Michael Tatum

New posts, including his A Downloader's Diary column, by Michael Tatum will initially appear on his blog, so follow him there, using Facebook, Twitter, or his RSS. Eventually, his A Downloader's Diary columns will be indexed and archived here, as well as selected other writings, including some early ones.

A Downloader's Diary

Columns, most recent first, with top section feature-review artists (or titles for VA compilations) listed. For a more complete index, see artist's index, as well as the various annual index (to the left).

  • August 29, 2016: Aesop Rock, Chance the Rapper, Joey Purp, Konono No. 1, Paul Simon, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, White Lung
  • May 16, 2016: Beyoncé, Bombino, Robbie Fulks, Anderson .Paak, Parquet Courts, Pet Shop Boys, Gwen Stefani, Wussy
  • March 24, 2016: Babyface, Erykah Badu, BJ the Chicago Kid, Hamilton, Archy Marshall, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rihanna, Rokia Traore, The Velvet Underground, Kanye West
  • December 23, 2015: Laurie Anderson, Beach House, Blackalicious, Eric Church, Leonard Cohen, Drive-by Truckers, Future, Jlin, Peaceful Solutions
  • October 29, 2015: The Chills, Deerhunter, Robert Forster, Heems, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, Sleaford Mods, Omar Souleyman
  • September 10, 2015: Ezra Furman, Freedy Johnston, Bassekou Kouyaté, Nelly McKay, Ashley Monroe, Giorgio Moroder, Mountain Goats, Songhoy Blues, Tal National, Yo La Tengo
  • July 29, 2015: Africa Express, Jason Derulo, Mbongwana Star, Miguel, Boz Scaggs, Skrillex & Diplo, Sleater-Kinney, Sufjan Stevens, Veruca Salt, Young Thug
  • August 15, 2014: Calypso, Golem, Hyperdub 10.1, Miranda Lambert, Jenny Lewis, Spoon, Suburban Base, Jack White
  • July 04, 2014: Aloe Blacc, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Chrissie Hynde, Kool AD, Amy LaVere, Bob Mould, Conor Oberst, Parquet Courts, The Roots, Young Thug
  • May 23, 2014: Lily Allen, Cloud Nothings, Company Freak, Deena, EMA, Freddie Gibbs/Madlib, Haiti Direct, Old 97's, Shakira, Wussy
  • April 04, 2014: Bob Dylan in the '80s, Laura Cantrell, Drive-By Truckers, Hardcore Traxx, Hold Steady, Kool and Kass, Rough Guide to the Music of Mali, Studio One Rocksteady, St. Vincent, Withered Hand
  • February 2014: Against Me!, Katy B, Tony Braxton & Babyface, Hard Working Americans, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Modern Baseball, The New Mendicants, Bruce Springsteen, Tinariwen
  • December 2013: The Dismemberment Plan, Eminem, The Handsome Family, Jon Hopkins, Lady Gaga, Pusha T
  • November 2013: Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Chance the Rapper, Brandy Clark, Four Tet, Oneohtrix Point Never, Lee Ranaldo, Sleigh Bells, Omar Souleyman, Tal National, Tamikrest
  • October 2013: Babyshambles, Ceramic Dog, Elvis Costello and the Roots, Deer Tick, Gogol Bordello, Clay Harper, Elizabeth Morris, No Age, Young Fathers
  • August 2013: Kool and Kass, The Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel Band, Daniel Romano, Sing Me the Songs, Britney Spears, Superchunk
  • June 2013: Ethnic Minority Music of Southern China, Future Bible Heroes, The Lonely Island, Tricky, The Uncluded, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West
  • May 2013: Bombino, Chicha Libre, Deerhunter, Steve Earle, The Knife, Pistol Annies, Rainbow Arabia, The Rough Guide to African Disco, Rachid Taha, Wussy
  • April 2013: Dieuf-Dieul de Thiès, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Kate Nash, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Brad Paisley, Rilo Kiley, Rokia Traoré, Wire
  • March 2013: David Greenberger/Paul Cebar, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, The Rough Guide to Cumbia, Salva, Serengeti, They Might Be Giants, Waxahatchee
