By Andrew Frisicano
Real Estate's 1st national tour starts [11/2] at Maxwell's with GIRLS. It's in NJ... HOW FITTING. -realyrealestate twitter
Real Estate @ Glasslands, Oct. 22nd, 2009
"Very rarely does one see a show where all the bands are equally satisfying. Last night at Maxwell's was one of those times. The double whammy of a bill featured two sides of the same coin: Real Estate, the New Jersey rockers who focus on solos and long, textured rhythmic build ups, and Girls, the San Francisco band focused on the major-swoon inducing Christopher Owens and his superb heartbreak act. By the end of the show I didn't know whether to jump up and down with enthusiasm or run home and cry.The full dates of their trip, which includes another NYC-area Girls show on Friday, November 6th at Bowery Ballroom, are posted below.
I've seen Real Estate before and each time I do I like them more and more. It's just that kind of band that gets into your head and grows, filling up all the space between synapses, like a re-uptake inhibitor drug. The band is really all about jams- of course there are lyrics and melody but the power in Real Estate lies in their guitar solos and Alex Bleeker's interesting and almost guitar-like bass playing.
Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney trade back and forth, when one solos the other builds the song- it happens slowly and deliberately. It's easy to get lost in the hazy chord progressions... and that's a good thing." [MME]
The band's self-titled debut record is officially out November 17th on Woodsist, but it has been available at shows throughout CMJ. During CMJ week, the band hit a number of showcases, official and unofficial. Those included the Pitchfork/Showpaper show at Market Hotel on Oct. 24 and the Death+Taxes show with Japandroids at Glasslands on Oct. 22. Pictures from that Glasslands show are posted below.
Between shows, they also found time to record an acoustic "Hotbox" session at The Levi's/FADER Fort, which is also posted below...
Death+Taxes dudes introducing the band...
An artistic rendering of the band done on site (marker on cardboard) ...
Hotbox at The Levi's®/FADER Fort: Real Estate - "Beach Comber"
Hotbox at The Levi's®/FADER Fort: Real Estate - "Green River"
Hotbox at The Levi's®/FADER Fort: Real Estate - "Fake Blues"
Real Estate - 2009/10 Tour Dates
Nov 02 MAXWELLS Hoboken, New Jersey #
Nov 03 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC #
Nov 04 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #
Nov 06 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York #
Nov 07 Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts #
Nov 08 106 College Ave Ithaca, New York
Nov 09 Il Motore Montreal, Quebec #
Nov 10 El Mocambo Toronto, Ontario #
Nov 11 The Majestic Cafe Detroit, Michigan
Nov 12 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois #
Nov 13 Der Rathskellar @ U of W Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 14 Public Space One Iowa City, Iowa
Nov 15 Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado @
Nov 16 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Nov 17 TBD Olympia, Washington !
Nov 18 The Funhouse Seattle, Washington !
Nov 19 Holocene Portland, Oregon $
Nov 20 Hemlock Tavern San Francisco, California ^
Nov 22 Crepe Place Santa Cruz, California
Nov 23 Spaceland Los Angeles, California &
Nov 24 Soda Bar San Diego, California *
Nov 25 Modified Arts Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 26 Black Market El Paso, Texas
Nov 27 Mohawk Austin, Texas
Nov 28 City Tavern Dallas, Texas
Nov 29 Sticky Fingerz Little Rock, Arkansas
Nov 30 Red Star @ The Lyric Oxford, Mississippi (
Dec 01 529 Atlanta, Georgia
Dec 02 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dec 03 TBD Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 27 TBD Manchester, UK (via)
# w/ Girls
@ w/ M. Pyres & the Skygaze Family Band
! w/ Pill Wonder
$ w/ Rainbow Bridge
^ w/ Moon Duo
& w/ The Happy Hollows
* w/ Blessure Grave, Best Coast
( w/ Dead Gaze