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Cecil Otter – 1999

Here’s a little free gift for you to play while rocking your brand new Cecil Otter T-Shirt: “1999,” a track from his debut album Rebel Yellow.

If Woody Guthrie, Doc Holiday, and the Pied Piper were looking to play a game of spades, Doc would ring up Cecil Otter.

Rebel Yellow, his first official full-length album, and it is Cecil at his finest. He’s a prophet turned cardshark. He’s striking matches on his whiskers and lighting up your cigarette. He’s buying the saloon a round, then conducting their ensemble with a loaded pistol and a whisky on the rocks.

Rebel Yellow is available from SFRstore on CD & MP3 Download

Feb 16

“Bail It Out” REMIX CONTEST WINNER!

“BAIL IT OUT” REMIX WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!
Making our way through 80 remix submissions for B. Dolan’s “Bail it Out” RMX CONTEST was not an easy task. The tedium of sifting through that many tracks is typical, but we can’t remember ever receiving this many QUALITY remixes all at once. After much consideration, B. Dolan has decided that the first two runner-ups are:
* BUDDY PEACE London, UK
* THEORY 77 Brighton, UK
THE FIRST PLACE RIBBON GOES TO PORTLAND, MAINE’s FLEX VECTOR!!!

As you’ll notice in Flex Vector’s remix, the vocals are sped up for a majority of the song. We often receive remixes where the producer changes the tempo of the vocals in order to fit them to the tempo of a beat they’ve already pre-made. However, the special attention that Flex Vector gives to the pacing, change-ups, and reconstruction of the entire track prove that the changes to vocal tempo were not forced. They were deliberate. 3/4 of the way into the remix, when the vocal tempo switches from double time to half time, you fully realize the genius at play.

Not only do vocal tempo changes normally turn us off, but this style of beat is not something we’d typically be into. However, when all is said and done, our love of this remix and our respect for its craftsmanship have pushed it above all others.

CONGRATULATIONS, FLEX VECTOR! We will be seeing you this Sunday for the Portland, ME date of the “Church of Love & Ruin” Tour! This tour begins TOMORROW in NYC. Get all details on the tour at www.BDolan.net

If you’re one of the many producers who made a “Bail it Out” remix and you’d like to share it with the people then please feel free to upload it to the RMX group we created here. Also, a great discussion about this remix contest is happening on the SFR forum!

Feb 09

“Bail It Out” RMX contest *UPDATE*

After sifting through 80+ remixes we’ve narrowed the field down to 29 semi-finalists. To view the write-up and discussion about these remixes then check the SFR forum thread by clicking here.

The “top 10″ were cherry picked by Sage Francis but the rest of the 29 remixes in this collection are still eligible to win the contest. B. Dolan is the one who has the final word so feel free to sway his decision by stating your case at our Facebook page!

*Winner will be chosen by B. Dolan and announced on Feb. 9, 2011

If your remix didn’t make this round of cuts but you’d like to share with the public, please feel free to add it to the “Bail it Out RMX GROUP” that we created here:

CONTEST PRIZES:
*A SIGNED COPY OF THE FALLEN HOUSE, SUNKEN CITY (CD or vinyl.)
*SFR or “Fallen House” shirt of your choosing.
*TICKETS for the winner (plus 1 guest) to THE CHURCH OF LOVE & RUIN TOUR at one its upcoming stops. Info at www.BDolan.net

Jan 20

2MEX – What You Know About (Sull-ified Re-Mex) feat. Prince Po

2Mex and Organized Konfusion legend Prince Po play the role of hip hop historians on this homage to overlooked golden era greats. The original version is found on 2Mex’s SFR debut album “My Fanbase Will Destroy You”, but this remix is provided by 2Mex’s Grimm Image crewmate Sully and features cuts by SFR’s in-house supa-DJ Buddy Peace.

Check out more on 2Mex and cop “My Fanbase Will Destroy You” on CD and MP3

Click the arrow next to the waveform below for your FREE DOWNLOAD.

