By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jan 01, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Happy New Year from your friends at the / WMSE Local Music Podcast.

It's been a great year in local music for the city of Milwaukee, and this special New Year's edition of the podcast takes a look back some of the area's bands that released new records in 2007. Brent and I play a track off each of the following records:

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”