Posted in music | pictures on August 13, 2010

photos by Natasha Ryan, words by Rachel Kowal

Real Estate

Though the forecast last night called for possible thunderstorms, luckily there was no lightening in sight to prompt the cancellation of the show (or compromise safety), and a modest crowd gathered on Pier 54 to see the last show of the summer in the Hudson River Park's RiverRocks series. The smell of sea water, rain, and cigarettes permeated the air and helped set the mood for Real Estate's nostalgia-inducing music.

After some introductory words (guitarist Matt Mondanile said 'hi' to his mom), Real Estate began their set with a slower tune. In both their music and their attitudes, the Jersey-based four-piece seem both carefree and sincere. In between songs, they each contribute to the stage banter by playing off what another member said. After the first song, lead singer and guitarist Martin Courtney tried to bridge the divide between the crowd and the stage by inviting people to jump the barrier, but the restrictions remained in place. The crowd, did listen to bassist Alex Bleeker's suggestion to "jump around a little bit," when the band broke into "Beach Comber," however.

They may not have the loftiest lyrics (a new song contained the lines: "Water's not for me. Head downtown. People walking around"), but even when they're singing the same line about Budweiser and Sprite on repeat ("Suburban Beverage"), the music and melodies will get stuck in your head. Real Estate just released their debut album last year, but they played three new songs during their set, two of which are slated to be on an upcoming 7". Like their old material, the new tunes also seem to be inspired by the beach and suburban living.

In between the two sets, the volume of the background music increased noticeably in preparation for Deerhunter's set, and Real Estate's sunnier treble-heavy music was replaced by a heavier mix that prominently featured the bass line (sadly at the cost of the vox).

After a glowing endorsement by one of the event organizers, the members of Deerhunter assembled themselves on stage [to play to those not over on Governors Island or in East River Park checking out White Rabbits]. "How's everyone doing tonight? We're so happy you guys came out tonight, and I'm glad it's not pouring [...] There's a lot of stuff going on tonight, so it means a lot that you spent it with us," said Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox by way of introduction.

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Cox may have talked a lot immediately preceding the set (partly to stall while bassist Joshua Fauver got ready), but in an uncharacteristically mum move, he stopped just once (and then only after the fourth song), and said only the obligatory, "Thank you very much." Maybe Cox was hoping to power through the set before the weather worsened or maybe he was simply trying to squeeze in the most songs possible, but often, the band transitioned from one song to the next without even stopping for applause, which made it hard to tell when songs finished and began. Their set list consisted of both material from their upcoming release, Halcyon Digest, and crowd pleasers like "Hazel St." and "Never Stops."

At some point midset, a strange mosh pit of sorts broke out, and people flocked to the front to get in on the action. It started out as a concentrated mass in the middle of the crowd, but soon, people started shuffling back and forth (to the extreme left and then back to the right), as if the movements were choreographed.

Since there was no 'last song' warning, the band's departure was rather abrupt, but the music continued on loop after the stage was empty. Still without uttering a word, Cox launched into a couple of recognizable songs for the encore, as if rewarding those who stuck it out in the rain. Deerhunter may have only played two songs (I think), but those songs unfolded for an impressive 25 minutes thanks to a long detour into drone territory before Cox tied it up a bit at the end when the guitar melody returned more distinctly.

"Thanks so much for getting wet for us. I hope you guys have a great safe rest of the night" Cox said as the music slowly faded out.

Though the crowd may have been smaller due to the weather (and due to the concurrent Grizzly Bear show), people were in good spirits - even after the rain picked up again at the end of Deerhunter's set. There was almost an extra note of camaraderie brought on by the rain - a 'we're in this together' kind of feeling. I can only bet that both sweat and satisfaction were high for those who made it out to Glasslands to see Deerhunter's DJ set and a show by Ducktails (which features Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile).

If you missed last night's show, you'll have another chance. Bradford Cox announced that Deerhunter and Real Estate will be touring together this fall. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are on sale.

Partial setlists from both bands, and more pictures from the show, below...

