Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
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Owen Ashworth
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres
Years active 1997–2010
Labels Tomlab
Associated acts Advance Base, Sun Kil Moon
Website Official website
Past members Owen Ashworth

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA) was the musical solo-project of musician Owen Ashworth (born April 22, 1977) of Redwood City, California. The project was established under a set of Dogme 95-like rules: short songs, played in C, on the white notes of Casio keyboards.[2] The band's musical style was characterized by the use of electronically produced beats, cheap keyboards, and slow, frank lyrics. From Etiquette onwards, CFTPA widened in musical scope and added more analog instruments and an overall more organic sound.

CFTPA was active 1997 - 2010, during which five studio albums were released, alongside numerous other releases. CFTPA toured with other indie artists such as The Donkeys, Papercuts, P:ano, The Dead Science, David Bazan, The Rapture, and Xiu Xiu. Following the end of CFTPA, Ashworth began a new project, Advance Base.

History[edit]

Owen Ashworth started CFTPA after he dropped out of film school in 1997. The project was established under a set of Dogme 95-like rules: short songs, played in C, on the white notes of Casio keyboards.[2] The band's musical style was characterized by the use of electronically produced beats, cheap keyboards, and slow, frank lyrics. From Etiquette onwards, CFTPA widened in musical scope and added more analog instruments and an overall more organic sound.

In 2010 Ashworth announced that he was retiring the "Casiotone for the Painfully Alone" name, as well as the songs he wrote under that name, although he planned to continue making music. The band's final show was on December 5, 2010, the thirteen-year anniversary of its first show.[3][4] Ashworth's new project is called Advance Base.[5]

Owen Ashworth's brother is Gordon Ashworth, who makes experimental harsh noise as Oscillating Innards and ambient works as Concern, and also plays in grindcore/black metal project Knelt Rote.

Discography[edit]

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Albums[edit]

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Compilation albums[edit]

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone EPs, splits, singles[edit]

  • Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - 7" single (Train Bridge Recordings, 1998)
  • Alphabet Series G - 7" single (Tomlab, 2005)
  • Fox Pause / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - 7" split (Stationary (Heart) Recordings), 2005)
  • Young Shields - 7" single & CD EP (Tomlab, 2005)
  • Bobby Malone Moves Home - 7" single & CD EP (Tomlab, 2006)
  • Graceland - 7" single (Rococo, 2006)
  • Foot Foot / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - 7" split (Oedipus Records, 2007)
  • The Donkeys / Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - 7" split (Antenna Farm, 2007)
  • New Year's Kiss '08 - free download (cftpa.org, 2007)
  • Casiotone for the Painfully Alone & Concern - one-sided square 8 & 3/8" single (People in a Position to Know Recordings, Inc., 2008)
  • A David Horvitz Picture Disc with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - 7" picture disc (Aagoo Records, 2008)
  • Town Topic EP - 7" EP (OIB Records, 2008)
  • STSNC Instrumentals - 7" EP (People in a Position to Know Recordings, Inc., 2008)
  • Instrumentals No. 2 - 7" EP (Stationary (Heart) Recordings), 2009)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Music for Baby! - CD (Amorfon Records, 2004)
  • Bro Zone - CD (States Rights Records, 2005)
  • Scumrock Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - CD (New York City Records, 2005)
  • Sneakmove Minicomp - 7" (Sneakmove, 2005)
  • David Shrigley's Worried Noodles - double CD (Tomlab, 2007)
  • Peace on Earth: A Charity Holiday Album - digital download (curated by hardtofindafriend.com, 2007)
  • A Soundtrack for a Polaroid of Two Trees in Indiana - CD included with Xiu Xiu: the Polaroid Project: the Book (Mark Batty Publisher, 2007)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Daytrotter sessions[edit]


Advance Base Albums[edit]

Advance Base Compilation albums[edit]

Advance Base EPs, splits, singles[edit]

Advance Base Compilation appearances[edit]

Advance Base Daytrotter sessions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.theguardian.com/music/2010/jul/13/hey-whats-that-sound-casiotone
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (2010-07-28). "Owen Ashworth Opens Up about the End of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  4. ^ "casiotone for the painfully alone". Cftpa.org. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Advance Base of Chicago, Ill". Advancebasemusic.com. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 

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