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New Sage Francis Video for “Best of Times”!

New Sage Francis Video for “Best of Times”!

“Best of Times” is the second single from the new Sage Francis album, LI(F)E. Co-written by Sage and French composer Yann Tiersen, who is best known for the Amelie soundtrack, with Brian Deck, who has worked with Iron & Wine and Modest Mouse, tackling production duties. “Best of Times” is an emotionally driven track that builds from minimalist ambient to a soaring live band atmosphere with Francis delivering autobiographical rhymes.

Check out the new video for “Best of Times”:

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“Best of Times”
Directed by Kyle Harbaugh
Shot by Hanu Brown-Eagle
Animation and fancy post-editing by Scott Reece

PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO ONLINE WHEREVER YOU CAN!

Right click here and ’save as’ to download your FREE mp3 of “Best of Times”!

Click here to read Sage’s blog on the creation of the song, plus a transcript of the lyrics!

Exclusive SFRstore package deals for both the CD & Vinyl versions of LI(F)E are available now here!

Jun 10

Sage Francis’ “LI(F)E” is Available Now!

Sage Francis’ “LI(F)E” is Available Now!

Sage’s new album, “LI(F)E”, is now officially out! Three exclusive SFRstore.com packages for the new album are available now!

*CD BASIC package $14.99
-Sage “Li(f)e” CD
-16 page lyric booklet
-Li(f)e button
-SFR sticker


*CD DELUXE package $19.99

-Sage “Li(f)e” CD
-Li(f)e poster
-Li(f)e button
-16 page lyric booklet
-SFR roster poster
-SFR sticker

*Double vinyl LP package $19.99

-Sage “Li(f)e” Double Vinyl LP
-Free digital download of the album (download card within the LP)
-Li(f)e poster
-Li(f)e button
-SFR roster poster
-SFR sticker

The new album Li(f)e by hip hop iconoclast Sage Francis is an impassioned and timely critique of cultural hypocrisy and organized religion. The record’s cover art has been created by renowned artist and illustrator Shepard Fairey who first gained notoriety with his “André the Giant” street art and later with his iconic Obama “Hope” poster. For the cover of Li(f)e Fairey has employed his distinctive agitprop style to create a suitably provocative image of an unwavering and winged Francis caught in the crosshairs as flames rise beneath him.

THE MUSIC

Musically Li(f)e is refreshingly unique. Francis’ biting and sardonic wordplay now further empowered by talented musicians including producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) and Jim Becker and Tim Rutili of acclaimed Chicago outfit Califone.

Francis has also enlisted a roster of uniquely talented songwriters including ex Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle, Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, Tim Fite, members of Calexico, DeVotchKa, and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse – each of whose compositions were then interpreted by Francis and the band. The result is a challenging and defiantly honest new album from an ever evolving artist.

THE TOUR

Francis will be embarking on a North American tour beginning with B. Dolan and Free Moral Agents starting this May. Click here for tour dates.

May 02

FREE MP3! Sage Francis “Best of Times” from his new LP LI(F)E!

FREE MP3! Sage Francis “Best of Times” from his new LP LI(F)E!

“Best of Times” is the second single from the new Sage Francis album, LI(F)E. Co-written by Sage and French composer Yann Tiersen, who is best known for the Amelie soundtrack, with Brian Deck, who has worked with Iron & Wine and Modest Mouse, tackling production duties.  “Best of Times” is an emotionally driven track that builds from minimalist ambient to a soaring live band atmosphere with Francis delivering autobiographical rhymes.

LI(F)E drops May 11! Pre-order your copy now on CD & Vinyl at LifeIsJustALie.com.

Right click here and ’save as’ to download your FREE mp3 of “Best of Times”!

Photo of Sage by Anthony St. James.

Apr 14

Sage Francis “LI(F)E” T-Shirts & Zip Hoodies SHIPPING NOW!

Sage Francis “LI(F)E” T-Shirts & Zip Hoodies SHIPPING NOW!

Two SFRstore exclusive designs are now available now!

The official Strange Famous version of Sage’s “Li(f)e” album cover T-Shirt! $14.99

Featuring artwork by Shepard Fairey on the front, with the text “It was the best of times… It was the end of times” and the “Li(f)e” logo on back.

Available in Mens’ sizes S-XXL

Printed on black Gildan shirts by ClassSick Custom in Pawtucket, RI.

