The Black Keys’ new album Turn Blue is “their most replayable,” according to SPIN contributor Dan Weiss. By the same token, the Nashville-via-Ohio garage rockers’ fourth appearance on The Colbert Report should also be their most re-watchable, right? Well, this time they didn’t perform any prostate exams on host Stephen Colbert, though they did joke that the encounter led to their album cover art. They also briefly debated their Pitchfork review with the soon-to-be David Letterman successor, and sat in awkward silence for what seemed like a long time. Drummer Patrick Carney, when asked if he’d been working out, memorably offered, “No.” The candor is pretty much in keeping with Carney’s recently telling Rolling Stone that Michael Jackson’s just-out XSCAPE project is “bullshit” or calling Justin Bieber bad words.
Watch their chat and a performance of “Fever” above, and see a web exclusive of “Turn Blue” below; also revisit the Black Keys’ stops by Late Show With David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. And Mr. Colbert, catch up on our story from last year, If Viacom’s Daft Punk’ing Was a Stunt, the Big Winner Is Stephen Colbert.