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Oh, You’re a Rapper? Freestyle for Me.

Major pet peeve of mine.

But when we feel in the mood to freestyle, we do the damn thing. Total off-the-top improvisation. Below is one of the favorite cypher sessions I’ve ever been a part of. 2001′s “Orphanage Freestyle” on the Break of Dawn radio show (KFAI) = Eyedea, Slug, Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Blueprint,  &Illogic  with beats being spun by DJ Abilities.

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Apr 23

“LOST LOVES” by Sage Francis

“Lost Loves” is a song that literally took 20 years to complete. The first half was recording in 1991 and the other half was recorded in 2011. Thanks to my pack-rat ways since an early age, I’m now able to trade bars with my younger self.

Finalizing this song involved salvaging a 20 year old recording from a 2nd generation cassette dub, filling in the blank lines, and twisting what was originally a tale of unrequited love into a bizarre story about a man who thinks it’s appropriate to woo his lady with battle raps.

To top it all off, this is the long-awaited return of my nasty alter-ego, Xaul Zan…so don’t expect anything sweet. “It’s got to do with lots of lovin’ and it ain’t nuthin’ nice.”

The artwork for this digital single is by Pat Jensen.

If you wish to download this song, you can do so by clicking here.

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Feb 14

A Tribute to Christopher Hitchens

Hitchens Tribute “THE GODCAST IS NOT GREAT” by Strange Famous Records

We lost a great writer, journalist, debater, intellect and free thinker to cancer on December 15, 2011. Much can be said about Christopher Hitchens, some good and some bad, but rather than speak in his defense I’d rather just let the man speak for himself. No one can do it better.

This 38 minute tribute is a collection of audio clips taken from Hitchens’ debates, interviews & speeches. Similar to previous Godcasts, the music is a mishmash of various genres and song clips, ranging from the familiar to the obscure, all arranged and edited by yours truly. You can download it for free by clicking the “down arrow” on the Soundcloud audio player.

TRACKLIST:

Offended Every Day
Hitchler
F*ck ‘Em or Fleece ‘Em
Genital Mutilation
Vicarious Redemption
Breech of Taste
A Most Subtle PSA
The Argument that Never Goes Stale
It’s Called Culture
Limerick Roll
The Original Repudiation
Theresa Cult Vs. Empowerment of Women
The Clever Clever Question
Dropkick Me Jesus
A Final Note

THIS IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE GODCAST SERIES. CHECK OUT THE FULL GODCAST SERIES BY CLICKING HERE.

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Dec 30

US Soldier Tells Me He’s Been Living “The Worst Kind of Lie”

A man in the US Army sent me this photo of his LI(F)E tattoo just as the Iraq War was declared officially over. As this war was predicated on false information, I didn’t have to ask what he meant when he said, “I wanted to send you this because I’ve been living the worst kind of lie.”

Our brothers and sisters fight wars over seas and they’re told that it’s to preserve our freedom, but then they come home to see things like the National Defense Authorization Act have passed, stripping Americans of MORE civil liberties. The madness continues and Li(f)e goes on for now.

Please get home safe, sir.
-Uncle Frank

Click HERE to see ALL the Li(f)e tattoos.
Click HERE for the Li(f)e album and  all product related to it.

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Dec 17

Sage Francis plays Madison, MPLS, Chicago – FEB 2012

What better way for the midwest to spend their Valentine’s Day Weekend than with SAGE FRANCIS (accompanied by Kristoff Krane  & Metermaids!)  THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT, SO GET YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME!

*CHICAGO UPDATE* Dark Time Sunshine has been added to the bill!

Feb 16Madison, WI - HIGH NOON SALOON - Tickets at: http://tinyurl.com/SageMadisonTix

Feb 17 – Minneapolis TRIPLE ROCK. THIS SHOW HAD ALREADY SOLD OUT!!!

Feb 18Chicago, IL - BOTTOM LOUNGE- Tickets at: http://tinyurl.com/SageBottomLoungeTix

 

If you are on Facebook, the events page for this tour is HERE. Please “attend” and share this event with friends. Thank you!


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Dec 11

Sage Francis interview with OneThirtyBPM

Here is my interview with One Thirty BPM where they did a spotlight on Strange Famous Records.

Strange Famous Records
 

For our second issue of Label Spotlight, we caught up with Strange Famous Records front man and lead artist Sage Francis, who founded the indie label in 1996 as a way of self-releasing his own material.

One Thirty BPM: First and foremost, could you briefly describe Strange Famous as a label? How many artists and releases are credited to the label, and how would you define its ‘sounds’?

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Dec 05

When the Fun Stops

Fun times, fun times. Fun times, fun times, fun tiiiiiiiimes.

This drab pamphlet that they offer at casinos for people who have overextended themselves should also be offered at shopping malls. Heck, why stop there? Put them in schools, churches, banks, etc. There should be an old, crotchety man in a black hooded robe handing these out at the entrance and exit of all hospitals. I’ve been told that this pamphlet looks particularly fitting in my hand. Well, let me tell you something…I’m a survivor. I survived the big fun.

Always remember, never forget: “Slow and steady wins the race, fuckface.”

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Dec 04

The Winner of the “Bad Things” Remix Contest is…

“Bad Things” (feat. Sage Francis) is off of the Metermaids album, Rooftop Shake. The redux version features B. Dolan. We held a remix contest for this version which resulted in a flood of amazing material submitted by producers who hail from all parts of the world. After sifting through all the submissions, weighing the pros and cons of each, and agonizing over the tiniest of details, the time has come for us to announce the winner. Before we do that, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who participated. As per usual, the talent involved in this contest made the winner incredibly difficult to choose. To read how we came to this decision, please read all the notes and explanations below. But without further adieu…

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Nov 27

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