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?
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.
Man, 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*
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!
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!
Social 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!
It’s that time of year, and we have something special to share for the holidays! Austin, TX chanteuse Dana Falconberry, fresh off her fall tour around the release of her critically acclaimed new LP, Leelanau, has created some beautiful Block Prints featuring imagery and lyrics directly from the album. Intrepid fans might recognize a couple of the images from her Crooked River and Lake Charlevoix digital singles released earlier this year.
Dana’s block prints come bundled in sets of 9 unique images, are hand printed and extremely limited. These pieces of collectible art are available on their own or as part of a bundle with the LeelanauLP or CD. For more images of the prints (and a peek behind the scenes on their creation) scroll down.
Agent Ribbons spent all of October on tour, including a bunch of days in New York for CMJ. Towards the end of their stay in the Big Apple, Natalie and Lauren headed out to Coney Island with their friend Jason Hood, who brought with them his trusty Super 8 camera. Once there they got to work shooting footage for a new video.
Of course they had no idea that Hurricane Sandy would roll through just days later, devastating the Brooklyn landmark and forever changing the local landscape.
Jamaica and the Wishing Shrine is a wistful and dreamy ballad from the band’s new EP, Let Them Talk. And the Super 8 format, with it’s ersatz home-movie feel, perfectly match the lyrical themes of nostalgia and a hints of sadness for a friend who has moved on.
All the more poignant then, as plans to rebuild Coney Island will offer an excuse for developers to tear out as much of the old-timey charm as they can, replacing it with generic new seafront attractions. Goodbye hotdog stand, hello Applebee’s.
So enjoy this video from Agent Ribbons, a snapshot of the classic Coney Island that may have been lost forever.
Happy Thanksgiving! While those of us in the Estados Unidos hunker down for a potentially toxic brew of tryptophan, football, and familial relations, Bart Davenport is keeping the faith with a string of shows in Germany and Spain. Nice!
Bart is finishing up work on his new album, recorded with his LA band, The Art Thieves, with producer Luke Top at the helm. We are big fans of Luke’s, we love his solo work, and we love his band, Fools Gold….and have been cool with this dude since Antenna Farmer Paul K played in the Papercuts band with him ten years ago. (editor’s note: that hurts.)
Meanwhile, Bart’s last release, the Someone2Dance 7″ continues to rock it, with a placement in the new indie film Smashed(it’s got Nic Offerman from Parks & Rec!!), and a spot on the film’s great soundtrack, alongside Sonny & the Sunsets, Smog, Richard & Linda Thompson, and more! We have just a few copies of this 7″ left and it will NOT be re-pressed, so get a copy while you can!
Stoked! We had a great time last Friday night at the SF Independent as Social Studies sold out one of our favorite rooms in San Francisco for their record release party (special thanks to San Franpsycho, who presented the show and just rocked it right over the top Stallone-style), and now, at last, we are pleased to report that their Developer CD and LP is OUT and IN STORES NOW!!
So yes, find your way to your local mom and pop record store to get your hands on one of these without delay. The 140 gram vinyl sounds amazing, as does the CD (thanks to engineer/producer Eli Crews, we owe you one, buddy!). Of course if there’s not a shop convenient to you, you can also find it at Amazon, but do let us suggest that if mail order is your thing, try out the Antenna Farm Store, orders ship within 24 hours and come with a limited-edition Social Studies tour poster! Find the CD or LP HERE.