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April 14, 2009

Real Estate - Pianos 04.11.09

Etienne totally pulls off the white Wayfarers

Escapism is the continuing theme here at Look at me, I made a blog, as I daydream of a different life, preferably one that includes a tropical vacation and an apartment with built-in closets. Another week has gone by, along with multiple failed attempts to find a new place to call home. As bummed as I may sound, I realized that I was making things worse by not making the time to see some bands. Maybe live music is an addiction for me, but it's one that I don't think I'll ever want to shake. So, for the sake of my well-being, I braved the LES on a Saturday night (aka Douchebag Central) to catch the beach-inspired Real Estate at Pianos with my friend Music for Moodies.

Highly recommended by Chocolate Bobka and featured by Stereogum and My Old Kentucky Blog, Real Estate has been on my list to check out. Hailing from the great New Jersey, Real Estate is a fairly new project of Martin Courtney, Alex Bleeker, Etienne Duguay (Predator Vision), and Matt Mondanile (Ducktails). According to them, they've only been playing together for about a year now, but they could have easily fooled me into thinking that they'd been a band for ages. Either I'd forgotten the potential of live performance, or the members of Real Estate are just really excellent musicians. They played a flawless set and completely blew me away. They breathed warmth and life into their lo-fi recordings, the same songs that didn't necessarily stick so much at first. Honestly, this is a band that is meant to be enjoyed live. While I felt myself getting lost in Real Estate's soothing vocals and infectious guitar riffs, I could almost smell the ocean and feel the cool salt-scented breeze. Like the line in "Beach Comber," vacation's all I want, but the sounds of Real Estate will do for now. Trust me, their transportive music makes up for their unGoogleable band name.

Real Estate plays Cake Shop this Friday and The Shank on Saturday. Be sure to grab their 7" which also comes with an endearingly homemade CD-R. You can order it here or pick it up at one of their shows. Can't wait for the full-length.

Beach Comber - Real Estate | Alternative Link

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Matthew on April 20, 2009 at 6:05 PM said...

I'm following up on this as I type this. (Seriously, I was writing the band an e-mail and stopped mid e-mail to post a comment to thank you for the post that let me to check them out).

Emily on April 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM said...

i keep listening to the video of Janelle Monae singing "Smile" over and over. so good.

mimi on April 20, 2009 at 9:12 PM said...

matthew - will you be pairing real estate with a future meal? perhaps a picnic.

Kure on May 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM said...

just got my hands on the "atlantic city" ep and 'beach comber' is great. looking forward to seeing these guys at santos with cymbals eat guitars.

- marshall (the guy with the crappy blog who doesn't respond to comments)

mimi on May 5, 2009 at 1:37 PM said...

lucky for you, i respond to comments.

i also recently got the atlantic city CDR. love "pool swimmers," it's my current favorite.

i'd like to check them out again at santos, especially if they will have their latest "fake blues" 7" at the show. also would like to see luke temple's solo act.

Edvard on June 13, 2009 at 5:29 PM said...

Thnks. Nice blog.

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canvas art on November 30, 2011 at 5:20 AM said...

What a wonderful post, I keep meaning to check out Real Estate but never do and you've just reminded me.

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