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The Black Keys On World Cafe | December 16, 2011

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It wasn't the fast lane to success for The Black Keys. In fact, the cover of the band's new album El Camino is a convenient reminder of that. The old, beat-up van featured on the front of the Akron duo's latest record is the actual vehicle the group used to tour in its early days. From then until now, The Black Keys' members have earned countless fans through rigorous touring and a strong body of work in the studio. In 2010, the duo enjoyed a substantial breakthrough with Brothers, which spawned Grammy nominations and the hit single "Tighten Up," which was produced by Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse).

The group is the product of two guys, Dan Auerbach on guitars and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums. It'd be easy to complicate the formula, but as El Camino demonstrates, it's not necessary: Its sound is charged, loud, catchy and rife with riffs. Danger Mouse returned to produce the album, and he's the perfect fit.

Here, Auerbach and Carney play live, including "Lonely Boy" and two other tracks from their new release, and discuss their new-found success, the recording process and the huge influence of radio on their careers.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Megafaun "Real Slow" Megafaun
Fleetwood Mac "Tusk" Tusk
Minus the Bear "My Time" Omni
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand

((The Black Keys "Howling For You" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Black Keys "Sister" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Black Keys "Lonely Boy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Dan Auerbach "My Last Mistake" Keep It Hid))

Mike Doughty "Na Na Nothing" Yes and Also Yes
Desmond Dekker "Israelites" Var-Jammin'
The War On Drugs "Baby Missiles" Slave Ambient

((Avi Buffalo "Where's Your Dirty Mind" Avi Buffalo))

Hour 2

Mark Knopfler "What It Is" Sailing to Philadelphia
Destroyer "Chinatown" Kaputt 192
David Gray "Babylon" White Ladder
Ry Cooder "Quicksand" Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Los Lobos "The Road to Gila Bend" The Town and the City

((Girls "Summertime" Girls))

Dum Dum Girls "Bedroom Eyes" Once In Dreams
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
Jukebox the Ghost "Empire" Everything Under the Sun
 The Front Bottoms "Maps" The Front Bottoms
Freelance Whales "Hannah" Freelance Whales

((The Dears "Disclaimer" Missiles))

The Black Keys "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" Covered, A Revolution in Sound
Captain Beefheart "My Head is My Only House" Clear Spot
Tom Waits "Back in the Crowd" Bad As Me
My Morning Jacket "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)" Circuital

((Jonah Smith "Cast A Long Shadow" Jonah Smith))