2009 Countdown: Best Local Band

Kicking of our 2009 Fall Membership Drive, we started the listener-powered countdown of the best music of all time, and this past weekend we knocked out the Best Local Bands as chosen by you! On Saturday, we played what you voted for as the best bands to come out of the the upper West Coast, from Portland to Vancouver, in the history of the universe. The results are a testament to how amazing the Northwest has been in doling out great music for decades.

Rank Band
75 Pure Joy
74 Minus 5
73 Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands
72 Karp
71 Smoosh
70 Makers
69 Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
68 Hazel
67 Gerald Collier
66 Bikini Kill
65 Juno
64 Flop
63 Hot Hot Heat
62 Heart
61 Minus the Bear
60 Throw Me the Statue
59 Voyager One
58 The Blakes
57 Tad
56 The Melvins
55 The Gossip
54 Blitzen Trapper
53 Moondoggies
52 Gas Huffer
51 Green River
50 Shawn Smith
49 Pretty Girls Make Graves
48 Tullycraft
47 Supersuckers
46 Common Market
45 7 Year Bitch
44 Love Battery
43 The Wailers
42 Brad
41 Visqueen
40 Pedro the Lion
39 Sky Cries Mary
38 Harvey Danger
37 Murder City Devils
36 Seaweed
35 Alice in Chains
34 Postal Service
33 Sir Mix A Lot
32 Fastbacks
31 Mark Lanegan
30 Maldives
29 764-Hero
28 The Cave Singers
27 The Thermals
26 Blue Scholars
25 Helio Sequence
24 Posies
23 Screaming Trees
22 The Shins
21 Young Fresh Fellows
20 Dandy Warhols
19 Mother Love Bone
18 Beat Happening
17 Band of Horses
16 The Gits
15 The Long Winters
14 Sleater Kinney
13 Elliott Smith
12 Built To Spill
11 Sunny Day Real Estate
10 Jimi Hendrix
9 The Sonics
8 Decemberists
7 Soundgarden
6 Mudhoney
5 Death Cab for Cutie
4 Pearl Jam
3 Fleet Foxes
2 Modest Mouse
1 Nirvana

Fleetfoxes – Mykonos (MP3)

Modest Mouse – Interstate 8 (MP3)

Nirvana – Scoff (MP3)

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  1. aj
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m a fan of the long winters but ranking them in the top 20 ahead of Motherlovebone and the shins? Really?

  2. Eugenia
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Blitzen Trapper should have been higher. Their “Furr” album and live performances alike are amazing.

  3. Posted October 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    The Shins? – Those boys were local to Albuquerque back in the day (as Flake they did shows with several of my old bands)…what’s it take to count as local? Of course, I think the Albuquerque connection has been severed recently, so maybe it makes sense.

  4. Josh
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    the MAKERS?


    i remember the ENTIRE crowd at Neumos pretty much BOOING these guys off the stage when they opened for the Melvins and Jello Biafra a few years back. they REALLY stunk up the place.

  5. Posted October 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    This is all voted on by your fellow listeners!

  6. For shame!
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    The Decemberists in the top ten? *shudders*

  7. John
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Wow, how can the Presidents of the United States of America not be on the list?

  8. James Bergman
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    I do not see Queensryche here. They are certainly deserving on a spot on this list.

  9. matt
    Posted October 24, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    in what way is jimi hendrix from seattle? get your heads out of your asses

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