Antenna Farm at Noise Pop 2013!

Spring is just around the corner, and here in the Bay Area, that means the return of one of our favorite local institutions, Noise Pop!

Yes, Noise Pop starts this week in San Francisco, and there are some great shows to check out, Yacht, Toro Y Moi, !!!, Jason Lytle, Rogue Wave… yeah, good times.

In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to the 4 shows that Antenna Farm artists will be playing…and at some of our favorite local venues to boot! The Blank Tapes, Emily Jane White, Social Studies and Dana Falconberry are all swinging through town so be sure to check it out. BTW, all of these shows are likely to sell out, so get your tix now!

Wed, Feb 27

Social Studies (w/ Ramona Falls) @ Brick & Mortar
Tickets HERE.

The Blank Tapes @ The Hemlock
Tickets HERE.

 

Fri, March 1

Emily Jane White (w/ Damian Jurado) @ The Chapel
Tickets HERE.

 

Dana Falconberry (w/ Radar Bros. & Califone) @ Cafe Du Nord
Tickets HERE.

 

The Blank Tapes – Coast To Coast b/w All The Girls In The World now on iTunes!

Blank Tapes - Coast To Coast singleJust a quick heads up, The Blank Tapes have released their first single from their upcoming Vacation LP.

Coast To Coast is one of the many travel themed cuts from the album, a raucous enough journey to wake the ghosts. Exclusive B-Side All The Girls In The World is just what you think it is, a tongue in cheek paean to all the ladies out there, with a wistful Matt Adams wishing he had the time to know them all.

Coast To Coast b/w All The Girls In The World is available now on iTunes!

Antenna Farm Presents The Blank Tapes!!

The Blank Tapes UnderwaterOK…so if you know us, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or ever got stuck listening to one of us drunkenly yammering in your ear at a party, you know that we here at Antenna Farm have been huge fans of Matt Adams and The Blank Tapes for years. Ever since 2008, when Matt gave us a copy of his Daydreams album, a 25 track home recorded masterpiece, we’ve been trying to figure out a way we could work together.

And now we are pleased to announce Vacation, the upcoming LP from The Blank Tapes, coming this May.

For those of you not in the loop, The Blank Tapes is the project of a one Matt Adams, home recorder extraordinaire, and a dude who effortlessly reminds us that there is some rock that actually is classic. Witty and melodic rock songs with harmonies that connect the dots from Brian Wilson to the Velvet Underground back to the International Submarine Band. And yeah, I know, I know, that sounds like every rock dream cliche. But you’re talking to a believer now, and I know if you listen, you’ll be one too.

After five years in the Bay Area and an ever-evolving band lineup that seems to have included almost everyone in the SF Mission music scene, Matt moved back to LA last year and put together a permanent lineup for the Blank Tapes, consisting of himself, bassist D.A. Humphrey, and drummer Pearl Charles. And if the band was great before, now they are incredible.

Late last year, Matt presented us with his almost-finished new LP, Vacation. We loved what we heard. It was like the Grateful Dead tourbus ran over The Kinks on the way to a Pavement show. So good. But enough talk, let’s get real. Listen to Coast To Coast, the first single off Vacation below. And stay tuned for more on the way to the release date in May. AND check them out in your home town. The Blank Tapes will be on tour for much of March and April, including a bunch of shows with Matt Costa, Bad Weather California, BRONCHO, and stops at the SF Noise Pop, Treefort, and SXSW festivals. So Get On It!!

 

The Blank Tapes May/April Tour Dates


02.27.13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hemlock (Noise Pop!)
03.02.13 – Vancouver, BC @ The Electric Owl (early show)
03.03.13 – Seattle, WA @ The High Dive
03.04.13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03.08.13 – San Diego, CA @ The Void
03.09.13 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
03.12.13 – Austin, TX @ Valhalla (Antenna Farm Presents SXSW!)
03.12 thru 03.16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.21.13 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
03.22.13 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater Lounge
03.23.13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03.24.13 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03.25.13 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
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04.04.13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
04.05.13 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
04.06.13 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
04.07.13 – Ann Arbor, MI @ the Blind Pig *
04.09.13 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
04.11.13 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club *
04.12.13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Petit Campus *
04.14.13 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
04.15.13 – Manhattan, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom *
04.17.13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
04.18.13 – Shepherdstown, WV @ Opera House Live *
04.19.13 – Washington, DC @ U St. Music Hall *
04.20.13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
04.21.13 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl *
04.22.13 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
04.24.13 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *
04.25.13 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *
04.26.13 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
04.27.13 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
04.28.13 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s *
04.29.13 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
05.05.13 – Santa Ana, CA @ Proof Bar (Psycho De Mayo 2013)

* w/Matt Costa

Dana Falconberry Announces Feb/March Tour Dates! Noise Pop, SXSW, Califone + More!

