Entries tagged with: Real Estate
by Bill Pearis
photo by Shawn Brackbill
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.
by Andrew Sacher
It's a busy year for Real Estate side projects. Frontman Martin Courtney has a solo album on the way, the new Ducktails LP is out now, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks will release their third album Country Agenda on October 16 via Sinderlyn. Alex's band is the most hippie-folk of all the Real Estate projects (I mean, he's the one who's put together multiple Grateful Dead tributes and that cover art looks straight out of the '60s/'70s, no? maybe a little Led Zeppelin-y?) and lead singles "Sealong Hair" and "The Rest" are right up that alley. Check them out, with the tracklist, below.
The Freaks are also touring soon. They have a few shows this weekend, including their Storm King Art Center show with The Feelies, and then a lengthier tour begins in November. That one hits NYC on November 12 at at Brooklyn Bowl with special guests TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Belle & Sebastian / with dancers / Real Estate @ Radio City Music Hall 6/10/2014
Belle & Sebastian finally brought their Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance tour to NYC (the album came out in January), playing the tony digs that are Radio City Music Hall. The band long ago outgrew their shy, understated demeanor and have been consumate showmen for some time, but this was their biggest production yet, with projections and a quartet of dancers for certain songs. It's not just Girls in Peacetime who want to dance for "The Boy With the Arab Strap," though, and they brought up selected members of the crowd to boogie onstage for that one -- a standard B&S move for some time, but is always fun. Speaking of bringing people up, Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls came out to sing on old chesnut "Lazy Line Painter Jane."
Opening were Real Estate whose gentle jangle made for a nice lead-in to the Belle & Sebastian Revue. More pictures from the whole night -- and Belle & Sebastian's setlist -- are below.
by Bill Pearis
Matt Mondanile will release his new album as Ducktails, titled St. Catherine, on July 24 via Domino. (Preorders are available.) He made the album primarily in Los Angeles (where he lives now) and it features appearances by James Ferraro and Julia Holter. The first track to be released is the hazy, soft-rock sounding "Headbanging In The Mirror." With its references to office life and living in New Jersey, this could have fit on Fountains of Wayne's first album. Stream it below.
Ducktails will be touring in late summer, including a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on August 7. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)
Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:
The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.
In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.
There's already insane demand for the three Chicago shows that surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting for, so perhaps some of that excitement will carry over into this Jerry Garcia tribute happening two months earlier in Maryland.
The tribute includes all four of those members -- Mickey and Bob solo, Bill with his band Billy & the Kids, and Phil with his band Communion (featuring Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, And Jason Crosby) -- as well as Bruce Hornsby, who's also playing at the Chicago shows. Though they're billed separately, maybe all the band practices they've been having will result in some collaborations too?
The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either, with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry collaborator David Grisman, country vet Buddy Miller, roots rockers Los Lobos, electro-jammers Disco Biscuits and more. The tribute happens May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and tickets go on sale March 13 at noon. Full lineup below.
In other Dead news, Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who just took part in a Dead tribute in Brooklyn, have announced that they'll also play a Dead set at Woodsist Festival on May 18 in Big Sur, CA. That fest is also with Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaking Lights, Little Wings, Simon Joyner & the Ghosts and more TBA. Tickets are still available.
Alex Bleeker isn't the only indie rocker paying tribute to The Dead this year.
'Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia' lineup below...
Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.
All Wilco dates are listed below...
The 2015 edition of Toronto's NXNE Festival happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over the Ontario capital. The initial lineup has just been announced and includes Action Bronson, The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Lower Dens, A Place To Bury Strangers, Pentagram, White Lung and more. You can check out the full list of initial NXNE showcasing artists below...
A folk contemporary of John Darnielle, Will Oldham, and Smog, and seen by some as the forefather of the Omaha scene that spawned Bright Eyes and others, Simon Joyner has been making records since the early '90s. He's just joined the Woodsist family who will release Grass, Branch & Bone, Joyner's 13th proper album, on March 17. You can stream "You Got Under My Skin" from it below.
Joyner will join Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Little Wings and others at the 2015 The Woodsist Fest which happens at Big Sur, CA's Loma Vista Gardens on May 18. This marks the sixth year in a row Woodsist has held events in Big Sur. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (2/18) at noon PST. More artists to the lineup are still to be announced. Woodsist Fest Flyer below.
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.
In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.
And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.
