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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!


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


Jester explains the mix in his own words in this interview with

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.

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

Happy SFR Anniversary, DanVsPip! + FREE 7″s!

Happy SFR Anniversary, DanVsPip! + FREE 7″s!

It’s hard to believe, but September 2 is the one year anniversary of dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip’s SFR debut album, Angles! To celebrate, Strange Famous Records is offering a FREE limited edition 7″ vinyl white label single with every purchase of an “Angles” CD!

Click here to check out pics of the vinyl and cop yours!

This is an extremely limited edition 7″ vinyl piece, with the Angles track “First Time We Met Musik” b/w “Unspoken Word Poetry”, from Scroobius Pip’s long out-of-print solo debut!

Each piece has a spray-painted ‘lesac vs pip’ logo in an array of colors (even more than pictured here)!

Don’t worry: if you’ve already picked up your copy of Angles on CD, you can still purchase the 7-inch separately here.

Each order will receive a randomly selected color logo.

Aug 27

Buddy Peace “Late Model Sedan” AVAILABLE NOW!

Buddy Peace “Late Model Sedan” AVAILABLE NOW!

Strange Famous Records’ secret weapon Buddy Peace takes you on a sonic odyssey with his official debut digital release Late Model Sedan!

Available on all digital sites NOW, or here at!

Journey along a highway littered with electronic hip-hop, fractured spoken word, hypnotic drones, and ferocious straight up beat programming, finished off with the type of fine American sparkle that only a UK production whiz could provide. Late Model Sedan is a mesmerizing when the needle hits 100 as it is while sitting proudly in the driveway, the rare instrumental epic that demands your attention from start to finish.

“Ample Champ”, the first single from Late Model Sedan, is available for FREE DOWNLOAD as the Clip of the Week on now!

Full Tracklist :

1.     ‘Buddy, You Look Sick…’
2.     ‘Datsun Gauze’
3.     ‘Hawkstring Corpse (Gooder Grief)’
4.     ‘Auburn Pelog Error’
5.    ‘Arcade Murderflash’
6.    ‘Rcdmrdrflsh’
7.     ‘Golden Block District’
8.    ‘Shortlands Road Suite’
A.     ‘Cherry Tree Recorder’
B.    ‘76, 79, 80’
C.    ‘Drama School 371’
9.    ‘Court Order Blue’
A.    ‘Chrome Porch Script’
B.    ‘Teleprompter Blaze’
10.    ‘Austin Funeral Stress Tapes’
11.    ‘Ample Champ’
12.    ‘Human Cadillac’
13.    ‘Steam Dashboard Intermission’
14.    ‘I Explode (Why Bomb, Why?)’

Click here to cop yours!


“Turntable genius and mixtape maestro Buddy Peace returns with his first official digital long-player, released on the Strange Famous label. Blending together supremely artful drum-sculpting with snippets of more abstract sounds (as well as a wide-ranging palette of vocal samples, this makes for one of this year’s more interesting and organically experimental hip hop instrumental suites. More so than on most albums of this ilk, Buddy’s music really takes you on a journey of some sort, but better still, along the way your travelling companions will be a dazzling array of beats, ranging from dark and jazzy, off-kilter figures (as on ‘Hawkstring Corpse’) to heavier, hiss-laden break treatments (‘Arcade Murderflash’). Expertly put together and inventive throughout, Late Model Sedan comes recommended to all open-minded hip hop heads.” –


Buddy Peace himself explains his SFR debut in the “Late Model Sedan Operator’s Manual”:

Buddy Peace
‘Late Model Sedan’
Operator’s Manual

There seems to have always been a radio on while I was growing up…

‘Late Model Sedan’ is the project that’s been sitting out in the garage (car-hole) since 2004. Years of collecting and sending away for parts, reading manuals, testing mechanisms and standing with arms crossed, looking puzzled down at the exposed motor that sneers back at me, chuckling at my mechanic skills. It’s been a long while in the making dammit.

