Mike Kinsella May 2007
|Born||March 4, 1977|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, Bass guitar, drums|
|Labels||Polyvinyl Records, Jade Tree Records, Green Linnet Records, Perishable Records, Man With Gun Records|
|Associated acts||The One Up Downstairs, Owls Joan of Arc, Owen, Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Their / They're / There|
|Website||Official Owen site|
Mike Kinsella (born March 4, 1977) is one of three musicians in his family (brother Tim Kinsella and cousin Nate Kinsella) involved in many Illinois-based bands (Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Joan of Arc, The One Up Downstairs, American Football, and Owen). He was first recognized in the music scene in Cap'n Jazz formed by his brother Tim in 1989 while at the age of 12. In 2001 Kinsella began his current solo project, Owen, in which he performs vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, loops, etc. Kinsella was also in a band, called The Shirts and Skins, with his wife. In 2013, Kinsella released two EPs with his latest project, Their / They're / There, featuring Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. and Matthew Frank of Loose Lips Sink Ships.
Mike Kinsella tends to reference literature often in his writing.
- In American Football's "Letters and Packages," he references For Esmé – with Love and Squalor, a J. D. Salinger short story.
- In the Owen album title, "No Good For No One Now," he is probably making a reference to a line from Gazebo, a Raymond Carver short story.
- Likewise, in Owen's "Gazebo" he suggests he is reading Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and makes another reference to the short story Gazebo, with both the story and the song ending in the line "In this too, she was right."
- In Owen's "The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi," he references Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. The song "Bag of Bones" also likely references this work.
- In Owen's "I Woke Up Today," he references T. S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men."
- Owen's "Playing Possum For a Peak," contains the line "A local pharmacist and his wife," which is found within "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," a novel by Milan Kundera.
|1995||Burritos...(AKA: Shmap’n Shmazz)||Cap'n Jazz||Man With Gun Records||LP/CD||Drums/Vocals|
|1997||A Portable Model of...||Joan of Arc||Jade Tree Records||LP/CD||Drums|
|1998||Analphabetapolothology||Cap'n Jazz||Jade Tree Records||2xCD||Cap'n Jazz Anthology. Drums/Vocals|
|1998||Self Titled EP||American Football||Polyvinyl Records||EP/CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|1999||American Football||American Football||Polyvinyl Records||LP/CD||Guitar/Bass/Vocals|
|1999||Live in Chicago||Joan of Arc||Jade Tree Records||LP/CD||Drums, not a live album.|
|2000||Gap||Joan of Arc||Jade Tree Records||LP/CD||Drums|
|2000||The Jordan Marx EP||Dantom Sucks Theory||NA||LP/CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2001||Owls||Owls||Jade Tree Records||LP/CD||Drums|
|2002||Heart's Desire||Niamh Parsons||Green Linnet||CD||Harmonica|
|2002||No Good For No One Now||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2002||Open Ground||Kyle Fischer||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Drums|
|2003||Best of Altan||The Songs Altan||Green Linnet Records||CD||Harmonica|
|2003||In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust||Joan of Arc||Perishable Records||CD||Bass, Percussion, Drums|
|2003||So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness||Joan of Arc||Jade Tree Records||CD||Bass, Drums|
|2004||Anyone in Love With You (Already Knows)||Rainer Maria||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Tambourine|
|2004||The Rutabega/Owen Split EP||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2004||Total Eclipse of the Heart||The Love of Everything||Record Label Records||CD||Drums|
|2004||The EP||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2004||Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain||Joan of Arc||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Drums|
|2005||I Do Perceive||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2005||Association of Utopian Hologram Swallowers||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2005||Presents Guitar Duets||Joan of Arc||Record Label Records||CD||Guitar|
|2006||At Home With Owen||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Piano/Vocals|
|2007||Many Times I've Mistaken||Joan of Arc||Polyvinyl Records||EP/CD||Guitar|
|2007||Owen/The City on Film Split 7"||Owen||Red Cars Go Faster||7" vinyl||Guitar/Piano/Organ/Vocals|
|2008||Boo Human||Joan of Arc||Polyvinyl Records||LP/CD||Drums|
|2009||The Seaside EP||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals|
|2009||New Leaves||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD||Guitar/Vocals/etc.|
|2010||Abandoned Bridges||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||7" EP||Guitar/Vocals|
|2010||Darling, Darling||Crissi Cochrane||Independent||CD||Drums/Guitar|
|2011||Oh, Evelyn||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||7" EP||Guitar/Vocals/etc.|
|2011||Ghost Town||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD, Vinyl||Guitar/Vocals/etc.|
|2013||Their / They're / There (album)||Their / They're / There||Polyvinyl Records||CD, Vinyl||Drums|
|2013||L'Ami du Peuple||Owen||Polyvinyl Records||CD, Vinyl, Cassette||Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Piano, Bass|
|2013||Analog Weekend (album)||Their / They're / There||Polyvinyl Records||CD, Vinyl||Drums|
- Official Owen site
- 2001 interview about Owen and Owls
- Biography in a Joan of Arc fan site
- Owen live on The Current
- Owen's Myspace
- The Shirts and Skins' Myspace