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Sage Francis: Copper Gone

Mixed Copper & Blue VinylVinyl LP Record [2LP]
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SAGE FRANCIS...relocked and reloaded.

After a 4-year hiatus, the indie rap icon is taking his signature style of hip-hop and performance art back on the road to support the June 2014 release of "COPPER GONE" on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS. It features beat production from long-time music affiliates BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER, REANIMATOR, and more.

"VONNEGUT BUSY", the lead single, acts as a stylistic sample dish for what one can expect from the new album, transitioning seamlessly from socio-economic issues to personal politics, all while being punctuated by the project's overall mission statement: "When it seems like you're going through hell...keep going." The reference to Kurt Vonnegut in the title is accompanied by a quote from the satirical writer in one of the song's 3 sub-choruses: "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, 'it might have been.'"

As fans and media may remember, Francis declared a sudden retirement from touring at the end of his "Li(f)e on the Road" world excursion in 2010. Many people misinterpreted this as a resignation from music altogether as his three album deal with Epitaph Records came to its conclusion. "It sort of offends my sensibilities to hear that some people thought I gave up music," Francis remarks. "I've been writing songs since I was 8 years old. Performing on stage since 12. Winning over crowds and losing partners in the process. As far as creative energy goes, my entire adult life and the bulk of my childhood has been dedicated to this craft. I don't even think I could stop that train if I wanted to."

In reality, Francis removed himself from the non-stop grind of the tour circuit in hopes of developing a healthier domestic situation. He did not achieve this goal, as numerous songs on Copper Gone clearly illustrate (some more overtly than others.) Over the course of the next few years, in the wake of some significant personal losses, Francis succumbed to his more hermit-like tendencies. He remained tucked away in the woods on the outskirts of Rhode Island, running Strange Famous Records remotely, all while continuing to write/record music in the isolation of his studio.

"No matter how much time I spend by myself, I'm constantly aware of how I need to keep this ship afloat. If not for me, then for the others who have jumped on board with me. That's not the main motivation for what I do, but it's probably good to feel pressured into staying active outside of my bubble. I'm stressed, overworked, and exhausted regardless of my situation, so I might as well step into the fire rather than just watch the world burn around me. At this point, that sounds a lot better to me than spending the rest of my life as a recluse, wondering what might've been."

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1. Pressure Cooker
Producers: Cecil Otter (of Doomtree)
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2. Grace
Producers: ALXNDRBRWN
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3. ID Thieves
Producers: James Hancock; Poindexter
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4. Cheat Code
Producers: Reanimator
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5. Dead Man's Float
Producers: Cecil Otter (of Doomtree)
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6. Over Under
Producers: Le Parasite
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7. Make Em Purr
Producers: Buck 65
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8. Vonnegut Busy
Producers: Prolyphic
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9. Thank You
Producers: Anders Parker
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10. The Set Up
Producers: Alias
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11. The Place She Feared Most
Producers: Reanimator
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12. Once Upon A Blue Moon
Producers: Dub Sonata
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13. Say Uncle
Producers: John Ash
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14. MAINT REQD
Producers: Kurtis SP
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Total Comments: 12
Name: (Posted: 8/12/2014 1:13:00 AM; Partial IP: .51.57.186)
Location: Denver
Comment: As soon as you guys realize that this album went right over your head, you should admit it. Knowledge is the ability to enjoy finding out that you were wrong. I've been listening since Orphanage was together. And I'm glad to see how all of them that are alive have a dope 2014 or 2013 album. My favorites are at their best right now.
Name: (Posted: 8/8/2014 4:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .51.57.186)
Location: denver
Comment: A few happily evolved critics. This masterpiece speaks for itself. Maybe you weren't ready to watch Sage grow as an artist.
Name: (Posted: 8/2/2014 4:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 90.121.116)
Location: -
Comment: I use to like Sage also when I still thought nerd rap was good and purchased music from HHI. Glad my taste has evolved because it's extremely clear to me now that his style is simply terrible.
Name: (Posted: 7/15/2014 2:19:00 PM; Partial IP: .192.0.184)
Location: Fu
Comment: Justin, I don't know why you were personally offended by what I had to say but yeah as a young kid I liked his political and social messages and I liked a lot of the people he used to work with on production. So you're calling me out for dissing him yet you hate him also? Obviously I'm not blindly following anybody here/ on their d*ck if u want to be juvenile about it. I'm expressing serious disappointment for the lazy effort on this album. Do you not follow up on artists you used to like? You're very confusing man I don't even know why you bothered saying anything at all.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/13/2014 9:07:00 PM; Partial IP: .51.57.186)
Location: Denver
Comment: "Former Sage fan" is just a polite way of saying Fag. You are unequivocally on his d*ck. How's that working out for you?
Name: (Posted: 7/13/2014 1:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .192.17.21)
Location: New England
Comment: Lots of whack beats, lazy flow boring ass lyrics. Vonnegut busy? Are you f*cking serious? I'm glad you enjoyed your intro to creative writing class Sage, I know your a big bukowski and Ginsberg fan too you shallow faux poet hack.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/30/2014 12:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.253.159)
Location: az
Comment: Sage is a real lyricist, damn shame he don't get more recognition!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/22/2014 5:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 189.40.223)
Location: Worcester
Comment: Ya no real artists like coming to Worcester because all it is, is Juggalos here that's why nobody does shows here.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/18/2014 5:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .54.22.129)
Location: 802
Comment: Okay after the wise ass comment, I listened to this, and it's damn good. Beats the sh*t out of that Li(f)e album aka Poo(p). This made me finally cop his last Sick... mixtape that came out last december. Probably his 2nd or 3rd best big release solo album. Nice work Sage. BTW GringGang Sage hates your town dude.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/9/2014 9:30:00 PM; Partial IP: .88.100.17)
Location: Worcester
Comment: Don't sleep on this. Sage hasn't skipped a beat, everything's on point. Wish I could say the same bout the Atmosphere album.
Name: (Posted: 5/29/2014 5:18:00 PM; Partial IP: .82.90.154)
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Comment: Just listened to my advance digital copy today all the way through and I gotta say that I'm very impressed. I've never been a huge Sage fan but he really brings it with this one. All the beats are on point and his rhymes are deep and thought provoking as ever. I highly recommend this album to any Sage fan. Even if you aren't really a fan of him you should at least give it a listen because this is honestly one of the better albums I've heard from him. Sage is back!!!
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2014 9:01:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.54.5.4)
Location: 802
Comment: I know everyone here is eagerly anticipating their first time listen with this soon to be future gem. Look at all those Strange Famous releases above on this page. Definitely check those out bro's.
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