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B. Dolan “Stay Inspired” Remix Contest WINNERS!

B. Dolan “Stay Inspired” Remix Contest WINNERS!

The B. Dolan “Stay Inspired” Remix Contest has ended!
Thanks to all of the producers who entered.

It was a tough decision, but the winners have been selected:

Congratulations to 80HRTZ, the overall victor,
and to MPCM, the ‘People’s Choice’ popular vote winner!

Words from B. Dolan himself on the contest & selecting the winner:

“Alright. I can’t put this off anymore goddamit. I have to choose. This is hard. This is damn hard.

After careful consideration, and having listened to over 40 submissions… I’m awarding the win in the “Stay Inspired” Remix contest to…………………………………..80HRTZ!

and the People’s Choice: MPCM!

There really were a lot of incredible entries, and as I listened through I made notes on those I wanted to give honorable mentions and feedback to… I’ll post those below. Winners can send an email to beedolan@gmail.com to collect their prize. Thanks to everyone that entered. And you know… Stay Inspired!@#

Til next time,
B”

Listen to all of the entries:

B’s commentary on each individual remix:

MPCM Remix – This one was so ambitious. The amount of change-ups and ideas going on was really intense and impressive. Mixing was a little iffy and I was not crazy about some of the sounds… I think as a result of trying to do so much some weaker things snuck in here and there… and for the sake of good songs I prefer when there’s a central idea or riff things orbit around that is really strong… I don’t know if this has that. My critical feedback might be ‘less is more’, but this person knows what they’re doing and should keep doing’ it, yo.

Hey Suburbia — I really dug the tone of this one, and think the producer matched the tone of the original song really well. It’s not too dramatic or heavy, and there’s an element of old school funky shit going on without sounding dated. It’s super solid but I feel like with some punching up it could really kick me in the ass, and it doesn’t totally. You got more right than you did wrong, and I’d love to hear this idea a tiny bit more fleshed out. Sort of the opposite of the problem MPCM had. Strong idea, but not ambitious enough somehow in execution.

Eli Grove — You can hear the central idea immediately, and it’s real dope. I love the melodies going on here. Maybe a little more introspective than the original song justifies, but I enjoyed the beat so much I listened past that. Sounds might be a little stock and soft-synthy overall, and the drums don’t kill me. The composition is really great though.

RST Remix — Holy shit this is hype. This is an M.O.P. song. I played this for Sage the other day and he agreed this is a tear-the-club up kinda joint. It’s different than the original tone, but takes it to a new place by bringing out the intensity in the delivery. We’re gonna need to talk about this beat, in fact.

Bloody Chubby Remix – I need to give this one an honorable mention for starting with the most WTF sample used in the entire contest. What is this from? How does it apply? We can only guess. But fam you kicked off the remix with a quote about zesty pickles. I like how minimal and bass-ey the beat is. Some of the delay might be gratuitous, and I wish it had sort of a stronger lead riff or sample instead of ambient guitars… but the arrangement and mood are very listenable and the ideas are good. Execution a little uneven… that pan effect made me wrinkle my nose a bit… Zesty pickles though man. I mean. You got my attention…

80HRTZ – Honorable mention for apparently recording all of the sounds used yourself, and not relying on soft synths or samples. It definitely shows in the dynamics of the sounds you’re using. This is very much in line with the type of production we were doing on “Kill the Wolf”, trying to get away from sounds that came out of a box. Some great counter rhythm stuff going on with the spoons or whatever that is, and the drum programming is on point and punchy.

Breaking The Rules Remix — Oh man do I love that chorus. You’re on some Talking Heads shit elsewhere and I’m into it. It might not be all the way there yet— the drum sounds were not the illest and overall execution of the ideas was up and down… but I’m definitely interested in what you’re doing. That chorus melody is beautiful. There’s a hit somewhere in that. Make that a new song and build everything around that, please.

