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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:

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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

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ICELAND + CORK, IRL have just been added! There are 37 European dates in all (dates posted below.) I’m currently in talks with Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa for show bookings. If you’re a promoter or you know one who might be interested, please have them contact benjamin@strangefamousrecord.com with details.

My COPPER GONE album is AVAILABLE NOW! The North American Tour was phenomenal and we’re expecting the UK/EURO tour to be just as successful. Get tickets in advance so you don’t miss out!

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UK/EURO TOUR DATES:

Oct 04 ICELAND – Reykjavik @ Húrra
Oct 09 IRELAND – Cork @ Cyprus Avenue – TICKETS
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 NETHERLANDS – 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 @ Sawol TICKETS
Nov 07 SWEDEN – Stockholm @ Debaser Strand - TICKETS
Nov 09 GERMANY – Berlin @ Privatclub - TICKETS
Nov 10 GERMANY – Munich @ Ampere - TICKETS
Nov 12 GERMANY – Frankfurt @ Zoom - TICKETS – PLEASE NOTE: date has been rescheduled from Nov 11. The show is now on Nov 12.
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 TICKETS
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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Remember to sign up for the mailing list at Strange Famous Records so you don’t miss any updates.

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Apr 09

My “COPPER GONE” album drops June 3rd!

Click HERE for pre-sale options.

PRE-ORDER PACKAGES ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE - www.tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR
- including options with SIGNED CDs, 2xLP COLORED VINYL, Cassettes, T-Shirts, Hoodies, and more!

“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.” – ALARM MAGAZINE

SAGE FRANCIS…relocked and reloaded. 

After a 4-year hiatus, the indie rap icon is taking his signature style of hip-hop and performance art back on the road to support the June 2014 release of “COPPER GONE” on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS. It features beat production from long-time music affiliates BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER, REANIMATOR, and more.  Physical/digital pre-sales are available now.

“VONNEGUT BUSY”, the lead single, acts as a stylistic sample dish for what one can expect from the new album, transitioning seamlessly from socio-economic issues to personal politics, all while being punctuated by the project’s overall mission statement: “When it seems like you’re going through hell…keep going.” The reference to Kurt Vonnegut in the title is accompanied by a quote from the satirical writer in one of the song’s 3 sub-choruses: “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been.’”

As fans and media may remember, Francis declared a sudden retirement from touring at the end of his “Li(f)e on the Road” world excursion in 2010. Many people misinterpreted this as a resignation from music altogether as his three album deal with Epitaph Records came to its conclusion. “It sort of offends my sensibilities to hear that some people thought I gave up music,” Francis remarks. “I’ve been writing songs since I was 8 years old. Performing on stage since 12. Winning over crowds and losing partners in the process. As far as creative energy goes, my entire adult life and the bulk of my childhood has been dedicated to this craft. I don’t even think I could stop that train if I wanted to.”

In reality, Francis removed himself from the non-stop grind of the tour circuit in hopes of developing a healthier domestic situation. He did not achieve this goal, as numerous songs on Copper Gone clearly illustrate (some more overtly than others.) Over the course of the next few years, in the wake of some significant personal losses, Francis succumbed to his more hermit-like tendencies. He remained tucked away in the woods on the outskirts of Rhode Island, running Strange Famous Records remotely, all while continuing to write/record music in the isolation of his studio.

“No matter how much time I spend by myself, I’m constantly aware of how I need to keep this ship afloat. If not for me, then for the others who have jumped on board with me. That’s not the main motivation for what I do, but it’s probably good to feel pressured into staying active outside of my bubble. I’m stressed, overworked, and exhausted regardless of my situation, so I might as well step into the fire rather than just watch the world burn around me. At this point, that sounds a lot better to me than spending the rest of my life as a recluse, wondering what might’ve been.”

Copper Gone drops worldwide June 3rd, 2014 on Strange Famous Records (in the UK it is being released by Scroobius Pip’s Speech Development Records.)

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The Sage Francis “Copper Gone” World Tour 2014 is in support of the COPPER GONE album, dropping June 3rd. All information for the US, CANADA, UK, and EURO tour dates are listed below.