The official zip hoodie of the “Li(f)e On The Road” Tour 2010
$34.99

Commemorating the upcoming tour featuring Sage Francis, B. Dolan, and Free Moral Agents!
Zip Hoodie has “LI(F)E” printed over the front chest, positioned so that when unzipped, the hoodie reads “LI E”!

The back of the hoodie features a list of tour dates in a frame constructed from elements of Shepard Fairey’s album artwork.

Available in Mens’ sizes S-XXL

Printed on black Gildan zip hoodies by ClassSick Custom in Pawtucket, RI.

Mar 16

B. DOLAN “FALLEN HOUSE” CD Available Now! + VINYL Pre-Order!

B. DOLAN “FALLEN HOUSE” CD Available Now! + VINYL Pre-Order!

Strange Famous consigliare B. Dolan returns with his sophomore lp, “Fallen House, Sunken City” produced entirely by ALIAS. Having already established himself as a master storyteller, this time Dolan presents us with a full-throttle, unabashed, boombap hiphop record. Joined by legendary beatsmith Alias behind the production board, B. Dolan’s aggressive delivery is accentuated by a special brand of bass-heavy breakbeats, while the tailor made musical backdrops assist in the mood of impending doom. Guest appearances by P.O.S., Cadence Weapon, Providence’s “What Cheer?” Brigade, and Buddy Peace round out the tracklist, as SFR and B. Dolan set the decade off with a demolition charge.

The Basic Package ($11.99) includes:

* “Fallen House, Sunken City” CD
* Fallen House sticker


The Deluxe Package ($19.99) includes:

* “Fallen House, Sunken City” CD
* Alias’ “Fallen House” INSTRUMENTALS CD
* Fallen House sticker
* Autographed Fallen House 11″x17″ poster
* SFR roster 11″x17″poster
* SFR sticker

NOW AVAILABLE: “Fallen House” as a 320kbps DIGITAL ALBUM DOWNLOAD!

ALSO AVAILABLE: The “Fallen House, Sunken City” SIGNED SCREENPRINTED POSTER! ($19.99)

These are extremely limited 18″x24″ screen print posters. Only 100 in existence. Each one is numbered and signed by B. Dolan and the designer/printer (Uncle Pete). Click here for more details.

PRE-ORDERS for the VINYL version of FHSC are NOW AVAILABLE!
For $16.99 you get:

* “Fallen House, Sunken City” Double Vinyl LP
* “Fallen House, Sunken City” Digital Download Card (full album)
* Alias’ “Fallen House” INSTRUMENTALS CD
* Fallen House sticker
* Fallen House 11″x17″ poster
* SFR roster 11″x17″poster
* SFR sticker

The orders will be sent as soon as we get the vinyl back from our manufacturer which may not be until May (but we expect it sooner.) At this point we will raise the price of the package deal. Click here to order yours.

Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD of the first single, “50 Ways To Bleed Your Customer”! (Right click and ‘save as’)

Tracklisting:

01 Leaving New York
02 Fifty Ways to Bleed Your Customer
03 Economy of Words (Bail it Out)
04 Earthmovers
05 The Reptilian Agenda
06 The Hunter
07 Marvin
08 Kitchen Sink
09 Border Crossing
10 Fall of T.R.O.Y. featuring P.O.S. & Cadence Weapon
11 Mr. Buddy Buddy
12 Body of Work

ALL PRE-ORDERS HAVE BEEN SHIPPED AS OF THE RELEASE DATE. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS THE POST OFFICE WORKS ITS MAGIC, YOUR MUSICS ARE ON THE WAY!!!

Mar 01

New B. Dolan “Fallen House” & “Earthmovers” T-SHIRTS!

New B. Dolan “Fallen House” & “Earthmovers” T-SHIRTS!

Two brand new t-shirt designs to celebrate the release of B. Dolan’s Fallen House, Sunken City!

The official “Fallen House Sunken City” Mens T-Shirt features the suicidal gorilla from the album cover, plus “B. Dolan” and the SFR logo on back.

Design by Irena Girlbot. Printed locally by ClassSick Custom in Pawtucket, RI.


The official T-shirt for the first single from B. Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City” album features the same logo worn by the construction crew in the video for “Earthmovers”, plus “B. Dolan” and the SFR logo on the right sleeve.

Click here to check out the “Earthmovers” shirt.

