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Top 80 North Carolina Releases of 2009

Methodology is pretty simple: I count the number of plays each release receives (by all XDU DJs) during an 8-week period after its release. In the handful of cases where a release is close enough to a year boundary that it receives less than 8 weeks, I did a tiny bit of weighting, but in those cases the shift up/down was only 1 or 2 spots on the list. (by the same token, a handful of these were released in December 2008 but received the bulk of their play in 2009, so they're counted here.)

Here, then, are the top 80 NC releases of 2009 as determined by WXDU's DJs:

1 - dex romweber duo - ruins of berlin
2 - various - compulation vol 3
3 - violet vector & the lovely lovelies - ep 2
4 - various - tobacco a-go-go volume three - 60s music in north carolina compilation
5 - wembley - keywords for robots
6 - bowerbirds - upper air
7 - megafaun - gather, form & fly
8 - western civ - shower the people you love with gold
9 - mountain goats - the life of the world to come
10 - love language - the love language
11 - soft company - ep
12 - polvo - in prism
13 - dexter romweber & the new romans - night tide
14 - reigning sound - love & curses
15 - billy sugarfix - summer tempests
16 - spider bags - goodbye cruel world, hello crueler world
17 - avett brothers - i & love & you
18 - north elementary - not for everyone just for you
19 - kingsbury manx - ascenseur ouvert!
20 - roman candle - oh tall tree in the ear
21 - birds of avalon - uncanny valley
22 - various - hear here: the triangle
23 - various - bain music project
24 - midtown dickens - lanterns
25 - des ark - live on wxdu, vol 2
26 - birds & arrows - starmaker
27 - superchunk - leaves in the gutter
28 - dynamite brothers - again
29 - greg humphreys - trunk songs
30 - the old ceremony - walk on thin air
31 - nathan oliver - cloud animals
32 - shipwrecker - shipwrecker ii
33 - hammer no more the fingers - looking for bruce
34 - calico haunts - after all
35 - tin star - bettie lane
36 - whatever brains - mount whatever 7"
37 - tooth/the claw - tooth/the claw split CD
38 - red collar - pilgrim
39 - lemming malloy - the return of the norfolk regiment
40 - polynya - crop rotation
41 - inspector 22 - hey man, i understand
42 - veelee - three sides
43 - felix obelix - s/t (ep)
44 - the loners - revolution!
45 - embarrassing fruits - community/exploitation
46 - all your science - volume 2
47 - reigning sound - live at goner 6-25-05
48 - resist not - just walking away
49 - citified - absence
50 - whole world laughing - 8 songs for cy
51 - my dad is dead - a new clear route
52 - floating action - floating action
53 - i was totally destroying it - horror vacui
54 - starmount - tyranny of the sphere
55 - ex-monkeys - being human
56 - americans in france - pretzelvania
57 - teh vodak - hot wednesday nights at the storage facility
58 - the beast - silence fiction
59 - new town drunks - the ballad of stayed & gone
60 - bombadil - tarpits & canyonlands
61 - gray young - firmament
62 - joe romeo & the orange county volunteers - joe romeo & the orange county volunteers
63 - red fox chasers - i'm going down to north carolina - the complete recordings of the red fox chasers 1928-1931
64 - free electric state - hawks/on&on
65 - grappling hook - . . . and those who would keep us safe
66 - bronzed chorus - i'm the spring
67 - horseback - the invisible mountain
68 - on the take - on the take ep
69 - jon shain - times right now
70 - potpie vs krzysztof - appalachia
71 - dan melchior und das menace - thankyou very much
72 - whatever brains - saddle up 7"
73 - pneurotics - second skin
74 - aminal - a face to fight/a will to fight
75 - dan melchior und das menace - mr. oblivion 7"
76 - impossible arms - ripped in no time
77 - inspector 22 - the waiting grave
78 - jeff rehnlund - gangnam basement
79 - lake inferior - pegasaur
80 - $tinkworx/kinoeye - mkb/mean old world 12”