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NO BIRD SING signs to Strange Famous! Their SFR debut is OUT NOW!

NO BIRD SING signs to Strange Famous! Their SFR debut is OUT NOW!

Minneapolis-based 3 piece hip-hop band NO BIRD SING has signed to STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS!

Their new album “DEFINITION SICKNESS” is available worldwide now.

Order your copy on SIGNED CD or MP3 DOWNLOAD by clicking here!


photo credit: Cameron Wittig

Stand outs in the indie-rap haven of Minnesota, No Bird Sing combines the talents of emcee Joe Horton, drummer/producer Graham O’Brien, and guitarist/producer Robert Mulrennan. With “Definition Sickness”, the trio has maintained the integrity of their live-band roots while exploring a more produced sound that ranges from stark minimalism to lush expansiveness.

The first single, “DON’T THINK”, is a brooding track where Horton shares vocal duties with SFR label head SAGE FRANCIS.

Listen to “Don’t Think” featuring SAGE FRANCIS:

Other guests on the album include FIX collective cohorts Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures) and Kristoff Krane, as well as Sadistik, Chastity Brown, James Diers (Halloween, Alaska), Aby Wolf, Adam Svec. and Molly Dean.

Check out the first video from the album, “AND WAR” featuring Molly Dean!:

NBS released their eponymous debut to critical acclaim in 2009. Their 2011 follow-up, “Theft of the Commons”, along with the US tour dates that followed, served to expand their loyal, burgeoning fanbase across the Midwest and beyond.

Their SFR debut,  “Definition Sickness”, offers a meditative commentary on modern life, owing much to leftist political theorists like Howard Zinn as well as Eastern-leaning philosophers like Alan Watts and Lao Tzu. Musically the dark, transcendent instrumentation of the record creates a rich and varied soundscape that will immediately entice fans of multiple genres. Repeat listeners will be rewarded by both the layered lyrical themes and the ear candy that’s provided by the nuanced sonic compositions.

“If you took away the vocals, you’d never know it was hip hop,” admits drummer/producer Graham O’Brien. “We’re just investigating the relationship between hip hop and other genres—taking the spoken, rhythmic word and putting it in other places.”

“That’s what creativity is,” vocalist Horton says. “It’s coming to this point where you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and having to figure out what to do. The second you’re not doing that, you’re just rehashing old shit.”

All Songs Written by No Bird Sing

Vocals & Lyrics by Joe Horton
Guitars & Keys by Robert Mulrennan
Drums by Graham O’Brien

Produced by Graham O’Brien (except where noted)

Recorded by Adam Krinsky
Mixed by Adam Krinsky & Graham O’Brien at Bellows Studio
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering

Additional engineering by Robert Mulrennan & Graham O’Brien
Additional vocal production by Joe Horton

01 Breathless f. Chastity Brown
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Cello by Michelle Kinney

02 Apogee f. Aby Wolf
Produced by Robert Mulrennan
Co-Produced by Graham O’Brien

03 Reality Hunger f. James Diers
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Co-produced by Robert Mulrennan

04 Target Practice f. Kristoff Krane
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Co-Produced by Robert Mulrennan

05 Flag Waver
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Cello by Michelle Kinney

06 Boom Day f. Crescent Moon
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Organ by Joe Horton

07 Heaven and Other Drugs
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Co-produced by Robert Mulrennan, Joe Horton

08 Rapture Muffin f. Adam Svec
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Co-Produced by Robert Mulrennan, Joe Horton
Rhodes by Joe Horton
Piano by Adam Krinsky

09 And War f. Molly Dean
Produced by Graham O’Brien

10 Vinestar f. Sadistik
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Additional vocals by Aby Wolf

11 Fashionable Cannibal
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Bass by Casey O’Brien

12 Don’t Think f. Sage Francis
Produced by Robert Mulrennan
Co-Produced by Graham O’Brien

13 Friday
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Co-Prouced by Robert Mulrennan
14 Freedom Slave
Produced by Graham O’Brien
Bass by Casey O’Brien

 

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Jan 09

NEW dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip album AVAILABLE NOW + New T-SHIRTS!

NEW dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip album AVAILABLE NOW + New T-SHIRTS!

After a 3-year hiatus, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip have returned with their third group effort, “Repent Replenish Repeat”!

The digital version of the album is available now from SFRstore here.
Also available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major digital stores!

The Strange Famous Records release of the album features an EXCLUSIVE bonus track,
available only on CD & Digital versions in North America!

Click here to order your CD copy!

The digital version dropped October 7, 2013.

The first single & video from the album is “STUNNER”!:

Check out the second video for “GOLD TEETH” featuring Flux Pavilion!

The third single from the album is “You Will See Me”:

The official US tracklisting for “Repent Replenish Repeat”:

01 Stunner (3.59)
02 Nightbus Sleepers (3.27)
03 Terminal (4.10)
04 Heroism (3.26)
05 Porter (4.56)
06 Kickstarter (EXCLUSIVE SFR BONUS TRACK)
07 Gold Teeth (3.23) [feat Flux Pavilion]
08 Entity (3.22)
09 Stiff Upper Lip (3.23) [feat Itch]
10 You Will See Me (5.34)

Click here to order your copy!
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Official SFR “Repent Replenish Repeat” T-SHIRTS

featuring an incredible screenprinted version
of Paul Jackson’s cover art!