Wasaru Remix — A dope ass beat. I don’t know if it matches the tone of the lyrics or song, but I could see a very expansive story happening over this one. Dope composition…. and somewhere in there some crazy shit happened that incorporated ‘one breath left’… dang.

Pete Sasqwax — Bonus points for tracking down the original chorus samples and using them in a new way. Really dig these drum sounds and the overall mood and mix. Nice vibe. Maybe more relaxed than the original but I nodded my head all the way through.

JesperOrkester — Lot of cool shit going on with this one, and it stood out due to it’s use of samples over soft-synths. Some really intricate interesting shit going on here. It got muddy at times, and delay and or reverb might be being overused. I love the overall effect though, even if it may have been a bit darker than the subject matter needed it to be. Lot of talent on display here.

Flawed Logic — Another very cool one. May have gotten a little muddy and busy in the mid to low end, between the booming drums, guitars and other stuff going on, but there’s a lot of cool ideas happening at once. Probably my favorite sample used in this contest. Chucky B FTW. This was a strong contender for the number one spot… goddamn judging these is hard.

The original version of “Stay Inspired” is available on B’s “KILL THE WOLF” album, available on 2xLP Colored Vinyl, limited edition blood red Cassette, SIGNED CD, and MP3 at http://bitly.com/BDolanKTW

Jan 22

New Year, New Gear! Happy 2016 from SFR

New Year, New Gear! Happy 2016 from SFR

Ring in the new year in brand new Strange Famous gear
we’ve got a ton of new items fresh for ’16, including the first-ever SFR SCARF!
Plus: new Hoodies, Winter Hats, FlexFit Caps, Patches, and much more!
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Jan 03

B. Dolan’s new LP “Kill The Wolf” is OUT NOW!

B. Dolan’s new LP “Kill The Wolf” is OUT NOW!

B. Dolan‘s self-produced “KILL THE WOLF”, a sweeping, powerful opus five years in the making, is OUT NOW!***

The album reinforces Dolan’s status as a complex lyricist and introduces him as a ambitious, versatile producer, dedicated as ever to concept and vision over fleeting hip-hop trends.

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Exclusive SFRstore packages are available now, including SIGNED 2xLP Blood Red & Bone Transparent Haze Vinyl***, CD, limited edition Bloody Red Cassette, MP3 Download, T-Shirts, and more!
Get yours here.

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ALL “Kill The Wolf” orders include an INSTANT MP3 Download of the full album delivered to your inbox when you complete your order!

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***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the time necessary to manufacture Vinyl LPs, the 2xLP VINYL street date is September 7, 2015.
However, the included digital downloads for Vinyl orders will be delivered to your inbox immediately after checkout!

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This sophomore studio effort on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS / SPEECH DEVELOPMENT features a supporting cast of talent from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including AESOP ROCK, BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER (Doomtree), KATHLEEN STUBELEK (Circle Takes the Square), DS3K, BUDDY PEACE, AUPHEUS, and the late DAVID LAMB (Brown Bird).

Check out “ALRIGHT”, the first official video from the album!

“JAILBREAK” is the 2nd video from “Kill The Wolf”!

It would be easy for an album to go astray amidst such varying styles, but Dolan stays in firm command as the expert conductor, driving the album’s layered and visionary sound. “KILL THE WOLF” sets out with a goal of demolishing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible in a B. Dolan record; bringing the best techniques from his catalogue into a new era of production value by fusing live guitars, analog synths, violins and upright bass with formidable vocals and intricate lyrics.

Five years after shaking the foundations of underground rap with his “Fallen House, Sunken CIty” LP, B. Dolan emerges from the earth, battle-tested, clear-eyed, and sharper than ever.

The time has come to Kill the Wolf.

