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Michael Tatum
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Carola Dibbell Sep 4
Bingo. He doesn't get it. He literally does not understand doing anything not for personal gain. Vote this freak out.
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Michael Tatum Aug 23
Replying to @rxgau
If I had to venture a guess, “mic” has its etymological roots in the hip hop community. The English major in me agrees with Teachout, every other part of me wants him to shut it.
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Michael Tatum Jun 13
Whatever moron designed the new Official Trump Coloring Book drew the flag behind the Fuhrer-in-Chief with 48 stars.
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Michael Tatum Jun 1
Looks like is gonna treat America with exactly the same love and respect his father showed him.
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Michael Tatum May 31
It just so happens I was at the Wadsworth show in Los Angeles (really, Westwood) that JY trumpets in his awesome Sonic Youth live bootleg round-up at Perfect Sound Forever. Converted me to an album I was about to give up on and is now a lifelong favorite. Magical night, indeed.
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Michael Tatum May 25
Replying to @geetadayal
UK panel shows are delightful. I’m fond of “Would I Lie to You.”
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Michael Tatum May 15
Replying to @NifMuhammad
1. Another Green World. 2. Remain In Light. 3. Fear of Music. It’s unfortunate his meal tickets since the 80s have been U2 and Coldplay, when he should have made records with Tricky or A Tribe Called Quest — you know, worthy artists.
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Michael Tatum Jan 26
Replying to @bowiesongs
Totally read that series, McGurk, and Encyclopedia Brown. I loved Sherlock Holmes too, but I read those in sanitized, no-coke versions.
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Michael Tatum Nov 23
This has been in my stack for a month and I haven’t gotten to it yet! Last great novel I read was Paul Beatty’s brutally funny “The Sellout.”
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Michael Tatum 27 Oct 19
Replying to @racobeen @semipoplife
I’m an emotional guy.
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Michael Tatum 27 Oct 19
My buddy Brad Luen says “Meh” to Purple Mountains and loves the new Reba McEntire, but what are you gonna do? Others share my opinions, and I don’t love their writing half as much.
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Michael Tatum 20 Oct 19
Ever get excited when you hear Al Green’s “Here I Am” slink through the drug store speakers, then have your shoulders collapse when you realize it’s actually UB40?
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Michael Tatum 14 Oct 19
My buddy Brad Luen at reviews a batch of hip hop, even if it means begrudgingly acknowledging the existence of “Hamilton” (finally).
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Michael Tatum 9 Oct 19
Replying to @PoliticianMusic
Wow, that actually sounds like album...I need to hear. Love “Highlife” (and “Jack Johnson”).
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Michael Tatum 9 Oct 19
Replying to @PoliticianMusic
Their sixties list was more diverse for the same reason their ‘10s list wasn’t — the desire to look hip. Can you imagine the terror in the office? “It can’t be all Beatles and Dylan! What are we, Mojo?!??”
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Michael Tatum 9 Oct 19
Replying to @Evanryt
If Blonde makes anyone’s best-of list ten years from now, I’ll be shocked. And it won’t be because canons are malleable, but because a future editorial staff won’t be so desperate to look “hip.” But I’m bitter — their original review of the great “Nostalgia, Ultra” was lukewarm.
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Michael Tatum 9 Oct 19
Replying to @Evanryt
Know how many critics dismissed Abbey Road when it came out, including RS? Canons change all the time — RS’s lists have changed with every editorial turnover. Also, I don’t think one should award oneself a medal because he over- or under-rated something.
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Michael Tatum 8 Oct 19
Replying to @PoliticianMusic
American music criticism is dominated by cultural studies majors. They don’t write about music — they write about lyrics. It would be impossible for many of them to write about Taha (one of my artists of the decade) — they wouldn’t be able to use the phrase “false narrative.”
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Michael Tatum 25 Sep 19
Replying to @PoliticianMusic
They’re like if Arcade Fire was the house band for Blue Man Group’s Vegas extravaganza.
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Michael Tatum 20 Sep 19
Replying to @dotsylines
I’ve gotten to the point where I should know when I’m full of shit. Or following the Metacritic high scores too closely.
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