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Record Store Day on April 18th

Apparently April 18th is “Record Store Day”
One of my favorite record stores, Twist & Shout in Denver, made me aware of this. They sent out a questionnaire and I feel like filling it out. So hurr it is.

1) Where did you buy your first record? What was it?

“The first album I bought with my own money was Run DMC’s ‘Raising Hell’ which remains to be one of my favorite hip-hop albums. I purchased it at a tape store in the Lincoln Mall. I can’t remember the name of it, but it isn’t a store that lasted very long. I remember they had a jukebox type thing that had a limited list of songs you could purchase and it would dispense a cassette tape with your mix. That was the original itunes. When I got home from the mall, I discovered my mom had gone and bought me Raising Hell already.  I was excited to have two copies of it.”

2 )What record have you wanted more than any other in your collecting career? Did you ever get it?

“Masta Ace had a song called ‘H-A-R-D-C-O-R-E’ as the b-side to a white-label 12″ back in the early 90′s. My friend Mig had it but I’ve never been able to get a copy of my own.”


3) What is it about records, or record stores that are different from downloading?

“Walking through aisles of artwork, flipping through classics and non-classics…letting your imagination and instinct run wild. Downloading can’t hold a candle to that experience.”


4) Any of the products for Record Store Day that you are particularly excited about?  Why?

“Not really, no. I’m not prepared. The ones I’m excited about come out in June. Until then, I can’t pretend I know of anything coming out before then. Don’t even let me know. Quiet now.”

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Apr 10

“How Do You Sleep?”

Upon entering the wonderful world of youtube.com this evening I damn near suffered from a brain aneurysm. In the group of videos recommended on the home page, I was introduced to Jesse McCartney’s “How Do You Sleep” video.

Any John Lennon fan would see that artist’s name grouped with that song title and think the same thing I did:

“Are you fucking kidding me? Paul McCartney has a snot-nosed kid covering (or responding to) John Lennon’s ‘How Do You Sleep’ song?”

For anyone who doesn’t know, “How Do You Sleep” is something of a battle track aimed at Paul McCartney off of John Lennon’s “Imagine” album. It is one of my favorite battle-ish tracks of all time. Not only did John Lennon attack the government, military, government, and the concept of “god” while doing it with incredible melody and production during his solo career, but he lays into Paul McCartney with dis tracks and response tracks. Does he do it for obvious reasons or personal reasons most of us could never understand? Who cares. It’s great.

“a pretty face may last a year or two. But pretty soon they’ll see what you can do. The sound you make is muzak to my ears. You must have learned SOMETHING in all those years. Ughhh….how do you sleep? Ughhhh…how do you sleep at night?”

Here’s the full song if you haven’t heard it before:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCJhe9E1Wlo[/youtube]

For those who don’t need the little history lesson, you’ve skipped ahead to this part. Well here is the “How Do You Sleep” song by Jesse McCartney:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1RC7AxpD9c[/youtube]

For those who decided to skip the video altogether, you may have missed the fact that it features Ludacris. This cameo, for some reason, added validity to my fear that this guy actually has some clout and that this song is in reference to the John Lennon’s song with the same title.

Well…it’s not. Kid…I researched this shit. I put my journalistic training to use and I surfed the rough waters of the internets until I came up with cold hard FACTS. Boom bam. You’re welcome! This Jesse McCartney dude is not related to Paul McCartney. Not only that, but he is probably totally unfamiliar with John Lennon’s song. I suspect his career and the song title is a failed attempt by whatever collective of schmucks tried to manufacture a hit with this twat.

According to wikipedia:
“Jesse Abraham Arthur McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. McCartney rose to fame in the early 2000s as member of the boy band Dream Street. He subsequently branched out into a solo career, having appeared in the television series Summerland.”

Why the hell did I waste part of my life (and possibly yours) dissecting something that doesn’t matter at all to anyone? Because after a long day of work I tried finding something enjoyable on youtube, but instead my head almost exploded.

If nothing else, I hope I introduced some people to the wonderful solo work of a highly under-appreciated John Lennon album.

