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Jared Paul



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PFA wins BreakThrough Act of 2010 in Prov Phoenix!  Reply with quote  

Best Breakthrough Act in Providence
Prayers for Atheists

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Strange Famous Records CEO Sage Francis wisely scooped up ardent political and human rights activist Jared Paul and his Prayers for Atheists crew, who stormed the scene last summer behind their outstanding self-titled debut EP and its leadoff single "Psalm for St. Paul," documenting Paul's arrest in Minnesota outside the Republican National Convention (a grass roots fundraising effort eventually led to all charges getting dropped). Edutainment is in effect when catching Prayers for Atheists in action; in July, the foursome embark on yet another cross-country tour, and Paul will pounce on the opportunity to drop some knowledge nationwide (think Chuck D. disguised as a 5'5" bike messenger). Guitarist Alan Hague's chugging, neck-snapping riffs complement Paul's fiery, slam-poet insight. PFA's live show is not to be missed, as evidenced by sold-out gigs at Firehouse 13 and AS220.

Runners-up
2. Big Tall Buildings
3. The diePods
4. Fairhaven


*PFA's "Psalm for St. Paul" & B Dolan's "Border Crossing" were also nominated for "Song of the Year," both made solid showings behind the eventual winner:

1. Deer Tick, "Easy"
2. Prayers for Atheists, “Psalm for St. Paul”
3. B Dolan, “Border Crossing”
4. Six Star General, "One-Sided Walkie Talkie"


(http://thephoenix.com/BMP/Providence/2010/BreakthroughAct/)
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We accepted the award last Wednesday at the RI Music Award Show and gave the longest acceptance speech of the night. In our speech PFA denounced the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, plugged RI community action groups (including the RI Mobilization Committee), encouraged participants to check out the independent news program "Democracy Now!" and then led the audience in anti-BP/Big Oil protest chants.

It was the kind of speech we felt would've done those who voted for us proud.

We've dedicated the award to Sage Francis, Strange Famous Records, and Dan Sawyer Studios for their unwavering support and advocacy. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without them.


Thanks Again!


Brand new album soon!



Sincerely,


Alan, Jared, Marco, and Cousin Tom
Post Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:27 am
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While I despise awards for art, I enjoyed this:

think Chuck D. disguised as a 5'5" bike messenger
Post Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:03 am
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jehu



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congrats! this is great. you guys are are killin it. keep doin you.
Post Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:14 am
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Bob Harris



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Touchdown.
Post Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:54 pm
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Jared Paul



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There were a few pockets of people there who were obviously not that thrilled about us winning, which made it that much richer.

Providence hipsters are starting to know and respect SFR because of B. and What Cheer and Sage's legend, but generally, they're not that suped about indy Hip Hop, nor Punk, when the words in the songs are audible and the band doesn't have that many tattoos. hahahahahah

Some of them, even resent those of us who lived in Olneyville warehouses out of necessity (with no loan, rent, or tattoo money from our parents), instead of for the temporary thrill and exotic feeling of living in an industrial wasteland.

One of the groups we were up against was the goddamned headlining act of the night! We saw that shit on the program and thought we were totally fucked- we almost left actually, but wanted to be there to support our friend Roz and to cheer if B won.

Awards for art do suck. But this has already helped us a ton. Thank yall for voting, we really fucking appreciate it.
Post Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:22 am
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Nick Bianco



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Congrats guys. So happy to hear this! And not the least bit surprised. Album of the year next year? I think so!
Post Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:38 pm
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Jared Paul wrote:
There were a few pockets of people there who were obviously not that thrilled about us winning, which made it that much richer.

Providence hipsters are starting to know and respect SFR because of B. and What Cheer and Sage's legend, but generally, they're not that suped about indy Hip Hop, nor Punk, when the words in the songs are audible and the band doesn't have that many tattoos. hahahahahah

Some of them, even resent those of us who lived in Olneyville warehouses out of necessity (with no loan, rent, or tattoo money from our parents), instead of for the temporary thrill and exotic feeling of living in an industrial wasteland.

One of the groups we were up against was the goddamned headlining act of the night! We saw that shit on the program and thought we were totally fucked- we almost left actually, but wanted to be there to support our friend Roz and to cheer if B won.

Awards for art do suck. But this has already helped us a ton. Thank yall for voting, we really fucking appreciate it.


This makes victory so much sweeter. Congratulations, PFA. Tip of the hat.
Post Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:48 pm
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