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The Black Keys (or rather their website administrator) have removed the band’s fan forum message boards. This single line statement, on the page where the fan message board was hosted on the BlackKeys.com website, gives notification of the removal – http://www.theblackkeys.com/forum/index.php:

We have removed the message board, but encourage fans to create their own elsewhere. Thank you, The Black Keys

For the last few months many fans had noticed the lack of admin involvement on the boards and the lack of removal of spam and random porn posts. Perhaps this prompted the removal of the boards? Maybe it all just got too hard and unwieldy, yet long term forum members could have been asked to moderate.

Comment is being sort from The Black Keys management.

It’s a real shame since the forum boards were a good resource and place for fans to interact. Some fans had posted more than 1000+ times.

Clearly the band are hoping the message boards will be re-created by a fan(s) external to their site. They clearly have no future desire to administrate or host the boards and it is a final decision. Kind of a strange thing to do since it brings so many fans regularly to their site and by default makes it easy for the band to communicate with fans at short notice.

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Listen to it here, a wicked mashup of The Black Keys’ Strange Times track aka Strange Rhymes by rapper Faimkills.

What do you think: Wack or Rocks?

The Black Keys Fan Lounge is lovin’ it. It probably wont make Blakroc Vol. 2 but, hey, it’s worth a shot. Maybe someone out there wants to put together an album of Black Keys inspired mash ups?

Since all the hoopla blew up about The Black Keys Blakroc project the spotlight has turned back to the mash up sound of blues and hip hop. It’s nothing really new, just hopefully something worth listening to and doesn’t evolve into something Limp Bizkit might produce.

For those who haven’t heard it check out this previous mash up of Jay Z vs The Black Keys previously reported on by The Black Keys Fan Lounge. The possibilities are endless.

Faimkills is a fan of The Black Keys and he notes is looking forward to the new Blakroc release:

With all of the terrible genre-bending many artists try to do nowadays this is something that is very sonically cohesive and I will be excited to pick up on Black Friday.

I embrace lo-fi quality recordings, that is one of the things that drew me to the Black Keys to begin with, their gritty raw, garagey sound.  And as a rapper, it’s hard for people to grasp tho idea of lo-fi music in a hip hop setting because everything in rap tends to be overproduced.

If you want to connect up with Faimkills, here’s how:

collective/makeshift label: Steal Mantra
from: Inland Empire, Southern California
sites: myspace.com/faimkills , twitter.com/faimkills
upcoming projects: A Hot Ghetto Messtape free download Oct 1, 2009 (“Strange Rhymes” will be on it.)

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Almost as exciting as hearing about the The Black Keys’ new Blakroc project, is realising that Patrick Carney from The Black Keys is on Twitter. Here’s his address – @patrickcarney

How pleasing to see Pat on there since this site reported on hope for a Black Keys Twitter page.

There have been people hijacking other people’s names including a false Black Keys address. The Black Keys Fan Lounge therefore contacted Pat to verify the authenticity of the account and he confirmed the address it is indeed his. The comments certainly are uniquely his you’d have to say.

Pat’s Twitter stream are now rss fed down the right hand side of this site’s home page.

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The Black Keys and Blakroc

blakroc album coverWell, the rumours have been confirmed. The Black Keys’ collaborations with notable hip hop artists including the RZA, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Pharoah Monch, Q-Tip, Ludacris, ODB, Billy Danze of M.O.P., Noe and Nicole Wray are being released in an album on November 27, 2009.

How the album, recorded over 11 days with 11 artists, pans out is going to be very interesting. There’s only a brief snippet of the recordings over at blakroc.com (and below).

You can also listen to the track Hoochie Coo mp3 here featuring Mos Def, Jim Jones and The Black Keys.

The album is not such a surprising development considering The Black Keys long held love all things hip hop previously documented here on The Black Keys Fan Lounge. How interesting to see the respect is mutual considering the ‘Keys were on a primarily hip hop line up at The Roots Picnic.

How very cool it is to see The RZA on there, who this website has long hoped would work with the band. He’s a veritable music svengali, alike Dan ready to branch out and take educated risks. For Dan and Pat, who are such big Wu-Tang fans from their high school days, it must have been like their musical lives had turned full circle.

Consider also how Damon Dash, the Blakroc producer, was turned onto The Black Keys:

My assistants, who are now actually A&Rs, were going to a Black Keys concert for their birthday and I wasn’t invited,” he explained. “Usually on their birthdays we all do it together and the reason why I wasn’t invited was because the concert was sold out . And I had never heard of The Black Keys and I was like y’all still gonna go without me. And they was like ‘Yo it’s The Black Keys.” So I was like, lemme hear this group. So I start listening to them and they actually became my favorite group. They were on heavy rotation so we just reached out and we kicked it with them and I was like, ‘I wonder what would happen if we got Jim Jones and the Keys in the studio’ and Jim came in and all of a sudden Mos came in and then [it] just built from there.

Make sure you sign up to Blakroc.com and check out the full length trailer. With such slick production values on the video, and emotive black and white photography of all the artists, clearly this whole project will surely end up as either a stand alone documentary or deluxe cd edition filler.

