Michael Tatum's A Downloader's Diary: Year 2010 Index

(5) December

  1. Das Racist: Sit Down, Man (mixtape) A-
  2. Eskmo: Eskmo (Ninja Tune) A-
  3. Girls: Broken Dream Club (True Panther Sounds) A-
  4. Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International) A-
  5. Cee-Lo Green: The Lady Killer (Elektra/Asylum) A-
  6. Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway) A-
  7. Robyn: Body Talk (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope) A
  8. Roots of OK Jazz: Congo Classics 1955-56 (Crammed Discs) A+
  9. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (Big Machine) A-
  10. Tom Zé: Estudando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop) A
  11. Bryan Ferry: Olympia (Virgin) ***
  12. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (4AD) ***
  13. Extra Lens: Undercard (Merge) ***
  14. Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz (Asthmatic Kitty) **
  15. The Bad Plus: Never Stop (E1 Entertainment) **
  16. The Thermals: Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) **
  17. Afrocubism: Afrocubism (Nonesuch) **
  18. Land of Talk: Cloak and Cipher (Saddle Creek) **
  19. Blow Your Head, Vol. 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep (Downtown) **
  20. Avey Tare: Down There (Paw Tracks) *
  21. How to Dress Well: Love Remains (Lefse) C-
  22. Bruce Springsteen: The Promise (Columbia/Legacy) B-
  23. The Tallest Man on Earth: Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird (Dead Oceans) C+
  24. Clinic: Bubblegum (Domino) X
  25. Darkstar: North (Hyperdub) X
  26. Brian Eno: Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Warp) X
  27. Elton John/Leon Russell: The Union (Decca) X
  28. Junip: Fields (Mute) X
  29. Matt and Kim: Sidewalks (Fader Label) X
  30. The Posies: Blood/Candy (Rykodisc) X
  31. Twin Shadow: Forget (Terrible) X

(4) November

  1. Belle and Sebastian: Belle and Sebastian Write About Love (Matador) A
  2. Das Racist: Shut Up, Dude (mixtape) B+
  3. Group Inerane: Guitars From Agadez, Volume Three (Sublime Frequencies) A-
  4. No Age: Everything in Between (Sub Pop) A
  5. Old 97's: The Grand Theatre, Volume One (New West) A
  6. Steve Reich: Double Sextet/2X5 (Nonesuch) A
  7. Shakira: Sale el Sol (Sony Latin) A-
  8. Rachid Taha: Bonjour (Wrasse) A-
  9. Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa (Out Here) A-
  10. Drake: Thank Me Later (Universal Motown) ***
  11. The Corin Tucker Band: The Corin Tucker Band (Kill Rock Stars) ***
  12. The Vaselines: Sex With an X (Sub Pop) ***
  13. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard: Old Devils (Bloodshot) **
  14. The Secret Sisters: The Secret Sisters (Beladroit) **
  15. Kasey Chambers: Little Bird (Liberation) *
  16. Idlewild: Post Electric Blues (Nice Music Group) *
  17. Robert Plant: Band of Joy (Rounder) *
  18. Babygramps and Peter Stampfel: Outertainment! (Red Newt) *
  19. Marnie Stern: Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars) *
  20. Bobby Bare, Jr.: A Storm, A Tree, My Mother's Head (31 Tigers) B-
  21. JP, Chrissie, and the Fairground Boys: Fidelity! (Rocket Science) C+
  22. Nellie McKay: Home Sweet Mobile Home (Verve) B-
  23. Bad Religion: The Dissent of Man (Epitaph) X
  24. Andrew Cedermark: Moon Deluxe (Underwater Peoples) X
  25. Emeralds: Does It Look Like I'm Here? (Editions Mego) X
  26. Gaslight Anthem: American Slang (Side One Dummy) X
  27. Raul Malo: Sinners and Saints (Fantasy) X
  28. Laetitia Sadier: The Trip (Drag City) X
  29. Shit Robot: From the Cradle to the Rave (DFA) X
  30. Sufjan Stevens: All Delighted People EP (Asthmatic Kitty) X
  31. Women: Public Strain (Jagjaguwar) X

