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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’s… More »

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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…
brandon | July 21, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Wavves/Woods/Real Estate @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 7/15/09

After the scene portrait painted by Woodsist and Captured Tracks on Independence weekend, a Bowery bill boasting Woods and Real Estate wouldn't register as a…
Amrit Singh | July 16, 2009 - 11:08 am

New Ducktails – “Parasailing”

Real Estate's Matt Mondanile continues exploring his blissed-out abstract/expansive sides in Ducktails and Predator Vision (a trio with another Real Estater Etienne Duguay). As the…
brandon | July 8, 2009 - 2:28 pm

Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest @ 979 Broadway Backyard, Brooklyn 7/4/09

This past weekend was all about the USA, and nothing says America quite like a day full of shitgaze in a graffitied, degenerated yard under…
Amrit Singh | July 6, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Real Estate – “Green River”

It's difficult making out all the lyrics floating around in "Green Rivers"'s echo chamber, but it'd be a nice change of course if the track…
brandon | June 18, 2009 - 9:16 am

New Real Estate Live Video – “Beach Comber”

This footage of BTW Real Estate doing "Beach Comber" was captured in one continuous, brightly shadowed shot by Ray C. at the Annex, NYC on…
brandon | May 29, 2009 - 10:21 am

New Real Estate – “Beach Comber” & “Snow (Instrumental)”

Real Estate's breezy pop songs feel effortless. This is one of the New Jersey BTW's charms. That, and they're a tight live band, who come…
brandon | May 7, 2009 - 10:17 am

New Ducktails Video – “Landrunner”

Matt Mondanile, a member of NJ BTW (and enjoyable live act) Real Estate takes care of his more abstract and/or expansive tendencies in Ducktails and…
brandon | April 27, 2009 - 11:39 am

New Real Estate Video – “Fake Blues” (Live At SXSW)

One of the more enjoyable SXSW day parties was the Woodsist/ToddP collaboration at Ms. Bea's on Saturday afternoon. It might have been the absurd amount…
brandon | March 25, 2009 - 10:06 am

SXSW 2009: Saturday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy The last day at SXSW is always tinged with a depressing end-of-the-summer vibe. (Or maybe end of the school…
brandon | March 23, 2009 - 2:07 pm

Band To Watch: Real Estate

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…
brandon | January 23, 2009 - 9:16 am
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