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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone- Advance Base Battery Life review

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Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Advance Base Battery Life
Tomlab


I once found an artist’s sketch notebook outside a Bank Of Ireland on Wexford Street. Perusing it was an incomparably bewitching experience, offering a tantalizing insight into the mechanics of a stranger’s mind that I’d probably never see fully rendered. Where Owen Ashworth’s Casiotone For The Painfully Alone project often recalls reading a dear friend’s diary or an exercise copy of short story ideas, this stopgap rarities release almost exactly replicates that same appetency the artist’s notebook stoked up.

Ashworth is both a painter of poignant portraits and a cripplingly accurate character actor. Rather than shoot clear-focussed photographs of hearts breaking in two or a teardrop running down the face of a man alone in the cinema he employs the soft-edged daub of nostalgia to make his emotional narratives all the more potent- fuzzy like the sine waves from his mewing vintage keyboard speakers. Acutely aware of his own miserablist tendencies he hones his schmaltz rather than waltzing around it. Thus when he whispers “I’ve been searching this town and all I have found/Are nights of bad sex with stupid boyfriends I shouldn’t have kept” on ‘Old Panda Days’ it’s a gilt-edged Morriseyist treat rather than a guilty-pleasure Bright Eyes trick.

Picking up Advance Base Battery Life, however, is a most unrecommendable idea. Like the chanced-upon sketchbook it offers only frustrating insights into possible masterworks, stick-figure men where Michaelangelo’s David might one day stand erect. ‘Holly Hobby’, the collection’s most heart-rending rendition is available in even more grievous glory on the excellent Etiquette album, and the sumptuous covers of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The USA’ and ‘Streets of Philadelphia’, along with Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ and Missy Elliot’s ‘Hot Boyz’, are available as freebies elsewhere. If you need to ready your tear ducts for the tear-fest this year’s forthcoming Vs. Children album will undoubtedly be revisit Etiquette or Twinkle Echo in the meantime, and stock up on the Kleenex Man-Sizes.



Casiotone For The Painfully Al Owen- Holly Hobby
Casiotone For The Paulfully Simon-  Graceland

Wordomino

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For a megalabel Domino Records do a good job at transmitting a discernable personality, rather than the lumpless piles of gruel usually behind bands as big as Franz, Arctic Monkeys, Malkmus, and, erm, Clearlake. Whether it was their release of Max Tundra’s Kosher Chicken soup-can albums earlier in the year, or the very fact they put out the inchoate  These New Puritans album, the boys and girls behind the label clearly have a chipper sense of humour. Their latest nugget has just arrived in my inbox just in time for tea: the 2008 Domino Wordsearch. I gave up on the humble word sleuth a long time ago, but any puzzle involving the Pastels (including the limited-edition Stephen McRobbie 220-piece jigsaw, of course) is good enough reason to dig up old hobbies. It’s taken me 5 minutes to find just three of Domino’s roster in the messy word mass, which is either down to my complete lack of practise, or maybe it’s just a particularly Tricky puzzle.

Groan.

Dan