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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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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
Scott Lapatine | July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am
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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'
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…
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 i…
Amrit Singh | August 19, 2010 - 2:22 pm
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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…
Amrit Singh | July 28, 2010 - 5:02 pm
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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…
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…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am
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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 a…
brandon | March 10, 2010 - 5:46 pm
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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 o…
brandon | December 9, 2009 - 10:12 am
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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 --…
brandon | November 18, 2009 - 12:34 pm
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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…
brandon | November 18, 2009 - 9:56 am
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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…
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" --…
brandon | November 16, 2009 - 10:23 am
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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…
Amrit Singh | November 8, 2009 - 4:08 pm
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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…
brandon | October 30, 2009 - 9:29 am
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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…
Amrit Singh | October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am
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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…
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…
Amrit Singh | October 23, 2009 - 11:30 am
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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…
Scott Lapatine | August 28, 2009 - 3:30 pm
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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…
brandon | July 23, 2009 - 3:12 pm
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