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[new]: Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2013


Ducktails, the solo project of Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, released an album earlier in the year called The Flower Lane. He’s back with a new release, this time an EP called Wish Hotel.

He recorded the EP at his house in his hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. He’s released a very dreamy cut called “Honey Tiger Eyes” as the first taste of the EP, that could have been mistaken as a Deerhunter track at first. It’s pretty spectacular. One of my favorite things that he’s ever done.

The EP will be released via Domino on October 21. Take a listen below, get ready for it to take you away.

[music video]: Ducktails – Under Cover

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2013


Ducktails‘ “Under Cover” is a very low-key smooth jazzy tune, and the video they just released for it replicates that feeling. It was shot in Matt Mondanile’s hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey mostly in an abandoned house.

The band will play a free show on July 25 at the Museum of Modern Art. Watch the video below.
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[new]: Ducktails – Letter Of Intent

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2012

Ducktails new album The Flower Lane comes out January 29 via Domino. They already gave us a listen to the albums title track, and now we get to hear another cut, “Letter Of Intent”.

Ducktails gets a little bit of help from his friends on “Letter Of Intent.” Jessa Farkas of Future Shuttle and Ian Drennan of Big Troubles’ take over vocal duties, and Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never controls synths, and Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin plays bass. You also have Big Troubles backing him up on the whole album. Teaming up with so many artists is always a risky move, but Ducktails and friends pull it off.

Wind-whirl of vintage night vibes take control of all the senses giving off magical vibes all around. There’s a jazzy nature floating in the distance as well.

Their playing an album release show on January 23 in NYC at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

[new]: Ducktails – The Flower Lane

By Will Oliver, October 10th 2012 — with 1 comment

After Real Estate signed and released their fantastic album Days on Domino, it made sense that guitarist Matt Mondanile’s side project, Ducktails, signed with them as well. Ducktails have announced that there first album under Domino is titled The Flower Lane.

Instead of solo home recording format, Mondanile roped in friends like Big Troubles to help contribute to a full band experience.

Below you can listen to the title track from the album. It’s an introspective jam that is in no rush, leaving plenty of chill vibes around for us to pick up.

The Flower Lane will come out January 29 via Domino.

Ducktails new album, Ducktails, Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, comes out on January 18th via Woodsist Records. On the album is a song called “Killin’ The Vibe”. If you bought the album on vinyl or iTunes, you got a special version of the song that features the one and only Panda Bear on guest vocals.

Panda Bear’s vocals only add to the pretty spectacular chorus. It’s sunny and bright, and chances are you’ll be singing it all night.

Take a listen below:

Ducktails – Killin’ The Vibe (Feat. Panda Bear) by weallwantsome1

Real Estate and Frankie Cosmos at Brooklyn Steel (May 21, 2017)

By Will Oliver, June 10th 2017 — with 1 comment

In March, New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate returned with In Mind, their fourth album (via Domino Records) and the first without founding member Matt Mondanile, who had left to focus on Ducktails. The album was also their first with Julian Lynch, his replacement and a longtime friend of the band (he appeared on their last album, Atlas, as well). While Mondanile’s presence is certainly missed, Lynch has stepped in to offer his own signature touch to the bands already established sound.

On May 21, they stopped back to Brooklyn for their second sold out show at Brooklyn Steel. The performance featured an opening set from Frankie Cosmos (who recently signed to Sub Pop), who have been opening for Real Estate during this part of the tour.
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Alvvays at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! (June 23, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2016 — with 1 comment


It’s been a solid Toronto-based group Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2014. They’ve been touring pretty hard since then, even while starting work on their sophomore album, which is easily one of my most anticipated albums of 2017.

They returned to us once more before releasing their new album on June 23 for a free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park that also featured opening sets from Ducktails (which Matt Mondanile is now doing full time, leaving Real Estate), and Big Thief, who delighted with songs from Masterpiece, one of the best debut albums of the year.

It was a absolutely gorgeous night out, and the songs of Alvvays dreamy debut sounded oh so good. Although their 9-song debut album is barely over 30-minutes long, they gave us a set that stretched past an hour at 15-songs Read the rest of this entry »

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments


Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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We All Want Someone To Shout For’s Best Songs Of 2011

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2012 — with 17 comments

Thanks to Cam for the artwork.

Here’s the list you all have been waiting for (top albums of the year can be found here). It’s 100 of my favorite songs of the year. The term “best” doesn’t leave much room for objectivity, and favorite sounds a lot more personal. I didn’t have the heart to limit these great songs to a list of just 25-50 because there’s simply too much good stuff out there. You can stream all the tracks individually,and listen to the spotify playlist.

I present to you, my favorite songs of the year 2011:
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