List week begins with a list I do every year highlighting my favorite albums released by Cincinnati area musicians this year. (2007, 2006) It was another great year for new music in Cincinnati, with the emergence of brand new artists like Daniel Martin Moore and Alone At 3AM, and bands that we have come to love already like The Seedy Seeds and Peter Adams all releasing excellent albums. Have a look below at my favorite Cincinnati albums of 2008 in no particular order.
Peter Adams – I Woke With Planets In My Face
A brilliant sophomore record from singer/songwriter Peter Adams. Still very young, Adams new album carries the maturity of an artist in mid-career stride, while he only just beginning.
Peter Adams – The Observatory (Live On WOXY.com)
Pomegranates – Everything Is Alive
One of our favorite group of guys also happened to release one of our favorite local albums this year. Everything Is Alive sees the band taking great strides on their debut full length album. The sugary sweet pop from these youngins is a great tonic for the over-garage rocked Cincy music fan.
The Seedy Seeds – Count The Days
While this album did not have the immediate impact on me that their debut did, it stands up well with anything released in Cincinnati this year. Mike and Margaret did an excellent job with Count The Days, and added an amazing idea for a bonus disc, which saw their fellow musicians covering the Seeds’ tunes.
The Seedy Seeds – Drive Me To The Center (Live On WOXY.com)
Alone At 3AM – City Out Of Luck
The more I hear this album, the more I like it. I’ve said in the past that any fan of the alt-country heavyweights from the 90′s will love this album, and it’s true. Pick it up from the good folks at Tiberius Records now!
Daniel Martin Moore – Stray Age
He came out of nowhere for just about everybody, including his label Sup Pop, but Daniel Martin Moore’s debut album may have been the most pleasant surprise out of the area in 2008. His low key and beautiful songs bring to mind a young Chet Baker to me, and the simplicity of the album helps it stand out amongst his peers.
Seabird – Till We See The Shore
Seabird have been on our radar for quite some time, (they made our year end list 2 years ago) but really made a splash here in town this year. The only band signed to a major label that calls Cincinnati home’s debut full length was worth the wait, and the piano led indie pop/rock throughout the record not only caught the Tri-State’s attention but also landed them a couple of spots on network television (Grey’s Anatomy, Pushing Daisies). And it all ended with a victory at the CEA’s for Artist of The Year.
Seabird – Let Me Go On(remix)
The Griefs – Throwing A Tempo Tantrum
Garage rock still dominates many areas of Cincinnati, and we still love it here at ENS as well. The Griefs made one of the more underrated albums in town this year, put out on the Spoonful label, and is a must listen for fans of The Greenhornes, Thee Shams and old school garage like The Customs.
Sorry if I left you out, there were several other albums locally I enjoyed this year, but these were my absolute favorites. Who is on your list?