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Martin Courtney
Martin Courtney

Martin Courtney dropped his terrific solo album Many Moons, last month but didn't officially celebrate till Friday (11/20) with a record release show at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust. The album was played in full and for the occasion, Courtney and his ace band (which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band) were joined for part of the show by a string section. That certainly made songs like "Foto," "Before We Begin" and "Vestiges" all the more lush and they even brought out a flautist for Many Moons title track. Speaking of many moons, they took that theme literally with the night's chosen covers of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon."

Opening was J.R. Bohannon, who you may know from his project Ancient Ocean or as a member of Torres' band. Here he played with a full band that included The Clean's Hamish Kilgour on drums. Pictures from his set, and more of Martin Courtney's, below...

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photo: Martin Courtney at BV-CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks begin their tour in Connecticut tonight (11/11) and it hits NYC Thursday (11/12) at Brooklyn Bowl. Since we last spoke, several guests were added to that show. It now includes Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney (who just released a great solo album), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and King Cyst, aka Luka Usmiani of Big Troubles and Real Estate side project Ducktails. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Alex Bleeker dates are listed below.

In related news, Real Estate are among the artists who contributed a previously-unreleased track to be auctioned off as a 7" with proceeds going to help Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood, who's fighting cancer. The others are Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, Alex Somers, Lou Barlow, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Cults, Julianna Barwick, The Drums, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Nick Diamonds, and Surfer Blood. You can also donate $10 or more to download the tracks. More info here.

Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen also donated autographed items to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Thomas. Cymbals Eat Guitars just auctioned off a guitar at their NYC show over the weekend to donate the proceeds to Thomas too.

Thomas also has an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up that you can donate to.

Details on the songs being auctioned below...

Continue reading "Martin Courtney, Steve Gunn & more added to Alex Bleeker's NYC show; bands raising money for Surfer Blood guitarist"

Martin Courtney @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney @ BVCMJ Baby's All Right 2015

Real Estate's Martin Courtney has been covering Pavement's "Major Leagues" at some of his solo shows, like at the BrooklynVegan CMJ day party at Baby's All Right. He and his band -- which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band -- performed it live for Sirius XMU session. It's pretty straightfoward but fits in perfectly with Courtney's great new album Many Moons, and you can watch video of that (and "Airport Bar" live on KCRW) below.

In addition to this month's show at Brooklyn's National Sawdust (11/20, tickets), Martin and the band have announced a few California shows for January. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Martin Courtney shares cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues," announces West Coast shows (updated dates)"

by Bill Pearis

Martin Courtney - Many Moons

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney released his first solo album, Many Moons, today via Domino. As I've written before, the record isn't all that different from what Real Estate do, but Martin's strapping on the acoustic -- plus nice use of mellotron -- give Many Moons a lovely, light touch. The album goes down easy but is satisfying too, and I find myself letting the whole thing repeat. There's not a bum track of the 10, though the ones farthest from Real Estate (the back-to-back "Foto" and "Vestiges") are the most memorable. It's a terrific album and you can listen to the whole thing below.

Martin and the band (which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band) also stopped by Tom Sharpling's The Best Show this week to talk and play live ("Northern Highway," "Vestiges," "Airport Bar") and you can listen to that here. Martin's segment starts at 1:52:10.

You can catch Martin Courtney live at his NYC record release show which happens at National Sawdust on November 20 with J.R. Bohannon. He was one of the real highlights of our CMJ day parties, and National Sawdust's unique setting should make for a great show. Tickets are still available.

Continue reading "Martin Courtney released solo debut 'Many Moons,' played 'The Best Show' (listen to both)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, videos by (((unARTig))), words by Pink Baby

Lilys / Dilly Dally / Martin Courtney @ Baby's All Right - 10/17/15
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday
BV CMJ 2015 Saturday

After the mere seven-hour BrooklynVegan Friday party at Baby's All Right during CMJ, we threw a 12-and-a-half hour party on Saturday (10/17). It kicked off bright and early at 11:30 AM with Murals and continued through midnight when reunited '90s shoegazers Lilys wrapped up their set.

Murals, whose sound these days is sort of pastoral and proggy (not unlike Andora-era Caribou at times) which was a gentle start to a long (fun) day, while we munched on free Thai samosas -- courtesy Baby's new Bangkok-inspired menu -- and sipped complimentary Bell's Brewery Octoberfest. Though that keg went quick, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Lager were also on tap all day, and they gave out pins, sunglasses, bottle openers and other goodies, too.

