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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

Martin Courtney IV (Real Estate) – “Kicker of Elves”/”As We Go Up We Go Down” (Guided By Voices Covers)

These GBV covers by BTW Real Estate’s frontman appear on Guided By Guided By Voices, a cassette compilation out via Wild Animal Kingdom. In the spirit of a Robert Pollard collage, he opted to pair songs from different albums (Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes, respectively). Interestingly, Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker shows up on the… More »

By: brandon / September 10, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Real Estate – “Out Of Tune”

About that awesome, then-untitled Real Estate tune that got us calling out Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and just about any other referential shorthand for excellence in order to impress its jam-status upon you: Here, finally, is its studio iteration, with proper title (“Out Of Tune”), a list of its extended personnel (recorded by Woods[ist]’s Jarvis Taveniere… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 19, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Real Estate Do Two Unreleased Songs For Daytrotter

Despite the fact they’re easily catchable around any of many Brooklyn listening rooms, I most recently enjoyed NJ BTW and Galaxie acolytes Real Estate at the Subterranean in Chicago, at a show serving as a de facto afterparty for night-last of the Pitchfork Music Festival. An unreleased and untitled song during that set, which i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 28, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Woodsist Fest @ The Echo & Echoplex, Los Angeles 6/15/10

Over the last few years the Woodsist label’s put together an impressive roster : Real Estate, Kurt Vile, Ganglians, and, of course, ‘Gum Bowl headliner Woods, whose Jeremy Earl founded the label. Worth celebrating, for sure. Last year they joined with Captured Tracks for a weekend festival in Bushwick, this year did shows in Big… More »

By: jessica / June 16, 2010 - 6:00 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

Real Estate – “Suburban Dogs” Video

It’s been a while since we checked in with mellow Jersey Shore/Galaxie 500 fans and BTW Real Estate. Turns out they were hiding in an actual real estate office and performing “Suburban Dogs” for the company holiday party. Pass the spiral ham, please. More »

By: brandon / March 10, 2010 - 5:46 pm

The ‘Gum Drop CXVIII: Hear New Music From Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker, Win An Out-Of-Print Vinyl Prize Pack

Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his Freaks (including Real Estaters Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney) just released their hazy Crazy Horse-flavored self-titled debut on Underwater Peoples. In this week’s Drop we we talk with Bleeker about languid, melancholic closer “Part 2.” He let us know the title refers to “Maple Field,” a song he… More »

By: brandon / December 9, 2009 - 10:12 am

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

The ‘Gum Drop CXV: Hear New Real Estate, Win A DJ Hero Bundle

Busy Jersey-born favorites Real Estate slowed things down and classed them up on their excellent new self-titled Woodsist full-length. For instance, we first heard a speedier, electric “Green River” as the nugget-sized B-Side on the “Fake Blues” 7″: Take a listen to the album’s languid acoustic approach after you read frontman Martin Courtney’s thoughts o… More »

By: brandon / November 18, 2009 - 9:56 am

Real Estate – “Green River”

Jersey-born favorites Real Estate slowed things down and classed them up on their self-titled Woodsist full-length. We first heard a speedier “Green River” as a B-Side on the “Fake Blues” 7″. Take a listen to the album’s languid acoustic version after you read frontman Martin Courtney’s thoughts on the chill-out makeover.

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By: brandon / November 17, 2009 - 10:52 am

New Real Estate – “Dumb Luck” (Stereogum Premiere)

After giving a number of listens to Real Estate’s self-titled Woodsist collection and the six-song Reality EP — which includes the recently viewed “Basement” — it’s clear the Jersey-born BTW have decided to go an even more laidback than in their very chill past. Yes, Alex Bleeker’s earning that tie-dye shirt of his. The guy… More »

By: brandon / November 16, 2009 - 10:23 am

Girls/Real Estate @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 11/6/09

Things were different from the last time we saw Girls live, when we hosted their first NYC show at Market Hotel: near unanimous praise for one of the year’s best Albums, and a recently reconfigured lineup that saw the abrupt departure of their touring guitarist, replaced for this trek on a few days practice by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 8, 2009 - 4:08 pm

New Real Estate – “Basement” (Live @ CMJ)

As we’ve seen previously, NYC filmmaker Ray Concepcioñ‘s into creating leisurely, continuous establishing shots before he takes you into any given venue. You saw the street and the feet that walk it before watching Surfer Blood, for instance, and the Guggenheim, both indoors and out, provided the backdrop for the Walkmen’s set amid the spiral. More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2009 - 9:29 am

CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman’s candlelit Conformist material, along with guest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am

CMJ ’09: Thursday In Photos

On Thursday at CMJ the xx played theIr 66th and 67th shows of the week — one at the Apple Store SoHo, another as the “x-rated” secret guest at the horribly delayed, horribly sweaty Club NME showcase at the Delancey. The sound dudes couldn’t get it together, the subterranean, reverse-gradient pit is perfect for sweltering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2009 - 11:27 am

CMJ ’09: Wednesday In Photos

As far as full-on noon-to-2AM marathon set hunting goes, Wednesday’s spread won’t be topped this year. In addition to bringing us memorable sets from two bands we’ll be watching much more closely in Sleigh Bells and Golden Silvers, the day delivered solid lineups at every turn. I joined photographer Jessica Amaya at ForceField’s day party… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

Insound 10th Anniversary W/ These Are Powers/Cymbals Eat Guitars/Suckers/Drums/Real Estate @ Brooklyn Bowl 8/27/09

Online retailer Insound celebrated its tenth year in business with an impressive line-up of local music and an unimpressive display of hipster bowling skillz (though they can blame that on the free beer). Suckers were the not-that-surprise performers, joining fellow Band To Watch Real Estate, The Drums, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and These Are Powers. Peggy… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 28, 2009 - 3:30 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

New Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – “Summer Song > Epilogue”

If you take a look at the accompanying photo, you might recognize Alex Bleeker as BTW Real Estate’s bassist. What you can’t see is the Freaks’ frontman is surrounded by a couple other folks from his more well-known band: Matt Mondanile, aka Ducktails, handles drums and Martin Courtney does backing vocals and bass. The one… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2009 - 4:28 pm