I made a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Bandcamp page, & there's a new live album on it. You can stream or download In Sydney here:


I'll be adding more CFTPA rarities to the Bandcamp page in the coming months, so check back soon!

Advance Base is touring the Northeastern United States in November, & California in December. All of the dates are up now on the SHOWS page.


In 2010, I recorded solo Rhodes demos of a bunch of CFTPA songs for the band Otouto to learn in preparation for our US tour. I lost most of the recordings when my laptop's hard drive crashed, but I recently found one of the original 4-track tapes. It sounded pretty good. So, I thought I'd share it with you. Here are solo Rhodes versions of Bobby Malone Moves Home & Suitcase In Hand.



Casiotone for the Painfully Alone In Cambridge is out now!

Fourteen classic CFTPA  songs, recorded live in concert with a six-piece band, available as a limited edition clear vinyl LP or MP3 download from Orindal Records.

Order your copy HERE!!!

Read the first review, courtesy of Grand Abandon Magazine, right HERE.


On February 12, 2013, Orindal Records will release the first official live album by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, In Cambridge.

In Cambridge was recorded on April 28, 2010 at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, at the tail end of the only Casiotone for the Painfully Alone tour to feature a six piece band, which included members of Magical Beautiful & the Dead Science. Drawing heavily from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's two most beloved albums, Etiquette & Vs. Children, In Cambridge brings fourteen classic songs to life with pianos, organs, horns, guitars, live drums & percussion.

In Cambridge is an awesome document of a short-lived live incarnation of Owen Ashworth's often-solo, often-electronic project, featuring the fullest, most bombastic arrangements of these songs that would ever be performed live.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the very first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone show, we are making the first single from In Cambridge available for free download. "Cold White Christmas" can be downloaded from the A/V page of this website, & you can also pre-order your vinyl or digital copy of In Cambridge HERE.


In 2010, I planned to release a limited edition, tour-only 7" entitled In Kalamazoo, featuring live, in-studio versions of "Man O' War" & "I Love Creedence," recorded earlier in the year at WIDR in Kalamazoo, MI. Unfortunately, I ran out of time & money before the tour, & I forgot all about the single. WIDR eventually made the entire live session available for streaming HERE, but there is now a free MP3 download of the original lost single over on the A/V page. I really love these recordings, & I hope you do, too.


A Shut-In's Prayer by Advance Base will be released on May 15, 2012 on Orindal/Caldo Verde (North America), & Tomlab (Europe, UK). You can download the first two songs, "Summer Music" & "New Gospel" HERE.

Pre-order your copy by clicking the album cover below.


Hello friends,

I've started a new website for my new music, & that website is here: www.advancebasemusic.com

The brand new Advance Base Family Band, featuring Nick Ammerman, Ed Crouse, Jody Weinmann, & me, Owen Ashworth, will be playing its very first shows around the Midwest in the coming weeks. You can find about the shows at the above link or on the SHOWS page.


It's come to my attention that most copies of a CD-r I released in 2000 have corroded & won't play anymore. For the handful of dear people who wish they could still listen to an eleven year old tour EP, I've posted the MP3s on the A/V page.

The EP was called Four Songs & it was limited to 50 copies. It was sold at Aquarius Records in San Francisco, CA & on a short Pacific Northwest tour in June of 2000.  Slightly different mixes of three of the tracks ended up on Pocket Symphonies For Lonesome Subway Cars, but also included was an early version of "Destroy The Evidence," recorded by Jason Quever. I like this version the bes≈/21/11

I just wanted to let everybody know that the fifth & final Daytrotter session by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is now available right HERE.  On this recording, I'm accompanied by Hazel Brown, Martha Brown & Kishore Ryan of the great Otouto.  Otouto recorded their own Daytrotter session, & it's available HERE.

I hope you like em!


Casiotone for the Painfully Alone is officially done, but that doesn't mean that we don't have a few things to talk about.

First of all, I would just like to say thank you to everyone who turned out for those final California shows.  I had so much fun.  I owe an enormous thanks to The Donkeys, who did double-duty as the tour support act & as the CFTPA backing band.  They were totally awesome, as usual.  I also owe a big thanks to Mark Kozelek & Jason Quever, who both joined us on stage during the final show in San Francisco.  Man, it was sure a thrill for me.

Nicole L. Browner took some really nice pictures of that December 5 San Francisco show for The Bay Bridged.  You can look at them HERE.  Thank you, Nicole!

I'd also like to thank everyone who came to see one of the final shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, or the United Kingdom.  I'm totally overwhelmed by the kind words, support, & well wishes I've received over the last three or so months.  I'm very proud to have met so many of the people who have been so supportive of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone over the years.  You guys are the best.  I hope you'll continue to enjoy those old albums, & I hope you'll at least give a listen to whatever stuff I come up with next.

Okay, here's some news about some compilation releases:

I had a handful of copies of the One Inch Badge Split Series #5 7" (the one w/ "Goodbye Parthenon" on it) for sale at some of the recent shows, but the record still won't be available through mail order for a few weeks.  Keep an eye on the OIB Records website for updates.  OIB is currently selling a Christmas Compilation that features a track by celebrated CFTPA alum, CONCERN.

I contributed an instrumental track & made the cover art for an e 3" CD compilation called CASIOTONE COMPILATION 2, available soon from the excellent Japanese label Aotoao.  CASIOTONE COMPILATION 2 features more than 20 artists from all over the world who make music using Casiotone keyboards.  I also made the cover art for the first CASIOTONE COMPILATION, although I didn't make any music for that one.  You can find more information about CASIOTONE COMPILATION & CASIOTONE COMPILATION 2 HERE.

A song that I recorded w/ Serengeti called "Kenny Vs. Spring" is now available on an Asthmatic Kitty compilation 7" called IMPORT.  You can order it HERE.  I'm credited as Advance Base on the record, & that's the name I'm going to use for all of my future productions.  That's right, I'm a producer now.

