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How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

The words after the backslash at their MySpace are “Let’s Rock The Beach,” but Real Estate are more about the lovably down-and-out Jersey Shore than a pristine Caribbean. The quartet mention Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood NY, Jersey City, and Brooklyn as their location (that’s two out of four, which counts), the Boss and “New Jersey” itself… More »

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Ducktails – “Surreal Exposure” Video (Feat. Mac DeMarco)

Yesterday we saw a preview of Ducktails’ “Surreal Exposure” video, which features project mastermind Matthew Mondanile goofing around with goofing expert Mac DeMarco. Now, less than 24 hours later, director Richard Law’s final cut is upon us. The extremely loose concept is that Mondanile shows up at DeMarco’s house to hang out, at which point… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 8, 2015 - 10:47 am

Preview Ducktails’ “Surreal Exposure” Video Starring Mac DeMarco

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile is set to release his fifth solo LP as Ducktails in a few weeks. We’ve already heard a couple of very good and reliably chilled-out songs from the upcoming St. Catherine, “Headbanging In The Mirror” and “Surreal Exposure,” and it looks like the latter will be getting a new video… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 7, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Ducktails – “Surreal Exposure”

Ducktails is Matt Mondanile’s reliably great solo project, and when he’s not playing guitar for New Jersey languid psych-rockers Real Estate, he finds the time to produce his own woozy psych-pop. From the initial song we’ve heard off his new album St. Catherine, “Headbanging In The Mirror,” this will be his most accessible record yet. More »

By: Caitlin White / June 8, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Ducktails – “Headbanging In The Mirror”

Matt Mondanile put out his first Ducktails record in 2009, and he’s consistently released a new album every few years, usually in the downtime between Real Estate records. His latest effort is St. Catherine, which was put together by Mondanile over the past year-and-a-half primarily on the West Coast, and was mixed by Rob Schnapf,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2015 - 10:09 am

Matt Mondanile – “Bad Fog Of Loneliness” (Neil Young Cover)

Matt Mondanile, the Real Estate guitarist and Ducktails frontman, apparently isn’t so busy with his side projects that he can’t record the odd fuck-around cover in his room. Today, Mondanile shared his version of “Bad Fog Of Loneliness,” a song that Neil Young wrote in 1971 and played live occasionally but didn’t release until the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Ducktails – “Honey Tiger Eyes”

Next month, Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile’s Ducktails will release a 12″ EP, Wish Hotel, a follow-up to his LP The Flower Lane, also from this year. It is being produced in a very limited pressing of 100 copies on clear vinyl and features five brand new songs from Mondanile, including this, “Honey Tiger Eyes.”… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 9, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Ducktails – “Under Cover” Video

Earlier this year, Ducktails, the Real Estate side project led by guitarist Matt Mondanile, released the sunny and extremely likable LP The Flower Lane, which worked as a kind of album-length tribute to the lush indie-pop that was coming out of New Zealand in the ’80s. The new video for the Flower Lane song “Under… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013 - 10:54 am

Tame Impala – “Mind Mischief (Ducktails Remix)”

Tame Impala have a new release, the Mind Mischief EP. Pressed via Modular, the EP is out today and features the band’s “Mind Mischief” single plus remixes by Ducktails and The Field. The Ducktails version updates the song with added electronic avant-pop sensibilities; stream it over at Hilly Dilly. More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 3, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Ducktails – “Letter Of Intent (The Mark McGuire Road Chief Remix)”

The oddly melodic drone band Emeralds announced their breakup earlier this year, but the band’s members, including Mark McGuire, have always kept busy with extracurricular activities. And now McGuire has remixed “Letter Of Intent,” the fizzy and lovable new single from Matthew Mondanile’s Real Estate side project Ducktails. If anything, McGuire’s remix, with its synthetic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2013 - 8:59 am

Ducktails – “Letter Of Intent” Video

For the remarkably smooth and supple new album The Flower Lane, Matthew Mondanile’s Real Estate side project Ducktails has become a real band, one that features New York luminaries like Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford. And in the video for the single “Letter Of Intent,” a deeply likable deadpan jangle, the whole band, along with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 22, 2013 - 11:23 am

Stream Ducktails The Flower Lane

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile aka Ducktails gave us a taste of his upcoming LP The Flower Lane with the album’s title track and “Letter Of Intent.” You can now hear the record in its entirety over at Pitchfork Advance. Check it out before its release on 1/29 via Domino. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Ducktails – “Letter Of Intent”

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile also records as Ducktails, and his new album The Flower Lane drops next month. We’ve already posted the album’s title track, but the official first single is “Letter Of Intent,” a slow-melting synthpop tune that I’d have to call out-and-out catchy. The track has a vocal from singer Jessa Farkas,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Ducktails – “The Flower Lane”

Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile has released three loose and languid albums under his Ducktails moniker — it’s not easy to make Real Estate seem energized by comparison, but Ducktails manages to pull it off. Ducktails’ fourth album — and first for new label Domino — The Flower Lane, will be released next January, but… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 10, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Ducktails & Panda Bear – “Killin The Vibe”

Panda Bear joins one of his many aesthetic offspring Ducktails (aka Real Estate’s Matthew Mondanile) on this alternate bonus take of Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics “Killin The Vibe.” Of course, Noah’s inclusion does the opposite. (Woods’ Jarvis Tavanierre and Dent May also contribute.)… More »

By: brandon / January 12, 2011 - 9:42 am

Ducktails – “Dorm Room”

“Dorm Room” is an unreleased outtake from the forthcoming Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics. Instead of the album proper, you’ll find it on Chocolate Bobka’s “bi-annual music + culture journal” The Report V.II. Take a listen:… More »

By: brandon / November 9, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Ducktails – “Hamilton Road”

This fall Matthew Mondanile’s releasing his third Ducktails album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics. Last time we saw Mondanile he was frolicking at the beach for “Apple Walks.” If he decided to shoot a video for laid-back “Hamilton Road,” he wouldn’t have to change location. More »

By: brandon / August 6, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Ducktails – “Apple Walks” Video

The video for “Apple Walks” opens with branches and leaves that seem to be leading toward an apple orchard, but it’s only a matter of time before Matt Mondanile, aka Mr. Ducktails, aka a member of Jersey Shore-fixated Real Estate, aka the “Sandglider,” arrives at a beach. More »

By: brandon / July 26, 2010 - 12:49 pm

New Ducktails – “Sandglider”

Earlier today we presented you with Real Estate’s mellow update on “Green River.” We called the guys busy then — new album, forthcoming EP — and I think it’s appropriate to repeat it now: Here’s “Sandglider” from Real Estater Matt Mondanile’s ambient Ducktails project. It’s a ambling outtake from his Landscape LP. If you want… More »

By: brandon / November 18, 2009 - 12:34 pm

New Ducktails – “Roses” (Stereogum Premiere)

We’ve been keeping a close watch on the Real Estate camp because, well, we like them … and their camp puts out a lot of stuff. The other day it was bassist Alex Bleeker fronting the Freaks, a band that includes Real Estaters Martin Courtney and Matt Mondanile. Today it’s a new track from Mondanile’… More »

By: brandon / July 23, 2009 - 3:12 pm
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