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Real Estate PARTIAL Set list (help?)
1
Beach Comber
Pool Swimmers
Green River
Suburban Beverage
New song
New Song
Art Fandelet
Suburban Dogs
New Song
Fake Blues

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Deerhunter PARTIAL Set list (help?)
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Hazel St.
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Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Never Stops
Spring Hall Convert
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Carbon Lake
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10 (a long intro? Just noise)
Helicopter (a new song from upcoming Halcyon Digest)
Encore
Agoraphobia
Nothing Ever Happened

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Comments (100)

Real Estate blew. Deerhunter fuckin nailed it though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:05 PM

deerhunter is so fucking awesome live

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:08 PM

Real Estate is one of the most overrated bands ever. No joke.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:09 PM

the encore was three songs with cover me (slowly) preceding agoraphobia

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:09 PM

RE: setlist

Deerhunter played an epic version of "Wash off" somewhere in there. Florescent Grey as well.

Posted by Helper Monkey | August 13, 2010 12:12 PM

So the consensus is Real MEHstate?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:16 PM

lets just say is was a good thing real estate played first and not the other way around

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:18 PM

greath review by Natasha Ryan, no bullshit philosophizing, just telling what happened.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:18 PM

The Real Estate record is enjoyable though.


Deerhunter fucking rule. That's a short set, hopefully the Webster Hall one is longer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:21 PM

"Lightening," Rachel?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:27 PM

it may look short, but the encore alone was a half hour. nothing ever happened went on for at least 10 minutes, followed by another 10 minutes of ambient noise and i guarantee you, no one was complaining!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:32 PM

so bummed I missed Deerhunterm I hate you school. The Flourescebt Grey EP kicks ass!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:36 PM

Hummus State

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:36 PM

HumMehstate

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:37 PM

Deerhunter is great. Wish the sound for them was a little better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:40 PM

deerhunter show was one of the best of the summer. incredible.
that ambient jam at the end was soooo good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:52 PM

bradford can do no wrong. front row in the crowd was the happiest ive seen in a long time. why does lockett always look pissed off or bored?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 12:58 PM

9. Sped-up (epic) "Wash Off"
10. Super-intense version of "Fluorescent Grey"

Didn't catch "Carbon Lake"?

1, 3, 7 were new

Posted by Cryptograms | August 13, 2010 1:04 PM

oh and yeah, real estate is super boring. sorry

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:07 PM

I though Real Estate was awesome last night as usual.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:07 PM

No Carbon Lake. 3rd song was revival. And they played flourecent grey and wash off

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:08 PM

Real Estate was awesome the crowd was just boring for them. I loved their live version of Green River..as for Deerhunter I was right in the middle of that mosh pit thing up front & it was kind of hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:08 PM

real estate was okayyyyy.... their bass player said some funny things.

"it stopped raining! hopefully it will stay that way!"

"NO IT HASN'T!"

(No rain in sight)

"No...I think it has!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:19 PM

Real Estate > Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:22 PM

"In between songs, they each contribute to the stage banter by playing off what another member said."

Wow, fascinating.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:22 PM

they played Twilight At Carbon Lake, also

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:40 PM

Real Estate were great, more of an intimate venue kind of band though.

Deerhunter killlled though, wash off was so epic

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:41 PM

i WISH they played Twilight at Carbon Lake :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:43 PM

So it's the crowd's fault about Real Estate? But it's so easy to work MEH into their name...

It didn't move the MEHsses?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:43 PM

it's not like theyre playing MSG< that stage was plenty intimate enough, lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 1:50 PM

"the band transitioned from one song to the next without even stopping for applause, which made it hard to tell when songs finished and began."

this writer is a fucking idiot. who gives a fuck about if you know when a song starts or stops? are you so fucking brainwashed by the dumb fucking music industry that you think songs have to "stop and start" on the dime? i bet you are one of those fucks who are like "i mean, it was a cool set i guess. they didn't play their songs like they do on the album."

where do you get your writers? what a fucking goof.

Posted by dueblah | August 13, 2010 2:02 PM

leave rachel alone!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:03 PM

Whoa Real Estate sportin' two Mustangs and a musicmaster bass. Short scale dedication, all day, every day!

Posted by Colonel K | August 13, 2010 2:11 PM

Deerhunter are an amazing band and I always enjoy seeing them live, especially for free on a cool Summer night...but did anyone else think the sound mix (especially for the pre-ambient drone part of their encore) was terrible? All I could hear was Bradford's guitar on "Nothing Ever Happened"...hardly any vocals or drums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:21 PM

the sound was AMAZING up until the encore. something happened to the overall sound and it was muddy, and dampened. bummer because the songs they played during the encore are among my favorite deerhunter songs.

it also didn't help that their bassist seemingly forgot how to play nothing ever happened

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:28 PM

wow, no one has anything negative to say about deerhunter?

am i still @ brooklynvegan.com?

(good. neither do i. with the possible exception being that i prefer atlas sounds.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:28 PM

i prefer atlas sounds just about as much as a prefer deerhunters

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:30 PM

Bassist seemed sloppy from the start...namely when they all came onstage and couldn't find him.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:31 PM

@2:30

are you mocking my typo with your own typo?

genius.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:32 PM

precicely my plan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:35 PM

real estate opended with younger than yesterday from their reality EP. their set was great - they benefitted from a good mix while deerhunter didn:t. nothing ever happened was ruin from a totally shit mix. all you could hear was bradford:s guitar. the new song that lockett sings is apparently called fountain stairs. even with a shitty mix - deerhunter is always lovely


Posted by ben | August 13, 2010 2:37 PM

deerhunter's sound was a little sketchy at the beginning, but quickly got into shape. everything sounded greaaaat. then i guess the soundguy fell asleep at their encore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:40 PM

These photo and the layout are much better than the photos on P4K. Having them all laid out on one page works better than having to click on each one to see it.

Posted by Hans | August 13, 2010 2:41 PM

Bleeker is so hot

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:42 PM

very happy to see the kid from dazed and confused playing drums in real eastate

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:42 PM

the live version of rainwater cassette exchange is SO GOOD

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 2:57 PM

crap, i wish i went now reading all these comments. the rain kept me away. i'm a wimp and i'm lame!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:00 PM

you are a wimp.

and you are lame.

just like all my friends who didn't come :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:06 PM

Etienne Duguay used to advertise his DIY gigolo service on his myspace! Supersleaze!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:06 PM

^ yikes... that's some info better left for blackmail

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:09 PM

which one is etienne? is he hot?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:15 PM

2:28 I did say that Real Estate > Deerhunter; guess you missed that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:27 PM

but you didnt say MEHhunter. or give us a hummus recipe. how am i supposed to decipher your cryptic language?

it's ok tho. i like real estate.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:30 PM

didn't they at all consider that there's a band called Sunny Day Real Estate???

i'm gonna start a band called Milk Hotel and see where I can go with that...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:40 PM

Deerhunter is one of the most overrated bands. Real Estate's Reality EP has way more staying power than Mehcrocastle ever could. Mark my words. 20 years from now, put both on. Reality will sound timeless. Microcastle will remind you of when you were young and it won't hold up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:40 PM

3:40 No, because anyone concerned with Sunny Day Real Estate is a wimp who hates music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:44 PM

Also, 3:40, "Real Estate" was a phrase long before those doofuses started their Sunny Day band. "Milk Hotel" is not a phrase.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:44 PM

it's gonna be kinda hard to mark your words and reference them to future generations when you are posting anonymously. just sayin.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:45 PM

@340, whats funny about that is that I told my friend Real Esate was playing the other day and he was exited as shit. When I broke it to him it was only a buzz band from NJ, it pratically broke his heart.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:45 PM

Guts are for hating!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:52 PM

I love Deerhunter.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:55 PM

3:40 Then your friend is a doofus who doesn't pay attention.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:56 PM

3:45 Eat my shorts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:57 PM

3:40 and 3:57 you are truly a moron

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 3:59 PM

@3:44 - yeah the guys in Real Estates aren't at all wimps...

they looked like they would cry if their ice cream fell out of their cone

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:00 PM

BUT WHAT IF THE HUMMUS FELL OUT OF THEIR BOWL??????????

