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“Earthmovers” Drops! The 2nd Single from B. Dolan’s “Fallen House”!

“Earthmovers” Drops! The 2nd Single from B. Dolan’s “Fallen House”!

SFR proudly presents “Earthmovers,” the second single from B. Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City” LP, produced by Alias!

“Earthmovers” is the post-racial, pre-apocalypse, dance floor sensation of 2010. This is the first radio single off of B. Dolan’s forthcoming album “Fallen House, Sunken City,” produced entirely by Alias. The album drops March 2nd on Strange Famous Records and exclusive pre-order package deals are available at

CLICK HERE and ‘save as’ for your FREE DOWNLOAD of “Earthmovers”!

Feb 15

Copyright Criminals DVD Available Now!

Copyright Criminals DVD Available Now!

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of
musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic
expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.

This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of
New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For
more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers
have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new,
otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got
involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a
“copyright infringement.”The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s
founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital
Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record
labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Strange Famous, Ninja Tune, and more.

It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled,
such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most
sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled
musician, funk legend George Clinton.As artists find ever more
inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this
documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative
community: Can you own a sound?

Click here to order your copy

Copyright Criminals Promo Video from Eclectic Method on Vimeo.

Jan 28

KRS One’s “Gospel of Hip Hop” Book Available Now!

KRS One’s “Gospel of Hip Hop” Book Available Now!

The brain trust here at SFR is very particular about the tomes that we add to our literature section. Very particular. So far we’ve carried only 2 titles, and we strive to ensure that only the most sound theory and logical content take up space on our virtual shelves. Books that stretch the the boundaries of thought, provide vital information, and feed the soul.

We also will carry any book that can float freely in mid-air in front of the head of a legendary rapper (see photo above).

It is in this spirit that we present to you The Gospel of Hip Hop, by the inimitable Kris Parker, or, as his mama called him, KRS-One.

Click here to pick up your copy and get knowledged.

Here is his publisher’s write-up about the book:

The Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument, the first book from the I Am Hip Hop, is the philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE. Set in the format of the Christian Bible, this 800-plus-page opus is a life-guide manual for members of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path. Known as “The Teacha,” KRS ONE developed his unique outlook as a homeless teen in Brooklyn, New York, engaging his philosophy of self-creation to become one of the most respected emcees in Hip Hop history. Respected as Hip Hop’s true steward, KRS ONE painstakingly details the development of the culture and the ways in which we, as “Hiphoppas,” can and should preserve its future.

The Teacha also discusses the origination of Hip Hop Kulture and relays specific instances in history wherein one can discover the same spirit and ideas that are at the core of Hip Hop’s current manifestation. He explains Hip Hop down to the actual meaning and linguistic history of the words “hip” and “hop,” and describes the ways in which Hiphoppas can change their current circumstances to create a future that incorporates Health, Love, Awareness, and Wealth (H-LAW).

Committed to fervently promoting self-reliance, dedicated study, peace, unity, and truth, The Teacha has drawn both criticism and worship from within and from outside of Hip Hop Kulture. In this beautifully written, inspiring book, KRS ONE shines the light of truth, from his own empirical research over a 14-year period, into the fascinating world of Hip Hop.

KRS ONE is a philosopher, activist, author, lecturer, and emcee. Since founding canonical Hip Hop act Boogie Down Productions in the mid-1980s, he has released a granite-solid catalog of 19 full-length albums, along with a star-studded list of collaborations. In 1988 he founded the Stop the Violence Movement, a collective of artists, activists, educators, and entertainers exploring the roots of violence while working to promote the development of positive conflict resolution methods; he is currently producing an album celebrating the organization’s 20th anniversary, with contributions by Nelly, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, The Game, Hakiem Green, Grant Parks, Duane “Da Rock” Ramos, and many others. KRS ONE is an accomplished public speaker who has delivered lectures at over 500 colleges, universities, and other venues. In addition to The Gospel of Hip Hop, he is the author of The Science of Rap (1995) and Ruminations (Welcome Rain, 2003). Currently, KRS-One is touring the United States with Stop the Violence, urging America’s urban centers to seek non-violent conflict resolution over revenge and war.

