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The Sage Francis Interview Invasion, 2014

It’s kind of crazy how many interviews I’ve done in 2014, all of which surfaced around the same time. It made me realize that I haven’t posted any of the interviews I’ve done this year on my websites, so here’s the comprehensive breakdown.

This is an interview I did with BeeShine on the very first day of the Copper Gone Tour. It’s probably my favorite video interview that I’ve done:
http://youtu.be/SmdzjDfhOpc

Here are a couple podcasts I participated in recently. It’s a lot of talking. If you’re bored or working around the house, feel free to play them while you shuffle about:

Shots Fired: https://soundcloud.com/shots-fired-podcast/episode-77-sage-francis

Chrome Bills (with Seez Mics): https://soundcloud.com/chromebills/cb53-the-sage-francis-interview

More recently I conducted a Q&A on my Facebook page just to see how something like that might go. Over the course of 24 hours I answered as many questions as I could. If you have the patience of a monk, you can read all of the interactions HERE.

I love talking. Love it so much. Here’s a photo to express my excitement:

Sage Francis photo by Prentice Danner

If you’re still interested in more interviews for whatever reason, I’ve archived them here.

Jul 31

Sage Francis – US, EU, UK TOUR DATES – 2014

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The Sage Francis “Copper Gone” World Tour 2014 is in support of the COPPER GONE album, which is AVAILABLE NOW! The North American Tour was phenomenal and we’re planning on the UK + EUROPE leg of the tour to be just as successful. Get tickets in advance so you don’t miss out!!! ***3 NEW US DATES + 3 EURO DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED****

8/15 – LAS VEGAS, NV
@ Las Vegas Country Saloon
ADDRESS: 425 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/642053?utm_source=tw1&utm_medium=amp

8/16 – POMONA, CA
Rhyme Fest (hip-hop festival) at Pomona Fox Theater
Tickets

8/17 – SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA/NV
@ Whiskey Dick’s
$16, doors 9 pm, 21+
Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5304535&pl=latenite

8/18 – SPARKS, NV
@ The Alley
Doors at 7pm. $15 adv / $20 door.
ALL AGES.
http://www.thealleysparks.com/events/

9/10 – Provincetown, MA
Afterglow Festival
http://www.afterglowfestival.org/

9/26 – Ames, Iowa
Maximum Ames Music Festival
Ticket link: http://midwestix.securemytix.com/event/3855855/

UK/EURO TOUR DATES:

1 EU TOUR HEADER

Oct 10 IRELAND – Sligo @ Fifth on Teeling TICKETS
Oct 11 IRELAND – Belfast @ Voodoo TICKETS
Oct 12 IRELAND – Dublin @ Sugar Club TICKETS
Oct 14 ENGLAND – Newcastle @ Think Tank TICKETS
Oct 15 SCOTLAND – Glasgow @ Oran Mor TICKETS
Oct 16 ENGLAND – Manchester @ Gorilla TICKETS
Oct 17 ENGLAND – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club TICKETS
Oct 19 WALES – Cardiff @ The Globe TICKETS
Oct 20 ENGLAND – Bristol @ The Fleece TICKETS
Oct 21 ENGLAND – Brighton @ The Haunt TICKETS
Oct 22 ENGLAND – London @ Village Underground TICKETS
Oct 24 ENGLAND – Reading @ The Bowery District TICKETS
Oct 25 BELGIUM – Brussels @ Botanique/Rotonde TICKETS
Oct 26 HOLLAND – Amsterdam @ Melkweg TICKETS
Oct 28 FRANCE – Paris @ Point Ephemere TICKETS
Oct 29 FRANCE – Dijon @ La Vapeur TICKETS
Oct 30 FRANCE – Vendome @ Les Rockomotives TICKETS
Oct 31 FRANCE – Strasbourg @ Laiterie TICKETS
Nov 02 GERMANY – Cologne @ Underground TICKETS
Nov 03 GERMANY – Hamburg @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich TICKETS
Nov 05 DENMARK – Copenhagen @ Vega TICKETS
Nov 06 NORWAY – Oslo @ John Dee TICKETS
Nov 07 SWEDEN – Stockholm @ Debaser Strand TICKETS
Nov 09 GERMANY – Berlin @ Privatclub TICKETS
Nov 10 GERMANY – Munich @ Ampere TICKETS
Nov 11 GERMANY – Frankfurt @ Zoom TICKETS
Nov 13 SWITZERLAND – Geneva @ Usine TICKETS
Nov 14 SWITZERLAND – Zurich @ Rote Fabrik TICKETS
Nov 15 SWITZERLAND – Bern @ Dachstock – Reitschule TICKETS
Nov 16 AUSTRIA – Vienna @ B72 TICKETS
Nov 19 SWEDEN – Lund @ Mejeriet TICKETS
Nov 21 FINLAND – Helsinki @ Kuudes Linja TICKETS
Nov 22 POLAND – Wroclaw @ FIRLEJ TICKETS
Nov 23 CZECH REPUBLIC – Prague @ Klub Podnik
Nov 25 CROATIA – ZagrebMocvara TICKETS

