For thirteen years, Owen Ashworth has written a plethora of poignant songs about twenty-something angst. As Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, often playing solo accompanied by a table of two keyboards and multiple effects, Owen was one of the first performers to create entire soundscapes from modest electronic equipment. His songs speak to that post-college disillusionment through brief realistic first person slice of life vignettes that are both sad and moving. Perhaps since he has now moved beyond the age range of his protagonists, Owen has announced that this year will be the last for this particular musical project. In mid-July, Casiotone was the headline band for an excellent night of music at Monster Island. Owen’s set was a tight fifty-two minute run through a nice selection of the recent Casiotone catalog, including five songs each from the last three albums, but only one song from The First Two Albums. He will return to Monster Island on October 15 for the final NYC show for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.
I recorded this set with a nice feed from the soundboard mixed with the Neumann microphones mounted on a pole ten feet from the stage. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!
Stream “Streets of Philadelphia” (Springsteen cover):
Stream “Bobby Malone Moves Home”:
Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Monster Island Basement
Brooklyn, NY USA
Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix
Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 16bit 44.1kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac
Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
[Total Time 52:58]
02 Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm
03 Man O’ War
04 I Love Creedence
05 White Corolla
06 White on White
07 Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show
08 Old Panda Days
09 Traveling Salesman’s Young Wife Home Alone On Christmas In Montpelier, VT
11 Scattered Pearls
12 New Year’s Kiss
14 Cold White Christmas
15 Bobby Malone Moves Home
16 Young Shields
17 Streets of Philadelphia (Springsteen)
19 White Jetta
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