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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!


Social Studies ‘Developer’ LP/CD in stores now!

Social Studies - DeveloperStoked! 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.

Digital? Sure, we got that too. iTunes. Amazon MP3. RdioSpotify.  YES.

Still skeptical? Give this a listen. If you like guitar music, if you like rock music, if you like pop…you’re going to want to hear more. Nuff Said.




Social Studies Announce New Album, Premiere New Single Terracur & Tour California!

Social Studies - Terracur

Yeah, we’re stoked. Social Studies are putting the final touches on their new album, called Developer, set for release on November 13th. They leaked the first single to Nylon mag last week, the killer slow burn Terracur. Check it here.

With a fervent west coast fan base thanks to their arch take on modernist pop (as heard on 2010 release Wind Up Wooden Heart) and an electric live show, Social Studies headed into the studio earlier this year intending to streamline their sound and recreate their live sound as best they could. To that end they recruited producer and engineer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Thao & Mirah), an excellent match who brought an unparalleled feel of immediacy to the recordings.

Developer releases on LP/CD/MP3 on November 13th. First single Terracur goes to iTunes/Spotify/Amazon Tuesday September 4th. But you can download it right now, for free, using the link above!

And yeah, we know it’s a long time until November, and waiting is a bitch. Well if you’re in California, you’re in luck. Social Studies is doing a short string of shows starting next week, so you can check out a raft of these new jams first hand! Check it:

Social Studies California Tour

9/5 – Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
9/6 – SF @ The Knockout
9/7 – Davis @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
9/8 – Los Angeles @ Pehrspace
9/9 – Claremont @ Scripps College (afternoon show)
9/9 – Fullerton @ Common Wealth Lounge
9/10 – Los Angeles @ Origami Records
9/11 – Long Beach @ The Prospector

Yeah, so we’ll see you at the shows. LA friends, don’t sleep on this one. For more notes on Developer and a great interview with Natalia, check out the Nylon interview and song premiere HERE.

Social Studies Announce West Coast Dates & Kickstarter!

Social Studies are on the move.

To start, they’re announcing a short string of California dates for early May, in a support slot for Ramona Falls (Barsuk Records). But even better, the band has just finished recording their new album, as-yet un-named, but due for release later this year. Mixing is almost complete and we’ve heard a few of the finished cuts…just one word: AWESOME.

The band has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of the album, and they’ve put together some amazing music and artwork packages for the folks that give a hand. They’re a week into it and have raised just under half of their $7000 goal. If you were a fan of their 2010 album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, you’re going to be rocked by these new songs.

Of course, Californians can check things out first hand, as Social Studies head out on the road next week to preview a handul of these new songs for you personally!

Social Studies Tour Dates

May 8th – San Diego @ The Casbah w/ Ramona Falls

May 10th – Los Angeles @ The Echo w/ Ramona Falls & Lotus Plaza

May 11th – San Francisco @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Ramona Falls & Churches

May 12th – Davis @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen w/ Ramona Falls & We Are Plural

Check out Social Studies Kickstarter Campaign HERE.

Antenna Farm Blows Up Noise Pop 2012!!!

It’s February in San Francisco, and that means Noise Pop. Of course this year is special, because it’s the 20th Anniversary. Who’d have thought, back in 1992, that there’d still be “pop music” or even “noise” in 2012? And while we pause to feel a little bit of “pride” and a whole lot of “old” we’re also going to thank the wonderful bookers over in the noise pop offices for inviting no less than four Antenna Farm artists to play this year!


That’s right! We have confirmed Noise Pop shows for Papercuts, Social Studies, Foxtails Brigade, and our newest addition to the Antenna Farm family, Emily Jane White (ps…this last mention is still a bit of a secret, so only tell your closest and most gossipy friends…)


I could prattle on and on, but I know what you care about, my friend…SHOW DETAILS (and some music!) AFTER THE JUMP!!!!


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Agent Ribbons return to Oakland for a show with Social Studies, Emily Jane White & More!

Agent Ribbons on the road!Agent Ribbons are headed back into the the studio to start recording a whole new set of songs as a follow up to 2010′s critically acclaimed Chateau Crone.  The band will spend the first week of February recording in their old hometown of Sacramento but are stopping in Oakland for a one-off gig on the way next Friday, January 27th.

