Michael Tatum's A Downloader's Diary: Year 2013 Index

(35) December

  1. The Dismemberment Plan: Uncanney Valley (Partisan) A
  2. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Aftermath) A-
  3. The Handsome Family: Wilderness (Carrot Top) A-
  4. Jon Hopkins: Immunity (Domino) A-
  5. Lady Gaga: Artpop (Streamline/Interscope) A
  6. Pusha T: My Name Is My Name (Def Jam) A-
  7. R. Kelly: Black Panties (RCA) ***
  8. Red Hot + Fela (Knitting Factory) **
  9. Swearin': Surfing Strange (Salinas) **
  10. Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp) C
  11. Britney Spears: Britney Jean (RCA) B-
  12. The Chills: Somewhere Beautiful (Fire) B
  13. Neil Young: Live at the Cellar Door (Reprise) B-
  14. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience Vol. 2 (RCA) C+
  15. Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (Domino) C+
  16. Laura Marling: When I Was an Eagle (Ribbon) C

(34) November

  1. Arcade Fire: Reflektor (Merge) A
  2. Best Coast: Fade Away (Mexican Summer, EP) A-
  3. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap (free download) A-
  4. Brandy Clark: 12 Stories (Slate Creek) B+
  5. Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind (Text/Temporary Residence) A-
  6. Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven (Warp) A-
  7. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Last Night on Earth (Matador) B+
  8. Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop) A
  9. Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon) A-
  10. Tal National: Kaani (Fat Cat) A-
  11. Tamikrest: Chatma (Glitterhouse) A-
  12. Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady (Bad Boy) ***
  13. Parquet Courts: Tally All the Things You Broke (What's Your Rupture?) ***
  14. Randy Travis: Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am (Warner Bros.) **
  15. Haim: Days Are Gone (Columbia) **
  16. Miley Cyrus: Bangerz (RCA) **
  17. Court Yard Hounds: Amelita (Columbia) **
  18. Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Cash Money/Universal) C
  19. Paul McCartney: New (Hear Music) C
  20. Moby: The Innocents (Mute) B-
  21. Minor Alps: Get There (Barsuk) B-
  22. Robbie Fulks: Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot) B-
  23. The Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe (Glassnote) C+
  24. Amanda Shires: Down Fell the Doves (Lightning Rod) C
  25. VV Brown: Samson & Delilah (YOY) C

(33) October

  1. Babyshambles: Sequel to the Prequel (EMI) A-
  2. Ceramic Dog: Your Turn (Northern Spy) A-
  3. Elvis Costello and the Roots: Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note) B+
  4. Deer Tick: Negativity (Partisan) A-
  5. Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO) A
  6. Clay Harper: Old Airport Road (Terminus) A-
  7. Elizabeth Morris: Optimism (self-released, EP) A-
  8. No Age: An Object (Sub Pop) A-
  9. Young Fathers: Tape Two (Anticon) A-
  10. Yoko Ono: Take Me to the Land of Hell (Chimera Music) ***
  11. Garland Jeffreys: Truth Serum (Luna Park) **
  12. Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks (Columbia) **
  13. John Mayer: Paradise Valley (Columbia) **
  14. Guy Clark: My Favorite Picture of You (Dualtone) **
  15. Lorde: Pure Heroine (Universal) *
  16. Pity Sex: Feast of Love (Run for Cover) *
  17. Sebadoh: Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise) B
  18. Glasvegas: Later . . . When the TV Turns to Static (BMG) B-
  19. Arctic Monkeys: AM (Domino) C+
  20. John Wizards: John Wizards (Planet Mu) C+
  21. Eleanor Friedberger: Personal Record (Merge) C+
  22. Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake (Story Sound) C
  23. Earl Sweatshirt: Doris (Columbia) C

