Antenna Farm Welcomes Agent Ribbons!

Agent RibbonsWe are pleased to announce the newest addition to the Antenna Farm roster, Austin’s (by way of Sacramento) Agent Ribbons!

Agent Ribbons isn’t just a band–it’s a tree house club of post-feminist dreamers trying to find their place in the scheme of things, like a hand-sewn and lovingly-crafted garment in a modern, disposable world. Musically, an impeccable taste in influences (from the Zombies to Eartha Kitt, The Breeders to the Velvet Underground, and beyond…) helps them find a sound that is both classically informed and yet innovative and fresh sounding. They miraculously reconcile seemingly-unrelated genres and make it seem easy, sounding something like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera.

Agent Ribbons have been doing their thing for a few years now, and since 2007, the band has toured the U.S. more times than they can remember. Some of those tours were with big national acts like Camera Obscura, Cake, Detroit Cobras and Girl in a Coma, and the rest were done vigilante-style in a Chevy Astro. A move in 2010 saw the Ribbons pull up their Sacto stakes and move to Austin, which they now call home when not hitting the road and jamming econo.

Antenna Farm Records is pleased to present Chateau Crone, the upcoming sophomore album from Agent Ribbons. Releasing October 12th, the album was recorded by Manny Nieto (The Breeders, HEALTH) and Scott McChane (editor of Tape Op) and is the most accomplished Agent Ribbons recording yet. It is also a manifesto of sorts, a call to arms and open invitation for all aspiring Chateau Cronies to join them on their future Crone estate, and each CD comes with a 24 page booklet outlining plans for the Chateau as well as a temporary tattoo with the Chateau Crone crest.

Positive press is already rolling in, and the first single from Chateau Crone is featured this week on NPR’s All Songs Considered. You can listen here, or check out the tune below. And with a live show that matches the passion and energy of their new album, we are pleased to announce that Agent Ribbons will be touring the US with Girl In a Coma this August and September, full dates to be announced soon.

MP3

Agent Ribbons – I’m Alright

Social Studies premiere new video for Time Bandit, album available NOW!

Social Studies - Wind Up Wooden HeartAlright!

Social Studies are on a roll! They played an amazing set in San Francisco last Saturday, opening for Au Revoir Simone, joining the headliner on stage for an impromptu surprise birthday celebration for ARS keyboardist Annie Hart.

And then today, the band rolled out their new video for Time Bandit, premiering it on the Venus Magazine site, scroll down to check it out, or check it on the Venus page. This is the first single from the band’s upcoming debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, due in stores July 27th.

So how can we at the ever-humble Antenna Farm Records keep up with these rockers? Well, how about making the album available NOW?!?!? That’s right! While the album will be available on iTunes/Amazon/your local music retailer on July 27th, we’re jumping the gun and making the WUWH cd available exclusively through the Antenna Farm Store starting now!

All Wind Up Wooden Heart orders will include a free poster and sticker, while supplies last. And that’s not all! For a limited time, enter promo code “windup” for a 15% discount on ALL purchases through the AF store!

So just to recap, you can wait for 2 more weeks and get the cd/download from your retailer of choice…..or you can swing by the Antenna Farm store and order it NOW. We will be shipping daily, first class mail, so you’ll have your cd, poster and sticker within 2-4 days! Plus, you can nail a 15% discount! All this because we love you too much for our own good.

Now watch the video for Time Bandit!

Social Studies “Time Bandit”

Social Studies premiere new One AM Radio Remix via Filter!

Social StudiesAlright!

Social Studies are gearing up for the release of their debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart in a few weeks, but in the meantime, they are whetting our appetite with a remix of their track Time Bandit by Silverlake’s One AM Radio (Dangerbird Records).

Poppy and effervescent, it is the perfect jam for your 4th of July weekend. And because we like to share, it premieres on the Filter site today with a free download, kids. Check it out here.

And stay tuned for some August west coast tourdates, coming soon!

Bart Davenport and Sugar & Gold invade Sled Island!

Hooray for Canada!

This week, Calgary is home to the Sled Island Festival, a 4 day exposition of film, art, and non-stop bands spread out over almost 20 venues.  This year, notable acts such as Dinosaur Jr, Ted Leo, Built To Spill, Deerhoof, and Girl Talk join AF artists Sugar & Gold and Bart Davenport as they each play several gigs during the fest.

But that’s not all. Sugar & Gold plays the Winnipeg Jazz Fest tonight, on their way out to Calgary. Canada, you have been warned!

Sugar & Gold Schedule:

Winnipeg Jazz Fest:

29-Jun @ Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg — 18+

Sled Island Festival:

01-Jul @ Tubby Dog — 11pm — All Ages

02-Jul @ Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (Upstairs) — 11pm — 18+

03-Jul @ Local 522 — 11:30pm — 18+

Bart Davenport Schedule:

01-Jul @ The Marquee Room — 9pm — 18+

02-Jul @ Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 (Upstairs) — 12am — 18+

03-Jul @ Arrata Opera Center — 9:30 — All Ages

Ye Olde Record Label Faire / Sunday Brunch This Weekend!

You can file this one under “Why Haven’t We Done This Before???”

