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SLEEP’s Christopher Re-Release + New Video!

SLEEP’s Christopher Re-Release + New Video!

SFR brings you two big Sleep announcements!

Sleep’s breakthrough album Christopher is back with an official SFR re-release featuring TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS!

Out-of-print for years, Sleep’s sophomore album returns, augmented by 2 casualties of the Hesitation Wounds sessions, “Bring It To Life” and “Sticks & Stones”, both produced by Zavala.

The new incarnation is available both on CD and as a Digital Download at SFRstore.com!

NEW SLEEP VIDEO!

The first official video from Sleep’s Hesitation Wounds, “Orchestra of Strangers”, is now available for your viewing pleasure. Directed by Trinity Webber, the clip can be seen as the Strange Featured Video on the front page of SFRstore.com here.

Oct 18

NEW Educated Consumers Album Available Now!

NEW Educated Consumers Album Available Now!

Washington, DC-area duo Educated Consumers (emcee Seez Mics and producer t.E.C.K.) are at the forefront of the latest wave of underground hip hop future stars, gaining buzz across the US and beyond on road treks with the likes of Eyedea & Abilities (Rhymesayers) and Strange Famous Records’ Prolyphic, and through a series of top-quality releases.

Their latest full-length digital album, Hello Big Mama, is available now for download from SFRstore.com here.

Tracklisting:

01 Hello Big Mama (Main Instroduction)
02 Instant Universal
03 Our Turn Our Time feat. K-Cromozone
04 Remote Control
05 Interlude
06 Merch Manipulator
07 Spoiling Pot
08 Listen Close Enough feat. Lauren Schreiber
09 Never Enough feat. Dezmatic
10 Identify
11 Seamless feat. K-Cromozone
12 Love Time Out
13 Better Letter
14 My Us feat. Storm Davis & Reason of Poorly Drawn People
15 Copy After Copy
16 Payrole feat. K-Cromozone

Also, check out the FREE DOWNLOAD of Educated Consumers’ Seez Mics with Prolyphic (SFR) and Cubbiebear on their new track “Fake Limps”, the Clip of the Week on the front page of strangefamousrecords.com!

Oct 14

Exclusive Sole & the Skyrider Band CD+Vinyl Drops Today!

Exclusive Sole & the Skyrider Band CD+Vinyl Drops Today!

Sole, the creator of such indie-rap classics as Bottle of Humans and Selling Live Water, is back with his second record backed by The Skyrider Band: Plastique drops today!

Order your special SFRstore package here!

This SFRstore package includes (1) Sole & the Skyrider Band Plastique CD, (1) Sole & the Skyrider Band Battlefields EP Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl, and (1) SIGNED Plastique poster, plus more!

To order the CD only, click here.

***PRE ORDER SHIPPING INFORMATION***
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, October 13, 2009.

Plastique
, the follow-up LP to Sole & the Skyrider Band’s debut of the same name, is Sole’s most cohesive, dynamic, listenable and interesting record to date.  In contrast to the apocalyptic imagery of the first record, this album adopts the Jean Beaudrillard idea that “when the spectacle took over, man ceased to be man.”  What’s more, Skyrider’s music finds itself more sparse and deliberate on this record.

The fact is the idea behind this album is less about politics and more about reflections on the postmodern mess that is the “me” generation. Sole bounces from the ironic to the iconoclastic, from the worldly to the deeply personal.  Unlike many previous recordings, Sole’s rapping is at the forefront and his lyrics are clearer than ever.  This is partly thanks to more immaculately composed music, and partly to Son Lux collaborator Doc Harril on the mixing boards.

Sole has spent the last two years living in a cabin in the midst of the Coconino National Forest in Arizona with no mayor, no phone lines, broken cell phone reception, just books and environmental canyon sprawl.  This return to analog life inspired much of the reflection found herein.  Everywhere man goes he is in conflict, and such conflicts are found throughout the album: the interpersonal, the political, the anti-social, the city, the desert, the industries and the anti-ideologies wherever they are found. Sole touches on everything from touring in a recession, media and war, race, rap, wildlife, space, identity politics and the insane tightrope one must walk to talk about such issues without sounding like a book report.

