Howe Gelb

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Howe Gelb
Howe Gelb 2007.jpg
Howe Gelb performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameHoward Gelb
Born1956 (age 61–62)
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginTucson, Arizona, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, Americana, alt.country, roots rock, indie folk, folk-rock, lo-fi
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
LabelsOw Om, Loose Music
Associated actsGiant Sand, KT Tunstall
OP8
The Band of Blacky Ranchette
Arizona Amp and Alternator
Websitehowegelb.com

Howe Gelb (born October 22nd 1956, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer based in Tucson, Arizona.[2]

Projects[edit]

Howe Gelb at Aarhus Festival, Denmark (2015)

Gelb's approach to music is collaborative and he has recorded with a number of side projects. In a 2004 interview with Gelb, The Guardian wrote "Gelb's way of dealing with it was to treat Giant Sand (not to be confused with his 1970s electro-rock band Giant Sandworms) as a loose, uncompetitive, mutually supportive musical collective, a place for friends to hang out and play. 'I just liked the idea of having this kind of removed world, this brotherhood—the idea of a band being something more than a front person or dealing with the throes of fame.'"[3]

In 2013, he worked with the Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall on her fifth studio album Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon. He co-wrote and co-produced, and sang on several songs.[4] His own solo album entitled The Coincidentalist was released on New West Records in November 2013.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Discography[6][edit]

Giant Sand[edit]

  • Valley of Rain (1985)
  • Ballad of a Thin Line Man (1986)
  • Storm (1987)
  • The Love Songs (1988)
  • Long Stem Rant (1989)
  • Swerve (1990)
  • Ramp (1991)
  • Center of the Universe (1992)
  • Stromausfall (1993)
  • Purge & Slouch (1994)
  • Glum (1994)
  • Goods and Services (1995)
  • Backyard Barbecue Broadcast (1995)
  • Build Your Own Night It's Easy (1997)
  • Chore of Enchantment (2000)
  • The Rock Opera Years (2000)
  • Unsungglum (2001)
  • Cover Magazine (2002)
  • Selections Circa 1990-2000 (Compilation, 2001)
  • Infiltration of Dreams (2003)
  • Too Many Spare Parts in the Yard Too Close at Hand (2003)
  • Is All Over the Map (2004)
  • Provisions (2008)
  • Provisional Supplement (2008)
  • Blurry Blue Mountain (2010)
  • Tucson (2012)
  • Heartbreak Pass (2015)
  • The Sun Set Vol.1 [Vinyl LP] (2017)
  • Returns To Valley Of Rain (2018)

Arizona Amp and Alternator[edit]

Howe Gelb[edit]

  • Dreaded Brown Recluse (1991)
  • Hisser (1998)
  • Upside Down Home (1998)
  • Upside Down Home 2000 (2000)
  • Confluence (2001)
  • Lull Some Piano (2001)
  • The Listener (2003)
  • Upside Down Home 2002 (2003)
  • Ogle Some Piano (2004)
  • The Listener's Coffee Companion (2004)
  • Upside Down Home 2004: Year of the Monkey (2004)
  • 'Sno Angel Like You (2006)
  • Fourcast: Flurries (2006)
  • Upside Down Home 2007: Return to San Pedro (2007)
  • Spun Some Piano (2008)
  • 'Sno Angel Winging It (Live album) (2009)
  • Alegrías (2010)
  • Melted Wires (2010)
  • Snarl Some Piano (2011)
  • Dust Bowl (2013)
  • The Coincidentalist (2013)
  • Future Standards (2016)
  • Further Standards (2017) [with Lonna Kelley]

The Band of Blacky Ranchette[edit]

OP8[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Drunken Bees (1996) – Giant Sand documentary by Marianne Dissard[7]
  • Looking for a Thrill: An Anthology of Inspiration (2005) – Howe Gelb interviewed[8]
  • High and Dry: Where the Desert Meets Rock and Roll (2006) – documentary which includes music and interviews with Giant Sand members[9]
  • This Band Has No Members (2006) – Howe Gelb solo concert film of his Japan tour in 2005[10]
  • Ingenious (2009) - feature film soundtrack[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bio". home. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  2. ^ "Howe Gelb | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  3. ^ Sylvie Simmons (September 2004). "True Grit". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  4. ^ "Heartache Gives KT Tunstall's New Album A Split Personality". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  5. ^ "Howe Gelb - The Coincidentalist". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  6. ^ "Howe Gelb". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  7. ^ "Drunken Bees : Giant Sand 'documentary' DVD from Marianne Dissard". Marianne Dissard. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  8. ^ "V/A feat. Jon Spencer – Looking For a Thrill An Anthology of Inspiration (DVD, US) | Pop-Catastrophe.co.uk". www.pop-catastrophe.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  9. ^ "High and Dry the Movie: Where the Desert Meets Rock 'n' Roll". Upstairsfilm.com. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Workshop Lo-Vi :: Other Films/Projects". www.lo-vi.com. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  11. ^ Ingenious (2009), retrieved 2017-11-12

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