By Andrew Parks, Contributor
It's all Animal Collective's fault. At least that's how Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker (also of Alex Bleeker and the Freaks) sees it. Speaking to Pitchfork recently, he had this to say about the band's decidedly quirky labelmates: "They changed the American indie landscape by radically changing their sound on every record, which is the trend in underground music now. When people are like, 'You guys aren't really changing,' I'm like, 'We're an indie rock band. What do you think is going to happen?'"
Fair enough, although a less cynical way to look at things would be to say no one wants Real Estate to change. For the past five years, the Jersey boys have made genteel rock jams that are as cozy as the grandpa sweaters they wear onstage. It's not like we're secretly hoping they'd switch gears and write a synth-pop record. As such, the live NPR premiere of Atlas last night was vintage Real Estate: easy, breezy and exactly how we'd like to cap another winter-chilled week... more »