TRACKLISTING

01 Lazarus 4:47
02 Graffiti Busters 4:20
03 Stay Inspired 3:46
04 Safety Theater 4:42
05 Jailbreak feat. Aesop Rock & Buck 65 & Dave Lamb of Brown Bird 5:10
06 Run the Machine 4:58
07 Rats Get Fat 4:20
08 Who Killed Russell Jones? 4:04
09 Alright 4:52
10 Memory of Bombs 5:12
11 These Rooms 4:38

SFRstore exclusive packages & merch (including CD, Vinyl LP***, Cassette, MP3, T-Shirt options) can be found here.

***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the time necessary to manufacture Vinyl LPs, the 2xLP VINYL street date is September 7, 2015.
However, the included digital downloads for Vinyl pre-orders WILL BE DELIVERED BEFORE JULY 10!

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Apr 22

Sage Francis “Copper Gone” Album

Sage Francis “Copper Gone” Album

SAGE FRANCIS’ new album “COPPER GONE” is OUT NOW!

All upcoming Sage Francis Tour Dates are listed at www.bit.ly/SageShows

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This is Sage’ first studio album in four years and it features production from BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER,  REANIMATOR and more. ALL “Copper Gone” CD/LP/Cassette packages now include INSTANT MP3 DOWNLOADS! To order “Copper Gone” from SFRstore:

CDs HERE
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MP3 Downloads HERE
Package Deals HERE
All things “Copper Gone” (including T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters, Stickers) HERE

Illustration by Inkymole. Design by Irena Mihalinec.

“COPPER GONE” cover illustration by Inkymole, design by Irena Mihalinec.

“MAKE EM PURR” won a public choice award at the International Music Video Festival:

“ID Thieves” is the latest video off of “Copper Gone”:

“GRACE”, the first video from the album:

“The Place She Feared Most” lyric video:

“Vonnegut Busy”, the first single from the album:

FREE DOWNLOAD: A live version of “Thank You” recorded at the Daytrotter studio at SXSW 2014!:

COPPER GONE MERCH IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE
– including options with SIGNED CDs, 2xLP COLORED VINYL, Cassettes, T-Shirts, Hoodies, and more!

Inspired by the song of the same name from the ‘Copper Gone’ LP, Sage Francis “MAKE EM PURR” T-SHIRTS!

“Copper Gone is a massive emotional outpouring in rap form. The grit, grime, and brutal reality of being an independent hip-hop artist for decades all has been mashed into a whirlwind survey of how brilliance, independence, and creative commitment are dealt with today—all from perhaps our greatest modern-day poet.”ALARM MAGAZINE

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Apr 17

The Sage Francis “Going Through Hell” Tour is OVER!

The Sage Francis “Going Through Hell” Tour is OVER!

The “Going Through Hell” Tour of 2015 consisted of 88 shows in all, and is now over! Thanks to all who came out to support & rock with Sage. 

Sign up for the newsletter on the homepage of StrangeFamous.com so you don’t miss any future show announcements.

This tour was  in support of 2014’s Copper Gone album as well as the TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of A HEALTHY DISTRUST.

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“Going Through Hell” shirts are now available in Men’s and Women’s sizes! CLICK THE PICTURE.

“ID Thieves” is the latest video off of “Copper Gone”:

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“MAKE EM PURR”:
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Apr 15

New METERMAIDS Album is OUT NOW!

New METERMAIDS Album is OUT NOW!

We Brought Knives is the newest album from Brooklyn group Metermaids, dropped December 2 on Strange Famous Records.

The record is the culmination of a trio of lifetimes of hip hop experience colliding with nearly a decade of time served as underground rap’s illest-equipped would-be gunslingers.

SFRstore EXCLUSIVE Packages are available now & include INSTANT MP3 Downloads of the whole album!

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STREAM the whole album before you buy! Listen to “We Brought Knives” now:

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Check out “PROFITEER”, the first video from We Brought Knives!

Metermaids have always found a way to blend humor with the confessional, narrative with the personal, and the human with the electronic. Years of trial-and-error mixed with swipes of modest success have refined this formula, and the result is “We Brought Knives”, the group’s most streamlined effort to date. “We may have been spending those years bringing knives to gunfights,” reflects rapper Swell, referring to their string of previous near-misses. “But rest assured that, at this point, those knives are mad sharp, son.”

