Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mike Tyson Presents: The Black Keys & Danger Mouse - "Fever" (Nonesuch Records)

While drummer Patrick Carney recently initiated senseless cyber-beef with everyone from Justin Bieber to Bruce Jenner, The Black Keys really make an infectious brand of no-frills 2-man Rock "N" Roll. Their new album, Turn Blue was announced last Friday via Mike Tyson's Twitter and was later vaguely described as "A: suffocation, B: sadness, C: numbness from extreme cold, D: a Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960's named Ghoulardi, E: all of the above." Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney co-produced the album's 11 tracks alongside Danger Mouse, a Hip-Hop-leaning producer who helped oversee The Black Keys' last three albums. Along with an album pre-order, ahead of it's May 13th release, our first taste of Turn Blue, "Fever" was unleashed Monday afternoon; it's a 4-minute synth-soaked Psych-Rock romp that's essentially poised for modern rock radio. Now, I wouldn't exactly call "Fever" Auerbach and Carney's finest hour, but it's still 100% more musically sound than the "stereophonic soul manure" [crap] that 3/4's of the Indie Rock bands playing this upcoming summer's festival circuit. Frontman Dan Auerbach is supposedly producing the entirety of Chamber Pop songstress Lana del Rey's third album, Ultraviolence, which should be interesting to see if he'll end up somehow working in an underlying Blues-Rock groove. While Patrick Carney recently produced albums for both The Sheepdogs and Black Lips, he's also been recruited to play drums in former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp's newly-reformed 90's Alternative Rock band The Rentals. "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 expanded moods, textures, and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear Turn Blue," Carney lamented in a freshly inked Nonesuch Records web-press release. The Black Keys will embark on a month-long European festival tour through out June and July and while further dates have yet to be announced, Nonesuch alludes to an "upcoming North American tour."

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