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The Black Keys Team Up with Funny or Die to Spoof MasterClass in New Video

“I wrote that song when I was eating caviar with Michael Jordan in Paris. He cheats at Blackjack.”

Jul 15, 2019
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If you've watched a lot of YouTube videos lately chances are you've come across an ad for MasterClass, the website that includes online video courses from famous people (Gordon Ramsey teaches you cooking, Martin Scorsese teaches filmmaking, Steve Martin teaches comedy, etc.). Now The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney) have teamed up with Funny or Die to spoof these ads with their MasterCourse instead of MasterClass where "The Black Keys Teach the Art of Music." In it, Auerbach offers such nuggets as "Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something. That song in particular was trying to get me a new pool." He later says "I wrote that song when I was eating caviar with Michael Jordan in Paris. He cheats at Blackjack." And then he gives a tour of his studio where he mainly boats about how much each of his guitars is worth. Carney gets in some jokes too. Watch it below.

The Black Keys released a new album, "Let's Rock", last month via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch (stream it here). Also below are their upcoming tour dates.

Previously The Black Keys shared three songs from "Let's Rock": "Eagle Birds," "Lo/Hi," and "Go." "Go" was shared via an amusing video that found the duo at odds with each other and being sent to a hippie mediation retreat just to get them to talk to each other.

It's been five years since The Black Keys last released an album, 2014's Turn Blue. A previous press release said "Let's Rock" "is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's early days as a band."

Auerbach added: "When we're together we are The Black Keys, that's where that real magic is, and always has been since we were 16." 

Auerbach and Carney have kept busy in the last half a decade. In 2015 Auerbach released Yours, Dreamily, the debut album by side-project The Arcs, and in 2017 he released his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. He also started a record label, Easy Eye Sound, named after his recording studio in Nashville, and recorded other artists at the studio. Carney also produced and collaborated with other artists, including Tennis and Tobias Jesso Jr., and recently released a debut album from his side band Sad Planets (which is a collaboration with John Petkovic).

The Black Keys Tour Dates:

Sep 21 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Life Is Beautiful+
Sep 23 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
Sep 24 /// Kansas City, MO /// Sprint Center*
Sep 25 /// St. Louis, MO /// Enterprise Center*
Sep 27 /// Chicago, IL /// United Center*
Sep 28 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Target Center*
Sep 30 /// Cleveland, OH /// Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse*
Oct 01 /// Nashville, TN /// Bridgestone Arena*
Oct 02 /// Columbus, OH /// Nationwide Arena*
Oct 04 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Fiserv Forum#
Oct 05 /// Detroit, MI /// Little Caesars Arena#
Oct 07 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// PPG Paints Arena#
Oct 08 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Van Andel Arena#
Oct 09 /// Toronto, ON /// Scotiabank Arena#
Oct 11 /// Boston, MA /// TD Garden#
Oct 12 /// Washington, DC /// The Anthem#
Oct 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Wells Fargo Arena#
Oct 15 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Barclays Center#
Oct 16 /// Washington, DC /// The Anthem%
Nov 05 /// Sunrise, FL /// BB&T Center^
Nov 06 /// Orlando, FL /// Amway Center^
Nov 08 /// Raleigh, NC /// PNC Arena^
Nov 09 /// Atlanta, GA /// State Farm Arena^
Nov 12 /// Houston, TX /// Toyota Center^
Nov 13 /// Austin, TX /// Frank Erwin Center^
Nov 14 /// Fort Worth, TX /// Dickies Arena^
Nov 16 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Talking Stick Resort Arena^
Nov 17 /// San Diego, CA /// Pechanga Arena^
Nov 19 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum^
Nov 20 /// San Francisco, CA /// Chase Center^
Nov 22 /// Portland, OR /// Moda Center^
Nov 23 /// Tacoma, WA /// Tacoma Dome^
Nov 24 /// Vancouver, BC /// Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^

+Festival Date 
*w/ Modest Mouse and *repeat repeat
# w/ Modest Mouse and Jessy Wilson
^ w/ Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams
% w/ Modest Mouse and Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

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