After Murals it was Petal, whose set we wrote about and posted pictures of HERE (with her new album stream), and then we were treated to an early afternoon set by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney. Martin was supporting and playing songs off his forthcoming solo debut, Many Moons (due 10/30 via Domino), and he was backed by an ace band that included Woods' Jarvis Taveniere (who produced the album) and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band (and several other projects). Martin plays an acoustic guitar the whole time, and they're a little more on the '70s folk/soft rock side than Real Estate's slightly janglier indie pop. Martin also threw in a cover of Pavement's "Major Leagues" which fit in perfectly with his own compositions. They ended the set with Doug Keith's extended guitar solo that Martin's Grateful Dead-obsessed Real Estate bandmate Alex Bleeker probably would've been proud of.

Then came Australian trio Methyl Ethel, who gave us a set of psychedelic dream pop and had a frontman with quite a bit of urgency to his performance. The Gotobeds then seriously kicked things up a notch with their tough, post-punk inspired indie rock. These guys are just the kind of smartasses you want at something like CMJ, coming on stage saying "Hey, we're Viet Cong! What!?! They're not using it anymore!" and being good enough musicians to make playing sloppy charming. The set featured their 'hit,' "NY's Alright" (which Kasan sang as "Baby's All Right" at least once), as well as songs from their upcoming Sub Pop debut, including one that Protomartyr's Joe Casey will be guesting on. Between that show and their set at Sub Pop's showcase two days earlier (which Protomartyr, who played our Baby's day parties in 2014, also played), they were a definite highlight of CMJ.

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They were followed by UK trio Shopping, one of the most buzzed about bands at CMJ this year (as the beyond packed room illustrated). They wear their minimal, danceable post-punk influences (Delta 5, The Slits) on their sleeve, but they make up for the lack of originality with a super fun live show. They were bouncing around up there the whole time, and if the crowd was more familiar with their songs (or drunker) you could imagine the rest of the room bouncing along with them. Tight musicians too.

The tight musicianship did not die down at all when Dilly Dally followed. They instantly won us over with an early set on our 2014 day party, but this year they returned bigger and better in every way. The sound and light show was perfect for them, which didn't hurt, but the band's grungy force and Katie Monks' throat-shredding voice is what keeps this band exciting every time.

Things got a bit calmer for Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, who are still a new-ish band but already have a fully-formed unique vision. All three members wore matching outfits, and they're all set up in a horizontal line in the front of the stage. They all sing in close harmony, and they make a kind of arty pop that's not exactly in line with any current trend. While trying to remember who you saw at CMJ, you don't forget Stealing Sheep.

The rock returned when local staples The So So Glos followed. They've been doing their thing around NYC for years now, and they really do play like stars. Their poppy punk might have actually made them stars in 1995, but it's nice to get that kind of performance in a smaller venue in the midst of a CMJ party too. Things stayed turned up to 11 when Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney followed. They don't exactly do the whole "punkgaze" thing that's been going on, but they definitely have a hard backbone as far as shoegaze bands go.

It was a full house when Frankie Cosmos kicked off the evening portion of our party with a set of appealing indie pop that is both winsome and spirited. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who played the ATO showcase the day before, then brought things down even softer than Frankie, with a haunting solo set. It would have been nice to see her full band, especially with her heavier new album out, but she's good with just a guitar too. Chicago garage punks Meat Wave followed and wasted no time turning things way back up. They're just a trio but they were one of the loudest and heaviest bands of the day. Almost their whole set was flooded in entirely red lights. It suited them well.

Up next were young locals The Lemon Twigs, who are still in their teens but already have approval from Foxygen whose Jonathan Rado is producing their forthcoming album. Fronted by Micheal and Brian D'Addario (who take turns between guitar/lead vocals and drums), The Lemon Twigs seem to take inspiration from mid-'70s rock: Michael, who wore eyeshadow, a floor-length robe and Aladdin Sane-Orange hair gave us the weirder songs with hints of Syd Barrett, early Bowie and Sparks; while Brian seemed to draw more from classic songwriters like Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach or Todd Rundgren. The whole band are seriously good musicians (and killer at harmonies) and, if these guys keep at it, it seems like they'll be crazy good by their mid-twenties.

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Mothers from Athens, GA then came on for the penultimate set of the day. Kristine Leschper has a great voice that reminded me more than once of Angel Olsen, and the music is a bit like Angel's last album too. It's folky at times, but driving indie rock at others. And the rest of her band were no slouches at all.

