On May 14, The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream, via Nonesuch Records. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.
Delta Kream Track Listing:
Crawling Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman)
Louise (Fred McDowell)
Poor Boy a Long Way From Home (Robert Lee Burnside)
The Black Keys’ new album, Turn Blue, was released May 13, 2014, on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue features 11 new tracks. Mojo says the album "underlines the fact that The Black Keys are the most vital rock band in the world right now." Rolling Stone calls the album "a giant step into the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made."
Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:
A: Suffocation B: Sadness C: Numbness from extreme cold D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi E: All of the above
Moreover, Carney comments, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”
This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy, and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the UK; and double Platinum in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.
MUSICIANS The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney All Songs Performed by The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach, vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, etc. Patrick Carney, drums, keyboards, percussion, etc. Brian Burton, keyboards, piano, etc.
Regina, Ann and Alfreda McCrary, background vocals on tracks 1–3, 9
PRODUCTION CREDITS All Songs Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys Except: Tracks 7, 11 Produced by The Black Keys Engineered by Kennie Takahashi Additional Engineering by Geoff Neal at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA; Bill Skibbe at Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI; Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN Recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA from July to August 2013 Additional Recording at Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI in January 2013; Easy Eye Sound in February 2014 Mixed by Tchad Blake Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles, CA
Artwork and Art Direction by Michael Carney
All songs written by D. Auerbach, P. Carney, B. Burton All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), Administered by Wixen Music / Sweet Science (ASCAP) Except: Tracks 7, 11 Written by The Black Keys / Published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), administered by Wixen Music Track 5 contains a sample from the song “Sandra” written and performed by Nico Fidenco from the original soundtrack to La Ragazzina. Licensed courtesy of Creazioni Artistiche Musicali C.A.M. S.R.L. Una societa' del Gruppo Sugar. US and Canadian publishing rights administered by Sugar Melodi, Inc. (ASCAP). World ex. US and Canada publishing rights administered by Una societa' del Gruppo Sugar. International Copyright Reserved. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. Sample cleared by Alien Music.
The Black Keys’ fifth full-length LP, Attack & Release, follows their 2006 critically acclaimed Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, which the Chicago Tribune proclaimed, “a gritty, wild, minimalist masterpiece.” The LP version includes the album on 12" 140-gram vinyl and a CD. Produced by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, The Gorillaz, The Grey Album), Attack & Release was recorded at engineer Paul Hamann’s illustrious Suma Studio outside Cleveland, Ohio. Initial collaboration began when Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) approached the band to write songs for an album he was developing with the late R&B legend Ike Turner. As the band began composing tracks for Turner early last year, though, they quickly realized they were actually laying the groundwork for a new album of their own.
Attack & Release thus became The Black Keys’ first collaborative effort, as it morphed into their own album with Danger Mouse as producer. By recording in an actual studio (another first), guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney were given the opportunity to add a variety of instruments to their usual simple set-up—including organ, moog, and banjo. “After recording our previous albums in a basement, we were ready to go somewhere else,” Auerbach confesses. “Danger Mouse came in as our collaborator. He has a real ear for melody and arrangement and that was a big part of this record, as was the studio…a really special place.”Carney concurs: “The place is covered with dust, it smells like a moldy cabin, and it looks like a haunted house. It was fitting for our first time going into a real studio.” He continues, “I think Dan and I were intrigued to work with somebody as a producer, and with an engineer like Paul, because we both realized we couldn’t teach ourselves anything more and it was best to start learning from other people.”
Besides Auerbach, Carney, and Danger Mouse’s work, other contributions on Attack & Release include guitarist Marc Ribot and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney (Patrick’s uncle)—both veterans of, among other things, Tom Waits’ band. The closing track, “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be,” features Auerbach singing along side eighteen-year-old bluegrass/country-singer Jessica Lea Mayfield.The Black Keys have released four albums prior to Attack & Release––2002’s The Big Come Up, 2003’s Thickfreakness, 2004’s Rubber Factory, and 2006’sMagic Potion.
MUSICIANS The Black Keys: Dan Auerbach, guitars, vocals, and lots of other instruments Patrick Carney, drums and lots of other instruments
Additional Musicians: Danger Mouse, Hohner Bass 3, Moog and Korg synthesizers, piano, and some organ too Carla Monday, harmony vocals (2, 4, 5) Jessica Lea Mayfield, harmony vocal (11) Ralph Carney, jaw harp (2), contrabass clarinet (5), clarinet (6, 7), flute (8), concert bass (8) Marc Ribot, guitar solo (5, 9), rhythm guitar (6), slide guitar (10)
PRODUCTION CREDITS Produced by Danger Mouse Recorded by Paul Hamann August 9-23, 2007 at Suma Recording Studio, Painesville, OH, on the recording console that he and his father, Ken, built together in 1973 Mixed by Kennie Takahashi, Danger Mouse, and The Black Keys Mix Assistant: Todd “iTod” Monfalcone Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Portland, ME
All songs written by The Black Keys, published by McMoore McLeest Publishing (BMI), administered by Chrysalis Music
“Rare as it is to come across a band in its prime, at the flaming maximum of its powers, there's no mistaking it when it happens: A sense of inevitability, of necessity even, converges with a sense of surprise, and a fierce, ancient gladness. Wednesday night at Avalon, Ohio's Black Keys reminded a packed house what it means to be on.” —Boston Globe
The Black Keys' Nonesuch debut, Magic Potion, was released in September 2006 on CD and on vinyl. The LP was pressed on 180-gram vinyl and includes instant-download album MP3s.
