Why Howe?

Giant Sand
Original Release: 1987

Howe Gelb is a genius. Why does it seem that so few have noticed?

Maybe they have. Or maybe the 25th-year reissues of the earliest Giant Sand records will change that. But I’m not holding my breath. What I am going to do is revisit the first Gelb/Sand record I ever heard in the hopes it piques some interest.

Let’ s start with a memory trick. I’m pretty good with when things happened so I’d swear to you that  Storm was released in 1986. But Gelb himself says it was 1987 and so I defer. My certainty is rooted in where I was–in limbo, basically, between Nassau County and Manhattan. You Continue reading