Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Steddy P.- Fish Bowl
"I'm old school Missouri like Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer," Steddy P. asserts on "Fish Bowl." Elsewhere on his new release, Steady P. namechecks Michael Eric Dyson and Charles Bukowski. The Columbia-based artist inhabits the rewarding, seldom-traveled terrain between the two provocative intellectuals. It helps that Steady P. and his producers follow George Clinton's vision of creative funk. He also reminds listeners that his backpack contains more than De La Soul and KRS-One CDs- he packs an aluminum baseball bat. Even in a banner year for Show Me State hip hop, Dear Columbia is a standout.
The Pitch mocks an admittedly wacky press release about the restoration of the El Torreon. Wind turbines and other green initiatives are fine; I'd be satisfied with running water at the historic venue.
Kansas City Click: Australian Missy Higgins visits the Record Bar tonight.
(Image by Shannan Marie.)