More love from MTV’s “Friendzone”…

Being that we’re such hopeless romantics, its only fitting that MTV
has decided to included our music in yet another episode of FRIENDZONE!  Tune in
TONIGHT, November 14th at 7 pm (8c) to hear our songs “Wait a Minute Here” and “Getting By”!!!

MTV is also offering one of our songs from Episode 3 as a FREE DOWNLOAD! Visit soundtrack.mtv.com to get ROBOTANISTS’ “Slow Motion” and other music from the show! 

Getting By” and “Wait a Minute Here both appear on our first album / CD, CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS,our 12”, CURRENT and is available digitally through our official store, at iTunes and everywhere else on the web!

ROBOTANISTS on MTV’s “Friendzone” again!

Tune in to MTV’s new reality show, FRIENDZONE TONIGHT, November 9th at 7 pm (8c) to hear our song “Getting By”!!!

MTV is also offering one of our songs from Episode 3 as a FREE DOWNLOAD! Visit soundtrack.mtv.com to get ROBOTANISTS’ “Slow Motion” and other music from the show! 

Getting By” appears on our first album / CD, CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS, our 12”, CURRENT and is available digitally through our official store, at iTunes and everywhere else on the web!

FREE Music from MTV’s “Friendzone”

Tune in to MTV’s new reality show, FRIENDZONE this Thursday, November 3rd at 7 pm (8c) to hear our song “Slow Motion”!!!

As a special BONUS, MTV is offering you the song as a FREE DOWNLOAD through November 11th! Visit soundtrack.mtv.com after the show on Thursday to get a free download from ROBOTANISTS and other music from the show! 

“Slow Motion” appears on our first album / CD, CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS, our 12”, CURRENT and is available digitally through our official store, at iTunes and everywhere else on the web!

OUR 2010 WRAP UP!

Wow, it’s been a crazy year, spent mostly in the studio… recording 2 records, making 2 music videos, releasing our 2nd CD and our first 12”… so here are some of the highlights as they happened….

We started the year in the studio working on a collection of covers that we decide to release in April, as SHAPES AND VARIATIONS. We also recorded an additional track during those sessions, for an itunes exclusive release, that we were commissioned to do by Apple and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears (more info on that later).  In the process of making SHAPES AND VARIATIONS, we were asked to donate a song to Uncovering a Cure: Volume 1, a fundraising album benefitting AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES. We gladly gave them our cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” and participated in a great event at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood to coincide with its release. That night we shared the stage with Oh Darling, Ruby Freidman, Pollyn, and a few more stellar artists.  The following week we released SHAPES AND VARIATIONS digitally worldwide through our label, Overhead Records, and began work on a new music video for the first track on the record, “Exiled State of Mind.” Arranging the music of others was a pallet cleanser for us, allowing us to start writing a ton of new material, and venture off into new directions… all of which will be showcased on our new record in 2011!

Late last year, we partnered with Hunnypot Music Unlimited Publishing, who have been working hard to place our music in TV and film all year!  We also signed off on licensing deals with MTV Networks, and Bunim Murray Productions, garnishing us some great placements on ABC’s Private Practice, as well as several MTV shows and movies throughout the year, keeping our first record CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS in the spotlight all year (KCRW also helped immensely, keeping “Wait a Minute Here” in rotation all year long).

We performed all over the West Coast in the spring and summer, joining forces with some amazing local promoters, like Edgar Varela of EVFA, MFG, KCRW, LAFreebee,com, Beatcrave.com, I Promote Good Bands, Hear Gallery and more. With their help we performed at plenty of stellar events, like Bloomfest LA, The Downtown Art Walk, School Night @ Bardot (voted best party in America by Paste Magazine!), and many more.

In the fall we decided to release our first 12”, CURRENT, while we continued to write new material, and shot our 2nd music video to coincide with the vinyl release, this time for the first track on Side A, “Wait a Minute Here”. We also took some time to demo some of our new material for one of our favorite new websites, Gorillacoustic.com, performing the title track for our 2011 record, “Plans in Progress” and another new song, “Have We Met Before?” for the first time live. Then in August, as the summer was winding down, and we had already been humbled by all of the great things said about our first release of the year, we got a great editorial feature in Filter’s Ragged Magazine!

After the September release of CURRENT, and an awesome album release party at Origami Vinyl, we decided to relaunch our digital store through BandCamp.com, and put out a bunch of new merch… then we were off to the studio!

We began pre-production of our new record PLANS IN PROGRESS, with producer, Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Karen O, Beck, Feist), and started tracking at Bright Street, a cozy little studio owned by Pierre de Reeter of Rilo Kiley, that has also been home to Vampire Weekend, Lykke LI, Obi Best, and Sia to name a few.

Around that time we released our two music videos, “Exiled State of Mind” directed by Byron Turk and Jessy Plume and “Wait a Minute Here” directed by Lloyd DeSouza. Then we were off on our first mini tour in the south!

We traveled up the coast to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, out to Las Vegas and then down to Austin, Houston, and New Orleans, visiting friends, family and playing shows along the way, and came home to the news that for the 2nd year in a row, we made it to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ballot for our album SHAPES AND VARIATIONS and a few of our singles.

