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New Solillaquists of Sound CD + EXCLUSIVE FREE BONUS ITEMS!

New Solillaquists of Sound CD + EXCLUSIVE FREE BONUS ITEMS!

EXCLUSIVE SFR PACKAGE! All orders from SFRstore.com 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 StrangeFamous.com! WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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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; Okayplayer.com 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.

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Jul 27

B. Dolan & Buddy Peace Mixtape PRE-ORDER+FREE DOWNLOAD!

B. Dolan & Buddy Peace Mixtape PRE-ORDER+FREE DOWNLOAD!

“House of Bees Vol. 1″ is the latest from B. Dolan of Strange Famous Records; a 50 minute compilation of unreleased songs, collaborations and remixes assembled by label-mate and UK producer Buddy Peace.  This mix will be offered to the public both as a free download and as a limited run of signed, purchasable hard copies, available EXCLUSIVELY this August 11 from Strange Famous online store (www.strangefamous.com).

Click here to pre-order the limited edition SIGNED CD!

Dolan’s writing and delivery here is by turns venomous and vulnerable, playful and possessed, and Buddy Peace has got the range and depth of production to match his lyricist’s every whim.  A number of producers and emcees show up for cameos, including Jackson of Grand Buffet, Curtis Plum, Prolyphic, Alias, Aupheus, and Strange Famous label boss Sage Francis, who lends verses to a number of these songs.

B. Dolan is currently touring the U.S. with the Rock the Bells tour, and is set to release Fallen House, Sunken City, an album produced entirely by legendary beatsmith Alias, on Strange Famous Records this winter.  Buddy Peace will be releasing a new LP, Late Model Sedan, digitally via Strange Famous Records on August 18.

Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD of “House of Bees Vol. 1″ courtesy of URB Magazine!

Tracklisting:

01 Evel Intro
02 House Of Bees feat. Sage Francis
03 Paid Dues feat. Sage Francis
04 Lucifer
05 Heart Failure
06 Sea Legs feat. Sage Francis
07 Open Letter to J.T.
08 Joan of Arcadia
09 One Breath Left
10 Dear Lefty
11 Survived Another Winter feat. Prolyphic, Alias, Sage Francis
12 Vin Diesel feat. Curtis Plum
13 One Breath Left (Jackson of Grand Buffet Remix)

Jul 23

Sage Francis’ “Sick Of Wasting” CD + FREE DOWNLOAD!

Sage Francis’ “Sick Of Wasting” CD + FREE DOWNLOAD!

Sage Francis has released the 5th installment of his “Sick Of” mixtape series, SICK OF WASTING!

Sick of Wasting, a mix of songs spanning from 1996-2009, is available as a free download on various online portals including Anti.com and here at StrangeFamous.com.

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If you care to pay for music (no guilt trip) and own a physical copy of Sick of Wasting, we are offering signed copies for $9.99. This is an exclusive and limited item that will not be available in stores.

Sick of Wasting tracklisting:

1) Strange Fame (2009)
2) S.A.G.E. Bastard (prod. by Buck 65, 2009)
3) I Trusted You (beat by Buck 65, 2009)
4) Needle (beat and scratches by Buddy Peace, 2009)
5) House of Bees (feat. B. Dolan, beat by Buck 65, 2009)
6) Jaw of Steel (beat and scratches by Reanimator, 2009)
7) If I Go To Hell (demo, 1997)
8) Conspiracy to Riot (beat & scratches by Reanimator, 2008)
9) Be a Star (beat by Buck 65, 2007)
10) Sea Legs (feat. B. Dolan & Sleep. Scratches by Buddy Peace.
Additional vocals by Jared Paul and Curtis Plum. Beat by Aupheus,
2009.)
11) Flashback 96 (home recording, 1996)
12) Masturbate Your Brain (AOI demo, 1997)
13) SFR Pays Dues (feat. B. Dolan & Prolyphic, 2008)
14) Pump (beat and scratches by Buddy Peace & Reanimator, 2009)
15) Revenge of the Ogre (interlude w/ Trinity)
16) Who Farted? prt 1 (courtesy of XAUL ZAN)

Jul 09

The Strange Famous Megamix 2009! FREE DOWNLOAD!

The Strange Famous Megamix 2009! FREE DOWNLOAD!

Courtesy of XLR8R Magazine & DJ Pickster One comes the Strange Famous 2009 Megamix!  Featuring the work of Cecil Otter, B. Dolan, Sleep, The Returners, Curtis Plum, and Prayers for Atheists, all tracks in this 52-minute non-stop mix come from the SFR 2009 release schedule. Click here for your FREE DOWNLOAD, and check out the full write-up from XLR8R here:

With Sage Francis at the helm of the Strange Famous brand, it comes as no surprise that the label’s artists—showcased in this exclusive mix—deliver a similar style of hip-hop—sharp, gritty, and unabashedly to-the-point when it comes to lyrical content. DJ Pickster One compiled the tracks for the Strange Famous Megamix 2009, and if you don’t know the work of Cecil Otter, B. Dolan, Sleep, The Returners, Curtis Plum, and Prayers for Atheists yet, you will be more than familiar by the end of this 52-minute mix. All tracks come from the Strange Famous 2009 release schedule, which means we can expect angst-hop albums galore in the coming months.

