I can't help but like Owen Ashworth. I usually don't dig music that is even remotely electronic, but damn, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone is cool.
He released a split 7-inch with Foot Foot earlier this month (February 13). On it, Ashworth blesses us with an acoustic gem, "It's A Crime." I honestly think he should change the name, and ditch the electronics all together. I like him so much more when he's playing a guitar.
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone- It's A Crime
If you need more proof that he's better acoustically, check out "Jeanne, If You're Ever In Portland," from his 2006 Daytrotter Session. It is about one thousand times better than the original version.
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone- Jeanne, If You're Ever In Portland (Daytrotter Session)
And just to round out the post a bit, here's Ashworth's cover of Paul Simon's "Graceland," from the Casiotone Graceland EP...
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone- Graceland