We performed with some amazing bands this year… KISSES, Obi BestWhite Arrows, Seven SaturdaysKindest Lines (New Orleans), Dark Water Hymnal (Austin), The Baker Family (Austin), Jean-Eric (New Orleans, Fran Healy (of Travis), THREADSPINNER,  WET & RECKLESSFENCESTHE HEAD AND THE HEARTLA GHOST, Kitten ,  Spirit VineFOL CHEN, Light Pollution, Crocodiles, Voxhaul Broadcast,  RumspringaVanaprasta, THE GOLDEN FILTERThe Hundred in the Hands , POLLYN, BOXVIOLET, DOWNTOWN/UNION, Red Cortez, and Restavrant,  just to name a few !

We also very humbly garnished a handful of excellent reviews, write ups, mentions and interviews, from the likes of Filter, The Deli, BeatCrave.com, BuzzBands.la, InTraffik.com, Wild Tonic, and others!

Along the way… our guitarist, Daniel DeBlanke had the privilege of sitting in with some incredible bands, like WAIT. THINK. FAST, TWO GUNS, and Spirit Animal.

And of course, throughout the year we made a million new friends and fans, and other bands, all of whom that we hope to grow with.

As for 2011…

We have a new record, PLANS IN PROGRESS coming out, February 15th on our label Overhead Records!!! So, we’ll be celebrating every Monday in February at the Silverlake Lounge! After that we’ll be heading to Austin for SXSW and will be on tour afterwards! Stay tuned for a new music video and our cover of “Ideas as Opiates” on an iTunes exclusive Tears for Fears tribute album benefiting Alzheimers.org at some point. We’ll hopefully be putting out another 12” before the end of the year as well, and who know what else! See you then!

So thanks to everyone that made 2010 so amazing… Happy Holidays to all! We’ll see you next year!

xo

Sarah

Daniel

Keith,

Preston

Buzzbands Premieres “Exiled State of Mind” Video

We finally finished our first music video, for our song and quasi-Jay-Z cover,

“EXILED STATE OF MIND”

The song is the first cut on SIDE B of our 12″, CURRENT , that’s out now, and is the first track on our covers record, SHAPES AND VARIATIONS. The video was directed and shot by our good friends BYRON TURK,  who is most notably a camera man, tornado hunter, and fearless blogger on Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” and photographer JESSY PLUME.

BuzzBands.la debuted the video on Friday, calling it “a rather shapely variation of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”… a welcome respite from the spate of straight-ahead covers; re-conceptualized, it’s more of a response than a cover.”

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

WATCH NOW:

CLICK HERE to read about the making of the video, to see behind the scenes photos and more!

Director, Byron Turk is now getting ready to be shoot the next season of “Storm Chasers” in October and will be directing a horror movie this fall called Welcome to the Bates Motel, based on the real life world famous haunted house and hay ride, of the same name, in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania  Please visit www.byronfever.com for more info about his many projects! And stop by  jessyplume.wordpress.com for more info about Jessy’s photography and other upcoming projects.

You can also view this video on our VIMEO page!

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CURRENT is available to BUY NOW at the ROBOTANISTS online store, and will be available at shows and at select west coast retailers after September 11th, when we’ll be celebrating the release at a special party and in store performance at ORIGAMI VINYL in Echo Park.
ROBOTANISTS: Record Release Show @ Origami Vinyl 9.11.2010

IN STORES NOW!!!

Our very first 12″ vinyl release is finally out, and we’ve got a million colors for you to choose from!!!!

ROBOTANISTS: Current 12" Vinyl / PINK - DSC02185
Aptly titled CURRENT, the record includes hand picked selections from our previous records, including songs like, “Wait a Minute Here,” ‘Close Down The Woods,” “Exiled State of Mind,” Dance, Dance, Dance,” and others!
ROBOTANISTS: Current 12" Vinyl / COLORS - DSC02196
Each limited edition record is hand numbered, in a durable clear jacket, and made of randomly colored 150 gram deluxe vinyl…

NO TWO ARE ALIKE!!!!

Included with the album are FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of both full albums, CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS and SHAPES AND VARIATIONS.

CURRENT is available to BUY NOW at the ROBOTANISTS online store, and will be available at shows and at select west coast retailers after September 11th, when we’ll be celebrating the release at a special party and in store performance at ORIGAMI VINYL in Echo Park.
ROBOTANISTS: Record Release Show @ Origami Vinyl 9.11.2010
CLICK HERE to see more pictures of the album being pressed and all of the different color variations!

Our first 12″ is hot off the press…

As you probably know, we’re about to release our first vinyl record, and our friends at United Record Pressing, in Nashville, Tennessee took some time to photograph our randomly mixed colored vinyl as it was pressed!!!

CLICK HERE to see more pictures of the album being pressed, and visit URP on FaceBook to see pressings by other artists, like Karen Elson, Jack White, Dead Weather, Those Darlins and more!

Aptly titled CURRENT, the record includes hand picked selections from our previous records, including songs like, “Wait a Minute Here,” ‘Close Down The Woods,” “Exiled State of Mind,” Dance, Dance, Dance,” and others!

Each limited edition record is hand numbered, in a durable clear jacket, and made of randomly colored 150 gram deluxe vinyl… so NO TWO ARE ALIKE!!!!

Included with the album are FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of both full albums, CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS and SHAPES AND VARIATIONS.

CURRENT is available to BUY NOW at the ROBOTANISTS online store, and will be available at shows and at select west coast retailers after September 11th, when we’ll be celebrating the release at a special party and in store performance at ORIGAMI VINYL in Echo Park.