For a webcast that continues to reinvent itself almost every month, Live From Daryl’s House veered into a very different direction in its 59thepisode, selecting seven cuts from a concert that combined a soul-slanted lineup of Daryl Hall, Allen Stone, and Sharon Jones. Taken from an April 14, 2012 show at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, Hall’s most recent tour with guests from his internet webcast displayed the typical infectiousness of an LFDH episode that was honed by the fantastic live sound of the Hall & Oates band.
WLAD VIII begins with a pair of personal favorites, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s instrumental remix “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love).” The pair reshaped a Bobby Bland classic, possibly making it better than the original hit. Week eight of WLAD then coasts into a pair of Marvin Gaye classics. The most interesting tracks come in the form of Gary Clark Jr.’s “Ain’t Messin’ Around” and the Black Key’s most recent collaboration with RZA, “Baddest Man Alive.”
Four of the six songs on the EP came from El Camino and two from the band’s previous album, Brothers. These sessions reveal an even rawer sound of the Black Keys’ new material than those that made the cut onto both albums. Without the studio-honed polish, the guitar tones of “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” sound a shade closer to the band’s garage rock roots, an aspect of the duo that does not always reveal itself on either El Camino or Brothers.