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Real Estate – Paper Dolls (The Nerves Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 28th 2014

Real Estate Had To Hear

Real Estate recently released “Had To Hear” as their latest single off Atlas. The b-side is a cover of The Nerves’ “Paper Dolls.” Here’s bassist Alex Bleeker explaining why they choose this song:

I’m drawn to the Nerves’ intricate guitar work. We’re interested in creating similar guitar parts for Real Estate, but the Nerves have a more aggressive sound so I thought it would be fun to wear that “musical costume” for a while. Blondie already did a pretty good job with “Hanging on the Telephone” so “Paper Dolls” seemed like the next logical choice.

In typical Real Estate fashion they stay loyal to the original while added enough of their own flavor to make it somewhat their own. Stream it below.

The band recently stopped by The A.V. Club to perform a cover of The Cranberries’ “Linger.” Watch that right here.

Watch Real Estate Cover The Cranberries’ “Linger”

By Will Oliver, August 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

Real Estate The AV Club

The A.V. Club runs a video series called “Undercover”, where they bring bands in to their office and allow them to play a cover. Only, it has to be one of the covers that they have on a list, and once a song is taken, you have to choose from the songs other bands have passed over.

Real Estate recently stopped by and ended up cover The Cranberries “Linger.” It works out very well, sounding like it could have been one of their own songs.

Find the cover below.
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[music video]: Real Estate – Had To Hear

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2014

Real Estate - Had to Hear [Music Video]

Real Estate make the sort of songs that have a timeless feel to it, especially on their wonderful new album Atlas, which has been one of my favorite ones of the year.

“Had To Hear” is one of the best tracks off of Atlas, and it’s music video perfectly captures its mindset. It’s a simple video featuring the band on tour in Mexico City, exploring the city and playing a show. It’s directed by Richard Law, and can be found below.
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Watch Real Estate’s La Blogothèque Session

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2014

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A few weeks back La Blogothèque posted the session they did with Real Estate in Paris. It all went down in a living room, where the band (just Martin, Matt and Alex) did an acoustic set that featured their usual material, plus a few treats. They played unreleased track “White Light” as well as a fun cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”

It’s a great session. Enjoy it below.
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[music video]: Real Estate – Crime

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2014

Real Estate - Crime

Real Estate get the Funny Or Die treatment for their new video, for “Crime”, just one of the many delights of latest album Atlas.

Actor Andy Daly stars as the director of the video who sells his creative rights, allowing anyone who is willing to pay to have some creative input. The results are wild and disastrous, even featuring a Nick Kroll cameo. Tom Scharpling (really) directed it.

Find the video posted below.
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Real Estate @ Webster Hall (April 5, 2014)

By Will Oliver, April 7th 2014 — with 5 comments

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After seeing Real Estate play the best show that I’ve seen from them yet at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I went for round two the next night at Webster Hall.

Pure X once again opened, and once again delivered the goods. Such smooth jams, these guys are just all kinds of chill live, bringing in sexy clouds of smoke that just fill up a room.

Real Estate came out and brought it once again. It was cool to see them bring such a different set to the table to the show as they easily could have just repeated the same set from the night before (as many bands would). Not only did the shift around the order, but they also played “Younger Than Yesterday”, “Navigator”, “Wonder Years” and “Kinder Blumen”, the latter two which closed off the 3-song encore (“Green Aisles was the other song). They also played a unreleased song (titled “2 Part” on the setlist) that was recorded during the Atlas sessions but obviously left off. I don’t know if they have ever played it before, but I recorded a video of the performance just in case (find that below).

They commanded the Webster Hall stage with just as much confidence as they brought to Music Hall, proving that the move to bigger stages (such as Terminal 5 in October) will be no problem for them. Real Estate are in their groove.

Find the video of the new song posted below, along with the setlist and some photos. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Friday night Real Estate played their first NYC show since the release of their new album, Atlas. You got the sense that this would be the last time you would be able to catch them at an intimate venue such as Music Hall of Williamsburg. This looks to be true as they have already booked a show at the much larger Terminal 5 coming up this October.

Austin, Texas group Pure X opened up the show, fresh off the release of new album Angel (out via Fat Possum). It was my first time seeing them live, and their performance was very impressive. Every song was as calm and cool as the next, perfectly suited for soundtracking a nice long road trip. Just based off their performance I can tell that Angel is going to be one of my favorite albums this year. Be sure to check it out.

Last year I saw Real Estate play a few warm-up shows during the summer and winter that acted as a preview to the songs that would make up Atlas. The songs sounded good but they definitely could have use a bit of polishing up. Well here we are, many months later, and that’s exactly what they did. All the songs off Atlas sounded crisp and clear, with “Had To Hear” and “Past Lives” opening to show setting to prove that point.

They effortlessly threw in tracks from their growing discography which included “It’s Real”, “Fake Blues”, “Out Of Tune”, and “Beach Comber.” They also played “Talking Backwards” b-side “Beneath The Dunes.” The band sounded as good as I’ve ever heard them, fully fleshed out and confident. I’ve seen them quite a few times now, but I’m positive that this performance was their best yet. A lot of this has to do with the permanent addition of drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman who give the band a well-rounded group of players.

Real Estate have really come into their own as a band over these years. I can only see them getting better and better, if that’s even possible.

Below you’ll find the setlist, as well as some photos from both Real Estate & Pure X. Read the rest of this entry »

Real-Estate NPR Live

Today saw the release of Real Estate’s fantastic new album, Atlas. Last week they played the album in full for NPR at the rather new NYC venue Subculture.

The whole performance was recorded and uploaded for our viewing/listening pleasure. It’s a very lush and enjoyable performance, made that much better the more you familiarize yourself with the album.

I’ve posted the video of the performance below.
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Album Stream: Real Estate – ‘Atlas’

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2014

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Believe it or not, Real Estate’s new album Atlas comes out next week (March 4) via Domino.

After a few listens, I’m loving it. So far, it’s (probably) right up there with Days, which is some heavy praise from me. If you have yet to hear the album, you’re in luck, as it’s currently streaming for free at iTunes radio.

Later tonight the band are playing the whole album live at an intimate show taking place at SubCulture NYC. It will be available to stream at 8 pm via NPR. It will be archived and available for later listening as well.

So far Atlas’ opening cut “Had To Hear” is my favorite off the album. What’s yours? Let me know in the comment section below. Would love to see what you guys are digging so far.




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