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Advance Base (via facebook)
Advance Base

Owen Ashworth, who ended Casiotone for the Painfully Alone last year, has a new project called Advance Base and it comes in at least two forms. The Advance Base Family Band is Owen along with Nick Ammerman, Ed Crouse, and Jody Weinmann. Advance Base can also be a duo consisting of Owen and his brother Gordon aka Concern who the Advance Bass duo is touring with this month (in other words, Gordon opens as "Concern" and then plays with Owen in/as "Advance Base"). The tour includes NYC shows on August 30 at Death By Audio and on August 31 at Mercury Lounge. Sam Mickens is also on the DbA bill. All dates are listed below...

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CFTPA @ Monster Island on July 18th (more by Ryan Muir)
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

As Owen Ashworth reported at his Monster Island show earlier in July, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Ashworth's 13-year pursuit, will be ending with a final tour this fall. The North American leg, opened by Australia'sOtouto, starts September 8th in Chicago and gets to NYC for two shows: October 14th at Mercury Lounge and October 15th at Monster Island Basement. Mercury Lounge tickets are on AmEx presale now, and general sale starts Friday at noon.

He'll follow up those with a tour of Europe at the end of October/November, and a few special shows, culminating in a final gig on December 5th. Owen promises "more news about new projects & plans in the coming months."

All tour dates and a note from Owen are below...

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photos by Ryan Muir, words by Rachel Kowal

Casiotone
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

When I saw a man wearing skin tight gold lamé leggings, a sports jersey, and a jean jacket mingling in the crowd at Monster Island Basement Sunday night, I didn't think too much of it. But as it turns out, the wildly dressed mystery man was John O'Regan, the man behind Diamond Rings, the evening's first opener.

After taking copious notes on John's appearance, I was pleased to hear that the Toronto-based glam pop artist seems to take his music fairly seriously. Sure, he's working with prefab beats and samples, but he also juggles guitar and keyboard duty, which makes his songs more relevant in a live setting. Then there's John's voice, which is surprisingly sonorous. His appearance may be over-the-top and flamboyant, but his smooth, deep vocals level out his music nicely.

Next up in Todd P's bag of tricks was the Sierra-Leonean musician Janka Nabay and his spirited group of musicians and back-up singers. Janka's set triggered an instant dance party both on stage and in the audience. The two women on stage left the bulk of the vocal responsibilities with Janka, but their energetic dancing complimented the tribal beats and celebratory music well.

Following Janka Nabay's lively set, Owen Ashworth, the man behind the moniker Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, walked on stage and began to methodically unpack a series of keyboards, samplers, and mixers. After he had finished assembling his one-man-band, he leaned into the mic. "I'd be happy to start if we want to do the changeover," he said over the din of the house music.

"Thanks so much for coming folks. I really appreciate it," he said as he warmed up. "I really like playing in Brooklyn. I'm not just saying that. Do not tell Albany that. [...] I just basically booked this short tour as an excuse to come visit friends and hang out in New York for a few days." And with that, he launched into a couple of newer song from last year's Vs. Children.

Unlike a number of artists who rely on laptops to generate significant portions of their songs, Owen builds most of the layers on stage, by navigating through a mass of wires, knobs, and keys - his arms often crossing to get the job done. There are definitely perks to seeing an artist who has been creating music for the better part of thirteen years. Owen has an impressive body of songs to pull from, and constantly finds ways to rework them in a live setting. Casiotone songs often fall between the 2 and 3-minute mark, but Owen manages to pack a story into each song thanks to his creative, humorous, and candid lyrics. Owen makes music akin to the heartfelt and often painfully (but endearingly) awkward mumblecore films Mark Duplass and Andrew Bujalski make.

Then, about midway through his set, Owen dropped the bomb. "Thanks to Todd for making the show happen. This is my first time here [at Monster Island] and I'm going to be playing here again in October and that's actually going to be the last Casiotone show in New York. I'm going to stop this in December... and I'll do something else after that."

