Real Estate

Real Estate share new song to benefit ACLU

Real Estate announced earlier this year and that they partnered with Los Angeles vegan footwear company Keep to design a new shoe. Every pair comes with a cassette that features an unreleased song and demos for “Two Arrows” and “Two Part.” Listen to the cassette’s first track, “In Time” here. The net proceeds from the the Keep x Real Estate Ramos shoe will go towards the American Civil Liberties Union.

Watch Real Estate perform new song “Harpsichord”

Real Estate have been on tour with new member Julian Lynch and working on a new album. During their set at the Atlanta festival Project Pabst on Friday, they played unreleased material. A representative for the band says the working title of the track in the video below is “Harpsichord.”

Real Estate announces fall tour

Real Estate announced that guitarist Matt Mondanile was leaving the band in May in order to focus on his own Ducktails project. After his departure, the band played a few shows with new member and guitarist Julian Lynch as “a prelude to the recording of their next album.” They have announced a fall U.S. tour today.Check out Real Estate’s upcoming itinerary below.

In May, Real Estate stated that their next album is “tentatively slated” to be released early 2017.

Real Estate:

07-31 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheater *
08-26 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09-29 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater $
09-30 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom $
10-01 Atlanta, GA – Project Pabst
10-02 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre #
10-04 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater $
10-05 Champaign, IL – The Accord $
10-07 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
10-08 Madison, WI – Club Majestic $
10-10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme $
10-11 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner $
10-12 Ithaca, NY – The Haunt $

* with The National
# with Blitzen Trapper
$ with EZTV

Real Estate part ways with Matt Mondanile

Matt Mondanile is no longer a member of Real Estate. The band in a statement said he is “focusing on his own Ducktails project.” Real Estate will continue their tour currently with new member and guitarist Julian Lynch. They also say that they will start to record the follow-up to their 2014 album Atlas after the tour. It is scheduled currently for release in early 2017. See their full statement and upcoming schedule below. Ducktails also has dates soon, the schedule is below.

A founding Real Estate member and guitarist, Mondanile was part of all of the band’s releases.

Real Estate’s statement:

Having previously announced a short run of shows in California and a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater with The National, Real Estate expand on this by adding two further California dates. This limited run of dates is a prelude to the recording of their next album, tentatively slated for early 2017.
These upcoming shows will be the first with new member and fellow scion of Ridgewood, NJ, guitarist Julian Lynch. Lynch takes the place vacated by the departing Matt Mondanile, who is focusing on his own Ducktails project, a musical endeavor that predates his involvement in Real Estate.
The band will commence recording their follow-up to Atlas this summer.

Real Estate:

05-25 Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club
05-28 Lisbon, Portugal – Rock In Rio Lisboa
06-25 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory ^
06-26 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom ^
06-27 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
06-28 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel #
06-29 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
06-30 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
07-31 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre $

$ with The National
^ with Chris Cohen
* with Terry Malts
# with Emotional


06-23 Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell *
07-08 Seattle, WA – Barboza
07-09 Vancouver, British Columbia – Cobalt
07-10 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
07-12 Oakland, CA – Starline Social
07-13 Felton, CA – Don Quixote’s
07-14 San Francisco, CA – Nightlife @ CAS
07-15 Los Angeles, CA – Highland Park Ebell
07-16 San Diego, CA – The Hideout
07-17 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

* with Alvvays and Big Thief

Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices and more auctioning songs for Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete

Thomas Fekete, the guitarist for Surfer Blood, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer this year. The band is now raising funds to cover the cost 0f treatment for Fekete by selling unreleased songs by various artists.

Surfer Blood, Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Julianna Barwick, Cults, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Lou Barlow, Nick Diamonds, the Drums, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, and Alex Somers (of Jónsi and Alex) all shared tracks. The tracks go from a GBV live cut from 1994 to a Cults outtake to a Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger song from 2009 when Mark Ronson was a member of the band. Nick Diamonds and Surfer Blood also contributed new songs.

Each track is being auctioned as a single lathe-cut vinyl 7″. All 13 tracks are available for download if you donate $10 or more. Find the tracklist below.

There are also items up for auction that have autographs from Yoko Ono and the Flaming Lips, Interpol and Shepard Fairey, Sleigh Bells, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen. Everything can be found here.

In May, Surfer Blood’s van was broken into as well. In addition to taking gear and personal items, the thieves also took donations that were collected for Fekete.

01 Guided By Voices: “Motor Away” (live)
02 Yo La Tengo: “Can’t Forget” (live)
03 Cults: “Hurting”
04 Real Estate: “Talking Backwards” (demo)
05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: “Between These Boys” (demo)
06 Lou Barlow: “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
07 The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger: “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
08 Nick Diamonds: “Be A Comedian”
09 Julianna Barwick: “Promise”
10 Alex Somers: “Well”
11 The Drums: “Help Him”
12 …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: “F Train”
13 Surfer Blood: “Tidal Wave” (demo)

Real Estate’s Martin Courtney covers Pavement’s “Major Leagues”

Real Estate’s Martin Courtney has just released his solo album named Many Moons. He is appearing on Sirius XMU at 9 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, November 4 to promote it. Watch him perform his cover of Pavement’s “Major Leagues,” recorded for the session.

Courtney also announced a brief West Coast tour; the dates are below.

Martin Courtney:

11-20 Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
01-18 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
01-19 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
01-20 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel

Courtney also performed “Airport Bar” for KCRW. Watch the video below:


The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. It’s Real – Real Estate

2. Revival – Deerhunter

3. Black Rice – Women

4. Feel So Sad (Glides and Chimes) – Spiritualized

5. True Blue – Dirty Beaches

6. We Bros – WU LYF

7. Shadow – Wild Nothing

8. Surreal Exposure – Ducktails

9. Stars – The Suits

10. Open Tails – Bora York

11. Unfold – Wouie

12. Don’t Stop – Future Screens

13. Hero – Wildcat! Wildcat!

14. Symmetry – Tropic of Pisces

15. Hot Blur – How Sad

16. 17 – Youth Lagoon

17. All the Things – Clifflight

18. Demon Dance – Surfer Blood

19. Words I Don’t Remember – How to Dress Well

20. New Beat – Toro Y Moi

Sasquatch lineup announced

The Sasquatch! Music Festival will return on May 22-25 to the Gorge Amphitheater. The festival lineup has been announced today, the lineup can been seen above.

This year’s lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Chromeo, Hot Chip, Sbtrkt, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, The Glitch Mob, Little Dragon, Gogol Bordello, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jose Gonzalez, Jenny Lewis, Mø, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Glass Animals, Sohn, Jungle, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Sylvan Esso, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, King Tuff, San Fermin, Alvvays, Will Butler, Twin Peaks, Merchandise, Nothing, Bishop Nehru, Ex Hex, Diarrhea Planet, Ought, Natalie Prass, S (Jenn Ghetto), and amongst others.