Agent Ribbons return to Oakland for a show with Social Studies, Emily Jane White & More!

Agent Ribbons on the road!Agent Ribbons are headed back into the the studio to start recording a whole new set of songs as a follow up to 2010′s critically acclaimed Chateau Crone.  The band will spend the first week of February recording in their old hometown of Sacramento but are stopping in Oakland for a one-off gig on the way next Friday, January 27th.

But it’s not just any show. This gig will be a blowout as the Ribbons share the stage with fellow AF artists Social Studies, who are also about to head into the studio to record a follow up to their 2010 album Wind Up Wooden Heart. With engineer Eli Crews (who has recorded albums for the likes of Deerhoof and tUnE-yArDs) on the boards we’re looking forward to checking these tunes out!

Also on the bill will be a short solo set by Emily Jane White, a local singer songwriter who we’ve become quite enamored of over here at the AF HQ. More on her in a subsequent post.

Rounding out the bill are openers SunBears! a great indie pop duo out of Florida on their first west coast tour, the norcal retro poppers The Ian Fays, and DJ Zola. This bill is like a ginsu knife set, the hits keep coming!

So come on out, it’s only $5!

Friday, January 27th  (show starts early at 8pm!)

Agent Ribbons
Social Studies
The Ian Fays
Emily Jane White (solo)
Sunbears!

w/DJ Zola

The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 451-8100
$5. 21+

For more info on this show and to RSVP, check out the Facebook Event Page, here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/248708531865871/ 

Agent Ribbons featured in new Quicksilver Women’s Webvid!

The wheels rolled on this one for a while but the video has just been released this week. A preview of the Quicksilver Women’s QSW 2012 collection with Agent RibbonsI’m Alright as the soundtrack. The track is from the bands’ 2010 album Chateau Crone, available on CD, LP and MP3 at your favorite local retailer, or right here at the AF store. Check it out!

 

And of course, a quick reminder: Winfred E. Eye‘s new LP Today Was Another Day is out today! For more information see the previous post, and you can get your copy at the AF Store!

Happy 2012! Winfred E. Eye present new LP: Today Was Another Day

Winfred E. Eye - Today Was Another DayHappy 2012 everyone! We hope that 2011 was not too difficult for you, most of you were probably pretty ready for it to be over….but then again, aren’t most years that way? Hell, even if 2011 was great for you, I think we can do better this year!

On that note, we are pleased to share a bit of news from our Oakland friends Winfred E. Eye. They have a new album out next week available on LP and at iTunes, called Today Was Another Day.

Punchy and warm, this release picks up where their 2009 release, Til I Prune, leaves off. Chief songwriter Aaron Calvert has hardly mellowed with age and the band now boasts a full 3 guitar lineup to drive things home. Regular readers here might have already seen the videos for Movin’ On or  Money In Bank released late last year, now is the time to check out the full experience.

And to celebrate, the boys in the band are hosting a record release show January 19th at one of our favorite Oakland watering holes, Bar 355. Details below:

Thursday January 19th

Winfred E. Eye celebrate the release of Today Was Another Day with a set of new and old songs.

At Bar 355 
355 19th St

Oakland, CA
Free 9pm 

See you there!!

 

New Foxtails Brigade Video! ‘I’m Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year’

A couple of weeks ago, Foxtails Brigade released their holiday themed mini-album, Time Is Passed, a wintery collection of instrumentals from their score for the film Losing Ferguson coupled with a set of decidedly non-saccharine Xmas-themed originals.

And of course, you can get a copy of this CD at the Antenna Farm Store, don’t forget there is a 25% discount on all CDs and LPs through the end of the year, just use promo code ‘foxtails25‘. Yes, just because we might be getting mushy on the holiday season doesn’t mean we don’t know a deal when we see it.

But back to the point. Now Foxtails Brigade has released a video for one of our fave cuts on the disc, I’m Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year. If this is the future of Christmas music, we might be able to get used to it. But it’s not just us; this vid has already gotten props from rad folks ranging from art-pop duo Pomplamoose to mega gaming site Kotaku.  Check it out below, you’ll dig this.
  

 

Antenna Farm Holiday Sale! 25% off ALL CDs & LPs through 2011!

AF Holiday Sale 2011!