Producer M. Stine lays out his masterpiece: dense, melodic production set atop rhythms that hit with the punch of the rowdiest hip hop around, subtly layered with enough detail to reward even the most discerning listener. Emcees Sentence and Swell, renowned for the incredible chemistry present in their traditional back-and-forth delivery, attain a new level of remarkable synergy in their rhymes. This is no gimmick – this is the choreography of a mind-meld between two guys who have spent enough years locked in tour vans and recording studios together that they can finish each other’s thoughts.

“Eight years is enough time to build up the desire in a group to construct a defining statement,” says Sentence, explaining the intent behind the group’s cohesive and fresh sound. “Because, you know, who knows what the next eight years could bring.”

“We Brought Knives” also features legendary SFR label boss Sage Francis, (fresh off of his blockbuster “Copper Gone” record), as well as Strange Famous cohorts Prolyphic and Buddy Peace.

The sonic aesthetic of Metermaids has evolved beyond a series of sounds made by two rappers and a producer, and now emerges as a collection of fully-formed hip hop compositions forged by a unit that has spent the better part of a decade growing into a band of brothers. “We Brought Knives” truly is a family affair, and is without a doubt the best record of Metermaids’ career.

“IYAM” is the second video from We Brought Knives

For those unfamiliar with the history of the group: In the spring of 2007, Metermaids began in earnest, as emcees Sentence and Swell, backed by producer M. Stine, in the middle of a DIY national tour. The tour was not a success. But a lot has changed in the last seven years.

The official tally runs: two full length records, four mixtapes, well over 100,000 downloads, press coverage in international publications, three national tours, one East Coast tour with rap legends The L.O.X., two cliched let-downs from major labels, one showcase for Damon Dash, two marriages, two kids, and hundreds of electrifying live shows with their Strange Famous crew mates thrown in along the way for good measure.

Metermaids’ SFR debut “Rooftop Shake” (featuring Sage Francis, Buck 65, DJ Rob Swift of X-ecutioners, and Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder) is available from SFRstore here.

Watch Metermaids speak to TheBeeShine about the making of “We Brought Knives”:

“We Brought Knives” dropped December 2, 2014 on Strange Famous Records!

TRACKLISTING:
01 The Legend Of Mal Hombre
02 House On Fire
03 I’m Alive So Everything I Own Is My Lucky Everything feat. Sage Francis & Prolyphic / cuts by Buddy Peace
04 Profiteer
05 Advice I Know You Won’t Follow
06 IYAM
07 The Contenda
08 Est. 1938
09 Ghost Bikes
10 God And Country
11 Bushmaster .223
12 Clarence Clemons

Nov 03

B. Dolan’s HOUSE OF BEES VOL 3 is Out Now + Atmosphere Tour!

B. Dolan’s HOUSE OF BEES VOL 3 is Out Now + Atmosphere Tour!

The highly anticipated return of B. DOLAN and BUDDY PEACE is upon us, as the duo release the final installment of their HOUSE OF BEES mixtape series. Volume 3 has some big shoes to fill–last time out they birthed the hashtag #FilmThePolice and brought us bangers like “King Bee” and “Which Side Are You On?”–but they’ve enlisted an eclectic mix of guest vocalists, comedians, spoken word poets and emcees to help bring the series to it’s dramatic, head-nodding conclusion… All of this to clear the way and build hype for the 2015 release of “Kill the Wolf”, the 4-years-in-the-making follow-up to Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City”.

HOUSE OF BEES 3 is now available for pre-order in digital, CD, and cassette formats, along w/ a new t-shirt and some exciting packages here.

