Tuesday, December 14, 2010
AfroCubism Makes Barnes & Noble's Top 10 Albums of 2010; The Black Keys' "Brothers" Among Best in Rock
"This past year has been good for new music from the more established names in African music," including AfroCubism, says NPR. Indeed, AfroCubism has made Barnes & Noble's list of the Top 10 Albums of any genre for 2010; The Black Keys' Brothers comes in at No. 5 among the best in rock. Brothers and Ali and Toumani, from Ali Farka Touré and AfroCubism's Toumani Diabaté, make The Huffington Post's Top 10 Albums of 2010.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tune in to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today to hear the Black Keys perform tracks from their album, Brothers, which host Jason Bentley rated No. 1 on his Top Albums of 2010. The album comes in at No. 7 on TIME's Top 10 Albums of the Year; the magazine calls it "a classic, unmuddled rock-'n'-roll record." The New York Post places Brothers, an album "filled with ear-candy," at No. 6 in his Top Ten Albums of the Year. Watch a video for the album track "Everlasting Light" here.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Black Keys' "Brothers" Named iTunes Album of the Year; Steve Reich, Bill Frisell Also Among iTunes Best of 2010
The Black Keys' Brothers has been named Album of the Year at iTunes, which says the band "hit upon a postmodern groove that honors the past while ambling toward the future." Also included among iTunes' Best of 2010 are Steve Reich's Double Sextet / 2x5, named Best Contemporary Classical Album, and Bill Frisell's Disfarmer, for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Brothers also tops American Songwriter magazine's year-end list and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday's Director's Cut Gift Guide.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Black Keys' album Brothers has landed at No. 2 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the Best Albums of 2010. "The duo boil it down on their best record yet: vivid tunes stripped bare and rubbed raw, with hot splashes of color and hooks popping through like compound fractures," raves Rolling Stone. "It's rock minimalism pushed to the max." The magazine also places the album track "Everlasting Light" at No. 11 on the list of the Best Singles of 2010.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Congratulations to all the Nonesuch artists who were nominated for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, announced last night by The Recording Academy: The Black Keys, Laurie Anderson, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, Stephen Sondheim, and World Circuit / Nonesuch Records artists Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. Together, these artists' 2010 releases garnered an impressive 11 nominations, including a remarkable six nominations for The Black Keys' latest Nonesuch release, Brothers. Hear music from all the nominees on Nonesuch Radio.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Black Keys' and Carolina Chocolate Drops' latest releases—Brothers and Genuine Negro Jig, respectively—have made NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2010 and Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2010. "While Brothers marks a turning point for The Black Keys," NPR explains, "it also reaffirms the duo as an important fixture in contemporary blues-rock." NPR says of the Chocolate Drops: their "energy is so infectious, it's virtually impossible not to be drawn in."
Friday, November 26, 2010
The Black Keys are celebrating both Black Friday and Record Store Day with the release of a special, limited-edition box set of their album Brothers to indie retailers and the Nonesuch Store. Included in the package are the original Brothers album on double 45 RPM vinyl and CD as well as a bonus 10” featuring six previously unreleased tracks recorded live in studio, and a limited-edition poster.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Black Keys' "Tighten Up" Hits #1 at Modern Rock Radio; Limited-Edition Version Available on Black Friday
After seven months at radio, “Tighten Up,” the first single from The Black Keys’ album Brothers, is #1 at Modern Rock radio. This is the duo’s first #1 hit as well as the first in Nonesuch’s 40-plus year history. On Black Friday, November 26, in honor of Record Store Day, The Black Keys will release a special, limited-edition numbered version, which includes the original Brothers album on double 45 RPM vinyl and CD plus a bonus 10” with six previously unreleased live recordings and a limited-edition poster.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
With just a week to go before The Black Keys launch their European tour, the band has released an iTunes Session. Recorded in Toronto last August during the band's North American summer tour, the ten-song album includes songs from the duo’s latest album, Brothers, as well as “Your Touch” from their 2006 Nonesuch debut album, Magic Potion, and “Chop and Change,” which was featured on the soundtrack of film Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Watch the band's interview with SPIN, from the Austin City Limits festival, here.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Black Keys have been on a roll on their sold-out headlining US tour, which concludes this weekend. At this week's stop in Portland, The Oregonian says, "the whole show rocked." The crowd at Sunday's show in Vancouver "couldn't have asked for more," says the Vancouver Sun. "The Keys were unrelenting, sweaty and wild right from the very beginning ... Mind-blowing stuff." Following Saturday night's Seattle set, Seattle Weekly says the songs off their new album, Brothers, "were sensual and shit-kicking all at once."