Casiotone for the Painfully Alone plans final tour, effectively dismantle the entire genre of sad-sack casiocore

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone plans final tour, effectively dismantle the entire genre of sad-sack casiocore

If you’re the peculiarly specific type of personality that’s constantly downtrodden and only enjoys the sound of Casio keyboards, you’ve had a friend for the past 13 years in Owen Ashworth, a.k.a. Casiotone for the Painfuly Alone. That said, if you’re that exact type of person, you may need to sit down for a second. As it turns out, Ashworth has decided to disband his one-man band. He still plans to make music, just not under the Casiotone for the Painfully Alone name. The man may even branch out into the fruitful world of Yamahas.

Before you, the dedicated Casiotone enthusiast who gobbled up last year’s Vs. Children (TMT Review) on Tomlab, start looking for the tragic undertones in Wesley Willis records, know that Ashworth isn’t letting his old project just fall off the face of the earth. No, the guy is sending his Casio to the grave all Viking funeral style, except more “going on an enormous tour” and less “being cremated at sea.” Ashworth will tour North America throughout September and October, and then he’ll head to Europe to tour through late October and November, though those dates have yet to be booked. But don’t take it from me, take it from Ashworth, whose full statement (from the group’s MySpace) lies between here and his North American itinerary:

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 below. 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.

Tomlab is planning to release a 10-inch around Christmas as a final goodbye.

Casiotone for the Painfully Final Tour:

09.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
09.09.10 - Iowa City, IA - PS1 *
09.10.10 - Omaha, NE - The Bourbon Theatre *
09.11.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
09.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Subterranean/Slowtrain Records *
09.13.10 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective *
09.14.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern *
09.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
09.16.10 - Victoria, BC - The Legendary Castle Troyler *
09.17.10 - Victoria, BC - Logan’s *
09.18.10 - Portland, OR - Artistery *
09.19.10 - Portland, OR - The Wail *
09.21.10 - Oakland, CA - 21 Grand *
09.22.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
09.23.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA -SLO Art Center *
09.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell *
09.25.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
09.27.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s *
09.28.10 - Houston, TX - Khon’s Rooftop *
09.29.10 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf
09.30.10 - Memphis ,TN - Hi-Tone *
10.01.10 - Nashville, TN - The End (Next Big Nashville Festival) *
10.02.10 - Lousville, KY - Zanzabar *
10.07.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - WIDR Barking Tuna Festival *
10.08.10 - Toronto, ON - The Piston *
10.09.10 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar *
10.10.10 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10.12.10 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak & The Ax *
10.13.10 - Cambridge, MA - TT The Bear’s *
10.14.10 - Manhattan, NY - Mercury Lounge *
10.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Monster Island Basement *
10.16.10 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10.17.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Arts

* Otouto

• Casiotone for the Painfully Alone:
• Tomlab:

[Photo: MySpace]

RJD2 brings democracy to the people with fan-created B-side contest

If there’s one musician’s name that is synonymous with the phrase “Democracy in Action,”* it must surely be Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen er, RJD2. The talented producer/instrumentalist just released Inversions of the Colossus, an album of B-sides and instrumentals on his own RJ’s Electrical Connections label, a companion album to The Colossus (TMT Review) from earlier this year. And now, fans have the chance to use the free remixing software available here and do a number on RJ’s track “The Glow.” One and only one lucky fan will reap all the fame, champagne, and glory that comes with the honor of having your winning remix included with a Flosstradamus remix as the B-sides to the as-yet-unreleased digital single.

Also in RJD2 news, you can now pick up free tracks from Inversions of the Colossus on dude’s MySpace page, including a hip-hop remix of Bassnectar’s “Son’s Cycle” and a bootyshakin’ remix of Candy Panther’s “The Glow,” which is coincidentally also the track featured in the remix competition.

* Okay, so looking back on this I see that it’s not TECHNICALLY democracy as the fans are not also doing the voting. But you know what I mean, right, like about how anyone can participate? Right? Riiiiight?

