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Last weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played a series of farewell shows with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia. Alex Bleeker, who has covered the Dead with his bands Real Estate and the Freaks, was in attendance all three nights. We asked him to share hisMore »

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

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Alex Bleeker And The Freaks – “Don’t Look Down”

When he’s not playing bass in Real Estate, Alex Bleeker leads Alex Bleeker And The Freaks, a loose crew that includes various Real Estate bandmates and other buddies from the band’s orbit. They’ve got a new album called How Far Away coming in a few months, and now we’ve got the bleary, unrushed first single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013 - 1:14 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

Occupy Sandy Benefit Ft. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn 11/17/12

On Saturday 11/17, some of indie rock’s most prominent names got together to stage a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, Cass McCombs, and Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Amber Coffman, and Haley Dekle performed on Saturday afternoon at St. A… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 19, 2012 - 12:54 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

Watch Real Estate Debut New 10-Minute Song In NYC

On Saturday night, Real Estate played at the New York venue Webster Hall and debuted a new song that lasted a kinda-astonishing 10 minutes. It’s a warm, expansive piece of work that goes heavy one homespun Television-style guitar interplay and gradually ascends heavenward, and it shows that they’ve got a future on the jam-band circuit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Kendrick Lamar & More

Sunday’s lineup at Pitchfork opened with the promise of two “secret” guest spots – one that happened, one that didn’t – and an extremely anticipated sets from festival closers Vampire Weekend and Beach House. Read the recap below and check out photos from Carmelo Espanola up top (Friday’s recap here, Saturday here). More »

By: Corban Goble / July 16, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Watch The Weeknd, Snoop & Dre (& Holographic Tupac), Real Estate, Santigold, And Jeff Mangum Play Coachella 2012

Weekend one of Coachella is a wrap, and in the resulting detox from Sunday’s action, we’ve got a fresh batch of archived sets to point you towards. Now online are full sets from the Weeknd (his US debut), Santigold, Real Estate, and Dr. Dre and Snoop, which featured an unholy group of guests (Eminem, Kendrick… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 16, 2012 - 9:38 am

Domino/Ribbon’s Smugglers Way Flexi-Disc Zine Has Unreleased Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs For Record Store Day

For Record Store Day (April 21), Domino and Ribbon will put out the multi-media Smugglers Way Flexi-Disc Zine, a release that combines a 24-page zine with five flexi discs of unreleased material by the likes of Real Estate, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs, John Maus and Villagers. The zine is put together by artists from those… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 24, 2012 - 1:41 pm

Real Estate – “Exactly Nothing” & Kids In The Hall Theme Cover

Real Estate’s single for “Easy” is coming out this spring, and they recently took that release’s B-side, “Exactly Nothing,” to Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 Radio studio for a live performance. Head to Listen Before You Buy to hear “Exactly Nothing,” but if you’re looking to stream the entire set (which includes a cover of… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 23, 2012 - 1:54 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Vacation, it would seem, is finally over. For the first time in a few weeks, it was actually a bit of a chore to narrow this list down to five videos, since a lot of people are finally letting some good work out into the world. And I’m a bit surprised that two of them… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Real Estate – “In My Car”

On today’s episode of the NPR show World Cafe Live, Real Estate rolled through and performed eight songs live in studio. Seven of them came from Days, the band’s 2011 album, but as Pitchfork points out, there’s also a new one in there. To hear them play “In My Car,” head over here and click… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Real Estate – “Easy” Video

The band Real Estate have an album called Days out on Domino records. You will know this very clearly after watching the Tom Scharpling-directed video for its breezy jam “Easy,” which features a classy van driven by the Domino Records in-house street team of comedian Chris Gethard and Videogum’s Gabe Delahaye. (Full Disclosure: I have… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 10, 2012 - 9:55 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey, no new Beyoncé video this week! Actually, this week’s list is pretty much entirely comprised of inventively low-budget indie rock videos (or, in a couple of cases, indie-dance videos that might as well be indie rock). They’ve got plots and costumes and ideas, and at least a couple of them were probably released right… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Real Estate – “It’s Real” Video

It’s Real” is one of Real Estate’s best tracks from Album Of The Week alum Days, so it’s fitting that the song’s equally great video maintains the same cheery, upbeat attitude. Oh, and there are like, a dozen dogs in the video, hanging out and starring in home movies. Several are wearing bowties. Bowties! Thi… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 4, 2011 - 10:50 am

Album Of The Week: Real Estate Days

It should be no great surprise that we’re really into this record, considering that we’ve already heaped praise onto album tracks like “Green Aisles,” “Out Of Tune” and the magnificent “It’s Real” as well as took the temperature of the general reaction to Days in a Comment Party. But even if this is hammering home… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 18, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Real Estate Days Comment Party

Previously on Stereogum, we’ve discussed Real Estate singles “It’s Real” and “Green Aisles” from the Jersey indie rockers’ forthcoming Days, and now the whole record has hit the web via NPR’s First Listen series. It’s a characteristically breezy, hook-laden listen that showcases Martin Courtney’s progression as a songwriter without sacrificing the band’s signature vibe. How… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 10, 2011 - 9:54 am

Real Estate – “Green Aisles”

Languid New Jersey dream-poppers Real Estate will release Days, their sophomore album, in a few weeks. We’ve already posted one track from it, “It’s Real,” and now here’s another. “Green Aisles” shows that the band’s laid-back guitar interplay gets more confident all the time. It’s a keeper. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 10:21 am

Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It

The Strokes’ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help us celebrate this 10th Anniversary, we asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is in the spirit of our previous free tribute albums for Radiohead’s OK Computer,More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2011 - 9:30 am

Real Estate – “It’s Real”

NJ BTW Real Estate, makers of melodic Budweiser-and-beaches dream-pop, are signed up to Domino for their second full-length Days due September 27th. “It’s Real” is its first single, one the band’s road testing at live dates these days. I saw them recently at the unventilated DIY space 285 Kent, saying that a band that’s writte… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 12, 2011 - 11:05 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

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 »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am