 

GRACE is the first video off of Copper Gone:
http://youtu.be/tZFzBKl5ODY

If your city or country hasn’t been listed, that does not mean we have no love for it. Except for the cities mentioned here: http://youtu.be/VWO6RPOYwHM

We’re doing our best to get to as many places as we can so let your local promoters know. Remember to sign up for the mailing list at Strange Famous Records so you don’t miss any updates.

Follow on: Twitter + Facebook.

First single – “VONNEGUT BUSY”

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Jul 20

“To Hell and Back” – Phoenix Cover Story

It’s been a long time since I got any significant coverage from local media. Big thanks to Chris Conti for getting me the cover story: http://providence.thephoenix.com/music/158805-to-hell-and-back/

1 phoenix

Here’s a bit of an aside that I wrote on my Facebook page, June 26th:

It feels a bit heavy handed to call what I’ve gone through “to hell and back,” especially when my situation was largely self-inflicted. In my head. And it’s not something people could help me with. I choose how I live. There many people going through much worse in their daily lives without any say in the matter. That’s not to diminish the serious nature of things like depression, but I have gone through worse and I expect to go through worse. That’s life. The driving force behind Copper Gone was not to shame people for not helping me when I apparently needed assistance of some sort. For instance, I’d hate for my loved ones to read this article and be made to feel like they should have helped me in some way. That just wasn’t an option. I worked through it the way I know to work through it, I’m in a much better place, and life continues to be as confusing as it is interesting. I can’t say I’m officially out of the dark part of the woods yet, but I am definitely glad to be climbing trees again.

Putting focus back into my music and myself is just what the Doctor ordered. I’m good. And I’m in great company.

Thank you

Jul 17

Sage Francis live performance + interview on “Breaking the Set”

A few months ago I was contacted by Abby Martin to appear on her news show, “Breaking the Set” on RT. As this show is filmed in DC, we decided it would be best to swing through there on the day of my show in DC show which happened to be at the tail-end of my Copper Gone Tour. Unfortunately that also meant that my voice would be incredibly hoarse, but that’s no excuse to skip out on the G that is Miss Martin.

“Vonnegut Busy” + interview
http://youtu.be/M8uK38eTPn8

“Dead Man’s Float” (this didn’t make it to air)
http://youtu.be/vktJP5vKib4

Also, as you may notice, I’m being backed up by B. Dolan and Lord Grunge. I asked Lord Grunge to act like he’s doing a lot of turntable trickery even though he’s just pressing play on a CDJ. He came through like a champ on that request.

COPPER GONE is available now in all formats at www.tinyurl.com/sfrCopperGone

Jul 15

Scroobius Pip’s Favo(u)rite Lines from Sage Francis’ “Copper Gone”

Scroobius Pip is a renowned emcee, poet, radio host, beardtender, and member of SFR’s UK squadron. He was also kind enough to release Sage Francis‘ new LP, “Copper Gone”, in his UK home turf on his own Speech Development label.

A long-time Sage supporter well before he joined the roster of Strange Famous, Pip took time to jot down his favo(u)rite lines from each song on “Copper Gone”, shared below.

What are your favorite lines from “Copper Gone”? Tweet us at www.Twitter.com/SFRupdates or use the hashtag #CopperGone and share yours!


Purchase “Copper Gone” from SFR (US + Worldwide shipping) here,
and from Speech Development (UK/EU) here.

“TRACK BY TRACK: MY FAVOURITE LINES FROM COPPER GONE” by Scroobius Pip

Track: Pressure Cooker
Favourite line: “They say anger is a gift…I’m very gifted. And if ignorance is bliss then I’m a sadomasochist.”

Track: Grace
Favourite line: “We can battle with tattoos, to cover up the bruises. The first to show any sign of discomfort loses. For the first time in a long time you’re not who my muse is.”

