Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The Black Keys

How fantastic is this cover page? Despite the fact I'm still holding a slight grudge from when Rolling Stone shrunk it's pages from the large 10x11 iconic format to a "rack-friendly" and "polished" standard-sized magazine (it happened in 2008 - I really, really should let go) - I always appreciate the covers and aesthetic of this beloved publication. I mean, don't Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney just look on top of the world here? Gosh, they're cool. The blues-rock duo, who are consequently in a little tiff with a Canadian group for what they said in this issue ("Rock 'n' roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world"), really are one of the most influential bands on the earth right now. Everyone - those who thought rock 'n roll might have died, those who are longing for the soulful blues that used to pour out of Southern nightclubs and those who appreciate modern flare and innovation in a new rock album - loves them. They are what I consider to be the better part of the whole package and in seven albums, they have yet to demonstrate any intention of backing down or discontinuing the scorching stomp-rock they've coined. If you ask me? The headline on this cover is absolutely bang on. (Also, the writing in the article is impeccable).

Pick up the January 19th issue of RS. In the mean time, let's a pay a little homage to the pot-stirring boys with an oldie, a slow(ie?) and a goodie.

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