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The Black Keys to Make Their Rock Band Debut

on August 11, 2010 - 5:35pm
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The Black Keys will make their debut in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and Wii on August 17. The Black Keys Pack 01 will feature “Strange Times” and “I Got Mine,” off 2008's Attack & Release, and “Your Touch” off the band's Nonesuch debut album, Magic Potion.

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The Black Keys will make their debut in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and Wii next week. The Black Keys' Rock Band debut will include a three pack of tracks launching this Tuesday, August 17.

The Black Keys Pack 01 will feature “Strange Times” and “I Got Mine,” off their 2008 Nonesuch album Attack & Release, which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200. “I Got Mine” was featured as No. 23 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. The pack will also feature “Your Touch” off The Black Keys' 2006 Nonesuch debut album, Magic Potion. These tracks will be available for purchase both as The Black Keys Pack 01 and as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. With these additions, there are now 1,577 tracks available to date from Rock Band via disc and download purchase. For more information, go to rockband.com

The Black Keys are currently touring the United States and Canada behind their latest release, Brothers, which debuted at No. 3. For more information on the tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of any of these albums, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 11:00
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The Black Keys: Rock Band Pack 01

Christina Courtin Performs Daytrotter Session of Songs from Her Nonesuch Debut

on July 26, 2010 - 11:28am
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Christina Courtin recently performed a number of songs off her Nonesuch debut album for a Daytrotter Session, now available online. The session features the songs "Green Jay," "Foreign Country," "Jackson," "Bundah," and "Hedonistic Paradise." Says Daytrotter: "There's sadness in her pretty voice, but there's also this kind of big-eyed wonder in it."

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Christina Courtin recently performed a number of songs off her self-titled Nonesuch debut album for a Daytrotter Session. The session features the songs "Green Jay," "Foreign Country," "Jackson," "Bundah," and "Hedonistic Paradise," is now available online at daytrotter.com.

"The human trials are ongoing," suggests Daytrotter's Sean Moeller in his introduction to session. "Singer and songwriter Christina Courtin writes songs that speak to these human trials, looking at and thinking about what's going on around her, as well as just below the skin ... She looks upon these trials in amazement, turning them into short vignettes of innocence, as the documentation of all that we go through to get to somewhere else, sometimes anywhere else is more appealing. There's sadness in her pretty voice, but there's also this kind of big-eyed wonder in it ..." Read more and listen in to the session at daytrotter.com.

Courtin is set to play the third and final night of the Reclaim the Coast concert at City Winery this Friday, July 30. The events began last Friday night with a performance from the legendary Pete Seeger and continued last night. All of the proceeds from the events will be donated to the Gulf Restoration Network to benefit Gulf Coast communities hit by the BP oil spill. For more information on this and other upcoming events, including Courtin's two August dates opening for Mike Doughty, head to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

To pick up a copy of Christina Courtin, with downloads of the complete album included as high-quality MP3s at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Monday, July 26, 2010 - 11:00
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Laurie Anderson "Only an Expert" Remix Winners Announced

on June 17, 2010 - 10:32am
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In April, Laurie Anderson, Nonesuch Records, and Indaba Music launched a search for collaborators to remix her new song, “Only an Expert,” from the album Homeland. The jury of experts, including Anderson and Lou Reed, have now chosen a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up, and fans have chosen ten Honorable Mentions, all of which can be heard here. "We loved all the entries," says Anderson. "What a huge variety. Thanks for sending the great music."

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Back in April, Laurie Anderson, Nonesuch Records, and Indaba Music launched a search for collaborators to remix Anderson’s new song, “Only an Expert,” from her forthcoming Nonesuch release, Homeland, due out this Tuesday. Remix artists responded in force, offering over 200 submissions, from which the jury of experts, including Anderson and Homeland producer Lou Reed, have now chosen a Grand Prize Winner and two Runners-Up. Fans have weighed in as well, picking their favorites, with the ten highest vote-getters on Indaba making Honorable Mentions.

"We loved all the entries," says Anderson. "What a huge variety. Thanks for sending the great music."

The Grand Prize winner receives $1,000 and a one-year free Platinum membership to Indaba Music, with the winning remix included as an exclusive bonus track on the iTunes version of the album. The two runners up receive free Platinum memberships to Indaba. The ten honorable mentions receive free Pro memberships to Indaba along with signed copies of the 12-inch “Only an Expert” single and the Homeland CD.

And so, without further ado, here is the Grand Prize-winning remix—Jeremy Henry's Tech Support Glitch Mix—and the two Runners-Up, by Arzach and Jamie Draper:


And the Honorable Mentions:


You can also listen again to all of the remixes entered into the contest at indabamusic.com.

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BlackBook magazine's Ashley Simpson describes the songs on the album as "heartfelt ruminations" on the events of the decade since Anderson's last studio album, Life on a String (2001). "Vivid images ... and direct confrontations," says Simpson, "make for uneasy but lovely listening. Homeland isn't issue-shy, and coming from Anderson, we wouldn't want it to be." Read more at blackbookmag.com.

Anderson and Reed are the subjects of a feature profile in the New York Post, leading up to the album's release and, even more immediately, their serving as Queen Mermaid and King Neptune in this Saturday's Mermaid Parade on Coney Island in Brooklyn. You can read about it at nypost.com.