Track: ID Thieves
Favourite line: “If rap was a game you’d be MVP. Most Valuable Puppet in this industry.. Independent? Fuck you…”

Track: Cheat Code
Favourite line: “You’ve been padding your résumé, while I’ve been rhyming bout li(f)e like I’m rapping my death away”

Track: Dead Man’s Float
Favourite line: “It’s been said faith can move a mountain…but faith couldn’t even move low income families away from biblical floods when they were all drowning…”

Track: Over Under
Favourite line: “cos I’ve heard it all before from a sharper tongue with a lot more scorn, performing self flagellation with improper form until the coppers gone…”

Track: Make Em Purr
Favourite line: This whole track just destroys me. Favourite on the album. Any line out of context just doesn’t do the whole piece justice.
(Although “first world problems? Yeah… USA number 1…” does pretty good)

Track: Vonnegut Busy
Favourite line: “sometimes I shoot myself in the foot, put my foot in my mouth, clean it while it’s there, and then I suck the bullet out”
“And as the say; may the bridges that we burn light the way”

Track: Thank You
Favourite line: “You gave me language as a gift, I turned it against you…”

Track: The Set Up
Favourite line: “Now I never see the light of day thanks to the tinted limo…”

Track: The Place She Feared Most
Favourite line: “I could mock a killing bird without dropping a single word, flip the middle finger till they start thinning the herd…”

Track: Once Upon a Blood Moon
Favourite line: “now he can’t tell if he’s dead or not. He said ‘I bet I am, and I can prove it…’ She said ‘…you’d better not…’”

Track: Say Uncle
Favourite line: “…instead perhaps the homies homing instincts been severed…”

Track: MAINT REQD
Favourite line: “Paint me like one of your French girls…”

Purchase “Copper Gone” from SFR (US + Worldwide shipping) here,  and from Speech Development (UK/EU) here.

Jun 06

Sage Francis – THANK YOU (Daytrotter) + lyrics

“Thank You” (Daytrotter session)

“Thank You” is off of my Copper Gone album dropping June 3rd. This version of the song was performed at Daytrotter’s SXSW studio last March. Here’s the write up from Sean Moeller at www.Daytrotter.com:

“We knew what Sage Francis was going to do to us when he came by the studio in Austin a month ago. We knew he was going to destroy us. We just didn’t know he was going to destroy us as much as he wound up destroying us. He’s a rapper unequaled and his new record, ‘COPPER GONE’, is a goddamned blessing, after a four year break between records. This particular song from the full session floored us. We were slack-jawed and stunned by the passionate delivery and sentiment in ‘Thank You’ and we all — Sage included — wanted to get this out into the world in front of the full session, which we will post in June. With music by Anders Parker and drums by Alias, ‘Thank You’ is a song that feels as ponderous as it feels definitive. It’s a song about a long span of time and people who mostly act out of love, though sometimes it’s strangely shown. Francis raps, ‘Thank you for the matches, for the gift of fire, for the wood and axe, for whuppin’ my ass/For the wheel even if you didn’t invent it/For the impact that you had on me/ It’s epic/Thank you for the effort, for teaching me the ABCs, even if I never make my way to Z, even if I never do for someone else exactly what you did for me, I’m gonna do my best while you rest, in peace/Thank you,’ and then we turned the lights off for the night and shut it down.”

This “Thank You” recording is part of a bigger session that they’ll release after Copper Gone drops. There are a couple songs that I did with B. Dolan and another CG song. This was definitely the one saving grace of SXSW for me. Many thanks to Daytrotter for staying on my case all of these years to get something done.

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“THANK YOU” lyrics:

