliability in true vintage fashion. Finally, Amp Live goes Electronic with their new Dirt Monkey remix that is rave-ready.

To wrap it all up, we’ve got plenty of music videos to entertain you this week! Catey Shaw teams up with director Jon Jon Augustavo to give Bushwick’s hipster gals the perfect summer anthem. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens meld the past and present in the video for this southern soulful belle’s latest R&B track. Kid Vishis goes gangster in the studio (and the forest) with brother Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon in his new Rap track. Last but not least, Temara Melek dances her way through her catchy Pop track that’ll have you hitting repeat.

There you have it, Freeloaders, now let the listening begin!

The Black Angels: Full album stream via The New York Times
Clear Lake Forest out July 22 on Blue Horizon

PS I Love You: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
For Those Who Stay out July 22 on Paper Bag Records

Mogwai: Full album stream via The Guardian
Come On Die Young (Deluxe Edition) out July 22 on Chemikal Underground

To The Wind: Full album stream via Alt Press
Block Out the Sun & Sleep out July 22 on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: “Sisters” track premiere via The Raveonettes Website
Pe’ahi coming soon on Beat Dies Records

Princess Superstar: “Chick Habit” track premiere via USA Today
I’m A Firecracker EP out now on Instant Records

Souls of Mischief: “All You Got Is Your Word” track premiere via ego trip
There Is Only Now out August 26 on Linear Labs

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Dirt Monkey Remix)” track premiere via Soundcloud
Headphone Concerto out August 5 on Plug Research

Catey Shaw: “Brooklyn Girls” music video premiere via Papermag
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: “Sinner” music video premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Cold World out July 29 on Daptone Records

Kid Vishis: “Talk Behind My Back (Ft. Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon)” music video premiere via YouTube
Timing is Everything out July 22 on Seven13 Music

Temara Melek: “Fingerprints” music video premiere via VEVO
Fingerprints out now on Straight Forward Music

Freeloader Friday: Big Freedia, Cerebral Ballzy, Vanna, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, French Style Furs, Blackburner, Ted Nugent, Suicide Silence, Sweet Apple & Boy Jumps Ship

Big Freedia Just Be Free Album CoverYesterday marked the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and, I don’t know about you, but for me, no sporting event is complete without some tunes bumping in the background. So, thanks to this week’s Freeloader Friday lineup, your weekend is about to be soccer and song streaming perfection.

Let’s kick it off with three killer full album streams. First up, as soon as you stream Big Freedia’s new Bounce album full of Electro bangers, a wild twerk party will inevitably ensue. Take caution (and check your surroundings) before you hit play. For something completely different, check out Cerebral Ballzy’s latest album of Hardcore Punk that is an intense and chaotic display of rage. Finally, get ready to thrash to the “pure adrenaline” that is Vanna’s new Metal release. It’s passionate. It’s furious. It’s passionous.

Now to the track premieres. We’ve got a taste of the latest from Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: Soulful yet breezy vocals backed by swoony Cabaret-Rock. Then, a merging of poetry-activism and Dark-Rock on the latest sneak peek from French Style Furs. Next, listen to an eclectic mix of Eastern-European Folk alongside Bass drops and high-hats, plus guests spots from Lil Wayne and Royce Da 5’9, on Blackburner’s new genre-defying track. Lastly, don’t forget to check out some Classic Rock in the form of Ted Nugent’s old-school jam featuring Sammy Hager.

You’re in luck because we’ve got four videos for you this week. Start off with the lyric video for Suicide Silence’s newest groove, an extremely dark Deathcore track. Then, lighten things up with even more Big Freedia! Watch the Queen of Bounce strut her stuff in the streets – and the laundromat – while a team of dancers around her “release [their] wiggle” to this epic Electronica track. Next, let Sweet Apple take you out on the water in the music video for their forlorn Acoustic number featuring Mark Lanegan and Rachel Haden. Finish with the latest music video from Boy Jumps Ship, where the Pop-Punk band makes their way from the tattoo parlor to the barbershop to the boxing studio, and end up crowd-surfing with a room full of friends and fans who are singing along to this feel-good, unapologetic anthem.

While you watch Argentina, France, Colombia, England, and more face off in futebol (if we’re being Brazilian about it), crank these tunes and I promise you won’t be sorry. Happy weekend!

