The first time I saw Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (in other words, Owen Ashworth and about 15 keyboards all on battery power) was years ago, at a beat-up old record shop in a beat-up part of the Mission in San Francisco. As I recall, the total number of people paying attention to the music was four: two young girls who had a C86-style pop band (The Seaside Apartments, I think they were called) and were bent on being big in Japan, my friend Mark and me. It was one of the most awkward public performances I'd ever seen but there was no denying the music's underlying charm. Ashworth hadn't mastered the "stomp" part of stomp boxes and so would turn his distortion on with a quick dart of his hand before hitting the next chord.
In any case, CFTPA is playing tonight with Xiu Xiu at Casa Burrito in Murfreesboro. But perhaps he'll sing about Nashville anyway:
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "Nashville Parthenon" [mp3]
One of my favorite things about this song, aside from the droll lyrics, is that even with "Nashville" in the title, that instrumental break still catches you by surprise. (From Etiquette.)