You gave me language as a gift.
I turned it against you.
I was stupid, I was young,
I was hanged by my Judas tongue.
You shouldn’t give weapons to kids who don’t know better.
They can’t possibly understand that there’s no such thing as forever.
For every letter in the alphabet…
You said, “Connect em to a happy word
no matter how bad things get.”
I did my best but the pickings got slim,
Once I arrived at “x”
and I had to think of synonyms.
I weighed them against the antonyms.
I was hanging with all the mannequins
Who were on a constant search for a person’s amputated limbs.
Almost offered up my own
by trading in my arms and legs.
You said, “Learn to express yourself
if you’re gonna stand for things.”
I stood up. Without expression.
Stood up against everything.
Including you. I was stupid. I was adolescent.
But I had your lessons to cling on to
and I want you
to know how much it helped
considering everything that I’d gone through.
There was a period without periods.
Run-on sentences were like binges.
I was a comma with no pause.
A rebel with no clause.
Anxiety’s no excuse
once there’s nothing left to separate.
We could have connected, but didn’t.
I was ignorant.
Passed out on the space bar.
The further we drifted apart the closer I came
to realizing just how amazing you are.
Now that you’re gone I’m going to say it to the stars,
Until my words knock worlds off their axis
and the universe collapses.
Thank you for the matches.
For the gift of fire.
For the wood and the axe.
For whoopin’ my ass.
For the wheel. Even if you didn’t invent it.
For the impact that you had on me. It’s epic.
Thank you for the effort.
For teaching me the ABC’s.
Even if I never make my way to Z.
Even if I never do for someone else
exactly what you did for me.
Thank you.
I was a stupid son of a gun with initials carved into me.
I was a stray. A runaway. Afraid some day you’d shoot me.
So I scratched off the letters with a pocket knife.
That’s how I lost my way when I was tossed into the fray.
This is not my life.
Who am I kidding, this is a Thank You note disguised as a written apology,
for everything you taught to me.
So awkwardly I approach…
the open microphone with everything that I wrote.
Clear my throat, adjust the collar on my coat,
As I rock crowds, microphones, and boats.
Then I stroke whatever little ego I have left.
I should have left it at the altar.
But I didn’t because I’m an idiot, self-deprecating author.
With a paperback edition
that isn’t worth a flip through,
If I don’t give you the credit that you deserve.
You edited the words.
From the grave and beyond.
From the first sign of sun rays at dawn,
Until the moonbeams set blaze to my lawn.
The universe collapses on my front steps.
We get to share in that moment.
For just one moment.
And nobody’s upset. And there’s no more anger.
There are no more sunsets
So I crawl back in the chamber.
You can shoot me up. You might as well.
We had great communication before the tower fell.
Thank you for the matches.
For the gift of fire.
For the wood and the axe.
For whoopin’ my ass.
For the wheel. Even if you didn’t invent it.
For the impact that you had on me. It’s epic.
Thank you for the effort.
For teaching me the ABC’s.
Even if I never make my way to Z.
Even if I never do for someone else
exactly what you did for me.
I’ll do my best. While you rest.
In peace.
Thank you.

Apr 21

Buck 65 weighs in on my “Copper Gone” album

Not only was Buck 65 kind enough to help me work on the last song that was recorded for “Copper Gone” (a most important song for the album and something I will explain in full detail soon,) but he was also gracious enough to put together the following write-up for the album. We’ve worked together a lot through the years and, consider how much I look up to him as an artist and a writer, I’m beyond honored:

1 Buck 65 speaks

Sage Francis has a new album. It’s called “Copper Gone” and it’s incredible. It’s the kind of record that smacks you in the face first time you hear it. But what makes the record rare is that the more you listen to it, the deeper it will work its way into your bones. Most records are one or the other: it dazzles at first but then the excitement wears off or it’s what is referred to as a “grower” – it doesn’t grab you right away, but it grows on you over time with close listens. This record does both.

The album kicks off with the perfect opener – a song called “Pressure Cooker”. It immediately answers the question Sage Francis fans have had on their minds: “what took so long?” And it also puts the high expectations to bed the second the beat drops. The song grabs you by the throat and delivers intensity unmatched by any Sage classic. The beat is gigantic. The rapping is nimble and powerful. Sage’s confidence and personality are on full display. It’s the kind of song that gets your heart rate up. It will probably inspire many intense workouts for listeners in the gym.

“Pressure Cooker” is a total blitz of everything you want from a rap song. It comes at you hard and furious. It’s a class ‘A’ headbanger. The intro of the next song, “Grace”, gives you a few seconds to catch your breath, but then the beat drops and the attack starts up again. But what strikes you this time, even as you’re getting the snot kicked out of you, is how beautiful it is. It’s a beautiful song. But the beauty doesn’t inspire a careful, restrained performance from Sage, it inspires him to pry his rib cage open so you can watch his heart burn furiously. It happens again and again on Copper Gone – on songs like “Over Under” (you win a prize if you can get through the song without saying “holy shit!”), “Vonnegut Busy” (which sounds like it was written on the sky) and “Dead Man’s Float” (an instant classic that will be sung by Sage’s congregation for the next 500 years). 

It takes a rare kind of real man to write a song like “Thank You”. Sage is the only rapper in the world who could have done it. Listening to it, it’s easy to imagine him backed up by a full symphony orchestra. For the next 10-30 years, people will approach Sage after shows and say ““The Set Up” saved my life, man.” People will tattoo lyrics from “ID Thieves” on their bodies. And “Make ‘Em Purr” is the most moving thing he’s ever written. Tears will be shed.

