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The Black Keys On World Cafe | September 2, 2013

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Welcome to the first in our weekly Vintage Cafe series of interviews from the archive. Each week we are going to be re-visiting significant session with major artists. For this installment, we bring back our Black Keys session, recorded in December 2011 right before the release of El Camino.

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 "Gold On The Ceiling" and "Lonely Boy," from their new release, and discuss their new-found success, the recording process and the huge influence of radio on their careers.

This segment originally aired on December 16, 2011. (via World Cafe)


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David Bowie “Fashion” Scary Monsters
TV on the Radio “Mercy” Mercy
Los Lobos “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” Kiko
RL Burnside “It’s Bad You Know” Come On In
((The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Black Keys “Sister” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Black Keys “Gold On The Ceiling” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Black Keys “Howlin’ For You” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Valerie June “You Can’t Be Told” Pushin’ Against a Stone
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe “Because of Her Beauty” The Bridge
Jason Isbell “Super 8” Southeastern
Elvis Costello “Motel Matches” Get Happy!
Jack White “Love Interruption” Blunderbuss


The Lumineers “Morning Song” The Lumkineers
Caroline Rose “Roll On” American Religious
Caroline Rose “Six Foot Woman” American Religious
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine
Todd Rundgren “Love of the Common Man” Anthology 1968-1985
((Extra Golden "Ukimwi" Thank You Very Quickly))
Blitzen Trapper “Shine On” VII
Houndmouth “On the Road” From the Hills Below the City
J.J. Cale “Call Me the Breeze” 20th Century Masters: The Best of J.J. Cale
The dB’s “Love is For Lovers” Like This
Cayucas “High School Lover” Bigfoot
((Fitz & The Tantrums “6AM” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Asgeir “King and Cross” In The Silence
Crowded House “Into Temptation” Temple of Low Men
Jackson Browne “Running on Empty” Running on Empty
Nada Surf “Always Love” The Weight is a Gift
Little Green Cars “Harper Lee” Absolute Zero