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Welcome CAS ONE Vs FIGURE to the SFR family!

Welcome CAS ONE Vs FIGURE to the SFR family!
SFR is proud to welcome CAS ONE Vs FIGURE to the Strange Famous family!
Known individually throughout the independent music world for their ferocious talents in front of the mic and behind the boards, long-time collaborators Cas One (raps) and Figure (beats) have made their artistic union official and signed with Strange Famous Records for their first full-length group album, set to drop late in 2016.

These monsters of the Midwest hail from the miniature metropolis of Evansville, Indiana, USA – not the first place on the map that leaps to mind when considering incubators for cutting-edge compositions in the indie rap and EDM worlds. Despite lacking the benefit of big-city support systems, both Cas and Figure have managed to build cult-like followings and gain national notice for their individual endeavors over the years.


cover art by Pat Jensen

Their new single, “Murder Media”, provides a taste of the meshed styles of the duo, melding their starkly individual styles into a complimentary blend of dark, kinetic sounds and bold, thoughtful wordplay.

Never hiding their fangs, they strive to distill the aggressive nature found in their acclaimed stage shows into their SFR debut, a record that maintains that same energy in your headphones.

 
For those unfamiliar with the history of the pair: Cas One is best known for his stellar 2013 solo LP “The Monster & The Wishing Well”, and respected by peers and fans alike for his passionate live performances. Figure has built a devoted following worldwide with his signature brand of bass-heavy music, touring the festival circuit and drawing an enormous fan base that bridges the EDM and hip hop communities. He has  released a popular multi-volume series of “Monsters” albums, which marry his love of the horror genre with his immense production skills, to massive critical acclaim.
Apr 15

NEW Strange Famous SATIN JACKETS!

NEW Strange Famous SATIN JACKETS!

A throwback to the days
of the iconic Starter jacket
with a Strange Famous twist!

The brand new SFR Satin Jacket is available in 2 colors:
classic BLACK,
and very limited quantities of RED.
Get yours
 here!

More photos of the jacket details are available to view on the product pages here.

Available in Men’s sizes Small-3XL while supplies last.

* Outer shell of 100% nylon satin
* Lined with 100% polyester brushed tricot
* Snap front
* Striped 1×1 rib-knit collar, cuffs and bottom band
* Raglan sleeves
* Reinforced slash front pockets
* Water-resistant
* Machine-washable

Feb 20

B. Dolan’s “Kill The Wolf” 2016 Tour Dates!

B. Dolan’s “Kill The Wolf” 2016 Tour Dates!

B. Dolan is ON TOUR NOW! Check out the tour dates section here

to find out when the Kill The Wolf 2016 Tour will be hitting your town!

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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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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.

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Questions about our shipping practices & policies? Wondering how long it will take for your order to arrive?
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website here before you order! Thanks!

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TOUR DATES
Upcoming show info can be found in the Tour Dates section of our site here.

DATE CITY VENUE COUNTRY
April 29th Buffalo, NY Milkies United States
Time: 8:00pm.
May 4th Sunshine Coast, BC Gumboot Canada
Time: 8:00pm.
May 5th Victoria, BC Copper Owl Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 6th Vancouver, BC Media Club Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 7th Kelowna, BC Habitat Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 8th Osoyoos, BC TBA Canada
Time: 8:00pm.
May 11th Saskatoon, SK Vangelis Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 12th Calgary, AB The Palamino Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 13th Edmonton, AB Mercury Room Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Tickets/More Info
May 14th Lethbridge, AB Studio Nightclub Canada
Time: 8:00pm.
Feb 15

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!
Check out the whole selection here.

STRANGE FAMOUS SCARF

SAGE FRANCIS “SxGE / A HEALTHY DISTRUST” ZIP HOODIE with PATCH

SAGE FRANCIS “MAKE ‘EM PURR” WINTER HATS

#FilmThePolice PULLOVER HOODIE

B. DOLAN “SKULLBEARD” WINTER HAT

Check out the rest of our new gear here!

Jan 03

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

Dec 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
Vinyl HERE
Cassette Tapes HERE
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”:

Click image for all “Copper Gone” album options

“MAKE EM PURR”:
http://youtu.be/bjxHy8WTgTs

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!

Click here to see all options.

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

To order a SIGNED CD+MP3+Extras Package, click here
To order a Limited Edition CASSETTE+MP3+Extras Package, click here
To order a SIGNED CD+T-SHIRT+Extras Package, click here
To order a SIGNED CD+SNAPBACK+Extras Package, click here
To order a Digital Download version of the album, click here

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

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BRAND NEW STYLE FOR 2016, available in Men's & Women's fits! The One Party System T-Shirt is inspired by lyrics from the Sage Francis classic "Slow Down Gandhi".

NEW! B. Dolan's first live album "We Show Up" is here on SIGNED CD! B is on the road now - info on all upcoming dates here.

Because you demanded it: brand new FLEXFIT HATS! Click here to see them all.

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