Big Freedia: Full album stream via USA Today
Just Be Free out June 17 on Queen Diva Music

Cerebral Ballzy: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Jaded & Faded out June 17 on Cult Records

Vanna: Full album stream via Alternative Press
Void out June 17 on Pure Noise Records

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: “Tired Oak” track premiere via Paste
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

French Style Furs: “Turn or Burn” track premiere via Refinery 29
Is Exotic Bait out July 8 on Frenchkiss Records

Blackburner: “Hotel Bitches” track premiere via DJ Booth
From Dusk to Dub out June 24 on Cleopatra Records

Ted Nugent: “She’s Gone” track premiere via Ultimate Classic Rock
Shutup&Jam! out July 8 on Frontiers Records

Suicide Silence: “Don’t Die” lyric video premiere via Hot Topic
You Can’t Stop Me out July 15 on Nuclear Blast

Big Freedia: “Explode” music video premiere via Fuse
Just Be Free out June 17 on Queen Diva Music

Sweet Apple: “Let’s Take the Same Plane” music video premiere via Stereogum
The Golden Age of Glitter out now on Tee Pee Records

Boy Jumps Ship: “Call to Arms” music video premiere via Vevo
Lovers & Fighters EP out now on Rude Records

Royce Da 5’9 Reaches New Heights (And A New Audience)

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgIf you watch MTV’s Washington Heights, you may have heard Royce Da 5’9 in Episode 9 of the new reality teen-drama series now rounding out its first season. Set in the series’ namesake Upper Upper West side slice of Manhattan, the show follows nine youth who each have their own dreams and aspirations after high school, but are bonded together by the neighborhood they call home.

The inclusion of “Count for Nothing” in S1E9 also came with an opportunity to feature it on MTV’s Soundtrack Blog, the network’s new platform created for viewers to connect with the music in the shows they watch. Full tracklistings, links to artist pages, curated spotify playlists, and even free downloads of featured tracks make music discovery an integral part of the user experience surrounding programs even after they have aired.

Hopefully more networks will follow MTV’s lead, providing full immersion into the world of a show and creating something for viewers to continue engaging with long into the future after series end or fads change. Here at The Orchard, we’re proud to be a part of soundtracking that future.

Catch up on Washington Heights, including full episodes, clips, and of course, complete tracklistings for every episode on MTV’s site.

Physical Goes to Orion and Back

July 2, 2012 Artist News No Comments

Torche, OrionThe physical sales team did their share of heavy lifting to deliver a #139 Billboard/Soundscan Top 200 debut for Rhett Miller‘s The Dreamer, which also hit #2 on the Heatseekers chart. This follows a long list of Top 200 chart debuts for our artists, including Pitbull, DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, Royce Da 5’9″, The Black Angels, The Raveonettes, Ryan Adams, and more. Who needs a major label anyway?

Accompanied by Blake Russell and Ronit Shaham, I traveled to Atlantic City two weekends ago to check out The Black Angels & Torche’s sets at Metallica’s massive 4-stage, 2-day Orion Festival. All of the artists were hand-picked by the headliners themselves and the show was covered heavily on Fuse.

The Black Angels were joined onstage by newest member Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone/High Dials), who played sitar in addition to rotating on guitar and bass. After their solid set, The Angels’ lead singer Alex Maas told us the band has been working hard with something like 30 new songs already written for the next album expected in 2013. Could some sitar sounds be included in the new directions Alex spoke about?

Torche had the honor of being introduced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. Playing to a crowd estimated at 3-5k, they delivered a crushing, yet melodic set, making many new fans in the process. When Torche left the stage, the surprised band were warmly greeted by Trujillo and Metallica lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield, who hung out to chat for several minutes.

Props to Vector Management’s Lauren Pattenaude and Volcom’s Michael Nobrega for the hookups! And megathanks to all of Torche and The Black Angels for some quality face-time with The Orchard crew.

Check out the photos from the festival here.

Start The Summer Off Right With a Stand-Out Hip-Hop Record

June 22, 2012 Artist News No Comments

M-Phazes Phazed OutCoalmine Records recently released Phazed Out (Untagged/No DJ Version) by M-Phazes, the Australian producer from Melbourne who has been crafting tracks for artists in his homeland as well as overseas.

Most notably, M-Phazes produced four tracks on Pharoahe Monch’s last release W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), including the lead single “Clap (One Day)” and Assassins” featuring Jean Grae and Royce Da 5’9.

On Phazed-Out, the man has a plethora of artists on tracks remixed with his soundscape. One of the standout tracks is “Brooklyn Bridge” featuring BK rhymers Bekay and the Juice Crew/MAIncorporated All-Star, Masta Ace.

Check the video right here:

Another strong collaboration on the album is “Underground Record” by Famoso, Termanology, Shabaam Sahdeeq Aka S Double, Phantasm, the one Chubb Rock, and Brand Nubian lyricist Sadat X. Each artist’s verse is concise and flows seamlessly into the next.

“Midnight Madness” by Boot Camp Click mainstay Heltah Skeltah is a heater you’ll want to check out. It’s a very energetic track that will bring fresh air to any block party. M-Phazes does a Phazed Out Remix on the CL Smooth and Skyzoo track “Perfect Timing,” which is definitely good riding music. He ends the record with the track “Super Good” by triple threat artist J-Live.

If you want an album to start the summer off right, Phazed Out is a must-have.

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