Sunday, 27 June 2010

Li(f)e Show

New York city was the last stop of a long North American tour by Sage Francis and his band in support of Sage's 4th studio album Li(f)e. The show was great, (started on time), was as hype and upbeat as if it was the first night of the tour. Fellow label mate, and spoken word artist B. Dolan did the opening act getting the crowd ready for the Rhode Island emcee who "won scribble jam wearing a Metallica t-shirt".

Li(f)e, which means "life is a lie with an "f" in the middle", is a really strong album that touches on many aspects of ... life , as seen by a Sage. The lead single "The best of times", is an epic journey of growth and development, with brutally honest lyrics, like "conveniently religious, on Easter Sunday and on Christmas", " I don't remember too much from my youth, maybe my memory is just repressed, or I spent too much to much time wondering if I'd live to have sex". "Li(f)e" is very much consistent with Sages "Personal Journals" formula, honestly detailing the facets of his life that his fans can relate to, talking openly with wisdom, while managing not to sounding preachy and rapping on top of a high horse. While the lyrical content is similar to his past 3 albums, musically Li(f)e is quite different. The album features more live music and instrumentation, where as "Personal Journals", "A Healthy Distrust", and "Human the Death Dance" feature more sampled produced beats.


After wrapping the show up with "Crack Pipes (which was pretty much a sing along) and "The best of times", Sage immediately jumped off stage and into the crowd, handing out hugs to the girls, and pounds and hand shakes for the fellas, who crowded around to have their picture taken with him or share their own personal journals about his shows, or their connection with his music. There was no hesitation on his behalf to make funny faces in pictures on request, listen to his fans, and take the time to respond to them, then thanking them for coming out to the show.
I have been going to see Sage perform live for ten years, and have enjoyed every single show. The first time I saw him live on tour is going back to November 2001 when he took the stage at the old Knitting Factory in socked feet with a noose, standing on a chair reciting the very powerful "Makeshift Patriot", live for the first time.
There is a reason that I support Sage on tour and BUY his music, its called honesty, something consumers and fans appreciate. Mainstream rappers, and musicians in general can learn a thing or two from this dude.
(Anyone who was at the show and wants a print of one of the pictures below, or want to see more, reach out)



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