Check out the close-up photos of the graphic below
and click here to order yours!

 

Oct 02

NEW Strange Famous Logo Tees for Men & Women!

NEW Strange Famous Logo Tees for Men & Women!

Brand new SFR Logo T-Shirts designed by Deprived Anxiety!

Available in Men‘s and Women‘s sizes.

Click here to cop yours!

Jul 30

The NEW SFRstore is open & B. Dolan remixed by Buddy Peace!

The NEW SFRstore is open & B. Dolan remixed by Buddy Peace!

Welcome to the new and improved SFRstore!

Customers will need to create a new user account for the new store, and while we’ve made that process as painless as possible, we’re offering an extra incentive to those who sign up in the next week: a coupon code for 15% OFF any order of $15 or more, good for use on your first purchase in the new store.*

We’ve spent the better half of a year making the transition into this new store software and we hope it will result in an easier, more satisfying shopping experience for you. We appreciate the support that you’ve shown us through the years and have used your feedback to improve our site layout, selection, and functionality.

As an additional thank you for your continued support, we present to you B. DOLAN – FALLEN HOUSE SUNKEN CITY REMIXED: THE DESERT SESSIONS, a complete LP remix project produced by BUDDY PEACE.

You can download the full stream for free in our Clip of the Week section here.

A SIGNED and numbered CD edition of the project is available for purchase only from SFRstore here. Packages include an exclusive FH:Remix Cover Sticker, SFR Logo Button, and Fallen House 11×17 Poster. Limited to 200 copies.

A high quality MP3 version of the album with individual, separated tracks is available for purchase in our Digital Store here.

*Coupon code will be included in your Welcome / Confirmation email that is generated immediately after you register on the site. Please check your email for your coupon code before placing your first order. Code can be entered in appropriate field in your checkout form.

If you have already created an account for the new store but did not receive a coupon code. or have any questions, please email customerservice@strangefamous.com

May 30

Now Available: Two NEW SFR Snapbacks!

Now Available: Two NEW SFR Snapbacks!

Fresh for Spring 2013, SFR’s Series 3 Snapbacks are here!

The third wave of SFR hats continues with  2 new versions of the SFR Logo cap: a brand new Aqua-and-Slate-Grey colorway, and a new Red-on-Navy-Blue variant!

Check out the 2 latest entries in the line below.
To see the full list of caps we have available (in all styles and colors) click HERE.

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SFR Aqua Logo -on- Slate Grey Snapback

SFR Red Logo -on- Navy Blue Snapback

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Check out the first two caps in the Series 3 line, also available now: a gold-on-black colorway, including the first contrast brim hat in the collection!

Click here or on the pics below for the “gold-and-black cap” product page. To see the full list of caps we have available (in all styles and colors) click HERE.

SFR Gold ‘Raiders Script’-on-Black Snapback:

May 09

New B. DOLAN Zip Hoodies & T-Shirts!

New B. DOLAN Zip Hoodies & T-Shirts!

If you aren’t able to make it to one of B. Dolan‘s shows this spring (click here to see if he’s coming to your area), you don’t have to miss out on the merch table: we’ve got 3 new pieces of B. Dolan gear that are only available online at SFRstore!

Click on the item image for more pics and details, and to cop yours!

The B. Dolan “Skullbeard” Zip Hoodie

The B. Dolan “Who Killed Russell Jones?” T-Shirt

The B. Dolan “Apocalypse Ready” GREEN T-Shirt

Apr 03

TONITE! B. Dolan presents THE CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE: A New Monthly SFR Live Event!

TONITE! B. Dolan presents THE CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE: A New Monthly SFR Live Event!

Click here to get your “CHURCH OF PROVIDENCE” Tickets in advance!

Check out the announcement video below for details on the inaugural edition of The Church of Providence, a new monthly live event presented by B. Dolan and SFR in Providence, RI!

In case you need any more incentive to watch, B also performs “Still Here” and “2BAD” (with Sage Francis) and a heckler is hit by a steel chair. Overzealous security guards and concrete stages don’t mix.


Featured in this video are the songs “Still Here” and “2BAD” from B. Dolan’s “House of Bees vol. 2″.
To hear more / read more / purchase the album head over here.

Get your tickets here.

Mar 26

SFR Playing Cards Now Available!

SFR Playing Cards Now Available!

SFR Playing Cards are here!

The Strange Famous crew is made up of a lot of card players, so we decided to press these up for ourselves. We figured we would print a few extra decks in case there are any members of the extended Strange Fam out there who are interested in upping the indie-hop cred of their home games with an official SFR deck.

Customers placing an order for this item will receive a regulation deck of 52 playing cards with the SFR logo printed on the back of each one.



***(The poker set and Sage figurine pictured on this page are not included in the purchase. But if you catch us on a good day, maybe you can play us for them.)

Mar 11

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

Sage Francis "Copper Gone" HOODIES! Available in Full Zip & Pullover styles 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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