Six more Advance Base productions will be featured on Serengeti's next album for Anticon.  Yoni Wolf from WHY? produced the other half of the album, & I think it all sounds pretty awesome.  The album is being mastered right now, & should be out in the early months of 2011. 

Finally, I've updated the SHOP page w/ the latest in tour merch leftovers.  Please get these shirts out of my house.

Your friend,


A few quick things:

The final California dates are up now on the SHOWS page.  These will be the last three Casiotone for the Painfully Alone shows ever & for all time.  I will be supported & joined onstage by San Diego's favorite sons, The Donkeys.  I expect it will be epic.

Also, you can watch a video for a Serengeti song that I made the beat for HERE.  I's called "Flutes" & it leaked.

The "Goodbye Parthenon" 7"s have been delayed, delayed, delayed.  I don't know when I'll have
them.  Sorry.

The last ever Casiotone for the Painfully Alone show in Chicago is on Wednesday, October 6 at Saki.  It's free & all ages & it starts at 6PM w/ a performance by Otouto.  There will be lots of merch for sale.

There are still lots of US, Canada, Europe, & UK dates to go.  Come see a show, ok?



The dates for my final European & UK tour are now up on the SHOWS page.

Also, my Oakland & Brooklyn shows have been moved to new venues, & I've confirmed a Winooski, VT show since the last time we spoke.  You will also find the new listings on the SHOWS page.

The final US tour starts Wednesday!  Is anyone else nervous?


There's a new song on the MySpace page.  It's called "Goodbye Parthenon" & I recorded it for OIB Records' Split Series No. 5.  I'll have limited copies of the 7" for sale on the upcoming tour, but in the meantime, you can listen to the MP3 HERE.


You may have already heard that I've decided to end Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.  I'd just like to clarify that this doesn't mean that I'm quitting music.  I love writing & recording songs, & I hope to make lots more records in my lifetime.  But, after nearly thirteen years of being the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, I'm ready for a fresh start & a new challenge.  So, after December 5, 2010 (the thirteen year anniversary of my first show), I'm throwing out the old songs & I'm trying something new.  I'll have more news about new projects & plans in the coming months. 

Between now & December 5, I'm going to try to play as many Casiotone for the Painfully Alone shows as I can.  In September & October, I'll be touring the United States & Canada with some good friends from Melbourne, Australia.  They're called Otouto & they are so great.  Those tour dates are up now on the SHOWS page.  Later in October & on into November, I'll be touring Europe & the United Kingdom.  That tour is still being booked, but I should have the dates ready to share in a couple of weeks.  I'm coming home for Thanksgiving, & then I'm going to try to do something extra special for the big thirteen year anniversary grand finale.  I'm not exactly sure what it'll be yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I figure it out.

I imagine I'll be repeating this sentiment a lot between now & December, but thank you so, so much to everyone who has been so supportive of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone over the past thirteen years.  I never would have started playing shows or making records without the encouragement of some great friends, & it's blowing my ever-loving mind how many more friends I've made through music over the years.  Seriously, thank you.


Hi everybody,

I have some very last minute shows happening in New Haven, Albany, Boston & Brooykln in a little more than a week.  You can read about them on the SHOWS page.

I'm raffling a free pair of tickets for each of those Northeastern shows. Email cftpa@tomlab.com to enter.  The winner will be selected at random.  Like, literally out of a hat.  Just make sure you tell me which show you're interested in winning free tickets for.

I will also be playing at noon in Chicago's Millennium Park on Sunday, July 25.  I'm not raffling any tickets for this show because admission will  be free.  It's going to be outside & crazy crazy crazy & I feel very honored to be doing this.  Bring a blanket, bring a sandwic, have a picnic!

I hope you're having a pretty nice summer!

P.S. Mexico City was the best.  A million thanks to everyone who came to the show & Xiu Xiu & everyone who helped make the show happen.  I'm really grateful I was able to be there.


Hey pals,

The full band tour starts in less than a week now & everybody has gear nerd fever.  New amps, keyboards, guitars, tambourines, pedals, etc all over the place.   Please lord help us make enough tour $$$ to pay for our dreamy new equipment.

The Magical Beautiful boys & I have been rehearsing & rehearsing & rehearsing down in Tyson & Alance's basement.  We've nearly perfected alternate "joke" endings for every single song, which is a sure-fire sign that everybody knows the songs well enough to be bored of rehearsing them.  I think we've got this one locked, folks.

All of the tour dates are HERE, so don't forget to double check 'em!  We have zero days left to have shows on, so I guess the itinerary is officially complete.  I hope you'll come to a show!  I don't know when I'll be able to tour with a great big band like this again.  It feels like a pretty special occasion.

In other news: I've been working on some songs with Chicago's very own Serengeti.  If you're not familiar with this young man's rapping abilities, or the finer point of Chicago sports & cookout culture, I highly recommend watching THIS VIDEO RIGHT HERE.

With any luck, you'll be hearing some of my beats on Serengeti's next album for Anticon.  I will certainly keep you updated.

Finally!  In case you missed it before, I recorded a live radio session for WIDR in Kalamazoo, MI.  You can download it for free right HERE.  I hope you enjoy it.

Maybe see you soon?



1. The SHOP is once again open for business!

2. I've put MP3s of my first ever 7" up on the A/V page.  I'd previously only posted one of the three songs, but you can now download the entire lousy record, if you really want to.  Enjoy?

3. I'll be playing two shows in Michigan at the end of the month!  It's going to be tremendous.  Dates are HERE.

4. In April & May, I'll be touring the east coast & south with my friends Magical Beautiful.  This will be a full band presentation of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone songs, featuring the fellas from MB as well as wonderdrummer Nick Tamburro of The Dead Science.  There will be horns!  I made a tour poster and it looks like this:

Hey want to book a show?  email casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com

Thanks for reading!!!


