Advance Base

Advance Base is Owen Ashworth – who formerly went by the name Casiotone for the Painfully Alone…

Owen makes lo-fi heart-warmers. If you’re planning on staring out of a train window at some wintery scenery, and you need a soundtrack – look no further.

Owen has picked out this top 5 – and it’s the most eclectic set yet. Unfortunately that means both YouTube and Spotify are scuppered, but I’ll include some links to buy the vinyl of the ones I can’t find!

So here we go – over to Owen:

1 – “Lost Beauties” by Cryptacize

This song was released on a 7″ by the German label, Slowboy. My friend Jan played it for me & I loved it before I even knew that it was by Cryptacize, a band I’d toured the US with the previous summer. It’s just a perfect pop song, & my very favorite Cryptacize song.

2 – “I Have No Loving Mother Now” by The Carter Family

From the Arhoolie CD On Border Radio – 1939 – Vol. 1. I believe this song was first recorded by Kelly Harrell in the 1920’s, but I love the extra verse in the Carter Family version. I like it when very sad songs are sung very plainly.

3 – “My Home Town” by Hasil Adkins

My brother Gordon played this song for me in the car a while back, & this week I finally got around to buying the LP Moon Over Madison on Norton Records. The whole thing sounds so great, & this song is the best of them all.

4 – “Lead Me On” by Bobby “Blue” Bland

Currently my favorite song from one of my all-time favorite albums, Two Steps From The Blues (Duke Records). Deep atmosphere. A great song to ruin your life to.

5 – “Life & death in G & A (pts 1 & 2)” by Joe Hicks

From a compilation of Sly Stone-produced tracks from 1965-70 on the UK label Ace Records. This song sounds best played out of a car stereo, very late at night, & several times in a row. Creepy as hell.

And here are the links for the tunes that aren’t on the playlist:

“Lost Beauties” by Cryptacize
“I Have No Loving Mother Now” by The Carter Family
“My Home Town” by Hasil Adkins   (iTunes)

Get purchasing yo.

There’s no Advance Base on YouTube yet, so here’s an old Casiotone for the Painfully Alone number – head to Owen’s website for some new stuff…

Photo – Marc Krause

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