Mission Creek Festival lineup below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
Belle and Sebastian have announced openers for some of their North American shows. Real Estate will be opening the June 10 show at Radio City Music Hall and tickets for that show are still available. Real Estate will also play the April 12 show in Los Angeles, along with Perfume Genius, who will open a few other B&S dates on the West Coast. Honeyblood, who play NYC on their own sooner, are opening a few shows as well. Additionally, Belle and Sebastian have added a few dates and all are listed below.
This year has already seen the closing of 285 Kent, Death by Audio, and Spike Hill and there are just three nights of Glasslands left...and now comes word that another long-running Williamsburg venue, The Trash Bar, will be the next victim of the (seemingly) never-ending real estate boom:
According to the bar's booking agent, Walter Stack, rising rent is, unsurprisingly, the culprit. "We can't afford to stay in Williamsburg," he says. "Our rent is going to quadruple and that's out the question." In the last four years the bar's block on Grand Street has changed, he said, noting nabe newcomers like condominium complexes and a multi-tiered movie theater.Time Out also says the venue has shows booked through March. Before it was Trash Bar (which it has been for 10 years), 256 Grand St was Luxx which, for a brief time, was pretty much the epicenter of the short-lived electroclash scene, and also saw performances by Scissor Sisters, The Libertines, The Decembrists and more. Even if The Trash Bar had become a as known for its tater tots as the bands that played, we're still sad to see it go. May they find a more hospitable locale.
But there's hope: After shuttering in the spring, the beloved dive may relocate. However, with owner Aaron Pierce currently out of the country, it's unclear where that may be--if at all. "We might look at Bushwick, but we'd need to find the right space," Stack says. -[Time Out]
intro by Bill Pearis
Klaus Johann Grobe
Swiss duo Klauss Johann Grobe released their second album, Im Sinne de Zeit near the start of the year via Trouble in Mind and I'm pretty sure there's only been a handful of days since that I haven't listened to it. With only organ, bass and drums (and vocals in Swiss-German), they merge krautrock drive and tropicalia's spirit into one of 2014's grooviest albums. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify, and check out a video, below.
The band, which includes a third member on bass live, just wrapped up a European tour opening for Temples and spent most of the rest of 2014 playing festivals and touring the album. Hopefully, they'll head to North America in 2015, we shall see. KJG have given us their Top 10 LPs of the year, telling us, "These couple of records helped us make all the touring a bit more comfortable in 2014." You can check out their list with commentary, below.
Brooklyn's TEEN, who released their second album this year, included KJG's Im Sinne der Zeit on their Best LPs of 2014 list, after being wowed by them at the Netherlands' Valkhof Festival this summer. You can check out their whole list of the year's favorites below. TEEN spent most of their 2014 on tour, had all their gear stolen (and launched a successful PledgeMusic campaign to help them keep touring), and are currently on break, though you may have seen singer Teeny Lieberson at this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery.
Both TEEN and Klaus Johann Grobe's lists for Best LPs of 2014, plus song streams, below...
First tracks, then honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork has put out their Top 50 Albums of 2014. There's nothing entirely out of left field, but there's definitely some surprises here. Taylor Swift, whose album was not reviewed at all (I guess it was a pretty obscure one), comes in at #31 with her album, 1989. Sun Kil Moon, which was the only 2014 album in their Top 10 Albums of the Decade So Far this past August (and seemed like a sure bet for #1) dropped down to #7 and was beaten out by his enemies The War on Drugs. TWOD actually came in at #3 themselves, and the two ahead of them are two you may not have seen coming.
We already knew that Pallbearer, the only Best New Music metal album of 2014, was an honorable mention, which unsurprisingly left zero metal albums on this list. No other BNM album got snubbed (save for a Hyperdub compilation and the Beyonce album, but that was probably because it was technically a 2013 release), and there's not really any glaring omissions in terms of what Pitchfork appeared to champion this year.
See the list for yourself below...
Pitchfork have begun rolling out their year-end coverage, and today they posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2014. Like every year, it's a very diverse list, with songs from Taylor Swift, The New Pornographers, iLoveMakonnen, Protomartyr, Cloud Nothings, Rae Sreummurd, Makthaverskan, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, Azealia Banks, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, Dej Loaf, Migos, Alvvays, Against Me!, Kendrick Lamar, Ariana Grande, Bobby Shmurda, Charli XCX, Grouper, Beyonce, Perfume Genius, Shamir, Michael Jackson, Tinashe and more. And their #1 seems to be the most ubiquitous #1 of 2014.
