Michael Tatum's A Downloader's Diary: Year 2014 Index

(40) August 15

  1. Calypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955-69 (Soul Jazz) A-
  2. Golem: Tanz (Corason Digital) A-
  3. Hyperdub 10.1 (Hyperdub) A-
  4. Miranda Lambert: Platinum (RCA) A
  5. Jenny Lewis: The Voyager (Warner Bros.) B+
  6. Spoon: They Want My Soul (Loma Vista) A-
  7. Suburban Base: The History of Hardcore, Jungle, and Drum & Bass: 1991-1997 (Suburban Base) B+
  8. Jack White: Lazaretto (Third Man/XL Recordings) A-
  9. Eno/Hyde: Someday World (Warp) **
  10. Wye Oak: Shriek (Merge) **
  11. Eno/Hyde: High Life (Warp) *
  12. Robin Thicke: Paula (Star Tracks/Interscope) C
  13. Sharon van Etten: Are We There (Jagjauuwar) B-
  14. Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business (Harvest) C+
  15. YG: My Krazy Life (Def Jam) C+
  16. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold (Columbia) C+

(39) July 4

  1. Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit (Interscope) B+
  2. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: What Have We Become (Virgin) A
  3. Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm (Caroline International) A-
  4. Kool AD: Word OK (free download) A-
  5. Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary (Archer) A-
  6. Bob Mould: Beauty and Ruin (Merge) A-
  7. Conor Oberst: Upside Down Mountain (Nonesuch) A-
  8. Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?) A
  9. The Roots: . . . And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam) A-
  10. Young Thug and Bloody Jay: Black Portland (free download) A
  11. Young Thug & Gucci Mane: Young Thuggs Mane La Flare (free download) A-
  12. Lana del Rey: Ultraviolence (Interscope) ***
  13. Rough Guide to African Blues (World Music Network) ***
  14. Lykke Li: I Never Learn (Atlantic) **
  15. Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom + Pop Music) **
  16. Chromeo: White Women (Big Beat) *
  17. : Mali Overdrive (Riverboat) *
  18. Lee Fields: Emma Lee (Truth and Soul) C+
  19. A Great Big World: Is There Anybody Out There? (Black Magnetic/Epic) C-
  20. Neil Young: A Letter Home (Third Man) C+
  21. R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (Rhino) B-
  22. The Strypes: Snapshot (Virgin) B-

(38) May 23

  1. Lily Allen: Sheezus (Warner Bros.) A
  2. Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark) A-
  3. Company Freak: Le Social Disco (Opus) A-
  4. Deena: Rock River (Life Force) A-
  5. EMA: The Future's Void (Matador) A-
  6. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: (Madlib Invazion) A-
  7. Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978 (Strut) A-
  8. Old 97's: Most Messed Up (ATO) A
  9. Shakira: Shakira (RCA) A-
  10. Wussy: Attica! (Shake It) A
  11. Let's Wrestle: Let's Wrestle (Fortuna Pop!) **
  12. Baseball Project: 3rd (Yep Roc) **
  13. Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack (4AD) *
  14. Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron: Better Than Expected (Don Giovanni) *
  15. Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound) B
  16. Skrillex: Recess (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic) B
  17. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Days of Abandon (Yebo) B-
  18. Afghan Whigs: Do to the Beast (Sub Pop) B-
  19. Isaiah Rashad: Cilvia Demo (Top Dawg Entertainment) B-
  20. Todd Terje: It's Album Time (Redeye) C+

(37) April 4

  1. Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One (ATO) A-
  2. Laura Cantrell: No Way There From Here (Thrift Shop Recordings) A-
  3. Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans (ATO) A
  4. Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-95 (Strut) A-
  5. Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams (Razor & Tie) A-
  6. Kool and Kass: Coke Boys 5 (free download) A-
  7. The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali (Second Edition) (World Music Network) A
  8. Studio One Rocksteady (Soul Jazz) A-
  9. St. Vincent: St. Vincent (Republic) A-
  10. Withered Hand: New Gods (Slumberland) A+
  11. Eagulls: Eagulls (Partisan) **
  12. Pharrell Williams: GIRL (Columbia) **
  13. Karim Baggili: Kali City (Homerecords.be) **
  14. Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot) **
  15. Beck: Morning Phase (Capitol) C
  16. Sisyphus: Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty) B-
  17. Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar) C+
  18. The Hotelier: Home, Like No Place Is There (Tiny Engines) C+
  19. Eleni Mandell: Let's Fly a Kite (Yep Roc) C
  20. Perfect Pussy: Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks) C

(36) February

  1. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014, Red Distribution) A-
  2. Katy B: Little Red (2014, Columbia) A-
  3. Toni Braxton & Babyface: Love, Marriage, and Divorce (2014, Motown) A-
  4. Hard Working Americans: Hard Working Americans (2014, Melvin/Thirty Tigers) B+
  5. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks: Wig Out at Jagbags (2014, Matador) A-
  6. Modern Baseball: You're Gonna Miss It All (2014, Run for Cover) A-
  7. The New Mendicants: Into the Lime (2014, Ashmont) A-
  8. Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes (2014, Columbia) B+
  9. Tinariwen: Emmaar (2014, Anti-) A-
  10. Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits (2014, Signature Sounds) ***
  11. Rosanne Cash: The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note) ***
  12. Jennifer Nettles: That Girl (2014, Mercury Nashville) **
  13. Dum Dum Girls: Too True (2014, Sub Pop) **
  14. Irene Kelley: Pennsylvania Coal (2014, Patio) **
  15. Eric Church: The Outsiders (2014, Universal) C+
  16. Hospitality: Trouble (2014, Merge) B-
  17. The Pixies: EP-2 (2014, PIAS America) B-
  18. Broken Bells: After the Disco (2014, Columbia) B-
  19. Doug Paisley: Strong Feelings (2014, No Quarter) C+
  20. Warpaint: Warpaint (2014, Rough Trade) C
  21. Actress: Ghettoville (2014, Ninja Tune) C