Confidential to Florida,

I've got some days off on my upcoming Florida Only tour (the dates are HERE).  I would really like to play some house shows on some of those days off.  If you would like to host a house show, you can email me at casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com.

Another thing I'd like to do in Florida is look at some manatees.  If anyone can recommend a good place to look at manatees, you can also email me at casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com.

Recommendations of non-manatee related fun things to do & see would also be very much appreciated.  I'm going to be in Florida for a little while.

Happy New Year, everybody!!!!


I started a Twitter feed for CFTPA news & jokes I make up.  You can follow me at www.twitter.com/AdvanceBase.

See you soon, Istanbul!!!!!


Hello friends,

I'm happy to report that the Australian & New Zealand tour was the best.  Despite my mixer blowing up halfway through the very first song of the very first show, things went mostly pretty great.  Gordon's sets as Concern were totally next level & I loved having the chance to watch him play every night & just generally brother it up.  Gordon & I had the opportunity to meet lots of great people & animals & we had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some really special music makers, in particular the newly streamlined but no less extraordinary Clue To Kalo & our sweethearted new friends & Australian tourmates, OTOUTO.  Heaps of thanks to those guys plus Adam, Matthew, Matt & Jim for making our time so great.

Big big extra thanks of course to all of the people who came to see the shows.  You were, on average, just shockingly, shockingly lovely.  Thank you so much.

Here is a list of some spectacular animals that we saw:

Pelicans (even more pelican-y looking than USA pelicans)
A possum (much more handsome than USA opossums)
A spiny echidna
A tasmanian devil
A wombat

We also had the distinct honor of witnessing the colossal squid exhibit at Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa museum.  Holy smokes.  I've seen eyes the size of soccer balls, people.  I've lived a full life.

Apologies to any other spectacular animals I might be forgetting.

In non-animal related news, I'm planning three short tours for the wintertime:

1. The first tour will consist of my first ever show in Turkey, followed by five UK dates.
(I really wish I had time for more UK shows this time around, but I really have to get home in time for Christmas.  I promise there will be more UK & Europe shows next year).

2. The second tour will put me back in the Pacific Northwest in early January.  This tour will include a make-up date for the Vancouver BC show I had to cancel back in July, plus my first Victoria, BC show in like five years.  I'm really happy that this is happening.

3. Then, in late January, I will embark on my second ever FLORIDA ONLY tour.  I know that some of the dates have already been announced elsewhere, but I'm still sorting out some of the final details.  As soon as I have everything confirmed, you'll be able to read about it, along with all of the other tour info, on the SHOWS page.

In addition to these tour dates, I will also be playing my last Chicago show of the year at the Beat Kitchen on December 3.  It's $7, 17+ show with Cains and Abels & Machineshop supporting.

That's all the news for now, folks.  Thanks very much for reading.  I hope to see you soon.


P.S. New Zealand introduced me to my new favorite television program, "...A Dog's Show."  If anyone can tell me where I can purchase a VHS or DVD box set, please email me at casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com.

P.P.S. I posted some live recordings of "I Love Creedence" and "Harsh The Herald Angels Sing" from my last U.S. tour. You can listen to them here: http://www.myspace.com/cftpa


Hey everybody,

I'm writing to let you know that my 4th Daytrotter session just went up.  I performed four solo versions of songs from Vs. Children at the Daytrotter studios back in March, I believe it was.  These were the very first live arrangements of these songs, & it was interesting for me to hear how they've changed over the last seven or so months. Anyway, you can find the session HERE.  I hope you all enjoy listenining to them.  By the way, there are links to all four of my Daytrotter sessions, plus other MP3s on the A/V PAGE.

Gordon from Concern & I are getting really excited for the upcoming Australia/New Zealand tour.  It looks like I'll have some special "tour only" t-shirts for sale, along with some new badges & lots & lots of CDs & vinyl.  Cross your fingers that the New Zealand consulate sends us our visas in time!


Dear friends,

I am writing to tell you that the merch shop is once again OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!  I have shirts, tote bags, CDs, vinyl & posters available for sale, including this brand new single:

random colored vinyl 7" in a boring white sleeve (Stationary Heart Recordings)

A1. tomjustice_instr
B1. whitejetta_instr
B2. whitecorolla_instr

Do you like instrumentals!?  Well perfect.  Here are some really nice no vocals versions of extremely popular Casiotone for the Painfully Alone songs for A) singing along with B) remixing C) taking it easy to.  I'm proud to have co-released this record with Stationary Heart Recordings, who will also have this single available through their MAIL ORDER.  That means you can order your copy along with a bunch of other Casiotone stuff, OR along with a bunch of nice Stationary Heart stuff, which will soon include a couple of Casiotone shirts, by the way!  So, your choice!  You won't be able to find this record in shops, though.  It's mail order or merch tables, folks.

Click here for the SHOP page!!!

That's it for now!  Don't forget about the Australia/New Zealand tour!



Dear Jackie & the rest,

I'm leaving for my second annual "Midwest Round Up" tour on Friday, stopping in cities in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa & Wisconsin.  This tour will include make-up shows for the Omaha & Iowa City dates that I had to cancel back in July.  You can find all of the dates on the SHOWS page, which is HERE.

If you are a college radio person in one of these cities & you're interested in doing an interview or having me play some songs on your radio show, please write to casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com.  I like the radio, & thanks to these nice, short drives, I'll have more time for doing stuff like that on this tour.  Otherwise, I'll just be driving around, playing these shows, hanging out in coffee shops, maybe getting an oil change somewhere in Iowa, or maybe going to see a movie.  I hear District 9 is pretty good.

