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SFR Exclusive! 2 SIGNED Nardwuar DVDs Available Now!

SFR Exclusive! 2 SIGNED Nardwuar DVDs Available Now!

SFR is proud to announce the EXCLUSIVE availability of autographed Nardwuar DVDs. To put it simply, Nardwuar the Human Serviette is the best music journalist of our time. If you haven’t stumbled upon his interviews via a nasty youtube trap just yet, let us assure you that he is a most interesting character who has accessed the most popular musicians (as well as obscure musicians) of the past two decades.

Each 2-Disc DVD comes autographed by Nardwuar!

Click here to check out Nardwuar’s “Welcome to the Castle” DVD

Click here to check out Nardwuar’s “Doot Doola Doot Doo… Doot Doo” DVD

The videos found below may not be contained on this DVD, but are embedded here to give an example of Nardwuar’s signature interview style.



May 17

NEW Sole & The Skyrider Band CD + Vinyl Pre-Orders Available Now!

NEW Sole & The Skyrider Band CD + Vinyl Pre-Orders Available Now!

Now available from SFRstore: pre-orders for the new album from Sole & The Skyrider Band!

CD pre-orders are available here

2xLP Vinyl pre-orders are available here

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All pre-orders from SFRstore will include:
* Sole & Skyrider sticker
* Sole & Skyrider poster
* SFR sticker & goodie pack
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Click here to get your FREE DOWNLOAD of the new song by Sole & Sage Francis from “Hello Cruel World”!

On Hello Cruel World, Sole aka Tim Holland returns with the Skyrider Band for his first full length since the split with Anticon, and his
third album with the Skyrider Band. While much was made of Sole leaving the Anticon empire he helped create, there’s a refreshing, new found confidence and focus not seen since his now-classic albums Selling Live Water and Bottle of Humans. On Hello Cruel World sees Sole has assembled an army of the most exciting voices in indie culture to be apart of the new record, recruiting everyone from LILBTHEBASEDGOD, Xiu Xiu, Pictureplane, Sage Francis, Ceschi, and more, to create a pretty stunning tapestry that is a new high water mark in Sole’s creative output.

Perhaps even more interesting, listeners will notice that Sole has adopted the most deliberate flow of his career–abandoning the
freewheeling, hyper-timed assaults of his earlier work in favor of a biting clarity and all around accessibility. The record draws on the
wealth of his newly found freedom, tapping into the positivity and ethics of a DIY tradition he has always known and embraced throughout
his career – transforming his past cynicism into a call to arms and personal empowerment. The Skyrider Band itself has been similarly
transformed; trading in their dense soundscapes and organic touchstones for an impeccable attention to detail and more studio-centric
productions.

On Sole and the Skyrider Band’s last record, Plastique, Sole claimed, “I’ve been digging my grave since age 15.” Since then, he’s been hard at work converting his grave into trenches that span from California to Barcelona, and the bottom of the ocean to the moon. Hello Cruel World occupies these trenches, steadfastly refusing to be flushed into a niche.

Tracklisting:

#1 Napoleon (feat. Xiu Xiu)
#2 D.I.Y.
#3 Hello Cruel World
#4 Fire
#5 Bad Captain Swag (feat. Lil B & Pictureplane)
#6 We Will Not Be Moved (feat. Ceschi & Noah23)
#7 Possimism
#8 Home Ain’t Shit (written by Pedestrian)
#9 Formal Designation 134340
#10 Immortality
#11 Progress Trap (feat. Sage Francis)
#12 Vaya Con El Diablo (feat. Isaiah Toothtaker, Mestizo & Ceschi)
#13 Villon

***PRE ORDER SHIPPING INFORMATION***

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, July 19 (CD) or Tuesday, August 2, 2011 (Vinyl).

May 11

NEW Buck 65 “20 Odd Years” Vinyl LP Available at SFRstore!

NEW Buck 65 “20 Odd Years” Vinyl LP Available at SFRstore!

“20 Odd Years” is the latest album from SFR fam Buck 65!

This is an IMPORT ONLY album, released on Warner Canada, very difficult to find inside the US! SFRstore was able to get ahold of a very limited number of the Vinyl LP, so get yours now at a lower cost than it would be to mailorder from outside the country!

We are currently working to get the CD version of the album so we can make it available to our customers. Please stay tuned and watch this space for updates!


Buck’s SFR album Situation is also available on wax for only $9.99 here!

It’s been 20 years since Buck 65 (aka Richard Terfry) first entered the music industry, and in that time, he has become one of Canada’s most popular rappers. To celebrate his two decades in the business, the much-loved MC has released a new album, 20 Odd Years.

