Social Studies (Podcast #223)

This week’s podcast showcases longtime friends of The Bay Bridged, San Francisco’s Social Studies. The release this month of their first full length album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, on Antenna Farm Records, feels like a welcome reintroduction to the band’s unique spin on nervy indie pop. Retro-sounding synths lend Social Studies’ songs plenty of catchy charm, but they’re equally brainy, with twists and turns that avoid standard pop structures. The music is lean enough to let singer Natalia Rogovin shine as a compelling frontwoman, and she’s joined by talented bandmates and guest contributions by members of Judgement Day, Thee More Shallows and Dreamdate. In short, there’s a lot to love here, and we’re excited to watch Social Studies embark on this exciting next chapter with Wind Up Wooden Heart‘s release.

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We sat down with the members of Social Studies recently to discuss their new album. We’ve also included four songs from Wind Up Wooden Heart in the episode.

Upcoming Shows:

Social Studies has a slate of West Coast shows over the next month. Full dates on their MySpace page.

Saturday, August 7th
Rickshaw Stop
with Maus Haus, 60 Watt Kid, and Montra (Wind Up Wooden Heart Release Party)
8pm, $10 adv/$12 door


– Visit Social Studies on Facebook and MySpace, the band’s web site and on Twitter.

Wind Up Wooden Heart is available now from Antenna Farm Records. The album will be available digitally on July 27, 2010. Social Studies also recently released a 7″ on Aerobic International.

– Watch the band’s video for “Time Bandit” on Vimeo.