Dana Falconberry & BandDana Falconberry has spent the last 6 weeks cabin-bound in Arkansas’ Buffalo River National Forest, but her yearly songwriting hermitage is almost over, and she is soon due to return to Austin to begin band rehearsals for a set of late February and March shows, including gigs with Califone and appearances at SF Noise Pop and the 35 Denton Fest on her way back to Austin for SXSW.

We at Antenna Farm couldn’t be happier with her new album, Leelanau. Released this last October, it has been one of our fastest physical sellers in recent history (we ran out of the initial CD pressing a few weeks ago and had to re-press!)…though really, it is no surprise.

Hailed by the likes of NPR, Spin, No Depression and many more, the album is beautiful and has a lot of heart. Perhaps Popmatters described it best: “Dana Falconberry and her musicians have created something utterly magnificent with Leelanau….An exceptional, unique take on orchestral folk that’s full of heart, beauty and nature.”

As intricate and delicate as the recordings are, Dana’s backing band has done an amazing job pulling these songs off in a live setting, and if you are on Dana’s route, be sure to check a show out. But don’t take our word for it…. check this Super-8 film of Dana and her band playing ‘Crooked River’ from the Leelanau record release show back in October, filmed by the fine folks at Austin’s Transistor 6 collective! Tour dates below the vid.

Dana Falconberry – Crooked River [live at the Scottish Rite Temple, Austin]

Dana Falconberry Feb/March Tour Dates

2.22.13 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain (supporting Good Field)
2.24.13 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush (w/ Steff Koeppen)
2.25.13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space (w/ Blackbird Raum)
2.27.13 – Modesto, CA @ Deva Cafe (w/ Rose Droll)
2.28.13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite (w/ Califone)
3.1.13 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Festival – Cafe Du Nord (w/ Califone)
3.2.13 – Sacramento, CA @ Naked Lounge
3.5.13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3.6.13 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive (w/ Ivan & Alyosha)
3.8.13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory (w/ Seth Sherman)
3.9.13 – Denton, TX @ Denton 35 Fest
3.12.13 – Austin, TX @ Valhalla (Antenna Farm SXSW Showcase)
3.13 to 3.16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Brutal new postal rates = Sorry, Canada & Europe!!

Greetings to our friends in Europe! Although we have already seen our CD and LP sales to your fine territories drop off due to ill-advised austerity measures and self-imposed recessions on the part of your political leaders, apparently there was not enough being done to completely wipe out the business of exporting American physical music to discerning European listeners.

Well, that oversight has been corrected with a brand new update of postal rates to Canada and Europe from the US!

Beginning today, it will cost us $13 American dollars to ship a compact disc or a 7″ record to any European recipient. An LP will come in at almost $20! Yes! That means we will be paying almost double we charge for the item just to ship it to you!

And, yeah, we sure wouldn’t want to leave our Canadian siblings up north out of the fun! So we have new rates for you as well, friends: it now costs almost $8 to ship a CD, $9 to ship a 7″ and a whopping $12 to ship an LP to you!

Jokes aside, it really kills us that running a small business as we do that we cannot afford to absorb much of these new costs and simply have to pass them along to our loyal customers. But we really have no choice, and that sucks. So please accept our apologies on behalf of our bankrupt postal service, and their seeming desire to deprive you of our CDs and LPs.

And of course all of our titles are available in digital format on iTunes, 7Digital, and hundreds of other digital retailers in your home country. It’s no substitute for holding the music in your hands, but perhaps this is the way of the future?

Social Studies release video for Still Life!

Noise Pop officially announced Social Studies‘ Brick & Mortar show (Wed Feb 27 & for more details, check here ) and the band is still adding a few dates to their US tour with Ramona Falls (San Diego on 2/24 just added!).

