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Danny’s “new” 1938 Harley D

tbt: this interview from Pukkelpop 2012.
"Secretly no one is as cool as you think they are. Except for maybe like… the guys in The Ramones. But that’s about it."

© Robert Conrad, 2012

Just announced: TBK in Berlin May 4th, 2014 for an exclusive club show at Postbahnhof

Just announced: TBK in Berlin May 4th, 2014 for an exclusive club show at Postbahnhof

I just have to vent about this. these people that are accusing the black keys of going the "pop rock route" are really aggravating. if these people knew anything about the black keys, they would know they aren't a fan of blues purists. I can't remember what it was called, but in that one documentary the black keys played an Isaac Hayes song and said "this is everything we've ever wanted to do" or something to that extent. the single "turn blue" sounds almost exactly like Hayes. that is all.

We hear you bb! Thanks for venting. Yep, the clip you’re referring to is from CBS Sunday Morning. They were playing Isaac Hayes’ “Walk On By” and said exactly that. Almost verbatim. And not sure if you had a chance to listen to Patrick’s Serious Boredom show yesterday, but he played a track from Curtis Mayfield called “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” and said he and Dan listen to Curtis Mayfield a whole lot when they’re in the studio. They are deeply influenced by Soul music, R&B, as well as all their other influences (rockabilly, old rock ‘n roll, blues, bluegrass, and on and on forever.) Dan says he likes Tame Impala and Metronomy. And he’s a DJ. He plays old Soul and R&B 45s. Plus he’s on record saying he categorizes “Brothers” as a Soul record. And isn’t Pat the biggest Devo nerd on earth? Have you seen the playlists from his radio show? They both have wildly eclectic tastes. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to explore those?

Perhaps ‘El Camino’ could be loosely classified as pop/rock, but we’re loving this groovy direction they’re taking. We don’t make the pop/rock connection here at all. “Turn Blue” is trippy R&B or “alt-Soul” or something. It’s incredibly sexy but also dark and haunting [this blogmistress is quite wrenched by it, ngl] That gorgeous bassline, that grooove. It’s visceral and deeply emotional [that was our reaction, anyway].

Bottom line, don’t get too aggravated. Opinions are just that. Opinions. It’s your choice to care about them or not. We choose not to and we’re much happier for it. :)

Thanks again, hope this helped xo



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happy happy birthday yayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen up, Vinyl Nerds: this limited pressing just happened. Green, yellow, orange hand-mixed starburst vinyl of The Big Come Up. Only 200 available.

Happy Birthday Pat!

Reminder: CD Single of Fever/Turn Blue is available today (4/15/14) [x][x] etc.

© jdotshots, 2012

© jdotshots, 2012

Tangential TBK ‘Turn Blue’ Trivia…


Okay if our nerditude was ever in doubt, this should cement it for the ages…

If anyone was paying attention, they’d have seen Dan and Pat’s list of possible inspirations for the title Turn Blue

"…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.”

Anyway, our blog-buddy DMiTD knocked us out when she laid some excellent trivia on us w/r/t late-night TV horror-film host ‘Ghoulardi’.

• one of his catchphrases was “Turn Blue,” (which Dan spoke briefly about here at 47:00) and there’s a documentary film of the same name.

• another of his catchphrases was “Stay Sick!” which The Cramps used for their 1990 release. [Lux Interior was an Akron native. Frankly any connection between The Cramps and The Black Keys, no matter how oblique, brings us more joy that anyone can understand.]

• Ghoulardi was played by Ernie Anderson, whose son is none other than film-maker Paul Thomas Anderson (and Jason Robard’s character in Magnolia was based on him). How far out is that?!

[edited to add: P.T. freaking Anderson!]


We’re just going to reblog ourselves here for a minute because if you caught Patrick’s Serious Boredom show this morning you’ll know he mentioned *ALL OF THE ABOVE* thereby validating our nerditude forever.

Guys, did you see all the haters who were talking shit about Turn Blue ? Seriously, this song is really awesome, just as you said it's so psychedelic, I had the feeling that i was in a big thick purple cloud, as if time just went slower. Anyway, i'm glad that you love it too and thanks about all the stuff you post. :)

Hey there! Yeah, we saw the odd comment, but seriously, we don’t care about the haters. There will forever be haters. And we will forever not care about them.

LOVE your description of how you felt. Exactly. I felt like my blood was slowing down or something. I got light-headed. That grooooooove. Holy smokes.

They said they made a “headphone record” and they weren’t kidding. We can’t wait to hear more.

Thanks for the love, ultramarvin!