This week's 25 essential selections

A quick reminder before we get stuck in that the new issue of Uncut is on sale in the UK tomorrow: full details here; subscribers might well have their copies already.

Another good week for new arrivals, anyhow. Unfortunately I don’t have anything to play you from the excellent new Arbouretum, Joan Shelley and Wooden Wand albums as yet. Nevertheless, please try: Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray’s On Fillmore project; the unexpected return of Chavez (I was delighted to learn Clay Tarver is now productively employed as a writer on Silicon Valley); an early ‘70s find from Curtiss Maldoon, that I came across when watching Orange Sunshine, a good documentary about the idealistic LSD kingpins The Brotherhood Of Eternal Love; post-Labradford operatives Anjou, whose new album materialised literally hours after I went on a Twitter-induced Labradford binge; Ron Gallo, who’s fun; and a track from that really strong new Brokeback set. Lots more here, too; as ever, dig in…

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1 On Fillmore – Happiness Of Living (Northern Spy)

2 Chavez – Cockfighters (Matador)

3 Wooden Wand – Clipper Ship (Three Lobed Recordings)

4 Brent Cobb – Shine On Rainy Day (Atlantic)

5 Ron Gallo – Heavy Meta (New West)

6 Anjou – Epithymia (Kranky)

7 Curtiss Maldoon – Man From Afghanistan (Cherry Red)

8 Mike Collins – Lost Tapes 1983 – 1989 (Mic Records)

9 Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)

10 Various Artists – Studio One Rocksteady Volume 2 (Soul Jazz)

11 Children Of Alice – Children Of Alice (Warp)

12 Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai (Merge)

13 Lydia Ainsworth – Darling Of The Afterglow (Arbutus/Bella Union)

14 Brokeback – Illinois River Valley Blues (Thrill Jockey)

15 Arbouretum – Song Of The Rose (Thrill Jockey)

16 Grandaddy – Evermore (30th Century Records)

17 Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley (No Quarter)

18 Samantha Crain – You Had Me At Goodbye (Full Time Hobby)

19 Bardo Pond – Under The Pines (Fire)

20 Nadia Reid – Preservation (Basin Rock)

21 Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator (ATO)

22 Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)

23 Spoon – Hot Thoughts (Matador)

24 Brian Eno – Reflection (Warp)

25 Elliott Smith – Either/Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars)

26 Jesus And Mary Chain – Damage And Joy (Warner Bros)