Tod Ashley is a musician better known by the stage name Tod A. He founded the rock music groups Cop Shoot Cop and Firewater, and is a singer-songwriter and bass guitarist.
Ashley also spent time while in art school in a band called Shithäus with Jon Spencer, later of The Blues Explosion.
Ashley was living in Bushwick, Brooklyn when he decided that he wanted to travel the world. In 2005, putting his musical career on hiatus, Tod spent most of the year traveling the Far East, including Calcutta, India and Bangkok, Thailand. He has published a written account of his travels in a blog, which he calls Postcards From the Other Side of the World. He lived in Bali for three years until 2010.
In 2019, Ashley published his first novel, Banging the Monkey based on his experiences abroad.