Finally Lilys wrapped up the day with what was only their fourth show of 2015... which is probably as many as they have played in the last five years. Kurt Heasley has seen nearly as many members of Lilys as The Fall, and this lineup -- the same as the two shows the weekend before at Baby's -- was put together by former member Don Devore, one of the five guitarists on stage. Sticking to songs from the band's early shoegaze years (like 1994's Eccsame the Photon Band which just got re-pressed on vinyl) with some seriously trippy projections, Lilys melted faces (helped along by Heasley's insistence that the A/C be turned off) with Clinton-era classics like "Ginger." We were very happy to bring this very rare show to fans (which included a lot of folks in other bands) to you for free. What a day!

Then we went to bed.

More pictures and videos from Saturday's show below...

Continue reading "Lilys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Mothers, Martin Courtney, Frankie Cosmos, Gotobeds & more played BV's Saturday party (pics)"

photo: Lilys at Baby's last week (more by Greg Cristman)

photo: Martin Courtney with Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Martin Courtney

You already know the details for the free BV Friday day party at Baby's All Right. There's also an all-day BrooklynVegan Saturday party from 11:00 AM to midnight at Baby's.

Here's the lineup and set times:
SATURDAY, 10/17/2015 @ Baby's All Right

11:00 AM DOORS
11:30 Murals
12:15 Petal
1:00 Martin Courtney of Real Estate
1:45 Methyl Ethel
2:30 The Gotobeds
3:15 Shopping
4:00 Dilly Dally
4:45 Stealing Sheep
5:30 The So So Glos
6:15 Wildhoney
7:00 Frankie Cosmos
7:45 Jessica Lea Mayfield
8:30 Meat Wave
9:15 The Lemon Twigs
10:00 Mothers
10:45 Lilys
The day kicks off bright and early with Louisville's pastoral psych band Murals and free vegetarian southern Thai samosas off the new Baby's menu, a collaboration with Bangkok restaurant Soul Food Mahanakorn. American brunch will also be available for purchase.

Then it's Scranton, PA Tigers Jaw associates Petal. Following that is a 1 PM set from Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney, who's followed by Australia's Methyl Ethel, Pittsburgh smartass post-punks The Gotobeds, and more post-punk from UK band Shopping.

Things keep going with Toronto's roaring indie rockers Dilly Dally, the harmony-laden Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep, local punk staples The So So Glos, and Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Then it's the twee-ish Frankie Cosmos, the ever-evolving Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, the young but already very accomplished locals The Lemon Twigs, folky Athens indie rockers Mothers, and finally a very rare reunion set from '90s shoegazers Lilys (only their fourth of 2015) to wrap up the day.

Like on Friday, things kick off with a FREE KEG OF BELL'S BREWERY CRAFT BEER while it lasts. We'll also have three varieties of Bell's on tap all day and night.

photo: Frankie Cosmos at MoMA Nights in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Frankie Cosmos

Again, all 12 hours of this show are totally FREE. No RSVP, no badge or anything required.

The show is one of five BrooklynVegan-presented shows in NYC this week. In addition to the Friday party, we're also presenting the two non-CMJ Front Bottoms shows at Irving Plaza.

Listen to the artists playing the Saturday party, below...

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan Saturday all-day show lineup (Lilys, Frankie Cosmos, Real Estate's Martin Courtney, Dilly Dally, Stealing Sheep, Jessica Lea Mayfield, free Bell's beer & more!)"


As you may know, the FADER Fort returns to NYC this CMJ weekend on Friday (10/16) and Saturday (10/17) at Converse Rubber Tracks. Just a few artists were announced at first, but the entire multi-genre lineup is now here.

Friday has Aquilo, Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Modern Baseball, Conner Youngblood, Whitney, Boogie, Kehlani and a special guest headliner.

Saturday has Bosco, Oscar, Allan Kingdom, Porches, Dilly Dally, Kranium, YG, Baauer and also a special guest (but not headliner).

Both are totally free, but RSVP is required.

Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney has shared "Airport Bar," the closing track from his soon-to-be-released, excellent solo debut, Many Moons. Like "Northern Highway," this one doesn't stray too far from what he does in Real Estate, which is just fine. Stream it below.

Martin will be playing a few shows during CMJ including BrooklynVegan's free day party on Saturday (10/17) at Baby's All Right with Stealing Sheep and more. Matin's set is early (1 PM) and the full lineup is HERE. Martin's full CMJ schedule looks like this:

Tuesday Oct 13 (7 PM) || Rockwood Music Hall - WFUV CMJ Showcase w/ The Suffers, Fraser A Gorman, Hooton Tennis Club
Friday Oct 16 || Rubber Tracks Studio - Fader Fort || Brooklyn, NY
Saturday Oct 17 (1 PM) || Babys All Right - Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Party (FREE)
Saturday Oct 17 || Space 98 - Urban Outfitters CMJ Show w/ Søren Juul, Car Seat Headrest, The Lemon Twigs (FREE)
After CMJ, Martin will play National Sawdust on November 20 with J.R. Bohannon (tickets). All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Real Estate's Martin Courtney shares "Airport Bar" from solo LP, playing CMJ shows including BrooklynVegan day party"

by Bill Pearis

photo by Shawn Brackbill
Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney's debut solo album, Many Moons, is out at the end of October and if you haven't heard first single "Northern Highway" yet, you can stream it below. It is probably the most Real Estate-eque song on the album, which leans a little more soft rock, with warm strings and keyboards giving things a different, if still pastoral, feel. (The fluid basslines add to the '70s vibe as well.) Pre-orders are available.

