As a wise man (or was it a pony boy?) once said, nothing gold can stay. That’s especially true of San Diego’s most buzzworthy bands, many of which tend to leave America’s Finest City in their rear-view at the first sign of fame. And while acts like The Soft Pack and Wavves may have skipped town as soon as the getting was good, at least The Tablets formed their band after they moved to Brooklyn. Continue reading…
New Jersey has produced some terrific music in years past. I mean, come on: Frank Sinatra, George Clinton, The Boss, Yo La Tengo, Bon Jovi… Alright, maybe not the Bon Jovi part, though I do freely admit to feeling the urge to sing along whenever “It’s My Life” comes across the airwaves. Don’t judge. But out of all those bands, Yo La Tengo is probably the most similar to Real Estate, and even that comparison is a stretch.
“Beach Comber”, the opening track on Real Estate’s self-titled debut, serves as a perfect introduction to the band’s surprising restraint and easy-go-lucky rhythm. Their music uses a feeling of youthful carelessness not just as a sonic template, but as a common theme that runs throughout the album. Front man Martin Courtney exhibits a thoughtful, sincere singing style, his voice humbly meshing with the hushed, playful tones. Continue reading
Soulful San Diego cinephiles The Moviegoers have released a new digital EP, entitled Be a Man, and they’d like you to have it.
The three-song release takes some of the sweetest elements of the 90s—Pavement, The Breeders, Elliott Smith, Yo La Tengo—and fuses them into a deliciously caramelized rock and roll concoction. Clocking in at an all-too-brief 12 minutes, Be a Man is so heartfelt and catchy you may find yourself listening to it 10 times in a row. At least that’s what happened to us.
You can experience the sugary goodness by downloading the EP—miraculously free of charge. We dare you not to love it.