Also, to make this hip-hop related, I’m amused by the fact that Ludacris will seemingly do anything if the money is right. Or maybe he was obligated to appear on this kid’s track due to a Mickey Mouse contract. Friends and contemporaries of mine swear that Luda is dope and I can understand why they think that. However, the Lennon spirit in me tells me otherwise.

Tell me. Tell me.
How do you sleep at night?

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Mar 23

People pay for “plays” on Myspace. (prt 2 of a continuing series)

Some people may remember the last time I did something like this. The difference here is this “company” is trying to sell their “online marketing/promotion” services rather than just being upfront and admit they’re in the business of falsifying play counts for musicians on Myspace.

As everyone knows, it is more important to make it look like people listen to your music than actually make music people are interested in listening to. Yes, people pay for play counts. So this company can thank me for the free advertising I’m giving them. God damn, I hate spammers.


I did my best to spell as bad as them so I could blend in. But damn, they even spell their own name wrong. If you want to waste 5 minutes then read the interaction below:

From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS
Date: Mar 9, 2009 12:51 AM

Hi there! We recently added you as one of our Friends here on
Myspace; Reason being, we took the time to listen to your Music and we
are very impresed by it. You show great talent and vass potential. Here
at Millenium Promoters we take tremendous pride in providing our
Artists with outstanding service. If you are intrested, please contact
us whenever you get a free minute. To learn more about us and what we
do here at M.P. please take a minute to visit our Myspace Page.
Thank you
-Millenium Promoters

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

hey! thank you for adding me. I see that you sell “plays” on
myspace and youtube. The figures you offer are very impresive. I
understand you have vass potential but I need an understanding of
exactly how vass. Could you give me some details?
thanks man

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Hi there, and thank you for choosing Millenium Promoters as your
source for online Marketing/Promotion. To answer your question; What we
do here at Millenium Promoters is take your Myspace Page and Boradcast
it all throughout Myspace. If it is only plays you are looking for, we
take just your Myspace Player and market your songs to listeners who
fit your Genre of Music. I hope my answer to your question was
satisfactory. If you have any other questions, feel free to send us a
message at anytime.
Thank you
- M.P.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Thanks for the response. I’m interested. How would you boradcast my
myspace page in ways that I am not doing already? If you could, let me
know what I’d be paying for and what my options are. Same with youtube.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Hi there. Our question to you is, how are you Broadcasting your
Myspace Page at current moment? Once we determine that, we can assure
you of the ways our Company Promotes for Artists like yourself.

Thank you
-M.P.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

cool. well, i don’t know much about broadcasting. but at current
moment i just have my myspace page running through the internet. which
means it is online and other people are checking it out from their own
computers (not my own obviously) via the internets. So really it just
seems like…it’s kind of been working out pretty well for me but i
know there are ways of improving this. I just want an idea of how this
happens. I have a budget but I’m first need to know that i’m not being
scammed. not that you are a scammer. but i get tons of scam emails. i
mark them as scam and then they’re gone. this one i kept though

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Well, first off thank you for not Marking us as Spam. That we definatly
are not. Secondly, you are right about your Myspace Page getting
Traffic, soley based on your talents and noteriety as an Artist. In our
case though, there are two ways we can Promote your Music for you. If
it is only the Plays that you are looking; for myself as well as my
other team of Associates Market your Myspace Player to the Genre of
listeners you impact the most. If it views you are interested in we
Market your Page itself.(as I have previously explained both of these
before to you) We have teamed up with Jeff Goldstein of Last – Route
Ent. With his Contact List (Listeners, Promoters & Musicians) and
our Associates, we have taken Online Promotion to new and greater
heights.

If you are still warry or need reassurance on our end; we will
first Promote you FREE for ONE day (being tomorrow 3/10/09) and assure
you will recieve 3,000 Page Views & Song Plays, to get you started.

Thank you for your time.
-M.P.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

well yes i am warry just because this seems like some weird magical
type stuff. hehe. but what concerns me is i typically get more than
3000 plays. so if you do this test run does that means i will only get
3000 plays? also, just to be sure, when you get me plays on my myspace
page it doesnt mean youre hacking my page right? thats something i
warry about. i dont have tons of internet knowledge but i do believe in
promotion when its done right.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Hey! Ok, so we Promoted your Myspace Page accordingly and I now see you have 10,000+ Plays/Views today already!

