Rick Rizzo & Tara Key – Double Star / Eleventh Dream Day – Riot Now!

With its sheer volume of releases and increasingly vinyl-centric tilt, it’s arguable that the current workings of Chicago’s pioneering Thrill Jockey label are straining fans’ finances as well as running the risk of over-supply and quality-control lapses. No such concerns can, however, be raised when a less-prolific elder statesman on the books … [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...]