Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on February 23, 2011

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Princeton - To The Alps (MP3)

Princeton

Princeton are visiting NYC from LA this week playing three times: an early show Thursday (2/24) at Mercury Lounge, then Friday (2/25) at Cameo and Saturday (2/26) at Union Hall.

Princeton have a new single out on Hit City USA called "To the Alps" that you can download above or watch a brand new video of below. More keyboard-oriented than anything on their 2009 album, Cocoon of Love, "To the Alps" is lush, groovy and austere in a Blue Nile kind of way. Whether this is a change in musical direction or just a one-off experiment, it suits them and let's hope they explore it further.

The Cameo and Union Hall shows are both with Bell and Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone. Takka Takka also play the Cameo Show. At Mercury Lounge, The Front Bottoms open.

The flyer for the NYC dates, some Kisses dates (Jesse Kivel of Princeton's other project), and the new Princeton video, below...

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Princeton: "To The Alps"

To The Alps Track Listing:
A1. To The Alps
B1. The Electrician
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Princeton

Princeton - 2011 Tour Dates
2/24 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
2/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
2/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall

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Kisses - 2011 Tour Dates
03/04 Portland, OR - Peter's Room
03/05 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
03/06 Seattle, WA - Vera Project
03/08 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03/09 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar

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Comments (51)

vampire weekend called they want their fucking ivy league look back.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2011 11:05 PM

vampire weekend called, they want their garbazo beans and pita triangles back.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2011 11:45 PM

way to play 3 21+ shows in nyc!!!

Posted by a bro with a solid ID but is saddened for his younger brethren | February 23, 2011 11:54 PM

going to their Mercury Lounge show tomorrow to see The Front Bottoms.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2011 11:58 PM

Yo brah is your mom dropping you off? Could we car pool?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:12 AM

might have better shit to do this weekend but damn, who ever is their booking agent or manager or whatever like come on. way to play into the fucked up system. especially when their brand of music is big with the teens. that album cocoon of love is kinda sick

Posted by aforementioned bro | February 24, 2011 12:22 AM

it's not like they're animal collective and need to flee their young, oft-vomiting fans

Posted by aforementioned bro actually not a bro | February 24, 2011 12:25 AM

this shit is lame.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:40 AM

Is it me or do these guys look like waiters at a quaint little hummus spot?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 1:23 AM

ty you

Posted by احبك | February 24, 2011 6:41 AM

Ezra Koenig called. He wants his hair back.
The guy from We Are Scientists called. He said to stop pretending you're him and trying to bang his wife from Au Revoir Simone.
BrooklynVegan comment board called. They want their boyish-faced hipster look back.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:32 AM

well look at these white faggots

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:56 AM

Did Vice make this video? Fuck these douches

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:45 AM

Please tell me this isn't a real band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:45 AM

What are you guys talking about? These guys are great! I saw them once at a Passion Pit show. Everyone was dancing, hands in the air, singing along with the lyrics. Probably one of the best shows overall I'd ever seen! Yeah! Matt & Kim Animal Collective Williamsburg rock!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:53 AM

Next year Jay-Z will be touting these guys while rocking a full buttoned, pressed oxford shirt.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 10:25 AM

Passion Pit = any receptacle/hole that can be filled with DUNKACCINO!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 10:27 AM

I remember the time these guys helped colonize my native land.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 10:36 AM

Oh for F--k's sake already!!! You name your band 'Princeton' and you dress like THAT??! WTF??!?! Pretentious d-bag yuppie BS at it's core....F--k you all, I'll NEVER give you a chance!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 11:08 AM

Vampire Weekend's roadies.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 11:11 AM

& your native land is Silverlake?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 11:44 AM

they're from Santa Monica, not Silverlake. they only moved eastward to try and gain "cred".

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:24 PM

Fuck that, I'd stay by the ocean over Jane's Addictionland.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:43 PM

That photo is a Kraftwerk rip off.

