All Aboard the Soul Train

Okay, so as New Yorkers, we feel as though we are entitled to certain things. Walking fast. Ignoring crazy people. Jaywalking. Honking. And last but not least, complaining about the subway. For those of our readers not from the Big Apple, allow me to paint a quick picture of the New York City subway in the summertime. Imagine your high school locker room after the National Fitness Test that came around in June. It’s hot, it’s stuffy, it’s stagnant, and let’s face it… it stinks. Okay, now take that locker room and pack it full of not just your gym class, but the ENTIRE SCHOOL. Sounds cozy, huh?

So this morning it was raining here in NY, which adds a whole new layer of annoyance, stench and crowdedness to the subway. I bolt towards the stairs as I hear the conductor announce “Dmmmmtwnnnn tmmmm. Fffmmmmst stuueet nesssst.” (translation: Downtown R train, 49th st next). I try to maneuver down the stairs as quickly as possible, but after nearly getting my eye poked out by the XXXXL golf umbrella the woman in front of me had to keep under her arm (in addition to her newspaper, pocketbook, gym bag and mini dog) I arrive at the train in time to see the doors seal shut in front of me. The next train comes, and this time I make it aboard. 2 stops. I need to go 2 stops. That’s not that bad… until the dude with Bird Flu standing next to me starts sneezing and more or less snoring while he is awake. This entire time, however, I have a massive smile on my face. How is this possible? The Diplomats of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes, that’s how.


WAKE UP SLEEPYHEADS! It’s the new EP from Passion Pit.

Here’s what it is: complex, loud, tight, fun, dreamy, soulful. And what do we call it? “Sleepyhead,” the new single from Cambridge-based poppers Passion Pit, lead by lyricist, beatmaker, and plain-and-simple mastermind Michael Angelakos.

Here’s what it’s not: dull, boring, or anything resembling sleep. In fact, the track, with it’s electro-claps, high pitched vocal loops, and dominant synth melodies will promptly launch your dance-deprived ass out of bed in the morning. I guarantee it – coffee ain’t got nothing on “Sleepyhead.”

“Sleepyhead” is also the bonus track on this five-piece band’s upcoming EP, Chunk of Change. Passion Pit recently signed to Frenchkiss Records (home to Les Savy Fav and The Dodos, among others) and have already made waves by opening for acts like Death Cab For Cutie, Girl Talk, and These New Puritans. And you New Yorkers should pay special attention, because the band has secured a three-date residency at Pianos on the 13th, 20th, and 27th of August. So wake up and mark your calendars!!

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Aesop Rock at McCarren Park

Aesop Rock will be playing a free show at McCarren Park Pool on Sunday, August 17th. Rind frequenters will notice that’s the same day that Sharon Jones plays at Central Park’s SummerStage. We hate when this happens. Oh well, it could be worse – we could be living in Hutchinson, KS.

Aesop Rock’s set is part of the free JellyNYC Pool Parties that occur every Sunday at McCarren Park. The Long Island-born artist is currently touring the U.S all summer, with a notable 3-night-stop at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

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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