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Sage Francis
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It varies per song. In the case of DeVotchKa we used their recordings and built around them. The strings on that song are intense.

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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:37 am
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Jaryd



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Here is a decent explanation of the symbology on the back of the cover...



http://www.aseekersthoughts.com/2009/04/hand-and-cloud-as-symbol.html


Quote:

The Cloud symbolizes movement. It also symbolizes short-lived,
changeable events.
How many of us have lain on the grass on a sunny summer day,
gazed up at The Sky and observed one lone cloud floating across it?
This one lone cloud is normally a small puffy white cloud that
changes shape as it travels across The Sky until it is no longer the
same shape as when we first noticed it. Eventually, this one lone
cloud completes its journey across The Sky and vanishes. This one
lone cloud symbolizes a short-lived, changeable event occurring
within, and against, the backdrop of the Eternal Sky.

The Hand is the Right Hand of Divinity. Symbolically, the Right
Hand indicates the act of Bestowing (Giving) and the Left Hand
indicates the act of Accepting (Receiving).

The Hand that is emerging from The Cloud is the Right Hand of
Divinity and it is in the process of Bestowing a Divine Gift. Now that
we understand the Symbolism we can then interpret the Metaphor
contained within the picture of "The Hand Emerging From A Cloud".
Throughout Eternity, Divinity is forever Bestowing blessings and
opportunities upon us. These blessings and opportunities are
short-lived and subject to change. Although these blessings and
opportunities are available to all, they are only recognized, accepted
and acted upon by a few. It is up to each one of us to recognize these
opportunities and blessings when they are presented to us, accept
them as the Spiritual Gifts that they are, and act upon them before
they change or vanish.


Definitely a right hand emerging from a cloud and dangling "LI(f)E" in front of your face.
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:16 pm
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prolific memorie



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Sage Francis wrote:
It varies per song. In the case of DeVotchKa we used their recordings and built around them. The strings on that song are intense.


you+ strings= me fainting..seriously shit happens
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:59 pm
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don't faint you won't hear the end of the song, or the ones that are after it... what you gona do if its the first track? Then you're fucked
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:32 pm
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mancabbage wrote:
don't faint you won't hear the end of the song, or the ones that are after it... what you gona do if its the first track? Then you're fucked


Faint ..wake.. finish song..faint..wake.. try to make it past that track..play next track..faint if necessary..wake...play through that track..play next couple of tracks..then faint again unexpectedly due to strings coming in after 1 minute on following track..faint..

Repeat.


pieces of fainting
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Pvt_Moose



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its not often artwork for a hiphop album is discussed.

is this album coming under the radar? usually there is so much promotion months and months before an album.. like with healthy distrust and htdd, hope, a lot of em..

so excited to hear this
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:30 pm
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Jaryd



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Pvt_Moose wrote:
its not often artwork for a hiphop album is discussed.



Sad fact. Especially considering an album should have a consistent theme or theme(s), imo. The artwork / graphic design is what you see first before you get to hear the music when you buy something, so it is extremely important for it to speak towards what you are trying to say.

Sage Francis wrote:
I'm trying to communicate that there's an actual reason you're seeing this same image again. There are a few elements involved here and the image is coming full circle (with the help of Shepard Fairey who helped inspire the constant use of that one image during the branding phase of my career.) That might sound weird, but I'll explain it much better in the future.


An interesting comment from Sage on a previous page was about the branding. Shep followed in the footsteps of masters of repetition in "fine art" and made it accessible to punk, hip hop, and skater kids. He hit the streets hard and put in many years of work. Then it came full-circle back into the "real art world". He knows how to use simple, recycled images to drive consumerism and capitalism all-the-while maintaining the big ironic joke of him knocking it in the first place. He takes aim at control and war and pain, yet he pushes his views on you over and over again until they swallow you up. This still allows him to get his messages across to a wider audience, so where does one draw the line?

I'm genuinely interested in Sage's personal reasoning for choosing some of those symbols and bringing the old face back. Appears to me as if he is going down in flames on the front and that the god-type hand in the cloud is offering a LIE (with an f in there). There is your cycle as in the revival of the old face image. He admits that everything told is a lie, so must be his own work. There is the Shep Fairey appropriate irony, right?
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:09 pm
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Sage Francis
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New press release from Epitaph:

The much anticipated new release Li(f)e by Sage Francis features more
than a few inspired musical collaborations. Yet none of them so
seemingly unexpected and ultimately transcendent as the pairing on the
track "Best Of Times" featuring the music of noted French composer
Yann Tiersen. An intensely inventive classically based multi
instrumentalist, Tiersen is perhaps best known for creating the
powerfully evocative soundtrack to the beloved 2001 French film
“Amélie.”

On the song "Best Of Times," what begins as simple atmospheric
accompaniment, gradually builds into an epic crescendo, providing an
absolutely perfect musical score for Francis’ increasingly powerful
confessional narrative. As unorthodox a partnership as it might
initially appear, the collaboration is by no means a novelty. Sage
Francis was well aware of Yann Tiersen before the making of Li(f)e.

“I sought out Yann’s soundtrack for 'Amelie' immediately after first
seeing the film,” Francis explains. “I would play the main song from
it on piano from time to time. And when I received the music from him
it just felt so heavy to me, so incredibly epic that I knew I had to
make the most of it. I didn’t know what to do and then I stumbled upon
this letter that I had written to my girlfriend a few years ago
explaining where I was in life and what she meant to me and what I was
hoping to accomplish. The very first line of that letter ended up
being the first line of the song. And when I put that down, it just
sparked all these intense childhood memories. The song ended up being
my own little movie with words.”



www.LifeIsJustALie.com
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:09 am
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Cheers for sharing that.
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:37 am
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This is going to be amazing, can't wait to hear the record. Thanks for sharing those bits.
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:41 am
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Hellen Earth
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Hey, isn't today teh 25th? Isn't there a single being released today? I've got my fiiiingerrsss croosssd.
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:01 am
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Hellen Earth wrote:
Hey, isn't today teh 25th? Isn't there a single being released today? I've got my fiiiingerrsss croosssd.
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:05 am
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Hellen Earth wrote:
Hey, isn't today teh 25th? Isn't there a single being released today? I've got my fiiiingerrsss croosssd.


I've also been wondering this, checking back every hour and mentally calculating the time difference. Can't wait to hear this...
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:38 am
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:-X
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im very impatiently waiting for this song to be leaked

cant wait

cant wait
Post Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:04 pm
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