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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild
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To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Year End Best of Chicago Poll results: I Fight Dragons triumphs!

Year End Best of Chicago Poll results: I Fight Dragons triumphs!

  BAND
J
W
R
TOT
 
1
I Fight Dragons
5
1
3
9
2
Hey Champ
6
1
0.042
7.042
3
Netherfriends
5
 
0.008
5.008
4
Pet Lions
5
 
0.006
5.006
5
The Smith Westerns
4
1
0.002
5.002
6
Skybox
5
 
0.001
5.001
7
King Sparrow
3
 
2
5
8
Treaty of Paris
3
1
0.091
4.091
9
Mazes
3
1
0.005
4.005
10
Makeshift Prodigy
3
 
1
4
11
Loyal Divide
2
1
0.066
3.066
12
Inkbat
3
 
0.036
3.036
13
Grammar
3
 
0.007
3.007
 
Raise High the Roof Beam
2
1
0.007
3.007
15
Mic Terror
3
 
0
3
16
Daniel Knox
1
1
0.107
2.107
17
Jerome Holloway
2
 
0.091
2.091
18
Hudson Branch
2
 
0.086
2.086
19
Kid You'll Move Mountains
1
1
0.072
2.072
20
The Fold
2
 
0.047
2.047
21
Van Ghost
2
 
0.032
2.032
22
In Tall Buildings
2
 
0.002
2.002
 
Pool of Frogs
2
 
0.002
2.002
24
Mikkey Halsted
2
 
0
2
25
Panda Riot
1.5
 
0.022
1.522
26
Color Radio
1
 
0.034
1.034
27
YAWN
1
 
0.029
1.029
28
BBU
1
 
0.022
1.022
29
Joe Pug
1
 
0.005
1.005
30
Cave
1
 
0.001
1.001
 
Conductive Alliance
1
 
0.001
1.001
32
The Yearbooks
1
 
0
1
33
Mr. Bear
0.75
 
0.030
0.785

Legend: "J" = Jurors vote + Points from Open Contest - "W" = Writers vote  - "R" = Readers vote - TOT = Total votes
 

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