Sunday, 28 April 2013

The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines

"Little Black Submarines" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the fourth track from their 2011 studio album El Camino and was released as the album's fourth single on October 8, 2012. The song begins as a quiet acoustic ballad before transitioning to a loud, hard rock arrangement in the second half. Critics praised the song and called it one of the highlights from El Camino. The song was a success on rock radio, reaching number two on the Alternative chart in the US and the Alternative Rock and Active Rock charts in Canada. The group filmed a music video with director Danny Clinch at the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge, a dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee. "Little Black Submarines" was certified gold in Canada.
Unfortunately it didn't even make a dent in the UK charts, what's the world coming to??

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Hanni El Khatib - You Rascal You

I heard this track for the first time last week, on an advert for Sky Atlantic, I thought it was The Black Keys?? How wrong was I?

El Khatib is of Palestinian and Filipino descent. He grew up in San Francisco, where he became an avid skateboarder. He performed music on the side while working as creative director at the skateboard fashion label HUF
In 2010 he released two singles on Innovative Leisure, a subsidiary of Stones Throw Records. His debut album, Will the Guns Come Out, was released on September 27, 2011. The album features eight original songs and three covers. His second album will be produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
He describes his songs as being for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train. His musical style includes elements of garage rock and blues.
During his live performances, El Khatib is accompanied by drummer Nicky Fleming-Yaryan, a friend from high school, and guitarist / keyboardist Hayden Tobin. They performed at the South by Southwest festival in March 2011, and at Bonnaroo in June 2011. They have opened for Florence and the Machine.
His music has been used in television commercials for Captain Morgan, Nike and Nissan, as well as the HBO series Hung, the Showtime series Californication and the feature film, For a Good Time, Call.... and most recently, for the 2013 Superbowl ad for Audi with his song, "Can’t Win ‘Em All".