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"All great truths begin as blasphemies," proclaimed the fiery playwright George Bernard Shaw. It's a sentiment that can be applied exponentially to the works of rapper Sage Francis and his exhilarating new album Li(f)e. Francis has never been afraid to provoke. As a result he is a sometimes polarizing and increasingly important figure in modern music. Adored by many, reviled by a few but never ignored and always essential, Sage Francis has emerged as the reigning agent provocateur of hip hop. Read more


What do you call this thing that we do?

Hello Li(f)ers!

photo by Anthony St. James

I’m about to fly to California for a week-long rehearsal with the Free Moral Agents. They will be my backing band on the “Life On the Road” Tour which begins on May 12th. Get your tickets now if you haven’t already because these shows will definitely sell out. Free Moral Agents will be playing their own set as will B. DOLAN. There might be a secret surprise warm-up performance while I am in Cali but you didn’t hear that from me. ….Yet.

Last week we released “The Best of Times” MP3 which is the 2nd single off of my upcoming album. The feedback has been phenomenal. I’d like to thank all of my fans for the kind words they’ve shared and also for helping spread the music. Quite unexpectedly this song hit the international radio airwaves almost IMMEDIATELY. There wasn’t even an official radio push¬† for this song which is what makes this so amazing. Thankfully my UK fans shared the “Best of Times” song with Zane Lowe, who happens to have one of the most popular radio shows on BBC Radio 1.¬† Due to a flood of positive responses from his listeners he ended up playing the song TWICE within a half hour. I ended up getting tons of emails and messages from people who had never heard my music before. Zane Lowe then dubbed it the “Hottest Record” which you can see on his website.

As you already know, Yann Tiersen did the music for “The Best of Times.” In a previous blog I mentioned how I first came across Tiersen’s music thanks to the score he did on the Amelie movie. It’s embarrassing to admit that I wasn’t too familiar with his other work until recently. However, I’ve listened to songs from the Amelie soundtrack for almost 5 years straight now. I’m not being hyperbolic. I’m very neurotic and compulsive when it comes to music. When I find something I like a lot, I play it non-stop. I’m not suggesting this is the right way to listen to music, I’m just admitting that I have a problem. Hahaaaa…ahh. ANYWAY, moving on, today I was linked to this news article on Yann Tiersen. It made me realize I need to catch up on all he’s been up to music-wise. I also heard that Tiersen played a show the other night where he shredded a violin. Meaning he played a violin so ferociously that it created smoke and it eventually fell apart. Yeah. I need to do shows with this man.

Lastly, before I pack my bags and head out to the Sunshine State, I’d like to link you to a short video that made me smile big today. As many of you probably know, I worked on a movie score of my own a few years ago. That movie was Pride & Glory which stars Edward Norton and Colin Farrell. I had the great pleasure of doing songs with Mark Isham who has scored too many movies to name. The two songs we did together were Waterline and Good Fashion which are featured on my Human the Death Dance album.

Every week Mark Isham releases a video where he lists the songs he’s been listening to most. “The Best of Times” is included in this week’s Between the Notes, but what makes this especially entertaining is that he’s unsure of how to categorize my music. No worries, Mark. We’ve been trying to figure that same exact thing out for years now.

4 Responses to “What do you call this thing that we do?”

  1. geoffowen says:

    People were going nuts over Best Of Times on the Zane Lowe show! They played it again the day after and he said they had been flooded with texts and emails requesting it. I think it’s going to be a thing!

  2. Matt says:

    Any chance of you making a return visit to the UK again at some point with the SFR crew in tow? Saw B Dolan & Buddy Peace a few weeks ago, only thought in my mind was “If Sage were here, this would be even more perfect.”

    I know last time -sucked- for you guys, but I promise we’ll try to make it better!

    Your UK Fans

  3. NiloticWords says:

    I have the same problem categorizing music. People ask me, “So what genre would that be?” I’m just like ummm…. I just like music and I listen to what I like, doesn’t matter the genre. Keep up the amazingness, Sage. You’re an inspiration to us all!

  4. James Martin says:

    Free Moral Agents are your backing band for this tour? I must have missed the memo first time around, but great news is great news regardless. That just gives me more time to make that three seconds of meaningful eye contact with Ikey between losing my shit during B. Dolan and your sets. June can’t come quicker.