(3) October

  1. El Guincho: Pop Negro (Young Turks/XL) A-
  2. Jenny and Johnny: I'm Having Fun Now (Warner Bros.) A
  3. Khaled: Liberté (Wrasse) A-
  4. Robyn: Body Talk, Vol. 2 (Cherrytree) A-
  5. The Rough Guide to Bhangra, Second Edition (World Music Network) A-
  6. Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa (Honest Jon's) A
  7. Ski Beatz: 24 Hour Karate School (DD172/Def Jam) A-
  8. Richard Thompson: Dream Attic (Shout! Factory) A-
  9. Leonard Cohen: Songs From the Road (Columbia/Legacy) ***
  10. Les Savy Fav: Root for Ruin (Frenchkiss) ***
  11. Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone (Anti-) ***
  12. Maximum Balloon: Maximum Balloon (DGC) **
  13. Neil Young: Le Noise (Reprise) **
  14. Tricky: Mixed Race (Domino) **
  15. Curren$y: Pilot Talk (DD172/Def Jam) **
  16. Dr. John and the Lower 911: Tribal (429) **
  17. Jamey Johnson: The Guitar Song (Mercury Nashville) B-
  18. Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More (Glass Note) B-
  19. Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Junky Star (Lost Highway) X
  20. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Hawk (Vanguard) X
  21. CEO: White Magic (Modular/Sincerely Yours) X
  22. Magic Kids: Memphis (True Panther) X
  23. Mark Olson: Many Colored Kite (Rykodisc) X
  24. Wild Nothing: Gemini (Captured Tracks) X
  25. The World Ends: Afro-Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundways) X

(2) September

  1. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge) A
  2. Best Coast: Crazy for You (Mexican Summer) A-
  3. Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp) A-
  4. El Guincho: Piratas de Sudamerica: Vol. 1 (XL/Young Turks) A-
  5. Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust (Shout! Factory) A-
  6. M.I.A.: Maya (XL/Interscope) A-
  7. D.O. Misiani & Shirati Jazz: The King of History (Sterns Africa) A+
  8. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam) A-
  9. Robyn: Body Talk Vol. 1 (Cherrytree) ***
  10. Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin (Disney) ***
  11. Janelle Monáe: The Archandroid (Atlantic) **
  12. Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute (Warner Bros.) **
  13. Sage Francis: Li(f)e (Anti/Epitaph) **
  14. Method Actors: This Is Still It (Acute) *
  15. Jason Moran: Ten (Blue Note) *
  16. Field Music: Field Music (Measure) (Memphis Industries/Revolver) *
  17. Rick Ross: Teflon Don (Def Jam) B-
  18. Sam Amidon: I See the Sign (Bedroom Community) X
  19. Budos Band: Budos Band III (Daptone) X
  20. Matthew Dear: Black City (Ghostly International) X
  21. Lissie: Catching the Tiger (Fat Possum) X
  22. Laura Marling: I Speak Because I Can (Astralwerks) X
  23. John Mellencamp: No Better Than This (Rounder) X
  24. Pulled Apart by Horses: Pulled Apart by Horses (Transgressive) X
  25. Ra Ra Riot: The Orchard (Barsuk) X
  26. Wavves: King of the Beach (Fat Possum) X

(1) August

  1. Big Boi: Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam) A-
  2. The Books: The Way Out (Temporary Residence) A-
  3. V.V. Brown: Travelling Like the Light (Capitol) A-
  4. Eminem: Recovery (Aftermath) A
  5. Mary Gauthier: The Foundling (Razor & Tie) A-
  6. Liz Phair: Funstyle (lizphair.com) A
  7. Sleigh Bells: Treats (Mom + Pop) A-
  8. Loudon Wainwright III: 10 Songs for the New Depression (2nd Story Sound) **
  9. Alejandro Escovedo: Street Songs of Love (Fantasy) **
  10. Against Me: White Crosses (Sire) **
  11. Allo Darlin': Allo Darlin' (Fortuna Pop!) **
  12. Old 97s: Mimeograph (New West) *
  13. Chemical Brothers: Further (Astralwerks) *
  14. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today (4AD) X
  15. Caribou: Swim (Merge) X
  16. Dangermouse & Sparklehorse: Long Dark Night of the Soul (Capitol) X
  17. The Like: Release Me (Downtown) X
  18. Sia: We Are Born (RCA) X
  19. Squeeze: Spot the Difference (XOXO) X
  20. Sting: Symphonicities (Deutsche Grammophon) X
  21. Paul Weller: Wake Up the Nation (Yep Roc) X