  • February 2013: Bettie Serveert, The Box Tops, Cakes Da Killa, Kitty, My Bloody Valentine, Parquet Courts, The Rough Guide to the Music of Senegal, Skrillex, Tegan and Sara, Yo La Tengo
  • January 2013: Dobie, Carolyn Mark
  • December 2012: Azealia Banks, Lana Del Rey, Iris DeMent, Donald Fagen, Flying Lotus, Homeboy Sandman, Pink, Sebadoh, Taylor Swift
  • October 2012: Zani Diabaté, Divine Fits, Bob Dylan, Kid Koala, Jens Lekman, Pet Shop Boys, A Place to Bury Strangers, Tom Zé
  • September 2012: Francis Bebey, Dabke, Death Grips, Dirty Projectors, Greenberger Greenberg Cebar, Himanshu, Elle Varner, Jack White
  • July 2012: Fiona Apple, Beach House, Clams Casino, Lotus Plaza, Frank Ocean, Plug, Patti Smith, Le Super Borgou de Parakou
  • June 2012: Amadou & Mariam, BBU!, Best Coast, Cornershop, De La Soul, Die Antwoord, Tommy Womack, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • May 2012: Action Bronson, Allo Darlin', Macy Gray, Madonna, Spoek Mathambo, Rusko, S/S/S, Loudon Wainwright III
  • April 2012: Air, Chiddy Bang, Karantamba, The Magnetic Fields, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Todd Snider
  • March 2012: Thomas Anderson, Bhi Bhiman, Burial, Cloud Nothings, Lana Del Rey, Ani DiFranco, Imperial Teen, Prinzhorn Dance School, Standard Fare
  • December 2011: James Carter, Class Actress, Dessa, Fruit Bats, Note of Hope, Pusha T, Wire, Wussy, Neil Young
  • November 2011: James Carter, DRC Music, The Field, Givers, Matthew Herbert, Muppets, Terius Nash, Nikki Jean, Ashton Shepherd, Super Heavy, The Weeknd, Wire
  • October 2011: Battles, Clams Casino, Steve Cropper, Girls, Highlife Time Vol. 2, Rave On Buddy Holly, Teddybears, Wilco, Wild Flag
  • September 2011: Action Bronson, Bombino, Shabazz Palaces, Terakaft, Tinariwen, Kanye West/Jay-Z, Withered Hand
  • August 2011: Buck 65, Drive-By Truckers, Fountains of Wayne, PJ Harvey, Lady Gaga, The Reatards, Peter Stampfel and Jeffrey Lewis
  • July 2011: Sorry Bamba, The Book of Mormon, The Caretaker, Fucked Up, Gold Panda, Iceage, Jill Scott
  • June 2011: Adele, Bibio, Moby, Thurston Moore, Frank Ocean, Raphael Saadiq, Ebo Taylor, TV on the Radio
  • May 2011: An Horse, Beastie Boys, Generation Bass, Lupe Fiasco, Middle Brother, Paul Simon, tUnE-yArDs, The Weeknd
  • April 2011: Cartagena!, Cornershop, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Avril Lavigne, Mountain Goats, New York Dolls, Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends, Britney Spears, Streets
  • March 2011: The Baseball Project, Hayes Carll, The Go! Team, PJ Harvey, Todd Snider, Lucinda Williams, Yuck
  • February 2011: The Beets, Gang of Four, Ghostface Killah, M.I.A., OFF!, Weekend
  • January 2011: Calle 13, Care Bears on Fire, Chromeo, El DeBarge, Girl Talk, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West
  • December 2010: Das Racist, Eskmo, Girls, Gold Panda, Cee-Lo Green, Nigeria Afrobeat Special, Robyn, Roots of OK Jazz, Taylor Swift, Tom Zé
  • November 2010: Belle and Sebastian, Das Racist, Group Inerane, No Age, Old 97's, Steve Reich, Shakira, Rachid Taha, Yes We Can
  • October 2010: El Guincho, Jenny and Johnny, Khaled, Robyn, The Rough Guide to Bhangra, Shangaan Electro, Ski Beatz, Richard Thompson
  • September 2010: Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Flying Lotus, El Guincho, Los Lobos, M.I.A., D.O. Misiani & Shirati Jazz, The Roots
  • August 2010: Big Boi, The Books, V.V. Brown, Eminem, Mary Gauthier, Liz Phair, Sleigh Bells

Also available are artist-specific special guides:

Also, ranked year-end (or in-progress) lists:

You can find additional articles by Michael Tatum in the Archives.

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