While Sole was communing with his inner Walt Whitman, the Skyrider Band relocated to Los Angeles.  While there, multi-instrumentalist William Ryan Fritch began working on film soundtracks and as a session musician while working on his solo projects.  John Wagner (drummer) and Bud Berning (producer) formed a new group with Telephone Jim Jesus called Furious Stylz. The trio have brought their dubbed out electro outfit up and down the west coast and have joined the rotation at the world renowned Low End Theory in LA.

Plastique opens with the line, “Now who am I?  Lost in GPS infinity” from the song “Children of Privilege.” Sole does his best to discuss our current epoch, “ridden with conspiracy, you can’t blame us…. raised in front of a TV, we just wanna be famous.”  “Battlefields,” featuring Markus Archer of the Notwist, is easily sole’s catchiest song. It is based on touring & the basic premise that “Art is war” on all levels, all over a catchy dubbish guitar melody.  “Longshots” is a tongue and cheek southern rap/punk song where sole professes, “I’m taking long shots, I got a long aim// my wife’s related to Muhammad she got a long name// we in the southwest cookin at the ranch// that’s where they tried to hang me but i broke the branch. “More” is Sole at his most transcendental; the chaos of nature over a catchy 5/4 standup bass track. The album ends with “Black,” a monster epic jam, where sole makes plays on colors and comes up with new definitions for color in a “post racial America…” “White is the color of death, charred black is the new spring condominium.”

Tracklisting:

  • #1 Children of Privilege

  • #2 Battlefields feat Markus Acher of The Notwist

  • #3 Longshots

  • #4 Nothing Pt 2

  • #5 More

  • #6 Pissing In The Wind

  • #7 Bait

  • #8 Mr Insurgent

  • #9 Black

Battlefields EP details:

Battlefields is the lead companion EP to the Sole & the Skyrider Band album Plastique.

This 12″ vinyl edition is limited to only 500 copies and is available for a limited time only through SFRstore.com!

Tracklisting:

1.) battlefields (original) with markus acher
2.) this bad reputation
3.) cut off moon
4.) good bacteria
5.) battlefields (tobacco remix)
6.) black (b. fleischmann remix)

Oct 10

NEW! SFR T-Shirts & Xaul Zan Whoopee Cushions!

NEW! SFR T-Shirts & Xaul Zan Whoopee Cushions!

Sure, on the surface, these two items have nothing to do with one another. But when you dig deeper… nope, still nothing.

But the gang at SFR was so jazzed at the prospect of people wearing the new Strange Famous t-shirt while simultaneously slipping the new Xaul Zan “Who Farted?” Whoopee Cushion under their homies’ hindquarters, that we just had to unveil them in tandem. We were also excited to use the word ‘jazzed.’

The Strange Famous ‘Star Logo’ T-Shirt

‘SFR Star’ design printed on front with the SFR logo printed on the right sleeve in light grey ink on black 100% Cotton pre-shrunk Gildan t-shirts. Design by Irena Girlbot.

Click here to order yours!

Available in Mens’ sizes S-XXL.

The Xaul Zan “Who Farted?!” Whoopee Cushion

Xaul Zan bumrushed Sage Francis’ Sick Of Wasting mixtape and got the world wondering “Who Farted?”

Now, at long last, you can decide the answer.

These state-of-the-art pink Whoopee Cushions are the cutting edge in gas-noise-making technology, yet surprisingly simple to use: just fill with air, place on your unsuspecting chum’s seat, and let the hilarity ensue.

Minus any troublesome noxious emissions, of course.

Each cushion is emblazoned with the Xaul Zan logo, the SFR website, and “Who Farted?!” in Xaul’s own handwriting.

Click here to order yours!

Also available in a special package deal with Sage’s Sick Of Wasting Signed Limited Edition CD here.

Oct 06

New EP from Metermaids feat. Jared Paul of PFA! FREE DOWNLOAD!

New EP from Metermaids feat. Jared Paul of PFA! FREE DOWNLOAD!

SFR’s Brooklyn homies Metermaids have delivered a FREE 5-song EP called “Smash Smash Bang” featuring Prayers For Atheists‘ frontman Jared Paul!

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD!

Metermaids’ new EP “Smash Smash Bang” sounds exactly like its title implies: It’s five songs and fifteen minutes of smash-mouth, heart-on-your-sleeve release, the music landing somewhere between hip hop and garage rock.

