The New 'Jersey Boys': More With Alex Bleeker

In March, Real Estate released its fourth studio album, In Mind, and Bleeker sat down with BERGEN to discuss their new sound, why arts funding was so crucial to their success and why being from New Jersey is “cool.”



How has being from New Jersey influenced you as a band? It’s been really cool to come from Jersey because there’s a lot of pride that people from New Jersey share with one another. It sometimes gets a bad rap, but it’s like people who like a sports team that always loses—you come together and have a lot of pride. And it brings us together with other bands from Jersey. There’s a lineage of music from the Hoboken scene, specifically Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken and WFMU radio. For instance, we discovered The Feelies and loved them, and it turned out they were from a neighboring town. So we got to meet them and play shows with them. It’s cool to be part of that. We are really proud of our Jersey roots.

Bergen County has produced a lot of successful musicians. In what way do you think this area is conducive to creative success? We come from a place of affluence and privilege. We recognize that we are very fortunate that way. We had all of these incredible opportunities with public art education in school, and we had progressive parents who supported our endeavors in the arts.

And that’s an important topic right now with arts programs in danger of losing federal funding. Exactly. We’d like to see those opportunities given to all people. Having those resources to do what we wanted to do had a massive influence on our success. There’s a lot of inequality, and we were just so fortunate to be born into a place of privilege. We are a shining example of what a solid public school education can bring.

Where in New Jersey did you used to play or see shows? I grew up going to Maxwell’s in Hoboken, but honestly, a lot of our local shows were happening in people’s backyards or garages.

What would you say to other artistic kids growing up in the Jersey ’burbs about pursuing a creative career? My main advice is don’t stop, and don’t let anyone discourage you. I used to say, “Have a plan B,” but now I say, “Do whatever you want.” Music doesn’t have to be your source of income or career—you can still do it if you’re passionate about it. To be successful by any measure, you have to just keep going and keep creating. That goes for anything you’re passionate about.

What was your plan B? Actually, I’m doing my plan B. My plan A was to become an actor!

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

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The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
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Elvis is in the building! The King of Rock and Roll- the ever lasting Elvis. Bob James’ extensive career in the casino circuit in Vegas brings Elvis to you as one of the country’s top...

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Mahwah Public Library
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Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Telephone: 201-529-7323
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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

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Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Telephone: 201-608-2377
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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

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Englewood, NJ  07631
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
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, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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Kim from KS Knits is back at Creative Den in Glen Rock! This time we will learn how to make a cozy hat to keep us warm in this cooler weather. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten some of...

Cost: 65.00

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
View map »


Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

More information

Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
View map »


Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

More information

Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

More information

During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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What better way to spend a Friday night than with a crisp glass of prosecco and a decadent dessert made from scratch? Join us at Creative Den in Glen Rock with Hope Lichtman, local mom and...

Cost: 60.00

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Creative Den
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
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Stop dreaming and start planning your getaway at the 6th Annual Vacation Expo! hosted by Excel Travel, NJ 101.5 and Dearborn Market. Vacation Expo brings you a wide range of trusted travel...

Cost: Free

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2170 Rt. 35 South
Holmdel, NJ  07733
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Sponsor: Excel Travel
Telephone: 732-571-1960
Contact Name: Ted Friedli

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

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