I am a big Dr. John fan. One of my favorite LPs is "The City That Care Forgot". Excellent.
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Black Keys can grow on you...I wasn't immediately taken either. But now that you mention them, think I'll go play them tonight. Thanks for the Dr. John recommendation. I respect the dude but he's an example of something a bit of a stretch for me (and I can appreciate Tom Waits, which seems somehow relevant). Undoubtedly, more a comment on my tastes and not Dr. J's talents. Worth giving him another try - I'll see what I can find on You Tube. Actually met him years ago in a hotel lobby in Metarie (Kenner?), LA. I said something stupid like, "I like that what you do is not so mainstream." He came back with, "Well I hope this next one is more mainstream." (or words to that effect). Big dude wearing a funky long overcoat. Birds flying in and out of his beard (not really). Deep gravelly voice.
Thanks for the post Fromunda. I have not heard Locked Down but I will soon rectify that. The good Doctor traveled through here a few years ago and I was lucky enough to catch what was a really good show. I like his funkiness and variety and he is certainly one of a kind (with a skull on the piano during his concert). I particularly enjoy his Duke Elegant disc.
I like Black Keys on LP. There's something elemental about their sound and writing that captures me if I'm in the right mood, making me want to stay within their raw aesthetic. Auerbach is a good craftsman of songs. In concert I found them disappointing, though, staying tightly rehearsed without much exploration of their material.
I like Dr. John and was excited about Locked Down upon release but I have to admit, I've only spun it twice. Hasn't quite worked for me yet.
Listen to Gris Gris an early Dr.John LP. Then spin Locked Down right after....you will then get the essence of what I believe Auerbach and co. were going for.
I personally feel Gris Gris is the his finest album . Locked Down is the Doctor looking back with a sly wink but launching into the future...even at 75 years old!
"Narlins" is the way New Orleans is pronounced by the inhabitants, and Dr. John is one of it's most celebrated inhabitants; he symbolizes the unique music and culture of that city.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Dr. John was a powerful hoodoo practitioner in New Orleans, according to our "Dr. John". All of this is on the cover of "Creole Moon", although "Gris Gris" goes more into the "Hoodoo" aspect of the New Orleans culture.
When we hear Dr. John, we hear "Narlins".
Enjoy the music.
I checked out "Locked Down" yesterday, and must say I agree with Shakeydeal on this one. I can't really get into it. To me is sounds too much like The Black Keys. Even the vocals sound far removed from the distinct quality of Dr. John's voice, most likely due to the "distortion" Auerbach uses on his vocals, which he seemed to have done with this album as well. I'd take "Gris-Gris" and "Gumbo" any day over this one. The good news is the record was plated and pressed at Pallas in Germany so the vinyl quality should at least be good.