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After The Flood: The 13 Favourite Albums Of Howe Gelb, Aged 12-16
Stewart Smith , June 11th, 2012 08:21

In a neat twist on our 13 favourite albums feature, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb talks Stewart Smith through his formative records from his teenage years in Pennsylvania

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Cactus – Cactus

Then I thought, wasn't there a band called Cactus, I had a record by them called 'Parchman Farm' (a breakneck-speed blooze rock juggernaut which sounds like trash-metal reverse engineered by ZZ Top).

All this stuff was just a young kid being indoctrinated by the adventures of going to a record store and buying stuff, having no idea what they were going to be. Because I spent hard earned money on them, you wouldn't throw them away, you would just keep playing it. It would be like eating some kind of meal that when you're hungry enough, eating a whole meal, right down to the bone, of whatever it is, and listening and searching and observing, all those records did that.


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Rabbit Fighter
Jun 11, 2012 3:23pm

Now that's a goddamn list! Compare to the utterly lazy and inane offering from Butch Vig recently...

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Grimm
Jun 11, 2012 5:51pm

coolest thing this summer would be a dozen by El-P. or Greg Sage. and that Cactus record is beinhart. thank you

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Jun 11, 2012 7:23pm

For a kid in Bumfuck, Pennsyltucky... right on! More dueling keyboards!

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Stavros P. Leibowitz
Jun 11, 2012 7:46pm

Boy, Howe sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn't he? The list might be good but it's hardly insightful stuff, is it?

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Rooksby
Jun 14, 2012 6:40pm

In reply to Stavros P. Leibowitz:

...Or perhaps he prefers to keep his mouth shut when he has nothing to say, unlike most of the whimpering gobshites on here? Anyway, his anecdote about Bowie's space capsule is fab, & I'm going to track that Cactus LP down IMMEDIATELY on the basis on the hilarious sleeve... OK duck?

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