Alright, I know this is tacky as hell, but I have a soft spot for the Black Keys. Particularly the stuff off El Camino, which I somehow didn't get sick of even when those songs got super over-exposed. I'm still surprised they got as big as they have, but songs like “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” are the kinds of songs that are built to be played from a massive stage at 12:30AM. Sometimes the Young Classic Rocker in me wins out and I just really like seeing a big rock show like this.
By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Our trek into Indio went so smoothly this year that we’ve both become paranoid about something going incredibly wrong at any moment, but so far we’ve made it through without broken bones or spirits. In fact, even though the day started with extreme lines and heat, once we passed… More »
When we posted “I Want Some More” from Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s forthcoming solo debut Keep It Hid, we mentioned he performs most of it by his lonesome (drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards minus the occasional guest like his uncle James Quine. This video of the two performing “Trouble Weighs A Ton” is one… More »
Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach shows up sans Patrick Carney for his solo debut Keep It Hid. It’s wasn’t too long ago that the duo themselves released their fifth album, Attack & Release Release; in fact, Auerbach wrote a bunch of these new songs while on the road in support of it. Auerbach produced the… More »
Late-show-performance post title puns can be hard work, but together we can continue to make it happen. Last time the Black Keys told Letterman “I Got Mine,” but this time it’s all about the “Strange Times,” clocking in at twice the tempo and with some fiery riffage. Again, what’s most interesting about these late night… More »
Yesterday saw Cryptacize taking on Steely Dan’s “Peg.” Today it’s the Black Keys covering Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk tune “I’m Glad.” (No, not this one.) The song doesn’t show up on Attack & Release — the soulful, grinding, slow-builder was recorded yesterday at Dan’s place. Which is what’s called a quick turnaround. It’s the… More »
When’s the last time you want to an actual record store? Like where you have to walk through a door and can’t just click “download”? Yes, we live inside a blog, but record stores are pretty great. Brandon worked at one (Cheap Thrills Records, New Brunswick, NJ) for a handful of years before the place… More »
The Ohian duo have emerged from the basements and the factories and fallen into the arms of Danger Mouse and Letterman. We gave props to Attack & Release across the board — better writing, interesting production (obviously) — now all that remains is to weigh in on the live show. From the look of the… More »
Danger Mouse is a good producer. Or at least we like the accents and aesthetic he brings to his projects. His dreamy sheen saves much of the mediocre Odd Couple, for instance. In general, there’s better songwriting on the Black Keys fifth album, and follow up to 2006’s Magic Potion, Attack & Release, but the… More »
Danger Mouse keeps busy. Set aside the recent flurry of Gnarlsy news and tracks. Just today we hear that the “unnamed producer” working on Beck’s next album is mighty Mouse himself which, after taking a good listen to his work here on the Black Keys’ “Psychotic Girl,” is just perfect. Danger, who produces the Key… More »
For our latest edition of Stereogum’s Shit List (i.e., someone else makes a list, we think it’s shitty), we turn your attention to this guide from the scholars at Blender.
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