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SPEECH DEVELOPMENT TOUR

Its with great pleasure I can finally announce the first ever Speech Development Tour!

Headlined by the UK & Ireland return of B Dolan (with live band for the first time this side of the world), bolstered by warrenpeace taking the open road for the first time and topped with me (Scroobius Pip) hosting, talking, guesting, DJing, introducing and lord knows what else!

Here are the full dates:

Nov 3rd - Bristol - Thekla - tickets

Nov 4th - Birmingham - Hare & Hounds - tickets

Nov 6th - Reading - The Bowery - tickets

Nov 9th - Brighton - The Haunt - tickets

Nov 10th - London - The Nest - tickets

Nov 12th - Liverpool - Kazimier - tickets

Nov 13th - Leeds - Wardrobe - tickets

Nov 14th - Glasgow - Nice n Sleazy - tickets

Nov 15th - Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete's - tickets

Nov 19th - Cork - Cyprus Avenue - tickets

Nov 20th – Dublin – Workman’s Club - tickets

Nov 21st - Sligo - Fifth on Teeling - tickets

Nov 22nd – Galway – Roisin Dubh - tickets

Grab your tickets ASAP and we will see you on the road!

This is the first EVER Speech Development Tour so its not one to be missed...

 

Pip

Words: Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Daaaaaaaamn I'm excited writing this...

So, as some of you will know, every year I release something on my birthday (August 3rd).

Well this year its a pretty exciting one!

I am very pleased to let you know that this year I will be releasing my Edinburgh Fringe show from last year!

I should give a little history...

Last year I was asked to come and do 19 shows at Edinburgh Fringe festival. It being primarily a comedy festival and me being a massive comedy nerd, I was pretty nervous. All the same, I put together my show and headed up there. Much to my surprise it went really really well. All 19 shows sold out and the reviews were insane!

On around the 15th show I realised that a) a lot of people who wanted to see the show, weren't going to get to and b) after 15 shows in a row...this was as tight as it was ever going to be, performance wise. So I hit up Thomas Coles (who I did every video from Introdiction onwards with) and asked him to come up and film it. We got Theo Davies who was filming at the festival to be another cameraman and... ah this is starting to get boring already isn't it?

Well, long story short... on August 3rd you will be able to see the show!

But not only that...

Basically, I LOVE DVDs. I love physical stuff (that sounds sexier than I intended). So I wanted to see if I could put together a release that could tempt people back to buying DVDs. So I went through everything I had, and I filmed a few extra things... and there will now be a 2 DVD special edition PACKED with extras!

What kind of extras you say?

How about the Legend that is Tim Key interviewing me about my first time Fringe experience?

Or maybe spoken word titans Musa Okwonga, Kate Tempest & polarbear all joining me for a pint and just chatting about whatever comes to mind for 70 minutes?

And, while we are here... how about the music videos for Introdiction, Let em Come, The Struggle and Soldier Boy?

And maybe a few spoken word videos? Sure!

Lets go all out and make this a Speech Development family affair and put every video by Jackamo Brown and warrenpeace on there too!

But here is the part I'm REALLY excited about.

I'm bringing it all STRAIGHT to you, the audience.

A few years back Louis CK decided to see if comedy could be taken back from the huge production companies who decide what will be the big stand up DVD that year and instead sell straight to their audience.

No iTunes.

No Amazon.

No Bandcamp.

No one, other than the audience and yourself.

It worked amazingly and totally revolutionized stand up. People like Aziz Ansari and Joe Rogan showed that it wasn't a one off fluke. It worked. (incidentally, i would highly recommend buying shows from all three of the comedians listed here... they're amazing).

Without percentages going here there and everywhere, the price could be driven down and down so that I can now proudly sell this show on download for just £5 and sell the 2 DVD special edition WITH a download for just £10

Which is fucking INSANE to me.

Knowing how much websites and dealerships charge its insane to realise I can actually make around the same amount...but have you guys pay WAAAAAAAY less.

Now, there IS a problem with this method. There's a whole lot of trust involved. Companies like Amazon and iTunes and the like have loads of ways of encoding and protecting the stuff they sell to make it harder to steal. You can't do that when selling directly to your audience.

So what I will ask here is simply:

If you want this, buy it from me instead of torrenting it.

And if you buy it from me... don't upload it to a torrent site.

It's that simple.