To hear what Anderson and Reed have to say about the making of the record, watch an excerpt of "Homeland: The Story of the Lark," the 40-minute documentary included with the album, at nonesuch.com/media. To pre-order Homeland and receive the complete album MP3s at no additional cost starting release day, head to the Nonesuch Store.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 20:00
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Sara Watkins Performs Daytrotter Session Featuring Songs from Her Nonesuch Debut

on May 24, 2010 - 2:45pm
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Sara Watkins and her band, including her brother Sean, recently performed a Daytrotter session, featuring songs from her self-titled Nonesuch debut album. The album "brings all of the aspects of hers that were so loved in the Nickel Creek songs where she sang the vocal lead," says Daytrotter, "displaying all of the vulnerability and swooning moonlight into the storylines that slipped into every young heart, corralling their intentions and their every thought."

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Sara Watkins closed out her brief tour supporting Vienna Teng and Alex Wong in California with two shows this weekend, including a hometown show at Anthology in San Diego on Saturday, about which she had spoken earlier with the San Diego Union Tribune for a feature article.

While on the road, Sara and her band, including her brother Sean, recently performed a short set for a Daytrotter session. They perform several songs off Sara's 2009 self-titled Nonesuch debut album—"All This Time," "Too Much," "Long Hut Summer Days," and "Jefferson"—plus the song "Steal Your Heart Away."

Daytrotter's Sean Moeller cites the John Hartford tune "Long Hot Summer Days" as an example of the finer points of the album. "It's romantic in an old-timey way and it's the kind of sentiment that Watkins does so well," Moeller says of the song. "There's a chivalry to the loves that are being offered and sought in the timeless, countrified tales that Watkins pens, as well as the ones she hand-picked to make up this first record."

Moeller goes on to find elements from Nickel Creek, Watkins' former band with her brother and label mate Chris Thile, to recommend in her solo debut. "The self-titled album brings all of the aspects of hers that were so loved in the Nickel Creek songs where she sang the vocal lead," he writes, "displaying all of the vulnerability and swooning moonlight into the storylines that slipped into every young heart, corralling their intentions and their every thought ... And even as she sings, 'Never thought we'd get so good at feeling so bad,' the feeling bad isn't really all that much of a concern. It somehow feels good in and of itself."

Read more and listen to the live session at daytrotter.com.

For information on Sara Watkins' upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To pick up a copy of her solo debut, visit the Nonesuch Store.

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Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:00
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The Black Keys Featured on NPR's "World Cafe," New York Times Popcast Between New York Shows

on May 20, 2010 - 3:21pm
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The Black Keys rocked out at New York's Housing Works Bookstore Café for the lucky few fans in attendance; a few thousand more get to see the band open for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden tonight. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney talk about their new album, Brothers, and perform on the latest New York Times Music Popcast and NPR's World Cafe. Carney spoke with Akron's BuzzBin about the album, about which PopMatters says: "That the Black Keys are still exploring new territories with enthusiasm is cause for celebration, and Brothers is the reason why."

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The Black Keys are no doubt used to rocking wherever they play, but last night's intimate set at New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Café must have been a rare experience for the band, as it certainly was for the lucky 300 or so fans in attendance. It was the capstone event of their three-day pop-up store at the bookstore/café, which launched Tuesday upon release of their latest Nonesuch album, Brothers, and a benefit for Housing Works' advocacy on behalf of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Tonight, the band and a few thousand more of its fans will enjoy a rare experience of a different scale when The Black Keys open for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden.

While in New York, the duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, stopped by the New York Times studio to appear on the latest episode of the Times Music Popcast. They talk with the show's host, Melena Ryzik, about the making of their new album at Alabama's historic Muscle Shoals studio and perform the album track "Howlin' for You." Auerbach says of the performance: "We geared this version more toward the New York Times reader: really aggressive, fast, and fuzzed-out." Hear for yourself by tuning in online now at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com.

Prior to their trip to New York, The Black Keys recorded a session with NPR's World Cafe from Auerbach's studio in the band's hometown of Akron, Ohio. The two talk with host David Dye and perform four songs—"Too Afraid to Love," "Tighten Up," "Everlasting Light," and "Howlin' for You"—for today's episode of World Cafe, now available online at npr.org.

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BuzzBin magazine, "the alternative choice of Akron & Canton," Ohio, featured an interview with Carney earlier this month about the new record and the Ohio-bred band's career, including his Auerbach's early years in Akron.

"On the surface," says BuzzBin writer Mark C. Horn, "it appears that everything the 30-year-old drummer and his band mate, singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, touch turns to gold. The Akron twosome, which has put Rubber City back on the musical map, has a do-it-yourself, blue-collar work ethic and they have become a true rock success story."

You'll find the article at buzzbinmagazine.com.

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PopMatters says the new album finds the band "regaining some of the sweaty basement immediacy that characterized their best work." Reviewer David Gassman explains: "Rather than simply revisit their old records, however, they manage to balance the raw aesthetic of their earlier albums with a quest for new and interesting sounds." Gassman concludes: "That the Black Keys are still exploring new territories with enthusiasm is cause for celebration, and Brothers is the reason why." Read the complete review at popmatters.com.

OC Weekly gives the album an A-, with reviewer Nate Jackson citing "a wealth of interesting, stylistic brush strokes that you're not going to find on Rubber Factory, or any of the classic Keys albums." Read more at ocweekly.com.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:00
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