Michael Tatum's A Downloader's Diary: Year 2019 Index

(51) September 12

  1. Carsie Blanton: Buck Up (self-released) A
  2. Blarf: Cease and Desist (Stones Throw) A-
  3. Car Seat Headrest: Commit Yourself Completely (Matador) A-
  4. Stef Chura: Midnight (Saddle Creek) A-
  5. GoldLink: Diaspora (RCA) A-
  6. Jambú (E Os Míticos Sons da Amazônia) (Analog Africa) B+
  7. Kokoko!: Fongola (Transgressive) A-
  8. Madonna: Madame X (Interscope) A
  9. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains (Drag City) A+
  10. Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold (Mom + Pop) B+
  11. Spoon: Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon (Matador) B+
  12. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana (ESGN/Keep Cool/Madlib Invasion/RCA) ***
  13. Mekons: Deserted (Glitterbeat) ***
  14. The Hold Steady: Thrashing Through the Passion (Frenchkiss) ***
  15. Imperial Teen: Now We Are Timeless (Merge) **
  16. Ibibio Sound Machine: Doko Mien (Merge) **
  17. Kate Tempest: The Book of Traps and Lessons (American Recordings) **
  18. Digital Kabar: Electronic Maloya from La Réunion Since 1980 (Infiné) **
  19. Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe (ATO) *
  20. Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987 (Strut) *
  21. Beyoncé: Homecoming: The Live Album (Parkwood/Columbia) C+
  22. Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars (Columbia) B-
  23. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop) B-
  24. Anderson .Paak: Ventura (12 Tone/Aftermath) B-
  25. Marvin Gaye: You're the Man (Motown) B-
  26. Hama: Houmeissa (Sahel Sounds) B-
  27. Sebadoh: Act Surprised (Dangerbird) B-
  28. Kim Petras: Clarity (Bunhead) C+
  29. Offset: Father of 4 (Motown/Quality Control) C+

(50) June 29

  1. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD) A
  2. The Coathangers: The Devil You Know (Suicide Squeeze) A-
  3. Control Top: Covert Contracts (Get Better) A-
  4. Dave: Psychodrama (Neighbourhood) A-
  5. Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs (Secretly Canadian) A-
  6. Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope) A
  7. Hand Habits: Placeholder (Merge) B+
  8. Little Simz: Grey Area (Age 101) A-
  9. Caroline Spence: Mint Condition (Rounder) A-
  10. Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride (Spring Snow/Columbia) B+
  11. Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! (Jagjaguwar) A
  12. Ariana Grande: Thank U Next (Republic) ***
  13. Jenny Lewis: On the Line (Warner Bros.) ***
  14. AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey (self-released) **
  15. Ex Hex: It's True (Merge) **
  16. The Chemical Brothers: No Geography (Astralwerks) **
  17. Prince: Originals (Rhino) **
  18. Sir Babygirl: Crush on Me (Father/Daughter) **
  19. Mountain Goats: In League With Dragons (Merge) **
  20. Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile (RVNG Intl.) *
  21. Florida Georgia Line: Can't Say I Ain't Country (Big Machine) C
  22. Matmos: Plastic Anniversary (Thrill Jockey) C+
  23. Self Esteem: Compliments Please (Fiction) C+
  24. Stephen Malkmus: Groove Denied (Matador) B-
  25. The Cranberries: In the End (BMG) C+
  26. Adia Victoria: Silences (Atlantic) C+
  27. Karyyn: The Quanta Series (Antevasin) C
  28. Gary Clark, Jr.: This Land (Warner Bros.) C

(49) April 9

  1. Charlotte Adigéry: Zandoli (Deewee/PIAS) A-
  2. Big Star: Live on WLIR (Omnivore) B+
  3. Alex Chilton: From Memphis to New Orleans (Bar None) A-
  4. Martin Frawley: Undone at 31 (Merge) A-
  5. Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 (Light in the Attic) A
  6. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Miri (Out Here) A-
  7. Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers) A-
  8. Sigrid: Sucker Punch (Island) B+
  9. Spellling: Mazy Fly (Sacred Bones) A-
  10. Sunflower Bean: King of the Dudes (Mom + Pop) A-
  11. Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar) ***
  12. Mavis Staples: Live in London (Anti-) ***
  13. The Specials: Encore (Island) ***
  14. Better Oblivion Community Center: Better Oblivion Community Center (DeadO Oceans) **
  15. Our Native Daughters: Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways) **
  16. Julia Jacklin: Crushing (Polyvinyl) **
  17. Maggie Rogers: I Heard It in a Past Life (Debay/Capitol) **
  18. Seaford Mods: Eton Alive (Extreme Eating) *
  19. Girlpool: What Chaos Is Imaginary (Anti-) *
  20. Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock (Merge) *
  21. Pet Shop Boys: Agenda (X2) *
  22. Deerhunter: Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (4AD) B-
  23. Mercury Rev: Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited (Bella Union) C
  24. LCD Soundsystem: Electric Lady Sessions (DFA/Columbia) C+
  25. Steve Gunn: The Unseen In Between (Matador) C+
  26. Weezer: Weezer (The Teal Album) (Crush Music) C
  27. Jessica Pratt: Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer/City Slang) C
  28. Durand Jones and the Indications: American Love Call (Dead Oceans) C
  29. William Basinski: On Time Out of Time (Temporary Residence) C-