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2 new albums to get excited about: Scroobius Pip + Metermaids

METERMAIDS “Rooftop Shake” drops on Sept 6, 2011
SCROOBIUS PIP “Distraction Pieces” drops on Sept 19, 2011

As an indie label, we’re always busy at Strange Famous Records, but 2011 has been relatively quiet as far as official album releases go. All of that is about to change in a big way. Here’s a brief description of what you can expect from these artists:

1) Scroobius Pip “Distraction Pieces”

SFR fans may remember Scroobius Pip from the “Angles” album he did with Dan Le Sac a few years back. With the “Distraction Pieces” album, Pip has gone solo to pursue a more aggressive (dare we say punk-driven) approach. As risky as that may seem, the first video/single from his new album has turned a lot of heads. On the day of its release, “Introdiction” was the 4th most viewed video on youtube (and for good reason):

 Produced by Renholder, aka Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle), the album features collaborations with me, B. Dolan, P.O.S. of Doomtree and many more. Pre-order package deal available here.

2) The Metermaids “Rooftop Shake”

The Metermaids consists of two emcees, Sentence and Swell. Their new album, Rooftop Shake, features yours truly on two songs (one of which features Buck 65!), production by 9th Wonder & M. Stine, and scratches by DJ Rob Swift. I first met Sentence in 2001 while touring with Atmosphere. He produced the first song that Slug and I ever did together (“Day Grows Old”) on my Sick of Waiting Tables mixtape. Ten years later, I’m helping release his group’s album. Even though one thing has nothing to do with the other, it still feels like we’ve all come full circle. The first single from the Metermaids Rooftop Shake album is a song called Graveyard Shift (prod. by 9th Wonder.) Listen to it here:
GRAVEYARD SHIFT – Metermaids (prod by 9th Wonder)


“Rooftop Shake”album package deals are available here.

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Aug 10

Planking is Political

Planking is Political

People often ask me why I enjoy planking photos so much. The truth is, planking has helped change the world for the better. This particular planking photo was taken during the Kent State Massacre of 1970. It helped end the Vietnam War. This may have also been the first instance of “owling” but that can’t be 100% confirmed.

Aug 02

Sage Francis “makes it up” to Portland and Seattle

The Metermaids and Sadistik have been added to both shows! Details below…

Portland and Seattle...this kiss is for you.

In 2010 I was in the middle of my LI(F)E Tour when I received word of my father’s passing. Due to this horrible news, I cut my Seattle show short and canceled the Portland show in order to fly home and attend the funeral services. Since that time I haven’t heard the end of it from people in these territories, so a little more than a year later I’m coming through on a promise to do the make-up shows.

Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS Sadistik
$18 advance / $23 day of show
Click here for tickets!

SEATTLE, WA on Sept 22 at NEUMOS
Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS & Sadistik
$18 advance / $20 day of show
Click here for tickets!

For those who were unable to catch my Colorado shows last weekend with the Metermaids and B. Dolan, you missed some incredible performances. One of the shows had us performing in front of a rolling river. We upstaged the shit out of that beautiful river. The full list of my upcoming shows can be found here, but to ensure you don’t miss any updates please sign up for the newsletter on the homepage of

Sage Francis and the Metermaids performing "Bad Things" off their upcoming Rooftop Shake LP

Aug 02

The Bright Side of Witch Burning

Godcast II “The Bright Side of Witch Burning” can be downloaded for free by clicking the DOWN arrow on the SoundCloud player below. Continue to scroll down to view the tracklist and read the full story of what inspired this installment of the Godcast series.


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Jul 05

Victoria, BC added to Sage’s 2011 show schedule!

Sep 23 – Victoria, BC – Sage Francis at the Sugar Nightclub for the Rifflandia Festival.

The other shows I currently have planned are in Sweden, Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Provincetown. All info can be found here.

Jun 29

Anti-Swag and Sage’s interview with Scene Magazine

People often ask me about my writing process. It’s not easy for me to explain, and there’s no particular ritual to my craft, but I figure the best thing to do is just show you how I write.

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Jun 28

Busting a Luna Moth out of Spiderweb Prison

When I noticed this magnificent creature outside of my front door I took a picture of it and posted it on my facebook page to see if anyone knew what it was. As it turns out, it’s not a leaf bird. Also, it’s not a stingray-kite hybrid. It is, in fact, a Luna Moth (yes, the same one that Lunesta uses in their commercials to push their dreamy drugs.) However, I discovered that this Luna Moth was stuck in a spiders web! I bravely decided to be super courageous and film myself breaking it free into freedom. To liberate the Luna. Once the mam-moth was carefully placed on its freedom leaf I heroically transported it over to some safety shrubs.

The very next day I was surprised to see this lunatic back on the side of my house, stalking me in broad daylight. All the spiders were gone because they starved to death. The weather turned erratic and it became clear to me that I unwittingly destroyed RI’s ecosystem. Suddenly, lightning struck a tree and a branch fell on top of me. The moth swooped down, removed the branch and said, “We’re even now.” Then he vanished. The clouds opened up and a smiling sunshine double rainbowed my street.

That was my past 24 hours.


I'm pretty much a hero


P.S. I found your ‘electronic-spy-on-sage-moth.’ If you need it back, that will come at a cost.

Jun 25

Scribble Jam 2004 – “Jah” and “Buzzkill”

In 2004 I debuted two brand new songs at Scribble Jam. They were “Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny” and “The Buzzkill.” As they were fresh off the page I flubbed a couple lines but not too bad. Both songs ended up the book ends of my A Healthy Distrust album a year later.

I’m not sure the majority of the crowd knew how to react. I mean, this was Scribble Jam of course. Most people are expecting battle raps and punchlines so they can all go “Ohhhhh!!!!!” in unison. Regardless, Scribble Jam is an important part of indie-hop history. A history that is untold and unrecognized by most media outlets and music culture archivists, but some day it will be realized. “Thems was the good ole days, I tells ya!”

-Old Man Sage

BUZZ KILL (Reanimator RMX) – Sage Francis by Strange Famous Records

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