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Sage Francis – “Vonnegut Busy”

COPPER GONE album drops worldwide on June 3rd. PRESALE PACKAGE DEALS + tour dates available here.
(CD, vinyl, cassette, digital, shirts, hoodies)

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“VONNEGUT BUSY” acts as a stylistic sample dish for what one can expect from Sage Francis on Copper Gone, 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.”

The music is produced by Strange Famous label-mate, PROLYPHIC (horns by Joshua Trinidad.)

Apr 01

B. Dolan – “The Hunter (Mux Mool Remix)”

The debut of B. Dolan’s new “The Hunter” T-Shirt design reminded us of this great remix of the song of the same name by producer Mux Mool, so we dusted off the digital platter and brought it back for your streaming pleasure!

“I’ve been an avid listener of the electronic musician Mux Mool–and his affiliate label, Ghostly International–for quite awhile, so when the time came to look for “Fallen House, Sunken City” remixes he was on my shortlist.
I was excited to find that not only was Mux a reciprocate fan, but had a background in hip hop and desire to do more work as a producer. With any luck this, his remix of “The Hunter,” will be the first in a number of collaborations between us. He absolutely killed this track, and I’m honored to have worked with him on it.” – B. Dolan

“Fallen House Sunken City” is available on CD, Vinyl LP, and MP3 Download here.

Feb 10

Sage Francis feat. B. Dolan – “You Can’t Win” (EPIC BEARD MEN!)

SICK TO D(EAT)H – the newest edition to SAGE FRANCIS’ “Sick of” mixtape series drops on Dec 12, 2013 exclusively at StrangeFamousRecords.com.

Pre-sale package deals available now: tinyurl.com/SickToDeathSFR

The Epic Beard Men are back to help usher in this 75 minute compilation of rare recordings, remixes, demos and brand new songs. Sick to D(eat)h is available on MP3, CD and cassette. Yes…we’re returning to the original analog format which kicked off this mixtape series back in 1999. It includes a download code this time through. It features contributions by: Atmosphere, B. Dolan, Buck 65, Buddy Peace, Cecil Otter, DJ EQ, Kurtis SP, Lord Grunge, No Bird Sing, Prolyphic, Reanimator, Scroobius Pip and many more.

The full track list is below and breakdown of each track, along with some additional updates from Mr. Francis, available here: www.strangefamousrecords.com/blogs/sage…ickToDeath

In other news, we’re proud to announce that Sage Francis is currently recording his NEW ALBUM (title withheld for now) which drops in June of 2014, officially ending a 4 year hiatus. This will be followed by a world tour. More info on that soon at SFR.

For now, enjoy the free download of “You Can’t Win” (EPIC BEARD MEN!)

Nov 16

“KRAFTWERKING MAN” – Buddy Peace remixes “Working Man”!

“KRAFTWERKING MAN” – Buddy Peace remixes “Working Man”!

“KRAFTWERKING MAN” is a full-length redux of Prolyphic & Buddy Peace‘s 2013 SFR album “Working Man”, recreated and reassembled by Buddy Peace himself, using building blocks from the catalog of legendary German electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk!

Mr. Peace himself weighs in on the history of the project:

“I always had something in mind for some kind of alternate version of our album, some kind of remix project of some sort… I wanted to make it in a certain frame though and have some kind of concept – and when the ‘Kraftwerking Man’ title hit me all the smoke disappeared and that was my concept.

Kraftwerk are true pioneers and I love them dearly, and I’ve always wanted to get dirty with their back catalogue so this was the ideal chance. And Pro sounds ill over their music so it worked out great!”

“KRAFTWERKING MAN” is a FREE DOWNLOAD available here for your enjoyment. Please spread it around!

Nov 08

JOEYPRESENTS – Winner of the “Don’t Think” REMIX CONTEST!

What kind of name is Joeypresents and who the hell is this character anyway?

Well…whoever he is and wherever he’s from, Mr. Joeypresents is officially the WINNER of the “Don’t Think” (by No Bird Sing feat. Sage Francis) remix contest.

CONGRATS, Sir Joeypresents!

Read about the selection process and check out all of the remixes (including runners-up Dilly Dilly and Moxe) at the SFR Soundcloud here.

Oct 15

B. Dolan & Buddy Peace – “Fallen House Remixed: The Desert Sessions”

Buddy Peace has remixed B. Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City” album in its entirety!

We proudly present to you “DESERT SESSIONS” as FREE DOWNLOAD!

Limited edition CD’s + the digital version with separated tracks available now here.

Words from Buddy Peace in regard to this remix project:
“One day B. Dolan gave me access to the vocal tracks for ‘Fallen House, Sunken City’. I took the rest of the week off with enough coffee to lubricate a small newsroom and gave myself the task of remixing one of my favourite hip hop albums in recent years.

The relentless bump and heft of the original beats always killed me, and rather than try and match what Alias created first time round, I decided to raid the stoner metal and desert sludge rock crates to form new beats for B to absorb, to try and make it bang in a different way than before. I wanted to create my own kind of sludge-feast, my own kind of desert sessions.B’s original blueprint is all there, but this time I’m dragging you through the desert by your ankles.

You’re welcome. NEVER STOP TO REST.”

The OG version of “Fallen House, Sunken City” is available on vinyl, CD + MP3 here: http://tinyurl.com/FallenHouse
Aug 30

Scroobius Pip feat. Sage Francis, Metermaids, Cecil Otter – Let ‘Em Come (Redux)

Scroobius Pip “DISTRACTION PIECES” is available now on CD, vinyl & MP3 at: tinyurl.com/DistractionPieces

Scroobius Pip’s “Let Em Come” takes a more somber tone in this SFR REDUX where he is joined on the mic by 3 Strange Famous affiliates: Sage Francis, Metermaids & Cecil Otter. Fresh off the heels of his Wugazi project, Cecil Otter also produced the beat.
The artwork for this digital single was done by Carl Sutton.

Save room at the dinner table.

Aug 02

Metermaids – Graveyard Shift

METERMAIDS, a Brooklyn-based duo consisting of emcees Sentence and Swell, often refer to themselves as “the Bad News Bears of hip-hop.” However, after teaming up with the X-Ecutioners DJ Rob Swift, receiving production from Grammy Award Winner 9th WONDER, and pulling in vocal contributions from indie-hop legends SAGE FRANCIS & BUCK 65, their “ROOFTOP SHAKE” LP is set to turn that self-deprecation on its head.

Metermaids “ROOFTOP SHAKE” LP available now on CD & MP3 at:
tinyurl.com/RooftopShakeLP

Jul 31

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