Following are a list of the records, songs, bands and artists that our readers and music writers felt warranted recognition as the best of the year. Now it's your turn. We hope you'll take a minute to fill out a ballot or vote online and cast your ballots.
More importantly, though, we hope you'll pay a visit to the bands' Web sites and check 'em out next time they're playing.
Best Rock Record
Birds Make Good Neighbors
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Brian Paulson's studio. Produced by Brian Paulson.
The Fast Rise & Fall of the South
Released: Sept. 20, 2005. Recorded at Key Club Recording. Produced by Kingsbury Manx & Mike Jorgensen.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
Released: March 8, 2005. Recorded at Mango's Place & Quiet Places. Produced by J. Mascis & Zeno Gill.
Sex Without Love
Nathan Asher & The Infantry
Released: Sept. 2005. Recorded live at Martin Street Music Hall. Produced by Nathan Asher & Rob Farris.
Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass Kickin' Team
Released: Sept. 17, 2005. Recorded at Jack Cornell's house & at Vista Point. Produced by Jack Cornell.
Best Rock Song
The Rosebuds, from Birds Make Good Neighbors. Written by Kelly Crisp & Ivan Howard.
"Ghosts of Germany"
STRANGE, from Things in Night. Written by David Mueller.
"Some are Love"
Des Ark, from Loose Lips Sink Ships. Written by Des Ark.
"Sunglasses and Headlights"
The Cherry Valence, from TCV3. Written by The Cherry Valence.
"You Cannot Quit Smoking"
Nathan Asher & The Infantry, from Sex Without Love. Written by Nathan Asher.
Best New Rock Band
Birds of Avalon
The Physics of Meaning
A Rooster for the Masses
Best Hip Hop Group/Artist
Best Hip Hop Record
Released: Nov. 25, 2005. Produced by Zano, Deez & Sleepy D. (www.endlessmic.com)
Louder than Words
Released: Aug. 16, 2005. Produced by Megahertz, Chris Styles & Midi Mafia.
The Minstrel Show
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Chop Shop Studios. Produced by 9th Wonder & Khrysis.
The Perfection Xperiment 2
Released: June 25, 2005. Produced by Khrysis, 9th Wonder, K. Slack & Nicolay.
(thethyrday.com) Project Mayhem L.E.G.A.C.Y. (6 Hole Records) Released: May 17, 2005. Recorded at Chop Shop Studios & Missie Ann Studios. Produced by 9th Wonder & Khrysis.
Best Hip Hop Song
Median (with Spectac & L.E.G.A.C.Y.), from The Path to Relief EP.
Written by Median.
Shelly B, from No Co-Signs. Written by Shelly B.
Twip, from Louder than Words. Written by Twip.
"Likka Hi (Last Call)"
The Away Team, from National Anthem. Written by Sean Boog & Khrysis.
Little Brother (with Joe Scudda), from The Minstel Show. Written by Little Brother.
Best Country Record
Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary
Released: June 14, 2005. Recorded at Alex the Great Recording. Produced by Brad Jones, Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary.
Bury Me in the Swamp
Released: March 2005. Produced by Brothers Grim.
Home is Loud
Released: Nov. 1, 2005. Recorded live at the N.C. Museum of Art in June 2005. Produced by Zeke Hutchins.
Chatham County Line
Released: Feb. 22, 2005. Recorded at Modern Recording. Produced by Chris Stamey & Chatham County Line.
Through the Winter
Released: Oct. 2005. Recorded at Bill Denny's in Rougemont. Produced by Ryan Pickett.
Best Country Song
"Louisiana Freight Train"
Chatham County Line, from Chatham County Line.
"Please Break My Heart"
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, from Begonias.
"You're Killing Me"
Brothers Grim, from Bury Me in the Swamp.
Best Folk Group/Artist
Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm
Best Folk Record
Released: May 2005. Recorded at Overdub Lane. Produced by Thom Canova & Chris Titchner.
Promise of Light Jamie Anderson
Released: April 2005. Recorded at Outlaw Hill Studios. Produced by Kiya Heartwood.
Tomorrow's American Treasures
Released: Oct. 18, 2005. Produced by Michael Holland.
Twice in a Blue Moon
World Without End
Released: Oct. 18, 2005. Recorded at Second Story. Produced by Wade Baynham & Mark Williams.
Best Bluegrass Band
Big Fat Gap
Chatham County Line
The Grass Cats
Best Solo Record
David Karsten Daniels
(Bu Hanan Records)
Released: July 19, 2005. Recorded at home. Produced by David Karsten Daniels.
Low in Paradise
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Overdub Lane. Produced by Michael Binikos.
Scarves & Knives
Released: Sept. 20, 2005. Produced by Michael Binikos.
Skeletons for Tea
(Eskimo Kiss Records)
Released: July 26, 2005. Recorded at home. Produced by Jane Francis.
Released: April 2005. Recorded at Overdub Lane. Produced by Wes Lachot.
Best Jazz Group/Artist
Chris Boerner Quartet
"Crowmeat" Bob Pence
John Brown Quintet
Best Blues Artist
Cool John Ferguson
John Dee Holeman & Billy Stevens
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
The Mighty Lester Band