But it’s not just any show. This gig will be a blowout as the Ribbons share the stage with fellow AF artists Social Studies, who are also about to head into the studio to record a follow up to their 2010 album Wind Up Wooden Heart. With engineer Eli Crews (who has recorded albums for the likes of Deerhoof and tUnE-yArDs) on the boards we’re looking forward to checking these tunes out!

Also on the bill will be a short solo set by Emily Jane White, a local singer songwriter who we’ve become quite enamored of over here at the AF HQ. More on her in a subsequent post.

Rounding out the bill are openers SunBears! a great indie pop duo out of Florida on their first west coast tour, the norcal retro poppers The Ian Fays, and DJ Zola. This bill is like a ginsu knife set, the hits keep coming!

So come on out, it’s only $5!

Friday, January 27th  (show starts early at 8pm!)

Agent Ribbons
Social Studies
The Ian Fays
Emily Jane White (solo)

w/DJ Zola

The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 451-8100
$5. 21+

For more info on this show and to RSVP, check out the Facebook Event Page, here:

Antenna Farm Holiday Sale! 25% off ALL CDs & LPs through 2011!

AF Holiday Sale 2011!

Yes, it’s the holidays. This can be a stressful time, dealing with presents for your picky friends and relatives and crappy Christmas music! Well, last week we let you know about a great new holiday themed CD, Time Is Passed, by Foxtails Brigade, and that alone has made the season almost bearable for us. But we wanted to do something more.

So we’re having a sale! For the entire month of December, you can take 25% off of every item in the Antenna Farm Store, just use the promo code ‘foxtails25′ at checkout, and you’re on your way to incredible savings!

Yes, your threat to aunt Josephine that she’d understand you if she only listened to Agent Ribbons, or your suspicion that your cousins would probably be a lot cooler if they checked out Sugar & Gold, or thoughts about how your mom probably would totally dig Bart Davenport? All of these theories are on the verge of being reality, because it’s Christmas time! And we’re here to help!

Antenna Farm has released some great records over the past few years, and now is the time to take advantage of a great deal and get your hands on some modern classics! Whether it’s the bands mentioned above, or great titles from Social StudiesPapercutsThe Dry SpellsStill Flyin’The BotticellisThe DonkeysWinfred E. Eye and more, this is your one-stop shop. And just between you and me, the best gifts are the ones you save for yourself!

So yes, be sure to visit the Antenna Farm Store during your holiday shopping and our worker elves (who are we kidding! It’s us!) will be turning orders around in record time. And be sure to take advantage of our 25% across the board discount by entering the promo code ‘foxtails25′. Support the musicians who you love year around and save yourself some bucks while doing it! This is one purchase that comes with no buyer’s remorse, friend.

Antenna Farm and KALX Present Social Studies, Dreamdate & Will Sprott in Oakland!

Antenna Farm and KALX Present Social Studies at Vitus in Oakland!This Friday, December 9th, Antenna Farm is teaming up with our favorite local radio station, KALX, for a special night at the cool new Oakland venue, Vitus. As a bonus, this show is specially priced at a budget-friendly $5, so you can come out without having to cheap out on mom’s Christmas present.

Join us as we welcome Social Studies back for their first East Bay show in almost a year, and their first show in several months altogether. The band has been on a hiatus from live shows while drummer Michael has recovered from foot surgery earlier this year, but they haven’t been idle. They’ve taken the opportunity to lay down a whole new set of songs for their next album (coming in mid 2012!) and this is a great chance to check out some new material for the first time!

Joining Social Studies for this great show will be Oakland’s Dreamdate & Will Sprott of the Mumlers. 

Dreamdate singers Yea-Ming Chen and Anna Hillberg play stripped down pop arrangements reminiscent of the early 90s twee of groups like Cub and the Spinanes, anchored by the drum work of Joe Haener (most recently of the Dodos.).  Will Sprott is the frontman for the Mumlers, San Jose’s most exciting musical export since the Count Five. As a solo performer, Will Sprott is a bit more subdued than the Beefheart inflected New Orleans vibe of his full band, but no less complex, freed to try his skillful hand at capturing the raw essence of 75 years of collected American pop music.  