Grey shirts with cream print available in Mens’ sizes S-XXL.

Design by Kese. Printed locally by ClassSick Custom in Pawtucket, RI.

Check out www.FallenHouse.com for exclusive album package deals, free downloads, videos, tour dates, and more from B. Dolan & Alias!

Feb 25

Fallen House, Sunken City Record Release Show in Providence SOLD OUT!

Fallen House, Sunken City Record Release Show in Providence SOLD OUT!

Thanks to all who came out to support the “Fallen House” record release show!

Check out pics, video, and Sage’s review of the show here: http://tinyurl.com/BestShowEva

Feb 27th at Jerky’s in Providence, RI (71 Richmond St)
The FALLEN HOUSE, SUNKEN CITY Record Release Show

B. Dolan
Alias
“What Cheer?” Brigade

special guest performance by: Sage Francis
More acts TBA
$10 at the door, 18+, Doors at 9pm

It’s a Saturday night, folks. We’re going to SMASH THE FUCKING PLACE TO PIECES. Do not miss this.

To purchase tickets in advance, click:
http://www.venuevents.net/event/833

For more info and all album details please visit:
www.FallenHouse.com

If you’re on Facebook then share this event page with friends: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11101822&id=734000485#/event.php?eid=281820714775&ref=mf

Feb 22

Curtis Plum’s “Call My Cellphone” AVAILABLE NOW!

Curtis Plum’s “Call My Cellphone” AVAILABLE NOW!

SFR’s resident mystery man, Curtis Plum, emerges with his long-awaited debut album Call My Cellphone!

Click here to order your exclusive SFRstore package, including Curtis’ CD, a 4″ SFR Plum Logo gold foil sticker, and a brand new 11×17 poster featuring the entire Strange Famous Records roster!

Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD of Curtis Plum’s “Indie Rocker.”

Mock-up of SFR Plum Logo Sticker:

The most common response to the announcement of his 2009 signing to SFR was, “Who the fuck is Curtis Plum?” Let’s start with the basics: Curtis Plum is a character who makes Casio keyboard beats and raps in a Katharine Hepburn accent. But wait… there’s more!

Aside from the assistance from label mate Reanimator on a couple of tracks, all of Plum’s beats are completely self-produced. Every song on Call My Cellphone has a theme of its own, and these themes are turned upside-down with a dose of his signature style of twisted humor. Rather than the tread-worn punchline style of most hip hop ‘humorists’, Plum opens up his mind and empties it all over the borders of hip-hop topics, blurring the line between keeping it real and creating the surreal. It takes a special kind of emcee to tick off a list of 20 ways in which he can be “Up in Ya Face.”

Despite the lo-fi nature of his recordings, the music is oddly hypnotic. The melodies are as catchy as his lines are quotable, and when all elements come together the songs become maddeningly infectious. There is an old school sensibility to the sparseness in Plum’s production style, which gives the vocals adequate room to breathe. This is essential to Plum’s effectiveness, as he has a penchant for great storytelling. He goes from being a “Bike Cop” poppin’ wheelies of justice, to being Vin Diesel’s best friend… consoling him at yet another winless night at the Oscars.

Here are the facts: Curtis Plum is a bizarre cat who has delivered an incredibly fun and enjoyable album. This will most likely be the only album we get from the man, in this incarnation at least, so eat up every minute of it. Plum will not be touring any time soon due to how his last tour got cut short thanks to a horrible run-in with the Pittsburgh police. With that in mind, be sure to bump this album in your rides with cellphones held high. Pop a wheelie of justice. Or don’t. He’s cool either way.

Tracklist:
01 Bike Cop
02 Up In Ya Face
03 Indie Rocker
04 Xbox Trife Life
05 Call My Cellphone
06 Vin Diesel
07 Get On The Dancefloor
08 Jack In The Pine Box
09 Lil Wayne Tried To Rape Me
10 Bike Cop Reanimated

Feb 15

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Sage Francis "Copper Gone" T-SHIRTS! All styles are available for MEN & WOMEN! Check out the entire selection here.

Sage Francis "Copper Gone" HOODIES! Available in Full Zip & Pullover styles here.

SFRstore EXCLUSIVE! Prolyphic & Buddy Peace Limited Edition, Tri-Colored, Hand-Screenprinted 7-inch Vinyl! Features Sage Francis & Metermaids. See all available options here.

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