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Sage Francis: Li(f)e

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Product Details

  • Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Record Label: Anti Records
  • Barcode: 045778701117
  • Item #: ANTISF01LP

  • Producers: Brian Deck

Summary

Li(f)e is a marked evolution for Sage Francis. The celebrated agentprovocateur of hip hop brings his signature wordplay, a dazzling mix of sardonic humor and biting social commentary, to a setting complimented by a talented band consisting of producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) and cohorts Jim Becker and Tim Rutili of the acclaimed Chicago outfit Califone. Along for the ride are some of indie rock's most prestigious songwriters. Take album opener "Little Houdini," a stirring Steinbeckian tale of prison break, with music written by ex Grandaddy frontman JasonLytle. "We specifically sought out songwriters who had never worked with a rapper," Francis explains. "I didn't want them to write music they thought they should for hip-hop. The music for ‘Little Houdini' was a long epic instrumental piece Jason had just hanging around which I then worked my story into." With collaborations with Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Calexico, and DeVotchKa, Sage is pushing the envelope of a genre he helped create, with a confrontational tongue and wit to match Shepard Fairy's iconic album artwork. The record's title says it all: a deliberate amalgamation of the words life and lie. As Francis says, "What about life is a lie? What we're told about God is a lie. What we're told about race, gender roles, beauty, war, food, drugs, sexuality, capitalism, history, the nature of humankind...a gang of lies. I feel it in my gut, I think it in my brain, I write it with my hands and I speak it with my mouth."

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1. Little Houdini
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2. Three Sheets To The Wind
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3. I Was Zero
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4. Slow Man
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5. Diamonds And Pearls
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6. Polterzeitgeist
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7. The Baby Stays
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8. 16 Years
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9. Worry Not
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10. London Bridge
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11. Love The Lie
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12. The Best Of Times
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3 Stars (3 Stars )
Total Comments: 41
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2014 10:55:00 AM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az
Comment: I love Sage, he's ill on the mic, I saw him perform back in 2001, he ripped that mic like Knobodies business! Having said that I can't co sign this! It's just not what I want!
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/9/2014 7:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 08.183.122)
Location: Boston
Comment: Been a fan of Sage since he came into the underground scene... the production on this album was so fresh and new for a Sage album I couldn't help but be disappointed by the lyrics he decided to back it with in some songs.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/31/2012 3:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 173.38.105)
Location: hell
Comment: i loved this album from beginning to end.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/29/2012 8:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 86.115.199)
Location: Australia
Comment: What's with all the hate? Sage is a legend.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 8/9/2011 12:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.184.121)
Location: San Antonio
Comment: A freind of mine told me introduced me to Sage's music about 5 years ago and I thought it was the best hip hop I have ever heard, slow down ghandi being one of my favorite tracks. Now I am listening to these tracks at work a year later after its release knowing that it was not that good. I cant do this. I give him 1 star for trying. Its different yes, but to some this doesnt cut it. Sage Francis has released a handful of titles. But now its folky gay shit from what used to be respect the broccli cock....What happened sage?
