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This morning’s listening, and I guess in some ways much that has preceded it this week, has been inevitably overwhelmed by the arrival of Nick Cave’s “Skeleton Tree”. Keep an eye on www.uncut.co.uk: Michael is writing something about that and One More Time With Feeling that should be posted any time now.

If you can negotiate other music today, plenty more here to endorse: the new Lambchop classic; Danny Brown and Steve Hauschildt (not together, sadly); beautiful folk/ambient experiments by Padang Food Tigers and Seabuckthorn; an amazing old Atlantan gospel/soul track plucked from a neat new Ace comp; Botany (next level from Floating Points, maybe); the return of Mike Wexler; a new Hiss Golden Messenger video; a remix of Xylouris White by an ex-Avalanche, bizarrely; Pony Hunt, strongly recommended to Hurray For The Riff Raff/Deslondes fans; and, of course, the first Shirley Collins record in, I think, 38 years. We’ve known about that last surprise a while now – Jim Wirth has written an extraordinary piece with Shirley for the next issue of Uncut – and so it’s a pleasure and relief to finally be able to talk about it. Also the Leonard Cohen album is, I’m pretty convinced, his best this millennium; can’t wait to share some of that when tracks become available…

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1 Lambchop – FLOTUS (City Slang/Merge)

2 Joe Westerlund – Mojave Interlude (Northern Spy)

3 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Sony)

4 Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)

5 Steve Hauschildt – Strands (Thrill Jockey)

6 Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjørn Apeland – Bumblin’ Creed (Northern Spy)

7 Oren Ambarchi – Hubris (Editions Mego)

8 Wang Chung – To Live And Die In LA: OST (Geffen)

9 Savoy Motel – Savoy Motel (What’s Your Rupture)

10 Seabuckthorn – I Could See The Smoke EP (Lost Tribe Sound)

11 Various Artists – Come Back Strong: Hotlanta Soul 4 (Ace)

12 Madness – Can’t Touch Us Now (UMC)

13 St Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise (Records)

14 Carl Stone – Electronic Music From The ’70s And ’80s (Unseen Worlds)

15 Botany – Deepak Verbera (Western Vinyl)

16 Cyrus Gengras – Fuckin’ Up My Name (Death Records)

17 Mike Wexler – Syntropy (Three: Four)

18 Naim Amor & John Convertino – The Western Suite And The Siesta Songs (LM Dupli-cation)

19 Xylouris White – Black Peak (Darren Seltmann Remix) (Bella Union)

20 HeCTA – The Diet (City Slang)

21 Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – Accept No Substitute (Man In The Moon)

22 Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee (Merge)

23 Shirley Collins – Lodestar (Domino)

24 Pony Hunt – Heart Creek (Hearth Music)

25 Toy – Clear Shot (Heavenly)

26 Psychic Temple – III (Asthmatic Kitty)

27 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed)