Mercury Prize 2009 Nominees

Earlier this morning, British DJ/television presenter Lauren Laverne announced the dozen 2009 Mercury nominees at London’s Hospital Club. The prize, of course, is for the UK’s album of the year award. First things first: In order to be eligible, the album must’ve been released by a British or Irish artist/band between July 2008 and July 2009, so don’t get upset if you don’t see Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors or Animal Collective on the list. That said, it does include at least one Stereogum favorite. Hint: She likes Kate Bush, The Karate Kid, and has an evil blonde twin. Now take a deep breath for the rest:

The nominations (along with the odds from the bookie William Hill):

Bat for Lashes – Two Suns [6/1]
Florence & The Machine – Lungs [5/1]
Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires [8/1]
Glasvegas – Glasvegas [6/1]
Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum [5/1]
La Roux – La Roux [6/1]
Led Bib – Sensible Shoes [10/1]
Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew [8/1]
Speech Debelle – Speech Therapy [8/1]
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men [10/1]
The Horrors – Primary Colours [8/1]
The Invisible – The Invisible [10/1]

Place your bets! Then again, it’s an honor just to be nominated. Right, Doves? Also, Lily Allen didn’t make the list, but she did show her support for La Roux via Twitter this a.m. The winner, selected by a panel of critics and music industry types, takes home £20,000 on 9/8. You can get more Mercury info at