Monday, July 12, 2010

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Arms and Legs, Lion Cub

Wednesday, July 14 2010, Manic Productions presents:

Lilly's Pad (Toad's Place Upstairs)
300 York Street Street
New Haven CT

$8 - 7:00PM - All Ages (21+ to drink)


Buy tickets now or pick them up at Redscroll Records

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (CFTPA) is the beats-and-keys solo project of singer, songwriter and Chicago resident, Owen Ashworth. Drawing heavy influence from traditional Americana as well as 80’s synth pop and commercial hip hop, the music of CFTPA is a curious mix of austere character studies and playful electronic programming. His final North American tour will be in September/October of 2010, and then after a tour in Europe he will be retiring the project.

The first three Casiotone for the Painfully Alone albums were made using only battery operated keyboards and electronics recorded to 4-track cassette. With 1999's Answering Machine Music, 2001's Pocket Symphonies for Lonesome Subway Cars (now collected onto one CD), and 2003's Twinkle Echo, Ashworth defined a hybrid strain of raw, emotional, and very homemade synth pop that was instantly recognizable as his own. Claustrophobic two-minute character studies shuddered with reverbed beats, blown-out chords, and simple but infectous melodies, all layered beneath Ashworth's sometimes funny but always heartbreaking lyrics.

Believing he had taken his self-imposed set of limitations to their logical conclusion, Ashworth expanded his sound with 2006's Etiquette.
Etiquette removes the focus from a decidedly utilitarlian aesthetic to a broader production spectrum that finally gives Ashworth's personal, affecting song writing the space it deserves. In collaboration with producers and musicians like Jherek Biscoff (of The Dead Science and Degenerate Art Ensemble) and Jason Quever (The Papercuts and Pan American Recording Studio), the sound of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone has grown to include pianos, organs, strings, flutes, drums, and pedal steel guitars in addition to Ashworth's signature electronics and drum machines. Tomlab

Arms and Legs (full band):
Electro-Indie-folk with thick 3 to 4 part harmonies. Touches of 60's pop, all the way back to All Time Quarterback. Elliott Smith. Modern Sky

Lion Cub is the new project from the former members of beloved Kill Normal Records band La Guillotine and features friends from Aeroplane, 1929. With their giddy mixture of organic instrumentation reminiscent of their rural New England background and the sleek rhythms of electric drums and looped beats Lion Cub is a constantly shifting and progressing take on classic pop music.


7/14 New Haven, CT @ Lily's Pad
7/15 Albany, NY @ Valentine's Upstairs
7/16 Boston, MA @ Temple Sound & Stage
7/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Monster Island Basement


7/25 Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St
Noon, Free, all ages

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