After this big announcement, Owen began to take requests, and he was immediately met by an avalanche of song titles. "Cold White Christmas!" "Grandmother's Pearls!" "We Have Mice!" "Parthenon!" "When You Were Mine, please!" After just a few seconds, Owen jumped back in. "Alright, alright. Those are good suggestions, thanks." The crowd may have been relatively small, but there's something to be said of fans who actually care enough about the music to have an arsenal full of requests to call out when prompted. "Grandmother's Pearls," ended up winning this time. After each song, audience members called out more and more requests, and Owen usually obliged - even with "Young Shields," which he initially claimed was too bass-heavy to play. Owen closed out his set with "White Jetta" before stepping off stage and making his way through the crowd, receiving pats on the back as he went.

Be sure to check out Casiotone for the Painfully Alone while you still can. The last New York show is on October 15th at Monster Island Basement (all dates on that "final tour) still TBA).

More pictures and Casiotone's setlist from Monster Island, below..

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by Andrew Frisicano

Diamond Rings sporting peacock feathers @ Wrongbar in Toronto
NXNE

At Wrongbar in Toronto on Friday, 6/18 (before Mudhoney played at Horseshoe Tavern), One Big Silence, the new label from Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk, hosted an NXNE showcase heavy on synths with dark, atmospheric duo TRUST, dramatic singer Katie Stelmanis (who backed up Zola Jesus the night before), glammy Diamond Rings (whose new 12" is the first release by the label) and Big Freedia (whose pictures you already saw). Pictures of the costumed Diamond Rings, who played to a packed and dancing hometown crowd that night, are in this post.

Now NYC can get a taste. As mentioned a few times already, Diamond Rings play that show at Glasslands, tonight, July 16th with Caribou (DJ Set), Class Actress, Teengirl Fantasy and Idiot Glee (RSVP), and if you miss it, there's one more chance to catch the tall Canadian in town on Sunday...

====| SUNDAY 7/18 @ MONSTER ISLAND |====

:: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
:::: Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang
:::::: Diamond Rings

| MONSTER ISLAND |
128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | all ages | $10

Sunday's show is yet another date for Janka, and part of a very short solo tour for Casiotone.

All DR dates, the new basket ball-themed (I told you he was tall) Diamond Rings video that features a cameo from Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, and more NXNE pictures below....

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Mark Kozelek

The new album by Sun Kil Moon, entitled Admiral Fell Promises, will be released July 13 on Caldo Verde Records. This 60 minute, 10 song album of original material will be released on CD, digitally and vinyl. The vinyl version includes liner notes and 2 bonus tracks recorded live in St.Malo, France.

All direct purchases direct through the Caldo Verde website will receive a free, limited 4 song Sun Kil Moon EP entitled I'll Be There. The EP includes covers of Stereolab, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and The Jackson 5.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone played an early show at Mercury Lounge in NYC last night (4/27). Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek is playing a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26th, 2010 ("Limited seating available!"). The Brooklyn date is one of three upcoming shows he has scheduled. The others are July 29th in London and July 31st at Sommerfesten Giske in Norway. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale at noon, and then general sale Friday at the same time.

One of Mark's most recent releases was a track on the Yo Gabba Gabba CD.

The track listings for Admiral Fell Promises and I'll Be There are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (MP3)

Owen Ashworth a.k.a. Casiotone...
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Owen Ashworth, the man behind Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, will bring a full band along with him on tour this April and May. His supporting crew will include members of tour opener Magical Beautiful and 'wonderdrummer' Nick Tamburro of The Dead Science. The tour comes to NYC to play an early show on Tuesday, April 27th at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale now.

Casiotone put out two full-length records last year: Advance Base Battery Life, a singles & compilation tracks disc that collects songs from 2004-2007, and his fifth LP, VS. Children, both of which came out on Tomlab. One song from each album ("vs." is from VS.) is posted above.

A video interview with Owen and all tour dates are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Blue Tears (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - One Block Wonders (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Mini-Mythomania (Edited by C Spencer Yeh) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cryptacize - Tail & Mane (MP3)

Cryptacize
Cryptacize

"Cryptacize is former Kill Rock Stars artist, Nedelle Torrisi, plus Chris Cohen of The Curtains/ex-Deerhoof and Michael Carreira. Mythomania is their second album - out now on Asthmatic Kitty. Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment."
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (aka Owen Ashworth) released two albums earlier this year -- a singles collection, Advance Base Battery Life, and his fifth LP, VS. Children, both on Tomlab. "Old Panda Days," from the former, and "Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm," from the latter, are posted above.

