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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

Cecil Otter’s Rebel Yellow In Stores Now!

Cecil Otter’s Rebel Yellow In Stores Now!

The official SFR re-release of Cecil Otter’s debut hits stores Tuesday May 19! Now featuring fresh, new digipak-packaging. Spread the word and let your friends in on what SFR insiders have known for some time now: Cecil Otter is a slept on beast of lyrics & beats.

Available for the first time in stores and through digital music sites everywhere!

or, you can cop it here through SFRstore.com

What the press has to say about Rebel Yellow:

“8 out of 10″
-Rapreviews.com

“There’s really not a single bad track.”
-Absolutepunk.net

“For anyone who misses DJ Shadow’s earlier, more organic sound, the music on Rebel Yellow is a treat, all booming, stuttering drums, delicately plucked acoustic guitars, keening choral voices, malevolent music boxes, and lush strings.” – Reveille Magazine

For more on Cecil Otter, click here.

May 25

NEW SFR “At The Fire” T-Shirts AVAILABLE NOW!

NEW SFR “At The Fire” T-Shirts AVAILABLE NOW!

After bringing the heat for so long on record, it was only fitting that SFR manifest its firey ways in the clothing world. And so, just in time for the hot weather, we bring you these brand new “I’m At The Fire… Where the Hell Are You?” Strange Famous Records T-Shirts, available in your choice of brown or red.

Featuring the image of bossman Sage Francis as the devil his’self on the front, and the latest incarnation of the SFR logo set aflame on back.

Design by Irena Girlbot, printed by ClassSick Custom on 100% Cotton Gildan T-Shirts. Available in Mens sizes S-XXL.

May 22

Sleep’s “Hesitation Wounds” is IN STORES NOW!

Sleep’s “Hesitation Wounds” is IN STORES NOW!

It’s finally here:  Sleep’s long-awaited SFR debut has arrived in stores! You can still click here to lock down your copy with some exclusive Strange Famous bonus items today.

All orders purchased through SFRstore.com will include an 11×17 Hesitation Wounds poster SIGNED BY SLEEP and a Strange Famous Records sticker!

Click here for the FREE DOWNLOAD of the official leak of Sleep’s “Lothar” featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien!

“This is an infinite love in its purest form. It’s not the norm but it’s all I know so here it goes.
This speaking from the heart tore my life apart to bleed for ya, I just thought you should know.” – Sleep of Oldominion from “Talk About It”

After a decade of trail-blazing across America and cementing his reputation as one of underground hip hop’s true buried treasures, SLEEP of Oldominion & Strange Famous Records are proud to announce the release of his third album HESITATION WOUNDS.  Due out June 30, the album combines the witty and shocking decrees from the mind of vocalist Sleep with a high-speed barrage of sonic thunder from a selection of indie hip hop’s finest beatsmiths.

The first single will be “Talk About It,” an old school-style cut displaying a dizzying flow produced by SFR labelmate Reanimator. Lyrically, Sleep takes a battle stance against manufactured artists while refusing to dilute his style or message for the sake of mainstream acceptance.

“Sleep can tear off syllables at a cheetah’s pace like Aesop Rock or Busdriver, but even his fastest rhymes make sense.” – XLR8R

Hesitation Wounds is a vivid and intense journey through the psyche of one of underground hip hop’s longest tenured and most promising emcees.The follow-up to Sleep’s acclaimed 2005 LP Christopher, the album features guest appearances by Del tha Funky Homosapien, Grayskul, and boasts the production credits of Reanimator, Zebulon Dak and Smoke. Constructed from a mix of samples, live instrumentation, and a myriad of styles that all assist in the storytelling of a lifelong hip-hop veteran who has much more to offer the game than brag raps. This is real life in all its complexities, compressed into 13 solid tracks, and delivered in a way that only Sleep could do.

A co-founder of the Oldominion crew, a conglomerate of hip-hop artists based out of the Pacific Northwest, Sleep and his people have been putting it down for Seattle and Portland for the past decade. Hesitation Wounds displays an new level of strength in songwriting and the signature style that earned Sleep a devout following in the underground scene.

Click here to order your copy of Hesitation Wounds!

The complete track listing for Hesitation Wounds:

01 Intro (produced by Pale Soul.)

02 Day Dreamer (produced by Zavala, scratches by DJ Z-One, horns by Ross Liquid, additional vocals Toni Hill.)

03 Talk About It (produced by Reanimator.)

04 Who to Point the Finger At (produced by Reanimator.)

05 Ginelli (produced by Samix, scratches DJ Z-One. Horns by Ross Liquid, Lambs Bread and Jamzels. Additional vocals by Toni Hill and Scott Preston.)

