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Rundown Guide for August 17, 2011

Fredric Hall

The Cool Kids

Sly Stone makes a comeback and The Cool Kids released their much anticipated new album.

Hello again, people! I’m back to let you guys know what’s out there in the music world this week. I know school is just around the corner and I know you’re not wanting to go back to class, but these selections will help ease your transition. 

The Cool Kids — ”When Fish Ride Bicycles” [Green Label Sound]

After being written off as the one of those “hipster rappers” by so-called old school hip-hoppers, The Cool Kids are at it again. This is – gasp! – ironic, due to Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah dropping some lyrics on the track “Penny Hardaway”. Some tracks that stick out are “Rush Hour Traffic,”  “Bundle Up” and “Roll Call.” The synthesized keyboards and the hard-knocking beats should be enough to satisfy new and old fans alike.

Sly Stone – “I’m Back Family and Friends” [Cleopatra]

I know what you’re thinking and, yes, Sly Stone is still alive. The last time the man put out an album, most of you weren’t even born. Yet, whenever you go to the grocery store, watch TV or listen to the radio, you can still hear cuts like “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People”. ”I’m Back Family and Friends” is more of a remix album, featuring the likes of Bootsy Collins, The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and guitarist Jeff Beck. You can find all the classics here, like the above mentioned along with “Thank You” and “Higher”. Hell, there’s even a Dubstep mix of “Family Affair”. Dubstep! 

Rockabye Baby! — ”Lullaby Renditions of Madonna” [Rockabye Baby]

It’s been a minute since I looked at this.

For those who don’t know, Rockabye Baby is a label that puts out lullaby version of popular artists. So far, they’ve turned Nirvana, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses into soothing renditions that will put your little tykes to sleep. Yeah, babies putting to sleep by Nirvana. That’s a comforting thought. But Madonna is the more cheerful of the Rockabye repertoire. “Lucky Star,” “Like a Prayer,” “Express Yourself” and, of course, “Material Girl” are all here. In fact, you can calm your nerves with “Lucky Star” right now. 

Brass Knuckles Bullies — ”BKB” [Customary Music]

While we’re on the subject of smoothness, here’s the something from hip-hop duo, Brass Knuckles Bullies. The group consists of producer/artist Customary and folk artist Dominique Berho. When these two forces combined, they concocted an album rife with emotion that’s on the level with Atmosphere. Such examples of this are “Sinking Ship” and “The Statement.”  Check this one out if you like your hip-hop with a little soul.

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