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Soundtracking the Resistance - The Tightening Net

Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation Intensifies; Plus Tax Reform, Tim Heidecker, and Benjamin Booker

Nov 03, 2017

Well something had to happen on this whole Russia scandal business, and so it came to pass. Which means this week we have indictments and what that might mean, alongside terrorism, tax reform, Tim Heidecker, and a hopeful Benjamin Booker note to end on.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Pathway to Paris and Beyond

An Interview with Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith on Pathway to Paris

Oct 27, 2017

President Donald Trump can pull out of the Paris Agreement, but that doesn't mean everyone else gives up so easily. This week we speak to musicians Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith who started Pathway to Paris as a way to bring music and climate experts together for a series of concerts.  More

Julia Holter Alleges Matt Mondanile (Ducktails, ex-Real Estate) Was Emotionally Abusive

"He was emotionally abusive to the point where I had to have a lawyer intervene and was afraid for my life."

Oct 25, 2017

Former Real Estate guitarist and Ducktails leader Matt Mondanile is currently under a thick cloud of sexual assault allegations after seven women came forward and accused him of sexually assaulting them in some manner over the years and Real Estate issued a statement to say that he was fired from the band "in February 2016 when allegations of unacceptable treatment of women were brought to our attention." Now singer/songwriter/pianist Julia Holter has posted a statement to her Facebook account in which she alleges that Mondanile was emotionally abusive. More

Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover

Issue 62 Also Includes Interviews with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, The Horrors, Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, King Krule, and Much More

Oct 20, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Julien Baker on the cover. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - The Problem All Around

Sexual Misconduct Does Not Begin and End with Harvey Weinstein

Oct 20, 2017

As the Harvey Weinstein fallout continues to unfold, it's a reminder that the crimes he stands accused of are not exactly rare, nor are they confined to the world of tarnished Hollywood glitz. Like every other part of society, the music industry is also riddled with similar stories. We look at that this week, alongside President Trump insulting various people and imperiling the safety of the world. Not that he doesn't do the same thing most weeks.  More

Oct 16, 2017

In May 2016 Real Estate announced that Matt Mondanile had left the band to focus on his Ducktails project. Real Estate went on to release a new album without Mondanile, In Mind, in March of this year via Domino. Meanwhile this month Mondanile self-released a new Ducktails album, Jersey Devil, on his own New Images label (he was previously also on Domino). Last week both Pitchfork and SPIN reported that Real Estate had issued a statement that Mondanile was actually fired from the band "in February 2016 when allegations of unacceptable treatment of women were brought to our attention." More

Real Estate Say They Fired Matt Mondanile (aka Ducktails) for “Unacceptable Treatment of Women”

"We feel that any abuse of one's power or status to victimize another is completely unacceptable."

Oct 13, 2017

In May 2016 Real Estate announced that Matt Mondanile had left the band to focus on his Ducktails project. Real Estate went on to release a new album without Mondanile, In Mind, in March of this year via Domino.  More

May 25, 2016

Real Estate have announced that Matt Mondanile has left the band to focus on his Ducktails project. Julian Lynch (also from the band's home state of New Jersey and a well-regarded solo artist in his own right) will be replacing him and the band has announced their first tour dates with the new lineup.  More

Under the Radar Announces August/September Issue with CHVRCHES on the Cover

Issue 54 Also Includes Interviews with New Order, Garbage, Foals, Beirut, Jesse Eisenberg, Low, FFS, Destroyer, Wolf Alice, Tamaryn, the Casts of Fear the Walking Dead and Wet Hot American Summer, and More

Aug 07, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the August/September 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via Under the Radar's app and the magazine apps Zinio, Readly, and Readbug), has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It features CHVRCHES on the cover. Garbage's Shirley Manson discusses the 20th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. We talk to the creators and various cast members of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Star Cliff Curtis and producer Gale Anne Hurd talk about The Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead. The issue also includes interviews with Beach House, New Order, Foals, Beirut, Jesse Eisenberg, Low, FFS, Destroyer, Wolf Alice, Tamaryn, Telekinesis, Ducktails, DRINKS, Briana Marela, LA Priest, Jaakko Eino KaleviChelsea Wolfe, and more.  More

