The Black Keys: Where to Start

I am late to the party, I admit. I recently heard their cover of Junior Kimbrough's My Mind is Ramblin and really liked it. I would like to explore further and could use a suggestion on where to start with their original material.
I don't know if it's because it's where I started but I love the Rubber Factory album the best.
I just picked up Dan Auerbach's solo album on vinyl.... maybe I need to hear it a couple of times to get into it but there's only a couple of songs I really like so far.
So it goes.
Good luck!
Depends...The Big Come up and Rubber Factory are great but are recorded a bit rough. Thickfreakness pretty decent all a round. Attack and Release...decent. Chulahoma, a tribute to Junior Kimbrough, my favorite.
I vote for Chulahoma as well. Fantastic!
I happen to live in Akron, Ohio. My wife saw Pat Carney, the drummer, last Saturday at Starbucks on the corner of W. Market St. and Sand Run Rd. BTW my vote is for Rubber Factory.
I happen to live in Akron, Ohio. My wife saw Pat Carney, the drummer, last Saturday at Starbucks on the corner of W. Market St. and Sand Run Rd. BTW my vote is for Rubber Factory

That's cool. I am in Cleveland, but I haven't noticed that they have any gigs locally coming up. Do they ever appear "unscheduled" at any place in particular in Akron?
I have not heard of any surprise gigs. I saw them a year and a half ago at the Akron Civic. Awesome!
I 2nd the Chulaloma suggestion. I just started listening to them as well and especially like the more "blues" influenced stuff.

The two albums I constantly listen to are:

"Chulaloma: Songs of Junior Kimbrough" ... and "Magic Potion" (check out the track "You're the One").

You should youtube Junior Kimbrough himself as well, and check it out. It's very good, I just ordered a couple of albums from Fat Possum.

You might like the Raconteurs as well, if you like stuff like the White Stripes and Black Keys.

Yeah, here in Vancouver, their show sold out in like an hour.... or that's my excuse anyways for not trying harder.
i'm really glad people ask about this stuff... i never heard of these guys.. just put the Chulaloma cd in my amazon shopping cart..

i see that they also have this on vinyl

...any feedback on the quality of the pressing?

is this worth buying both ways?
I"m not sure about Chulaloma, seeing as it's a later album. But I've emailed them about their mastering, and most if not all of their work was mastered digitally.

Using simple methods as well... I think a Mac and pro-tools in a basement..

Not really sure what difference that makes.

But I still bought the record. It sounded great to me.
"The Black Keys Live" on DVD from Fat Possum is well worth viewing.Shows exactly what they do,and that they can do it live.
You don't have to ask ! Just get everything from the black keys. While you are at it, get Dan Aurebach's 'keep it hid' also.
If you're looking for vinyl start by trying to find a disc that was manufactured/recorded properly so that it sounds at least reasonably good on a better-quality audio system. If you do let me know since I have not had such luck. I have 2 of their lps [The Big Come Up & Thickfreakness) but won't get suckered into a third until someone tells me something has improved. I do like what music they lay down but just can't handle the poor sound quality of the discs.
This is like trying to find some good sounding Robert Johnson on vinyl.
No. There is a difference when comparing R. Johnson to the Black Keys. Johnson's recordings were based on very old recording techniques etc. The black keys are 2009! Reminds me of a lot of the quickly put together stuff Neil Young did as "garage" band in the 70s. Interesting work but difficult to tolerate the sound deficiencies.

What is so interesting about a recording done in someone's basement? Wouldn't the playback of the quality music be so much more interesting if it actually sounded like one was in that basement with them? Instead of the low grade sound that they're giving us for our money?
I don't know where the hell I was sleepin, but someone was smart enough to play them at Borders books one evening.

The Big Come Up, Rubber Factory, Thickfreakness, Magic Potion & Chulahoma went into my collection the next day.

I hear Cream, Hendrix, SRV, Trower & Vanilla Fudge, the Black Keys earlier stuff rules for me.
Love the first album
I own the DA solo record and never really warmed up to it. On the basis of this thread I just picked up Chulahoma. Now, I get it! Thanks, all for the tip - I'll revisit the DA solo and -more likely than not- end up chasing down the rest of their catalog sooner than later.

You might enjoy to also check out R.L. Burnside, all of his recordings are worth looking into.
Or an actual Junior Kimbrough record.
If the last 2 posts were in response to mine...

I own several by RL and a couple of Junior's, as well. I really like both of them and have been familiar with their stuff for years.

My point was that this was the first time I found the Black Keys/DA really interesting. The interpretations on Chulahoma are IMHO great. Now, I'll go back and give the originals another listen.