If you are interested in doing business with us after showing you,
what we can do for you; please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Thank you
-M.P.

Hi there. We were curious to know if you had recieved our last Message yet?
Thank you
-M.P.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

I think so. Can you explain what happened?

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

We targeted your Listener Genre; Since your such a Popular Artist
it was not nearly as difficult to get your Views/Plays to increase. We
set a goal of atleast 8,000 Views/Plays and went well beyond that.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

How did you target my listener genre? That’s what I’m wondering.
Because whatever form of promo you use, all it results in is play
increases. No other activity was different.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

No, your Views & your Plays were increased. We monitored your Myspace Page very carefully the day we Promoted for you.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

So what you’re saying is you are in the business of increasing play counts for people who want to pay for that?

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Not exactly. Our service is strictly to increase Traffic to an
Artist’s Page; Myspace, Soundclick, Youtube or regular URL. When
Increasing Traffic to Myspace, Soundclick & Youtube, Traffic
results in higher numbers of Plays/Views.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Yes, but traffic didn’t increase. Just my play count. No other activity changed. So what’s the magic trick here?

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

There is no “Magic Trick”. If that was the case, how did you
recieve your other 6,000 Plays that day that you usually obtain by
yourself?

I will prove to you your Plays/Views did Increase.
I will make sure myself & my associates Promote your Music page on Tuesday 3/17/09.
Before we start Promotin we will Tell you your Total Views, Total Plays, and Plays for the Day.
At 12 Midnight we will again, send you another E-mail showing you the results.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

OK. Let me know where it’s promoted so I can give it a look.
thanks man

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Hey there! Ok so as we promised we would let you experience another 1 free day trial period.

The time now is 9:45 P.M. and our efforts of promoting have ended.(this
doesn’t mean your Statistics will not Increase further from now until
Midnight, or further).

When we started your promotion your Total Views were: 3,347,685,
which now are at 3,357,615 — That is an Increase of just under 10,000

Your Total Plays were: 6,027,117 which now are at 6,037,104 — That also is an Increase of just under 10,000

We have been Monitoring your Page for the past 72 hours and our
Statistics find that on a daily basis you are averaging anywhere from
3-7,000 plays. Today you have already hit 13,000+.

We now look forward to doing business with you sir. Hope to hear from you soon.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

But as I asked twice before, I need you to show me where my page is
being promoted. I’d like a link or an explanation as to how the play
counts are going up. Because otherwise, all you’re involved in is
increasing song plays which is not promotion.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

I’m sorry we cannot show you where and or how we Promote you as an
Artist. If that was the case, you yourself could take the information
we provide, and do it yourself. I’ve explained before, your Page Views
& Song Plays are Increasing due to where, how and who we are
Marketing your Music to.

If it is our process of where and how we market you, we cannot provide you with that knowledge.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

If you can’t show me, then you can’t show anyone else, and that
means no one else is seeing my page. Why don’t you just be upfront
about what you’re actually trying to sell me? You’re trying to sell me
extra plays on my myspace player. And lucky for you I am interested in
purchasing that. I’m just not going to pretend that I’m paying for
“promotion.”
So do you want to do this or not?

Let’s go.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Which Package Deal are you most intrested in at this time?
We will give you an added 5,000 Plays Extra, instead of the normal 1,000.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Where do I send the money?
Who do I write the check out to?

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

No checks. We have set up a PayPal Account;
MilleniumPromoters@gmail.com

Once you have srnt the money please send us a Message, telling us what
Package Deal you selected and how you would like to ercieve your Plays
and or Views. All in one month, one week, etc.

Thank you
M.P.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

OK. I wasn’t going to pay with a check. But paypal is some magical
stuff I have never been able to understand. Is it OK if I pay you in
props? Or something else that’s intangible…sort of like play counts?

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

No, sorry strictly money. If you are having a problem with PayPal I
can walk you through it. It is actually a very simple process.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

If you were a real business man you’d accept the props and just
roll with it. You’re beginning to frustrate me and make me warried.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

I don’t understand why your getting worried. And by “props” you mean what exactly?

