Let’s get a hallelujah for Mike Kinsella! Owen’s decided to release a cover record, as you could surmise from the title. He’s covered Against Me!, Depeche Mode, Mojave 3, Blake Babies, Lungfish, The Promise Ring, All and Smoking Popes. We can’t hear most of Owen’s covers at the moment, but we do have his cover of “Under The Blanket” to soak in. He quelled the fast paced pop-punk and put forth his soothing mix of folk and indie rock. Owen slowed the pace of the song and really (and I mean really) made it his own; he added over a minute to it. It’s hard to believe this was a pop-punk song. If the rest of the covers turned out as marvelously as this one did, I don’t think I’ll be the only one waiting eagerly for this to drop on Polyvinyl. Check out Owen’s cover of Smoking Popes’ “Under The Blanket” below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Mike Kinsella has spent nearly his entire life (give or take those first 12 years or so) playing with some of the most influential bands of the last couple decades. Indeed, an entire generation of musicians is indebted to his time in groups including Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls.

After each of those bands dissolved for one reason or another, Kinsella took to recording under the pseudonym Owen and has slowly and steadily built up a solid catalog of releases under this solo project.

Which brings us to the aptly named Other People's Songs, a collection of eight covers that Kinsella recorded this spring in Chicago with trusted producer Neil Strauch.

At first glance, the list of the rock and punk artists whose tracks Kinsella tackled -- among them Against Me!, Depeche Mode, The Promise Ring, and Lungfish -- might seem at odds with the often quieter, lushly arranged music he releases under the Owen moniker.

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