The 10 Best Black Keys Songs

LxL_TopTenThursdays_02_900x300the black keys, turn blue, best songsEditor’s Note: This was originally published in 2014. With the release of Dan Auerbach’s new side project  the Arcs, we thought we would revisit our 10 favorite Black Keys tracks.
In honor of The Black Keys releasing their newest and bluest album, Turn Blue, we complied a list of our favorite Black Keys songs. All albums, including Turn Blue were considered, but the new bunch of tunes just missed out. The following is what we collectively landed on. As always, give us your arguments:

10. “Stack Shot Billy

A classic western-style standoff in song form. The best of its kind since The Beatles’ “Rocky Racoon”.
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Black Keys Release New Track “Turn Blue”

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Yesterday, The Black Keys released their second track from their upcoming album, Turn Blue. Which being the title track from the new album is also titled “Turn Blue”. “Fever”, the first track released from the upcoming album, seemed to fall a bit short of expectations due to its unimaginative lyrics and a bland music style that feels fairly old hat at this point. Where as “True Blue” slows things down to spin an eerie, slower groove from the Keys, that satisfies in almost every way. Check it out here:
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2013 Grammy Recap: Some (Constructive) Criticism

2013 Grammy Award Recap

Another February, another silly Grammy award show. Yes, in the past, we have made a pretty stated point to rip on the most irrelevant of the major award shows, whether it be our Ten Worst Grammy Offenses list, our Ten Worst Grammy Song Winners, or even my Grammy recap last year. But we do try to make a point on this blog to stay away from ragging on everything (though I’m sure we have slipped up a time here and there), so for this year’s Grammy recap, I will try to only give “constructive criticism”. Consider this my letter to the Grammy committee telling them how to make the show better. More of this, less of that. That sort of thing. So without further ado, my (constructive) criticism of the 2012 Grammy’s.
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Top Ten Thursday: Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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Of the artists we most anticipated new albums from in 2012, two of them failed to release a new album (Outkast and Kanye).  We decided to be a bit less lofty with our prognostications this year, and are relatively comfortable that all the artists on this year’s list will end up dropping a new full-length (except my “just missed”, which is the same as last year, and a complete shot in the dark).  As always, some artists will surprise us with great new releases, but we can only base our list now on who has given strong vibes something new is coming in 2013.  Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on who you are personally anticipating or where we messed up.  Enjoy!

 

10. Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience

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Has Justin Timberlake ever faltered since he began his solo career?  No, no he hasn’t.  Making as smooth a transition from boy-band front man, to Michael Jackson-esque solo debut, to hyper-aggressive sophomore album Prince sound has seemed all too easy for ole’ JT.  Let’s hope The 20/20 Experience is no different.


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The Black Keys vs RZA: The Baddest Music Video Alive

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The official soundtrack to The Man with the Iron Fists was dropped yesterday, as well as the music video for “The Baddest Man Alive” by RZA and The Black Keys. The soundtrack as well as the video are both incredibly badass, but because I essentially covered the all of the bases of soundtrack in last Friday’s LxListening, I decided to center todays focus on what should officially be known as “The Baddest Music Video Alive”.
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