Bootleg Theater Presents
Jesse Kivel Residency
Ex-Poets, Sophia Knapp, Chris Byrne (DJ)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Jesse Kivel, who you may know from Kisses and Princeton, is prepping his first solo record, an EP titled Content. It’s his first record since Kisses’ 2015 LP Rest in Paradise and he says this one was a difficult birth. “It’s taken me almost 3 years to finish 5 songs. I had a child, started a company, bought a home with a 2-car garage, and am in an ever-changing 11-year relationship. But am I content?,” he ponders in the LP’s press release. “My music has never taken longer to complete, but this new depth of time altered me. It slowed me. My mind calmed and my heart eased its pulse.”
Kivel made the record with Russ Manning (Rush Midnight), Victoria Bergsman (Concretes) and others, and sites jazz fusion, Kings of Convenience, Kamasi Washington, and Steely Dan among the influences, and you can hear those on the genuinely lovely, deep-shag groovy first single “LA Story.”
Ex-poets are made up of vocalist Colin Killalea and Jordan Brooks.
Both are ridiculously dextrous multi-instrumentalists (Brooks calls
Killalea something of a "studio freak"), but in recent years, you may
have caught them as the guitarist and bassist (respectively) providing the sauce for Albert Hammond Jr.'s band. This project took a long time to gestate, coming together remotely as the boys pinged each other ideas and songs and licks (after living in NYC for years Brooks currently resides in LA, and Killalea has been bouncing between NYC and Charlottesville and is, apparently, West Coast bound).
Best known as the singer/songwriter behind the mystical indie rock
band Lights -- who later changed their name to Cliffie Swan -- Sophia Knapp grew up in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district and later moved to Brooklyn. There she hooked up with Linnea Vedder and Alana Amram and formed Lights in 2004, ultimately recording a 2006 self-titled EP, 2008's self-titled debut album, and 2009's Rites under that name before changing to Cliffie Swan in 2010. During that time, she also collaborated with the bands Life on Earth! and Hopewell. Cliffie Swan's first album, Memories Come True, arrived in 2011. Late in 2010, Knapp had begun recording a solo album inspired by Stevie Nicks, Linda Perhacs, Gal Costa, and other vivid chanteuses, for which she also launched a Kickstarter campaign for extra recording funds. The results, Into the Waves, arrived in 2012.