It should be no surprise that Real Estate’s third album is another impeccably crafted piece of beautiful guitar music. The New Jersey band has only made the necessary updates to their sound over the past few years, like polishing a statue into perfection. The album’s first few tracks offer everything we’ve come to love about this band, with sunny jangle-pop songs (opener “Had to Hear” and single “Talking Backwards”) butting next to nostalgic, minor-key songs about suburban splendor and decay—like being depressed about seeing a high school friend that never moved on, Matt Mondanile (also of Ducktails) sings “I walk past these houses where we once stood/I see past lives, but somehow you’re still here,” with perfect precision on “Past Lives.” Real Estate’s lyrics have often taken a back seat to their shimmering guitarwork, but here they’re a bit more prominent, shining a light on Mondanile’s minimalist approach—despite how lovely the music is, songs like “Crime” are pretty depressing when you get down to it, with lyrics like “I wanna die/lonely and uptight.” Musically things have expanded a bit, as the band throws in more overt nudges toward easy listening and ’70s singer-songwriters in “The Bend” and country tinges in the gauzy, pretty “How I Might Live.” Instrumentally, these guys are just top notch, as they make instrumental “April’s Song” an album highlight, even without Mondanile’s soothing vocals, allowing his tremoloed, romantic guitar lines to do the singing for him. Atlas is simply a stunningly beautiful piece of guitar pop.
Now in its 22nd year, the Noise Pop Music Festival is San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts, and film festival.
This year, the festival certainly earns that title by welcoming a crazy good line-up with Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Mark Kozelek, Bob Mould, Lord Huron, Throwing Muses, No Age, and so many more! The shows happen all over town and kicks off on Tuesday, February 25th.
Check out the full schedule of events HERE, where you can get individual tickets, General Festival Badges, or even Super Fan Badges!
Enter to win a pair of badges at Amoeba.com before 2/17!
This year’s Treasure Island Music Festival (10/19 - 10/20) was another great weekend of music held in the picturesque San Francisco Bay. Saturday consisted of more electronic-leaning artists, while Sunday featured mostly hard-lined rock acts. There were plenty of cool interactive features at Treasure Island including silent disco, art installations, and local merchant booths. Although it reached pretty cold temperatures, that didn’t stop the bands from putting on fantastic performances.
Amoeba San Francisco's resident photographer Lauren Clark captured the magic with her breathtaking photography, including shots of Major Lazer, Holy Ghost!, Lord Huron, Real Estate, Japandroids, Sleigh Bells, and more! Check it out:
Animal Collective – Transverse Temporal Gyrus
Ripped from elsewhere on the Amoeblog: In March 2010, Animal Collective and visual artist Danny Perez put on an installation called "Transverse Temporal Gyrus" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. For the audio, each member of the band made individual sounds and songs. Over the course of two 3-hour performances, the basic tracks were fed into a computer program that randomized the track order, and sometimes randomly combined stems from one track with stems from another. The program also panned the music in various directions around a 36 channel surround sound system that ran through 36 speakers set up from the top of the Guggenheim's ramp to the bottom. The music on this 12" is a collage made consisting of the original tracks, as well as live recordings made inside the Guggenheim before the doors were opened to the public. It will be the only physical format on which any of the music will be released.
Plus it’s new Animal Collective!
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II
Arcade Fire’s Blondie-ish “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” was undoubtedly the highlight of The Suburbs and showed the band still has some tricks up its sleeve. The Soulwax remix included here tastefully gives it the dancefloor feel it calls for without just throwing a house beat over the song and calling it a day.
1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming