Antenna Farm was founded in late 2003 by three like-minded former music directors at KALX Berkeley. Taking their cues from the eclectic and genre-agnostic free form radio format that originally drew them together, these three pilgrims sought to document the rapidly evolving and diverse music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The label’s inaugural release was the critically acclaimed Game Preserve album by Bart Davenport, an auspicious start for the fledgling imprint, and a portent of things to come.
Flash forward a few years, and Antenna Farm has become an East Bay institution with an impressive catalog boasting albums by Papercuts, Agent Ribbons, Emily Jane White, Sugar & Gold, Social Studies, The Donkeys, Still Flyin’, Foxtails Brigade, The Botticellis, The Dry Spells and more. Adhering to their vision rooted in the diversity of free form radio, the Antenna Farm staff has sought out songwriters and musical collectives regardless of style or micro-genre with but one criteria in mind: their ability to make timeless, totally affecting records that just get played again and again. Antenna Farm’s roster has branched out beyond the Bay Area to include artists from all four corners of the US but remains a tight family of remarkable songwriters and people to watch. And like listening to your favorite college radio dj, when you put on an Antenna Farm record and start losing your self in those songs, it doesn’t matter if they’re bringing the jamz, gently serenading you, or somewhere in between, you’re going to like what you hear.