Jul 08, 2015

As we teased earlier today, the new video from Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile from Real Estate) co-stars Mac DeMarco. The goofy clip for "Surreal Exposure" starts with Mondanile seemingly stalking DeMarco. More

Mac DeMarco to Host Free Brooklyn BBQ Today, Shares BBQ Soundtrack

DeMarco to Also Appear in New Ducktails Video and Watch Him Play Jenga with Shamir

Jul 08, 2015

Mac DeMarco news galore! The most pressing DeMarco news is that today at 1 PM he is hosting a free BBQ, as he announced last night. It's happening at 153 Morgan Ave. and DeMarco promises he'll be playing unheard music from his car stereo. More

Listen: Ducktails - “Surreal Exposure”

St. Catherine due out July 24 via Domino

Jun 08, 2015

Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile from Real Estate) is releasing his fifth album, St. Catherineon July 24 via Domino. We've already heard the album's first single, "Headbanging in the Mirror," and watched its videoMore

Watch: Ducktails “Headbanging in the Mirror” Video

St. Catherine due out July 24 via Domino, New West Coast Tour Dates Announced

May 20, 2015

Ducktails (aka Matt Mondanile from Real Estate) is releasing his fifth album, St. Catherine, on July 24 via Domino. Now the album's first single, "Headbanging in the Mirror," has a video. More

May 05, 2015

Woo who! There's a new Ducktails album. (Sorry couldn't resist, if you're gonna name yourself after a 1980s Disney cartoon you're asking for it.) But seriously (not a Phil Collins reference, by the way), Matt Mondanile from Real Estate has already recorded some pretty great music as Ducktails and now he's announced a new one, his fifth. St. Catherine is due out July 24th via Domino and you can stream the first single, "Headbanging in the Mirror." More

Jun 26, 2013

Releasing his latest album The Flower Lane earlier this year, Ducktails, a.k.a. Real Estate frontman Matt Mondanile, has premiered a music video for the effort's new single "Under Cover." More

Watch: Ducktails – “Letter of Intent”

The Flower Lane Out Now Via Domino Records

Feb 22, 2013

Ducktails’ breezy new video for The Flower Lane cut “Letter of Intent” takes place in New York’s Central Park. More

Ducktails Announces North American Tour

Listen: “Letter of Intent (Sprinkles' Post Script)”

Feb 08, 2013

Ducktails, the solo project of Real Estate’s Matt Mondanile, is hitting the road for a series of North American dates kicking off March 6. More

Woodist Festival Announces Line Up

Ducktails, Fresh & Onlys, Real Estate And More

Apr 08, 2011

Today the Woodist Festival announced their lineup. We have the full listing.  More

Ducktails Readies Third Full-Length

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics Out January 2011

Nov 03, 2010

Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile is set to tap into his dream-pop side with his project Ducktails. We have the release info of his third full-length.  More


Interviews

Ducktails

Crystal Clear

Nov 11, 2015

St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile's fifth and most ambitious album as Ducktails, grapples with romantic entanglement and adult apprehensions in a manner that feels startlingly direct, especially when juxtaposed with the naivety and nostalgia that colored his past releases. However, when it comes to explicating his development as a songwriter, the Ducktails mastermind and Real Estate guitarist is rather nonchalant.  More


Reviews

Jersey Devil

Jersey Devil

New Images

Oct 03, 2017

It wasn't a bad thing that Matt Mondanile left Real Estate. For starters, there may have been enough animus built up that going forward would have been untenable. The band moved on with lead guitarist Julian Lynch and refocused to deliver this year's quality record In Mind. More

St. Catherine

St. Catherine

Domino

Jul 24, 2015

Matt Mondanile's fifth album as DucktailsSt. Catherine, was recorded over an extended period of time around tour dates for Mondanile's day job as guitarist for Real Estate.  More

Wish Hotel EP

Wish Hotel EP

Domino

Nov 05, 2013

Ducktails' new EP follows on the heels of its latest LP, The Flower Lane, released early in 2013 and the group's strongest effort yet. More

The Flower Lane

The Flower Lane

DOMINO

Feb 13, 2013

You could say Matthew Mondanile's idea of a "solo" project has become a little skewed. The Real Estate guitarist's fourth outing as Ducktails includes support from New Jersey outfit Big Troubles and contributions from Cults, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Outer Limitz (to name a few). More