Michael Tatum's A Downloader's Diary: Year 2015 Index

(47) August 29

  1. Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers) A-
  2. Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (free download) A
  3. Joey Purp: iiiDrops (free download) A-
  4. Konono No. 1: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs) A-
  5. Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord) A-
  6. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon Music) A
  7. White Lung: Paradise (Domino) A-
  8. Skepta: Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know) ***
  9. Flume: Skin (Mom + Pop) ***
  10. Kaytranada: 99% (XL Recordings) ***
  11. DJ Shadow: The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal) ***
  12. Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic) ***
  13. Animal Collective: Painting With Animal Collective (Domino) **
  14. Avalanches: Wildflower (Modular/Astralwerks/XL/EMI) **
  15. Daniel Romano: Mosey (New West) **
  16. Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Free Dirt) **
  17. Bob Dylan: Fallen Angels (Columbia) C+
  18. Brian Eno: The Ship (Warp) C+
  19. Nice as Fuck: Nice as Fuck (Loves Way) B-
  20. Gold Panda: Good Luck and Do Your Best (City Slang) B-
  21. Case/Lang/Veirs: Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti-) B-
  22. Frankie Cosmos: Next Thing (Bayonet) B-
  23. Whitney: Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian) C+

(46) May 17

  1. Beyonce: Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia) A+
  2. Bombino: Azel (Nonesuch) A-
  3. Robbie Fulks: Upland Songs (Bloodshot) A
  4. Anderson .Paak: Malibu (Steel Wool) A
  5. Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade) A
  6. Pet Shop Boys: Super (x2) B+
  7. Gwen Stefani: This is What the Truth Feels Like (Interscope) A-
  8. Wussy: Forever Sounds (Damnably) A-
  9. Lucy Dacus: No Burden (Egghunt) ***
  10. Seth Bogart: Seth Bogart (Hardly Art) **
  11. Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Sony Legacy) **
  12. Bob Mould: Patch the Sky (Merge) *
  13. Nada Surf: You Know Who You Are (Barsuk) *
  14. Hamburger Helper: Watch the Stove (free download) *
  15. PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island) B
  16. Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man) B-
  17. Kevin Gates: Islah (Artist Partner Group) B-
  18. Kamaiyah: A Good Night in the Ghetto (free download) B-
  19. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) C+
  20. Anna Meredith: Varmints (PIAS/Moshi Moshi) C+
  21. Venetian Snares: Traditional Synthesizer Music (Planet Mu) C+
  22. Bibio: A Mineral Love (Warp) C+
  23. The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (Polydor) C

(45) March 24

  1. Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover (Def Jam) A-
  2. Erykah Badu: But You Cain't Use My Phone (Motown/Control Freaq) A-
  3. BJ the Chicago Kid: In My Mind (Motown) A-
  4. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Atlantic) A
  5. Archy Marshall: A New Place 2 Drown (True Panther Sounds) A-
  6. Willie Nelson: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (Legacy) A
  7. Bonnie Raitt: Dig in Deep (Redwing) A
  8. Rihanna: Anti (Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation) A-
  9. : (Nonesuch) B+
  10. The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes (Polydor) A-
  11. Kanye West: The Life of Pablo (Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music) A-
  12. Tricky/Skilled Mechanics: Skilled Mechanics (False Idols) ***
  13. Future: EVOL (Epic/Freebandz/A1) **
  14. Lyrics Born: Real People (Mobile Home) **
  15. David Bowie: Darkstar (Columbia) **
  16. Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20 (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers) *
  17. Pinegrove: Cardinal (Run For Cover) *
  18. El Guincho: Hiperasia (Nacional) B-
  19. Jeremih: Late Nights (Def Jam) C+
  20. Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night (Island) C
  21. Milk Teeth: Vile Child (Hopeless) C+