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/7/2010 5:38:00 PM; Partial IP: .96.172.65)
Location: Btown UK
Comment: Granted its not Sage's best album, but as taste is subjective we all have our own opinions. I don't think sage meant this to be a proper hiphop album, its more relaxed feeling and is probably his hip-folk album - I like and thats all that matters.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/26/2010 12:48:00 AM; Partial IP: .90.227.91)
Location: so-cal
Comment: Wow serious guys common, this album was done with live instrumentals, sage goes clean with the lyrics and talks about his life. I enjoeyed this album so give him props.Oh yeah and all those guys posting gay shit get the fuck out of here I think your on the wrong website, fucken immature cats.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/12/2010 3:24:00 AM; Partial IP: 22.109.199)
Location: CALI, OF COURSE, MY NOGGLE
Comment: Commie Nerd rap, my Noggle. Speaking of rap. I'm 34 years old, black male, as YOU CAN SEE WITH MY BIG TYPING, and I want to suck some dix. *giggles* *farts*
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 8/14/2010 9:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 44.106.218)
Location: philli
Comment: its a shame that I loved sage so much but this last album is a slap in the face. first off the beats are very cool, and I enjoyed almost everyone like 10 out of 12 but its messing him up. it forces him into this clickety clak flow. listen to the lack of time he put into his lyrics, making the old familiar sage rhyme scheme appear on every single track. on all his other albums he keeps you glued to his every word, now its like he is just stringing along rhymes to get to the end of the verse so he can repeat a boring chorus 6 times and do it again. I feel disrespected as a listener and I don't know why he thinks he can get away with this, and people will just suck his dick and say its new and different its so awesome. being new and different is awesome, but you cant drop some attributes just to beef up your stats in others. just cause your working with a band doesn't mean you can slack off in the lyric department and start singing over all the tracks. look at the other times he has worked with bands look at all those tracks. there great. sage is extremely talented, im just disappointed he would sell out like that. I think we all know if you give sage a gritty ass hip hop beat he will never leave you disappointed. it was the buh buh shhh that got me it was the buh buh shh the break……… Simple as this: He got lazy as hell.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/16/2010 2:29:00 PM; Partial IP: .125.176.3)
Location: bmore
Comment: im such a foggot lover!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/16/2010 8:51:00 AM; Partial IP: .46.106.10)
Location: prov-0-dense
Comment: sage cant rap? lol, asshole is talking out of his asshole for real. its another emcee trying to do something different and everyone is hanging him on the cross for doing so. leaving corny comments like that is ignorant. trust me, dude can spit better than a lot of heads out there
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 6/8/2010 3:45:00 AM; Partial IP: .240.1.110)
Location: Faggot City
Comment: Straight up nerd rap. How can anyone enjoy this fucking geekboy. Fuck this faggot shit. Britney Spears could rap better than this motherfucker. Matter of fact, Hit me one more time, fucking shits all over this fucking faggots whole fucking catalog of songs. So yea, fuck this faggot as shit. How about some real rap, you fucking foggot lovers.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 6/4/2010 6:23:00 AM; Partial IP: .36.23.245)
Location: bmore
Comment: How you gonna talk shit on buck 65?
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/27/2010 3:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.122.155)
Location: Portland
Comment: Wow!! Who new Sage had this many haters???? Is he the new Slug? It's fashionable and popular to talk shit about this dude? Get a life and stop the macho bullshit. Too much bravado just makes a man look gay anyways. And in response to those that claim Sage is an "asshole" or "disrespectful" ... I had a chance to meet him in Eugene and he couldn't have been friendlier . Whoever felt wronged by him was probably just acting like an asshole .
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/25/2010 10:37:00 AM; Partial IP: .7.125.108)
Location: my crib
Comment: nah. It's not a big disappointment. Don't listen to other people opinions, cop the original cd and enjoy. The LP grows on you. Back in the days, when I listened to the first Company Flow album, I didn't like it. After a couple listenings I was a die hard fan. Don't throw away LP's after one listening party, guys... sorry for my english
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/17/2010 3:49:00 PM; Partial IP: .97.110.52)
Location: California
Comment: CD is a big disappointment. Was looking forward to it but Im not feeling the country boy buck 65 wannabe stuff
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/15/2010 4:23:00 AM; Partial IP: .236.61.52)
Location: toronto
Comment: brilliant album. take it from someone who actually knows music, or listen to some clown worried about if sage francis is a geek? yeh he's probably a major geek, but he raps better than your favorite rapper and drops great albums consistantly
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/13/2010 10:58:00 AM; Partial IP: 197.19.246)
Location: objectiveville
Comment: I've d'loaded a few of sage's albums back in the day and I just can't get into it. I'm a hip hop head all day long but something there is something extra geeky about this guy. I'm not trying to diss, but this is just not hip hop to me. But there is a huge market for this type of stuff so I won't knock the hustle. Peace.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/13/2010 10:11:00 AM; Partial IP: .56.19.253)
Location: akron, OH
Comment: okay first of all.. before I check wreck for this. I am a fan of Sage Francis, i've probably played a healthy distrust well over 100 times all the way through. but this cd sucks. no beats on the whole thing, just rock n roll shit. lyrics are decent, but not enough to make up for the garbage ass music. two goods songs on the whole disk. save your money.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/12/2010 9:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 74.7.127.7)
Location: Vancouver BC Canada
Comment: SOOOOOO STOKED I get to go see this cat at the end of may shits gonna be hella DOPE!!!
