Following their 2 sold out singles and the outstanding Third Article EP, Drahla is set to release their first new music since signing to Captured Tracks. The commanding new 7" single "Twelve Divisions of the Day" features a B-side remix that strikes with just as much fervor as the original while leaving a different bite mark.
Third is the stunning third album by Nathan Salsburg, one of his generation's most gifted and idiosyncratic acoustic guitarists. It's been five years since his last solo record (Hard For To Win And Can't Be Won, 2013) - but not because he hasn't been playing guitar. In the intervening years he's backed up Joan Shelley on three releases and several hundred live dates; put out a collection of guitar duets with multi-instrumentalist James Elkington and teamed up with neighbor and fellow Louisvillian Bonnie "Prince" Billy on an EP. The original pieces on Third, his first strictly solo guitar record - no singing, no guests - all display a notable increase in confidence and ease, as Salsburg has quietly, persistently established a style marked by a depth and a complexity that are utterly his own.
Chicago punk band Negative Scanner return to the fray with their second long-player, the cheekily titled Nose Picker. Once again recorded by the band themselves in their Chicago practice pace, Nose Picker opens with a question; "Is there anybody there?", which acts as both a legitimate query as well as a rallying cry. Despite the darkness on the surface, Nose Picker has an unmistakable air of whimsy, and a sense of humor, punctuated by the very literal album cover, and by the sound of a toilet flushing at the album's closing. The past two years have seen the band step out of the Midwest DIY spaces and basement shows and tour the USA and Europe, support UK band Sleaford Mods on select dates in the UK and the USA and standing toe-to-toe with the underground's finest acts, including Sheer Mag, Protomartyr and more.
The Optigan was a chord organ made by Mattel in the early 1970s that played back lo-fi sound loops on flexible LP sized discs, each disc containing optically encoded rhythm section grooves in a particular style of music (i.e. country, bossanova), along with drum loops and keyboard tones. Think of it as the 1970's version of GarageBand, where amateur artists could put together their own songs using loops of recordings by professional musicians. Optiganally Yours started in the mid 1990's when Pea Hix became obsessed with the magnificent Optigan. When Pea had the idea to start a band around these haunting sounds, his roommate Rob Crow chimed in and said "I'll be the singer, and the band will be called Optiganally Yours."After releasing two albums 1997's Spotlight On Optiganally Yours followed by Exclusively Talentmaker in 2000 Pea rescued the Optigan's original studio master tapes from a SoCal garage, and set out to assemble basic tracks from the thousands of loops and samples the tapes contained. Thus work began on a third album, O.Y. in HiFi."Several of these sessions never became discs, so Pea chopped them up, as you would with a real Optigan," says Crow. "And we wrote all these new songs using these materials, in addition to my guitar and voice of course. I think it's the best record I've ever done."