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:01 PM

they'd poop their diapers

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:02 PM

Shish, bang, boom, bally, bally, boo, boo

Posted by bob fossill | August 13, 2010 4:09 PM

I am just trolling now, but Deerhunter suxx.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:10 PM

TAAAAAAAAACCCOOOOOOOOOO PEEEEEEEEEOOOOOPPPLLLLE

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:11 PM

I thought it was kinda funny, 3:40. Then again, I'm a little bit bitter...

Posted by Tahini | August 13, 2010 4:16 PM

ignore the humus troll

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:21 PM

the comments on this thread are fucking retarded..even for bv

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:41 PM

^^^typical retarded BV comment.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:44 PM

and it was going so well there for a while...oh well fuck the human race

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:49 PM

deerhunter was so good that i passed out in the middle of their set

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 4:59 PM

"In between songs, they each contribute to the stage banter by playing off what another member said."

This sounds like a play out of the Matt Berninger playbook.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 5:10 PM

5:10 LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 5:18 PM

Forget hummus, I am bringing GREBO back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 5:19 PM

Ned's Atomic Dustbin? Oh well, fuck the hummus race.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 5:43 PM

Bleeker said the comment about the fence, not Martin....and the rain was not bad at all. Not sure why you made it out like it was such a big deal. The biggest deal was the sound cutting out and Lockett's guitar being pretty much nonexistent on the mix. Of course that is not mentioned in your post though...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 6:09 PM

deerhunter.. wow they get better and better everytime live.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 6:27 PM

its friday night guys(and gals, but i doubt it).

time to crawl out of your momma's basement/office cubical and go see some of these bands/parties BV so generously informs us about.

so, you know, we can come back on monday and bitch about them all over again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 6:38 PM

Pop Will Eat Itself, baby! Lemme hear you chant: GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO, GREBO

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2010 6:40 PM

hahhahahaha the comment page on this is really good

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 4:27 AM

Complete Deerhunter list is:
01 Desire Lines
02 Hazel Street
03 Revival
04 Rainwater Cassette Exchange
05 Never Stops
06 Spring Hall Convert
07 Fountain Stairs
08 Wash Off
09 Fluorescent Grey
10 Helicopter
11 [encore break - loops]
12 Cover Me (Slowly)
13 Agoraphobia
14 Nothing Ever Happened / Jam

Posted by Dean Keim | August 14, 2010 8:49 AM

Really, this is some of the worst concert writing I have ever read. This post would be so much better as just a photo gallery with maybe a few sentences intro.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 12:48 PM

Really, this is some of the worst BV commenting I have ever read. The commens would be so much better with just a couple of mehs and hummust.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 1:20 PM

"words by rachel kowal"

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 4:30 PM

90 comments on this topic = deerhunter still killing it

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 4:34 PM

I entered that show as a boy and left as a man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 4:56 PM

I entered that show hungry and left rather full...

All praise to the mighty chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2010 5:51 PM

fuck huummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 10:54 PM

I really hope 1:20 isn't the author of the article. That's pathetic.

12:48 - couldn't agree more.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 1:04 PM

Etienne can gigolo on me anytime, Bleeker has too much back hair

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 4:43 PM

Hummus...meh...hummus...

Now that that's out of the way. Anyone notice that the Deerhunter on bass threw a bottle at a security guard? What a douche move. Almost got his ass kicked too.

Deerhunter is great though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2010 10:08 PM

@10:08PM

Actually, Josh threw the water bottle at the security guard because the guy was being a complete asshole to people on the rail. It wasn't a douche move, he was looking out for fans.

Posted by karin | August 16, 2010 10:23 PM

security guards being assholes? totally hard to believe

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 10:04 AM

No. He was trying to do his job and sometimes if people don't let them they have to be a little forceful. Believe me, he did nothing that wasn't outside of his duties. I think a few people gave Deerhunter on bass shit for the throwing water bottle maneuver.

Deerhunter is still great though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2010 3:38 PM

deerhunter.. wow they get better and better everytime live

Posted by binqing | August 18, 2010 4:09 AM

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