10.17.2006
[Princeton]
Happy cows come from California, and it wouldn't be too far off to say a lot of happy bands come from that place too. Last time I told you about Land of Ill Earthquakes, and coming from the same playground is a trio under the name of Princeton. Hailing from the Santa Monica area, Princeton gleefully generate charming indie pop tunes with a finger dipped on the folksey side. If you know me though, the only thing that matters there to me are the words "indie pop," and Princeton produces some great tracks under that niche of a genre. Composed of twins Matt and Jesse Kivel and their good friend Ben Usen, the trio's 7-track release, A Case of the Emperor's Clothes, is currently only being distributed at their shows. Why is that? Turns out this triad is roaming without a label, and with the talent these guys have, anyone care to explain why that's so? But back to their music - call it a (crazy/creepy/crazy-creepy) marriage, but I hear a bit of both Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Ben Kweller here and there when it comes to these guys. Chances are I'm crazy and speaking blasphemously, but whatever Princeton is concocting, they sure got something right in the mix. Charming and absolutely playful - lend an ear to Princeton...

From Princeton's A Case of the Emperor's Clothes (all songs are right click - save as):
The Indifference Curve
Blackbeard
Careless Boy

Pick one more song up and learn about any upcoming shows at the Princeton site.
Be their friend!

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2 Comments:
Anonymous jeff said...
i love these guys! hey, i even made their website!

Blogger Brad aka Penguin said...
Heyo Jeff - I must say, kudos to the whole text fadey thingy on the beginning navigation bar at their front page...