This year at the Polyvinyl CMJ Showcase, Owen rolled up with a full band, an electric guitar, and tons of Oasis covers. Lucky for us, YouTube user deathcabformel was there to document Owen playing What's the Story Morning Glory in its entirety! Check out Owen's version of "Wonderwall" below then follow the link to watch more from the set.
Joan of Arc and Owen recently played an outdoor show at Northwestern University and the school's publication, North by Northwestern, was there to document it. They also sat down with both bands to talk about their latest albums, Flowers and New Leaves. Click the link below to check out the photos and interviews.
You read it right! Owen will be playing this year's Polyvinyl Records CMJ Showcase with a FULL BAND. If you missed your opportunity to see the band at the New Leaves record release shows in Chicago, come out to Brooklyn! Click the link below to purchase tickets.
This year's CMJ is fast approaching and we couldn't be more excited for it. If you're going to be in the Big Apple for all the festivities, be sure and stop by the Polyvinyl showcase. This year's showcase will be held at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday, Oct. 23rd and will see performances by Japandroids, Headlights, Owen, James Husband, Cale Parks and more! Doors open at 6 pm and the show runs all night, with additional DJ sets by Asobi Seksu after Japandroids perform. Check out the complete list of details and times below. Click each date for ticket info.
Headlights: 10/23 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory / Village Voice Day Party - 3:00 PM 10/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House - Polyvinyl Showcase 12:00 AM 10/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - AAM Day Party - 1:30 PM
Japandroids: 10/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands - Death + Taxes Party - 11:00 PM 10/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House - Polyvinyl Showcase - 1:00 AM
Owen's song "Ugly on the Inside" is today's Free Song of the Day on Amazon. If you haven't gotten a chance to check out the song (or the album for that matter) then now's a good time! Hurry, it's only available today. Click the link below to check it out.
Owen's latest album, New Leaves, continues to rake in the good reviews. Filter's latest issue featured a great review of the album. "Whether constantly questioning or dismissively venting, Kinsella's got a true and clever wit to compliment his writer's eye and musician's ear. "
Owen's New Leaves is officially available for purchase today! If you haven't already ordered your copy, head on over to the PV online store to pick one up. There are still copies of the mixed-color vinyl available! If Owen had a bowling ball, they would look like the New Leaves vinyl.
Since Owen's new video for "Good Friends, Bad Habits" is so awesome, we're posting it again right here. It's release day, why not? Check it out below.
Also, if you missed out on the historic Owen full band performances in Chicago this past weekend, footage has already started to surface online. Our fellow YouTuber reidypea recorded a few videos of the show, and we're sure there are more to come. Click the link below to check them out.
If you were in Champaign, IL last night and caught Owen's performance with his 5 member band, then you were in for a treat. If you missed it, you can check it out right here thanks to our friends over at SPINearth. Check out songs like "Amnesia and Me," "Nobody's Nothing," and "Bags of Bones" by clicking the link below. Mike Kinsella also sat down with The Daily Vidette to talk about his new album, New Leaves, and the Pygmalion Music Festival. Check it out by clicking the link below.
The new Owen video for "Good friends, Bad Habits" has arrived and we're super excited for it! The video was directed by Joe Wigdahl and edited by Brittany Stover. Check it out below. Also, if you haven't heard about the New Leaves (FULL BAND) record release shows this Friday at Chicago's Beat Kitchen and want to buy tickets, click the link below. Tickets are going fast, so get on it!
Mike Kinsella recently sat down with the Chicago Flame to discuss his upcoming record, New Leaves, and the highly anticipated full band shows at Chicago's Beat Kitchen, which are only five days away! If you don't have tickets yet, follow the link below to purchase yours. Check out the interview by clicking the Chicago Flame link below.
Want to find out what Mike Kinsella's top 9 bad habits are? Threadless posted Mike's bad habits as part of their 9/9/09 feature they've got going on. Once you've read those, check out the newest Owen single "Good Friends, Bad Habits." After you've done that, go buy tickets to his New Leaves record release shows on 9/18 at Chicago's Beat Kitchen with a FULL BAND! If you haven't gotten the hint yet, there's tons of cool Owen stuff on the horizon. Follow the links below to check it all out.
