High Five

Jesse Kivel of Kisses

David Kitz

Kisses, the synth-pop duo of Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, named their new album “Kids in LA.” Kivel knows a thing or two about that idea, having grown up in Santa Monica. (Edmundson was raised in Providence.)

Taking the album title to heart, we recently asked Kivel to name five things he liked about being a kid in LA.

1. Memorial Park “I really liked to play baseball, and that was a place where my family spent a lot of days and weekends. I played Little League there. It’s right off Olympic [Boulevard], so if anyone hit a home run, it would end up in the middle of a busy street.”


2. The Promenade “I can’t say it’s my favorite place now, but it was just the center of my universe when I was growing up. There was a place called the Candy Baron, and I would go there and load up on candy before going to work out. That seemed like a good idea at the time.”

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3. Barnes & Noble “My brother and I would always be in the magazine section, and we would read all the British music magazines. That was my first introduction to cooler music.”

4. Diddy Riese “Basically Westwood was the place where you hung out when you were a little bit older. There were a few things to do, including this cookie place called Diddy Riese. People would line up out the door for not-great cookies, but they were cheap.”

5. Station 26 “All the kids would meet at this one lifeguard tower where people from Santa Monica High School would lie out [in the sun] and show off their guns. When we’d go to the beach, that was our meeting place.”


Kisses play at the Middle East Upstairs on Tuesday, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 617-864-3278,

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