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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.

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:

Social Studies hit the West Coast with the Donkeys!

That’s right. Starting next Wednesday, San Francisco’s Social Studies hit the road for a week’s worth of west coast shows, heading from LA up to Seattle and back again.

The band has been hard at work on new songs for a follow up to 2010′s Wind Up Wooden Heart, and we got a sneak preview last Sunday night when Social Studies headlined the Great American Music Hall here in SF, a benefit for the queer positive anti-bullying organization It Gets Better.

Accompanying Social Studies on this outing are San Diego’s The Donkeys, who have a new album out on Dead Oceans called Born With Stripes. You’ll hear a more pop approach on this album than their last outing, harking a bit back to their self titled debut album, released on Antenna Farm back in 2006.

Both bands put on great shows, so if you’re on the west coast, don’t miss it!

Social Studies and the Donkeys Tour Dates:

May 4th @ The Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles
May 5th @ Carbones – Monterey
May 6th @ Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco
May 9th @ Holocene – Portland
May 10th @ Sunset Tavern – Seattle

And for a hint of the new tunes Social Studies are working on, check out this video of the band playing ‘Delicate Hands‘….shot in a meadow overlooking SF by our friends over at Backseat Beat!

Backseat Beat exclusive: Social Studies perform “Delicate Hands” from Brad Robertson on Vimeo.

Antenna Farm Birthday Celebration This Friday, December 17th!

Man, it’s the end of the year and we’re running ragged! The Antenna Farm Holiday Sale is off the rails and the orders are keeping us super busy, it’s great! If you haven’t yet checked it out, head over to the AF Store and enter promo code ‘falala25′ when you check out for a 25% discount on ALL CDs & LPs through the entire month of December!

But that’s not enough. Friday, December 17th, SMiLE presents a birthday celebration for Paul and Jill, the two cranky Capricorns behind Antenna Farm Records, and you’re invited!

Joining us will be a pair of our favorite AF artists: Social Studies and Agent Ribbons, with special guests Amores Vigilantes. And SMiLE maestro Neil Martinson will be playing groovy tunes on the turntables all night.

This is at a great new venue, The Burritt Room at San Francisco’s Crescent Hotel (417 Stockton @ Sutter) and the show is FREE! So come on out this Friday night for a great show and a fun little get-together! We’ll see you there!

Social Studies in NYC: CMJ and More!

Social StudiesHey, if you’re in NYC for CMJ, we’ve got a couple of Social Studies shows you should check out!

Thursday night (October 21st), Social Studies play their official CMJ showcase at the swanky Alphabet Lounge in Manhattan (104 Avenue C). This is an early show, they play at 7, so be sure to get there early!

Friday afternoon you can catch them at the Levi’s Pop-Up store in Manhattan (secret show!! SHHH!)

Then on Saturday (October 23rd) the band decamps to Brooklyn for a loft show at the decidedly-not-swanky Dead Herring (141 S. 5th St., Brooklyn) a cool new spot that is super convenient to the G, JMZ and L lines.

Social Studies put on a great show and these are definitely worth adding to your CMJ calendar. And if you haven’t yet checked out their new album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, grab a copy here!

Social Studies announce US tour, CMJ Show!

Social StudiesSocial Studies play in Berkeley this Saturday before embarking on a US tour out to NYC to play their first CMJ showcase. It’s followed by a swing through the south, down to Athens and then a quick run back through the rockies, wrapping up in SF in early November.

Their debut album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, continues to get strong college radio airplay across the country, and for those of you outside of the Bay Area who haven’t seen this band’s electrifying live show, this is your chance.

Grab your copy of Wind Up Wooden Heart at your favorite local record store or right here at the Antenna Farm Store, and be sure to check out Social Studies when they roll through your town!

Tour dates below the fold. If they are not hitting your town, don’t worry, more dates are being added every day!

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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.

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.

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