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Watch Real Estate Debut An Atlas Outtake In NYC

We really liked the new album by Real Estate so it’s a nice surprise to learn the band played a previously unheard Atlas outtake on the last show of their tour, Saturday night at New York’s Webster Hall. Listed on the setlist as “2 Part” according to We All Want Someone To Shout For, the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 8, 2014 - 11:07 am

Q&A: Martin Courtney On Marital Contentment, Guitar Tabs, And Real Estate’s Signature Sound

Atlas, the album Real Estate releases today, finds the Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based guitar-pop combo settling comfortably into adulthood as individuals and as a musical entity. On the personal front, lead songwriter Martin Courtney got married after wrapping up touring behind 2011’s Days, so the nostalgic longing that defined Real Estate before has given way to glowing… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 4, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Premature Evaluation: Real Estate Atlas

It snowed yet again yesterday in Ohio, so I spent the entire day inside with my wife taking it easy and enjoying each other’s company. We laid around in bed for a while, fixed up a late breakfast, worked ahead on some projects, watched a few episodes of Gilmore Girls on DVD, spent some time… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 3, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Real Estate – “Behind That Locked Door” (George Harrison Cover)

Real Estate are getting ready to put out their third album, Atlas, but right before that happens they’ve issued a very fitting cover for us. The song is George Harrison’s “Behind That Locked Door” off his triple post-Beatles breakup album All Things Must Pass. It’s an excellent cover because it’s a song that suits Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 28, 2014 - 10:12 am

Watch Real Estate Play Atlas Live In NYC For NPR

Real Estate’s Atlas is streaming at iTunes this week ahead of its 3/4 release date, but the band offered a difference kind of advance experience to NPR last night, performing the album in full for the online video series First Listen Live. Check out the full performance from New York’s SubCulture below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 28, 2014 - 9:39 am

Stream Real Estate Atlas

New Jersey’s Real Estate recorded Atlas, their third album, at Wilco’s studio in Chicago, and it’s possible to see them easing into the same sort of perma-touring, base-satisfying existence that Wilco enjoys, especially on the strength of an album like Atlas. Like Real Estate’s last two albums, Atlas uses the band’s twinkling, satisfying guitars to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 1:07 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It’s been a slow-ish week in terms of new songs, and it seems like that will continue to be the case till SXSW is behind us. Yesterday on Twitter, Tom noted that March 11 is pretty short on viable Album Of The Week candidates, and he’s right: Based on the actual records scheduled to dropMore »

By: Stereogum / February 21, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Real Estate – “Crime” Guitar Tab Video

“Crime” is one of the most exuberant songs on Real Estate’s forthcoming Atlas. That’s not saying much for its intensity level because the album is super-chill through and through, but you can skip down suburban sidewalks to this quite pleasantly. And now, thanks to the band’s latest video, perhaps you can play along to it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 20, 2014 - 9:20 am

Hear Real Estate Debut “The Bend” And “April Song” On Soundcheck

There’s no good reason not to be excited for Real Estate’s forthcoming third LP, Atlas. The band’s first two albums are totally great, and the new album’s first single, “Talking Backwards,” is an absolute beaut. Earlier today, the band dropped by WNYC midday music program Soundcheck to perform live in studio, and they offered u… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 30, 2014 - 4:51 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week, 2014 kicked into top gear, musically speaking, leaving us with way more than five great songs competing for space in our list of the week’s best. We had to leave out truly excellent cuts from Protomartyr, Woods Of Desolation, and Primitive Parts, as well as long-awaited new tracks from longtime favorites like JennyMore »

By: Michael Nelson / January 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” Video

Back in 2011, the expansive New Jersey indie group and onetime Band To Watch Real Estate took a big leap forward with Days, their second album, which deepened the band’s sound and sharpened their melodic sensibilities. Well, it looks like it’s time for another leap. The band’s third album Atlas, which they’ve only just now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2014 - 12:02 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – “Step Right Up” Video

When he’s not working in his main band, Real Estate, Alex Bleeker is working with his other project Alex Bleeker & The Freaks. He put out a very feel-good record earlier this year called How Far Away and now he’s got a feel-good video for the track “Step Right Up.” It simply follows Bleeker i… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 19, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Five Years In, Brooklyn Record Label Mexican Summer Deserves To Be Celebrated

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

Watch A Short Teaser For Real Estate’s Third Album

Just yesterday, Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile dropped a new track from his excellent psychedelic pop band Ducktails, and today, some news from his day job: Real Estate will be doing a very truncated “tour” in October, and they are in the studio now, almost done with LP3. Said a message on Real Estate’s site:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 10, 2013 - 2:32 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

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – “Step Right Up (Pour Yourself Some Wine)”

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile’s other band, Ducktails, released one of 2013’s most unjustly overlooked LPs, The Flower Lane, an album so dreamily, wondrously relaxed that it should seriously come with the same warning label you’d find stuck to the side of a bottle of Vicodin. Now, Mondanile’s Real Estate bandmate, bassist Alex Bleeker, i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 15, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Alex Bleeker And The Freaks – “Leave On The Light”

When his day job has some downtime, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker has taken to gathering fellow-minded musicians to fill out the group of misfits that make up Alex Bleeker And The Freaks. Members of Woods, Real Estate, and Mountain Man (to name a few) have joined Bleeker for his new album, How Far Away,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 26, 2013 - 2:29 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