Yes, it’s the holidays. This can be a stressful time, dealing with presents for your picky friends and relatives and crappy Christmas music! Well, last week we let you know about a great new holiday themed CD, Time Is Passed, by Foxtails Brigade, and that alone has made the season almost bearable for us. But we wanted to do something more.

So we’re having a sale! For the entire month of December, you can take 25% off of every item in the Antenna Farm Store, just use the promo code ‘foxtails25′ at checkout, and you’re on your way to incredible savings!

Yes, your threat to aunt Josephine that she’d understand you if she only listened to Agent Ribbons, or your suspicion that your cousins would probably be a lot cooler if they checked out Sugar & Gold, or thoughts about how your mom probably would totally dig Bart Davenport? All of these theories are on the verge of being reality, because it’s Christmas time! And we’re here to help!

Antenna Farm has released some great records over the past few years, and now is the time to take advantage of a great deal and get your hands on some modern classics! Whether it’s the bands mentioned above, or great titles from Social StudiesPapercutsThe Dry SpellsStill Flyin’The BotticellisThe DonkeysWinfred E. Eye and more, this is your one-stop shop. And just between you and me, the best gifts are the ones you save for yourself!

So yes, be sure to visit the Antenna Farm Store during your holiday shopping and our worker elves (who are we kidding! It’s us!) will be turning orders around in record time. And be sure to take advantage of our 25% across the board discount by entering the promo code ‘foxtails25′. Support the musicians who you love year around and save yourself some bucks while doing it! This is one purchase that comes with no buyer’s remorse, friend.

Antenna Farm and KALX Present Social Studies, Dreamdate & Will Sprott in Oakland!

Antenna Farm and KALX Present Social Studies at Vitus in Oakland!This Friday, December 9th, Antenna Farm is teaming up with our favorite local radio station, KALX, for a special night at the cool new Oakland venue, Vitus. As a bonus, this show is specially priced at a budget-friendly $5, so you can come out without having to cheap out on mom’s Christmas present.

Join us as we welcome Social Studies back for their first East Bay show in almost a year, and their first show in several months altogether. The band has been on a hiatus from live shows while drummer Michael has recovered from foot surgery earlier this year, but they haven’t been idle. They’ve taken the opportunity to lay down a whole new set of songs for their next album (coming in mid 2012!) and this is a great chance to check out some new material for the first time!

Joining Social Studies for this great show will be Oakland’s Dreamdate & Will Sprott of the Mumlers. 

Dreamdate singers Yea-Ming Chen and Anna Hillberg play stripped down pop arrangements reminiscent of the early 90s twee of groups like Cub and the Spinanes, anchored by the drum work of Joe Haener (most recently of the Dodos.).  Will Sprott is the frontman for the Mumlers, San Jose’s most exciting musical export since the Count Five. As a solo performer, Will Sprott is a bit more subdued than the Beefheart inflected New Orleans vibe of his full band, but no less complex, freed to try his skillful hand at capturing the raw essence of 75 years of collected American pop music.  

Finally, we should add a note about Vitus, the great new Oakland venue hosting this show.  Locals might remember this location as the home of the former Oakland Metro; Vitus has been completely renovated and re-opened by Damon Gallagher, one of the folks behind one of the East Bay’s most legendary underground venues, the Ghost Town Gallery. He’s gone legit now, and with his old friend and studio wiz Greg Ashley (the Gris Gris) handling sound, Vitus is a worthy addition to the newly thriving Oakland nightlife scene.

So if you’re in the Bay Area, do come out, this will be a fun night! Details below:

Friday December 9th

Social Studies
Dreamdate
Will Sprott (of the Mumlers)

Vitus, 201 Broadway (in Jack London), Oakland, CA 94607

And yes, you totally should RSVP on Facebook here.

 

Foxtails Brigade Release Holiday Album!

Foxtails Brigade - Time Is Passed CDThe holidays can be a lovely time of year, but sometimes it can also be really trying. The stress of speedshopping, the frantic rush to hit a hundred deadlines before years’ end…and then the music. Oh, God…the Christmas Music. An awful cavalcade of treacle, a flood of new recordings of standards that were totally beat last year and the year before, when some other washed up pop star dumped them on our collective psyche.
It always has us asking the question: why doesn’t someone make a good holiday album?
Well, that day has arrived. Foxtails Brigade has just put together a short CD called Time Is Passed that collects the music they composed for the short independent film Losing Ferguson along with a string of Christmas and Holiday themed songs that capture songwriter Laura Weinbach’s uniquely snarky and self-deprecating melancholy to a T.