Childhood friends Dan Auerbach (guitar/vocals) and drummer Patrick Carney (drums) were mowing lawns in Akron when they made their first, self-released, record, 2002’s The Big Come Up; they embarked on their first tour that year, after being fired from their day jobs. Following enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics, the two men decided to remain unemployed so they could devote all of their time to their music. They practiced and toured relentlessly, then released their second album, Thickfreakness (their first on Fat Possum), in 2003. Later that year, they moved into an abandoned tire factory and set up their own rehearsal and recording studio, where they made 2004’s highly praisedRubber Factory—named for their unique space. Entertainment Weekly called Rubber Factory one of the best albums of the year, saying of The Black Keys, “They revive the notion that rock & roll should be murky and mysterious, a stumble into a dark alley late at night,” while The New Yorker said, “Direct, consistent, powerful, and loud, the record is one of the best rock releases of the year.” (The band’s final Fat Possum record, an EP of Junior Kimbrough covers called Chulahoma, was released this spring.)
The Black Keys live shows are fast becoming legendary among fans and critics alike. The Washington Post described the sound at a recent DC show as, “A giant crashing that is louder and fuller and grimmer than a drummer and guitarist alone should be able to produce,” and went on to say that “Auerbach is a ferociously talented guitarist whose leads bristle and burn as if the guitar were a molten mass. And Carney wails on his drums as if he were taking part in an anger management therapy exercise. The pair’s concert is as much a show of force as it is a musical performance.”
MUSICIANS The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney
PRODUCTION CREDITS Produced and recorded by The Black Keys at The Audio Eagle Nest, Akron, OH Mastered at Magnetic North by Chris Keffer
All songs written by The Black Keys, McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), administered by Chrysalis Music
Artwork and design by Michael Carney
1. Keep Your Hands Off Her
2. Have Mercy On Me
3. Work Me
4. Meet Me In the City
5. Nobody But You
6. My Mind Is Ramblin
7. Junior's Widow
The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach, guitars, vocals Patrick Carney, drums
All Songs Produced by The Black Keys Recorded at Audio Eagle Recording Nest, Akron OH July 2005 by Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach
All songs written by Junior Kimbrough All songs published by Mockingbird Songs (BMI), Administered by Wixen Music
1. When The Lights Go Out 2. 10 A.M. Automatic 3. Just Couldn't Tie Me Down 4. All Hands Against His Own 5. The Desperate Man 6. Girl Is On My Mind 7. The Lengths 8. Grown So Ugly 9. Stack Shot Billy 10. Act Nice and Gentle 11. Aeroplane Blues 12. Keep Me 13. Till I Get My Way
MUSICIANS The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney
All songs Performed by The Black Keys
CREDITS All Songs Produced by The Black Keys
Recorded at Sentient Sound January-May 2004 in Akron, OH by Patrick Carney
Mixed by The Black Keys
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound Artwork and Design by Michael Carney
1. Thickfreakness 2. Hard Row 3. Set You Free 4. Midnight in Her Eyes 5. Have Love Will Travel 6. Hurt Like Mine 7. Everywhere I Go 8. No Trust 9. If You See Me 10. Hold Me in Your Arms 11. I Cry Alone
The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney All Songs Performed by The Black Keys All Songs Produced by Patrick Carney Engineered by Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney Recorded at Studio 45 December 2002 in Akron, OH by Patrick Carney, Except track 3 recorded 50% by Jeff Saltzman at Studio 880 Mixed by Patrick Carney Artwork and Art Direction by Michael Carney All songs written by D. Auerbach, Except track 2, written by Dan and Chuck Auerbach All music written by The Black Keys All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), Administered by Wixen Music Except: Track 5, Written by Junior Kimbrough / Published by Big Legal Mess Publishing (BMI), administered by Wixen Music
1. Busted 2. Do The Rump 3. I'll Be Your Man 4. Countdown 5. Breaks, The 6. Run Me Down 7. Leavin' Trunk 8. Heavy Soul 9. She Said, She Said 10. Them Eyes 11. Yearnin' 12. Brooklyn Bound 13. 240 Years Before Your Time
The Black Keys are Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney All Songs Performed by The Black Keys Dan Auerbach, triplofonic guitar, vocals Patrick Carney, broke beat kit Gabe Fulvimar, moog bass on track 4, 5, 8, and 9 All Songs Produced by Patrick Carney using his patented recording technique known as medium-fidelity. This system requires equal parts broke-ass shit to equal parts hot-ass shit. Recorded at Synth Etiquette Analog Sound, Akron OH from January-February 2002 Mastered by Dave Schultz at Digiprep, Los Angeles CA Cover design by Michael Carney and Patrick Boissel Photography by Michael Carney All songs written by D. Auerbach, P. Carney All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), Administered by Wixen Music, Except: Track 2, Written by Junior Kimbrough / Published by Mockingbird Blues Publishing Ltd (BMI), Administered by Wixen Music Publishing; Track 7, Written by Traditional; and Track 9, Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
EL CAMINO 10th Anniversary Edition Out November 5th
Previously unreleased full LIVE concert and BBC Session