The Fakts Speak For Themselves

Fakts One

Long Range / Green Streets / BUY

Out of the vaults comes an almost forgotten record from Boston producer/DJ, Fakts One. Long Range out this week, a dusty but impressive collection of works enlisting the likes of Little Brother, fellow (and former) Perceptionists Mr. Lif and Akrobatik, Army of the Pharoahs, Boot Camp Clik, Planet Asia and Souls of Mischief! And although the music is good, and the words flow, Long Range stands as little more than a legend of the once great artist.

Fakts left the game unexpectedly right before the highly anticipated Perceptionists’ tour was supposed to begin, and never looked back. The only thing left in his honor to this point has been Music For Earthworms, a self-released, often-bootlegged album that goes for hundreds of dollars if you have an original copy. But now, with the emergence of Long Range, his legend lives on for another generation, thanks to Green Streets Records. The release stands alone as a solid, quality “mix tape” representing Fakts’ career as a DJ and producer.

Whether it’s the soul-infused, inspiring rhythmic lyrical flow of “Life Music,” or the tracks like “OK,” that helped lay the groundwork for artists like Jay-Z, Fakts keeps the memorable beats coming with each and every one of the tracks on Long Range. For your classic party-till-you-can’t-party-anymore anthem, check out “The Showstarter,” which does exactly the opposite. And for that west-coast, picture perfect hydraulic bumping song, “Longevity” is a must.

Long Range is a tell-all collection that proves that Fakts One is still a major contributor to the game of hip hop. And if you don’t want to believe it, just check out what Paperthinwalls had to say about “Grown Folks,” another track on the release. Long live the faktual.

MP3: Fakts One – OK

Lacking Your Anchor Is A Mistake

Because you’ve already missed 48 hours (and counting) of possible listening time, run (don’t walk!) to your nearest computer (probably the one you’re at now) and download Lackthereof’s Your Anchor, which came out in stores nationwide on Tuesday.

After whetting your taste buds with the track “Last November,” I’m sure you’re wrought with anticipation for the rest of the album. Your Anchor, favorably reviewed on Pitchfork in tandem with My Haunted, was entirely written and recorded by Menomena’s drummer Danny Seim and features a rockin’ cover of The National’s “Fake Empire”. Lackthereof can’t be written off as just the drummer’s side project, however, considering that Seim’s been writing and recording under the moniker since 1998, before he ever met the guys with whom he’d form Menomena.

Whether purchasing the digital or physical album (in eco-friendly packaging!), you’ll enjoy being drawn into Lackthereof’s musical landscape. It will quench your indie thirst on these hot summer days.

MP3: Lackthereof – Last November

Sharon Jones to Play Central Park SummerStage in August

Great news! The incomparable Sharon Jones will play at Central Park SummerStage this summer. The soul funk diva has been touring all spring and summer throughout the world with her Dap-Kings in support of last year’s much acclaimed, Motown infused 100 Days, 100 Nights. The Soul Sister #1 will be back in her adoptive city of New York for a very special show in the heart of Central Park. And it’s FREE!

Also on the bill will be Menahan Street Band and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens. This electrifying line-up will close out the 2008 SummerStage season with some of their finest soul and funk to date.

Sunday, August 17, 2008
From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Central Park SummerStage

MP3: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights

Dodos Make It Look Like A Piece Of ‘Cake’

The beauty of the secret show is in the intimacy of the crowd. The vibes can be felt all across the room, and the performers and viewers are one. Needless to say, that was exactly the feeling at The Cake Shop last Thursday, where The Dodos truly showed their skills to the comfy group.

“Fools” and “Ashley” were noticeable favorites, whose performances became sing alongs. Lucky for all, their performance of “Fools” has been forever preserved on video, for all to relive the feeling of the night! The shiny red backdrop and christmas lights set everyone’s face in a grin, and the energy pumped the whole time. The percussive, speed-strummed guitar of Meric Long met drummer Logan Kroeber’s click and rumble beats for an unforgettable gig.

The Dodos modestly kept Thursday’s energy going into the weekend, with intense performances at the Siren Music Festival on Saturday (story in pictures via Brooklyn Vegan), and at the Pitchfork Music Festival yesterday! Pictures galore to come… Next up for the guys is a show in Seattle, followed by a stint of overseas business lasting until late September, when they make their triumphant return.

MP3: The Dodos – Fools

MP3: The Dodos – Ashley

‘You Can’t Stop’ Sam Champion

Rolling toward the release of Heavenly Bender (due via North Street Records on September 2nd), blog big guns Sam Champion have plenty to admire. Modestly pleasing the masses with “Be Mine Everyone” was a simple task, given the graceful grunge and pop pleasing melodies of the track. These guys bring raw, do-it-yourself garage rock to a new level, which can be seen especially in the video for “You Can’t Stop.”

Enter the concept of “simple,” where their basic performance clip plays host to a vast array of crazy nonsensical obstructions, including sparklers, silly string, poster tubes, goldfish, and cockroaches! Stereogum got a kick out of it, so why not give it a whirl? What’s more, the fellas recently impressed with shows at Popped in Philly, and at Celebrate Brooklyn with the Cold War Kids. Next up? An August 5th spot on the Rocks Off Boat Cruise with Apollo Sunshine and Drug Rug, aaaaanddd a pending U.S. tour in the fall. Grab some cruise tix before they run out here!

MP3: Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone