Agent Ribbons Head East! Pre-Order Chateau Crone NOW!

Do not miss this. The Antenna Farm crew trooped out to the venerable Bottom of the Hill last week to go see our newest signing and to restore our faith in the transcendent power of good music. We were not disappointed.

In these days of instant internet hype and the opinions of a few tastemakers set to infinite repeat, it’s easy to get cynical and easily dismissive of new music. Well, Agent Ribbons is the cure for that malaise, three women who rock like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera, literate and moving and tougher than leather.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Agent Ribbons – I’m Alright

So even if you don’t feel like your mojo has dropped to dangerously low levels, you still need to heed the call. If Agent Ribbons is coming to your town, drop what you are doing and make a date with your best friend, your lover, your boss, or your mother. And if they’re not hitting your town this time around, hold tight. This band loves to tour, and they will see you soon!

And for those who can’t wait, Agent Ribbons new CD, Chateau Crone, is now available for pre-order from the Antenna Farm Store (vinyl fans, hold tight, copies coming in a few weeks!!). It comes complete with a 24 page booklet and a special Chateau Crone temporary tattoo so that members of this new secret society can identify one another from great distance.

Pre-order copies will ship with a limited edition tour poster while supplies last, and will arrive at your doorstep in plenty of time for the October 12th release date. So don’t be left out, order your copy now!

Tour Dates Below The Fold:

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Social Studies release Holler Boys Video, Interview on Capital Public Radio!

Social Studies SF Popfest1Social Studies are back from a 10 day west coast tour, and are already back at work, plotting their October tour out to the CMJ festival and back. Their new album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, is hard-charging up the CMJ college radio charts, breaking the top 50 this week: #49 with a bullet!

You can get your copy of the album HERE, all orders ship with a free Social Studies poster while supplies last!

While the band preps for some September Bay Area shows and a full US tour in October, they have a couple of new items to share, a new interview done earlier this week with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, and a brand new video for the song Holler Boys. Check them out below!

Social Studies interviewed by Nick Brunner and Claire Flynn on the Off Air show, Capital Public Radio

Social Studies: Holler Boys

Social Studies “Holler Boys” from Social Studies on Vimeo.

Bart Davenport plays Sacramento benefit show this Sunday with Aaron Ross and DoomBird

Bart DavenportThat’s right.

Join Bart Davenport as he opens a special show in Sacramento this Sunday with avant-popster Aaron Ross and baroque pop duo DoomBird. DoomBird are celebrating their self-titled album release, and the show is a benefit for Concerts4Charity, a Sacramento non-profit that develops music and art education projects, benefiting musicians and artists throughout the Sacramento area.

The whole thing goes down at Harlow’s, this Sunday night, August 29th, and it’s only $5!


2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA
Get advance tickets here.

For more info about the event, DoomBird, and Concerts4Charity, check the Facebook Event Page, Here.

Agent Ribbons US Tour Starts Today!!!

Agent RibbonsWatch out America.

Agent Ribbons embark on a full US tour starting today. Back in the van after one of their longest stays at home since they began touring a few years ago, the band is fired up and ready to share with you the songs from their upcoming album, Chateau Crone (out October 12, pre-orders available now!)

For those of you who haven’t seen Agent Ribbons play live, this is the perfect opportunity to catch the band before they head to Europe for much of October and November. And if you haven’t heard them yet, drop what you’re doing and listen to this:

Agent Ribbons – I’m Alright

Finally, you can keep up with Agent Ribbons on the road by checking out the band’s Facebook event page for the tour, right here: Be sure to RSVP and invite your friends, don’t miss it!

Full Tour Dates below the jump!

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Social Studies West Coast Tour Dates!

Social Studies West Coast TourAfter a phenomenal record release show last Saturday (thanks to excellent support acts Maus Haus, 60 Watt Kid, Montra, co-presenters Aquarius Records and KALX, and of course the excellent Rickshaw Stop!) Social Studies are hitting the road for a short West Coast run.

Their new album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, is a hard-charging tour de force matched only by the high energy Social Studies live show. Believe me when I say that this is a band you need to see live.

They hit Los Angeles later this week for a couple of club shows and a special performance at Origami Vinyl (our condolences to everyone planning for the LA Heardfest, canceled in the wake of LA crackdowns on public events following a couple of high profile rave meltdowns in the past couple of months) followed by a run up to Portland and Seattle next week, before returning for the very cool Rock Make Street Festival in San Francisco on August 22nd. Do not miss this.

Tour Dates :

Aug 12     Origami Records In-store     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12     Downtown Independent     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13     Mime School     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14     HEARDfest CANCELED! TBA,  Los Angeles, CA
Aug 17     Rotture     Portland, OR
Aug 19     Chop Suey     Seattle, WA
Aug 20     In-Store @ Music Millennium (@6pm!)    Portland, OR
Aug 20     Backspace     Portland, OR
Aug 22     Rock Make Street Festival (@2pm!)    San Francisco, CA
Aug 23     The Hub     Sacramento, CA
Oct  2010 National Tour – Dates announced soon     UNITED STATES

For more info, regularly updated, check out the event page for the tour on Facebook.

