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Advance Base Battery Life

  • 1. Old Panda Days - (featuring Nick Krgovich)
    2. Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show
    3. White Corolla
    4. White on White
    5. Holly Hobby
    6. Lonesome New Mexican Nights
    7. Only Way to Cry, The
    8. It's a Crime
    9. Missoula
    10. Hot Boyz - (featuring Dear Nora)
    11. Born in the U.S.A. - (featuring Concern)
    12. Streets of Philadelphia - (featuring Concern)
    13. Graceland
    14. Sunday St.
    15. Voice of the Hospital
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 56727

  • Credits
    EngineerAlex Delanda

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Owen Ashworth (vocals, piano, tambourine, electronics).
    Personnel: Jenny Herbinson (vocals, background vocals); Nick Krgovich (vocals); Alex deLanda, Gordon Ashworth (guitar).
    Audio Mixers: Owen Ashworth; Nathan Cowing; Gordon Ashworth.
    Recording information: A Basement, Portland, OR; A Bedroom, Berkeley, CA; A Bedroom, Redwood City, CA; Advance Base, Chicago, IL; Alex & Sam's Old Place, San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Portland, OR; The Hive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    ADVANCE BASE BATTERY LIFE collects tracks recorded by Owen Ashworth between 2004 and 2007, culled from splits and compilations. With its wide range of styles, and incongruous covers of tracks by Paul Simon ("Graceland") and Missy Elliott ("Hot Boyz"), you'd expect a hot mess. But the disc's very ramshackle nature makes it an ideal primer for Casiotone newcomers, because it hits on styles from all his albums, which are all equally quirky anyway. Highlights include "White Corolla" (with vocals by Jenny Herbinson), and "It's a Crime," which adds shades of bluegrass to Ashworth's usual downbeat keyboard melodies.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (Magazine) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[There are] flashes of lo-fi pop brilliance, as when he underpins wistful melody of opener 'Old Panda Days' with a crashing hip hop beat..."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Though the expected tracks of washed-out vocals, shimmery keyboards, lonely drum machine thumps, and efficiently told tales of romantic disappointment abound, there are also surprises here."
    Clash (magazine) (p.107) - "'White Corolla' is a perfect electro-pop dream, with Jenny Herbinson's crystal clear vocals skipping over the beeps and clicks superbly. Covers are plentiful too..."
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