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Spencer William Maxwell Owen was born 1984 in Los Angeles, CA, where he was raised by Laura and composer/pianist Sandy Owen. (Sandy’s most recent album “One Late Hour with a Steinway” is one long continuous take at the piano.) At a very young age, Owen was introduced to the works of Laurie Anderson. Along with the Residents and the Boredoms, Anderson has been an enduring contributor to Owen’s musical life.

Quite the auteur, Owen arranges all the compositions and performs all of the vocals, instruments and production himself for his home 6-track audio-cassette recordings.

Owen produced the music of his formative years under the pseudonym “Trigger Goldberg.”

Owen’s vast catalogue of original material is augmented with cover albums on each of which he covers every song from another artist’s album to make it better. These albums include “Black Tie White Noise” by David Bowie and “Out of the Cradle” by Lindsey Buckingham. One of Owen’s most accomplished albums was produced through a perversion of this process. “Meredith: A Pseudo-suite for the Love and Loss Borne from the Relationship Between One Fictional Character and One Actual Young Man,” is comprised of original songs that are each exactly the same length as a song from the Beatles’ self-titled White Album.

Owen briefly studied art at UC Santa Cruz and lived/recorded at The Shop before moving to Berkeley, CA in 2005.


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  • TheMcEneaney

    Amazing! What an honor it was to play with the Spencer Owen Limited!

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • killapril

    hey spence! i can't believe suggested a free track of yours to me. I suppose it's because you rock and I have a couple of your tracks from back in the mog days. hope you're well! what a splendidly small world

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • pleasefireme

    actually, speaking of church burnings, spencer and i had a black metal jam at the last pith hat practice. ben got kinda pissed, but it was worth it.

    14 May 2008 Reply
  • ootini

    There is Spencer Owen for literally any occasion. Dinner party? Check. Dance party? Check. Church burning? Check.

    7 May 2008 Reply
  • FunkmastaLec

    My favorite band.

    27 Nov 2007 Reply
  • pizzapi

    me too, dean

    29 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Fynci

    I'm pretty excited about this find.

    26 Oct 2007 Reply