Giant Sand by any other name…Arizona Amp & Alternator (Thrill Jockey, Fall 05)

Any new disc from Howe Gelb or Giant Sand is a cause for celebration. Arizona Amp & Alternator is Howe Gelb’s new project. From the first note and first dry, desert vocal by Howe on Arizona Amp & Alternator it is clear this is no experimental, one-off mistake. I’m not sure how it’s going to be marketed (it’s got a fall release date on Thrill Jockey) but this is Giant Sand through and through. In fact it’s the best Giant Sand I’ve heard since Chore Of Enchantment.
There is a title track and it’s listed as AAAA1 – AAAA4 (four versions of the title track – stands for “Arizona Amp And Alternator”). It’s an impressive cut and proves that Howe is one of the few “yellow pages singers” meaning he could sing the listings in the yellow pages and make it resonate with emotion and feeling. So there’s nowhere to link yet to buy this but I hope that’ll be ok with the powers that be…as soon as there is I’ll revisit the record and link to the appropriate webstore. For now explore the Thrill Jockey site for other great releases by Howe.

AAAA1Bottom Of The Barrell [Download]

5 Responses to “Giant Sand by any other name…Arizona Amp & Alternator (Thrill Jockey, Fall 05)”

  1. Anonymous says:


    Nuno 04/07/05

  2. Craig says:

    thanks anonymous…if’s that’s the best we can do for leakage of the new Giant Sand record than that’s pretty sad!

  3. Flatlander says:

    Thank you very much! If these two tunes are representative of the rest of the album. That’ll be a fine album and a return to the sound of Chore of Enchantment.

    I’m going to post a link to this from my blog “False 45th”. Thanks again.

  4. Anonymous says:

    excellent !
    who’s the girl who sing on two tracks ?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Henriette! from denmark and the best band ever: Under Byen! for more info :x