The Orchard’s Music Newsletter: The Daily Rind – May 13th

Welcome to another Daily Rind Newsletter, full of great new music from some of our favorite artists. Our Featured section boasts two stalwarts of their respective genres – ISIS, gods of the prog-epic-metal genre, and Company Flow, who are arguably the originators of indie underground hip-hop. We’re offering some coveted free tracks this week, with cuts from two of the most anticipated albums of the spring, Passion Pit’s Manners and Au Revoir Simone’s Still Night, Still Light. Not to mention some digital debuts of oldies but goodies, like the Roger Daltry-fronted LSO performance of “I’m Free” from the 1972 rock opera Tommy, a remix of one of the most popular songs of the nineties, Us3’s “Cantaloop” and a new one from Factory Records’ faves The Durutti Column. Check out videos from wildman King Khan and his Shrines and a behind the scenes look at DJ Green Lantern doing his thing. Speaking of Green, his protégé Johnny Polygon is Bubbling Up this week, along with some young bands on cred-worthy indie labels Paper Bag, Barsuk and Gigantic. And as always, there’s lots more In Stores Now and Coming Soon!

Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis Ends Decades Of Major Label Affiliation For Long-Term Partnership With The Orchard

New York – May 13, 2009 Today, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD) announced that world renowned trumpeter and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis has entered into a long-term, multi-faceted partnership with the entertainment services company.

The exclusive recording and services agreement between Marsalis and The Orchard will cover co-production of new studio recordings, marketing of live recordings; design and implementation of social networking and other forms of collaborative audience engagement for Marsalis and for jazz as a lifestyle genre; synchronization; initiatives with consumer brands and non-traditional financial partners; and also, Marsalis and his team are working to bring living legends and new talent of all genres into The Orchard’s unique services platform.


Norton Unearths Second Digital Set of Out Of This World Wax Rarities on I Still Hate CDs Vol. 2

Renowned New York label Norton Records, known for their championing of gritty garage rock, screamin’ rockabilly and gut-bustin’ R&B is set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 45 RPM format this June with their release of I Still Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2.  Crate diggers will remember the first volume in the series, I Hate CD’s: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1, which hit the stratosphere in December of 2007 and featured forty-five single sides from the label including mega rarities from The Ramones and Big Star.

I Still Hate CD’s hits all digital stores June 2nd, and this set of 45 tracks (digitized from 45s, get it?) delivers all the rock ‘em knock ‘em attitude of Vol. 1 and then some.  Stand-out blasters include a raging Del Tinos romp on the Roy Orbison classic “Go Go Go,” the previously unreleased 1978 Dictators anthem, “16 Forever” and a blazing 1964 surf stomper from  The Readymen.  Also featured are top rank contemporary garage legends including King Khan and original gods (and goddesses) like Shangri-Las leader (of the pack) Mary Weiss, with the pick hit from her 2007 solo debut, Dangerous Game.

Norton Records was founded in 1986 by Kicks magazine creators and members of The A-Bones, Miriam Linna and Billy Miller, initially as an avenue for releasing hard-to-find music and unissued recordings from hillbilly wild man Hasil Adkins.  Countless Adkins records later, Norton now boasts a catalog as rich as I Still Hate CD’s, running the gamut of the label’s patented “loud sound abundance” which currently rounds the bend with nearly 250 seven inchers, 150 heavily researched and annotated full-length LPs and  CDs and more – including significant vintage recordings ranging from historic excavations from rockabilly kingpin Charlie Feathers (track #24 on I Still Hate CD’s), to Danelectro deity Link Wray to Tacoma’s 60’s garage god originators The Sonics.


The Orchard Announces Raft Of New Top Artists Signings

Jon Secada, RJD2, Soulive, Guru Choose Orchard’s Diverse Media Services Platform To Drive Revenue, Build Audience, and Connect With Fans In New and Innovative Ways

New York, New York – May 7, 2009
Following the addition of several new labels to its catalog, The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), a global leader in music and video entertainment, today announced deep digital partnerships with a diverse array of top artists across a variety of music genres.  These artists will enjoy customized marketing and promotion programs, including the co-production of new original music and video content – in support of core physical and digital distribution services from The Orchard.

•    Platinum-selling artist Jon Secada’s next album, Expressions, will be released on September 8, 2009. Following the release, Secada will perform several sold out shows in New York City.

•    Hip Hop producer/rapper RJD2, whose last album The Third Hand, came out on XL, will re-release his catalog with new bonus tracks and never before seen art and video.  A new series of studio albums are expected for the beginning of 2010.

•    Jazz trio Soulive digitally released Up Here in the US on April 14th and will follow it with a physical release on July 7th.  The group is currently celebrating their 10th anniversary with a 26 city North American tour.

•    Guru, the legendary innovator and American hip-hop star best known for the trailblazing hip-hop group Gang Starr and founder of the imitable Jazzmatazz series, will release Lost & Found, his fourth project through his own hip-hop label 7 Grand Records, on May 19th.