Jan 14

NEW! Instant MP3 Downloads with Select CD & Vinyl Purchases!

NEW! Instant MP3 Downloads with Select CD & Vinyl Purchases!

Do you love both the collectible, tangible tradition of physical CD & Vinyl releases AND the immediate gratification of digital downloads? SFRstore has all the bases covered with our new Instant MP3 titles! Starting now, select Strange Famous Records albums purchased on CD or Vinyl LP will include a FREE, immediate MP3 download!

Click here to view the selection of albums available with FREE INSTANT MP3 DOWNLOADS!

Titles include the newest SFR releases from Scroobius Pip and Metermaids, classics from Sage Francis, Buck 65, and B. Dolan, must-have records from Prolyphic & Reanimator, Cecil Otter, Sleep, and more from the entire Strange Famous roster!

How Purchasing SFR CD or VINYL + INSTANT MP3 Download Works
Just select your CD or Vinyl titles from the store and check out as you usually would. After payment through PayPal, you will be returned to, with a link to download your MP3 album! Your CD or Vinyl copies will be mailed to you. It’s that simple!
What You Get
In addition to your CD or Vinyl, this purchase will give you access to a zip file containing a 320kbps, DRM-free MP3(s).

Jan 12



Three brand new SFR Zip Hoodies to help you rep while you combat the cold! The “Strange Famous” Old English design (courtesy of ClassSick Custom) comes in both Black and Grey, while the “Strange Femme” Womens’ design (the handiwork of Irena Girlbot) is printed on Red American Apparel sweatshirts.

Click here for the MENS’ BLACK ZIP HOODIE

Click here for the MENS’ GREY ZIP HOODIE

Click here for the WOMENS’ RED ZIP HOODIE

Plus, a brand new SFR Logo T-Shirt at a recession-friendly price of only $13.99! Navy tees with a Burnt Sienna logo.

Click here for the new SFR LOGO T-SHIRT

Jan 04

Awol One & Ecid Available Now + FREE DOWNLOAD!

Awol One & Ecid Available Now + FREE DOWNLOAD!

SFRStore has an exclusive package available now for the new album from West Coast underground vet Awol One and Fill-In-The-Breaks producer Ecid, including a free download of the first single, “Bullet Teeth”!

Each package will come with an exclusive poster, sticker, and button (while supplies last)!

Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD!

Click here to pre-order your copy of the album!

Who are Awol One and Ecid? Are they shape-shifting heroes from hiphop’s distant past sent back to the future? Are they animal poets trapped in a shell of b-boy bodies? Are they MTV reality show robots in training? Are they skeleton monsters? Are they made of flesh or circuits?

No one is exactly sure what they are, they just are…

While touring the Midwest years ago – Los Angeles MC/Artist Tony aka Awol One and Minneapolis MC/Producer Jason aka Ecid began building the foundation for a classic collaboration between two of indie-hiphop’s most unpredictable talents and original voices.

Two years and many L.A. / Minneapolis flights later they have constructed a cohesive album built on label Fill In The Breaks trademark production and balanced by Awol and Ecid’s knack for witty sarcasm and melodic hooks. Like too many forced and ill planned collaborations before them, this new duo had no intentions of just running through the motions – they wanted to make an unapologetic, raw and focused record.

From the first horn stab on the opening track “Root For The Villain”, to the epic posse-cut “Calm Down” and the sure-fire anthem “Clever Marketing”, one thing is for sure –

Awol One and Ecid are…


01 – Root For The Villain

02 – Dangertainment

03 – Skeleton & Fresh

04 – Bullet Teeth

05 – Calm Down (feat. Optix16, Jordan Miché, & Cadaver)

06 – Moving On (feat. Capaciti)

07 – Selling Out For The Sport

08 – Staring Death In The Bulls Eye (feat. Gel Roc)

09 – Thanks A Million (feat. Impulse of Sector7G)

10 – Clever Marketing

11 – Outro

Please read carefully! ALL pre orders will be held until the ship date. ALL other items in your shopping cart will also be held until the ship date. If you have items that you may want to receive sooner we suggest placing a separate order for those items.

