New Music for Old Rockers – Black Keys Edition

Five years. I guess it could have been worse. It took Vampire Weekend six years to release new music. That’s right, this is the first new song from the Black Keys in five years. How did the Beatles crank out so many memorable albums in the span of just a few years? They were releasing albums less than one year apart. Good examples:

  • Rubber Soul – December, 1965
  • Revolver – August, 1966
  • Sgt. Pepper – June, 1967

That’s kind of crazy. They may have been just a bit more talented than Vampire Weekend and Black Keys combined. I know, the Vampires and Keys were busy with other stuff. Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys put out some very nice solo music. I can see that a solo album might take a year. But c’mon folks, make with the new music already. Are they so busy and tired because they have second jobs at night working the drive-thru at McDonald’s to make ends meet?

I guess times have changed and musicians don’t make their money off selling records with new songs like they used to. Now they make their money from touring. There is less incentive to make new music when you can tour and make mega-bucks playing old songs. Welcome to the digital age of music.

Speaking of the digital age of music, the new Black Keys tune Lo/Hi is available on YouTube …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JILfwu5AWIQ

It’s not a very original melody. The lyrics are forgettable. But I still really like it. There’s just a lot to like.

There is their trademark nasty, but tasty guitar. Love the female backing vocals. Raucous instrumental break before a big finish. It’s just a solid rock & roll tune all neatly wrapped-up and delivered in just three minutes. It reminds me a bit of some of the upbeat rockers from the Rolling Stones catalog. This is not a song that will change the face of music. However, it did change my face by adding a smile to it.

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