By the way, I made a new limited edition 7" especially for this tour.  It's instrumental versions of three songs: "Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended at Ace Hardware in Libertyville, IL," "White Jetta," & "White Corolla."  It's the same music that's on the regular albums, but with the vocals taken off.  In the case of each of these songs, I finished the instrumental versions long before I had any lyrics, and I spent a lot of time just listening to the music over & over while figuring out what I wanted to sing about.  I became awfully fond of these original instrumental versions, & I thought some other people might enjoy listening to them, too.  I think you probably already know whether you're interested in this record or not.  The record is called Instrumentals #2 (the STSNC Instrumentals 7" was Instrumentals #1, in case you were wondering) & it's a nice colored vinyl 33RPM 7" in a boring white sleeve.  There will eventually be copies available through mail order, but for the time being, it'll only be available at these shows.

In other news: I will be returning to Australia & New Zealand in November, this time with Concern (the musical project by my brother Gordon, not the emotion).  That's right folks, just Gordon & me, petting koalas, drinking long blacks, & slamming Tim Tams every chance we get.  We're very much looking forward to this.  I'm also very much looking forward to finally being reunited with the big box of merch that didn't arrive in Sydney until after my 2006 Australian tour was long over.  It'll be like a time capsule, except everything's for sale!

In other Australian news: The band Otouto will be playing a bunch of the Australian shows with us, & old friend Mark from Clue To Kalo will also be joining us for the Adelaide show.  We're really excited.  Again, you can find all of those exciting dates HERE.  Sadly, our Brisbane show got double-booked, so unless someone is able to help put something together, we're going to have to skip beautiful Brisbane this time around.  This isn't something we want to do, but unfortunately, we just haven't had any luck with the regular rock clubs.  If anyone wants to put together a show at an art gallery, abandoned grade school, haunted wildlife sancuatry, or even a private residence, we'd love to hear your ideas.  Once again, casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com is my email address.  We want to do it if you want us to do it, Brisbane.

Alright folks thanks for reading.  I hope you're excited for fall.



Hello friends,

Yesterday I was in a car accident just outside of Seattle, & although my passenger friend George & I are okay, my poor car is pretty wrecked.  Sadly, I wasn't able to make it to Vancouver for the Biltmore Cabaret show last night, & I'm really sorry about that.  I hate having to cancel shows, especially ones in beloved cities with beloved friends.

So, the good news is that I'm going to continue the tour in rented car.  Fortunately, I have a couple of nice days to hang out in Anacortes for What the Heck Fest before making the marathon drive down to San Francisco for the Bottom of the Hill show on July 21.  All of the dates with Concern will still happen as planned, but after Denver show on July 28, & I'm going to need to start making my way back to Seattle to return the rental car.  Omaha & Iowa City, I promise I'll make it up to you soon.

The remaining tour dates are HERE.

See you soon, California.  If you ever wondered what an airbag actually feels like, come say hi.


VS. CHILDREN is out today!!!  There is a pretty nice review HERE.

Here are some places where you can buy a copy:

Australia & New Zealand: INERTIA-MUSIC


Germany: A-MUSIK


Scandinavia: DOT



Other places: TOMLAB

You can also buy a download from the places you would probably expect.

The European tour starts on Saturday!!!  All of our dates our on the SHOWS page.  I won't be able to  update this website while I'm gone, but you can always check the PUSCHEN website for any changes. 

For this tour, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone will be:

Owen Ashworth: vocals, electronics & organ
Gordon Ashworth: piano, baritone guitar & lap steel
Nick Tamburro: drums
Tyson Thurston: baritone guitar & piano

We are a pretty good band & we're really excited for this tour!

Gordon will also be supporting most shows with his solo project CONCERN.  CONCERN have a great & brand new album of their own called TRUTH & DISTANCE (Digitalis Undustries/Iatrogenesis).  You can buy everybody's new album on the merch table, along with some brand new t-shirts & other stuff.  Come say hello!

See you soon!


Happy late ass new year everybody!

I wanted to tell you that the band called Papercuts have recorded a lovely cover of the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone song "Baby It's You."  I am super flattered because I really, really like that band.  Thank you Papercuts.  You can download a free MP3 HERE.
In March I will be playing SXSW for the first time after ten years of stern avoidance.  The showcases are still being confirmed, but keep an eye on the SHOWS page for updates.  It might be rad?

Before any of that, though, I will be playing two shows in February: one in Chicago & one in New York.  You can learn about them on that good old SHOWS page.  Fingers crossed, I will be debuting some of the songs from VS. CHILDREN.  AAAAHHHH!!!!

Speaking of which, I just heard that VS. CHILDREN will finally and officially be released during the first week of April.  For those of you who have asked about it, here is Heidi Andersons's spectacular cover art:


...& here is the the tracklisting:

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

ADVANCE BASE BATTERY LIFE, the singles & rarities compilation, will be released on March 10, I believe.  Here is THAT cover art:


...& here is THAT tracklisting:

1. Old Panda Days (w/ Nick Krgovich)
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
10. Hot Boyz (w/ Dear Nora)
11. Born in the U.S.A. (w/ Concern)
12. Streets of Philadelphia (w/ Concern)
13. Graceland
14. Sunday St
15. Voice of the Hospital

There will be a big Europe/UK tour in April & May in support of both of these releases.  In the spirit of duality, I will be performing both a solo electronic set & a full band set at all shows.  Concern will support all dates, along with some other extra special guests along the way.  Hopefully I'll have those dates for you soon, so keep an eye on that fabulous, fabulous SHOWS page.

Thanks to everyone who said hello & supported STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE at the Sundance Film Festival!  What's up to my man Ben.  I thought that Lil Wayne documentary was pretty good.


