Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach, backed by our friends Hacienda, just released a new video for “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” off of his amazing solo album Keep It Hid. Reader, Oddbodkins, commented on our last post about the lack of beards. I think this video just got us back to quota.

Thanks to Dodge at MOKB for the tip. We can’t resist posting anything about Dan Auerbach.

Video: Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair

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HearYa Live Session 43: Hacienda

by Woody on March 31, 2009

Hacienda

Hacienda, the foursome from San Antonio, recently rolled into the studio sporting some serious Auerbachs. For those wondering, an Auerbach is a long bushy beard similar to the one worn by Black Keys lead singer, Dan Auerbach (patent pending). Hacienda’s 2008 release, Loud Is The Night (produced by Auerbach) has been a staple in my rotation since its release and I was anxious to hear the songs performed in a live setting.

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The boys had family in town for their show later that night andthese pictures were graciously provided by Dante’s mom, Olinda. Hacienda worked through five tunes as a nice warm-up for their show at the Metro and, let me tell you, that show was unreal. With their family in attendance, Hacienda brought their 60’s garage rock style with 3 and 4 piece harmonies to a sold out Metro crowd. After their set, there was no rest because they were right back on stage backing Auerbach for a scintillating 90 minute set. Having seen them a couple of weeks later at SxSW, I am confident that this is only the beginning for Hacienda.

Exclusive: Hacienda – Sun

Exclusive: Hacienda – Shake Ya

Exclusive: Hacienda – Officer

Exclusive: Hacienda – Little Girl

Exclusive: Hacienda – Hear Me Crying

Download: The Hacienda Live Session as a zip file.

Video: Hacienda – Little Girl (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)

Hacienda – Little Girl – HearYa Live Session from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

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Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid [Album Review]

by oz on February 10, 2009

Dan Auerbach

What can I say about Dan Auerbach that isn’t already documented in the restraining order? After putting out one of the best albums of 2008 with Black Keys’ Danger Mouse-produced Attack and Release, Dan decided against taking a break and opted to put out a stellar solo album called Keep It Hid.

While Danger Mouse helped out on the Keys’ last album, Dan is a do-it-yourselfer by heart. He recorded two years of material that became Keep It Hid in his home studio in Akron, OH with mostly analog equipment. Although Auerbach played drums and percussion, sang harmonies, and even played glockenspiel, he also enlisted the help of some family and friends. His dad wrote “Whispered Words,” his uncle, James Quine (the guy that taught him to sing and play guitar), plays guitar and sings on “Trouble Weighs a Ton” while Jessica Lea Mayfield lends her vocals on “When The Night Comes.”

If you’re a fan of The Black Keys, you’ll be more than satisfied with Keep It Hid.‚  Along with Dan’s signature guitar riffs and big vocals are frayed edges and impurities that give the album character. It carries softer, more fragile elements like on “Trouble Weighs a Ton,” “When The Night Comes” and the album’s closer “Goin’ Home.” These down-tempo tracks are a bit unexpected, but it’s a refreshing change of pace from Auerbach – especially the album’s opener “Trouble Weighs A Ton.” As you’ll hear in the video below, the tone of his voice and the melancholy lyrics take centerstage. I’m now wondering what a solo acoustic show might be like…

But you didn’t come here for the softer side of the Keys, did ya?‚  “Heartbroken, In Disrepair,” “Mean Monsoon,” “The Prowl” and “My Last Mistake” bring the signature blues-rock sound you’d expect from a Black Keys side project. Keep It Hid is out today and it’s one of the best albums of 2009 so far.

Side note: The Black Keys deserved to be on stage at the Grammys. They’re just too damn good.‚  Not as good as a Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus duet, but a close second.

Live Video: Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs a Ton

Here are Dan Auerbach’s solo tour dates:

Feb 28 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC, Washington DC
Mar 1 – Paradise Club – Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 2 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
Mar 3 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
Mar 5 – Beachland Ballroom‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  – Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 6 – Metro – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 10 – The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
Mar 11 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
Mar 13 – Bimbo’s – San Francisco, California
Mar 14 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, California

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Dan Auerbach’s solo debut Keep It Hid is coming out February 10th and Nonesuch Records is streaming a few tracks now. I’m especially loving the acoustic “Trouble Weighs a Ton.”

I bought my tickets for Dan’s upcoming show in San Francisco and it could get weird. My man-crush has progressed into something more. I long to touch his beard.

Dan Auerbach – Trouble Weighs a Ton

Dan Auerbach – I Want Some More

Dan Auerbach – The Prowl

Here are the tour dates:

February 28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 1 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
March 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 3 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
March 5 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
March 6 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
March 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
March 11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
March 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

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15 Albums We’re Looking Forward To In 2009

December 31, 2008

The artwork above was found at Colorcubic, an ultra-hip design firm that handles multimedia, print, branding, etc. This poster will be made available in their online store. We may say good riddance to 2008 as a nation, but as we posted our top 50 albums of 2008, it was easy to reflect on an amazing […]

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Dan Auerbach to release solo album.

November 17, 2008

Dan Auerbach, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of The Black Keys, will be releasing a solo album called Keep It Hid on February 10, 2009 via Nonesuch Records. I guess he was cheating on his most recent album, Attack & Release; also writing songs that would become Keep It Hid. We can now add adulterer […]

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A reader chimes in. Dan Auerbach week is now over. For real this time.

September 12, 2008

We got a Lee Corso-esque email from a reader named Chris saying “Not so fast my friends.” It actually said “You shouldn’t finish up with Dan without going back to his earlier band, The Barnburners.” I didn’t know that such a band existed, thus proving that I’m not a stalker.‚  Dan, you can hold off […]

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt

September 10, 2008

I received some horrible news last week. I saw a message on Facebook that a good middle school friend of mine died of a stroke in his apartment.‚  His body wasn’t discovered for days. I don’t know if it was the news of his death at the age of 30, that he died alone, that […]

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It’s Dan Auerbach Week at HearYa!

September 8, 2008

As far as I know, there has never been a Dan Auerbach appreciation week outside of his house, but that’s about to change. Today is the beginning of Dan Auerback week at HearYa.com. Why you may ask? Well, I was going through our pending posts that are begging to be published and noticed that Dan […]

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