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NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

5/29 STANHOPE, NJ – Stanhope House - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Metermaids
5/30 NYC – Le Poisson Rouge – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Metermaids
5/31 BOSTON, MA – Middle East – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/02 TORONTO, ON – Opera House - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/03 PITTSBURGH, PA – Altar Bar - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Lord Grunge
6/05 CHICAGO, IL – The Abbey - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, No Bird Sing
6/06 MADISON, WI – High Noon Saloon - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/07 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – First Ave - Tickets
Openers: CECIL OTTER, B. Dolan
6/09 ENGLEWOOD, CO - Gothic Theatre - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Wheelchair Sports Camp
6/10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Urban Lounge - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/11 MISSOULA, MT – Palace Lounge - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Codependents
6/12 VANCOUVER, BC – Fortune Sound Club - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, TBA
6/13 SEATTLE, WA – Neumo’s - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/14 PORTLAND, OR – Alhambra Theatre - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Independent - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/17 SOLANA BEACH (San Diego), CA – Belly Up Tavern - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/18 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Troubadour - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/20 PHOENIX, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/21 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Sunshine Theater - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/22 EL PASO, TX – Tricky Falls - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/24 DALLAS, TX – Club Dada - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/25 AUSTIN, TX – Mohawk - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/26 NEW ORLEANS, LA – Southport Hall – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, DJ Quickie Mart
6/27 BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Sleep of Oldominion
6/29 ATLANTA, GA – Terminal West - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Seez Mics, Cas One
6/30 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Cat’s Cradle – Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Cas One, Seez Mics
7/01 WASHINGTON, DC – U Street Music Hall - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Prolyphic, Seez Mics
7/02 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Union Transfer - Tickets
Openers: B. Dolan, Prolyphic, Metermaids
7/03 PORTLAND, ME – Port City Music Hall – Tickets
Openers: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Metermaids
7/04 PROVIDENCE, RI – Fete Ballroom - Tickets
Openers: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Metermaids

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UK/EURO TOUR DATES:

Oct 04 ICELAND – Reykjavik @ Húrra
Oct 09 IRELAND – Cork @ Cyprus Avenue – TICKETS
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 12 GERMANY – Frankfurt @ Zoom - TICKETS – PLEASE NOTE: date has been rescheduled from Nov 11. The show is now on Nov 12.
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”

Follow on: Twitter + Facebook.

Remember to sign up for the mailing list at Strange Famous Records so you don’t miss any updates.

 

Mar 31

We are SO coffee mug official right now

Top of the world, mom

FIRST…I can’t reveal the cover art for “Copper Gone” just yet, but what I can do is show you this selfie that I took this morning while standing on a mountain of scrap metal. Also, I can tell you that I’m listening to the mastered version of the album for the first time ever. I went through so much shit for this moment right here. Rather than trying to explain the impossible, I’m just going to get naked and cuddle up with my headphones. When you get a chance to do the same, I hope you feel as rewarded as I do. Album drops on June 3rd via my lifelong love child: www.StrangeFamousRecords.com

Our “Kickstarter”

I’m not sure why it took us so long to make these mugs considering how coffee-crazed we are over here at SFR, but they’re now for sale: www.tinyurl.com/SFRcoffeeMugs
I’m almost ashamed to admit how much caffeine I’ve consumed while finishing this new album. It’s certainly not the only thing that has kept me fighting my way out of the hellhole, but coffee has definitely been the thing I most look forward to every night. Starting around 8pm. Heck, it’s 9:30 right now and I just finished 4 cups. We’re finalizing artwork for “Copper Gone” and I fly out to Austin in a few hours for SXSW so DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME.

OK…back to my hole.

Mar 12

New Sleep album is out April 15! New video & pre-order up now!

The new Sleep of Oldominion album “Oregon Failure” drops on CD & MP3 Download on APRIL 15!

Pre-orders from SFRstore are available here.

