The Black Keys

The Black Keys roll out their newest album, Attack & Release, on April 1. I can’t wait to hear what Danger Mouse has done with the production of this disc. I didn’t love The Good, the Bad & the Queen, which he also produced, despite being a Damon Albarn fan through and through, so here’s hoping the production didn’t muss the Keys’ groove. I see that copies of DM’s Grey Album are selling for $100; I could perhaps make a living buying up all of those and Indio’s (featuring Gordon Peterson’s original of Big Hard Sun) albums and reselling them …

The Black Keys will be touring for the new release. But I wish there were more dates; there just never seems to be enough of these two fellas to go ’round.

Oh, except they’re offering four cuts for free download on their MySpace.

There’s also another tune out there you can get your hands on: Stay All Night, a previously unreleased track from their Chulahoma sessions, which means it’s a cover of a Junior Kimbrough blues tune. If you aren’t tracking Chulahoma, get on it. It’s named for the Mississippi county where Kimbrough ran an honest-to-god juke joint. The EP is all Kimbrough songs, recorded by The Black Keys on the lovable Fat Possum label. Stay All Night is on a fundraising compilation, and 100% of your purchase will go to very good charities.

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