Indie-rock duo Quasi keyboardist/guitarist/singer Sam
Coomes (ex-Heatmiser) and drummer Janet Weiss
(Sleater-Kinney) will release their fourth album in
September. Field Studies (Up Records) includes a song called
"Birds," not to be confused with the nature recording of the same name
on their acclaimed third album, Featuring "Birds" (1998).
Singer/songwriter Elliott Smith plays bass on several tracks on
the new album, returning a favor to the group, which backed him on his