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The Decemberists

Best of 2003: Your #1 Album Picks of the Year

Although some folks couldn't rank their lists {igChar}... which is fine... you know... if you just can't bear to proclaim to the world, "THIS WAS THE BEST FUCKING ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!" but some of us could. And albums that have such an exclamation bestowed on them deserve a special note. So here they are... the albums that our voters deemed "THE BEST FUCKING ALBUM OF THE YEAR!"

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The Decemberists, with Earlimart

Earlimart {image from myspace}

at The Crocodile

Upon first seeing and hearing California's Earlimart, I was immediately reminded of a Carissa's Wierd that has sought help, taken meds, and gone on to lead a normal, healthy life.

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Cupid Rhymes with Stupid

Photos: Ryan Schierling

at The Crocodile

A Very Crocodile V-Day synopsis: four bands, two imaginary girls, 148 photographs, three drinks, five cigarettes, and one torn-in-half heart on the mend.

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The Decemberists

Photo: Ryan Schierling

at The Crocodile

The first time we saw the Decemberists play, they opened for Carissa's Wierd at the Crocodile on Valentine's Day, with The Prom and In Praise of Folly also on the bill. So romantic!

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Best of 2003: Top 10 Local/Northwest Imaginary Albums of the Year

Since the top five on this list all also appear on our Top 10 overall imaginary albums of the year list, we've added some Honorable Mention local bands!

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