Since all those years ago when I first caught rap radio broadcasts on a wood-look radio complete with two-pence piece jammed in the tuning display, the younger me was beginning to build on what would later be a burning fascination, obsession even, with American culture. The music, the films, the landscapes, the people – everything. And the cars… Wood paneled sedans, Chevys, Buicks, Cadillacs, the whole deal. I used to live near a place called ‘The American Car Centre’ which probably has something to do with it.

Years down the road, these obsessions remain and continue to grow, with the constant being hip hop music. Listening to it evolve over the years and learning how to appreciate other kinds of music (which took some time as back then I only responded to hip hop and heavy metal – you couldn’t tell me shit), I eventually grasped what I’d absorbed all the while and started DJing, which later led on to buying an MPC2000, later upgrading to the XL model. More gear followed.

Long story cut very short, the winding road leads to ‘Late Model Sedan’. The name’s been in the back of my mind since I started making music. I wanted to somehow incorporate everything I enjoyed listening to over time, with my own details carved into it and molded to my own specification. I wanted it to remain true to my mixtape history and blend it all into one sweeping experience, and cover the ground I knew I was capable of covering. Whether it’s spoken word, drones, straight up beat programming or micro-edits, I wanted to get it in there, and finish it off with a fine American sparkle while it sits proudly in the driveway (at this point in my life, I still can’t drive. I’m working on that…).

I like to think this will leave something with you, whether it is an overall picture in your mind or a phrase from within the layers of dialogue, or something else entirely. A passing car’s stereo… Or half tuned in radio waves from the older years…

It’s not the flashiest car on the block, folks. But as with most late model sedans, it’s built to last. I sincerely hope you enjoy. Drive safe yo.

written by Buddy Peace

Aug 17

New B. Dolan ‘House of Bees’ T-Shirts Available Now!

New B. Dolan ‘House of Bees’ T-Shirts Available Now!

A brand new B. Dolan shirt to commemorate the release of his new mixtape House of Bees Vol. 1 mixed by Buddy Peace!

Click here to order your House of Bees shirt!

Front graphic: “B. Dolan” and “House of Bees Vol 1” around Bee design.

Back graphic: “Sold the whole thing then forgot what it was, now you got no sting and you’re trying to start a buzz” with SFR and Knowmore logos and Bee design.

Available in Men’s sizes S-XXL on Mustard color Chouinard Heavyweight Short-Sleeve T’s

  • Pre-shrunk 100% cotton
  • 6.1-oz.
  • Ribbed collar
  • Set-in sleeves
  • Shoulder to shoulder taping
  • Double-needle stitching on neck, sleeve and bottom hem

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

You can get your  FREE DOWNLOAD of House of Bees Vol. 1 and pre-order a copy of the SIGNED CD version today!

Aug 04

B. Dolan + El-P New England Shows!

B. Dolan + El-P New England Shows!

Strange Famous Records’ B. Dolan joins Definitive Jux head honcho El-P this fall on a three-show New England run!

The mini-tour will hit Boston, Providence, and Portland in October. Dates and venues are posted below, be sure to check back as additional details will be added as we get them.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

B. Dolan
Yak Ballz

121 Center Street
Portland ME 04101


Friday, October 09, 2009

B. Dolan
Yak Ballz
Poorly Drawn People

Jerky’s Music Hall
71 Richmond Street
Providence RI


Saturday, October 10, 2009

B. Dolan
Yak Ballz
Left Over Wine

Harpers Ferry
158 Brighton Ave
Allston MA 02134

Aug 03

New Solillaquists of Sound CD + EXCLUSIVE FREE BONUS ITEMS!

New Solillaquists of Sound CD + EXCLUSIVE FREE BONUS ITEMS!

EXCLUSIVE SFR PACKAGE! All orders from will receive an exclusive package including a copy of the new Solillaquists of Sound CD “No More Heroes”, a 13×19 No More Heroes poster & an instrumental CD version of the album! This offer is only available here at! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


At their core, heroes are trailblazers, engulfed by a spirit that is unafraid to break outside the constraints of conformity to innovate and improve the space in which they exist. And their path is a rocky one – some of the greatest minds of our time have been plagued by the pioneer’s curse. All too often, the rest of the world greets these ahead-of-their-time individuals with a blind eye (or even worse, hostility). Unfortunately, tangible genius is rarely recognized until it is no longer with us.

