Greetings, friends! It is a great honor to once again present to you the lineup for our third annual run of year-end late-shows taking place once at Mercury Lounge in New York City. This year on December 29 we’re psyched to present the combination of Invisible Familiars (essentially the band behind Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger) along with Frank LoCastro. The following night on December 30, we’ll welcome back Real Estate side-project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks for their second year in a row. Supporting the Freaks will be Shorts, one of our favorite new acts on the scene which features current and former members of Woodsman and Real Estate. Both shows kick off around 11PM and will feature Dog Gone Presents and guest DJ sets to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 12PM Eastern Time via the Mercury Lounge website. Previous years have sold-out so be sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid missing out.
When Real Estate released their debut album on Woodsist in 2009, at the time, the sound of the average white, suburbia-bred “indie” band in Brooklyn was fairly defined—tossed-off, alternative-ish rock with a lot of simple chords played rather quickly. But after Real Estate came onto the scene, things took a noticeable turn. Few could have predicted their influence on the mass of suburban adolescents with the means to purchase their own home recording setups. Over the next year or so, bands in Brooklyn began sharing tones with Yo La Tengo and The Feelies, while Matt Mondanile’s guitar playing inspired more than a few guitarists to replicate his slithery, reverb-drenched lines. In 2011, it was almost strange to see a review of a new “indie” album that failed mention its connection or similarity to Real Estate’s underwater pop sound.
It’s been a few years now since all of this happened. And, as with any fad, the genuine ones are those that remain. Take for example New York-based band Shorts, who mine a similar well of aquatic, lo-fi pop heard on Real Estate’s debut LP. The group has just recently emerged onto the scene, but already have an upcoming cassette being released on the much-loved Night-People records. Little else is known, but you can be one of the early discoverers by checking them out live tomorrow night at Glasslands when they play our show with Coke Weed and Andrew Cedermark.
We’re teaming up with our pals at Popgun Booking to bring you this most-excellent show, happening on November 5 at Glasslands. All three bands are great so be sure to arrive early. Show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets here.