Posts Tagged 'Advance Base'

Springing into Summer

The changing weather has me trading in my weepy winter jams for sunnier fare. Here are a few songs to help get you in the mood for the long, hot days.

Thieving Irons

Nate Martinez of Thieving Irons (photo courtesy of the artist)

The solo project of Brooklynite Nate Martinez, Thieving Irons crafted his upcoming album (Behold, The Dreamer!) from dreams and a found book. “We spend our whole lives amassing various experiences,” Martinez writes on his site. “Some traumatic, hopefully many more joyful. This album serves as a testament to my own.”

“So Long” by The Thieving Irons:

Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman of The Hundred in the Hands (photo courtesy of artist)

Named after a bloody battle in 1866 in which Crazy Horse led his warriors to conquer and slay 100 men, The Hundred in the Hands is a Brooklyn-based duo that specialize in dreamy electro-pop.

“Killing It” by The Hundred In The Hands:

Owen Ashworth of Advance Base(photo Marc Krause)

You fell in love with Owen Ashworth when he played under the cumbersome but endearing moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. Owen’s back with a fresh project and a new album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, which just dropped this week. Close your eyes and picture yourself as a peanuts character as you listen to the intro to this catchy little ditty.

“New Gospel” by Advance Base:

Jessica Baldouf, Leif Anders, and Dwayne Paul Cullen of Orca Team (photo Ryan Furbush)

With their pleasant lo-fi/garage aesthetic , it’s not hard to see how Seattle’s Orca Team managed to nail a spot on the bill with veteran Ann Arbor group Saturday Looks Good to Me this Friday. Their new EP “Restraint” will be out this June.

“Vancouver B.C.” Orca Team:

Crinkles (photo courtesy of the artist)

Vermont-turned-Brooklyn 4-piece Crinkles have been making music together for years but just released their first LP in April. These guys impressed me when I saw them at opening night of Rooftop Films, and I look forward to hearing more from them.

“Elevator” by Crinkles:


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″!)


"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."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being