06 Spent (produced by Zavala, scratches by DJ Z-One.)

07 Orchestra of Strangers (produced by Leon West, featuring Toni Hill.)

08 Hesitation Wounds (produced by Zavala, featuring Grayskul.)

09 Commercial (produced by Pale Soul.)

10 Lothar (produced by Zavala, scratches by DJ Z-One, featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien.)

11  Get It (produced by Smoke, scratches by DJ Z-One.)

12 So Far Away (produced by Samix, scratches by DJ Z-One, additional vocals by Toni Hill.)

13 Roll Call (produced by Zavala.)


May 19

B. Dolan announces the “One Breath Left” remix contest winners!

B. Dolan announces the “One Breath Left” remix contest winners!
B. Dolan announces the winners to the “One Breath Left” remix contest!

Ayyye!

Incredible work from all of these finalists!

The results are in… and we’ve decided to announce two “winner” categories.  Winner by internet poll and Winner by the judges (Alias, B. Dolan, and Sage Francis).

and the winner by internet polling is…

FAITH HEALERZ!

And the winner by the judges is…

a tie!

Between…

JACKSON of GRAND BUFFET!

and

THEORY 77!

To download the FAITH HEALERZ remix, click here.

To download the THEORY 77 remix, click here.

The JACKSON of GRAND BUFFET remix will be available from SFR at a later date. Stay tuned!

Below is my feedback (and some requests) for each of the finalist producers.  Thanks again to everyone who took part in this contest and to the SFR staff for putting in the man hours and internet mastery to host it.

For those of you who I asked to send your beats, you can send em (if you’re so inclined) to beedolan@gmail.com.

Aharon Hebert – beautiful beat man.  that repeating synth tone works in a really great way on my brain.  this is definitely my shit aesthetically.  fucked up, broken and hypnotic.  please send this beat my way if you get a chance.  i could definitely see doing something new with this.

Chester’s Kitchen – I’m on the porch with lemonade in this one.  And it somehow works really well.  this is good summertime shit.  Please send me this instrumental as well.  I’m having dreams of performing live to this one, or at least getting my alarm clock to play it every morning.  Your instrumentation matched the tone of my voice perfectly, and gave the song a non-cliche buoyancy that is hard to create.  Great fuckin work.

Doctor Adam – Took unfair advantage of the fact that the song was recorded at his house 😉 I love being pitch shifted up like this, because it makes me sound 5 years younger and 40 pounds lighter.  The beat knocks… the synths create a minimal, expansive vibe that I dig.  Doc. Adam DJ’s a big big hip-hop night in Portland, Oregon, and I believe this remix was created with that in mind, for the purpose of knocking in the club, and I bet it does that.  Dope remix, and a fun afternoon of recording that produced this acapella.  Big up to Doc Adam indeed.

Edison’s Iron Lung Remix – You had me at “Iron Lung.”  Shit man.  This hard as fuck, intricately layered, hypnotic and perfectly matched to my tone…. The chorus.  Shiit.  I’ve asked Edison for this instrumental too.  Unites the bloodclot proletariat by the time it’s done.  Nuff said.

Faith Healerz – That bass made me make a mean face when I heard it.  Snarling at my computer and shit.  You nasty motherfucker.  How dare you play a tone that filthy.  That’s the sound Martin Sheen makes when he rises out of the tar swamp to go kill Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.  Slowing my voice down like that somehow turned me into fucking 2mex, which was very unexpected. Horror-core FTW.

Forest Travesty Remix – This is one that I’d like to hear without the acapella over it, because I think it’s a cool piece of music that could easily, and maybe should be standing on it’s own… Reminded me of Philip Glass in the way that a repetitive loop slowly picked up steam.  Good stuff.  But criticize Alias again and I will cut you deep. jus kiddin.

High P – The strummy guitar on the first 4 bars is what did it for me.  Felt like I was broke down in a ghosttown.  Had to give this one props if only for nailing that opening scene.

James Thomson – Another beautiful beat.  I’ve hit you up asking for this instrumental and gotten no response.  Why are you ignoring me.  Your cellos have spoken to my heart.  You can’t walk out on me now James.  Send me this goddamn beat!  I got plans for this one!  Something scandalous is happening in the castle during this one… Love the mood created and the percussion is the kinda shit I  wait to hear but seldom do.

magOwl – Some great drum programming and moody synth bidness.  Impressive manipulation of the acapella and vocal effecting too.  I wish I knew how to do a few of them things.  The production on the start of the second verse is is huge. I’m also a sucker for classic breaks manipulated in new and interesting ways.

kHill – Another one rises out of the swamp with a knife in it’s mouth.  Beat is driving, matched well to my tone, and on some bassy, country ugliness.  That twanging tone gives the whole thing a real cool character.

