Best Northwest Releases of 2005: Top 100 Readers' Poll Winners

You voted, we tabulated. Here’s a print-ready list of the top 100 Pacific Northwest releases of the year for your post-holiday-gift-certificate shopping pleasure…

{50-41} * {40-31} * {30-21} * {20-11} * {10-1}
{top 100} * {imaginary picks}

  1. Death Cab for Cutie — Plans {review}
  2. Tullycraft — Disenchanted Hearts Unite {review}
  3. The Decemberists — Picaresque {review}
  4. Slender Means — Neon & Ruin {review}
  5. Stars Of Track & Field — You Came Here For Sunset Last Year {review}
  6. Blue Scholars — The Long March {review}
  7. Buttersprites — Buttersprites {review}
  8. Sleater Kinney — The Woods {review}
  9. Mon Frere — Real Vampires {review}
  10. Harvey Danger — Little By Little {review}
  11. The Hot Rollers — Got Your Number {review}
  12. The Long Winters — Ultimatum {review}
  13. Daylight Basement — Any Kind of Pretty {review}
  14. Tea For Julie — Division {review}
  15. The Divorce — The Gifted Program {review}
  16. The Purrs — The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of {review}
  17. New Pornographers — Twin Cinema {review}
  18. Schoolyard Heroes — Fantastic Wounds {review}
  19. The Pale Pacific — Urgency {review}
  20. Math and Physics Club — Weekends Away {review}
  21. In Praise of Folly — Means/Ends {review}
  22. Luke Temple — Hold a Match for a Gasoline World {review}
  23. Some By Sea — The Saddest Christmas {review}
  24. Speaker Speaker — Again & Again & Again {review}
  25. Mono in VCF — The Voltage Control EP {review}
  26. The Withholders — Stay in My Corner {review}
  27. The Pharmacy — B.F.F. {review}
  28. The Elephants — The Elephants {review}
  29. Minus the Bear — Menos El Oso {review}
  30. M. Ward — Transistor Radio
  31. Crystal Skulls — Blocked Numbers {review}
  32. Crown Aruba — alotisalot {review}
  33. Kelli Hanson — Lullaby for an Astronaut {review}
  34. Tim Seely — Tim Seely’s Funeral Music {review}
  35. The Emergency — Far Out
  36. Laura Veirs — Year of Meteors
  37. Aqueduct — I Sold Gold {review}
  38. Fruit Bats — Spelled in Bones {review}
  39. Matthew Shaw — Convenience
  40. Vendetta Red — Sisters of the Red Death
  41. Kinski — Alpine Static {review}
  42. The Valley — The Valley {review}
  43. Paris Spleen — The Gentleman’s Club EP {review}
  44. The Cloves — Waiting for the World To Be
  45. Key Note Speaker — Fiction
  46. Tennis Pro — Cassie’s Junior Varsity Make-Out Squad {review}
  47. Boat — Life is a Shipwreck, We Must Remember to Sing in the Lifeboats {review}
  48. Degenerate Art Ensemble — The Bastress {interview}
  49. The Catch — Get Cool {review}
  50. Common Market — Common Market
  51. Pistol for a Paycheck — Cult Culture
  52. The Village Green — The Village Green {review}
  53. The Cops — Get Good Or Stay Bad {review}
  54. Elite Stranger — Something To Fall Back On
  55. Gary Reynolds & the Brides of Obscurity — Instant Happiness {review}
  56. The Nevvers — Influencing Friends and Making People
  57. Damien Jurado — On My Way To Absence {review}
  58. The Hope — In the Deep {review}
  59. Space Cretins — Rocket Role
  60. Jimmy Flame & the SexXy Boys — It’s After Sick
  61. Crooked Fingers — Dignity & Shame
  62. Infomatik — Technologies
  63. A Frames — Black Forest
  64. Voyager One — Dissolver
  65. ManPlus — You Smell Pretty When You Stop Yelling
  66. Romance — When Things Are Better {review}
  67. Dear Darling — Songs of Friends and Family
  68. Sameer Shukla — There’s Only One Side Tonight {review}
  69. Headphones — Headphones
  70. Half Acre Day — Half Acre Day
  71. The Melody Unit — Songs for the New American Century
  72. Dolour — A Matter of Time
  73. The Ruby Doe — Always With Wings {review}
  74. The Briefs — Steal Yer Heart
  75. Velella Velella — The Bay of Biscay {interview}
  76. Black Mountain — Black Mountain
  77. Daphne Loves Derby — On the Strength of All Convinced
  78. Umber Sleeping — Psychedelic Sci-Fi New Wave Fusion Band Volume 1
  79. Fall of Troy — Doppelganger
  80. The Western States — Trouble in the Union
  81. Boyd Reno Is John Center — Soul Explosions
  82. Kate Tucker — Eros Turannos
  83. Kuma — Fast Colliding
  84. Holy Ghost Revival — Bleeding Light
  85. Kane Hodder — The Pleasure To Remain So Heartless
  86. Rosie Thomas — If Songs Could Be Held {review}
  87. Charming Snakes — Ammunition
  88. Derby — This Is The New You {review}
  89. The Joggers — With a Cape and a Cane
  90. Menomena — Under An Hour-Songs For Modern Dance
  91. Brandi Carlile — Brandi Carlile
  92. The Posies — Every Kind of Light
  93. The Beautiful Mothers — Half American Serviceman
  94. The Saturday Knights — The Saturday Knights
  95. The Small Change — The Small Change {review}
  96. 31 Knots — Talk Like Blood {review}
  97. Explone — Crooks
  98. The Blow — Poor Aim: Love Songs
  99. The Stares — Spine to Sea {review}
  100. Awesome — Delaware {review}

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