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Kisses – “Huddle” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

For the Adrian Buitenhuis-directed video for L.A. new wavers Kisses’ “Huddle,” the duo adds a pint-size percussionist into the mix, who also seems to function as the band’s voice of reason — at least for the sake of the clip’s narrative. It utilizes an Off-To-College theme, where the band expects to all stick together at… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 10, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Kisses – “Huddle”

After being away for a few years, the new-wavey Los Angeles duo Kisses returned with a new single called “Funny Heartbeat.” Now they’re getting ready to release their sophomore album Kids In L.A., and we’ve already heard “The Hardest Part.” Now they’re sharing the elastic, New Order-esque “Huddle,” which is colder and more mechanized tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

Kisses – “The Hardest Part” (Stereogum Premiere)

LA duo Kisses are gearing up to release their sophomore album and are kicking it off with “The Hardest Part.” Those familiar with the band’s output will notice they’ve taken a turn from their glimmering, upbeat sound — like on their eponymous single from 2010 — and gone for dark, 80s reminiscent pop. The band… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Kisses – “Funny Heartbeat”

The breezy L.A. synthpop duo Kisses are back at it again. Their new track “Funny Heartbeat” is a glistening, sun-dazed lightweight dance tune with production from Tim Larcombe and Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs. Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Princeton – “Florida” (Stereogum Premiere)

With the GOP’s impending Florida primary dominating national discourse this week, California outfit Princeton come through with a finely cut indie-pop nugget well timed to ride some sweet politico SEO coattails. The title is pure synchronous coincidence, though; this is not a electorally inclined song, and Mitt and Newt get no shine here. The song… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 31, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Kisses Cover Robert Palmer

While L.A. indie poppers Kisses are at work on their second LP, they’ve put out a digital single through their website: a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny And Mary.” Download the track below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 1, 2011 - 5:18 pm

Kisses – “Kisses (Joe Goddard of Hot Chip Remix)

Kisses are in the UK right now supporting their just-released debut album. But they’ll be in New York for CMJ, where they’re playing eight shows over five days. Their self-titled single, “Kisses” is also out in the UK, with a b-side remix by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. The original is a breezy, but emotionally distant… More »

By: jessica / October 12, 2010 - 10:09 am

FYF Fest 2010 In Photos

This past weekend L.A. hosted the heavily (and according to various reports, perhaps overly) attended Fuck Yeah Festival. Great lineup, though apparently not the most easily navigated festival experience, according to our forces on the ground. We sent photographers Graeme Flegenheimer and Patrick Collier, who suffered through $4 water bottle prices and severe crowding to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Kisses – “People Can Do The Most Amazing Things” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

People Can Do The Most Amazing Things,” the late night single from California duo Kisses, has an ominous video to match the track’s tone. It doesn’t seem ominous at first — the clip begins with shots of the band playing against a sunset, cut with footage of an older gentleman jogging, lifting weights, etc. around… More »

By: jessica / August 16, 2010 - 12:59 pm

Kisses – “People Can Do The Most Amazing Things (Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Kisses (Princeton’s Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson) last did “Bermuda,” an airy summer single and a nice introduction to the band. “People Can Do The Most Amazing Things” is a late nite version of their sound, as if the day’s beach party later gathered around a bonfire. Saint Etienne push it further into the small… More »

By: jessica / July 9, 2010 - 10:24 am

Kisses – “Bermuda (Active Child Remix)”

Princeton spin-off project Kisses announced themselves with “Bermuda,” sounding something like Jens Lekman taking a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway and getting caught up at a daytime disco party. Scene compatriot Pat Grossi aka the excellent Active Child has turned the thermostat down some with this remix, pitching Jesse Kivel’s voice through an octavizer… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2010 - 9:43 am

Kisses – “Bermuda”

Jesse Kivel and twin brother Matt are in L.A.’s Princeton, who released their debut last year. But Jesse also has a side band with his girlfriend, writer and fashion blogger Zinzi Edmundson. Could you start a band called Kisses with your buddies from hockey practice? Probably not. Kisses sound like Princeton’s Continental cousin– think breezy… More »

By: jessica / March 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm