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PopMatters' #1 Indie Pop album of 2015!

The second album from Owen Ashworth's post-Casiotone for the Painfully Alone bedroom pop project. Ten depressing songs about Michigan, Satan, Christmas, missing persons, arson & parenthood.

"★★★★" - MOJO Magazine

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released August 21, 2015

Owen Ashworth: autoharp, bass, drums, drum machines,
electric piano, Omnichord, piano, sampler & vocals
with
Mike Adams: melody synthesizer (4), drums (9)
Nick Ammerman: autoharp (7)
Edward Crouse: bass (7)
Howard Draper: lap steel guitar (3)
Emma Hospelhorn: bass (2)
Nicholas Krgovich: backing vocals (6), synthesizer (10)
Mat Sweet: guitar (9)
Jody Weinmann: Omnichord & vocals (7)

All songs by Owen Ashworth (BMI) except "My Love for You Is like a Puppy Underfoot," music by Owen Ashwoth (BMI), lyrics by Jody Weinmann (BMI)

Recorded by Owen Ashworth between August 2014 & February 2015 at Advance Basement, Oak Park, IL, except for some elements of “My Love for You Is Like a Puppy Underfoot,” which were recorded in October 2011.

Mike Adams, Howard Draper, Nicholas Krgovich, & Mat Sweet recorded their performances in the privacy of their own homes.

Produced by Owen Ashworth
Mixed by Owen Ashworth & Matthew Barnhart
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk
Cover art by Todd Freeman
Design by Jan Lankisch

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Track Name: Trisha Please Come Home
You don’t call me ever on the phone
Am I supposed to listen to Thin Lizzy
& get high on my own?
I went by the restaurant
Becky said

you don’t work there anymore
She said one guy too many made a pass at you

& you walked out the door

You dropped your apron in the parking lot
& never came back for your last paycheck

I don’t see you ever at the bar
I’m always on the lookout

for your busted ass Windstar
Your name’s off your buzzer
There’s no welcome mat

sitting outside your door

Your neighbor said the landlord raised the rent ‘til you
wouldn’t pay it anymore

You cleared the whole place out in a single night
& you were up & gone before it was light

You used to get so mad

I couldn’t take you serious

I’d make one stupid joke

& you’d act furious

You even warned me once

that you’d get out somehow

I guess you’re somewhere laughing now

Wild one wild one where’d you go?
Wild one wild one where’d you go?

Trisha please come home
Track Name: Might of the Moose
On my way home from Traverse City

I hit a moose it wasn’t pretty

Walked til I found a Citgo payphone down the road
& I called your house it’s the only number that I know

You picked up & said this is surprising

I stood in the dark apologizing

for the cheap way I ended our good thing

& I asked if you would call a tow truck for me

I walked up the road in the direction

of the hatchback I just had wrecked &

I thought of last night the fight we had in there

& I thought of the way the light looked in your hair

I expected to find the beast embedded

in the windshield the way I’d left it

but there was just blood & glass on the smashed hood
I guess he came to & ran back through the wood
Track Name: Christmas in Dearborn
On the train to your hometown

at stranger’s side on Christmas Eve
Dozing in the window seat

your laundry in your lap

Your brother’s pick-up truck is in the lot
engine running

Steady snow the dog’s asleep

your mom complains about the tree
Cousins come at dinnertime

with babies & partners

You’ll talk about your job or talk about
your apartment


On the bed where you first slept

with your husband at seventeen

Read your yearbooks back to front

with TV on & your skirt off

& counted all of your teachers who were
younger than you now
Track Name: Pamela
Your dad was seventeen

& dumb as a drum machine

A star & a goat

on a chain at his throat

Sold acid & mescaline

but even when he was clean

he still had the smell of weed in his coat

You were named after a fake I.D.
Smaller than you should be

with eyes just as black as the sea

Your mom was sixteen

& sweeter than saccharine

Always said her prayers

unless he was there

She worked at Dairy Queen

& no matter how she cleaned

she still had the smell of death in her hair

You were born into a world of sin
You are the devil’s kin

The sign of the beast on your skin

You have come to fulfill a prophecy
To level humanity

& burn everything that you see
Track Name: Christmas in Milwaukee
Troubled water

I’ve got six feet in my house

Baby daughter

with goldfish in her mouth

Got your letter

You want a Christmas in Milwaukee

I’ve got trouble enough
I’ve got trouble enough

Bells are ringing

I’ve been drinking all my cheer
Fill the tumbler

when the spirit’s cold in here

If I’m the good one

Brother it’s by default

The folks in their graves


have been doing summersaults

I’ve got trouble enough
I’ve got trouble enough

Chevy Nova

rusted out underneath
They broke the window
took the radio & wreath
Drove the long way

