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”

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

Porto Franco

Ralph America
Seismic Wave
Three Ring

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!


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.

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