The Bay Area is full of some great record labels. Some of our favorite titles of all time have originated from SF or Oakland labels over the past number of years, wouldn’t it be great if a bunch of them got together for a fun event where they lined up and sold their great releases at great discounts, and consumers got to meet some of the folks behind the records they love?

Well, this Sunday, June 27th, stellar Oakland label Absolutely Kosher is hosting a record fair, and they’ve invited some of our favorite Bay Area labels to be a part of the action….including, of course, Antenna Farm.

From 11 until 1 at the Absolutely Kosher offices in Emeryville, you are invited to come down and peruse cds, vinyls, 7″s, and just about any other kind of stuff available from a ton of local labels at great discounts. Coffee and Bagels are part of the action, and there’s even a pool table!

And with a great, diverse lineup of labels represented, there’s sure to be some great stuff for everyone on your list, at great prices. And yes, this is your chance to come out and meet the often-surly-but-totally-nice-this Sunday-we-promise staff of Antenna Farm!

It all happens at the AK offices: 1501 Powell Street, Suite H, Emeryville, this Sunday, from 11 to 1. And yes, it’s FREE!

Check out some of the other labels participating, and you won’t want to miss this event. For directions and more info, click here. There is even a facebook page for it, here.

Participating Labels Include:

1-2-3-4 Go!
Absolutely Kosher
Alternative Tentacles

American Dust

Antenna Farm
Broken Rekids
Chocolate Covered
Gold Robot
Lefse/Waaga
Misra

Porto Franco
Prank

Ralph America
Seismic Wave
Slumberland
Three Ring
Tricycle
tUMULt
Zum

Sugar & Gold Release Video for Sneek Freq!

Sugar & Gold are taking a couple of weeks off before they head north to Canada to play the Winnipeg Jazz fest and the Calgary Sled Island Festivals, but they are keeping busy with another video release.

Specifically, they have just released the video for Sneek Freq, off of their new album Get Wet! A total throwback vid, complete with all kinds of 80s tropes and graphics, this clip reminds us of early 80s trips to relatives’ houses in the suburbs who had cable and afternoons spent in the basement glued to MTV. Good times.

sneek freq from jerome steegmans on Vimeo.

Sugar & Gold wrap up Spring Tour with Oakland Blowout!

Radical.

Sugar & Gold are wrapping up their spring tour with a couple more shows on the road: to wit, they hit Tucson and the legendary Club Congress tonight (Thurs, 6/10), and an early show at San Diego’s also legendary Che Cafe for an all-ages show Friday night (6/11).

For an idea of what the shows have been like, check this shot to the right, from the Houston Free Press/Summerfest last weekend. I guess it’s officially summer!

But now it’s time for S&G to bring it all home, back to the Yay Area for an off the hinges dance party at The Uptown in downtown Oakland.  This Saturday, June 12th, join Sugar & Gold with friends Sir Lord Von Raven, Planet Booty, and DJ Hotthobo for an all night jam, and a proper welcome home for the band.

For more info, click HERE.

Social Studies on NME and RCRD.LBL!

Social Studies just wrapped up a couple of weeks of touring and are gearing up for the release of their debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, at the end of July.

But it looks like we’re not the only ones excited about their upcoming album…..a couple of tracks have leaked to one of our fave music sites, RCRD.LBL. This, in turn, led to bloggers at NME.com picking up the story. Ain’t the internet great?!?

So what are you waiting for? Get an early listen to the WUWH tracks Holler Boys and Time Bandit on RCRD.LBL HERE.

Bart Davenport & Winfred E. Eye at the Hemlock this Saturday

Winfred E. EyeSocial Studies and Sugar & Gold may be on tour, but San Francisco fret not. Saturday night at the venerable Hemlock Tavern, AF artists Bart Davenport and Winfred E. Eye join forces for a night of serious songwriter chops.

Both bands are boasting new members; Bart is welcoming new vibraphonist Mark Clifford into the fold, and old fans are in for a treat, BD songs seem to be made for the vibes, and he has been running through his back catalog of late, pulling out old favorites and re-working them for new arrangements. Not to be missed.

Meanwhile, Winfred E. Eye has added a new bassist, bringing their guitar total to 3. More power. We Is Shore Dedicated open the show, it will be a good one. For venue info and ticketing, click here.

Social Studies Head East!

Social Studies SF Popfest1Wow. We caught an amazing show Thursday night, as Social Studies pretty much killed it, opening for Tune-Yards at the Rickshaw Stop, part of this year’s SF Popfest. This band just gets better and better, and their new guitarist Tom has definitely bumped the chemistry level up to ‘imminent explosion’.

They are mid-way through a string of tour dates, and are headed east to Chicago, their first show on this leg is tonight, at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City. Mormons, Mile-High types, and Mid-westerners, you’ve been warned! More photos from Thursday night’s show and tour dates below. Excelsior!

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all photos by Jill Karjian

Social Studies Tour Dates

May 29       Kilby Court | Salt Lake City, UT
May 30       The Hi-Dive | Denver, CO
May 31        The Replay Lounge | Lawrence, KS
June 1          Floating Laboratories | St. Louis, MO
June 2         Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA
June 3         Subterranean | Chicago, IL

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