Flashback: Nippertown’s Top 10 Albums of 2007

Before we announce our selections of the Top 10 locally produced albums of 2009 on Thursday, we’ll be taking a glance back at a few earlier years of the decade each day this week.

Sarah Pedinotti Band: City Bird
Sarah Pedinotti Band: City Bird
The Best Capital Region Albums of 2007

Sarah Pedinotti’s “City Bird” (Sarahpedinotti.com): Rooted in jazz but stretching out into the pop singer-songwriter genre, this young but utterly commanding Saratoga Springs artist has the right stuff to put the Capital Region on the major-label map. Great songs, fabulous band, dynamic performer – Pedinotti has got the whole package. And this limited edition album wasn’t even the finished mix! Look for re-mixed and mastered re-release of the album soon.

Super 400’s “3 and the Beast” (Electric Mombie Music): An album of classic power-trio rock full of hooks, great singing and, yeah, plenty of power from three Cap Region vets who still play with youthful passion.

Jim Gaudet: Recalling It Quits
Jim Gaudet: Recalling It Quits
Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned’s “The Thing About Time” (B3nson): Philosophically minded songs as conjured up by the Salvation Army band on acid. The Hobo Banned shines brightest in its live shows, but this disc more than holds its own. And so does “While Waiting for the Space Age,” another delightfully unclassifiable album released by the Banned earlier this year.

Jim Gaudet’s “ReCalling It Quits” (Mandala Hand): Stretching out beyond typical singer-songwriter fare, Gaudet returns after a long hiatus with a disc that embraces blues, country and bluegrass as well. He may be the Capital Region’s answer to Lyle Lovett.

Alta Mira’s “The Fables and Fabrications EP” (Indian Ledge): This Clifton Park quartet serves up progressive rock for the 21st century and great singing, too – a most unusual combination for a most unusual combo. More songs next time, please?

Alan Weeks & Mike Romeling’s “Your Own Heart” (Delirious Penguin): An acoustic blues album as loose as an old cabin door swinging on rusty hinges. Unhinged? Maybe, but a completely endearing album.

Last Conspirators: War Party
Last Conspirators: War Party
The Last Conspirators’ “War Party” (Driving Rain): The most potent politically charged disc of the year, walking the tightrope between punk passion and polished professionalism.

Ashley Pond’s “Dala” (The Rev): Brimming over with moody mystery, singer-songwriter Pond’s glistening debut mixes folk, blues and rock. Captivating stuff.

The Brian Patneaude Quartet’s “As We Know It” (WEPA) and the Lee Shaw Trio’s “Originals” (Islandview): The Capital Region jazz scene continues to thrive, as proven by these sparkling discs from saxman Patneaude and pianist Shaw.

Rocky Velvet’s “It Came From Cropseyville!” (RVM) and Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings’ “Way Out There” (Wild Boar): Yes, I know I’m hedging my bets, but these are both super-solid rockabilly efforts worth adding to your collection, and guitar twangmaster Graham Tichy plays on ’em both. In fact, I’m going over the top to make it a three-way tie by tossing in the fine, fuzzed-out, garage-rockin’ vinyl single “Don’t Ha-Ha” (Spinout) from Ian & the Aztecs (featuring Rocky Velvet vocalist Ian Carlton and Tichy, too, along with half of Nashville’s Los Straitjackets).

Listen to Greg Haymes hosting the Nippertown 2009 Local 518 Top 10 Countdown and playing selections from the Top 10 albums on WEXT (Exit 97.7 FM) at 6pm Friday, New Year’s Day.

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