Real Estate – Days: 13th New Cover Of The Day

Real Estate have just released their cover of Television’s Days and it is rather lovely.

TelevisionDays originally appeared on Adventure, Television’s 19878 follow-up to their ground-breaking debut Marquee Moon. New Jersey band Real Estate have put their own spin on the song while retaining the shimmering beauty of the original.

Real EstateReal Estate have released this version as a way of paying tribute to that influential band and also to note the 10th anniversary of the release of their own album, Days. Here is Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker to explain:

The shrewd, completist bootlegger will always remember 6/30/2011 as the day that we debuted the album Days live in its entirety at 285 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Back then Domino Park, across the street, was still a dilapidated sugar warehouse, and our unreleased Televisionsophomore album didn’t yet have a name. Real heads (or as we like to call them, “agents”) might also recall that this show was a release party for the new 33 1/3 book recounting the history of Television’s Marquee Moon. Somewhere in the introduction to that volume author Bryan Waterman declared that even though the song “Days” was on Television’s often overlooked second record, it provided a blueprint for all of the melodic guitar-based indie rock that would soon follow in its wake.

We were of course huge fans of that tune, this was in fact our second record, and we saw ourselves humbly as the torchbearers of that tradition. So the story goes like this—we were on tour, sitting in our fire engine red Dodge Ram 2500 somewhere along the I-95 when someone in the band read that sentence aloud, and said, “Why don’t we call the album Days?” As I recall, nobody loved it, but more importantly, nobody hated it and it stuck. It’s true, this now decade-old album is named after this fantastic, under-appreciated Television tune, which was a joy for us to cover and record for you after all these years.

And here’s Television’s original version:

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