Howe Gelb – Little Sand Box (boxset)

Having performed the herculean task of bringing the near-entirety of Giant Sand’s core catalogue back into print since 2010, Fire Records now has the somewhat trickier task of sorting out the rest of Howe Gelb’s labyrinthine discography.  Whilst side-projects such as The Band Of Blacky Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator patiently wait their … [Read more...]

Giant Sand – Valley Of Rain, Ballad Of A Thin Line Man & Storm (reissues)

To make approximate sense of the most recent quarter century of Howe Gelb’s vast catalogue with Giant Sand, The Band Of Blacky Ranchette, OP8, Arizona Amp & Alternator and as a solo artist, arguably the best place to start might be somewhere broadly in the middle years.  But with around 30 ‘official’ albums and two boxsets sprawling out over … [Read more...]

Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain

Although released to approximately coincide with the 25th anniversary and reissue of the band’s Valley Of Rain debut LP, Howe Gelb’s latest album with Giant Sand is – in typical contrary form – far from being a magnanimous celebration or ex-member reunion affair that some might have expected.  In fact, it’s a rather subdued set, picking-up where … [Read more...]