The Arizona desert has been a predominant theme and source of inspiration for Howe Gelb, indie rock pioneer & founder of the band Giant Sand. Since 1985, Gelb, based in Tucson, AZ has brought the spirit of the southwest and high art to his DIY recordings. Gelb's newest recording, The Coincidentalist, is his first album for his new label, New West Records. Recorded with M. Ward & Steve Shelley (of Sonic Youth), Gelb brings together a set of songs that seem linked, like a novel but effortless stand on their own. The record also features guest contributions from Bonnie Prince Billy & KT Tunstall.