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Props, ya know? Big ups. Much respect. That kinda thing. Don’t you do this for the love? You should.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

No sir we do not. If you would like recieve services through us, thats fine. But we will not do this for Free.

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Now I feel deceived. Have you ever heard of the BETTER BUSINESS
BUREAU? Yeah, well…they’re about to hear from me. I hope you have
your internet business registered properly with the state you come
from. Otherwise you’re in more trouble than you could ever imagine.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Are you trying to Black Mail us sir?

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From: SAGE FRANCIS
To: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS

Alright, now you’re getting racist. And there’s no need for that.
But so what if I was a black mail? SO WHAT??? You gonna get all uppity
on me?

What I am TRYING to explain to you is that I’m going to send you to jale for false advertising. So get ready.

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From: MILLENIUM PROMOTERS
To: SAGE FRANCIS

Your a funny man.
——————————

From: SAGE FRANCIS

To: All Spammers

www.StrangeFamous.com

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Mar 18

A toy, a video, and a sausage mix

First things first, check out this “sage toy” a guy named Jay222 put together and sent over to me. This thing is diesel. It’s heavy and rugged. If it comes to life it will kick my ass. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about stuff like that a lot.

the toy was hand sculpted out of a polymer based clay called sculpey and hand painted with acrylic based paint.

If you want to check out more of this guy’s stuff the pictures are available at www.myspace.com/jay222toys

Second things second, here is a fan video someone made of my song “Good Fashion.” Not only did the person not learn the words before making a video, but it’s awesome in all different sorts of ways. It’s truly entertaining to me and if you don’t like it then I guess we’re not cut from the same cloth. So eff off.

Fan video for \”Good Fashion\”

Last things last, here is a mix I put together because I felt like it. I call it “Tom Sawyer Sausage”

http://download.yousendit.com/TTZrck93T001UjQwTVE9PQ

And final things final, B. Dolan and Jared Paul are on tour! Check them out so you can get learned on some stuff.

Love,

Francis

www.strangefamous.com

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Mar 11

Slow Down “Ghandi”

I often receive messages from US soldiers from over seas. Sometimes they tell me how they feel like they were tricked into the service. Mostly they tell me about how they can’t wait to get home. Some of my friends from school have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It always makes me wonder how they perceive my music or my message. Ever since 9/11 I’ve been on an anti-war crusade, and that reflects in my music. However, art is always left to interpretation and sometimes people interpret my lyrics in ways I never intended. That’s not “right” or “wrong”…that’s just how it goes.

That being said, I’m very careful about the type of energy I throw out into the ethersphere when it comes to my art. I know that ambiguity can work against me, but sometimes there just isn’t any plain way of saying something without it being a 30 page term paper that no one would ever read. For the record, my song “Slow Down Gandhi” is about fly-by-night activists who get caught up in political fervor every election year and then they fall by the wayside when the party is over. Those people annoy me to no end and it’s a big reason why Knowmore.org meant so much to me. At the risk of being a broken record, the motto stands true…”You vote with your wallet every day.”

Recently I received these photos from a soldier in Iraq. I assume it was meant as some sort of homage to my song or the idea of my song, but I can only hope that the homage is for the intended purpose of the song.

Dear Barack…bring ‘em home.

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Mar 05

Underground as F*ck

When we say we’re underground/indie, I don’t think you all really understand how precise that description is.

I’ll make this short and then get to the pictures. But first I want to give a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who attended our basement show last night and to everyone who helped make this show such a great success. I was incredibly nervous about this show which is abnormal. I never threw a show like this. It’s something we had to build from the bottom up. Handling everything from sound system, door charge, stage construction, performance times, store management….I mean…EVERYTHING. And it all went off without a hitch which felt like something of a small miracle. The crowd was great, the performances were great, and everyone helped out where need be (right down to our girlfriends picking up the slack wherever necessary.) The sound was great. The venue (our office space in Pawtucket, RI) worked out really well. The crowd was respectful and supportive. Bam, bam, bam…awesomeness.

Massive ups to B. Dolan, Prayers for Atheists, Prolyphic, Shane Hall, Ryan G., Storm, Erich, and The Grant building for letting us throw our basement show. All photos by Amanda Goss.

Cross Colors hats are making a come back.

