"The rain disregards any agenda under the stars..." So Howe Gelb of Giant Sand-fame went all the way to Córdoba in sunny Spain to record an album with a local bunch of gypsy flamenco pickers. The resulting Alegrías just may be one of the most surprising, uplifting albums you'll hear this year.
Howe Gelb & A Band Of Gypsies - 4 Door Mavericks MP3
And as Fire Records happens to be in the process of re-releasing the complete Giant Sand back catalogue, here's a couple of their golden desert-rock oldies.
Giant Sand - Pathfinder MP3
Giant Sand - Mountain Of Love MP3