Jan 12

FREE ALBUM from Onry Ozzborn “NO HOAX”

SFR is proud to offer this new Onry Ozzborn “No Hoax” album FOR FREE. The track you see here is called “Home Sweet Home” in case you want to sample 1 song before downloading the ENTIRE ALBUM by clicking here.

This free download is in promotion of ONRY’s upcoming album on Fake Four Inc. called ”Hold On For Dear Life” (dropping on Jan 25th) which you can pre-order here.
You may know Onry Ozzborn from such musical outfits as Dark Time Sunshine, Grayskul, and Oldominion. To learn more about this artist and his upcoming solo album please click here. Otherwise, enjoy the free download of the “No Hoax” album. Much thanks to Onry & Fake Four for allowing us to host all of this great music!

Dec 27

Sage Francis – And Some Batteries

During the Christmas of 1982 my parents put a tape recorder on the floor, pressed the record button and let it run as I opened gifts. The gifts ranged from an electronic noise machine to an E.T. card game (hey, it’s better than the E.T. Atari game.) Recently, as I was going through my tape collection, I found this recording and discovered that it provided me a zip-line to a time when Christmas was magical and batteries were in high demand. I edited the audio and placed it over some ambient music provided by Ben Kordus.

2010 was brutal for almost everyone I know. There’s been a lot of loss, struggle and change. That’s not to say that 2010 didn’t have its beautiful moments as well. It certain did, and I’m glad to have shared those moments with people I care about. Let’s all plan on having a happy and successful 2011 by taking better care of ourselves while looking out for each other.

All the best,
Uncle Sage

Discussion about this track is happening at http://tinyurl.com/AndSomeBatteries

Dec 16

B. Dolan – 50 Ways (Paper Planes Remix) Live In London

While listening to this song, check out the “Weight of the World Tour” Wrap-Up piece B. Dolan wrote for Urb! http://bit.ly/ho5FZP

This song is a live recording of B. Dolan performing his song “50 Ways to Bleed Your Customer” over M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” instrumental during a show at London’s Scala (September 16, 2010.) This performance was recorded by Dan le sac and is being offered as a free download for a limited time. Many thanks to all the fans around the world who showed support at the shows this year!

“50 Ways to Bleed Your Customer” was originally produced by Alias for B. Dolan’s album FALLEN HOUSE, SUNKEN CITY.You can get it directly from us here as part of our Holiday Sale (CD, double Vinyl LP, or MP3.)

Nov 30

William S Burroughs – Thanksgiving Prayer

One of the few traditions that SFR holds is when we feature this poem by William Burroughs on the front page of our site every Thanksgiving. Of course Thanksgiving is a great time when families get together and give thanks for all that they have. Heck, it’s one of the only times of the year when I get to eat a good home-cooked meal, and for that I am very thankful. However, as many of you know, Thanksgiving is also a time when a lot of Americans puff out their chest with pride while taking part in a tradition that they barely understand. For the record (and for your drunk Uncle Steve,) European settlers “discovered” America and then decimated an entire population of people who once shared a rich and beautiful culture. It is believed that there are no full-blooded Native Americans left. How’s that for “giving thanks” when these are the folks who taught the settlers how to survive through the harsh New England winter? Righto!

A couple weeks ago my Grandmother and I attended a celebration of the fall harvest which was led by Native Americans from our local Pokanoket Wampanoag community. They told their own version of (what the main speaker kept referring to as) HIS-story. Most of what was said isn’t anything I hadn’t heard before, but one factoid she dropped that stunned me is how their language is dead. No one knows how to speak any of the Native American languages anymore. Sure, they remember some words, but not enough to hold a conversation. Marinate on that while you and your loved ones converse over your turkey dinner.

It’s nice to have people like William Burroughs who use their art to remind us of the atrocities our country was built upon. There is much that still needs fixing and I think it’s good to use this holiday as a way to remember that. 2010 has been an emotionally turbulent year for myself and many of the people I care for, but the dust is beginning to settle and for that I am thankful. Enjoy the company of your loved ones this holiday and may your “Thanksgiving Prayer” be one that speaks a little bit of truth.

Best wishes,
Sage Francis

Nov 24

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