The 13-song set is heavy on guests, with some of the most notable contributors including Tragically Hip icon Gord Downie, Islands/Unicorns singer Nick Thorburn, Hannah Georgas, Jenn Grant, and Olivia Ruiz.

In a press release, Buck 65 said, “Recently, I came to realize that I’ve been getting weird on tape for 20 years. I decided to celebrate and invited a bunch of my fellow sub-normals to the party. We ate paste and pretended we knew what each other was talking about. It was uncomfortable a lot of the time, but lots of exciting music was frankensteined.”

As for what fans can expect from the album, it promises to offer Buck 65’s usual experimental blend of hip-hop, blues and folk. The Downie collaboration (“Whispers of the Waves”) is “a waltz for people to dance to alone,” while the track recorded with French pop singer Ruiz is “a song about vampires called ‘Tears of Your Heart.’ Neither of us has any memory of making it.” – Exclaim Magazine

Tracklisting
01 Superstars Don’t Love
02 Gee Whiz
03 Whispers of the Waves
04 Paper Airplanes
05 Stop
06 Zombie Delight
07 Tears of Your Heart
08 Cold Steel Drum
09 Who by Fire
10 She Said Yes
11 BCC
12 Lights Out
13 Final Approach

Click here to order your vinyl copy of “20 Odd Years”!

May 03

Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet’s SHARK TANK CD Available Now!

Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet’s SHARK TANK CD Available Now!

EXCLUSIVE CD AUTOGRAPHED BY ALL MEMBERS! Fresh off a triumphant New England debut at the SFR Basement Show #3, Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet and his cohorts in SHARK TANK give us their first full-length CD! Get this SFRstore exclusive autographed album now while we still have ’em.

Since Grand Buffet has been on hiatus, it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard new material from Lord Grunge. Wait no more! Grunge has started a new group called Shark Tank with some of his homies from Baltimore (Mickey Free, Brendan Richmond and Height.) This material is catchy and fun but this is a noticeable departure from the more dance-oriented style of the Grand Buffet.

Click here to cop your SHARK TANK CD!

“Red Rain” is the first single from the album:
“Red Rain” by Shark Tank by Strange Famous Records

Tracklisting
1. Red Rain 02:19
2. Don’t Shoot 02:39
3. Nighttime Men 01:30
4. Phone Call 00:49
5. Drink Drinks 03:13
6. No Sleep 01:27
7. Miserable 00:31
8. Von Dutch 02:10
9. Aces of Cake 02:02
10. Rap Everglades 03:01
11. Jimland 01:51
12. Enjoy 00:27
13. Oh No! 02:48
14. Buggin Out 02:24
15. Yeah 00:49
16. I Can’t See It 04:20

Apr 25

New Prayers For Atheists CD & MP3 Available Now!

New Prayers For Atheists CD & MP3 Available Now!

Available now on CD and MP3 Download!

“In 2009, Strange Famous Records released the debut EP from Prayers For Atheists. Now, in 2011, SFR is proud to support the boys as they release their follow-up album, “New Hymns For An Old War”, on their own PFA Records label! The new record is more of a punk project than the first EP, and we highly recommend you check it out. They’ve honed in on a more specific style with this project but the activist message rings as loud as ever.”
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ALL ORDERS FROM SFRstore WILL INCLUDE:
1) signed PFA “New Hymns For An Old War” AUTOGRAPHED CD
1) 3.5″ X 4.5″ SEW ON CANVAS PATCH (printed locally at ClassSick Designs on salvaged canvas from the Rhode Island Recycling Center)
1) SFR Sticker

*while supplies last

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“New Hymns For An Old War” is the strikingly uplifting follow-up to Prayers For Atheists’ acclaimed debut on Sage Francis’ label, Strange Famous Records. Thrashing rapidly between mid-80’s hardcore punk, sing-along anthems, and politically-slanted rap, the group gracefully snakes in and out of genres while escaping categorization.

New Hymns is an aggressive step forward for a band that lives what it sings about – from local organizing and civil disobedience to county jail and courtroom triumph. This album differs sharply from current trends in protest music in that it expresses an uncompromising sense of hope, with little room for cynicism or despair.

Guns Up by Prayers For Atheists

The first single “Guns Up” takes its inspiration from the Harlan County coal miners’ strike of 1972, while the lyrics for “May 1, 1886″ are comprised of the trial testimony of August Spies, the American labor activist who led the Movement For The 8-Hour Work Day. Spies was executed on charges later found to be unconstitutional, but his unjust death only emboldened the movement. The ensuing struggle resulted in legislation mandating the 8-hour work day, overtime pay, and worker safety standards.

Check out the “Guns Up” video!

