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Music news, album and concert reviews, artist interviews and more from Newsday's critic Glenn Gamboa.

J. Randy doesn't buy into the future that the music industry is dreaming up.

Actually, the Plainview singer-songwriter-producer, best known for his work with 311, thinks the future may look more like the past. And he's releasing his debut album, "Ghost" (Older), accordingly.

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"I'm more of a DIY rebel," Randy says. "I don't think it really works to get music shoved in your face. I think people react better when you tell your friend about this cool new artist, making fans one by one."

For that reason, "Ghost" is available for download only at Older Records' website and isn't available for streaming. "It's more of a word-of-mouth thing," he says. "This way, we get to keep all the money that comes in. And it's good money."

After all, "Ghost" could easily find its way onto alternative radio given the right support. Randy is already enjoying success as a songwriter with his dance song "Earthquake" gathering steam with the Disco Fries and his song "Born to Raise Hell" being chosen as the comeback single for Crazy Town.

Randy's single "Slow Burn" combines bits of rock, dub and hip-hop that are reminiscent of Gorillaz.

"It's just the way I feel," Randy says about the mix. "I needed everything I did to be real. I'm not a pop star. I'm not 16 years old. . . . With this, I feel like I've finally made something cohesive."

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You can download "Ghost" from olderrecords.com.