Entries tagged with: The Black Keys
Love it or hate it, licensing songs seems to be the new reality for "indie" bands (or any bands) looking to make money and gain exposure. As an avid music fan and Senior Director of Advertising & Video Games at Primary Wave Music Publishing, Ryan Barkan makes sure to stay on top of news related to artists getting their songs in ads, on TV, in movies, in video games and just about anywhere else a band would get paid to put a song. As someone who never pays attention to any of that, I thought the site could use a weekly column to
identify who sold out this week help fill in what I'm missing (think M.I.A. in the Pineapple Express commercial, Nick & Norah, Santogold shilling Bud Light, Chairlift & CSS for Apple, etc..). For that...please welcome Ryan (who also goes by the blog and photographer name "Fresh Bread")....
by Ryan Barkan
Microsoft's Halo 3 video game commercial was so amazing that it won the Grand Prix (i.e. best of show) at this past year's Cannes Advertising Awards, in June, in the "Film" ad category. The spot, titled "Believe", was created by San Francisco advertising agency T.A.G. and featured the dramatically delicate "Raindrop Prelude No 15" by Chopin against a violent and disturbing war scene.
Another huge 2008 release for Microsoft is the upcoming sequel to the game Gears of War, creatively called....wait for it...Gears Of War 2 (available November 7th exclusively on Xbox360). What works once should work again right? T.A.G. thought so and took the same approach with the music as they did with the "Believe" spot, juxtaposing the hard war visuals against a beautiful song, but this time with a more contemporary artist, Devotchka. The beautiful song they used by the Colorado band is called "How It Ends" and the trailer will debut on network television this Sunday, November 2, during NFL Sunday Night Football. You can also watch it right now. The video for that, and of the full version of "Believe", are below.
Other Notable Licensing News:
The Walmart-exclusive AC/DC edition of Rock Band is out November 2nd and now MTV/Harmonix have announced a Beatles video game that will be based on the "Rock Band" engine, but not branded "Rock Band". "The Best Of The Who" edition of Rock Band was released in July as DLC (downloadable content).
Hypebeast has the info on a new line of Miles Davis-inspired T-shirts by urban boutique and shoe company, Supreme.
Flaming Lips, the B-52's, BB King and others were commissioned by NBC to create their own interpretation of the network's classic "Chime In"...
You may not know that the notes to NBC's famous chimes are G, E, and C, but chances are you'd recognize the Peacock jingle in an instant. With that in mind, executives at the network decided to have some fun with their famous chimes and launched a national campaign calling for a 21st century reinvention of the 75-year-old television staple. [Hollywood Insider]Wayne Coyne talks about it in an interview to EW you can watch HERE.
What do Friendly Fires, The Duke Spirit, The Submarines, The Black Keys, Black Kids, The Virgins, and Robyn have in common? They've all had songs featured in an episode of Gossip Girl this month.
What about Lykke Li, Passion Pit and The Kooks? Well, as you may have read earlier, they'll all be appearing in future episodes of Gossip Girl/OC-creator Josh Schwartz's new "music-themed scripted web series" Rockville, CA.
I really dig the new spot for the Google Android Phone. The commercial features a song by The Black Angels called "Black Grease" - not sure if it'll convince me to switch from the iPhone but it's a nice placement nonetheless. Video below...
The Black Keys @ McCarren Pool (more by Ryan Muir)
The Black Keys will return to NYC to headline Terminal 5, again, on February 6th. Their like-minded, bluesy Fat Possum label-mates and friend Heartless Bastards will be one of the show's openers. Lucero will be the other. Tickets go on sale Friday. All tour dates below...
photos by Chris Graham
NIN @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
The Black Keys @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Neil Diamond in CT
* Panda Riot @ Rehab
* NIN & Deerhunter in CT
* The Police & B-52's @ MSG
* Lincoln Center, Out of Doors
* Tapes n Tapes @ Sound Fix Records
* The Duke Spirit @ the Apple Store
* Bloc Party & Longwave @ Webster Hall
* Jason Collett & Tift Merritt @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mates of State, Takka Takka & Telepathique @ Highline
* Trey Anastasio & Classic Tab @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Black Keys, Tapes n Tapes & Love as Laughter @ McCarren Pool
The Spinto Band cancelled tonight's Union Hall show and I noticed they added one at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Download a new song by Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval.
Mates of State, Trey and The Duke Spirit are all bands playing shows tonight that are also playing All Points West which starts tomorrow. Here's a map of the grounds.
Read This Week In Metal.
photos by Zach Dilgard
4:12 p.m.: The Black Keys draw a large crowd for their late-afternoon set, rewarding the growing throng with an array of scuzzy, blues-rock tunes ("Strange Times," "Girl Is On My Mind," "10 AM Automatic"). Unfortunately, sound issues on the northernmost stage rob the Akron, Ohio duo of much of its power (Dan Auerbach's guitar and vocals are significantly muted if you drift more than 100 yards from the stage). Moving closer to the stage helps the sound somewhat. "I thought it would be better up here," says Jon Schreur, 30, of Saugatuck, Mich. "From back there you couldn't even hear his voice. It reminded me of two years ago when Built to Spill played on this stage and it sounded terrible. And I love Built to Spill." (AD) [Chicago Tribune]Black Lips
12:20 p.m.: It takes less than a minute for the Black Lips to knock over its first microphone. The scuzzy quartet, which seems to take its fashion advice from auto mechanics and dock workers, is a blur of screeching feedback, slapdash drums and sweat (witness a revved-up "Bad Kids"). But despite its chaotic stage presence, the Lips prove surprisingly tuneful throughout ("We try and keep that melody in there," says drummer Joe Bradley after the set). This is especially true of "Dirty Hands," a 1950s sock-hop throwback that sounds like the band's ragged take on a prom song. (AD) [Chicago Tribune]Black Lips and Black Keys both played Lollapalooza on Friday August 2nd (so did Holy Fuck, Jeff Tweedy, Rogue Wave and Radiohead). The Black Keys play McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on August 7th (with Tapes n Tapes and Love as Laughter) (not free). Black Lips play McCarren Pool in Brooklyn on August 3rd (TODAY) (with Deerhunter and King Khan & The Shrines) (FREE). More pictures of both Black bands from Lolla, below...
Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
"The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 - 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com."
Beck, Manu Chao, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are a few of the other artists playing. All of them below....
DOWNLOAD: The Toxic Avenger - Escape (Bloody Beetroots remix) (MP3)
Black Keys @ Terminal 5, NYC - May 15, 2008 *
* photo by Jason Bergman/RollingStone.com
tonight in NYC
* No Fun Fest @ Knitting Factory
* Plants and Animals are playing Mercury Lounge
* The Long Blondes & Drug Rug @ Bowery Ballroom
* LA Riots, MSTRKRKFT & James Murphy @ Webster Hall
* The Mountain Goats & Rock Plaza Central @ Masonic Temple
* Yo Majesty & Does it Offend You Yeah? @ Highline Ballroom
* Bishop Allen and The War on Drugs at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mugison from Iceland who played Hiro Ballroom last night is also playing Union Pool
Check out who is playing Citysol this year.
At The Gates played Japan.
Kanye West's last NYC show was NSFW.
Tickets are still on sale the Black Keys show at McCarren Pool this summer. Ticket's for tonight's show at Terminal 5 are sold out. Last night The Black Keys played 'Strange Times' on Conan. Video below....
Tapes n Tapes @ the Virgin Store (more by Leia Jospe)
Black Keys playing DJ @ Other Music on Record Store Day (SoundBitesNYC)
tonight in NYC
* Grizzly Bear on Conan
* Chris Thile @ Living Room
* Peter Moren @ Mercury Lounge
* NOT She & Him @ Hiro Ballroom
* Jay Reatard @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fred Thomas @ Knitting Factory
* Jewmongous @ Living Room (free)
* Tokyo Police Club afterparty @ Hugs
* Tokyo Police Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Union Hall
The Black Keys just announced a show at McCarren Pool.
Happy Birthday John Cameron Mitchell.
The Black Keys now have three upcoming NYC shows, sort of. The first is just a DJ set and it's THIS SATURDAY at Other Music in honor of Record Store Day. The 2nd is May 15th at Terminal 5 and that is sold out. The third is August 7th at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn and $29.50 tickets go on sale Friday April 25th at noon. All dates and videos below....
This Saturday, April 19th, Other Music is excited to be taking part in Record Store Day along with hundreds of other independently owned music shops across the country. Throughout the day we'll be selling limited vinyl singles and EPs (exclusive to shops participating in Record Store Day) from the likes of Vampire Weekend, the Breeders, Stephen Malkmus and Built to Spill, along with give aways, prizes, and 10% off of everything in the shop for the entire day. Also, various members from great bands will be stopping by to spin their favorite tunes throughout the afternoon. We hope that you can come by the shop and celebrate the day with us, and for those of you not in New York City, please make sure to visit your favorite local record store and show them your support!Regina Spektor is playing Sound Fix on Record Store Day. Read what Regina had to say about it below....
DJ SET SCHEDULE:
TAPES 'N TAPES - 12:30 to 2PM
BLACK KEYS - 2 to 3PM
DEAD MEADOW - 3 to 4PM
GRIZZLY BEAR & DEERHUNTER - 4 to 5PM
INTERPOL - 5PM
Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed
Lollapalooza's Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year's weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.
Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White's side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.
The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year's bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.
Quite a few of the other acts -- including many of the most promising -- have earlier performed at Chicago's two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.
The reason Largehearted Boy missed it probably has something to do with Gnarls Barkley's new album "The Odd Couple" being released three weeks early, and ditital-only (on iTunes now). Look for the CD version on March 25.
"They felt the timing was right to just go for it," said an unnamed spokesman for the band. "With the shifting seasons, furtive romantic entanglements and fierce college basketball rivalries, the latter half of March can be confusing. People need to be soothed and inspired now."Tickets are on sale now for an "intimate" April 3rd Gnarls Barkley show in London. They're also playing the Hollywood Bowl in LA on July 27th, and one of this year's "SoCo Music Experience Festivals" in Denver on June 28th. Other SoCo artists include Queens of the Stone Age and the Black Keys. More details on that below....
Jeffrey Lewis @ Club DeVille (BV SXSW) - March 12, 2008 (michaelhowell)
Cribs street team victim @ SXSW - March 14, 2008 (thestreetnetwork)
* Musebox Monthly @ 205
* New Model Army are at Southpaw
* DJ Never Forget is guest DJ at Upstairs
* Living Room's 10th Anniversary continues
* Palms Out Sound showcase @ Luna Lounge
* Lupe Fiasco & Wyclef are playing Hammerstein Ballroom
* The Cribs & Jeffrey Lewis are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg
A victim of the Black Keys street team below. What else?
The Black Keys are going on a tour in March and April to support their new album....
.....the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release, the duo's fifth album-- but their first recorded in a proper studio. Alas, no Cee-Lo guest spot, but it does feature contributions from experimental guitarist Marc Ribot and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney (Patrick's uncle), both of whom have played in Tom Waits' band. There's also a pretty killer slow-burn duet between guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and 18-year-old bluegrass/country singer Jessica Lea Mayfield on the closing track. [Pitchfork]It coms out on Nonesuch on April 1st. The NYC show is at Terminal 5, and a pre-sale starting Friday. The Black Keys are also playing SXSW. All dates below....