The Black Keys on SNL

Some amateur SNL aficionado will have to confirm or deny this, but I’m not sure the show has ever brought in the same musical guest twice in one calendar year before. But the Black Keys came back for their second SNL performance of 2011 this weekend, playing “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling,” two of the hardest-rocking songs on their generally ferocious new album El Camino.

Dan Auerbach appears to be growing the beard back, and the show’s notoriously terrible acoustics did his voice no favors. And since Ghost World star Steve Buscemi was the host, I’m going to have to go ahead and make a Blues Hammer reference. Please forgive me; it couldn’t be avoided. Watch the performances below, and read Videogum’s sketch recap here.

“Lonely Boy”:

“Gold On The Ceiling”:

El Camino is out tomorrow on Nonesuch.

Comments (6)
  1. Why is the sound so consistently awful on SNL? They’re a huge show that attracts huge artists. You’d think they could get this together.

  2. good hunched drumming

  3. Jeff, this sort of thing relating to broadcasts has been a huge topic of discussion amongst us audio nerds for awhile now. Our conclusion (based on experience of those who worked for major broadcasts) it’s probably a union thing. Who ever is highest ranked and wants to run sound gets to do it. Not a matter of who is the most qualified. That is exactly why the audio of the Black eyed peas at the super bowl was so horid.

  4. Lonely Boy is kinda off here. But Gold on The Ceiling….oh boy that is fantastic,

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