Lead vocalist Jared Paul is a top-notch writer, possessing the ability to tackle social issues without sloganeering or self-righteousness. The passion and conviction in Paul’s voice are undeniable as they cut through the mix of Alan Hague’s masterful songwriting. Hague composed and recorded all music for New Hymns, which features his voice significantly more than PFA’s last release. His Dave Grohl-esque vocal melodies soar on choruses for “Guns Up,” “Flies On The Water,” and “Hope City Sky,” while taking the lead on tracks like “May 1, 1886″ and “Strength of Doves.”

Described by CMJ as “[the sound of] Public Enemy bum rushing a basement hardcore matinee,” Prayers For Atheists has gained respect in both punk and indie hip-hop circles, with 3 nationwide tours in the past 12 months. Their aggressive yet uplifting live show has won crowds over on both coasts, with PFA sharing the stage with Anti-Flag, Sage Francis, Mouth Sewn Shut, The Misfits, Flobots, and P.O.S. With the release of New Hymns, PFA will continue to tour heavily throughout the U.S., as they continue to establish themselves as a front-runner in taking the torch from punk champions like Against Me!, Anti-Flag, and Propagandhi.

These songs are labor testimonials, dance jams, and anti-war hymns executed with heart, craft, and integrity. This is Victory Music.

Click here to cop your PFA CD from SFRstore!

Apr 15

NEW Strange Famous Olive Green Zip Hoodies!

NEW Strange Famous Olive Green Zip Hoodies!

One of SFRstore’s most popular items ever is now available in a new color combination: the Olive Green SFR Zip Hoodie!

“Strange Famous” Old English logo designed by Kese at ClassSick Custom on front in tan ink, with the classic SFR Logo on the hood. Printed on Anvil Sustainable brand zip hoodies.

Available in Mens’ sizes S-XXXL.

The manufacturers’ sizing chart is below. We recommend for those between sizes, order one size larger than you would usually wear.

Size Width Length
S 20″ 27″
M 22″ 28″
L 24″ 29″
XL 26″ 30″
2XL 28″ 31″
3XL 30″ 32″

The original Black and Grey versions of the SFR Zip Hoodie are still available in limited quantities, but won’t be around for long. Get yours here before they’re gone 4-eva!

Mar 29

New Atmosphere & Blueprint CD/Vinyl Pre-Orders!

New Atmosphere & Blueprint CD/Vinyl Pre-Orders!

Rhymesayers artists Atmosphere and Blueprint are both dropping new albums in April, and SFRstore has them both! Pre-orders for the CD and the limited edition Vinyl Double LP (with awesome special packaging) are available now.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere‘s most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug’s signature voice weaves in and out of Ant’s ASR-born production, Nate Collis’ bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson’s unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound.

***Special Collector’s Vinyl Packaging: Limited double colored LP in custom printed jacket that doubles as a picture frame with stand. Includes seven silver foil stamped panels backed with lyrics that can be changed in frame and free digital download card.

Pre-Order your Atmosphere Vinyl here or CD here.

Critically acclaimed emcee/producer and Soul Position frontman Blueprint returns with his highly anticipated sophomore solo release Adventures in Counter-Culture. Experimenting with synths, keyboards, and drum machines, Adventures in Counter-Culture touches on Blueprint’s cynicism with the world, his disdain for pop culture, the state of politics, and an apathetic, uninspired society. The album encompasses every facet of music Blueprint knows. It blurs genre lines and connects his hip hop pedigree with his early days in the church choir, to the R&B bands he was a part of in high school, to his new found interest in rock and electronic music.

***Special Collector’s Vinyl Packaging features custom limited and numbered double LP picture disc in full color printed jacket. Includes 8 page booklet with lyrics & liner notes and free digital download card. Get the best of both worlds, buy this limited item and collect a great art piece and still get your music with the digital download card and load the album on your MP3 player!

Pre-Order your Blueprint Vinyl here or CD here.

Mar 09

New SOLE “Mansbestfriend5″ Available Now!

New SOLE “Mansbestfriend5″ Available Now!

The fifth installment from the critically acclaimed “mansbestfriend” series is available now from SFRstore here.

Sole continues his Lazerous-like re-envisioning of his work with the most polished mansbestfriend to date. The music is poppy at points, at other points; “experimental.”

Digital only release. Digital download also includes 320 kbps quality, .pdf lyric book & artwork by Yasamin Holland.

Sole – Can’t Kill a Ghost by Strange Famous Records

Tracklisting:
1.) Welcome to The Future
2.) Cell Memory
3.) Proletarian Dreams
4.) Never Suffer Fools
5.) Terra-Dome
6.) Can’t Kill a Ghost
7.) I Walk Alone
8.) Rep-Resent
9.) Exodus

Run Time: 26 Minutes

Check out more projects from and featuring Sole available at SFRstore by clicking here.

Feb 28

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