Log in
"COPPER GONE" - MP3, CD, VINYL, tapes & errrrr
View previous topic | View next topic >

Post new topic Reply to topic
Strange Famous Forum > SFR Artists, Albums & Merch!

Author Message
p00ny tang

Joined: 30 Jun 2002
Posts: 6413
Location: Detroit, Michigan
 Reply with quote  

I didn't see the blood moon last night...
We had snow clouds here.

But... I can't wait to hear those lyrics as music.
Post Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:11 pm
 View user's profile Send private message
p00ny tang

Joined: 30 Jun 2002
Posts: 6413
Location: Detroit, Michigan
 Reply with quote  

I was thinking... this could be a great publicity stunt to help sell an album.!ECEr2
Post Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:45 pm
 View user's profile Send private message
SFR announcement

Joined: 26 Jul 2004
Posts: 997
 Reply with quote  

New review from Alarm Magazine:

“Copper Gone is a massive emotional outpouring in rap form. The grit, grime, and brutal reality of being an independent hip-hop artist for decades all has been mashed into a whirlwind survey of how brilliance, independence, and creative commitment are dealt with today—all from perhaps our greatest modern-day poet.” - Chris Force
Post Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:00 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

Joined: 05 Mar 2004
Posts: 3182
Location: Louisiana
 Reply with quote  

T-Wrex wrote:
I was thinking... this could be a great publicity stunt to help sell an album.!ECEr2

Drake fans have been effectively doing this for years.
Post Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:41 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website AIM Address
SFR announcement

Joined: 26 Jul 2004
Posts: 997
 Reply with quote  

Post Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:05 am
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

Joined: 05 Sep 2009
Posts: 27
 Reply with quote  

I'm sooo anxious to hear this album. See you in SF!
Post Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:18 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Sage Francis
Self Fighteous

Joined: 30 Jun 2002
Posts: 21790
 Reply with quote  

New interview with JonkMusic:

CHRIS: You were the first hip-hop artist to be signed to Epitaph, any
plans to bring a punk band on to Strange Famous Records?

SAGE: We signed a punk band called Prayers for Atheists back in 2008.
I wouldn't be opposed to signing more punk bands, but I really don't
have much interest in signing more groups/artists right now. Or maybe
ever. I'm happy to have developed the infrastructure required to
release my own albums and the albums of others who are close to me. I
don't have the time or energy to break new artists, and I often regret
taking on other people's projects when I know they are taking time
away from what I need to do for my own projects. So, yeah, maybe
that's not the best way to run a label. But unless other people can
take on the duties of running a label while signing a bunch of new
acts and make it a successful venture for all parties involved, I'd
rather just stick with what we have and put total focus back on my own

CHRIS: Being on both the sides of the table (label & artist), what
would your advice be to independent labels & artists trying to make a
living in a world where Spotify & similar services exist?

SAGE: If people want to make a living off of their music, they have to
embrace the idea that everything is moving toward streaming.
So...figure out how to make as much money from that as possible by
cutting out unnecessary middle men, and always look for way in which
your fans can support you directly. It's not easy to explain, but
artists have a better chance of making money by doing shows if they
can manage to build a support system that ALLOWS them to tour and not
lose their ass in the process.

CHRIS: A friend playing “Personal Journals” for me in 2003 ignited a
new love for hip-hop me personally. Has it ever been goal for yours to
a hip-hop ambassador in some regards? I can see something like your
recent Daytrotter session generating not only new fans of Sage Francis
but new hip-hop fans as well.

SAGE: No, not really. Not in any regard. I've actually seen, met with,
and worked with people who consider themselves "hip-hop ambassadors."
Bozo the Clown would be a better ambassador. In fact, they already
have a whole franchise system in place. They can have that. That's for
them if it makes them feel like they're doing a valuable service of
some sort. If someone tells me that I was their gateway into a
hip-hop, which they often do, I'm afraid to see what else they've
decided is OK in their book as far as hip-hop is concerned. Sometimes
I'm pleasantly surprised, but other times I'm like, " lump me
in with these clowns now? Give me my music back. That's not for you.
Here's your refund on the free download." That's a me problem though.
Not a them problem. But this is why I'll never care to be considered
an ambassador of anything. Because if it gives me some special,
magical, ambassador power, then I'll just use it to eliminate all of
the shit I don't like. And then people will be like, "What happened to
95% of my playlist? Who deleted all of my shitty files?! I'll have
your head for this!" Nah, fuck all that.

CHRIS: What does a day look like for someone who is recording an album
and running a record label?

SAGE: It doesn't look pretty. That's why I don't let anyone come over
or look at me. It can't be viewed. Because if it's going to be viewed,
then I'm going to have to place some energy toward making things look
a bit nicer and there's just no time for that. It's binging, purging,
dirtying, organizing, disorganizing, pacing, swearing at random times
for apparently no reason. Staring at a computer screen, typing
frantically, hating what you love, shitting blood, and convincing
yourself it's all worth it in the end. And I still believe that it is.
Oh, and cleaning the litter box twice daily.

CHRIS: It’s been 4 years since you last toured, are there any
surprises in your set that you can hint at for the fans that will be
attending your show here in Madison onJune 6th?

SAGE: What I'm most excited about is that I'll have a whole new stage
show with new songs mixed into the older material. It won't just be me
on stage with a flag draped around me as a cape, though that will
probably always be what I return to. I'll have a team of people with
me who will help execute a bigger, more badass show.