And if you are going to any of these shows you are in serious need of a taste upgrade.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 1:08 PM

I've been checking back on this photo every now and then since it's been posted. It isn't just the fact it's so pus-reakingly ripe for comment. As a person who has some diverse, truly unpretentious tastes, I simply cannot shake this image from my memory and what it's done to my sense of what is right and true in this world.

I've come to the conclusion that, in order for this band to ever continue succeeding, is to say (whether it's true or not) that this photo is, in fact, meant to be ironic.

p.s. Except for The Front Bottoms (let's not even go THERE), I've seen all the performers on each of these bills. And I can say with Vegas odds each one of them (including a group I have never seen, with a band name worse than Princeton) has the potential to COMPLETELY BLOW THEM THE FUCK OFF THE STAGE.

How ridiculous is Princeton's photo? I cannot bear to count the ways.

Posted by soysalami | February 24, 2011 1:36 PM

PRINCETON (making white people look bad since 2011)

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 1:39 PM

Haters gonna hate. I don't like a band based on a photo op. The new single is decent moody pop rock. If that's what you are into then fine. I actually prefer my pop stars look like hummus salesmen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:20 PM

Funny to see SilverLakesters being bashed by Williamsburgsters when they are one in the same. It's like black on black crime.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:23 PM

^Spoken like a true sheltered caucasian.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:56 PM

^ 2:56 you are sooo right. I'm white and I live in a place with 4 walls.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:01 PM

2:56 Please explain the differences between the Silver Lake hipsters and the Willamsburg hipsters besides the choice of music. Williamsburg/Suuns,Wavves or any band with double consonants and Silver Lake/Cold War Kids.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:05 PM

Guys that wear scarves in hot weather.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:12 PM

Guys that put garnish upon the hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:25 PM

Silverlake is like 50% Mexicans, 25% Lesbian couples with babies, and 25% bearded hipsters with hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:27 PM

Majority minority ole!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 3:40 PM

Silverlake is pretty yuppie/affluent these days. All the hummus squatters were forced into Highland Park and Eagle Rock by the crazy rent. 3:27 is pretty dead on though about the insane amounts of Lesbian families with babies.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 4:04 PM

The Mission > SilverLake and Williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 4:09 PM

Princeton? hahahahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 4:24 PM

Haters gonna hate. I don't like a band based on a photo op. The new single is decent moody pop rock. If that's what you are into then fine. I actually prefer my pop stars look like hummus salesmen

>> Agreed with this

Posted by اناشيد | February 24, 2011 5:06 PM

South Bronx > Tenderloin

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 5:27 PM

Who judges a band based on what they wear? These guys are really good. Was probz more the photographers idea to get them like that anyway, everyone gotta pigeon hole you in some way.

Posted by Grant | February 24, 2011 5:39 PM

They are not really good, they are average live and all their songs sound the same. I've unintentionally seen them twice and the only improvement was the main vocalist learned to banter in between songs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 5:57 PM

I've heard the bearded one doesn't actually like hummus...he fakes it for "cred"

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 6:24 PM

Who judges a band based on what they wear? These guys are really good. Was probz more the photographers idea to get them like that anyway, everyone gotta pigeon hole you in some way.

- I really like the photographer excuse.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:18 PM

My band is going to be called Harvard and it'll composed of only albinos in white yachting regalia.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 12:28 AM

its too bad that everyone is a fucking dick.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 12:27 PM

Holy fucking Christ. This place is so hostile.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 3:01 PM

if there's anything that L.A. people know, it's the importance of being shallow and "branding" yourself

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 4:11 PM

The photo might be silly, but what's sillier (and borderline pathetic) is a bunch of people claiming to be unpretentious and basing their opinion of a group's music entirely on one of its press photos...really?

Caught them in LA last week, their new album should be damn good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 6:19 PM

"Holy fucking Christ. This place is so hostile."

This is only behind a computer screen. You get these people in real life, it's a sharp difference. The lot of these people would be in the Intensive Care unit if they tried this shit in reality.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2011 6:10 PM

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