The first few listens of “Copper Gone” will dazzle and pulverize you. This is the full-on rap record you’ve been waiting to hear for a long time. It’s skillful, it’s tough, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s beautiful, it’s conflicted… The first thing that occurs to you after the initial shock is that you can’t call this record a return to the form of records like “Personal Journals” or “A Healthy Distrust” because this record is even stronger than anything Sage has done before. Then it occurs to you that no 20 year old kid (not even a 20 year old Sage) could have written this record.

This is the sound of a grown man with grey in his beard and mortgage payments kicking the living crap out of any 20 year old rapper that hasn’t lived enough to know his ass from his elbow. Sage has an amazing (and very appealing) ability to be humble, vulnerable and self-effacing while sounding supremely confident and indomitable at the same time. And it should give us all hope that a rap record that is first and foremost dope as hell can be made by an honest man who’s pushing 40.

Copper Gone matters.
- Buck 65

Copper Gone PRE-SALES *** Copper Gone TOUR DATES

Apr 11

Sage Francis “Copper Gone” UK/EURO TOUR 2014

The Sage Francis “Copper Gone” World Tour 2014 is in support of the COPPER GONE album, available now! Show dates and ticket links for the UK and EURO tour dates are listed below.

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UK/EURO TOUR DATES:

1 EU TOUR HEADER

Oct 10 IRELAND – Sligo @ Fifth on Teeling TICKETS
Oct 11 IRELAND – Belfast @ Voodoo TICKETS
Oct 12 IRELAND – Dublin @ Sugar Club TICKETS
Oct 14 ENGLAND – Newcastle @ Think Tank TICKETS
Oct 15 SCOTLAND – Glasgow @ Oran Mor TICKETS
Oct 16 ENGLAND – Manchester @ Gorilla TICKETS
Oct 17 ENGLAND – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club TICKETS
Oct 19 WALES – Cardiff @ The Globe TICKETS
Oct 20 ENGLAND – Bristol @ The Fleece TICKETS
Oct 21 ENGLAND – Brighton @ The Haunt TICKETS
Oct 22 ENGLAND – London @ Village Underground TICKETS
Oct 24 ENGLAND – Reading @ The Bowery District TICKETS
Oct 25 BELGIUM – Brussels @ Botanique/Rotonde TICKETS
Oct 26 HOLLAND – Amsterdam @ Melkweg TICKETS
Oct 28 FRANCE – Paris @ Point Ephemere TICKETS
Oct 29 FRANCE – Dijon @ La Vapeur TICKETS
Oct 30 FRANCE – Vendome @ Les Rockomotives TICKETS
Oct 31 FRANCE – Strasbourg @ Laiterie TICKETS
Nov 02 GERMANY – Cologne @ Underground TICKETS
Nov 03 GERMANY – Hamburg @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich TICKETS
Nov 05 DENMARK – Copenhagen @ Vega TICKETS
Nov 06 NORWAY – Oslo @ John Dee TICKETS
Nov 07 SWEDEN – Stockholm @ Debaser Strand TICKETS
Nov 09 GERMANY – Berlin @ Privatclub TICKETS
Nov 10 GERMANY – Munich @ Ampere TICKETS
Nov 11 GERMANY – Frankfurt @ Zoom TICKETS
Nov 13 SWITZERLAND – Geneva @ Usine TICKETS
Nov 14 SWITZERLAND – Zurich @ Rote Fabrik TICKETS
Nov 15 SWITZERLAND – Bern @ Dachstock – Reitschule TICKETS
Nov 16 AUSTRIA – Vienna @ B72 TICKETS
Nov 19 SWEDEN – Lund @ Mejeriet TICKETS
Nov 21 FINLAND – Helsinki @ Kuudes Linja TICKETS
Nov 22 POLAND – Wroclaw @ FIRLEJ TICKETS
Nov 23 CZECH REPUBLIC – Prague @ Klub Podnik
Nov 25 CROATIA – ZagrebMocvara TICKETS

 

GRACE is the first video off of Copper Gone:
http://youtu.be/tZFzBKl5ODY

If your city or country hasn’t been listed, that does not mean we have no love for it. Except for the cities mentioned here: http://youtu.be/VWO6RPOYwHM

We’re doing our best to get to as many places as we can so let your local promoters know. Remember to sign up for the mailing list at Strange Famous Records so you don’t miss any updates.

Follow on: Twitter + Facebook.

First single – “VONNEGUT BUSY”

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Apr 09

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