I'll Just Do What I Want
by Dan
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A delightful (relatively) new website, Daytrotter.com, is responsible for the live recording of four songs a week, by artists of a wide range. Nothing has really grabbed me, though, until now. Of course, it's Casiotone. But whatever, you can't help but be you either.

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Jeanne, If You're Ever In Portland (live on Daytrotter)"

With The Donkeys as the backing band, Casiotone's country leanings begin to lean like one of those push-under puppets. Slumped over into the red. But it's still cutting, it's still full of blades, that slide along the strings and along his vowels, and down the backs of his characters. Because the saddest stories aren't afraid to admit that there's some really good stuff about life.

"It's just miles, it's only miles..",

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - "Tonight Was A Disaster (live on Daytrotter)"

This drum, this bass, this organ, this growing (like a sponge toy, unwatched) guitar, are your only friends now. Because, as with every Casiotone song, this song is about you, and you deserve all of your feelings. You're so precious, you're in the details, the way you slide off your shoe, the way you cough away from the keyboard.

And then he says "Take it, Tony", and Tony knows where to take it. Up above your head, hovering over you when you're lying in bed, your very own cloud.

[Site] - go, go, go. they are performing such a nice service, like justconcerts has, like phoningitin does. and I'm probably going to post about them again when Sunset Rubdown and Frog Eyes do stuff together on there. That is, if I survive their concert on Saturday.


speaking of disasters, this is the last post I'll do before my first comedy show since a long time. Watching rehearsals makes me pace back and forth laughing, so I hope that's an endorsement. come out, say hi. thank you to those that came to the play last month, it was wonderful to meet you.

Posted by Dan at May 16, 2006 2:23 AM

Your site is not only the one to introduce me to Casiotone, but the one to get me to keep listening to them...thanks.

Posted by Michael at May 16, 2006 5:44 PM

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