I understand why people torrent sometimes. I get it. But, when I speak to those people they tend to excuse it in their heads because they are saying "FUCK YOU" to iTunes, or to Amazon, or to "the man". Well, in this case, if you do choose to torrent it. You're saying "FUCK YOU" to every individual that worked on putting this together and trying to make it as affordable as possible!

So, yeah.

Maybe you're that guy.

But I reckon a whole lot of y'all aren't.

And I'm willing to roll the dice on that.

So if you wish to pre-order the DVD you can do so here for just £10:

DVD pre-order - click here

And, on August 3rd, if you wish to download you can do so here for just £5 (so its not REALLY a pre-order but...):

DVD Download pre-order - click here

Oh but in the wise words of Sticky Fingaz...

"B-B-B-BUT WAIT IT GETS WORSE!"

To celebrate this launch I am teaming up with my favourite cinema ever, The Prince Charles Cinema to do a special screening, Q&A and signing!

So on Monday August 4th (the day AFTER my birthday) I will be introducing a screening of this here show on the big screen.

That will be followed by a Q&A with myself and Thomas Coles (who, as I mentioned earlier, has worked with me on every solo, le sac vs pip, Jackamo Brown and warrenpeace video from Introdiction onwards).

We will delight in answering all your questions about and will of course stick around to sign copies of the DVD (I will try and have some with me to sell but your orders SHOULD arrive Monday morning) after the screening.

If you fancy that then you can pre-order your tickets here:

To get your cinema tickets - click here
 

Thats about everything I think!

If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on twitter/instagram (@scroobiuspipyo) or at facebook.com/scroobiuspip.

Can't wait for you all to see this.

Pip

Sage Francis - Copper Gone

It is with great excitement that I can now officially announce that the new Sage Francis album “Copper Gone” will be coming out on my label, Speech Development, in the UK.

I’ve spent a week deliberating over how to announce this. I put my label manager hat on and thought about putting together a playlist of Sage’s back catalogue to go with the announcement to remind those that know and initiate those that don’t.

I thought about doing some kind of deal in my webstore. Half price everything when brought with the pre-order.

But then I decided to take off my label manager hat, and just be a fan again.

You see…I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if I hadn’t borrowed my brothers copies of those first few Sage albums and mixtapes, so when Sage sent through the finished record I was insanely excited.

When I finished I thought one thing:

“I can’t wait for Alan to hear this”

Let me explain…

When I was first getting into Personal Journals and the mixtapes around it my friend Alan and I would listen to them on repeat while at work putting records on shelves.

We listened to every word, every breath, every pause.

As Sage released more albums, whilst I loved the developments, the movements from the poetic to the hard rap, from the internal to the external…somewhere down the line Alan stopped feeling it.

He still loved Personal Journals and those early Sick of tapes but he kind of left it there. Now, things like that are often as much down to personal life or taste changes as anything else. Or sometimes you fall so in love with one collection of songs that anything different from them just won’t do.

I get that. I’ve had it happen to me as a fan and I’m damn sure I’ve had it happen with my own fans.

So when I finished my first listen to “Copper Gone” that buzz was immense. This feels like the follow up to Personal Journals that couldn’t have been written without years of living under the belt. It was a strange listen in many ways. At this stage, I consider Sage a good friend and, as becomes apparent pretty quickly, he has clearly had to go through some shit to get to this point. This record is possibly his most personal to date and its far from all roses. So, as a friend, I felt a certain sadness. But as a fan? Well…shit…some of the best art is born of adversity. And I’m fucking grateful for this record. I think I levelled it out by deciding I was glad Sage had got through these tough times and made something beautiful from them.

Since he sent it over, I’ve listened to Copper Gone around 15 times.

I still can’t wait for Alan to hear it.

And I cant wait for all of you to hear it too…

June 2nd 2014

Pre-order now on CD or gatefold double GOLD VINYL at scroobiuspip.co.uk/store

Strange Famous ≠ Speech Development

And we just getting started…

 

warrenpeace - SDR007

On Friday I told warrenpeace that their record was so varied it was going to be hard to describe so I asked them to do a 6 minute live version of the whole album and record it on a phone.
They did.
And its amazing.
http://youtu.be/UYhapJsobNA
I'm hugely proud to be releasing their debut album on Speech Development Records on June 2nd.
You can preorder it now at http://scroobiuspip.co.uk/store
I ramble on a load more about it in the youtube description but for now I will just let the video speak for itself.
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