Every order of HOUSE OF BEES 3 includes the mastered, 54 minute mixtape, the incredible embossed CD wallet by ZeroFriends illustrator Robert Bowen SIGNED by B. DOLAN, along with a 1″ round KING BEE button and a sticker! Orders include an instant MP3 Download version of the album delivered to your inbox!

B. Dolan is touring with ATMOSPHERE starting in April! All dates & ticket links here.

Tracklisting:

    1. Caretaker ft. Dan Le Sac
    2. Natural Born Trouble ft. Neil Hamburger
    3. Hon3y from a B33
    4. The Devil is Alive
    5. Radio Stockholm Freestyle
    6. Soldier Boy ft. Scroobius Pip (You Better Run RMX)
    7. Seat at the Table ft. Worldwide
    8. Madge Tries to Record a Drop
    9. State Trooper ft. WarrenPeace
    10. The History of Atlantis
    11. You Can’t Win ft. Sage Francis (Epic B-Boy RMX)
    12. Coda
    13. The Devil & Jack McCarthy
    14. King Bee (Live in Liverpool)
Mar 10

Prolyphic & Buddy Peace “WORKING MAN” out now!

Prolyphic & Buddy Peace “WORKING MAN” out now!

“WORKING MAN” by Prolyphic & Buddy Peace is in stores now!

We have the digital version and exclusive CD package deals available HERE.

Check out “Go Green”, the latest video from the album!:

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PROLYPHIC (Providence, RI) was signed to STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS in 2005 when SAGE FRANCIS partnered up the introspective lyricist with his long-time production partner, REANIMATOR. The subsequent album, THE UGLY TRUTH, received critical acclaim even though it didn’t quite match the success of the auto-tuned raps it sat beside on the charts that year. That was 2008, and by today’s standards that’s practically a lifetime ago. 5 years later the snarling, pessimist emcee has emerged once again, this time with eclectic DJ/Producer extraordinaire BUDDY PEACE (London, England,) to answer the question: “Where has Prolyphic been?” The content of this new album makes it abundantly clear; “in the same hell as you.”

WORKING MAN takes the all-too-familiar tales of family turmoil, cancer scares, lack of health care, unemployment woes and then forges them into blue collar anthems. Buddy Peace’s obscure loops and dusty breaks give the musical backdrop a quintessential “golden age” throwback sound, while Prolyphic uses grim life experience as the launching pad for an exploration of realities that are bigger than one man’s experience. This is a collective experience and it comes across as such. We all know someone with cancer. We all feel the pinch of the bad economy. Now it becomes a matter of what to do with that frustration and how to address the bigger picture.

“Business As Usual” is the first single:


Prolyphic uses the personal approach and goes for the throat like never before. On songs like “DRUG DEALER” we hear about doctors pushing pharmaceutical products on his mother to treat her cancer, and why her ultimate decision was to refuse them.

Check out “Drug Dealer”, the first video from “Working Man”:

“SIX FEET HIGH” tells the story of his father losing the family business in the floods that overran New England a few years back. With his unique honesty in full view,  Prolyphic courageously tells the story of what it meant to rebuild everything from scratch without help from the Government, and why experiences like this have working class New Englanders “losing faith in the Democrats.”

It’s not all doom and gloom though. The first single, “BUSINESS AS USUAL,” has Prolyphic double-timing his vocals while weaving lyrics around a catchy, Buddy Peace bounce pattern. “DEATH OF THE BOOMBOX” is a playful posse cut that features SFR label mates SAGE FRANCIS and METERMAIDS. Songs like “FUCK BANKS” use clever metaphors which help to illuminate the reasons why everyone is so disgruntled over their paychecks being “held for ransom.” If the new generation of hip-hop fans are no longer interested in deriving meaning from their music, the intricate beat layering and masterful wordplay used throughout makes it more than worth the journey for them. However, in a musical climate where so much airtime is wasted on throwaway bars and the latest dance crazes, it’s refreshing to see a duo like this making brave, honest music.
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“Working Man” is now available: tinyurl.com/WorkingManLP

 

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