Ashworth is currently on a summer-long North American tour, which has been fleshed out with a full schedule, listed below. He'll be playing Friday, July 3rd at the Market Hotel with Katie Eastburn and tourmates Cryptacize.

Unlike his recent European tour, which featured CFTPA as a four-piece band, these Casiotone dates will be solo. Sets will include "selections from Vs. Children & Advance Base Battery Life plus reworked olden times CFTPA classics in solo formation."

Cryptacize's new album Mythomania was released on April 21st. Three tracks off that album, and one made "mini", are available for free above. Buy it HERE.

Ashworth (Casiotone) recently posted a Myspace note about his tour plans for the fall, with info on how you can get him to play your town. That's posted below, with all tour dates and a selection of videos from his June 27th tourstop in KY, and some Cryptacize videos, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Asthmatic Kitty, K Records, Tomlab SXSW 2009 All Star Revue Mixtape (MP3)

Tomlab Mixtape

Tomlab SXSW Mixtape Tracklist (mixed by Rafter)
No Kids - Prisoner of Desire
Fol Chen - Cable TV
LAKE - Blue Ocean Blue
Jeremy Jay - Gallop
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Old Panda Days
What's Up - Seasonings Greetings
Grampall Jookabox - The One Thing
Parenthetical Girls - GUT Symmetries (Deerhoof Remix)
Rafter - No Fucking Around
Desolation Wilderness - No Tomorrow
DM Stith - Thanksgiving Moon
Tara Jane ONeil - Believe
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (Owen Ashworth) just finished playing a bunch of shows at SXSW this past week (his "HELL WEEK" TEXAS TOUR). If you're in Austin, you may have caught him last night (3/19) at Ms Bea's free Todd P patio party.

In April, Cftpa will tour Europe on the "'VS. CHILDREN VS. EUROPE' FULL BAND TOUR" in support of new album Vs. Children, out in early April on Tomlab. The record will be Ashworth's first new-material LP since 2006's Etiquette (see art and track list for the new record below). The label also just released a Casiotone "singles, covers, collaborations, & other rarities" record, Advance Base Battery Life, in early March.

Cftpa returns to the States in June/July for dates that include a Friday, July 3rd, Market Hotel show with Cryptacize.

The Donkeys, who sometimes tour as Casiotone's backup band (not sure if that's the case on any of the upcoming dates), played the BV day party on Thursday.

All tour dates, and Vs. Children artwork (by Heidi Anderson) and track list, below...

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by Andrew Frisicano

Mirah & Spectratone International @ Castle Clinton (cred)
Mirah

Coming off her May Castle Clinton gig with Spectratone International, Mirah will return to NYC to play Highline Ballroom on Wed, Oct 22 with and No Kids and Tara Jane O'Neil ($15 tix onsale now). The show is one of nine dates Mirah is playing with No Kids, in support of her new rarities and B-sides record, The Old Days Feeling, out on Modern Radio..

After leaving Mirah, No Kids then meet up with Casiotone For the Painfully Alone (as he swings back from a September European tour) to play another area show at Maxwell's on Oct 26. No tickets for that yet.

No Kids released a split 7" EP with Mirah collaborator Mount Eerie last May on Caff/Flick. (Both also appeared on the Worried Noodles comp and played its release party last December.)

Casiotone is set to release an expanded CD edition of his Town Topic EP on Worried Noodles' label Tomlab. The EP also acts as the soundtrack for the film Stay the Same Never Change.

Look for more Casiotone tour dates in October and November and a new album in early 2009. All Mirah & No Kids dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Mobius Band in a Green Cotton Sweater (Casiotone FT Painfully A)
DOWNLOAD: I'll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Digital Love (Daft Punk) (MP3)

Mobius BandMobius Band

Brooklyn/Massachusetts-based trio Mobius Band is not unfamiliar with the EP format. They produced four separate EP's before their first LP, "The Loving Sounds of Static," was released in 2005. Now, on the heels of the bands sophomore LP "Heaven" comes a new twist on an old theme - a free covers EP of love songs recorded in Massachusetts, and just in time for you and your sweetie (or perhaps your ex) to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Mobius Band leave on a tour of Europe with Editors next week. Those dates below...

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