Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Brothers - The Black Keys



















Rating: 7.5/10
Sound Quality: Lossless
Format: Flac
Record Label: Nonesuch Records
Year Released: 2010
Album Covers: Included
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Note From Dada!
Ώτα μου καλησπέρα,
Σ' αυτό το μπλογκ έχω προσπαθήσει (δεν ξέρω αν τα έχω καταφέρει βέβαια...) να κρατάω ένα "κάποιο" επίπεδο είτε αυτό έχει να κάνει με τη μουσική είτε με αυτά που γράφω. Όταν ακούς όμως έναν δίσκο που σε ξεσηκώνει και σε συγκινεί από τις πρώτες κιόλας νότες, που μπορεί και σε ξανακάνει πιτσιρικά ηλικιακά αλλά και με τον τρόπο που (ξανα)ακούς τη μουσική και όταν αυτός ο δίσκος είναι μέσα στους καλύτερους που έχεις ακούσει (τουλάχιστον)  το 2010, δεν μπορεί παρά η κριτική σου να συμπυκνώνεται σε απλές φράσεις όπως:

"...δισκάρααααααααα ρεεεεε!..."
"...και γαμωωώ τα άλμπουμ!..."
"...ψψψψψψψψψψ τα σπάει!..."

και πάει λέγοντας...

Σεβόμενος όμως τη σχέση που έχουμε χτίσει όλον αυτόν τον καιρό στο μεταξύ μας αγαπητοί μου αναγνώστες, θα επανέλθω σε ένα πιο μεστό και γνώριμο ύφος.
Αυτά τα δύο καλόπαιδα από το Αμέρικα και συγκεκριμένα από το Akron του Ohio, που φέρουν το όνομα "The Black Keys" δεν είναι και τόσο πρόσφατη ιστορία. Αυτή η μπάντα/ντουέτο δημιουργήθηκε το 2001 και αποτελείται από τον Patrick Carney (τύμπανα) και τον Dan Auerbach (κιθάρα & φωνητικά). Δεν θα μπω στη διαδικασία να μιλήσω για τη πορεία του γκρουπ καθώς υπάρχουν (πιο κατώ) οι σχετικές και κατατοπιστικές πληροφορίες και επειδή κάποια στιγμή στο μέλλον θα αναρτήθει κάποιος παλιοτερός δίσκος τους.
Θα προτιμούσα λοιπόν να εστιάσω σ' αυτό το εκπληκτικό πρόσφατο album τους (Μάϊος 2010) που όσο και βλάσφημο να ακούγεται σε κάποιους (χωρίς όμως επουδενί να μπαίνω στη σύγκριση) μου φάνηκε τόσο φρέσκο και ωραίο, όσο όταν τότε στην τρυφερή ηλικία των 13-14 πρωτοάκουγα το "D'yer Mak'er" ή το "Whole Lotta Love" των Led Zeppelin.
Δηλαδή πιο απλά σ΄αυτό το δίσκο μου ξαναθύμησαν αυτά τα "Μαύρα Κλειδιά" πως  η μουσική (ιδιαίτερα η ροκ) "ξεκλειδώνεται" με απλούς τρόπους και μελωδίες. Όπως και να χει εγώ προσωπικά είχα πάρα πολύ καιρό να πάρω στα χέρια μου ένα δισκάκι που να μη χρειαστεί να προσπεράσω τα μισά κομμάτια του δίσκου για να ακούσω τα δύο-τρία αγαπημένα μου θέματα.
Αν και σ' αυτή την δισκογραφική κατσαρόλα ανακατεύονται επιρροές όπως οι Zeppelin, ο Hendrix ή είδη όπως το rock, το blues το soul, και άλλα πολλά το αποτέλεσμα είναι εξαιρετικά αρμονικό και δεμένο. Όλες οι συνθέσεις του δίσκου ανήκουν στους ίδιους τους Black Keys εκτός φυσικά απ' την καταπληκτική και φρεσκότατη διασκευή του "Never Gonna Give You Up" του Jerry Butler.

Για μία πρόγευση σας ποστάρω δυο-τρία θέματα του δίσκου που πραγματικά ξεχώρισα με δυσκολία. Αν και αυτό κρύβει ένα μικρό ψέμα γιατί ενώ το δισκάκι το έχω ήδη λιώσει, το εκπληκτικό (και σπαραξικάρδιο) "I' m Too Afraid To Love You" το έχει ακούσει αμέτρητες φορές παραπάνω. Όπως και να χει πάντως σας προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα να ακούσετε συνολικά αυτό το εξαιρετικό album ή πιο απλά:

...δισκάρααααααααα ρεεεεε!...
...και γαμωωώ τα άλμπουμ!...
...ψψψψψψψψψψψ τα σπάει!..