Every week (friday) there is going to be a new webisode released onto the site. Dam tasty behind the scenes action. Here’s webisode 1:

Blakroc short trailer:


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I was looking for some reason or another at The Black Keys MySpace page yesterday and I was surprised to see ‘Psychotic Girl’ has had 1,478,056 plays and counting.

That’s quite astounding since the song was released with the Attack and Release album in early 2008.

I’m surprised this track has so captivated the fan base. It’s been played nearly 400,000 times more than ‘Strange Times’.

It would be interesting to know (if there was a way of knowing) across MySpace and commercial radio which Black Keys song had been played most over the life of the band.

Anyone have any ideas how to access such a stat? I guess if I had access to Nielsen SoundScan I’d have a better idea.

Not really what I’m looking for but vaguely related:

“The Black Keys have sold 671,000 records, between five LPs and one EP. The Keys’ recent live DVD has sold another 14,000 copies. Last year’s Danger Mouse-produced Attack and Release continues moving briskly, and is on track to break 174,000 by next week, according to figures Nielsen SoundScan provided Wednesday, May 27 2009.” Source: Rolling Stone

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This video for Dan Auerbach’s “I Want Some More” track was created by Black Keys fan Vampireplayground.

The video is not just a few still images and a music track slapped together. Thought and time has gone into the imagery and editing to create a professional result which reflects the themes of the song.

So far Dan has only made videos for “Trouble Weighs A Ton” and “Heart Broken, In Disrepair”.  It would be great for Dan or The Black Keys to run a fan oriented video competition to create a video for the band in the future.

The Black Keys Fan Lounge recently caught up with Vampireplayground to ask him about his inspiration for the video:

I have been a fan of The Black Keys for a long time and have seen them perform live about 8 times.
I have all of their studio released albums and would put them in my top 5 favorite bands right now.

The song ” I Want Some More ” really stood out to me on Dan Auerbach’s new solo album.
I love the hard driving blue/rock arrangement and the context of the song. It painted a very vivid picture in my mind of love, sex and lust.

I am always combing through old footage looking for thing to appropriate for projects. When I heard the song for the first time it conjured up the footage of the women with the coke bottle that I had
pulled around the same time. I thought the imagery and the track would compliment each other well. The other elements I just inserted where I felt it worked. The character footage ended up giving the video more of an ominous – “fat cat” – enough is never enough context.

The video only took me about 4 hours to put together (Not counting rendering time). I would call it a rough cut for sure. I did it just for fun – I loved the song and thought the images worked well with it.

I guess you could say I have made a few other music videos… I find it very relaxing to edit things like this together with no clients or deadlines… Just for me.
I am sure I will continue to do more videos in the future as the fancy hits me…

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Patrick Carney of The Black Keys seems to have caused a bit of a stir with his recent comments for a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article promoting their recent appearance at the Three Rivers Festival in Pittsburgh on June 5, 2009.

Reminiscing about his time in Pittsburgh, Pat said:

“I used to live in Pittsburgh for like six months. I used to go to that pseudo art school Downtown,” he says of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, in the fall of ’98. “I was getting straight A’s, so I knew there was something wrong, because I had 2.0 in high school. So that’s why I left. It felt like a joke.”

This has prompted no less than the President of the Art instute of Pittsburgh, George L Pry, to respond in a letter to the paper:

I am moved by overwhelming collective response within The Art Institute of Pittsburgh college community to extend our disdain for Scott Mervis’ article announcing the appearance of the Black Keys at the Three Rivers Arts Festival (June 4).

Our outrage is not with the opinion of the band’s drummer, for every institution of higher education deals with the negative commentary from a dissatisfied dropout from time to time. More specifically, our concerns are directed squarely at Mervis, for his surprising lack of professional decency.

Still greater is our sense of wonder about how the drummer’s quote speaks in any meaningful way to telling Mervis’ story about how the Black Keys formed or drawing the relationship between its members and the City of Pittsburgh.

Patrick Carney’s quote about his academic performance and his insult to one of the city’s most successful, historic and largest academic institutions have no relevance to the Arts Festival or the city, and therefore, it can only be concluded that Mervis lacked the judgment to disregard the statement.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is a thriving institution closing in on a century of success with an alumni network of tens of thousands of successful commercial artists, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, animators and designers of all disciplines.

Despite its delivery, Patrick Carney’s opinion concerns us. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh takes pride in a continuous cycle of improvement and our commitment to graduate success has been the core of our mission since 1921.

Mervis’ indiscretion in choosing to lead his story with such an unsavory, irrelevant remark to a college that hosts over 12,000 students, 340 employees and 900 year-round residents of Downtown Pittsburgh? That’s another matter. One that raises a simple question about his motivation.

George L. Pry
President, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Crikey, I didn’t realise The Black Keys were were now such tall poppies or their views on education were crucial to the well being of an established institution.

Anyone who has read many interviews with Pat over the years knows his comments are often acerbic and ironic. He likes to poke fun at issues that are generally taken so seriously. Clearly he was just speaking of his own experiences. Big deal. Some of the educated alumni might have seen the comments in the context in which they were offered.

The President is obviously concerned other students will be turned off studying at the Institute. His spleen is venting more toward the reporter Scott Mervis’ use of the quote but he cant help himself to dis-credit Pat as a “dissatisfied dropout”.

In summary, funny.

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