Martin has just announced his first solo show which will happen at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust on November 20. Tickets for that show, which is being presented by Baby's All Right booker Billy Jones, go on sale Friday (9/18) at noon. Poster for the show is below.

As we posted earlier today, his bandmate Alex Bleeker has a new album and upcoming shows on the way too.

Continue reading "Real Estate's Martin Courtney playing new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust in November"

by Bill Pearis

Martin Courtney

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney will release his first solo album, titled Many Moons, out October 30 via Domino. Would it be a surprise to learn that it's his foray into happy hardcore electronica? It certainly would! Well, this isn't that. No, this is more bucolic, jangly guitar pop that doesn't stray too far, if at all, from what he does with Real Estate. That is not a bad thing, as first single "Northern Highway" is a really lovely song and you can watch the video, directed by Rob Hatch-Miller & Puloma Basu, below.

The album was produced by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, who plays on it as well, and there are also contributions from Julian Lynch and Real Estate keyboardist Matt Kallman. Pre-orders are available. Check out cover art and tracklist below.

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by Bill Pearis

Melted Toys

San Francisco's Melted Toys are currently on tour supporting their new album, Melted Toys 2, which came out a couple weeks ago on Underwater Peoples. Like their debut, the album falls somewhere between psych and indiepop, easy-to-swallow and effervescent, with occasional halucinatory side effects. You can stream it via Rdio. That tour pulls into NYC this Friday (7/25) at Cake Shop with their Underwater Peoples labelmates Free Time and Street Gnar also on the bill.

Free Time

Speaking of, Australian expats Free Time have a new single, "Esoteric Tizz," that will be out via Underwater People on August 19. The A-side was was recorded by Jarvis Taveniere of Woods; the B-side, "Guess Work," was recorded by Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney and you can stream that below.

In addition to the Cake Shop show with Melted Toys, Free Time have a couple other NYC shows coming up: August 7 Baby's All Right with Spectre Folk and Words With Frank Linetti (tickets); and Glasslands on September 21 with fellow Brooklyn Aussies Scott & Charlene's Wedding (tickets).

All Melted Toys dates are listed, along with the Free Time stream, below.

Continue reading "Melted Toys released new album, on tour, playing NYC with Free Time who have a new 7" (dates, streams)"

Ducktails at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)

As mentioned, Pitchfork is co-presenting a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit this Sunday (12/2) at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City with Holly Herndon (live), Ducktails (DJ), and Oneohtrix Point Never (DJ). Tickets for the show are still available and all proceeds go to benefit hurricane relief.

Ducktails (the project of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile) will release their new album, The Flower Lane, on January 29 via Domino and they'll be playing a record release show for it in NYC on January 23 at Le Poisson Rouge with a number of special guests, including Jessa Farkas (Future Shuttle), Cults singer Madeline Follin, Joel Ford, and Matt's Real Estate bandmate Martin Courtney. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can stream the title track from the new album below.

As mentioned, Oneohtrix Point Never will also DJ 285 Kent on December 7 with Autre Ne Veut and Grimes' second favorite rapper of the year, Mykki Blanco. Tickets for that show are still available.

Stream below.

Continue reading "Pitchfork's Sandy benefit at MoMA PS1 is this weekend; Ducktails playing guest-filled record release show at LPR"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Real Estate - Beach Comber (MP3)

Real Estate @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
Real Estate

So we asked a load of NYC-area bands to tell us how their 2009 went, via a handy questionnaire...

New Jersey's Real Estate were one of the breakout bands of the year, putting out a slew of records on influential labels (Woodsist, Underwater Peoples, Mexican Summer). They also typified the dreamy "Beach Sound" that was definitely one of this year's more prominent trends. And if you haven't heard their debut album, you definitely should. You can download "Beach Comber" at the top of this post. Real Estate don't have any NYC dates scheduled, but they will be heading off on an extensive European tour in early 2010 -- so look out, Prague! Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney answered the questions below...

Continue reading "an end of 2009 interview w/ Martin Courtney of Real Estate"