Over the past couple of seasons, we've seen a handful of Nashville residents — from Ke$ha to Kings of Leon — appear as the musical guests on America's ever-divisive de facto king of the variety shows, Saturday Night Live. But how many of the performers in question have played SNL twice in one year? Only one, by my count. On Dec. 3, The Black Keys appeared alongside host Steve Buscemi and played their lead-off single from the forthcoming El Camino, "Lonely Boy" (see it above ... though I have to say it'd be nice if Auerbach's vocals had been a bit louder in the mix) and the available-to-stream "Gold on the Ceiling" (see it after the jump). You can also see performance one and performance two via Hulu. Oh, and there was a pedophilia-related skit that a certain SNL alum deemed "[hashtag] too soon."
El Camino will of course be out tomorrow, Dec. 6, and we'll be running a me-penned feature on that in this week's dead-tree edish of the Scene. I also spoke with drummer Patrick Carney once again, and you'll be able to give that a read right here on the Cream in the not-too-distant future. The Keys will be appearing on tomorrow night's Colbert Report and Wednesday night's Letterman. To our homeboys the Keys, godspeed on your NYC takeover. (Try to enjoy the cuisine while you're there. If the Popeye's I went to in Times Square that one time still exists, I highly recommend it!)