• RJD2:
• RJ’s Electrical Connections:

J. Tillman was going to shower, but he decided to release a new album instead

J. Tillman is many things. He drums for Fleet Foxes, and in his spare time he’s also an accomplished singer/songwriter. He isn’t, however, a frequent bather. I guess it’s hard to blame the guy, especially with locks that are this unruly. Still, your mane would be much easier to manage, J., if you would just condition every once in awhile! Come on, man! Instead of getting in touch with his Herbal Essences, Tillman will release a new album on September 14, entitled Singing Ax. Due out on Western Vinyl, the album was recorded by some guy named Steve Albini at some place called Electrical Audio in Chicago. You can catch Tillman and his luscious locks on the road for the rest of the summer:

07.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
07.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *#
07.30.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
07.31.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
08.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre *
08.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet *
08.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
08.06.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
08.07.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
08.09.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
08.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
08.14.10 - Providence, RI - Club Hell *
08.15.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *

* Phosphorescent
# Little Wings

• J. Tillman:
• Western Vinyl:

Bottomless Pit reveal sophomore album Blood Under the Bridge; real bottomless pit revealed to be not bottomless at all, just really deep

A real bottomless pit is kind of a ripoff. You know it’s not bottomless, that it’s just a really deep hole some hillbilly huckster dug to make a few bucks, and you’re really just paying to see how laughable it can be. Chicago indie-lifers (half of them used to be in Silkworm, don’t you know) Bottomless Pit, on the other hand, would never rip you off. Their supremely precise post-punk is about the best deal on the market for that kind of thing, but they haven’t been doing a whole lot of business lately, as they’ve had no new releases since 2008’s Congress EP and no new full-lengths since their debut Hammer of the Gods (TMT Review) from 2007. That silence will end August 10, when they debut their sophomore LP Blood Under the Bridge courtesy of Comedy Minus One.

With a title like Blood Under the Bridge, you can expect some serious pep from these Bottomless Pit guys. The band’s description of the album supports such a high expectation, as the “album explores the awful and thrilling randomness of fate, with a hard fix on the future.” Gosh, sounds like someone’s making a serious bid to soundtrack all your late summer barbecues! Bottomless Pit will also be embarking on a short tour in November, with Black Helicopter opening all dates.

Blood Under the Bridge tracklisting:

01. Winterwind
02. Summerwind
03. Rhinelander
04. Late
05. Dixon
06. Kiss Them All
07. Is It a Ditch
08. Q.E.D.
09. 38 Souls

Bottomless Pit tourdates (all with Black Helicopter):

11.05.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.o6.10 - Milwaukee, WI - TBA
11.11.10 - Pittsburg, PA - Howlers
11.12.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle Est
11.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11.14.10 - Columbus, OH - Treehouse

• Bottomless Pit:
• Comedy Minus One:

RIP: Margaret Ann Rich, songwriter and wife of Charlie Rich

From Billboard:

Songwriter Margaret Ann Rich, widow of country star Charlie Rich, has died aged 76 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Several of Margaret Ann Rich’s songs were recorded by other artists, including her best-known composition, “Life’s Little Ups and Downs,” which made No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in January 1991 when recorded by Ricky van Shelton (Columbia). The song was originally published as “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” and published by Make A Million/BMI. Other artists to record her songs included Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (“A Part of Your Life”) and Tom Jones (“Field of Yellow Yellow Daisies”).

Blonde Redhead confirm epic fall tour

Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first (maybe… it depends on where you get your news): Blonde Redhead are taking to the highways, the country roads, and, um, some other kind of road this fall in an epic tour across the mighty lands of the US and Canada to rep their upcoming album, Penny Sparkle. Slated for a September 14 release on 4AD, the new album was produced by audio wunderkinds Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Massive Attack). Hear a track from it over at the Chocolate Grinder — do it! You can also catch Blonde Redhead at a venue near you (maybe… it depends on where you live. Sorry Idaho!) with Rough Trade artist Pantha Du Prince opening for the first part of the tour.


10.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10.16.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis *
10.17.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10.18.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10.20.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
10.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
10.23.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *
10.24.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
10.25.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
10.27.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
10.29.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.30.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.31.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.01.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
11.03.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
11.14.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11.15.10 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
11.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
11.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
11.20.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
11.21.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11.29.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
11.30.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
12.01.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa

* Pantha Du Prince

• Blonde Redhead:
• 4AD:


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