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Freeloader Friday: Four Year Strong, The Raveonettes, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Big Freedia, The Black Angels, & Suicide Silence

Four Year Strong: Go Down In HistoryWe’ve made it to another Friday, folks. Whether the week dragged on or flew by, it always feels good to reach the weekend, amiright?! Let’s kick this weekend off with the latest and greatest in albums, videos, and more!

Start strong with the latest album from Four Year Strong. It’s Punk at its finest – full of riffs and laced with breakdowns. Next up, the surprise release from The Raveonettes will not disappoint. It’s been considered akin to “surfing in the rain,” and if that’s not a magical sonic dream, I don’t know what is. Then, go back to ’60s Soul with Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens as she sings and swings over tracks that will make you want to get up and dance.

Get ready to be distracted for hours with the extremely addicting new Soundboard from Big Freedia. Listen to the Queen’s most iconic phrases on command and on repeat!

Finish off with some new videos to round out your week. The Black Angels take concert footage to a psychedelic level, while Suicide Silence has a stare-down complete with hair-flipping, guitar-thrashing, and some unexpected guests in the form of snakes and spiders.

That does it for this week. Pat yourself on the back for successfully reaching another Friday, and enjoy the weekend, Freeloaders!

Four Year Strong: Full album stream via Billboard
Go Down in History out now on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: Surprise album release and “Endless Sleeper” lyric video via Pitchfork
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Full album stream via NY Times
Cold World out July 29th on Daptone Records

Big Freedia: Soundboard!
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music

The Black Angels: “The Flop” video premiere via Noisey
Clear Lake Forest out now on Blue Horizon

Suicide Silence: “You Can’t Stop Me” official video via YouTube
You Can’t Stop Me out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Surprise! The Raveonettes Release Brand New Album “Pe’ahi”

The Raveonettes: Pe'ahiWhat’s that? A new album from The Raveonettes?! You heard right, and it’s OUT TODAY via Beat Dies Records.

Turns out Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can put out an album sans pre-release build-up. The Raveonettes decided to break the rules a little by announcing and releasing their new album, Pe’ahi, all in the same day, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming), Pe’ahi explores a different sound for The Raveonettes. They create a new musical world, one with “choirs, harps, digital bit crushing, rhythmic changes, unconventional song structures, different ways of singing, staccato, machine gun guitar picking, and a somewhat schizophrenic universe,” according to frontman Sune Rose Wagner.

Pe’ahi, which was recorded entirely in a 20th century apartment building in downtown Los Angeles, is named after a dangerous surfing destination in Maui, Hawaii. The opening track, “Endless Sleeper,” talks about “taking risks in order to exist,” and draws from a near-death experience that took place on the island. This sets the tone for the album as one that “would only have been possible to make on the West Coast. Sun, surf, the Pacific, vast spaces yet a sense of isolation.” Pe’ahi is at the same time dark and bright, heavy and light, and oh-so-worth your listen.

Check out fall tour dates after the jump and get your hands on Pe’ahi from your store or service of choice now!

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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

Working with a Living Legend: Richard Gottehrer

Richard GottehrerOn my very first day at The Orchard almost three years ago, my boss took me around the office in typical Orchard tradition and introduced me to every single person sitting at his or her desk, from our accountants to our developers and everyone in between. Was anyone off limits? Absolutely not. We stopped by our CEO’s office, Brad Navin, who made it clear his was an open-door policy, said hello to our CTO, Josh Builder, who lends his name to some of our signature tools like Release Builder and Artist Builder, and before I could get cold feet, we entered Richard Gottehrer‘s office, the uniquely charismatic and impressive Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard.

Richard is one of those people whose work and reputation precede him. If you haven’t heard the name, you’ve heard “My Boyfriend’s Back.” If you’re not familiar with the face, you’ll recognize “I Want Candy.” It doesn’t stop there. Richard Gottehrer has worked with industry staples like Blondie and The Go-Go’s, he’s been an advisor and contributor to The Raveonettes since they formed in 2000, he produces the growing buzzband Dum Dum Girls, and of course, he — along with Co-Founder Scott Cohen — is responsible for bringing distribution to indie artists and labels who previously had never had access to it by founding The Orchard 16 years ago and helping it grow into the world’s largest supplier of digital music.

Tonight, Richard will be honored with SESAC’s “Visionary Award” at their annual Pop Music Awards. It’s only the second year the performing rights organization has bestowed this award, and we couldn’t be more proud to support Richard in this exciting milestone. His 50+ years of contributions to the industry aren’t even close to being over, and having been lucky enough to work with Richard, I can confidently assert that the man is a living legend, an inspiring leader full of ideas and ideals, a generous spirit and a remarkable man.

See what I’m talking about in this video about his life and career. Let his stories transport you and his charm seduce you. Learn about his achievements and notice how humbly he talks about them. And please, join me in congratulating him whole-heartedly for the award he’s receiving tonight. Spread the word: you’ve not seen the last of Richard Gottehrer, folks!

Get Your Play On: New Dogs, Old Tricks

May 15, 2013 Artist News No Comments

New Dogs, Old Tricks Covers PlaylistAs part of The Orchard’s Creative Licensing team, we’re always on the hunt for interesting covers.

This month, we’ve assembled a playlist of some of of our favorite discoveries from the past year, including Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes taking on the Big Star power-pop classic “Thirteen;” The Dandy Warhols‘ rumbling electronic-tinged rendition of The Cure‘s 1981 single “Primary;” AM & Shawn Lee‘s cosmic electro-soul update of Joe Jackson‘s 1982 hit “Steppin’ Out;” and much more.

Stream the entire playlist via Spotify below, and be sure to check it out on ShareMyPlaylists, too.

 

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