Σας φιλώ στο μόντεμ
Radiodada


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About The Black Keys
The Black Keys is an American blues-rock music duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The band was formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001.

Early history and The Big Come Up (2001–2002)
The Black Keys formed in 2001 and were active in the underground scene of Akron, Ohio. Their name comes from Akron, Ohio artist Alfred McMoore, who Auerbach's father—an art dealer—supported and who Carney's father - a newspaper reporter - interviewed, who used the phrase "black key" to indicate something was 'off-center' or 'not quite right'. The band released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in early 2002. The album was very successful for a new independent rock band. Along with their second album, it was recorded entirely in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder from the early 1980s. The album spawned two singles released as an extended play, "Leavin' Trunk" and "She Said, She Said". Both are cover songs; "Leavin' Trunk" is a traditional blues standard and "She Said, She Said" is originally by The Beatles. "I'll Be Your Man" would later be used as the theme for the HBO series Hung. "Breaks" was featured in the 2008 film RocknRolla.

Thickfreakness era (2003)
The band released Thickfreakness in April, 2003 which along with The Big Come Up was recorded on a Tascam 388 in Carney's basement in 14 hours. The album was favored by critics and spawned three singles: "Set You Free", "Hard Row" and a cover of "Have Love, Will Travel". "Set You Free" was featured on the soundtrack for School of Rock, as well as the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

The band released a split-EP with The Six Parts Seven on September 16, 2003, titled The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys EP and featured one song by The Six Parts Seven and three songs by The Black Keys.

Rubber Factory and first live album (2004–2005)
Rubber Factory, the band's third album was released in 2004. During Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory, the band gained recognition and popularity, boosting their career. Rubber Factory was recorded in an abandoned factory in early 2004. The factory was located in Akron, but according to Carney, was finally torn down in early 2010. The album featured singles 10 A.M. Automatic, 'Til I Get My Way, and Girl Is On My Mind, released as an EP. "When the Lights Go Out" was used in trailers for the film Black Snake Moan and was featured in the erotic opening sequence with co-stars Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake. Additionally, "10 A.M. Automatic" was used in Live Free or Die, The Go Getter, the soundtrack to MLB 06: The Show and an American Express commercial. The Go Getter also featured "Keep Me". "Grown So Ugly" was featured on Cloverfield and "Girl Is On My Mind" on Sony Ericsson and Victoria's Secret commercials. Around this time, they also opened for bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, Radiohead and Sleater-Kinney.

In 2005, the band also released their first live video album, Live, recorded at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia on March 18, 2005.

The Moan was an extended play which was released on January 19, 2004, featuring Have Love Will Travel, an alternate version of "Heavy Soul," and two covers.
Magic Potion and other releases (2006–2007)

The Black Keys released Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, an EP with covers of songs by Junior Kimbrough. Kimbrough was a bluesman and the founder of Fat Possum Records, whom the band had previously covered on The Big Come Up. The EP was released on May 2, 2006. Four days later, The Black Keys released their second live album, Live in Austin, TX--also known as Thickfreakness in Austin--which was recorded October 24, 2003. Soon after, their fourth album dropped; Magic Potion was their first release on Nonesuch Records. The album featured three singles; "You're the One", "Your Touch", and "Just Got To Be". The latter was featured on the soundtrack to the video game, NHL 08. "Your Touch" was featured on the 2009 film Zombieland as well as the HBO series Eastbound & Down. The Black Keys recorded a cover of "The Wicked Messenger" for the soundtrack of I'm Not There and have recorded "If You Ever Slip", a song written by Jesse Harris for The Hottest State soundtrack.
Attack & Release and the Blakroc project (2008–2009)

Attack & Release, the band's fifth album, was produced by Danger Mouse and released on April 1, 2008, having leaked onto the internet by March 4. Attack & Release debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. The singles from the album were "Strange Times", "I Got Mine", and "Same Old Thing". "Strange Times" was featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto IV and NASCAR 09. "I Got Mine" was named the 23rd best song by Rolling Stone in its list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. "I Got Mine" is used as the theme song for Canadian Police Drama TV Series The Bridge. "Lies" was used in episodes of Big Love and Lie to Me, and was covered by Kelly Clarkson live on her All I Ever Wanted Tour. "So He Won't Break" was featured on an episode of One Tree Hill. According to an interview in Pitchfork Media, the band was collaborating on an album with Ike Turner, to be produced by Danger Mouse and released in 2007, but the idea was rendered impossible with Turner's death in December 2007. "Some of the stuff we ended up recording sounds like Screamin' Jay Hawkins," said Carney.