Finally, we should add a note about Vitus, the great new Oakland venue hosting this show.  Locals might remember this location as the home of the former Oakland Metro; Vitus has been completely renovated and re-opened by Damon Gallagher, one of the folks behind one of the East Bay’s most legendary underground venues, the Ghost Town Gallery. He’s gone legit now, and with his old friend and studio wiz Greg Ashley (the Gris Gris) handling sound, Vitus is a worthy addition to the newly thriving Oakland nightlife scene.

So if you’re in the Bay Area, do come out, this will be a fun night! Details below:

Friday December 9th

Social Studies
Will Sprott (of the Mumlers)

Vitus, 201 Broadway (in Jack London), Oakland, CA 94607

And yes, you totally should RSVP on Facebook here.


Bart Davenport tonight, Social Studies cancel Sunday!

First off, a hearty thanks to all the fans who came out for last night’s Foxtails Brigade show at the New Parish in Oakland. It was a great show, but if you missed it, Laura and the gang will be playing a special show at the Redwood Grove at the UC Botanical Garden on Thursday, August 4th. For more info click here.

Tonight the action is in Berkeley, as Bart Davenport returns from 3 months of European touring for his first Bay Area show in months. Joining him at Berkeley’s Starry Plough are the excellent Aerosols and Montra. More info here.

Finally, a little bit of bad news. Social Studies have had to cancel their Sunday show at the SF Indie Mart. Drummer Michael Jirkovsky had to have emergency surgery on his foot earlier this week, and will not be able to do the gig. Please join us in wishing him a speedy recovery….and let us remind you that the Indie Mart is going on as scheduled, so be sure to swing by Thee Parkside this Sunday for great food, beer, music, and crafts, clothing and more by local artisans. Plus it’s a benefit for IM founder Kelly Malone, who is fighting cancer sans health insurance so it’s a great cause.

This week in the Bay: Shows with Foxtails Brigade, Bart Davenport, Social Studies and more!

Wow, got a bunch of shows to share with you this week, dear reader….for fans of Antenna Farm artists in the Bay Area, the coming week is a veritable embarrassment of riches, so get out your datebook!


First is this Thursday (7/21) at the New Parish in Oakland. Antenna Farm is pleased to be presenting a great show at Oakland’s coolest new venue. Foxtails Brigade headlines this show, playing songs from their critcally acclaimed new album ‘The Bread and the Bait‘ (“skillfully executed sounds that are simultaneously childlike and wise beyond their years” – Bitch Magazine) with The Botticellis showing off a new lineup and a bunch of new songs in the middle slot. Opening the show is friend of the label and stringmetal masters Judgement Day, doing a rare semi-acoustic set. Get advance tickets here.

The following night, Friday (7/22), Bart Davenport returns to Berkeley’s Starry Plough for his first Bay Area show in months! Bart’s been on tour in Europe for the better part of the last 3 months, playing shows with his bands Honeycut, Incarnations, and of course plenty of solo gigs. But it’s about time Bart gets back to the Bay, it just hasn’t been quite the same without him! You can expect to hear a few songs from Bart’s new covers album ‘Searching For Bart Davenport‘ plus the songs Bart is recording now for an Antenna Farm 7″ release this fall!

Then on Sunday (7/24), SF’s Social Studies return to the SF Indie Mart at San Francisco’s Parkside Theater. The Indie Mart is an excellent marketplace for a bunch of SF’s coolest independent designers, you can go and support local artisans while enjoying BBQ, cheap beer and excellent music! All proceeds benefit the indefatigable founder of SF Indie Mart, Kelly Malone, in her battle with cancer (the big C may have messed with the wrong person this time!). Indie Mart starts at noon, and Social Studies play at 6pm sharp!


Finally, old friend of the label Lana Rebel is playing the El Rio next Wednesday (7/27). Lana jams some serious country rock, more real than the tear in your beer. She’s joined by relentless troubadour Eric Shea’s country outfit, Sweet Charity, and we know this will be a killer show.

Whew, quite a week! Get your live music on and we’ll see you out in the clubs!


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