I forgot to tell you that I did a remix for Headlights' new remix CD, REMIXES, & it comes out TODAY.  REMIXES also features remixes of Headlights songs by people like The Album Leaf, Son Lux, The Buddy System, Cale Parks, & T.J Lipple of Aloha.  REMIXES!!!  The thing that I did is for a song called "So Much For The Afternoon," & I sing on it.  Actually, it kind of just sounds like I hijacked Headlights & made them be my backing band for a couple of minutes.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, & it's sort of the closest thing to a new Casiotone for the Painfully Alone song for the time being.

Anyway, you can buy a CD HERE, or, if you'd rather download it, it's also available from a lot of those places that want to sell you downloads.


1. STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE (the Laurel Nakadate movie that I did all of that music for & helped edit) will be playing at the Sundance Festival in January.  I will be out there with Laurel & some of the other cast & crew to for some of the screenings.  Robert Redford let's hang out.

2. Julia Pott's video for White Corolla (which will be on ADVANCE BASE BATTERY LIFE but is available now on a split 7" w/ The Donkeys) debuted on 120 Minutes on MTV2 in England on November 22.  I have no idea if they will ever play it again, but there you go.

3. The new album has been delayed a bit, but I swear it's almost done, & the plan is to release it in the spring along with a singles & rarities compilation CD/LP.  The new album will be called VS. CHILDREN & the compilation album will be called ADVANCE BASE BATTERY LIFE.  They were originally supposed to be released months apart slash already, but weirdness has delayed just about everything that could possibly be delayed.  I know these things take forever & I'm sorry.  Thank you for your patience, people.  There will be lots more touring once those things come out, but for the next few months, I'll be taking it easy & working on some new recordings, soup recipes, etc.  Maybe I should put a recipes page on the website?

4. There are a bunch of new shirts and some tour posters for sale over in the SHOP.

1, 2, 3, 4.  That's all the news I have right now, but I'll let you know the second anything else exciting happens.

Thank you to everyone who came to the fall shows.  See you in the spring!



Hey folks,

So, it turns out there are a bunch of problems with the online Town Topic EP track listing.  I'm praying it gets fixed soon, but for the time being, every time you download a copy or put a CD copy into your computer, the track listing will be screwy.  Once again, this is how the correct track listing should read:

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)
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)

In other exciting news, I'm about to leave on the first of three short Fall U.S. tours.  The dates for the first two are up on the shows page now, and the dates for the third will be up later this month.

If you are coming to one of the upcoming shows & there is a particular Casiotone song you'd really like to hear, you can email me at casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com with the name of the song & the city where you're planning on seeing a show.  This will give me a chance to practice the requested song couple of times first so I don't forget the words or anything.  Please title your email with the name of the city followed by "request" (e.g. "Des Moines Request").

Maybe see you soon??


P.S.  The first person in Des Moines who actually emails me a song request will get a free copy of the Town Topic EP at the show.


On September 23, Tomlab will release the CD and download edition of the Town Topic EP.  This is what the CD looks like, if you forget to turn off the flash:

The download doesn't look like anything because it physically does not exist.  It is nothing.

Here is the track listing:

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)
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)

Here is the promo text, just in case you are incredibly curious about this release:

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

The TOWN TOPIC EP is the soundtrack to video artist and photographer Laurel Nakadate's debut feature film, STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE.  Laurel commissioned CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE's Owen Ashworth to provide all of the music for STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE, right down to the character's ring tones.  Laurel's original intention was to use previously released CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE songs for the film's soundtrack, but Owen opted instead to re-construct the pre-existing material and blend it with a number of new pieces to create a cohesive score specifically for the project.  Built from the sounds of electric pianos, organs, Casio keyboards, a primitive monophonic sequencer/drum machine, and a shit ton of spring reverb, the music on the TOWN TOPIC EP parallels the stories of trouble-making Kansas City teenagers as they detonate explosives, eat at diners, watch fireworks, get kidnapped, and make a couple of phone calls over one sweltering Midwestern summer. 

The TOWN TOPIC EP consists of thirteen short instrumental pieces, book-ended by the two vocal tracks that were recorded specifically for the film: "Ice Cream Truck," which, over a simulated July soundscape of Mr. Softee jingles, cicadas and trunk-rattling bass from passing cars, tells the story of criminal-minded kids who go joy-riding in a stolen ice cream truck and make other poorly-informed decisions along the way, and "Green Cotton Sweater (version)," which trumps the song's 2001 appearance on the POCKET SYMPHONIES FOR LONESOME SUBWAY CARS LP with blown-out drum machine rhythms, clattering pianos, and loads of vintage amp abuse.  Other stand-out tracks include "Town Topic (instrumental)," a jukebox-ready country shuffle that could easily be mistaken for the backing track of a long-lost Patsy Cline hit, and "Nashville Parthenon (instrumental)," which re-imagines the original electro arrangement as a lovely and minimal electric piano lullaby.

The TOWN TOPIC EP collects tracks from two limited, vinyl-only EPs (the TOWN TOPIC 7", released by OIB Records in Brighton, England, and STSNC INSTRUMENTALS 7", released by People In A Position To Know Recordings, Inc. in Olympia, WA), plus one bonus track, the previously unreleased "Lesley Gore on the TAMI Show (instrumental)."  The cover photograph, which features two of the actors from STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE, was taken by Laurel Nakadate.


Seriously who writes this stuff?

Like I said before, I will be going to Europe for a tour to celebrate the release of this thing.  Because I am a genius, the CD won't actually be released until the very last day of the tour.  Incredible planning, bonehead.

There will be a bunch of Midwest, East Coast, and mildly-Southern U.S. tour dates following in October & November.  Those dates will be announced on the SHOWS page as soon as the information is available.

Are you guys excited about fall or what????