In the meantime, they have presented us with a new video! Still Life is a slow burn that drives to an aching and heavy emotional release: “We’re ending this tonight!” and is one of our favorite cuts on their new album, Developer.

The video is a cool animated short, created by Murder Doll House Films. Check it out below!

 

Social Studies announce US Tour Dates with Ramona Falls!

Social Studies - DarkWoodsMan, there are a lot of plans coming together right now, and we’re liking the way 2013 is looking so far.

First up, Social Studies have a bunch of tour dates to announce! Their new album Developer is racking up some of the best initial iTunes sales of any of AF’s releases to date…no surprise to us, since it’s just that good. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head over to Soundcloud, we’ve got a couple of Social Studies cuts (Terracur & Away For The Weekend) on our Antenna Farm 2012 Roundup Mix. You will thank me, friend.

But back to the business at hand. Social Studies are teaming up with Portland friends Ramona Falls for a set of dates spanning the US of A. To boot, they’re adding on some more dates at either end of the run just to make sure that nobody is left in the cold this winter. Yes, you will be taken care of. Because we love you.

 Social Studies Winter Tour

01.25.13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
01.26.13 – San Diego, CA @ The Griffin w/The Donkeys
02.06.13 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
02.07.09 – Denver, CO @ Local 46 (early show!)
02.09.13 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter
02.10.13 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
02.12.13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
02.13.13 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor*
02.14.13 – Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge*
02.15.13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
02.16.13 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt*
02.18.13 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
02.19.13 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s*
02.20.13 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk*
02.22.13 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
02.23.13 – Tempe, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
02.24.13 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club*
02.25.13 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*
02.26.13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg*
02.27.13 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar (Noise Pop)*
03.01.13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
03.02.13 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern*

* w/ Ramona Falls

 

2012 Roundup Antenna Farm Playlist!

What a year! Antenna Farm had a really exciting 2012, and we were privileged to bring you new sounds from Agent Ribbons, Dana Falconberry, Social Studies, Emily Jane White, Bart Davenport and Papercuts.

Every year we look back and reflect on how lucky we are to work with such a talented set of artists, and this year may have been our best one yet. So as you prepare for the full holiday onslaught, take a quick break with some of our favorite tracks from 2012. Don’t forget, all of these titles are available on iTunes, and of course Vinyl & CDs are available from these artists at the AF store, and are priced 20% off through the end of the year with the promo code ‘BLOCK20‘ at checkout! Happy Holidays!

Antenna Farm Holiday Sale 20% off all CDs & LPs!

Just a quick reminder! Time is getting short, but you can still take care of everyone on your holiday gift list and save a little scratch while you’re at it! Every order into the AF Store will ship within 24 hours, right up to Xmas day!

Use promo code ‘BLOCK20′ for a 20% discount on ALL ITEMS from the Antenna Farm Store!

Antenna Farm has had a great 2012, with new vinyl and CDs from Agent RibbonsSocial StudiesDana FalconberryEmily Jane WhiteBart Davenport, and Papercuts! Now is your chance to catch up on any of these titles you might have missed and all are 20% off at the Antenna Farm Store through the rest of the year!

And of course, the 20% discount applies across the entire AF catalog, including CDs and LPs from  The DonkeysFoxtails BrigadeStill Flyin’Sugar & Gold,The Dry Spells The BotticellisWinfred E. Eye and many more. So head on over to the Antenna Farm Store and be sure to take advantage of our 20% across the board discount by entering the promo code ‘BLOCK20′. Support the musicians who you love year around and save yourself some bucks while doing it!

Social Studies head North!

Social Studies ChainlinkSocial Studies continue to make waves with their new LP, Developer, climbing the CMJ charts, garnering iTunes features worldwide,  and starting to appear on year-end lists.

No better time then to make a run up to the North West for a short string of dates! The band starts with a show this Wednesday at San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar presented by Communion SF.  From there it’s on to Portland, Seattle and Olympia, wrapping with a second stop in Portland next Wednesday night.

 

Social Studies NW Dates

12/5 – Brick & Mortar, SF, CA

12/9 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR

12/10 – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA

12/11 – The Northern, Olympia, WA

12/12 – Bunk Bar, Portland, OR

And yeah, I know we say this a lot, but this band is amazing live, so if you’re on this route, drop your plans and get down to the gig! You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss it!

 

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