Live at the Crystal Ballroom is a live video album released on November 18, 2008. It was filmed April 4, 2008 in Portland, Oregon at the Crystal Ballroom.

On October 17, 2008, The Black Keys was an opening act for fellow Akron-area band Devo at a special benefit concert at The Akron Civic Theater for presidential candidate Barack Obama. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, also an Akron native and Firestone High School graduate, followed their set. In November, they toured through Europe together with Liam Finn. On June 6, 2009, The Black Keys performed along with The Roots, TV on the Radio, Public Enemy, Antibalas, and other acts at the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic on the Festival Pier in Philadelphia. They also joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

On February 10, 2009, vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach released his debut solo album, Keep It Hid. During this time, drummer Patrick Carney formed an indie band called Drummer, who are currently signed to Carney's Audio Eagle Records label. Drummer released their debut album Feel Good Together on September 29, 2009.

Blakroc is a collaborative album featuring The Black Keys and several hip hop artists released on Black Friday. The project was supported and brought together by Damon Dash, who is a big fan of the band. The album features rappers among the likes of Mos Def, RZA, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, NOE, Jim Jones, Nicole Wray, M.O.P., and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. The album was recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Auerbach said on the official Blakroc site, "Pat and I have been preparing for this record since we were 16.
Brothers (2010–present)

Brothers was released on May 18, 2010, featuring a 15 track listing. The song "Tighten Up" (featured on the FIFA 11 soundtrack) was released before the album as a single, along with "Howlin' for You" on the B-side. Brothers sold over 73,000 copies in its first week, giving it a #3 ranking on the Billboard Albums chart, their highest yet. The Brothers CD has a thin thermal film on the surface, which changes colors depending on the temperature of the surroundings and ranges from completely black to a creamy surface with writing when placed in a CD player. There are two cut tracks from this album that have been released as well. "Ohio" pays homage to the home of The Black Keys, and "Chop and Change" was featured on the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The Black Keys also helped judge the 9th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

Cultural references
The band is frequently compared to The White Stripes (also a blues-based musical duo of drums and vocals/guitar that started around the turn of the millennium) and the stylings and energy of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and blues artists, such as Junior Kimbrough, Muddy Waters and Elmore James. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead are all fans of the band. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has also stated in an interview that he enjoys listening to them. Arctic Monkeys' drummer Matt Helders can be seen in a Black Keys t-shirt in an interview on MTV's RAW.

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whiteanduptight said...

thanx so much! i LOVE the black keys!

Anonymous said...

Thanx! Τσέκαρε έναν σολο δίσκο που έκανε πέρισι ο Auerbach-εξαιρετικός. Τους ξέρω πολλά χρόνια και ειλικρινά αναρωτιέμαι γιατί όλος ο κόσμος ασχολείται με τους White Stripes oταν υπάρχουν οι Black Keys...Τους έχω δει δύο φορές και πάνω στη σκηνή στέκονται τόσο καλά όσο ακούγονται στα αλμπουμς

Radiodada said...

Γεια χαρά...
Θα συμφωνήσω και γω μαζί σου σχετικά με τους Stripes...
Απ' την άλλην σ' ευχαριστώ και γω για την πληροφορία για το solo δισκάκι του Auerbach που αγνοούσα παντελώς και το οποίο θα το ακούσω σύντομα.
Thanks again
Ελπίζω να τα ξαναπούμε
Radiodada

Marimar Juanita Rodriguez said...

Τι δισκάρα είναι αυτή??? ένα χειροκρότημα στους Black keys και άλλο ένα για σένα που μου τους σύστησες!!!Πολύ καλή δουλειά,μας διευρύνεις τους μουσικούς μας ορίζοντες!!!αναμένω με αγωνία τις υπόλοιπες προτάσεις σου...

Radiodada said...

Γεια σου Marimar
Καλώς ήρθες!
Χαίρομαι πάρα πολύ που σου άρεσε αυτός ο δίσκος...εεε..μην υπερθεματίσω παραπάνω... εντάξει...είναι απλά εξαιρειτικος!
Τώρα όσο για αυτό που γράφεις ότι αναμένεις με αγωνία τις υπόλοιπες προτάσεις μου...χμ...με ψιλοαγχώνεις θα ελεγα...δεν ξέρω αν θα καταφέρω να καλύψω τα γούστα σου...άλλα anyway όπως και να χει πραγματικά σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για το comment σου.
Να 'σαι καλά και ελπίζω να τα ξαναπούμε με αφορμή κάποιο άλλο δισκάκι που θα βρεις να σου αρέσει.

Stay tuned!
Radiodada

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