Orders will ship on or before the release date of Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dec 17

SFR presents: Kurtis SP “No Passenger” AVAILABLE NOW!

SFR presents: Kurtis SP “No Passenger” AVAILABLE NOW!

No Passenger is the debut release from Australian producer Kurtis SP, the beatmaker behind Sage Francis’ “Hell Of A Year.” Weaving hundreds of disparate samples, along with touches of live instrumentation, into a thoughtful and evocative tapestry, No Passenger is ntrospective and melancholy, yet positive and hopeful.

Available now from SFR as a digital download and a limited edition digipak CD!

Check out Kurtis’ official Australian label press release:

No Passenger, the debut release from Australian producer Kurtis SP, is the culmination of ten years’ development.  Kurtis first made a name for himself in the late 90s while playing drums in one of Australia’s first live hip hop groups, Shin-Ki-Row.  The Human Drum Machine (as he was once billed) was renowned for simulating the feel of programmed drums on a live kit.  Then, wanting the freedom to work independently, things took a turn, 180 degrees:  he sold off his drum kit, replaced it with an SP-12 and started programming chopped breaks to sound like live players.

Early experiments spawned an album’s worth of material (including the beat that later became Sage Francis’s “Hell Of A Year” (from Human The Death Dance), but something wasn’t quite right;  Kurtis scrapped the album, packed his bags and set off traveling, eventually landing in the UK. He picked up work at one of London’s biggest recording studios where he went on to engineer sessions for production legends Trevor Horn and Timbaland. But the big budget pop wasn’t tapping his buttons.  He longed for grit. He longed for 12 bit.

Back to the bedroom.  To the samplers.  To the records.  To vintage gear and instruments. To music with soul.

No Passenger weaves hundreds of disparate samples, along with touches of live instrumentation, into a thoughtful and evocative tapestry.  Introspective and melancholy, yet positive and hopeful, No Passenger is the soundtrack to loneliness and isolation, and to freedom and strength.

No Passenger is released in December 2009 on independent label Root and Stem, with US distribution through Strange Famous Records.


1 – Sleep-free
2 – When The Dust Settles
3 – Kent St
4 – More Soul
5 – The Lost Man
6 – Patience
7 – Rivotril
8 – Brown Out
9 – 11e
10 – El Trieste

Dec 01

SFR Holiday Sale 2009! ENDS DECEMBER 31!

SFR Holiday Sale 2009! ENDS DECEMBER 31! has dozens of deals to help take the bite out of holiday gift-giving this year. From CDs to T-Shirts and Hoodies to Vinyl and much more, there’s something for every indie music fan in your life! …plus, read to the end to find three special holiday gifts FREE from SFR!

Including 2009 releases from Sleep, Cecil Otter and Prayers For Atheists, as well as deep catalog titles from Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Prolyphic, and more!

From Atmosphere to Public Enemy, to new in-stock titles from Blakroc and Felt (Slug & Murs & Aesop Rock), to underground mainstays like Graymaker and Sole, SFR has something for every hip-hop fan at cheap prices. (CDs regularly priced $14.99-$16.99)

All CD purchases will come with a FREE Reanimator “Music to Slit Wrists By” CD and an SFR sticker!


The Ultimate SFR Vinyl Package!
only $34.99
- 1 Sage Francis – Human The Death Dance 2LP (SIGNED!)
- 1 Sage Francis – Personal Journals 2LP (SIGNED!)
- 1 Buck 65 – Situation LP
- 1 B. Dolan – Live Evel EP (SIGNED!)
- 1 Prolyphic & Reanimator – Artist Goes Pop 12″ (SIGNED!)

Singles Pack $8.99
- 1 Prolyphic & Reanimator – “Artist Goes Pop” 12″ Vinyl
- 1 Sleep – “Say Goodbye” 12″ Vinyl

Any Vinyl purchase over $20 gets 1 Buck 65 “Situation” LP AND 1 P&R “Artist Goes Pop” 12″ FREE.

