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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone was the lo-fi solo project of Owen Ashworth, a Portland-based songwriter who mixed sensitive Bright Eyes-styled balladry with Atom & His Package battery-operated antics. His weapons of choice were the Casio SK-1 and several hot rod Casiotones, while his lyrics were a coy-edged blend of Stephin Merritt's sarcasm and the Mountain Goats' earnestness. Ashworth released his first recording, 1999's Answering Machine Music: A Brief Album in Twelve Parts -- loosely a concept album of clever musical voice mails -- on his own label, Cassingle USA. Some of the tracks, including "Theme from David Hanna," were first recorded into his machine. Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars followed in 2001 on the Tomlab label and featured several "real" instruments, including cello and drums. Twinkle Echo arrived in 2003, and 2006's Etiquette expanded Ashworth's sound even further by adding more analog instruments. While remixing songs for the likes of Dudley Benson and Headlights, Ashworth found time to continue his work with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, whose fifth album (the diverse Vs. Children) arrived in early 2009. Ashworth retired CftPA, as well as all of the songs he wrote under the moniker, at the end of 2010. The following year, he began a new project, Advance Base, which relied less on cheap electronic instruments and reflected his continued growth as a songwriter and arranger. Ashworth has also contributed to Mark Kozelek's band Sun Kil Moon. ~ Daphne GA Carr
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Vs. Children

1. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Vs. Children

2. Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended At Ace Hardware In Libertyville, IL

3. Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In)

4. Natural Light

5. Traveling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, Vt

6. Man O' War

7. Northfield, MN

8. Killers

9. Harsh The Herald Angels Sing

10. You Were Alone

11. White Jetta

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Track List: Town Topic Ep

1. Ice Cream Truck

2. Town Topic (Instrumental)

3. I Love Creedence (Instrumental)

4. Lesley Gore On The Tami Show (Instrumental)

5. Twinkle Echo (Reverse)

6. Nashville Parthenon (Instrumental)

7. Stsnc

8. Twinkle Echo (Redux)

9. I Like Common

10. Possible Love Interest (Ringtone)

11. Bad People (Ringtone)

12. Omg (Ringtone)

13. Probably Walkin Down The Street (Ringtone)

14. Ice Cream Truck (Instrumental)

15. Green Cotton Sweater (Version)

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Track List: Etiquette

2. New Year's Kiss

3. Young Shields

4. I Love Creedence

5. Nashville Parthenon

6. Scattered Pearls

7. Happy Mother's Day

8. Holly Hobby

9. Cold White Christmas

10. Bobby Malone Moves Home

11. Don't They Have Payphones Wherever You Were Last Night

12. Love Connection

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Track List: The First Two Albums By Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

1. We Have Mice

2. Tonight Was A Disaster

3. Suitcase In Hand

4. Caltrain Song

5. Dying Batteries

6. Oh Contessa

7. Bus Song

8. Yr Boyfriend

9. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone In A Green Cotton Sweater

10. Number Ten

11. Destroy The Evidence

12. Lesley Gore On The Tami Show

13. Oh Illinois

14. The Subway Home

15. Airport Samba

16. We Have Mice (Boombox Version)

17. Theme From Answering Machine Music

18. When The Bridge Toll Was A Dollar

19. Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Joins The Foreign Legion

20. Cold Shoulder

21. Rice Dream Girl

22. Secretest Crush

23. A Normal Suburban Lifestyle Is A Near Impossibitlity Once You've Fallen In Love With An International Spy

24. Baby It's You

25. You Never Call

26. Daina Flores You're The One

27. Beeline

28. I Should Have Kissed You When I Had The Chance

29. Hey Jelly

30. Hotel Huntington Sign

31. It's Winter & You Don't Love Me Anymore

32. Seattle Washington

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Track List: Pocket Symphonies For Lonesome Subway Cars

1. We Have Mice

2. Tonight Was A Disaster

3. Suitcase In Hand

4. Caltrain Song

5. Dying Batteries

6. Oh, Contessa!

7. Bus Song

8. Yr Boyfriend

10. Number Ten

11. Destroy The Evidence

12. Lesley Gore On The TAMI Show

13. Oh Illinois

14. The Subway Home

15. Airport Samba

16. We Have Mice (Boombox Version)

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Track List: Advance Base Batterly Life

2. Lesley Gore On The T.A.M.I. Show (Version)

3. White Corolla

4. White On White

5. Holly Hobby

6. Lonesome New Mexican Nights

7. The Only Way To Cry

8. It's A Crime

9. Missoula

12. Streets Of Philadelphia

13. Graceland

14. Sunday St

15. Voice Of The Hospital

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Track List: In Cambridge

1. I Love Creedence (Live)

2. New Year's Kiss (Live)

3. Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended At Ace Hardware In Libertyville, IL (Live)

4. Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In) (Live)

5. Natural Light (Live)

6. Traveling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, VT (Live)

7. Man O' War (Live)

8. Killers (Live)

9. Harsh The Herald Angels Sing (Live)

10. You Were Alone (Live)

11. Cold White Christmas (Live)

12. Bobby Malone Moves Home (Live)

13. Don't They Have Payphones Wherever You Were Last Night (Live)

14. The Subway Home (Live)

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Track List: In Sydney

1. Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In) (Live)

2. Man O' War (Live)

3. I Love Creedence (Live)

4. Toby Take A Bow (Live)

5. White Corolla (Live)

6. White On White (Live)

7. New Year's Kiss (Live)

8. Young Shields (Live)

9. Tonight Was A Disaster (Live)

10. Bobby Malone Moves Home (Live)

11. Streets Of Philadelphia (Live)

12. White Jetta (Live)

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Honestly, the chords alone are breaking my heart.
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This music is out there all right....
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mar80377
perfect, wish he came to New Orleans one day
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i love you, too creedance... .
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@michelle - that blend of humor and hurt is exactly what i appreciate about this as well. some of the songs are so depressing but still somehow retain that silver lining and hope, its awesome
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...but there are no moments worthy without my love by my side. All else is a curse.
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Portland haze and "there". This is unique and worth the ear-time alone, as we all are, better off anyway...
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Saw Owen in Portland, OR, in the hottest basement venue ever, he was sweating bullets all over his equipment, but still rocked the house down!
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Good stuff
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so nice to find others who can appreciate this. i love this very much...so sweet, and it's so quirky, funny and sad all at once, and despite its simplicity, it's absolutely mesmerizing!
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nope
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I love everything this guy does.
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yep
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his music is awe inspiring to me. the fact that he can create his great heartfilled music with a casio is beyond amazing.

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