I thought I’d add a story I heard about M Ward’s break into the business. He had apparently been trying to figure a way into the scene, and he is a big Fan of Howe Gelb (Giant Sand, etc). He gave Howe a copy of his demo after a Howe concert, and Howe loved it. So much so that he added Ward to his label (OWOM), the album was called ‘Duet for Guitars #2′. Howe recorded some stuff with him, and Ward was also introduced to Howe’s circle (Calexico, Niko Case, Richard Buckner…)
It is certainly true that M wards work is worth trolling, as it is all as compelling as Post War. Of course all of Howe’s circle is worth trolling.