New Princeton – “Calypso Gold”

Princeton is from Los Angeles, but the quartet — twin brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel with Ben Usen and David Kitz — look East Coat Ivy League and, after all, wrote an EP about Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury Group crew. Thing is, they actually got their name from growing up on Princeton Street in Santa Monica (and supposedly all live together today in “aging green house on a hillside in the Eagle Rock district of LA where their album was recorded”). The album in question is their debut, Cocoon Of Love, which comes out at the end of September. Lead track “Calypso Gold” has something Beirut about the vocals. Musically, they deftly affix ambitious stringed (and etc.) arrangements to their spry indie rock, which helps explain why they mention Arthur Russell and John Cale as influences. Actually, they mention Serge Gainsbourg, too, Zach Condon.


Princeton – “Calypso Gold” (MP3)

Cocoon Of Love is out 9/29 via Kanine. They’re on tour before and after:

07/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ E2 Building [Night Lights Benefit]
08/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
08/31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
09/01 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
09/02 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room #
09/03 – Iowa City, IA @ Picador
09/04 – Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe #
09/05 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s #
09/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks #
09/08 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar [Talking Head Club Stage]
09/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall %
09/10 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways $ &
09/11 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace $ &
09/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place &
09/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop $ &
09/14 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement $ &
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater $ &
09/19 – Urbana, IL @ Krannert Center [Pygmalion Fest] $
09/20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird $ &
09/21 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck $ &
09/23 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater $ &
09/24 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s $ &
09/25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live $ &
09/26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon $ &
09/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree $ &
09/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade $ &
09/30 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle $ &
10/01 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club $ &
10/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero $ &

# = w/ Ice Palace
% = w/ Phil and the Osophers
$ = w/ Ra Ra Riot
& = w/ Maps and Atlases

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