When I was first introduced to Casiotone for the Painfully Alone in 2002 or so, I immediately thought that I had stumbled upon an outfit so right for the times that there was no way that it was going to remain under the radar for very long. For sure there was no better distillation of the youthful malaise and disenchantment of what is often called the ‘Lost Generation’. Alas, as far as I know anyway, this one-man band didn’t take off like I expected, even after releasing ever stronger albums over the past 8 years.
Well, it looks like that 2010 is going to be the final year for CftPA, so be sure to catch him whenever possible. During the set of a recent show in Brooklyn, Owen announced that after another tour in October that this was to be the last time that he will be performing as CftPA. I am sad to see this project go but he has left probably the strongest body of work of nearly anyone over the past 10 years and look forward to his next endeavor.
Be sure to check out the TSOI archives for an exclusive interview and live tracks of shows past.
There are few things more unholy than a Christmas song in the summer. Here is “Cold Christmas” as performed at a recent show during the hottest summer on record.
July 18, 2010 CtftPA Setlist:
Optimist Vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In)
Man O’ War
I Love You Creedence
White on White
Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show
Traveling Salesman’s Young Wife Home Alone on Christmas In Montpelier, VT
New Year’s Kiss
Cold White Christmas
Streets of Philadelphia