Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Forthcoming:: Giant Sand
On October 25th Howe Gelb will celebrate the 25th anniversary of  the release of Giant Sand's debut LP, Valley of Rain with a flurry of activity. On November 23rd Fire Records will issue a brand new Giant Sand album, Blurry Blue Mountain which follows 2008's critically lauded ProVisions with 14 new compositions. The new tracks were recorded in Denmark as well Gelb's hometown of Tucson, AZ. A Howe Gelb/Giant Sand should be treated as a major event in American independent music, at least that's how we're treating it!

Gelb recently offered some insight on the new album at his official site,

"These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. there exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. as with every previous album, none of this was planned. every record has its own atmosphere. for me they are always a new place to live in and spend some time before moving on. On this album, it happened that every session we were able to record came between work loads that rendered us at that point of sleeping and waking. like the poppy fields in wizard of oz, we went in and out of consciousness at various times during recording. This is not a bad thing. nor does it make the record sound like we’re asleep. it has the momentum of that place between sleep and being awake. and in that narrow slip of existence lies a landscape of reason that most of us hurry past in daily lives. this record is planted firmly there."

Howe recently paid a visit to Fire Records HQ, in London to perform Chunk of Coal off the soon to be released Blurry Blue Mountain.

Howe Gelb - Chunk of Coal (Live @ Fire Records)

In addition to the new album Gelb has begun a massive reissue project via Fire Records that will consist of 30 releases. Albums by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, The Band of Blacky Ranchette, and Arizona Amp will be remastered and reissued over the next year. See the release schedule below:

27th SEPTEMBER 2010
GIANT SAND - Valley Of Rain (25th Anniversary Edition)

GIANT SAND - Blurry Blue Mountain & Valley Of Rain (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Blurry Blue Mountain
GIANT SAND - Ballad Of A Thin Man (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Storm (25th Anniversary Edition)

GIANT SAND - Love Songs (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Long Stem Rant (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Swerve (25th Anniversary Edition)

GIANT SAND - Ramp (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Center Of The Universe (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Purge & Slouch (25th Anniversary Edition)

GIANT SAND - Backyard BBQ Broadcast (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Goods & Services (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Glum (25th Anniversary Edition)

GIANT SAND - Chore Of Enchantment (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Cover Magazine (25th Anniversary Edition)
GIANT SAND - Black Out (25th Anniversary Edition)

MARCH 2011
HOWE GELB - Confluence
HOWE GELB - ....Some Piano
HOWE GELB - Hisser
HOWE GELB - Dreaded Brown Recluse
HOWE GELB - Sno Angel Wingin It

APRIL 2011
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette - The Band Of Blacky Ranchette
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette - Sage Advice
The Band Of Blacky Ranchetter- Heartland
The Band Of Blacky Ranchette- Still Looking Good To Me

MAY 2011
GIANT SAND - Its All Over The Map (25th Anniversary Edition)

JULY 2011
HOWE GELB - Sno Angel Like You 

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