Select T-Shirts are on sale now for $14.99 or less (regular $17.99-$19.99 each)!
Gear from Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Sleep, 2Mex, Prolyphic & Reanimator, and more!


- Sage Francis Pullover Hoodie now only $19.99 (was $24.99)
- SAGE Zip Hoodie now only $29.99 (was $34.99)
- Strange Famous Records Pullover Hoodie now only $19.99 (was $22.99)


Two ways to fill your chimney socks with Strange Famous goodness on the cheap:

Stocking Stuffer Pack #1 – $4.99
1 Xaul Zan “Who Farted?” Whoopee Cushion / 1 SFR Black Logo Sticker / 8 SFR Roster Stickers / 3 Sage “Human The Death Dance” Stickers / 1 Sage “You Can’t Kill Me” Button / 1 Buck 65 “Situation” 11×17 poster

Stocking Stuffer Pack #2 – $9.99
1 Reanimator “Music To Slit Wrists By” CD / 1 Sage Francis “Road Tested” (Thin Case Version) CD / 1 SFR Black Logo Sticker / 1 SFR Roster Sticker / 3 Sage “Human The Death Dance” Stickers / 1 Sage ‘You Can’t Kill Me Motherfucker’ Button / 1 Xaul Zan “Who Farted?” Whoopee Cushion / 1 Buck 65 “Situation” 11×17 poster


The Ultimate SFR Poster Package $34.99

- 1 SIGNED Sage Francis Live at Lupo’s Screenprinted Poster
- 1 SIGNED Sage Francis “Human The Death Dance” 11×17 poster
- 1 Sage Francis Live In New Orleans 9×17 poster
- 1 Buck 65 “Situation” 11×17 poster
- 1 Sleep of Oldominion “Hesitation Wounds” 11×17 poster
PLUS 1 additional bonus poster (SFR choice)

Signed SFR SXSW 2009 Poster $24.99 (was $29.99)
- This extremely limited 18×24 poster is signed by Sage Francis, Buck 65, 2Mex, B. Dolan, Scroobius Pip, Sleep, Prolyphic, Cecil Otter, Jared Paul, Curtis Plum, and DJ Jester!

Buy the Sage Francis “Nevada show” screen-print poster and get a free Sage Francis “New Orleans show” poster FREE (while supplies last).

Fill in your SFR collection at the lowest prices ever!

Sage Francis “Sick Of…” Pack – only $29.99
- 1 SIGNED Sick Of Wasting CD
- 1 Sick of Waging War CD
- 1 Sick of Waiting Tables CD
- 1 Road Tested (Thin Case Version) CD
- 1 SFR Roster sticker

Sleep of Oldominion Pack – only $19.99
- 1 “Hesitation Wounds” CD
- 1 “Christopher (+ 2 Bonus Tracks)” CD
- 1 “Hesitation Wounds” 11×17 poster
- 1 SFR Roster sticker

B. Dolan Pack – only $19.99

- 1 SIGNED “Live Evel” Vinyl EP
- 1 SIGNED “House of Bees Vol. 1″ CD
- 1 SIGNED “The Failure” CD
- 1 SFR Roster sticker

Prolyphic & Reanimator Pack – only $19.99
- 1 SIGNED Prolyphic & Reanimator “Artist Goes Pop” 12″
- 1 SIGNED Prolyphic & Reanimator “The Ugly Truth” CD
- 1 Reanimator “The Ugly Truth Instrumentals” CD
- 1 Reanimator “Music To Slit Wrists By” CD
- 1 SFR Roster sticker

Buck 65 Pack – only $29.99

- 1 “Situation” CD
- 1 “Square” CD
- 1 “Language Arts” CD
- 1 “Situation” 11×17 poster
- 1 SFR Roster sticker

…FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS from Sage Francis, Buck 65 and Prolyphic & Buddy Peace!

Click here to download Sage Francis “Gimme Dat” (produced by Buck 65)

Click here to download Buck 65 “Boob”

Click here to download Prolyphic “NY Jets” (produced by Buddy Peace)

These songs aren’t connected to any project, just a gift to you from Sage, Buck, Pro, Buddy, and SFR!

Nov 15

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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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