What's up, fellas?  Tomorrow I am going to Grand Rapids to play a make-up show for the bummer cancellation back in April.  I'm really happy to be sharing this show with The Spectacles, who are good friends from Chicago, and Paleo, whom I have never met but whose music I have enjoyed listening to in my home.  The show is also going to be a fundraiser for a new soundsystem for the DAAC.  The DAAC has faced some legal troubles in the recent past, and its staff of purehearted volunteers have worked really hard to get the DAAC up to code and totally leigitimate, and that hasn't left much time, energy, or money for things like new mics, cables, and other equipment necessary to put on really great all ages shows.  So, to support the cause, none of the bands are taking any money for this show.  Come help out the DAAC!

I am also really excited to announce my September European tour.  I'm going to a bunch of places I've never been before, including Russia, Finland, and Norway.  I'm doing this tour totally solo, which means lots of trains, planes, and gawking at strangers who speak different languages than me.  What should I see?  What should I eat?  What should I avoid touching?  If anyone has any Russia or Scaninavian travel advice, I could sure use the help.  My email address is casiotonetechsupport@gmail.com.

The September tour will mark the release of the CD edition of the Town Topic EP, which will collect newly mastered tracks from my two most recent 7" releases: The Town Topic EP on OIB Records, and the STSNC INSTRUMENTALS EP on PIAPTK Records.  As of now, both 7"s are still available from their respective labels as well as THIS WEBSITE.  Tomlab will just be handling the CD version.  I think the official release date is September 23.  There will also be digital downloads available from wherever you've been getting your CFTPA digital downloads already.  Here's the poster for the new release, which will also be serving as my tour poster for all fall dates:


The photo is a still from the Laurel Nakadate film, STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE, for which all of the music on the Town Topic EP was recorded.  I think Laurel will be releasing a fancy DVD edition pretty soon.

In October and November, I will be playing a whole mess of Midwest and East Coast US tour dates in support of the Town Topic EP.  A new album will follow in early 2009, and I'll be touring like a crazy person after that thing comes out.  So, if I'm not going to your city in the next few months, chances are I'll be there early next year.

As always, all tour dates can be found on the SHOWS page.

Thanks for reading!



Hello friends,

Next week, I am starting a tour of the Western States with my buddies in Foot Foot.  And, despite Foot Foot's threats of non-stop Harry Potter books on tape in the minivan, I anticipate a pretty good time.  I haven't been to a lot of those places for a long while, and I just hope that the good peoeple of Denver haven't gotten all sour due to my neglect.  Anyway, there are a mess of dates over on the shows page right now, and I'm expecting to have a few more dates for you in the coming days.

So, after some bummer pressing plant delays (that I can assure you were in no way the fault of the good people at OIB Records), I will finally have the U.S. pressing of the TOWN TOPIC 7" available on the Western States tour.  Unlike the blue vinyl UK tour copies, the US tour copies will be on clear vinyl.  Clear like those beautiful Pacific waters.  As if blue wasn't oceany enough.

Special for the Western States tour, I will also have a brand new 7" called STSNC INSTRUMENTALS that is sort of the sequel to the TOWN TOPIC EP. TOWN TOPIC EP + STSNC INSTRUMENTALS = all of the music that was recorded specifically for the Laurel Nakadate film, STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE. STSNC INSTRUMENTALS collects all of the short instrumental tracks that were used throughout the film, plus a few that didn't make the final cut, including some bonus ringtones for some of the characters' cell phones.  Ringtones on a 7".  Does your phonograph have a Bluetooth hook-up?  Here is the track listing:

1. Twinkle Echo (reverse) 0:36
2. Nashville Parthenon (instrumental) 1:40
3. STSNC 1:02
4. Twinkle Echo (redux) 0:54
5. I like Common 1:17
6. Possible Love Interest (ringtone) 0:32
7. Bad People (ringtone) 0:27
8. OMG (ringtone) 0:30
9. Probably Walkin Down The Street (ringtone) 0:35
10. Ice Cream Truck (instrumental) 1:21

STSNC INSTRUMENTALS is being released by People In A Position To Know, INC in Olympia, WA, who also released that CFTPA/Concern collaboration single back in January.   STSNC INSTRUMENTALS will be limited to 300 copies, and is being pressed onto random surprise colored vinyl. I don't even know what the records will look like until they come back from the pressing plant, but I can tell you that the cover will look like this:


I drew that.

After this tour that's about to happen, I'll be taking most of the summer off to finally get this new album finished.  It probably won't be out until after the new year, but I promise there will be some other interesting things coming out between now and then.

Oh and Europe it looks like I'll be seeing you in September.


The UK tour starts Wednesday and I'm pretty excited, dudes.  Jenny Herbinson will be joining me for the tour, and we'll be making our UK debut as a DUO.  What else.  OIB Records in Brighton, England will be releasing a 7" EP especially for the UK tour. The EP will feature four previous unreleased tracks recorded for the Laurel Nakadate film STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE.  You can watch the movie's trailer HERE, by the way.

Here is the tracklisting:

1. Ice Cream Truck
2. Town Topic (instrumental)
3. I Love Creedence (instrumental)
4. Green Cotton Sweater (version)

"Ice Cream Truck" is streaming now OVER HERE, where you can also see a sneak peak of Laurel Nakadate's cover photography.

The Town Topic EP is a VINYL ONLY RELEASE and won't be available in shops until after the tour. An extremely limited tour edition of the 7" will be pressed on light blue vinyl.

I will also have limited quantities of the Casiotone/Donkeys split 7", the David Horvitz picture disc 7", the Casiotone/Concern square 8 3/4" available on this tour. Also, Shea'la Finch of Tiny Showcase designed some super fancy and very limited tote bags especially for the tour so you'll have something to carry your new records home in.  That is if you feel like buying some new records.  No pressure.

OH!  And a second London show was just added.  Full tour dates HERE.

ALSO!!! I will be touring the right-hand portion of the United States in April with my friends from Australia, Clue To Kalo.  A tour of the left-hand portion of the United States will follow in May and June with California's own Foot Foot.  I should have copies of all of the new vinyl releases for sale on those tours, too.