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2010 5:24:00 PM; Partial IP: 223.67.123)
Location: Chicago
Comment: this is not innovation. This is half assd rock. Only people surgically attached to sage's nuts are going to buy this. I miss the sage of Personal Journals & Hope.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2010 4:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.167.143)
Location: prov-0-dense
Comment: its pretty sad reading some of these so called "reviews". the bottom line is that the dude can spit on the mic and put on a good show. his cds and persona may be different but dont scrutinize him for being an original artist and doing so for years. you want to keep poking at him being a vegan or towards the tight jean wearing heads that support his music then thats on you and totally ignorant. while your sitting here leaving mindless comments on the board, this dude is performing at shows and releasing pretty good lp's for the fans that support his music. sure he is incentric but who the f*** is normal anyways. If this dude was any other mc in his place doing this music you probably wouldnt say shit. im also not being bias because im from the same state as him,if you like the music then support it, if not then be out and leave it at that. I dont care if this dude only ate lima beans and wore a yamakah, if his music contains content that others lack then I will peep it. big ups rhode island
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/11/2010 2:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 51.214.210)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: This album is dope. Best blend of rock instrumentals and hiphop vocals I've heard in a long time. These two queers talking about jeans and being fat are the epitome of fuckin losers. I fucking hate leaving reviews, but I hate reading your dumb bullshit more and I have an urge to address it. Nobody gives a fuck if you don't like it. And if you don't like it, try leaving some criticism actually worth reading, like what you don't like about his flow or how you "KNOW" to make his music better. Did you just find out you're adopted or the milk man's your dad? Stop displacing your pathetic feelings onto artists doing their shit. I'm guessing the other loser only likes skinny emcees, you like a well-toned bod with washboard abs don't you? Fagle. You've completely left his music out of your criticism. Just his appearance.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2010 6:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 232.98.194)
Location: seattle, USA
Comment: Thanks to everyone for the insightful reviews. You make UGHH a pointless place to look for input on an album. You'd think people on this site would have brains but instead just start arguments about pointless ish. Congratulations!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2010 3:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 79.207.155)
Location: Old Town, Maine
Comment: I've been listening to Hip hop for a while. I love all the old school stuff ( A Tribe called Quest, KRS One, Wu-Tang, etc. And I think Sage is the bomb. I've seen him live, he ain't no pussy. He knows his shit.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/9/2010 2:06:00 PM; Partial IP: 17.161.111)
Location: the abyss
Comment: Why does Sage Francis hate is fans? I haven't listened to dude for very long, but, what I have heard is tight; at the very least original which is more than I can say about most cats. Also, what do people's jeans have to do with anything? Unless your a homosexual and prefer hip-hop heads to wear other kinds of jeans, why do you care what jeans someone wears? That's so superficial – utterly asinine. Lastly, why do people like slaine? Necro and Bill have nothing to do with Sage, so, I don't understand why Necro and Bill (both legends in their own right), detract from what Sage does.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2010 2:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 71.196.105)
Location: Blank
Comment: JAB, What the fuck you know about "Real Hip Hop", You listen to Sage Francis... Lamest flow i've ever heard. He rivals Holocaust. Dudes a joke. Eatadickup till ya hiccup. PEACE!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/8/2010 4:28:00 AM; Partial IP: 0.32.247.8)
Location: YoTown
Comment: Its pathetic how badly motherfuckers hate, if you don't like it, dont buy it. fuck off and get a life.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2010 8:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 136.41.126)
Location: ESCO, CA
Comment: You guys are all fucking stupid! Real hip-hop isnt fuck this emcee fuck that emcee. Just listen to the music.. If you dont like it, dont fuckin hate! To each their own. MOST OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS ARE TALENTLESS ASSHOLES WHO ARENT DOING ANYTHING FOR THEMSELVES ANYWAY. Im not backin up Sage or anyone for that matter, I just hate reading random bullshit from people who dont even have a track out and if they do its on a scratched CD-R sitting in the I dont listen to pile. FUCK!!!