Want to win a pair of tickets to see Owen with a FULL BAND in Chicago on Sept. 18, plus a copy of New Leaves on limited mixed color vinyl (above)? Of course you do!!! Punknews.org is hosting this awesome contest, so hurry over to their website and enter by clicking the link below.
Owen's upcoming full-length New Leaves just got reviewed in the newest issue of Alternative Press. The review praises Kinsella's latest offering and highlights "Amnesia and Me" and "Brown Hair in a Bird's Nest" as standout tracks. Click the link below to check out the full review.
Owen's upcoming album New Leaves hits stores September 22, and people in the blogosphere are already giving high praise for the first single "Good Friends, Bad Habits." Check out multiple reviews of the track in Magnet, The Tripwire, Popwreckoning, Rock Sellout, and many more by clicking the links below.
This year's lineup for Champaign-Urbana's Pygmalion Music Festival has just been announced and it's shaping up to be a great year! Polyvinyl will be kicking the night off right with a special show at the Canopy Club featuring 3 of our bands! Owen, Japandroids and Headlights will all be taking the stage that night one after the other. Our friends Common Loon, Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band and Physical Challenge DJs will also be playing. Check out Wednesday's schedule below. To see the entire festival lineup, follow the link below.
Wednesday Sept. 16 @ The Canopy Club: 8:30 PM - Common Loon 9:30 PM - Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band 10:00 PM - Owen (with a full band!) 11:00 PM - Japandroids 12:00 AM - Headlights 1:00 AM - Physical Challenge DJs
The day has finally arrived my friends! Owen's upcoming full-length New Leaves will be released September 22nd and is officially up for pre-order. Chalk-full of new arrangements and instrumentation, New Leaves is Owen's best work yet! We're very excited about the release and have a bunch of goodies that go along with the pre-order including a limited edition multi-colored 180 gram vinyl (limited to 700 copies), new buttons, and stickers. We're also having a deal where you can get the Owen and Friends 6 button set for only $3 more with the pre-order. The CD will include a beautiful 24-page lyric and photo booklet along with a brand new Polyvinyl sampler! On top of all this, through Oct. 5th, the entire Owen back catalog is 10-20% off!
Owen will also be playing a few shows in the Chicago area in support of New Leaves. Check out the dates below.
9/16 Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival) 9/18 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (Record Release: Early All Ages Show) w/ Bob Nanna 9/18 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen (Record Release: 21+ Late Show) w/ Davey von Bohlen
Follow the links below to pre-order New Leaves and to find out more about the album.Hide More
Owen will be included in the Justin Veatch Tribute Album which will come out this Spring. The record will include original music by Justin Veatch and covers of Justin's songs by artists like Greg Dunn (Moving Mountains), Boys Night Out, Circa Survive, Anthony Melillo, Vinicius Cantuaria, Jeff Whalen, and Owen. Owen's cover can be heard by visiting his myspace. To find out more about the Justin Veatch Fund and to listen to some of Justin's music, click the links below.
Spectrum Culture decided to take another look at Owen's (the ep) by running a review for their series Rediscover, a section that looks at past releases that went uner the radar for far too long. Click the link below to read the review. For those of you dieing for any Owen related news, this should tide you over. Mike's putting the finsihing touches on the latest record, which should be out later this year.
Also, if you haven't heard already, Polyvinyl recently reissued (the ep) on vinyl. So if you haven't picked up a copy yet, head on over to the PV store. C'mon, you're worth it!
If you're a Mike Kinsella fan, listen up! Punknews.org is having a pretty awesome contest where you can win vinyl test pressings of Owen's (the ep), The One Up Downstairs 7-inch, and American Football's E.P. These are very rare and would make good collectors items, not to mention they are all awesome records! The contest is also offering regular copies of all three releases as well. If you want to enter the contest, follow the link below.