Norton’s Second Set of Out Of This World Wax Rarities Out Now!

Get ready to readjust the horizontal, as Norton Records has unleashed their second volume of forty-five interstellar overdrivin’ tracks digitized from 45s this week.  I Still Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2 hit all digital stores on Tuesday, just in time for all of your summer BBQ steak-outs and muffler-maulin’ holiday hop-ups, and the first 15 tracks of the set are streaming on AOL Spinner right now. It’s been a year and a half since the first volume of these rousing rarities, I Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1, hit the stratosphere, and boy was it worth the wait!

Featuring blasters from the Del Tinos, Dictators, The Readymen, Gino Washington and more, I Still Hate CD’s delivers all the rock ‘em knock ‘em attitude of Vol. 1 and then some.  This raging collection also proudly celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 45 RPM format, and in addition to the aforementioned classic artists, spotlights some top rank contemporary garage legends including King Khan and founding Shangri-Las leader (of the pack) Mary Weiss.

The Orchard’s Music Newsletter: The Daily Rind – June 3rd, 2009

Welcome to this week’s Daily Rind Newsletter.  Our Featured Artists section boasts the much buzzed about debut LP from Passion Pit, Manners, plus the sophomore gem, Still Night, Still Light, from indie pop sirens Au Revoir Simone. We’ve got some great new free tracks from recent Frenchkiss signings The Antlers, up and coming hip hop artist Fashawn, classic garage from Figures of Light and the soultastic sounds of Lee Fields. We also have two amazing videos for your viewing pleasure – the creepy new Cage cut (directed by Shia Labeouf) for “I Never Knew You,” and the fun (but also a little creepy) Passion Pit vid for Manners standout “The Reeling.” Two exciting new artists who grace our Bubbling Up section this week are The Builders and the Butchers and Sean Bones (along with the aforementioned Antlers), whose upcoming albums make for perfect summer soundtracks. And as always, there’s lots more In Stores Now and Coming Soon!

Let’s Twitter!

If you’re not already a follower, Twitter is a micro-blogging, social networking service that enables its users to send and read other users’ updates (tweets) as they happen.  Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user’s profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (followers).

From our perspective there’s no denying the power of a tweet.   If used properly, Twitter can act as a very powerful marketing vehicle.

From Ashton Kutcher to Oprah, Barack Obama to politicians and journalists around the world, Twitter has grown exponentially and currently has over 6 million users around the world, and this is expected to double by the end of 2009.* We recently started an Orchard Twitter account (orchtweets), where we’re building an audience of twitterers to become more engaged with our artist and labels.


Orchard President & Chief Executive Greg Scholl Discusses The Future of Music

Greg Scholl, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Orchard. Join us for a conversation about The Orchard, a company that distributes, markets and promotes music and video content to over 400 leading online and mobile digital retailers throughout the world. We also focus on The Orchard’s new multi-faceted recording and distribution agreement with world renowned trumpeter and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Steven C. Beer, Esq.  Leading entertainment industry attorney Steve Beer discusses the “new artist landscape in the post-label world,” and provides specific advice on how an artist can make it WITHOUT a record company by assembling the right team and taking advantage of digital technology.

Please click here to hear the shows.  Hope you enjoy the interviews and as always, please let me know if there are any hot topics or people that you would recommend that I have on The Future of the Music Business.

Broadway Preps Debut For July Release, Announces Summer Tour

Upstart Orlando melodic hardcore troupe Broadway will release its debut album Kingdoms July 7 via Uprising Records. Breaking through the clutter of Florida’s ever burgeoning music scene, the aspiring and inspiring five-piece has set its sights high and is loudly laying claim to the throne on this 12-song masterstoke. Rising above all contenders with its unique and dynamic melodies, Kingdoms delivers catchy sing-along hooks, interspersed with cathartic breakdowns, and intermittent bursts of screamed aggression (all the while, maintaining a surprisingly sharp pop sensibility). Joining the band on Kingdoms are guest vocalists Craig Owens of Chiodos and Emarosa’s Jonny Craig. The track “Gotta Love That Southern Charm” is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page, while “Redeeming A Monster” is available for free download below. And as if a punishing debut wasn’t enough, the band recently announced their inclusion on the Artery Foundation Across The Nation Tour and will be married to the road all summer long. Tour dates, track list and audio below.

Download and Share “Redeeming A Monster” from Broadway’s Kindoms [Uprising Records]