(32) August

  1. Kool and Kass: Peaceful Solutions (free download) A-
  2. The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band: Hey Hey It's . . . the Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band (self-released) A
  3. Daniel Romano: Come Cry With Me (Normaltown/New West) A-
  4. Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch) B+
  5. Britney Spears: The Essential Britney Spears (Jive/Legacy) A-
  6. Superchunk: I Hate Music (Merge) A-
  7. El-P/Killer Mike: Run the Jewels (Fool's Gold) ***
  8. Young Fathers: Tape One (Anticon) ***
  9. Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Interscope) **
  10. Major Lazer: Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian) **
  11. Dessa: Parts of Speech (Doomtree) **
  12. Pet Shop Boys: Electric (X2) **
  13. Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana (Carpark) *
  14. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Daft Life/Columbia) *
  15. Camera Obscura: Desire Lines (4AD) C+
  16. George Strait: Love Is Everything (MCA Nashville) C+
  17. Wings: Wings Over America (Hear Music) C+
  18. Wayne Shorter: Without a Net (Blue Note) B
  19. Thundercat: Apocalypse (Brainfeeder) B-
  20. Natalie Maines: Mother (Columbia) B-
  21. Alice Smith: She (Rainwater/Thirty Tigers) C+
  22. French Montana: Pardon My French (Interscope) C

(31) June

  1. Ethnic Minority Music of Southern China (Sublime Frequencies) A-
  2. Future Bible Heroes: Partygoing (Merge) A-
  3. The Lonely Island: The Wack Album (Republic) A-
  4. Tricky: False Idols (!K7) A-
  5. The Uncluded: Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers) A
  6. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL) A+
  7. Kanye West: Yeezus (Def Jam) A+
  8. Mavis Staples: One True Vine (Anti-) **
  9. Gurf Morlix: Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense (Rootball) **
  10. The National: Trouble Will Find Me (4AD) **
  11. Surfer Blood: Pythons (Sire) **
  12. Gold Panda: Half of Where You Live (Ghostly International) *
  13. Jason Isbell: Southeastern (Southeastern) B
  14. Public Service Broadcasting: Inform-Educate-Entertain (Test Card) B-
  15. The Strokes: Comedown Machine (RCA) E
  16. John Murry: The Graceless Age (Evangeline Recording) C+
  17. Meat Puppets: Rat Farm (Megaforce) C+
  18. Disclosure: Settle (Interscope) C+
  19. Will.i.am: #Willpower (Interscope) C
  20. Haxan Cloak: Excavation (Tri Angle) C-

(30) May

  1. Bombino: Nomad (Nonesuch) A-
  2. Chicha Libre: Cuatro Tigres (Barbès, EP) A-
  3. Deerhunter: Monomania (4AD) A
  4. Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses): The Low Highway (New West) A-
  5. The Knife: Shaking the Habitual (Mute) A
  6. Pistol Annies: Annie Up (RCA Nashville) B+
  7. Rainbow Arabia: F.M. Sushi (Kompakt) A-
  8. The Rough Guide to African Disco (World Music Network) A-
  9. Rachid Taha: Zoom (Wrasse) A
  10. Wussy: Duo (Shake It) A-
  11. Fantasia: Side Effects of You (J) ***
  12. Aaron Neville: My True Story (Blue Note) ***
  13. Ghostface Killah: Twelve Reasons to Die (Soul Temple Entertainment) **
  14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito (Interscope) **
  15. Wavves: Afraid of Heights (Warner Bros.) *
  16. The Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution (World Music Network) *
  17. Paramore: Paramore (Fueled by Ramen) B
  18. Mikal Cronin: MCII (Merge) B-
  19. James Blake: Overgrown (Universal Republic) B-
  20. Kurt Vile: Wakin' on a Pretty Daze (Matador) B-
  21. Bleached: Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans) B-
  22. The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelica (World Music Network) C+
  23. The Mavericks: In Time (Valory/Big Machine) C+
  24. DJ Koze: Amygdala (Pampa) C+
  25. Savages: Silence Yourself (Matador) C

(29) April

  1. Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès: Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 (Teranga Beat) A-
  2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko (Out Here) A
  3. Kate Nash: Girl Talk [Deluxe Edition] (Ingrooves) A-
  4. Orchestra Super Mazembe: Mazembe @ 45rpm, Vol.1 (Sterns Africa) A-
  5. Brad Paisley: Wheelhouse (Arista Nashville) B+
  6. Rilo Kiley: Rkives (Little Record Company) A
  7. Rokia Traoré: Beautiful Africa (Out Here) A
  8. Wire: Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag) B+
  9. Suede: Bloodsports (Suede Ltd.) ***
  10. Atoms for Peace: Amok (XL) ***
  11. Telekinesis: Dormarion (Merge) **
  12. The Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa (World Music Network) **
  13. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience (RCA) *
  14. David Bowie: The Next Day (Columbia) B
  15. Johnny Marr: The Messenger (Sire) C+
  16. Roger Knox & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Stranger in My Land (Bloodshot) B-
  17. Josh Ritter: The Beast in Its Tracks (Pytheas Recordings) C+
  18. Bilal: A Love Surreal (Entertainment One Music) C+
  19. Holly Williams: The Highway (Georgiana) C
  20. Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg (Mercury) C

