Welcome to the 2005 Indy Music Awards and congratulations to our nominees. Thanks to our readers for offering their ideas on musical accomplishments in the past year. As we noted in our year in review, close to 400 CDs, singles and LPs came out of the Triangle and joining environs–a pretty amazing output.

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 Band
Des Ark
Eyes to Space
The Moaners
Nathan Asher & The Infantry
Valient Thorr

Best Rock Record
Birds Make Good Neighbors
The Rosebuds
(Merge Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Brian Paulson’s studio. Produced by Brian Paulson.

The Fast Rise & Fall of the South
Kingsbury Manx
(Yep Roc)
Released: Sept. 20, 2005. Recorded at Key Club Recording. Produced by Kingsbury Manx & Mike Jorgensen.

Loose Lips Sink Ships
Des Ark
(Bifocal Media)
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
DeYarmond Edison
(www.dyemusic.com) Dirty
Little Heaters
The Physics of Meaning
A Rooster for the Masses

Best Hip Hop Group/Artist
Cesar Comanche
Little Brother

Best Hip Hop Record
Cave Livin’
Endless Mic
(Trekky Records)
Released: Nov. 25, 2005. Produced by Zano, Deez & Sleepy D. (www.endlessmic.com)

Louder than Words
(Iced Records)
Released: Aug. 16, 2005. Produced by Megahertz, Chris Styles & Midi Mafia.

The Minstrel Show
Little Brother
(Atlantic Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Chop Shop Studios. Produced by 9th Wonder & Khrysis.

The Perfection Xperiment 2
The Thyrday
(Street Flava)
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.

“Grown Folks”
Shelly B, from No Co-Signs. Written by Shelly B.

“Let’s Go”
Twip, from Louder than Words. Written by Twip.

“Likka Hi (Last Call)”
The Away Team, from National Anthem. Written by Sean Boog & Khrysis.

“Lovin’ It”
Little Brother (with Joe Scudda), from The Minstel Show. Written by Little Brother.

Best Country Group
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell
Tres Chicas

Best Country Record
Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary
(Yep Roc)
Released: June 14, 2005. Recorded at Alex the Great Recording. Produced by Brad Jones, Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary.

Bury Me in the Swamp
Brothers Grim
Released: March 2005. Produced by Brothers Grim.

Home is Loud
Tift Merritt
Released: Nov. 1, 2005. Recorded live at the N.C. Museum of Art in June 2005. Produced by Zeke Hutchins.

Route 23
Chatham County Line
(Yep Roc)
Released: Feb. 22, 2005. Recorded at Modern Recording. Produced by Chris Stamey & Chatham County Line.

Through the Winter
(Vella Records)
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
Chris Titchner
Joe Newberry
Jon Shain
Tad Dreis

Best Folk Record
Moving Day
Chris Titchner
(Bridgefolk Records)
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
Michael Holland
Released: Oct. 18, 2005. Produced by Michael Holland.

Twice in a Blue Moon
Brian Hershberger

World Without End
Karl Ruch
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
Kickin’ Grass
Old Habits

Best Solo Artist
Cole Guerra
Kenny Roby
Shannon O’Connor
Yasmine White

Best Solo Record
David Karsten Daniels
(Bu Hanan Records)
Released: July 19, 2005. Recorded at home. Produced by David Karsten Daniels.

Low in Paradise
Shannon O’Connor
(Varrga Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005. Recorded at Overdub Lane. Produced by Michael Binikos.

Scarves & Knives
Cole Guerra
(Cleave Recordings)
Released: Sept. 20, 2005. Produced by Michael Binikos.

Skeletons for Tea
Jane Francis
(Eskimo Kiss Records)
Released: July 26, 2005. Recorded at home. Produced by Jane Francis.

Yasmine White
Yasmine White
Released: April 2005. Recorded at Overdub Lane. Produced by Wes Lachot.

Best R&B/Soul Group
Corey Parker Band
Mosadi Music
The Remix Project
Who’s Bad?

Best Jazz Group/Artist
Chris Boerner Quartet
“Crowmeat” Bob Pence
John Brown Quintet
Nnenna Freelon
Tyson Rogers

Best Salsa/Reggae/International Group
Saludos Compay

Best Blues Artist
Captain Luke
Cool John Ferguson
John Dee Holeman & Billy Stevens
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
The Mighty Lester Band

Best DJ
DJ Chela
DJ 40 Oz.
DJ Ill Digitz
DJ Marco
DJ Rozeman