Social Studies Record Release Party This Saturday, West Coast Tour Dates!!

Social Studies Record Release Party!Alright!

Social Studies‘ debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, is a hit, with some great new reviews rolling in, including a choice entry over at All Music Guide, to wit:  “An epic flair that suggests Ben Hur transformed into an indie pop operetta.” Whoah.

The album has also made editor’s picks over at digital retailers iTunes and 7digital (I might add that for a limited time, you can pick up a high quality MP3 version at 7Digital for under $7!) as well as indie mail order super store, Insound. Of course, you can also grab a copy right here at the Antenna Farm store. Orders ship next day, and come with a free poster. And for a limited time, we’re offering a 15% discount on ALL purchases through the AF store, just enter promo code “windup” at checkout! So if you haven’t yet, head on over to the AF Store!

But Social Studies have not just produced a great album, they are also an excellent live act. To put it succinctly, they are ace bunny-killers and tougher than leather.  And you can quote us on that. While getting ready for a full US tour in October, the band is playing their All Ages record release party in San Francisco this Saturday (August 7th) at the Rickshaw Stop with local heroes Maus Haus, 60 Watt Kid, and Montra. This show will likely sell out, so get advance tix here. For more info on the show, and to see which of your friends are already going, check the Book of Faces.

Social Studies will follow up the show this Saturday with a short run up and down the West Coast, including a couple of stops at some of our fave record stores for in-store performances (check out Millennium Music in Portland, and Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles!). If you have not yet checked this band live, drop what you’re doing, change your plans, and get on it! Tour dates below!

Social Studies August Dates

Aug 7     Rickshaw Stop – CD RELEASE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (All Ages!)    San Francisco, California
Aug 12     Downtown Independent     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12     Origami Records In-store     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 13     Mime School     Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14     HEARDfest @ LA State Park + Junction Block Los Angeles, CA
Aug 17     Rotture     Portland, OR
Aug 19     Chop Suey     Seattle, WA
Aug 20     In-Store @ Music Millennium (@6pm!)    Portland, OR
Aug 20     Backspace     Portland, OR
Aug 22     Rock Make Street Festival (@2pm!)    San Francisco, CA
Aug 23     The Hub     Sacramento, CA
Oct  2010 National Tour – Dates announced soon     UNITED STATES

Bart Davenport releases Chasing The Moon podcast, Voted Best of East Bay, and plays with Villagers & Greg Ashley

Hey SF!

Bart Davenport is back in town and he just got voted Best Local East Bay Musician for 2010 by readers of the East Bay Express! Congratulations Bart! This is not the first time he’s won this award, and it probably won’t be the last, though maybe next time we can shoot for “Best Local Act That Made It Big”! Move over Green Day!

Bart plays an all-ages show at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop tomorrow night (Thursday, July 29th) with the excellent Villagers (Domino Records) and another local hero, Greg Ashley.

This will be a great show, and you can get advance tickets here.

Finally, Bart’s Chasing the Moon podcast is now available to check out! CTM is a great local HD video series, capturing studio quality live performances in intimate settings. Past episodes have featured great local artists like John Vanderslice, Foxtails Brgade, Quinn Deveaux and Judgement Day. This stuff is well done and totally inspiring! Check out the series and subscribe to the podcast  here.

This is normally where I apologize to out of town readers for advertising a live show that they can’t possibly attend, but thanks to the fine folks who create the Chasing the Moon series, we can reproduce the live session below. Seriously, these are so well done it’s the next best thing to seeing the show live, and nobody will spill a beer on you either!

Bart Davenport @ Chasing The Moon from Scott McDowell on Vimeo.

Wind Up Wooden Heart In Stores Today!

Social Studies Street Team!Yes!

Today marks the official release date for the Social Studies debut album Wind Up Wooden Heart, and it is in stores now!

WUWH is one of our favorite releases of 2010, but don’t take our word for it! The album has been called “Infectiously Catchy” by, RCRD.LBL declares “Excellent. Social Studies make twee sound brawny. Who else does that?“, and 7×7 Magazine says “Listen once and be mesmerized by catchy hooks and mellifluous choruses. Revisit it and you’ll find lyrics that strike chords of nostalgia, regret, renewal and joy….You’ll be hooked.

You can get your copy today from a variety of sources. Of course our first recommendation is your local record store, which you should be supporting anyway if you like music! Seattle folks can find copies at Sonic Boom or Easy Street, in Portland head over to Music Millenium (and watch for an in-store appearance there next month!) and in the Bay Area, head over to SF institution Aquarius, the folks who are also presenting the Social Studies record release party next week. Copies are also available at all California Amoebas and Rasputin’s locations. If you order from Insound, you can get a free poster with your order, while supplies last.

Of course, if digital is your thing, you can find a copy at itunes, Amazon, emusic, or your favorite digital retailer.

And yes, Wind Up Wooden Heart is also available at the Antenna Farm Store, where you can take advantage of a 15% discount on ALL orders (just use promo code “windup” at checkout) plus a free poster while supplies last. So what are you waiting for? Get on it!

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.


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”

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