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Keep It Hid

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News & Reviews

  • Dan Auerbach took PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown on a tour of his Easy Eye Sound studio and discussed the artists he's recorded there with his label, including Yola, Robert Finley, Shannon Shaw, and The Black Keys. "Eclectic, functional, and intimate," says Brown, "it's a space that seems to sum up Dan Auerbach's philosophy for making music." Auerbach says: "In my heart, I believe that this is what I'm supposed to be doing." Watch it here.

  • The Black Keys' ninth studio album, "Let's Rock," is out now. The long-awaited album, the band's first in five years, is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's early days as a band. Auerbach says, "When we're together we are The Black Keys, that's where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen." The band will tour North America this fall.

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records released Keep It Hid, the solo debut from singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Auerbach—best known as half of The Black Keys—on February 10, 2009. While working on and touring in support of The Black Keys’ most recent album, Attack & Release, Auerbach also was writing songs that would become Keep It Hid. "This record is a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychedelia, soul music, country harmonies," says Auerbach. 

    Keep It Hid was produced and engineered by Auerbach at his studio, Akron Analog, and features him playing a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards. Many of Auerbach’s friends and family play on the album, including his uncle James Quine, who contributes vocal harmony and electric guitar on the track “Street Walkin.” Other musicians include fellow Ohioans Jessica Lea Mayfield, who sings on the track “When the Night Comes,” and Bob Cesare, who plays drums on “Whispered Words,” a song originally written by Auerbach’s father. Of the recording process Auerbach states, “I wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” The record was mixed by Auerbach’s good friend Mark Neill at Neill’s Soil of the South studio.

    With his Black Keys bandmate Patrick Carney, Auerbach has recorded five critically acclaimed full-length albums, beginning with 2002’s The Big Come Up. In 2008, Attack & Release debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #14, marking The Black Keys’ highest position to date. The New York Times called it a “savage, bitter concoction built on a snarling punk-rock riff,” while the Los Angeles Times called it “without doubt the Keys’ most dynamic effort yet.” Auerbach also has been busy with his own record label, Polymer Sounds, for which he produced the 2008 debut from Jessica Lea Mayfield, With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt; Pitchfork praised Mayfield’s album as “fascinating and endlessly listenable.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bob Cesare, drums/percussion (2, 3, 5, 8-13), rhythm guitar (14)
    Dave Huddleston, upright bass (5)
    James Quine, electric rhythm guitar (8, 13), harmony (1, 3)
    Jessica Lea Mayfield, harmony (7)
    Rob "Thorny" Thorsen, upright bass (8)
    Mark Neill, maracas (3)
    Dan Auerbach, all other instrumentation

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Album Recorded and Engineered by Dan Auerbach
    Assistant Engineer: Bob Cesare
    Mixed by Mark Neill for Soil of the South Productions
    Mastering by Jim Demain at Yes Master
    Tracks 4 and 7 recorded and engineered by Mark Neill for Soil of the South Productions

    All songs written by Dan Auerbach, except track 2 by Wayne Carson Thompson, track 4 by Dan Auerbach and Mark Neill, track 5 by Charles Auerbach, track 7 by Dan Auerbach and Charles Auerbach

    Photography: James Quine
    Design: Amy Burrows

Format Availability

  • Available worldwide, excluding Europe and Japan

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on November 13, 2008 - 6:34pm
Artist Name: 
Dan Auerbach
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The Black Keys' singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach's 2009 self-produced solo debut mixes, he says, "psychedelia, soul music, loud and soft guitars." Backed by a full band, he prowls the dark end of the street, with gritty, impassioned vocals lending drama to tales of romantic betrayal and suspicious minds. Guests include singer Jessica Lea Mayfield. 

Description: 

Nonesuch Records released Keep It Hid, the solo debut from singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Auerbach—best known as half of The Black Keys—on February 10, 2009. While working on and touring in support of The Black Keys’ most recent album, Attack & Release, Auerbach also was writing songs that would become Keep It Hid. "This record is a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychedelia, soul music, country harmonies," says Auerbach. 

Keep It Hid was produced and engineered by Auerbach at his studio, Akron Analog, and features him playing a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards. Many of Auerbach’s friends and family play on the album, including his uncle James Quine, who contributes vocal harmony and electric guitar on the track “Street Walkin.” Other musicians include fellow Ohioans Jessica Lea Mayfield, who sings on the track “When the Night Comes,” and Bob Cesare, who plays drums on “Whispered Words,” a song originally written by Auerbach’s father. Of the recording process Auerbach states, “I wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” The record was mixed by Auerbach’s good friend Mark Neill at Neill’s Soil of the South studio.

With his Black Keys bandmate Patrick Carney, Auerbach has recorded five critically acclaimed full-length albums, beginning with 2002’s The Big Come Up. In 2008, Attack & Release debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #14, marking The Black Keys’ highest position to date. The New York Times called it a “savage, bitter concoction built on a snarling punk-rock riff,” while the Los Angeles Times called it “without doubt the Keys’ most dynamic effort yet.” Auerbach also has been busy with his own record label, Polymer Sounds, for which he produced the 2008 debut from Jessica Lea Mayfield, With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt; Pitchfork praised Mayfield’s album as “fascinating and endlessly listenable.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Album Recorded and Engineered by Dan Auerbach
Assistant Engineer: Bob Cesare
Mixed by Mark Neill for Soil of the South Productions
Mastering by Jim Demain at Yes Master
Tracks 4 and 7 recorded and engineered by Mark Neill for Soil of the South Productions

All songs written by Dan Auerbach, except track 2 by Wayne Carson Thompson, track 4 by Dan Auerbach and Mark Neill, track 5 by Charles Auerbach, track 7 by Dan Auerbach and Charles Auerbach

Photography: James Quine
Design: Amy Burrows

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

517241

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
FormatRestrictions: 

Available worldwide, excluding Europe and Japan

Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597983852BUN
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597983845
Price: 
9.00
Label: 
LP+MP3
UPC: 
075597949131
Price: 
16.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Bob Cesare, drums/percussion (2, 3, 5, 8-13), rhythm guitar (14)
Dave Huddleston, upright bass (5)
James Quine, electric rhythm guitar (8, 13), harmony (1, 3)
Jessica Lea Mayfield, harmony (7)
Rob "Thorny" Thorsen, upright bass (8)
Mark Neill, maracas (3)
Dan Auerbach, all other instrumentation

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