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The Black Keys' Patrick Carney on Working with "Shit Gear" and Cinematic Sounds

By Zach McCormick

For a modest-sized Midwestern city mostly known for cranking out a staggering amount of rubber, Akron has a lot to be proud of. Three of its native sons are sitting more or less on the top of the world in their respective fields, with LeBron James returning home like King Richard from the Crusades and the Black Keys landing hit after unlikely hit on the Billboard charts.

While LeBron might as well have been anointed a hero from birth, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney never really thought of themselves as star material. Building their success with a down-to-earth attitude and years of scrappiness and tenacity, the duo began its slow march to the top in 2001. Despite major-label money and a move to Nashville, the group has retained all of its affable outsider charm. We reached out to Carney to talk about his outside work as a producer and being a good loser.

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