The Casiotone lives on

Advance Base – Shea Stadium – December 2nd

Last December, Owen Ashworth played his last show as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, a musical project he had been working on for over ten years. Now, about a year later, he’s starting to build back up a repertoire, and stopped by Shea Stadium last night to showcase some new tunes with Jody Weinmann.

Sure, it was a little sad to not here songs like “New Years Kiss” and “Bobby Malone,” but at the heart of it, there’s a lot about Advance Base that is reminiscent of his previous project. Owen still sings deeply personal, confession-filled songs about various episodes in his life, and of course, he’s still surrounded by a mass of wires and keyboards. Only now, a bunch of the songs are duets and include the auto harp – nice additions, if you ask me.

Here’s “David Allen”

And here’s “Christmas in Oakland”

According to Owen, Advance Base will be back in New York in a couple of months with a debut album. Until then, we’ve at least got some 7″s. (I’m pretty pumped about my selection – a square-shaped 7″!)


2 Responses to “The Casiotone lives on”

  1. 1 Dr. Wedge December 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    The “another one” is called “Christmas in Oakland.”

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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

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