CHRIS: Are there new artists are you are excited about right now that
you think everyone should go listen to immediately after reading this

SAGE: I'm not up on any brand new stuff. All I've been listening to
since last year is my own album and the other SFR albums. But I
definitely recommend checking out "Working Man" by Prolyphic & Buddy
Peace, "Definition Sickness" by No Bird Sing, anything by B. Dolan,
"Sick of D(eat)h" and "Copper Gone" by Fatty McFrancis.
Post Thu May 08, 2014 11:41 am
 View user's profile Send private message
SFR announcement

Joined: 26 Jul 2004
Posts: 997
 Reply with quote  

2000 CD's have been signed. Special package deals here:

We're also doing some old school monoprint posters in house. Like...literally. Printing them all in the house. Copper paint taking over the house. Learning curve almost complete.
Post Sat May 10, 2014 1:54 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

Joined: 22 May 2008
Posts: 2679
 Reply with quote  

Look what i found:


Words and stuff:
Post Mon May 19, 2014 6:00 pm
 View user's profile Send private message
SFR announcement

Joined: 26 Jul 2004
Posts: 997
 Reply with quote  

Video for "Grace" coming soon...
Post Mon May 19, 2014 9:36 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

Joined: 04 Feb 2011
Posts: 1137
 Reply with quote  

^that is an exciting image.

Thank you for giving me things to look forward to in this trudge through shit.
Post Wed May 21, 2014 11:52 am
 View user's profile Send private message
SFR announcement

Joined: 26 Jul 2004
Posts: 997
 Reply with quote  

"Copper Gone" review from the FourOhFive

by Nicholas Glover, 26 May 2014

Defiantly, obstinately, vociferously independent, Sage Francis has operated in the rundown borderlands of rap since his endlessly re-issued Sick of Waiting Tables spawned an unlikely underground icon.

Add to that list of adverbs a bunch of adjectives: political, iconoclastic, battle-hardened, and you've got a study of an operator quite apart from the fashionista millionaires club which rules the hip-hop roost. I can safely say, and I try not to editorialise as a rule, that 99% of the rap that fills blogs across the planet is devoid of a fraction of the skill this guy has honed over the years, and the commitment he has displayed to the cause of his beloved culture.

But rap isn't just about skill, clever put-downs, battles, or political grandstanding. It's a complete art form, not just a technique. I would be the first to say that, other than his 1999 breakthrough Personal Journals, and his contribution to DJ Signify's terrifying Sleep No More alongside long time friend Buck 65, much of his output is patchy. Sage's self-created label Strange Famous Records has a slogan: What Doesn't Kill Hip-Hop Only Makes It Stranger. Sage has talked in interviews about his creative / philosophical mantra. Stick to your principles. Learn your technique. Then originate. That's good advice.

I can't say I agree that Sage has always practised what he preached. I don't see a bold progression from the Non Prophets album Hope to A Healthy Distrust. It's been four years since his last album, 2010's Li(f)e, since then he's been running his own label, and by his own admission, increasingly buried in paperwork and meetings. Running a label is a big responsibility to balance with being a full-time artist.

There is certainly a busy feel to Copper Gone. On 'Pressure Cooker' double kick pedal takes the place of cuts in a part-drill pop / part-melancholic rock workout. Break-up song 'Grace' is more recognisably Sage, a '99 beat with live synths and digital reverb that gives it that Aim, plastic cave effect, like listening to beats inside a bath tub. Problem is, I find myself concentrating obsessively on the beats, which should never be the focal point with Sage.

The album isn't lacking in lyrical content, or in rhyme technique. There's always been something about Sage's delivery that felt considered, workmanlike even. His sentence structures are familiar, maybe a little over-familiar. Even so, the album sees him as bitter and pointed as in his greatest moments; 'ID Thieves' has a great Big L-referencing put down for rappers claiming to be independent, though honestly I'd rather he had the strength of his convictions to name names. Perhaps he thinks that would lack class.

Class is precisely what the beats seem to aim for. We haven't seen production as smooth as this on a Sage album before; 'Dead Man's Float' has that chart-friendly cymbal smash backing the kick at the start of each bar, while 'Over Under' is the best beat on show, coming in at a pithy 2 mins 48 with not a moment wasted.

You know, regardless of your state of mind, that Sage will open that big heart of his wide like tiger jaws, and share every guilty thought and dirty corner with you, asking not that you applaud robotically, but that you have the patience to listen and the wherewithal to draw your own conclusions. It's cerebral, visceral storytelling. How you feel about that is your prerogative.
Post Mon May 26, 2014 10:02 pm
 View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

Joined: 18 Apr 2006
Posts: 637
 Reply with quote  

Full stream of the album up at Spin!

Only 4 songs in but instant reaction is: i'm giddy.

That's a damn hard thing to accomplish... making a 35 year old man giddy. I can't remember the last time a hip hop album had that effect on me. Kudos.

Cheat Code just shut 'em down. Silverback Gorilla status indeed.

Ok... back to listening.
Post Tue May 27, 2014 10:12 am
 View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
A champion of Kurtis SP

Joined: 19 Jul 2002
Posts: 7949
 Reply with quote  

a GREAT way to wake up

so far its just what i wanted in a new sage album

Fuck Yes
Post Tue May 27, 2014 11:34 am
 View user's profile Send private message

Joined: 04 Feb 2011
Posts: 1137
 Reply with quote  

Couldn't help myself. Had a chance to give it a full spin without looking at tracklist or anytyhing. Just started 2nd round. Love how it ends.
Post Tue May 27, 2014 2:05 pm
 View user's profile Send private message

Post new topic Reply to topic
Jump to:  
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  Next
All times are GMT - 6 Hours.
The time now is Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:31 am
  Display posts from previous:      

Powered by phpBB: © 2001 phpBB Group
Template created by The Fathom
Based on template of Nick Mahon