To see what we’re talking about, stream I’m Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year. One of our fave cuts from the CD and pretty much the theme we’re running with this year!

Foxtails Brigade – I’m Not Really in the Christmas Mood This Year

Have a listen and you’ll see that this CD is the perfect companion piece for the holiday season, a wonderful way to cope with the next month of forced cheer and fake retail smiles. The best part is that you can order a copy for friends and family (and yourself!) without having to pepper spray anyone at your local Wal-Mart, just head over to the Antenna Farm Store to grab a copy, no fuss no muss!

Bay Area shows this weekend with Foxtails Brigade, Yip Deceiver & Papercuts!

yip deceiver live!A series of great shows this weekend in the Bay Area, check it out!

First, on Friday 12/2, Yip Deceiver (see photo) rolls into Oakland for a FREE show at the Uptown, part of the First Friday Art Murmur. The band features members of Sugar & Gold as well as of Montreal, and their live show is always a rocks off dance party. For more info on the show, check the Event page, here.

The same night in San Francisco (Friday, 12/2), chanteuse extraordinaire Laura Weinbach and her band Foxtails Brigade open a very special show for the one and only Jane Birkin at the Regency Ballroom. For information and advance tickets, click here. The following night, Saturday December 3rd, Foxtails Brigade head over to the Mission for an intimate show at Viracocha. Both shows will be the debut of the brand new Foxtails Brigade Christmas CD, so be sure to head out to one or both shows to pick up a copy! For more info on both shows, check the event page here.

Are we done yet? Not a chance! Also on Saturday, December 3rd, Papercuts headline a great lineup at the Rickshaw Stop! Noise Pop Presents Papercuts, with Dominant Legs and Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick. This is a rare SF performance for Papercuts, and with these great acts opening, this is not a show to miss. Advance tickets are recommended as this show will likely sell out. Get them here.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the Agent Ribbons Brooklyn residency ALSO starts this Friday, with 5 shows in our fave NYC Borough, plus a quick run upstate for a show at Bard College. For the full itinerary, click here!

Agent Ribbons Head to Brooklyn for a week of shows!

Agent Ribbons in Long Beach, photo byTimothyTolleHello Brooklyn! Agent Ribbons are on their way to see you. The band is headed to New York for a whirlwind series of shows in the Boroughs, plus a quick run upstate to Bard College. They’re hard at work on a follow up album to 2010′s Chateau Crone, and if you’re in the Big Apple, this is a great chance to check out some of their new songs!

Agent Ribbons in New York 

Dec 2 – Brooklyn – Dead Herring w/ Free Blood, TEEN & Human Beat.

Dec 5 – Brooklyn – Pete’s Candy Store w/ Reading, Chris Farello & Cave Days

Dec 8 – Annandale on Hudson, NY – Smog @ Bard College w/ Parenthetical Girls

Dec 9 – Brooklyn – Party Xpo w/ Huff This

Dec 10 – Brooklyn – Public Assembly w/ Secret History & Built By Animals

Dec 11 – Brooklyn – Goodbye Blue Monday w/ Huggabroomstick

See you in NYC!!!

 

Winfred E. Eye Release Video for ‘Money In Bank’

Winfred E. Eye - Today Was Another Day Old Oakland friends Winfred E. Eye have a new album coming out in January via Whaleboy Records, called Today Was Another Day. It is a fitting follow up to their last record, the critically acclaimed Til I Prune.

Locals have been checking these new songs over the past year, as the band has worked them out at their rare and generally unorthodox live shows (Oakland Bike Church!) and it’s a great set of tunes.

So be sure to check out Today Was Another Day when it comes out on January 10th, and if you are new to Winfred E. Eye, check out their 2009 album Til I Prune, here.

And of course, the video. This is about the most Oakland-centric video we’ve ever seen, it’s excellent. Watch the vid for the song Money In Bank below!

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