I am proud to announce two tours a long time in the making: a February FLORIDA ONLY tour with Dear Nora & an epic March UK/Ireland tour.  The dates are up now on the SHOWS page.  It looks like I'm probably going to do some kind of special limited edition 7" for the UK tour, but I haven't exactly recorded it yet.  It is happening, though!  Watch this space for updates.

In other news!!!

STAY THE SAME NEVER CHANGE, the first feature film by Laurel Nakadate, will premiere in Kansas City, MO on February 1.  In case you missed the news, all of the music in this movie is by me, Owen Ashworth, the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.  Laurel & I will be presenting the film and leading a gallery discussion at Grand Arts in Kansas City on February 2.  You are invited!  You can download the press release HERE.

p.s. If you live in Florida and you want to help advertise one of the upcoming shows (no pressure I'm not trying to make this a thing), you can download the FLORIDA ONLY tour poster RIGHT HERE & then go hang it up at the juice bar or something.  Only if you feel like it.


An exclusive four-track home recording of "New Year's Kiss" is now available as a free MP3 download on the A/V page.  Happy New Year!!!


In January 2008, People In A Position To Know Recordings, Inc. will release a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Concern collaborative Bruce Springsteen tribute single. This vinyl only release is a two song, square, one-sided 8 3/8" vinyl single in a full color 9" sleeve.  500 copies are being pressed on brown marble vinyl, and 500 copies are being pressed on tan/black marble vinyl.

Here is the record's tracklisting:

1. Born In The U.S.A.
2. Streets of Philadelphia

This release was previously advertised as being part of PIAPTK's Limited Edition Vinyl Subscription Series. That subscription series is I guess no longer happening, so you can probably just buy it the regular ways you buy records, or by ordering directly from PIAPTK.

Concern (i.e. my brother Gordon) and I will be embarking on a short Pacific Northwest tour to celebrate the release of our collaboration.  Here are the tour dates:

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone & Concern
January 2008 Pacific Northwest Tour

1/09/08- Portland, OR- Artistery
1/10/08- Anacortes, WA- Department of Safety
1/11/08- Seattle, WA- Vera Project
1/12/08- Olympia, WA- Black Front Gallery

all shows are all ages.

Also in January, Aagoo Records will be releasing the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone picture disc 7" in an edition of 500.  As previously reported, the tracklisting is as follows:

1. Old Panda Days {vocals by Nick Krgovich}
2. Lesley Gore on the TAMI Show (version) {vocals by Jenny Herbinson}

Both of these releases will be for sale at the merch table on the January tour.  In the meantime, you can preview tracks from both of these releases right now at www.myspace.com/cftpa.

Thanks for reading!!!




I recently remixed a track for my friend Dudley Benson in Auckland, NZ.  The remix is for a song called "I Don't Mind" and it's only available on a limited edition 12" on Dudley's own Golden Retriever label.  There were only 300 copies pressed, so if you want one, you'd better be quick about it.  New Zealand and international orders can be negotiated at the following website:




On December 5, I will return to San Francisco for a special concert to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the very first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone live performance.  It's going to be an all ages show at The Bottom of the Hill with The Papercuts & DJ Matt Bonar.  This show will also be the record release party for a new Casiotone for the Painfully Alone picture disc 7" from Aagoo Records.  This vinyl only release will feature two exclusive tracks with guest vocals by two of my favorite singers and photography by David Horvitz..  Here is the track listing:

1. "Old Panda Days" is sung by Nick Krgovich
2. "Lesley Gore on the TAMI Show (version)" is sung by Jenny Herbinson

This release won't be available in shops or through mail order until early 2008, and I will only have a limited number available at the show.  Only one copy per customer will be sold, so come down early and pick up your copy!


Hard To Find A Friend (the music blog) asked me to record a Christmas song for a download-only benefit compilation album called PEACE ON EARTH. Anyone who knows me knows that I love toys AND tots, so I said "Hell yes." I recorded an instrumental version of one of my favorite holiday tunes, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and now you can buy it along with 17 other mega-jams right over here at THIS WEBSITE for only $7.

100% of proceeds go to benefit Toys for Tots. It's a totally good cause and pretty worth it I think! Here is the tracklisting:

1. Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Shepherd's Song
2. Quiet Company - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make it Through This Year
4. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Sweetwater Abilene - The Wheels Are Off
5. Chris Walla - Coventry Carol
6. David Karsten Daniels - In The Bleak Midwinter
7. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
8. The Winston Jazz Routine - Through the Snow
9. Via Audio - My Boo
10. The Long Winters - Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes)
11. TW Walsh - Drop the Bomb
12. Ohtis - American Christians
13. Aaron Robinson - End of the Year
14. The Cotton Jones Basket Ride (Michael Nau of Page France) - White Christmas
15. American Music Club - Please Please
16. Johnny Bertram - Merry Christmas (You Won't Get What You Want)
17. Rosie Thomas - Christmas Time is Here
18. Sleeptalker - This is Christmas

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is streaming at www.myspace.com/cftpa right now. Remember this song is ONLY AVAILABLE on the benefit compilation so you should go buy it right now! Downloading it illegally will result in more coal in your stocking than you could ever imagine.



The Donkeys and I recorded another round of songs for Daytrotter on our last summer tour. The Casiotone vs. The Donkeys session is up now, and The Donkeys vs. The Donkeys session should be up later in the week.


Meanwhile, I am on tour in the Northeast USA with my good friends To Bad Catholics from Vancouver, BC.  Come see a show!  The dates are here.



I will be suporting some of David Bazan's Midwest tour dates in September.  I'm looking forward to driving around in a rental car and eating at Cracker Barrel again.  And not to be prejudiced, but I'm really excited about visiting Lubbock, Texas, hometown of Buddy Holly.  I saw the Buddy Holly musical when I was a kid and it laid a pretty heavy trip on me. 

