In the independent music scene, I don’t think there has ever been two musicians that look more a like than Matt from FRIENDS and Alex Bleeker from REAL ESTATE. They’re also both from Jersey…
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To celebrate the end of 2010, Ian has sent me photos he took at shows from this last year. You can see more of these at his tumblr, and below are a few selections. I have also included a few film photos I took of the Smith Westerns, Sweet Bulbs and Total Slacker from the Pelly Twins & Todd P. Halloween Party. I was never into those year-end lists, so these photos are a representation of some of Ian and I’s favorite artists from 2010. These photos are a reminder of the times spent with friends, the awesome vibes and the great music heard live, which I believe is better than any year-end list could hope to be. The above picture was taken while Ian and I were waiting for the J in Brooklyn after a Vibes Management party. We don’t know who that guy is, and he isn’t dead or anything, he was more like ‘partied out’. I needed to pee extremely bad, and we had to wait almost a half-hour for the train to come. It was one of the longest half-hours I have ever endured, but Bagelsmith made up for it on the way back to Ian’s place.
Ian and Alaina, aboard the Swift Ranger for the Take Me Somewhere music video
Alaina from Tennis
Patrick from Tennis
Andrea from Twin Sister
All aboard with Real Estate
How To Dress Well
Tucker from Total Slacker
A Smith Western
It is no secret that Real Estate is one of my favorite bands. They have just announced their newest 7” on the super rad label True Panther, dropping about a week after my birthday on October 12th, but you can preorder it here. We heard this song live thanks to NYCtaper, so I already knew the recorded version would not dissapoint. It even features some cool synth work by Daniel Lopatin, resulting in a well-rounded and cohesive track.
Out Of Tune by truepanther
I’ve never really had a favorite band, in this day and age their are so many bands/artists that exist on the internet they could probably populate their own country. What kind of criteria would categorize a favorite band? How many times you play their record? How many of their records do you own? How many times you’ve seen them play live? I think when it comes down to it, it’s a pretty plain and simple reason: it’s how closely their music relates to you.
What designates an indie kid from a hardcore kid? The obvious reasons are music taste-persons deeply involved in music has a huge influence on the way people act, sometimes how they dress, and who they hang out with. But, in general, it might just be the kind of lifestyle you choose to go about your life. You choose the music that relates to your life. With that analogy, a favorite band/artist would be at the smallest, most specific level, and that’s something that’s hard to find. It’s rare you come about music that relates to you so specifically that you can say to your friends: ‘this is my band’.
For me, Real Estate is the best representation, as a musical form, that embodies me as a person. The ocean, the rocky shores around the bay. Hanging out at the beach at night, cheap ass gansett beer. Watching the basement flood like crazy at the duplex in Providence that I grew up in as a child. ‘Watching the clock tick by’ as I sit through 8am physics class. Listening to their s/t before my high-stakes differential equations exam last semester to ‘chill-out’. Their music, lyrically and instrumentally, relates to how I go about my life. Even though sometimes I really hate Rhode Island with it’s corrupt politicians and smallness, I grew up here and my memories will always be here with the experiences had as a native Rhode Islander. Real Estate, where ever I travel to your music will always bring me back home.
With that said, enjoy Real Estates’ whole Northside fest set live, as recorded by NYCtaper, which includes some totally rad new songs which you can download separately below.
Real Estate: All Out Of Tune [live]
Real Estate: Art Fandelet (new song) [live]
Real Estate: Untitled (new song 2) [live]
photo from Andrew Pichettes’ album, ‘Chew’s Been Here’ taken at Matunuck state beach fall of 2009
Everyones’ favorite pricey/limited edition label, Mexican Summer, is repressing Real Estate’s Reality EP on tie-dye splatter vinyl limited to 1000 copies, and in addition 1000 will be pressed on classic black. Californias’ Pearl Harbor is also getting their Something About The Chaparrals repressed on turquoise, limited to 2000 copies. Get em’ before they are gone!
Pearl Harbor: Luv Goon
Real Estate: Younger Than Yesterday
Johnny from JCCG hooking me up two times in one day with some awesome music finds. Shortly after he emailed me about Branches (previous post) he told me to check out this video of Real Estate playing a ‘unplugged’ version of at an abandoned university in his hometown in Portugal. Turns out his father used to teach there. Kind of surreal, huh? These videos are insanely sweet in all respects. Just for clarification: the first video is an intro, and the second is Real Estate playing. I’m pretty sure I am one of the first to post these videos here in the U.S., because I know if friend of Real Estate Chocolate Bobka found them both vids would have over 10k views each. Please divulge with wonder below.