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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.

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.

, 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.”


  • #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!


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!


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.


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 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!


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

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