Thursday, December 14, 2006

Not the Bridge James Brown Was Looking For

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 2:54 PM

Thanks for the comments to Tuesday's post. I guess we'll declare White Whale eligibly local. I was ready from the get-go to accept them as local, but some people groan when they see a local band that happens also to be on a decent label beat out unsigned locals.

Now: Fresh from Mr. Postman: 9o.9 The Bridge: Live Volume 1

The cover sure is cute. Love me some Mutts.

Anyone listen to the Bridge? I've always thought of this Warrensburg, MO, public radio station (operated out of Central Missouri U.) as a textbook adult album alternative, or "triple A," or "safe as a whole grain waffle," station. By the way, you know how you know if you're an AAA fan? If all your favorite bands are actually individuals.

Of the 16 tracks on Live only six of them are performed by bands, and that includes the bonus track: Coldplay (well, actually, just Chris Martin) covering the Pretenders' Christmas song "2000 Miles," which was not recorded in the KTBG studio. The remaining 15 are by artists you'll probably recognize as having come through town within the past year. And most of their contributions to this comp are as boring and neutered as your typical AAA crap. That's disappointing, because I really like Bruce Cockburn, Hem and Gomez, and occasionally Joseph Arthur. Once you cross that Bridge, I guess, you just stop wanting to bring the soulfire.

Still, the >Gomez track isn't too bad, if you like the band already. It's a bit rough, and in that sense, it's kind of disarming to hear the sugarvoiced Brits not quite nail the harmonies. Moreover, the band's latest, How We Operate, is starting to make appearances on critics' end-of-year lists. So let's sit back, pop a gas station Starbucks canned latte and take in the mellow angst of "Girlshapedlovedrug."

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