(28) March

  1. David Greenberger/Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound: They Like Me Around Here (2013, Pel Pel) A-
  2. Ashley Monroe: Like a Rose (2013, Warner Bros.) A-
  3. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer, Different Park (Mercury Nashville) A-
  4. The Rough Guide to Cumbia (2013, World Music Network) A-
  5. Salva: Odd Furniture (2013, Friend of Friends, EP) A-
  6. Serengeti: Saal (2013, Graveface) A-
  7. They Might Be Giants: Nanobots (2013, Idlewild/Megaforce) A
  8. Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt (2013, Don Giovanni) A-
  9. Wussy: Berneice Huff and Son, Bill Sings . . . Popular Favorites (2013, Shake It) ***
  10. Chelsea Light Moving: Chelsea Light Moving (2013, Matador) **
  11. Nuru Kane: Exile (2013, Riverboat) **
  12. Marcos Valle: Previsão do Tempo (2013, Light in the Attic) **
  13. Richard Thompson: Electric (2013, New West) *
  14. Golden Grrrls: Golden Grrrls (2013, Slumberland) *
  15. The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: The Jazz Age (2013, BMG) C
  16. Iceage: You're Nothing (2013, What's Your Rupture?) B-
  17. Jamie Lidell: Jamie Lidell (2013, Warp) B-
  18. Pissed Jeans: Honeys (2013, Sub Pop) B-
  19. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon (2013, Nonesuch) C+
  20. The Joy Formidable: Wolf's Law (2013, Atlantic) C
  21. Grouper: The Man Who Died in His Boat (2013, 1-2-3-4-Go) D+

(27) February

  1. Bettie Serveert: Oh, Mayhem! (2013, Second Motion) A-
  2. The Box Tops: Playlist: The Very Best of the Box Tops (2013, Sony/Legacy) A-
  3. Cakes Da Killa: The Eulogy (2013, Mishka download) A-
  4. Kitty: D.A.I.S.Y. Rage (2013, self-released, EP) A-
  5. My Bloody Valentine: mbv (2013, Pickpocket) A-
  6. Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold (2013, What's Your Rupture?) A-
  7. The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal (2013, World Music Network) A-
  8. Skrillex: Leaving (2013, OWSLA, EP) A-
  9. Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (2013, Warner Bros.) A-
  10. Yo La Tengo: Fade (2013, Matador) A-
  11. Solange: True (2013, Terrible) ***
  12. Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob: The Sound of America (Frederick Productions/Red Newt) **
  13. Monoswezi: The Village (Riverboat) **
  14. A$AP Rocky: Long.Live.A$AP (2013, RCA) **
  15. The History of Apple Pie: Out of View (2013, Marshall Teller) *
  16. Tim McGraw: Two Lanes of Freedom (2013, Big Machine) C+
  17. Christopher Owens: Lysandre (2013, Fat Possum) C
  18. Ex Cops: True Hallucinations (2013, Fat Possum) B
  19. Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (2012, Jagjaguwar) B-
  20. Camper Van Beethoven: La Costa Perdida (429) B-
  21. Dawn Richard: Goldenheart (101 Distribution) C+
  22. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro: Adam Green & Binki Shapiro (Rounder) C+
  23. West of Memphis: Voices for Justice (429) C

(26) January [unpublished]

  1. Dobie: Nothing to Fear (2012, Big Dada, EP) A-
  2. Dobie: . . . But Fear Itself (2012, Big Dada, EP) A-
  3. Carolyn Mark: The Queen of Vancouver Island (2012, Mint) A-
  4. Chris Knight: Little Victories (2012, Drifter's Church) ***
  5. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: A Working Museum (2012, Southern Domestic) ***
  6. Macy Gray: Talking Book (2012, 429) **
  7. Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox (2012, Atlantic) B
  8. Soundgarden: King Animal (2012, Republic) B-
  9. Clinic: Free Reign (2012, Domino) C
  10. Tame Impala: Lonerism (2012, Modular) C
  11. Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love) C
  12. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dreams (2012, RCA) B-
  13. Ryan Bingham: Tomorrowland (2012, Axster Bingham) C+