20 BLUE ROSES - Blue Roses
"I Am Leaving"
19 THE WHIP - Wye Oak
"Mary Is Mary" (Live)
None of the videos for Wye Oak are very good, apparently no singles have been "lifted" from this album. But in a year of over-rated, undercooked indie follow-ups (I was underwhelmed by Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors' 2009 efforts), I played this one over and over again.
18 - EM ARE I - Jeffrey Lewis And The Junkyard
"To Be Objectified"
17 LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD WITH MUSIC - Prefab Sprout
"Earth: The Story So Far"
"Let There Be Music"
This is a beautiful record and to say that these are demos made on a computer from 1987, I think there is something movingly brittle about them.