Metermaids have made their name with the raw energy of their live show, including an eye-opening performance at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (among the likes of Smif and Wessun, Dead Prez, DJ Premier, and Pharoahe Monche), and “Smash Smash Bang” looks to capture that energy on record.

The EP is Metermaids’ first release since their critically acclaimed mash-up album “Nightlife in Illinoise,” which combined their 2008 album “Nightlife” with Sufjan Steven’s classic “Illinoise,” and landed Metermaids in the pages of The Village Voice and Playboy Magazine, as well as on influential websites like Spin.Com and Wired.Com, all while receiving over 10,000 downloads in two months.

Tracklisting:

1.  Blackout Baby
2.  Planes Down
3.  Shades Off (Featuring Jared Paul of Prayers For Atheists)
4.  Matchbooks
5.  Ghosts in the Radio

Metermaids’ 2008 LP “Nightlife” is also available at SFRstore.com on CD and as a Digital Download.

Sep 30

NEW! DJ Jester’s The Inside Story Mix CD + FREE DOWNLOAD

NEW! DJ Jester’s The Inside Story Mix CD + FREE DOWNLOAD

DJ Jester the Filipino Fist manned the turntables for the SFR Showcase at SXSW 2009, and now brings you The Inside Story, a 40-minute mix of under-and-overground hip hop, rock, and pop classics blended in his own signature style, available now for FREE DOWNLOAD!

Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD courtesy of URB Magazine!

Also available for a LIMITED TIME ONLY: a SIGNED limited edition mix CD, packaged in a slimline case with a full color insert, plus a selection of DJ Jester promo items, including 1″ buttons, stickers, and the official DJ Jester wooden nickel!

Click here to order your CD package!

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Jester also authored a guest blog memorializing the great Grandmaster Roc Raida, who passed away recently. Read Jester’s thoughts here.

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Jester explains the mix in his own words in this interview with Antipop.net:

DJ Jester just finished recording a brand new mix that will be available at Limelight in San Antonio this First Friday and we had some questions about it so here they are.

You just finished a new dj mix called “The Inside Story” What inside story are you referring to?

There’s not really one story I’m referring to.
I’m exposing my feelings. Not really physical joy or pain but a peak into my psyche. My soul. My thoughts. It’s like they say, when you write it down it helps you get over it. This is me writing it down.

What inspired you and your track selection for this particular mix?

Music, really, has been my best friend since as long as I can remember. One thing I realized when I was taking notes and putting this together is how much I used to love lyrics (especially of the east coast emcee variety) and how in the last couple of years I have been listening more for beats and melodies rather than lyrics. If anything, it brought me back there. Other inspirations include the films of Woody Allen, living alone in a city, and a few too many self-help books.

There are a lot of samples from movies used in the mix? Do you think they help tell the inside story?

Definitely. I probably watch at least one movie a day, if not two. I have a doc in my computer titled “filmquotes” that I constantly go back to if I hear something that particularly strikes me or if I think it speaks the truth. There were so many quotes I didn’t use in this mix that I don’t know if I’ll ever use because they just sound too whiny or pathetic. As with putting songs together or setting up a good joke, you gotta know when to hold back and when to pull the trigger. When to say this. When to say that. There’s also that question of “Do I really want the world to know I think like that?..Like, that much?” I also wanted to organize the songs in a way that it would build, tell a story and still hold true to the DJ Jester dialectic.

The opening sample describes what you are about to hear as a musical interpretation of past relationships. Why are relationships a reoccuring theme for your mixes?

I can go on for days about this. Growing up youngest of four, Filipino in Texas, yada yada yada. . .Let me just say. I think I really could write books on relationships and social dynamics. I’m just wired like that. It’s something I think about every minute of the day. Like, is she smiling at me because she knows me or does she think I’m cute? Did I get a discount at Jiffy Lube because he thought I was gay? Are they really happy? Am I cursed?

If you could have a relationship with a specific genre of music which one would it be and why?

I would have a fun night out with jazz but probably wouldn’t call that much because I’d think I was too intimidated and not as smart. I’d take rock n’ roll to a baseball game and get lucky before the game was over. Country and I would road trip through the south like nobody’s business. Hip-Hop, I love you but I hate you. Guess you could say, I kinda want all of that.

