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Music Rundown Guide for October 4, 2011

Fredric Hall

Jerry Only of the Misfits

The Misfits released their long awaited follow – up, as do DJ Shadow.

October is here.  And you know what that means?  Fake blood.  Skimpy costumes.  Ogling girls wearing said skimpy costumes.  Oh, man, this month is gonna kick so much ass, it’s not even funny.  In the meantime, check out what’s coming out this week.

Misfits – ”Devil’s Rain” [Misfit Records]

After their last album dropped in 1999, Jerry Only and company have cranked out another entry to the Misfits’ over-thirty year legacy.  Though some complain that Only’s voice is…um…not the best when compared with Michele Graves and Glenn Danzig, he’s still trying, and you have to give him credit for doing that.  Anyway, here’s the single “Twilight of the Dead”.

DJ Shadow – ”The Less You Know, The Better” [Verve/Roc-A-Fella]

Though he’s not the first to use samples, DJ Shadow definitely made sampling an artform.  The man who influenced a new generation of beatmakers, including RJD2, has come out with a heterogeneous mixture of sounds.  You heard the term, “everything but the kitchen sink”?  Well, he threw in the sink, the pipes, and a chunk of the wall attached to it.  Hip – hop, drum n’ bass, soul, and rock are forced to co-exist in this one album.  What’s the result?  This:

Bernie Berrell – ”All The Woo In The World” [Get On Down]

For those who don’t know, Bernie Berrell is better known as the keyboardist for Funkmeister himself, George Clinton.  He went on to play keys for the Talking Heads in the ‘80s.  But, before he did that, he released his solo debut in 1978.  With a mix of funky tunes and piano – and – voice driven tracks, Berrell shows off his versatility, paying homage to the funk while making folks see that he’s more than that.  Still, the funky shit is pretty sweet, the first track, “Woo Together”.

Styles P – ”Master of Cermonies” [Entertainment One]

It’s been a while since I put up someone from the mainstream hip – hop front.  As a sort of whetting of appetites for those waiting for the new Lox album to drop, Styles P released his solo album this week.  Listening to this might give you a preview of the upcoming “The L.O.X. Order” they may or may not come out this year, depending on negotiations with Bad Boy Records.  Meanwhile, peep “Ima G”. 

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