Don’t You Forget About Me: 20 Local CDs of 2008

Image of The Rusty Ps courtesy of MySpace

2008 in Milwaukee: looking back, it’s more reflexive to fall back on the memories of Summerfest, the basement shows, the street festivals, the tours, DJs and dance parties. When it comes to local music, there’s one thing often overlooked, and it’s the one thing that often takes the most work — the recorded sound. Maybe it’s based off of the immediacy of seeing a live band across the street or down the block, or maybe because not every band has the time or funds to record, but one thing is certain: it’s a good thing to feed the local music economy. Consider throwing down a bit of time and money on quality sounds with a local stamp. While this short list of twenty definitely doesn’t cover all the Milwaukee releases for 2008, these releases were some of the most talked/written about, and some that will continue to garner appreciation well into 2009. 

(in no particular order)

1. canyonsofstatic: The Disappearance

2. Beach Patrol: Riding Dinosaurs

3. Juniper Tar: To the Trees

4. IfIhadAHifi: Fame by Proxy

5. Pezzettino: Because I Have No Control

6. Lights Out Asia: Eyes Like Brontide

7. Cougar Den: keepondrifter

8. Rusty Ps: The Shape of Things to Come

9. The Celebrated Workingman: Herald the Dickens

10. Year of the Scavenger: self-titled

11. Burbank Cartel: Without Translation

12. John the Savage: Kitchen Voodoo

13. Into Arcadia: Maps for Children EP

14. The Scarring Party: Come Away From the Light 

15. Collections of Colonies of Bees: Birds

16. Somebody Talked: self-titled

17. The Trusty Knife: self-titled

18. The Championship: Midnight Golden

19. Quinn Scharber and the…: Being Nice Won’t Save Milwaukee

20. Elusive Parallelograms: And Everything Changes

Add to the ’08 list by writing your favorites in our comments section…

4 Responses to “Don’t You Forget About Me: 20 Local CDs of 2008”

  1. TJ Says:

    You can't leave out .357 String Band's "Fire & Hail" from back in May. Excellent album, though admittedly, I prefer Ghost Town.

  2. amy Says:

    uh, this was a really, really, really good year for milwaukee music.

  3. Anonymous Says:


  4. Into Arcadia Says:

    Thanks for the mention!

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