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January 10, 2012 8:00 am
"C.K., 44, is ringing out a career year. Louie is a critically adored hit that blurs together cringe comedy, poignant drama, bathroom humor, slapstick gore and surrealist flights of fancy: It’s impossible to say exactly what you’re watching, and impossible to pull your eyes away. In an unprecedented arrangement, C.K. wields absolute creative control over the series, not just starring in it but also writing, directing and editing every episode by himself, with no network interference in matters of scriptwriting, casting or shooting."

So I posted a quote a few days ago about the HBO vs. FX approach to comedy.  That’s it, in a nutshell.  FX has a handful of shows where they literally just hand the keys to stars and say, “do what you want.” There is no doubt that the guys on It’s Always Sunny are unencumbered by network interference.  And look what’s it’s gotten them: a group of standout comedies that are unlike anything on television.  Also, this is an excellent profile of Louis CK in the latest Rolling Stone.  Also this blog is only about Louis CK and the Black Keys, hope that’s ok.

(Source: jonahweiner.com)

January 5, 2012 3:13 pm
"Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,’ he says, blowing cigarette smoke out the window of his rented East Village loft a few days ­before the band heads to L.A. ‘So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.’"

The Black Keys are on the cover of Rolling Stone.  Some absolute gems in here.  Also, apparently Dan Auerbach was a teen hottie and never gave a shit about lyrics in the early going (not a shocker).  

(Source: Rolling Stone)