just listening to the breeze

I’ve got trouble enough
I’ve got trouble enough
I’ve got trouble enough
I’ve got trouble enough
Track Name: Summon Satan
You had tried to summon Satan
but screwed up the incantation
& left an open portal

on your parents’ kitchen wall
& the demons you released that day
have stayed with you you along your way
Screaming in your ear

Kill them all

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this curse is going to last

You were walking through the park one night
angry looking for a fight

when you heard a busker

playing accordion

You stuck him twice & down he fell
Sealed your passage straight to hell
& you knew at once

that you would kill again

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this loneliness will last

You can worry about the future
You can worry about the past
You can worry about how long
this curse is going to last
Track Name: My Love for You Is like a Puppy Underfoot
My love for you

It’s not an atom bomb

My love for you

It’s not a lightning storm
My love for you

It’s like a puppy underfoot
Better watch my step

You know I could trample it

My love for you

It’s not a movie script

Doesn’t make sense

To my friends when I describe it

My love for you

Is quiet and it’s sweet

Better keep you close

You know you’re my family

My love for you
It’s a small thing
My love for you
It’s a real thing
Track Name: The Only Other Girl from Back Home
Most of the snow’s melted it’s just lumps of ice
& plastic bags strewn in the yard

I’d go & get us a bottle of wine

but I’m pretty sure that they card
Lansing is ugly it smells like a bus

but it’s better than where we came from
& you’re the only girl I can talk to
You’re the only other girl from back home

You got a job & you got me one too

& we hated our jobs pretty bad

but there was this one boy we both thought was cute
This Hessian dishwasher named Chad

& I took him home knowing you liked him first
& you cussed me out on the phone

Now you won’t even talk to me

& you’re the only other girl from back home

I ran into Case-Man an hour ago

He was just passing through town

He said this junior took gasoline cans

& she burned our old high school down

& I ran out to find you I looked everywhere
though you said to leave you alone

But you’re the only person that I thought should know

You’re the only other girl from back home

You’re the one single person I wanted to tell
We’re the only two girls from back home
Track Name: Nephew in the Wild
Alicia

she married young

The year she was widowed
she had a son

On Christmas

or when you’d pass through
You’d bring Danzig records
for your nephew

In hard times

kids grow up fast

Please be there for him
your sister would ask

He’s trouble

just like you were

With girls & with teachers
Without a father

Like you

when you were a child

A young nephew out in the wild

At sixteen

he dropped out of school
Took off with some jewelry
his dad’s coat & tools

He called you

from the bus depot

With his girlfriend pregnant
& nowhere to go

You told him

that he should go home

& said you were sorry

& hung up the phone
Then no one

heard from him at all
When Alicia came crying
you didn’t mention his call

Like you

when you were a child

Your nephew’s out in the wild
Track Name: Kitty Winn
We got married in September

The baby came the next December
So I got off the road

It’s the longest I’ve been home
since I remember
I wake up earlier these days

to dress the kid & fix her eggs
Then we’ll walk down to the park
if it’s nice out
There’s a swing set where she plays

I’m not out looking for something
I haven’t found

You won’t see me around
I’ve got a family now

I used to drive all night no stopping
like a Batman with no Robin

& then sometime around dawn

I’d wake up with my seatbelt on
to some cop knocking
I’ve seen a lot of wrecks & burnouts

& nights the crowds just didn’t turn out
& I’ve drunk myself so ill

& nearly got myself killed

more times than I would care to count

I’m not out looking for something
I haven’t found

You won’t see me around

I’ve got a family now

I watched The Exorcist again
& recognized Kitty Winn

from The Panic At Needle Park
with Al Pacino
She played his girlfriend
It felt like seeing an old friend

the way I wondered where she’d been
As I sat & pet the cat

with my wife’s head on my lap

on the sofa in the den

I’m not out looking for something
I haven’t found

You won’t see me around

I’ve got a family now