Strange Famous Megamix 2009
01 Cecil Otter – Duel
02 B. Dolan – One Breath Left
03 The Returners – From The Desk Of La2thebay
04 Sleep – Talk About It
05 Cecil Otter – The Poet is Rapist
06 Prayers for Atheists – Psalm for St. Paul
07 Sleep – Orchestra Of Strangers
08 Curtis Plum – Call My Cellphone
09 The Returners – First Kill
10 Cecil Otter – Sufficiently Breathless
11 B. Dolan – RSVP
12 The Returners – I Promise Feat. P.O.S.
13 Sleep – Hesitation Wounds Feat. Grayskul
14 Prayers for Atheists – Lot’s Wife
15 Sleep – Interlude
16 Curtis Plum – Indie Rocker
17 Cecil Otter – Black Rose
18 The Returners – She Just Thinks
19 Prayers for Atheists – Wrong Horse
20 Sleep – Lothar Feat. Del The Funkey Homosapien
21 SFR 2009 Outro

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Jul 02

PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS EP In Stores Now!

PRAYERS FOR ATHEISTS EP In Stores Now!

Prayers For Atheists have delivered their debut self-titled EP on Strange Famous Records, adding a touch of punk rock to the indie-hop label.

PFA’s debut is available now on CD or as a digital download!

Fronted by long-time SFR affiliate Jared Paul and punk rock journeyman Alan Hague, PFA delivers the well crafted and thought provoking lyrics people have come to expect from Strange Famous. Thrashing rapidly between mid-80′s hardcore punk, counter-culture victory anthems, and politically-slanted rap, PFA gracefully snakes in and out of genres while escaping lazy categorization.

Using creative concepts to address pressing topical issues, the music remains fueled by the message while the band demonstrates a sense of victory and hope. These songs are labor testimonials, dance jams, and anti-war hymns executed with heart, craft and integrity. This self-titled 8 song EP is a forceful opening statement for a group who intends on shaking things up while having fun doing it. It’s not macabre music. And it’s not cynical. That would be too easy.

With years of anti-war organizing and a storied career laden with protest arrests, Jared Paul has become somewhat of a modern folk hero within the under ground American counter-culture. His most notable run-in with the law happened during the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Jared was the victim of a mass arbitrary arrest.

Fans and supporters jumped to action, creating a fundraiser via www.ConspiracyToRiot.com, from which an attorney was hired and the case was eventually dropped. This particular victory is celebrated in PFA’s lead-off single, “Psalm for St. Paul.”

The full Prayers For Atheists EP is streaming now at PFA’s MySpace! Click here to take a listen.

TRACKLIST:
01 Psalm For St. Paul
02 Patriarchy Presents
03 Coat Hanger
04 Tom Delay
05 Lot’s Wife
06 ROS
07 Bike Song
08 Wrong Horse

Jul 01

Sleep “Talk About It” Remix Contest! THE WINNERS!

Sleep “Talk About It” Remix Contest! THE WINNERS!

“Talk About It” is the first single from Sleep’s long-awaited SFR debut Hesitation Wounds. The full length LP is in stores now!

The Sleep of Oldominion “Talk About It” Remix Contest had 43 entries in all. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

The panel of judges, led by Sleep himself, have selected their own winner from the pool. The ‘electoral vote’ goes to AUPHEUS!

Aupheus is a sick UK production mastermind who previously blessed us with the beat for the SFR posse cut “Sea Legs,” available on Sage’s Sick Of Wasting mixtape.

Click here for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Aupheus Remix!

The public voting process was a lively and furious one, and, with a surprise last minute rally, the winner of the popular vote is DEATH IN A MINIVAN!

Allegations of voter fraud and demands of a recount have left the SFR staff wading in a sea of hanging chads, but come now people, this is some honor system ish. No elected officials will have us under their thumb in a hellish 8-year-aftermath. Chin up. Better luck next time.

Click here for a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Death In A Minivan (I.A.M.) Remix!

Both winners will receive their own Hesitation Wounds First Aid Kit. Aupheus’ remix will be offered for free download as the Clip of the Week on the SFRstore homepage this week, with Death I.A.M.’s in the chamber for sometime in the future.

Thanks again to all who participated in the Sleep “Talk About It” Remix Contest! Hope to see your names again next time.

Jun 30

Sage Francis “Sick Of Wasting” T-Shirt Available Now!

Sage Francis “Sick Of Wasting” T-Shirt Available Now!

Celebrate the release of the latest in Sage’s line of “Sick of…” mixtapes with the new “Sick of Wasting” T-Shirt! Features the Sage skull design (as seen on the new CD cover) printed off-center in slate grey ink on the front, with SFR logo & “Sage Francis” on the right sleeve.

Printed on olive green 100% Cotton Gildan shirts by ClassSick Custom.

Available in Mens’ sizes S-XXL.

Click here to cop yours today!

Jun 09

NEW! SFR 2MEX T-Shirts Available Now!

NEW! SFR 2MEX T-Shirts Available Now!

Declare your support for the Mayor of the L.A. Underground! The first SFR t-shirt for new crew member 2MEX is a navy and white design on a fresh west coast-friendly aqua shirt.

Front is 2Mex’s SFR artist image with “Mayor of LA Underground” text.
Back is the SFR logo with ‘My Fan Base Will Destroy You’ text.

Printed on 100% Cotton American Apparel t-shirts, designed by Irena Girlbot.

Cop yours today here.

2Mex’s group The Returners has a brand new digital album available now exclusively at SFRstore.com! Check it out here.

May 27

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