 

Produced by Denver’s Maulskull, Sleep of Oldominion’s ‘Oregon Failure’ is a sorely needed return to spitting bars for the genre. Set to Maulskull’s heavy hitting, up-tempo dreamtrap, the album’s themes touch on trial and error, effort and failure, and ultimately perseverance. A master of poly-rhythmic turnarounds, chopping double time, Sleep builds up cadence the way Diplo builds towards the drop. Never coming off phony or Pollyannaish, young go-hards and old school heads alike can identify with the anthems of ‘Oregon Failure’.

Features By Pigeon John, Xperience, Ceschi and Onry Ozzborn!

Check out “SINKING SHIP”, the first video from the album!

Tracklisting
1. Where Ya At?
2. It’s Out of My Hands
3. The Beat
4. Something Else (piano by Beau Bryant)
5. Substances ft Ceschi & Onry Ozzborn (guitar by Skylar Blake; keys by Danny Haigh (for Crusader Keystorm)
6. Here Inside ft Nyqwil of Oldominion
7. Truth Serum ft. Pigeon John (background vocals Toni Hill)
8. I’m Sorry  (bass by Skylar Blake; keys Danny Haigh for Crusader Keystorm; additional drum programming Smoke M2D6)
9. Tumbleweed ft. X-Perience of Oldominion and A. Samori (background vocals Toni Hill; guitar by Cody Dean)
10. Sinking Ship
11. You Ain’t Sh#*T! ft. Tony Ozier
12. Rap Rehab (guitar and piano Charles Cliff)
13. Broke (background vocals Tony Ozier; bass by Skylar Blake, keys by Danny Haigh; drums by Nate Gendron
Check out the lyrics to “Sinking Ship”!:
Intro:
Okay fuck it, guess I’ll do what I do best crush it. You can’t touch it. When I get the motor running I’ma run amuck kid, my tongue is dynamite I’m causing an eruption, must have been abducted. Never muttering or fumbling, (fumbling). Pummeling a million men, and never crumbling. Son of a bitch I’m bubbling I’m in trouble again. Seem to get into it every now and then, cause I never know when I take it easy when I grab a pen. Yes I rock in the pocket pop eye sockets out when I rip it. Time ticking down, rhyme wicked now check it out you are now listening to who and what It’s all about.
Verse 1:
Now I get up in the beat like I got a vendetta with it. Let me get heavy with it let me celebrate me getting better with it. Haven’t figured out how to get cheddar with it but I set and get it let me demonstrate what a heavy weight is saying now I’m complicated aggravating everybody listening wishing they could do it better than me, but I said already that I’m heavy let me rip the script into confetti. And I bet you my machete making you spaghetti, if you step to me thinking I won’t be ready. Now if I’m sending deadly messaging I’m really sorry I’ve been really dealing with something buried in me, it really scary and I’m bearing everything inside of me for you to see now.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4
Verse 2:
Here I go again a tornado in my head, and its forcing me to go into my basement and arrange it in a way that’s making people going crazy when I say it yea, I making waves and never fake it take away the wake and baking,  if I really want to make it. Pick my brain apart. I beg your pardon let me hit it harder than them other artists, get it moving like a cruiser missile break it down to the bone gristle, with a little riddle that I whittled when I wasn’t riddled with these bitter feelings that I’m feeling cause I’m dealing with the stress of holding buildings up, and I could kick it up a notch I’m an independent artist let me holler at myself if I wanna make it hot.
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
Verse 3:
Let me set it straight and demonstrate it, let me try and do it like the greats did it. Like back in the day when they did it trippy heavy ripping illustrated. Never fabricated and I’m animated Rodney made my passes laminated, and I got a cadence that’ll take you to another level let me grab the mic and break it, take it, take it, take it in let me get a win let me get it in can I get a witness let me set it straight, I wanna put it away but I can’t stop myself and the ripping mechanism, when I’m in the mix did I mention, when I’m in the fifth dimension, when I’m about to exhibit a mint condition and I’m about to open your mind and perform inception
Chorus:
Woke up I found myself falling
I knew I could crawl out
I knew that they could not keep me down
I knew what it was all about
Leaving my soul on the shelf
Follow my instincts and look at me now x2
My eyes are open, are open, are open x4
The new Sleep of Oldominion album “Oregon Failure” drops on CD & MP3 Download on APRIL 15! Pre-orders from SFRstore are available here.
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