just in case anyone’s still paying attention, rob and i actually are making progress on the next optiganally yours album. we’ve kind of set aside june/july for OY work, including the tour in the last half of july. we’ve taken all the unfinished material we’ve been hoarding, have been picking thru the most promising bits, and have started totally from scratch, even so far as going back to the original optigan master reels (the source of most of the sounds for the album) and doing fresh transfers at 24/96 with much higher quality A/D conversion than i had access to when i first transferred the tapes over 10 years ago.
anyway, here’s a few titles of songs that will definitely make the cut, some of which are working titles:
open your eyes
pirates & monkeys
too close to the sun
you can see live versions of a few of those songs on youtube, from our japanese tour 4 years ago.
we have about 20 additional sketches in various states of completion, out of which we should be able to carve out 6-8 more songs that should pass muster.
no details yet on when the album will be released, but we really are making a push to get the tracking done before we go on tour. then we’ll mix hopefully later in the summer. it typically takes ~6 months from an album’s completion to its release, so figure on 2010 at the very earliest for it to drop. again- no promises! but we really do want to just get the damn thing done this time!!