Today I was checking out the streaming footage of ‘I Got Mine’ from The Black Keys on the Letterman Late show. I was also admiring Dan’s beard, as usual. I’ve often thought about writing a post on musicians with full beards, but it’s always seemed like such an obvious thing to do. Then I was looking through some of the Letterman archives and checked out a recent Liam Finn performance on the show. It was striking how much Liam looks like a younger version of Dan with his own full beard. And although their musical styles are divergent there are still some similarities. I couldn’t help imagining how good the two of them would look doing a duet. They would, for sure, dominate the odd bearded couple of angst driven guitar-based tunes section of your local record store. I can only hope in future their paths cross at some free thinking music festival (maybe All Tomorrow’s Parties who run themed music events) or on a Japanese game show appearance devoted to bearded guitar playing musicians and their/my bearded dreams can be realised.
Archive for April, 2008
Can someone start a campaign to get the Black Keys website administrators to set up an RSS feed on their main site? Kind of annoying me now having to wait for someone to post news on the Black Keys Forum of what they’ve seen on the main Black Keys website just so I can keep with what’s happening with the band. They have an RSS feed of the Forum but you have to keep checking back to the main site all the time for the latest News or Tour Dates. Well, I guess I just have started a campaign if someone else agrees with my views…
Update 22 April -
After some good work on the Black Keys forum, Distracted, has advised the RSS feed address is: http://theblackkeys.com/feed/
You can just paste this into your Feed Reader and subscribe. The RSS symbol hopefully will be re-added to the Black Keys site
For more info on what RSS is generally: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)
So how happy am I? Well, it’s always good to get concert tickets to The Black Keys in the post. Ordering stuff online is never consumated fully until it turn up in your post box. This Sydney gig at the Manning Bar @ Sydney University should be interesting because the Keys are playing a 3pm and 9pm show on the same day. I’m off to the 9pm show with friends. Naturally more than interested to see if the 3pm set is a bit more laid back. The venue isn’t the biggest so I guess this is the easiest way to satisfy the most fans on this quick tour. I’ll of course be posting a review of the gig in the days following 21 June. So stay tuned!
In lieu of not having access to the new Strange Times video, here’s a great video of a live version of Strange Times on the current tour. Looks like they are really cranking. Good to see that beard aint getting any shorter and the hair is getting even longer on Dan.
In some of the other video interviews I’ve posted, Dan and Patrick joked they have nothing to much to say and the interview is kind of about nothing. Well, this interview took things to a different level. Wasn’t so much The Black Keys saying nothing on purpose, trying to understand what the interviewer, Robbie Buck, was on about seemed to drain most enthusiasm. You almost squirm when listening to it. Buck starts off, “So how’s Kansas going boys?” . From there the questions just get more inane and un-researched and the boys more droll in their replies.