With the release of their sophomore album No More Heroes (the second in a trilogy of conceptually-linked records for Anti-), Orlando-based hip hop quartet Solillaquists of Sound have accomplished the rare feat of creating a body of work that’s as palatable to the public as it is groundbreaking, imaginative, and rewarding to listeners looking for something more in the soundtrack to their lives.

Track List:
01. Marvel
02. Harriet Tubman pt. 2
03. New Sheriff in Town
04. Gotham City Chase Scene
05. Look
06. Popcorn
07. The Curse
08. Dolla Dolla
09. The Roots of Kinte
10. Fittin’ In
11. Death of The Muse
12. 4 People
13. Heroes
14. Solillaquy (The 4-Telling)
15. Bulletproof
16. No More Heroes (the illusion of silence)

Since the release of their 2006 Anti- debut As If We Existed Solillaquists of Sound have toured the country several times over, establishing themselves as a must-see live act. Having shared the stage with the likes of Sage Francis, Michael Franti & Spearhead, KRS-One, Bad Brains, Ozomatli, El-P, and Lyrics Born, the group has developed a rabid, grassroots following of listeners inspired by their outside-the-box musical aesthetic. And while much of that acclaim was rooted in the holistic vibrancy of their debut, No More Heroes is a stark departure from what some may expect from the group.

Driven by a more aggressive, in-your-face sound, No More Heroes is an engaging reflection of the times in which we live, powered by the visceral, predominantly synth-heavy beats of DiViNCi and the urgent vocals of Swamburger, Alexandrah, and Tonya Combs. Shedding the more outwardly cerebral approach of their previous effort, here the Solillaquists present a fundamental return to basics, a purified approach to their musicianship that’s still as engaging as it is well labored. The kid gloves are off; primal, energetic, and as passionate as ever, these songs represent a group at the apex of their collective virtuosity.

That virtuosity makes for a bedazzling display throughout the album. With a musical canvas fusing elements of hip hop, dubstep, prog-rock, afrobeat, folk music, and epic movie scores, the sound of No More Heroes is a blistering collage that never loses its identity, maintaining an underlying unified sound. Swamburger’s malleable raps and Alexandrah’s beautifully layered vocal harmonies find able company in this aural playground with components such as live horns, talk box-addled MPC sounds, strings, sinuous synths, spastic drums, and more.

But dig beneath the surface of the sleek and cold-veined sounds of DiViNCi’s production, and it isn’t difficult to grasp the Trojan Horse method that the group appropriated for No More Heroes. As pieces of a grander concept-driven album (in a time when such an ambitious effort is an all-too-rare entity), these songs all revolve around the theme of the hero; whether it’s lamenting the absence of the great heroes of our past (“Harriet Tubman,” “The Roots of Kinte,” and the Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired “Bulletproof”) or renouncing the idea of a society being so dependent on heroes altogether (“Marvel,” “Heroes”), each track promotes a message of self-empowerment – a call of action to be your own hero.

A fitting sentiment coming from a collective who’s never shied away from giving back to the community. Case in point – J Dilla tribute “Death of the Muse,” featuring J-Live, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, and Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey (mother of the deceased influential producer) was made available for download in late 2008, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Ms. Yancey, who’s been afflicted with both medical and financial turmoil in the wake of her son’s passing; featured the effort as one of their top news stories, and LA Weekly called the track “the most awesome song in the history of awesomedom.” Additionally, plans are underway to launch the Solilla Center 4 Creative Kids, a non-profit school designed to empower our youth with the knowledge of all things good for mind, body, and spirit.

The role of the pioneer may have a history of getting lost in the sands of time, overlooked by contemporaries only to be unearthed years later and recognized for contribution to the craft – but the Solillaquists of Sound stand a good chance of breaking that cycle. While the world at large waits for a caped figure to swoop down and right the wrongs of our society, Solilla is here to spread the message loud and clear that in the times in which we live, there can be No More Heroes.


Jul 27

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