After Lubbock, I will be stopping in Kansas to work on some music for my friend Laurel Nakadate's new movie, and then on my way home I will be playing at the Pygmalion Festival in Urbana-Champaign, IL.  I will be playing solo for all of these shows, by the way.  No new records to promote, but I will have new t-shirts for sale.  That's something, right?

Oh, also, I'm making my first ever trip to Portugal in October.  I'll be playing in Fundão at the IMAGO Film Festival as part of some kind of Tomlab night, and then another show in (probably) beautiful Alcobaça.  All of those dates are over on the shows page.

Last things!  I taped an episode of XLR8R TV when I was in San Francisco last.  There is some karaoke involved.

The tour split 7" with The Donkeys is now available through mail order from Antenna Farm Records.

Two more vinyl singles are still in the works, but they are taking FOREEEEVVVVVEEEERRRRRRR.


I forgot to tell you about the full band U.S. summer tour with The Donkeys!!!  It's going to be epic.  And by epic I mean really long.  I have some of the confirmed dates up on the shows page now and there are lots more on the way.  The Donkeys and I will be playing some brand new songs in glorious full band formation for this tour, and the plan is to head right to the studio at the end of the tour to record for the next Casiotone album. There will be guitar solos. There will be tambourines. There will be really long sound checks!


Antenna Farm Records is going to release a limited edition split 7" special for the tour.  The record will feature two brand new and exclusive songs per band and will come wrapped in a real fancy full color photo sleeve which may or may not embarrass the shit out of some old and dear friends of mine.

Speaking of embarrassment, I put an MP3 of the first ever Casiotone for the Painfully Alone song, "Seattle Wash," up on the A/V page.   This version was recorded just about ten years ago, and was released as the b-side of my first ever 7" on Train Bridge Recordings.  The MP3 was ripped directly off the original test pressing, as the record is long out of print,  the master tapes are lost, and that test pressing is the only copy of the recording in my possession.  Re-recorded (and in my opinion superior) versions of the original three songs can now be found on the Answering Machine Music reissue, but here's your chance to hear one of the original recordings in all of its fumbling, mouth-breathing glory.  Just keep reminding yourself that the sad dude on the mic turned out pretty alright afterall.


I'm home from tour and I turned 30.  My back is killing me.  Thanks to everyone to came to the shows.  I was glad to have the chance to share bills with old friends Xiu Xiu and new  friends Shearwater.  Special thanks to Caralee and Howard for their surprise guest spots during some of the Casiotone sets.  Hopefully I'll have some tour photos by Emma Roach up on the site soon.

There are lots of new dates up on the shows page, and I'll be scrambling to finish up tracks for some new releases before those May Canadian dates.  Here's what's coming up:

A track for the David Shrigley Worried Noodles Compilation CD

A split 7" tour support EP w/ The Donkeys

That David Horvitz picture disc 7" finally

Organ Resonance Frequency/Oregon Residence Frequency (two different collaborations with Gordon Wilson Ashworth of Oscillating Innards) split 7" of Bruce Springsteen covers

Maybe a new album eventually


Hey folks,

I'm going to be leaving for tour in a couple of days here. This is the first solo tour I've done in a while and I'm pretty excited about it. I have some new songs to try out and some new things to sell at the merch table. I'm bringing copies of the recent limited edition 7"s (including the very last of the Graceland singles and Fox Pause splits), and I'll have a mess of handsome new t-shirts as well. In fact, Heidi Anderson, who painted the Etiquette and Twinkle Echo covers, is designing and hand-making 40 limited edition lady-sized t-shirts just for this tour. Pretty nice!

Oh, and for a lot of these shows, I will be opening for Xiu Xiu and Shearwater, which will be pretty great. Xiu Xiu were kind enough to bring me along on my first ever U.S. national tour, and I'm very glad to be playing shows with them again for this, my 6th U.S. national tour. I really hope you can make it to one of the shows.  I've got em all listed over HERE.



The Foot Foot / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone split 7" is now available for pre-order from Oedipus Records.  The Casiotone song is called "It's A Crime" & it was recorded in San Diego with Alex deLanda & Sam Sprague last year.  The Foot Foot song is called "Hysterical" and it is rock n' roll.  Carrie Dietz from Foot Foot did the lovely artwork you see above.  This release is limited to 500 copies.  150 of those 500 copies are pressed on white vinyl, & won't be available in shops!


Tomlab has just released a newly mastered version of "Bobby Malone Moves Home" as the second single from Etiquette. The single is available on CD EP & 7" vinyl.  Each format has its own exclusive b-sides of new, full band arrangements of CFTPA favorites, recorded during a 2006 US Tour with San Diego's The Donkeys playing as the backing band.  Both formats feature cover art by The Donkeys' Anthony Lukens.

CD EP tracklisting:

1. Bobby Malone Moves Home
2. Jeane, If You're Ever In Portland (Live)
3. Tonight Was A Disaster (Live)
4. It Wasn't The Same Somehow (Live)
5. Bobby Malone Moves Home (Live)

7"  tracklisting:

1. Bobby Malone Moves Home
2. Jeane, If You're Ever In Portland (Daytrotter Version)

The Graceland single is out of print!!!!

More singles are on the way!!!

This spring, Oedipus Records will be releasing a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone 7" picture disc featuring photography by David Horvitz.  The songs for this 7" aren't actually going to be the tracks that were previously announceed on account that the master tapes for those tracks were lost/damaged in a fire.  Dramatic!  I am recording some new songs for this release now.  By the way, his is the second in a series of David Horvitz photo picture discs, the first being the recently released Xiu Xiu 7" for Dogg Pony Records.

Finally, People In A Position To Know Records will be releasing a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone/Oscillating Innards collaborative single sometime around the end of the year or early next year.  I will be posting more information on this one in the coming weeks.