Check out the full list below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
site of the new Detroit Galapagos
Art space and venue Galapagos was originally in Williamsburg in the space that became Public Assembly and then Black Bear Bar. It moved to DUMBO in 2007 and now rising rents have caused it to move somewhere cheaper: Detroit. Say the owners:
Simply put, New York City has become too expensive to continue incubating young artists. The white-hot real estate market burning through affordable cultural habit is no longer a crisis, it's a conclusion.Read more about it here. The last night for Galapagos will be December 18. Gothamist says that property owners Two Trees plan to keep it as an arts space.
You can't paint at night in your kitchen and hope to be a good artist. It doesn't work that way.
The canaries in New York City's real estate gold mine and the basis population of its creative ecosystem - its young artists and thinkers - are no longer talking about the next show they hope to land. They're talking about the next city they can land in once their current lease runs out.
The new Galapagos is nine buildings totaling 600,000 square feet, which owner Robert Elmes says he got "for the price of a small apartment in New York City" and includes a 10,000 square foot lake. (You may remember Galapagos' "lake" when it was on N. 6th St.) It will also be the site of the Detroit Biennial in 2016 which they are starting.
by Bill Pearis
Hookworms' MB @ BV CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Hookworms just released their terrific new album The Hum which further's the band's motorik psych, taking last year's adrenalized "Radio Tokyo" single (which they re-recorded for this LP) and further stepping on the gas. It is, as they say, a blast. While the band are signed to Domino's Weird World label, they do almost everything in-house. Frontman MJ produces the records in his Suburban Home studios (he produces lots of other UK bands too, like Joanna Gruesome and Eagulls), and the sleeves are all designed by guitarist JW. Hookworms' members, who stick to initials, all have day jobs and have no plans of giving them up for rock n' roll stardom.
That said, they'll be taking leaves of absence when they tour North America this Spring, including two NYC shows in April. Tickets to Palisades on 4/18 are already on sale, and tickets for their Rough Trade show on 4/17 go on sale today (12/5) at noon. Hookworms' shows are loud and intense and not to be missed.
The band's bassist, MB, talked with BV about The Hum, balancing their DIY spirit with growing acclaim, in-jokes, recollections of playing Death by Audio, his Top 10 albums of 2014, and more:
The Hum is a more upbeat record than Pearl Mystic. Was that intentional?
100%. We realised after we'd finished the last record that a lot of it was very slow numbers. We only ever played Away/Towards, Form & Function and Preservation live from that album, which is only a third of the record. We wanted the new album to be more representative of our live show, so we started writing some faster songs that would work well in the set. Radio Tokyo was actually written before Pearl Mystic was even released, and that became the starting point for the album; we enjoyed how people reacted to that song live. Our band definitely has a funny thing where when we're playing, you look up and see a crowd of people stood perfectly still with their arms crossed, then the second the set finishes they all rush up to tell you how amazing it was. I'm not saying we want people fighting and head-walking while we play, but we realised that was perhaps our fault for not being particularly upbeat.
Real Estate at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Real Estate, whose Atlas is making some year end list appearances, have announced that their last show of 2014 will be a free one in their hometown of Brooklyn, and a smaller gig than their recent Terminal 5 show. They play the next Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 18 with another NYC indie pop band Shorts. Though the show is free, you do need tickets which go on "sale" at noon on Wednesday (12/3).
Show flyer and the video for "Crime" from Atlas, below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Peter Silberman (right) w/ The Antlers earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Death by Audio is now closed for good, and as you've probably heard by now it's only about another month before its S. 2nd & Kent neighbor Glasslands will be the same. Like DbA, Glasslands is going out with some cool final shows like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight (11/24) and others that we posted HERE. Since we last spoke, more of these cool shows have been announced, including:
TEEN and Beverly team up on December 4 with Charly Bliss and Scully (tickets).
The highly entertaining Peelander-Z return on December 6 with Life Size Maps and Hard Nips (tickets).
Suckers, DOM, Future Punx and Cameron Hull play on December 11 with a DJ set from MAZED (tickets).
Beach Fossils play December 17 with PC Worship, Jerry Paper, and Beach Fossils singer Dustin Payseur pulls double duty opening the show with his other band Laced (tickets).
Delicate Steve and Celestial Shore team up on December 18 (tickets).
Widowspeak and What Moon Things play together on December 20 (tickets).
There's a big holiday party on December 21 that will have a house band led by Darkside's Dave Harrington, featuring a number of guest singers from other Brooklyn bands including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and a handful of others. The house band also includes Dave Harrington/Nico Jaar collaborator Will Epstein, ARMS' Todd Goldstein and more. Full list of singers and house band lineup below. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously-announced upcoming Glasslands shows include TR/ST, Waxahatchee, Ducktails, Ex Cops, Com Truise, The Blow and more.
Dave Harrington holiday party info below...