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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's Owen Ashworth has announced that this tour will be his last bearing the Casiotone moniker. Ashworth, a former Portland resident and a one-time Mercury intern, has been writing, recording, and performing as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone for nearly 13 years. Ashworth says:
I'd just like to clarify that this doesn't mean that I'm quitting music. I love writing & recording songs, & I hope to make lots more records in my lifetime. But, after nearly thirteen years of being the dude from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, I'm ready for a fresh start & a new challenge. So, after December 5, 2010 (the thirteen year anniversary of my first show), I'm throwing out the old songs & I'm trying something new. I'll have more news about new projects & plans in the coming months.

I imagine I'll be repeating this sentiment a lot between now & December, but thank you so, so much to everyone who has been so supportive of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone over the past thirteen years. I never would have started playing shows or making records without the encouragement of some great friends, & it's blowing my ever-loving mind how many more friends I've made through music over the years. Seriously, thank you.

Ashworth also mentions that he's touring with a Melbourne, Australia band called Otouto (pronounced "otto-ootoe") and that they are "so great." And yes, they are! So, all the more reason not to miss the final pair of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone shows ever, which will take place:
September 18 - The Artistery
September 19 - The Wail
Meanwhile, check out the latest (and perhaps final?) Casiotone for the Painfully Alone song "Goodbye Parthenon" here.