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/7/2010 7:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 13.225.226)
Location: SEATTLE
Comment: YEA, I AGREE SAGE PUTS OUT TIGHT PANT FAG RAP FOR FANS OF TIGHT PANTS AND MEN ASSHOLES. THE WORST PART IS HE THINKS HE IS TOO CUTE TO FAG OUT WITH ALL THESE BLOGGERS JOCKIN HIS DICK. I GUESS NERDS LIKE SAGE AND CAGE WILL KEEP PUMPIN THIS CRAP AS LONG AS U CLEVER TYPIN SHIT PUSHERS BUY IT.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2010 9:05:00 PM; Partial IP: .9.178.211)
Location: Providence
Comment: Why is everyone comparing Slaine to Sage Francis anyway? Why does one have to be better? This shit is corny, SAGE is doing his thing so is Slaine WHO GIVES A SHIT WHOS HARDER OR WHOS MORE REAL ETC ETC ETC. Both are dope, get over it.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2010 6:20:00 PM; Partial IP: .218.25.73)
Location: rhode island
Comment: he is a fat disrespectful fuck. no respect for people who like him. GO LOOSE SOME WEIGHT FAT FRANCIS
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2010 3:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 133.178.17)
Location: US of A
Comment: Sage kan rip dat mic at times!!!Stop comparing
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 5/6/2010 3:03:00 PM; Partial IP: 195.29.232)
Location: USA
Comment: sage francis is the definition of a hip hop faggot. hip hop buzz kill, hes a fat depressed vegan lame, anti-social virgin nerd boy. how is sage so fucking fat anyway? hes the fattest vegan ive ever seen. he hates his fans. which is understandable, how can you like sage francis? hes a fat, balding, vegan, that thinks hes tough. slaine would body this pussy. id like to see necro and bill dismantle this lard ass just for the hell of it. sage is reading this right now, and hes very upset. hell probably get a snack to temper his rage. drop some LB's for the next PETA shoot sage. sage will probably rhyme about a ceiling fan spinning in a dark room, over terrible production. nerds will cream themselves, and real hip hop heads will continue to ignore him. kill yourself sage.
Name: (Posted: 4/13/2010 1:00:00 PM; Partial IP: .125.176.3)
Location: bmore
Comment: Sage would beat the shit out of slaine fucking cokeheaded ass.. Lets see Sage does his own thing Slaine does the I suck Ill Bills dick thing
Name: (Posted: 4/11/2010 7:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 17.161.111)
Location: nowhere
Comment: HAHAH bean-town, you're impudence is hysterical, yet somewhat depressing that someone could be brazenly stupid. Slaine is wack, has no right rapping along side Bill on LCN
Name: (Posted: 4/9/2010 1:14:00 AM; Partial IP: .216.143.1)
Location: surrey
Comment: cmon now sage is an innovator of music. Slaine is sick but there is no need to be narrow minded. As far as im concerned sage is one of the most original lyrical emcees. Nuff said!
Name: (Posted: 3/28/2010 11:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 0.16.171.7)
Location: rhshr
Comment: Can't wait for this album.
Name: (Posted: 3/28/2010 11:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 6.31.23.68)
Location: 617
Comment: SAGE IS THE FN MAN YOURE TRIPPIN GO PUT ON A BANDANA IN LISTEN 2 DIPSET
Name: (Posted: 3/24/2010 1:34:00 PM; Partial IP: .181.92.82)
Location: Bean-Town
Comment: Fuck Sage Francis By far the worst musician I have have ever heard in my life. Someone should knock this guys lights out. I think my homie SLAINE should go to his next show at the middle east and blast him witha pair of brass knuckles. My only question is... how can anyone listen to this garbage and actually enjoy it??
Name: (Posted: 3/7/2010 5:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 75.222.226)
Location: Sycamore, United States
Comment: Can't wait/
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