Rhythmatik – Charlton Heston walks into a rave?  Why am I bobbing my head like this? Great breakdown in the second verse.  This beat has travelled a thousand miles by the time its over, which is what the song is about.  Something about the quality of the main drums was just aiight for me dog… but maybe thats because I only want to hear the amen break and grinding bass from the drum & bass genre…  Hail up all nomadic massive.

Sick Transit – This was one of my top 3 from the first wave.  Some of what I look for in these contests is a beat that does something new to my tone in the way that this one does. The way the chords change during the verses, makes it impossible not to nod your head to this.  I’m also a sucker for organs (pro homo.)

Theory 77 – Quite possibly my winner.  Immediately upon receiving this remix, I burned it to a cd and drove around listening to it in the car and smoking. Hard. As. Fuck.  Incredible turntable work throughout.  Highlights all my favorite parts of the writing, even.  I can’t ask for much more than this out of a remix.  You murderrrred this man.  Jesus Christ.

Mancabbage – Sneak attack from a SFR forum O.G.  This shit is marching band big.  Who the hell knew mancabbage had it in him?  Not me. This beat yells as loud as me for sure.  I’m leading a parade down wall street in this one.  The parade-goers are all carrying torches and pitchforks.

Underground Catalyst – You made me sound like the reptiles in “V”!  The manipulation of vocals combined with the music creates a cool staggering feeling throughout the song.  The drums left a little to be desired… they had a kind of canned fruity loops feel, as did some of the tones of the synth instruments… But I see your vision, mannn.

Mr. Area – Impeach the president, eh?  Ballsy.  Ballsy choice Mr. Area.  But I was with it by the end.  Some of the vocal manipulation is really cool on this one, especially on the chorus.

Eaters – Something about those guitars is reminding me of Alice in Chains.  Is that a weird comparison?  Broke down in a ghost town again.  Kickin the tires.  Then a black hole opens up and starts swallowing tumbleweed and cactii during the chorus.  I’m with that. haha.

Osinaka – All right now.  Is that… a sample???  A prominent, discernable, sample??? But how will we license this to a  video game with that sample in there??? We won’t, that’s how.  We’ll give it away so they can’t sue us for sample clearance, and make some shit that sounds like hip hop is supposed to.  Pete Rock high fives you from rap heaven, then starts talking about how CL smooth was the least important part of T.R.O.Y.  You get disgusted and walk away.

Leif Kolt – This song was written and delivered over big mean synths, so the acapella sounds at home here.  Interesting manipulation of the chorus, turned it into a different kind of chorus.  Someone yells WHEW in the second verse.  Haha.  Energetic shit man.  Grand Buffet-esque maybe?

theLin – Some really dope music here.  The only thing I’m not totally into is the drums … which seem, in places, to be too generic for the rest of what’s going on. I’d be interested to hear this instrumental, and also to hear it with no drums.  If you have separated tracks for this, and would consider sending that to me, I’d love to hear it.  Either way though, I’m excited about this one.

Polyphonic The Verbose – Great filtering and interesting programming of the drums.  I also am jealous of anyone that can make an arpeggiator do what they want it to do.  Something about this didn’t match the tone of the acapella for me though.  I think this is another one that might need to do stand on its own, or with a different kind of song over it.

Vividend – Woh.  Now I know why a lot of people have been talking about this one.  This is some more beautiful instrumentation.  My first impression was “Sage would rip this.”  This one is a contedah for sure.  Top 5.

WIK – Spooky stuff. Great mood and interplay of sounds.  I assume the keys were played live through a synth?  I’d say the sounds themselves might need some shaping to sound a little less canned, but you clearly have some dope ability and vision.

Emancipator – Speaking of ability and vision. Another banger from emancipator.  I’m truly impressed by your composition and arrangement skills mang.  I don’t know why the fuck I don’t own your instrumental album.  Big up yahself.

annnnnddd…

Jackson of Grand Buffet – arrives a day before the deadline.  sounds like Rocky Balboa snorting coke off a leprechaun’s ass.  Transforms the acapella into a genuinely new song that’s fresh and mean enough to stand next to the original.  Which is what a great remix should do, I imagine… This is the one I’m riding with.  Bump this in the whip this summer.  phil collins industrial thrash muppet van halen.  Jackson is a fuckin genius, I’m kinda honored he’d fuck with a song of mine, also.  Blue ribbon boyeee.

-B. Dolan

May 18

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