Turntable Lab reviews The Inside Story:

DJ Jester the Filipino Fist outta Texas is always having WAY too much fun on the ones and twos. No, seriously. This guy is out of control! Jester takes it there… to the limits and BEYOND. If you think his face on the Mr. Goodbody suit on the cover is crazy, wait till you hear what’s inside the “Inside Story.” I’m actually still recovering from the dense 40 minute musical bronco ride (don’t think my mind could’ve handled any more debauchery) that’s filled to the brim with unexpected turns and twists, mashes and blends galore, beats to make your head nod, get crunk, stupid, and scratch your head and say “WTF?”. This is the kinda mix that’ll turn out your next dinner party, BBQ, bar mitzvah, and could even lighten up a funeral.
Features tracks by everyone from Ying Yang Twins, Backstreet Boys, the Muppets, Jungle Brothers, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Lord Finesse, Super Mario Bros, Lyrics Born, James Brown, and many, many more.

Sep 25

New Low Price on Mac Lethal’s Original 11:11 SIGNED CD!

New Low Price on Mac Lethal’s Original 11:11 SIGNED CD!

Extremely Rare and EXCLUSIVE. “The Original 11:11 Sessions” CD, now at the new low price of $11.99! Each CD comes personally SIGNED by Mac Lethal!

Click here to order your copy today!

Mac Lethal has decided to part ways with Rhymesayers Entertainment. We wish both of them the best of luck. We’re all homies in the industry shitstorm. Check out a piece of the history of this chapter of Mac’s career, the original version of “11:11″, before it’s gone forever. CD comes signed!

The original version of Mac Lethal’s “11:11″ contains 15 unique tracks that did not appear on the final version of his album released on RSE. In Mac’ own words, “While I am very proud of the version of 11:11 that came out in 2007, I have wanted the world to listen to this version for some time now. All of these songs were written in 2004. Death, humor, sensualism. 11:11’s original draft.”

It’s understood that Mac Lethal is a prolific artist, so he can easily pump out an album’s worth of material in a month’s time, but it’s a shame that a collection of songs this good did not hit the store shelves. Thankfully, it is now available for those who know where to find it.

Tracklisting
1. Absolutely Nowhere
2. Shotgun
3. Hammered In
4. Bloom
5. Toad
6. In My Dreams
7. Bareknuckle Chris
8. Oak Tree
9. Baby Powder (w/ Joe Good)
10. The Original Make-out Bandit
11. The Sketchbook
12. Halo
13. Tummy
14. Epilogue
15. Vanish

Sep 14

SFR Store Grand Opening + Sage Francis & B. Dolan LIVE!

SFR Store Grand Opening + Sage Francis & B. Dolan LIVE!

The new SFR store is having it’s grand opening on Sunday September 6 in the Grant building (250 Main St, Pawtucket RI)!

Sage Francis & B. Dolan will be performing live as a part of the ‘Rocktucket’ block party, featuring over 6 hours of live music, indie food & drink vendors, roller derby races, local artists, and much much more!

Click here for a panoramic view of the new SFR storefront!

Sept 6th
B. Dolan and Sage Francis performing at RI’s “Rocktucket”
Pawtucket Arts Festival Block Party on Sept 6th
250 Main St., Pawtucket, RI
Price: donation

chinese stars – 35 min 10:00-10:45
Sensitive Hearts – 30 9:15- 9:45
Javelin / pvd dance troupe 8:30-9:00
big digits – 30 7:45 -8:15
SFR showcase  6:45-7:30
chachi 5:45-6:30
Wrong Reasons – 45 4:45-5:30
Girl Haggard – 30 4-4:30

The new SFR store is having it’s grand opening on this day in the Grant building (250 Main St, Pawtucket)
We are on the top floor rather than the basement now. And we’re offering a Grand Opening sale!

You can also check out Roller Girl Races at the Grant from 4pm to 8pm.
:-)

Sep 01

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Brand new SNAPBACK styles & colors are in stock now, including our first Sage Francis name logo cap! Click here to see them all.

Sage Francis "Make 'Em Purr" T-Shirts! Available in Men's & Women's sizes here.

The SFR Flag Cape is an exact replica of the one worn onstage by Sage Francis! One of the most-requested Sage merch items of the past decade is finally here!

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