Cross Colors hats are making a come back.

Sage Francis and B. Dolan discuss chubby bumble bees.

Sage Francis and B. Dolan discuss chubby bumble bees.

Prolyphic takes the floor

Prolyphic takes the floor

Prolyphic applies ear plugs in the SFR office

Prolyphic applies ear plugs in the SFR office

Prayers for Atheists

Prayers for Atheists

Jared Paul and Cousin Tom from PFA

Jared Paul and Cousin Tom from PFA

B. Dolan looms over the crowd and crushes JTs adams apple.

B. Dolan looms over the crowd and crushes JT's adam's apple.

Shane Hall

Shane Hall

Storm Davis and Prolyphic

Storm Davis and Prolyphic

RI love. Thank you once again.

RI love. Thank you once again.

www.StrangeFamous.com

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Feb 28

SFR screenprint poster, podcast download, and RSS feeds

We should have these SCREEN PRINTS available for sale by Friday for the RI show.

SFR Showcase screenprint poster

SFR Showcase screenprint poster

Pete from a crew called Ghost-Town designed these for us and asked if he could print some up. He has a poster print place across from our office. The posters they do are sick. So big ups to him for putting this together on the fly.

there will be 200 limited prints, signed and numbered by Pete. Whatever we don’t sell at the RI show and the SXSW show will go up for sale on the website.

ENDING NOTES:

1) RSS feeds are now operational so subscribe to the artist blogs.

2) Almost every SFR artist has written a blog now. The one that has caused the biggest stir is B. Dolan’s open letter to Justin Timberlake. I think it’s brilliant in ways that haven’t even been discussed yet. JT fans think otherwise, but they’re entitled to their own opinion. Also, fuck em.

3) Here’s a free download of a SFR podcast that hasn’t even been POSTED yet. I’m giving this for free right now just to see who is or isn’t checking these blogs out:

http://rcpt.yousendit.com/656585946/608fde637ec3e6dade01ac5c5f9bd17d

It’s available only for a limited time, but we will be making each podcast downloadable from time to time. Stay updated, foo!

www.strangefamous.com

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Feb 24

Prayers for Atheists show review

For those not in the know, Prayers for Atheists is a punk(ish) Providence band headed by Mr. Jared Paul.  You know, the guy who got in a heap of legal trouble for listening to music at the RNC (www.conspiracytoriot.com)

PFA

PFA

People in Providence have seen Jared do his thing for over 10 years now, whether it was yelling into megaphones at protest rallies, organizing community events, or waxing poetic on slam stages (no def jam.) It wasn’t until recently that he joined up with a musical outfit that actually helps propel his lyrical intensity and expressive manic-ness in a way that enhances the overall message.

Alan Hague is the musician who stepped in and helped develop the songs with Jared, providing all musical elements in the studio recordings. Then came Dave Booth on drums and Cousin Tom on bass for the live show. Then came last night’s performance in Providence that proved that this Prayers for Atheists thing is steps above anything people have seen from Jared or Alan in the past.
The crowd at AS220 was packed, filled with some old faces and some fresh new faces. We all shared a similar reaction that went something like, “Holy shit…this is TIGHT.” Not that it should be a surprise, but it was a bonding experience between us all where we realized we were witnessing one of the first shows from a band that is making serious moves. All I can say is that this was one of the few moments where I looked at a friend of mine on stage and felt truly proud. And I know pride is a bad thing, but I felt it. I’ve been through so much with Mr. Jared Paul and now he’s fronting a band with songs that get me moving like I’m a fresh new face.

Lots of things are in the works for PFA. Jared Paul is about to leave on a spoken word tour with B. Dolan but when they return the Prayers for Atheists EP will be ready for release (half of the songs have been posted on their myspace page.) PFA’s next performance will be at our office space at the Grant in Pawtucket, RI on Feb. 27th along with myself, B. Dolan, Prolyphic and Shane Hall. Details are on the tour page.

To Jared Paul, Alan Hague, Dave Booth and Cousin Tom…fantastic job last night. It envigorated me.

Jared and Alan getting pretty for the camera.

Jared and Alan getting pretty for the camera.

Dave Booth

Dave Booth

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Feb 21

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