I was browsing allmusic for bios and reviews and such. I looked at the overview of the Eels’ discography and noticed that, despite being 15 years in the past and despite all the other glowing, highly rated albums that have followed it, Beautiful Freak is still AMG’s choice from E’s ouevre.

Some might say it’s great, that Beautiful Freak is wonderful and the best the Eels have to offer. Well, alright. Maybe. But to me it just says that a) in the critical mass conscious E’s still working in that grumpy post-grunge shadow and b) this accounts for how few dearly earned accolades E’s been racking up. People still think that the ’96 Eels are the 2011 Eels.

So my South African friends and I stumble back home at 3am in Andong, “cultural center of Korea,” and one of them turns on the television just to see if anything good is on. (Hint: there never is here.)

I wasn’t drunk, but I thought I was either inebriated or hallucinating when from out of nowhere I heard an Eels song. On Korean TV! At 3am!

Someone on the TV show — a news program, I think — seemed to be interviewing Korean high school boys about something. They were all pimply faced and in school uniforms. And the whole time I just heard “Let’s Ruin Julie’s Birthday.” What the heck!

Unfortunately, my SA friends seemed thoroughly non-plussed that a) my favorite band are the Eels and b) one of the band’s obscure songs was on Korean TV at 3am. So we turned the TV off and went to sleep. Hrm.

This blog will be on indefinite hiatus from now on. I need to find something more rewarding. Read the rest of this entry »

I Googled “Bon Iver” because I just don’t know what the heck that is (boring, apparently) and found the little audio samples at the top of the Google search. *Yawn*

Anyway, I did the same with “the Eels” to see which songs would appear. It was “Novocaine for the Soul,” “My Beloved Monster,” “Saturday Morning” and “Fresh Feeling.” Very nice songs. I listened to each little sample, and I thought to myself “What’s not to like?”

Okay, okay. E doesn’t contribute anything to commercials. So I take that back. BUT if the Eels have a spiritual connection to any commercial product it is–ironically, for a band that likes birds–Friskies. Read the rest of this entry »

Well, the 2010 Eels Performing Live tour is in full swing, and now that Tomorrow Morning has been released the setlists are changing from how they were at the beginning of the tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Tomorrow Morning is officially out, like, everywhere today. And I must say, you’re a damn fool if you don’t buy a copy. And there’s no accounting for taste, but if you don’t think it’s one of the best albums you’ve heard all year, well, I’m afraid that’ll make you a damn fool too.

So there’s no really no fighting it. Buy Tomorrow Morning and be highly pleased.

“Useless Trinkets” reminds me of how silly it is to dwell on material things, because in the end you’ll end up a lifeless material thing too, and then what does it matter? Read the rest of this entry »

I have been studiously building a library of Eels bootlegs for some time now, and I thought it might be a good time to post a (partial) list of what I have. I’m hoping someone else will have something to contribute, or at least will see in this list a performance they especially enjoyed and would like to hear again. Read the rest of this entry »

NME reports:

E from Eels was questioned by police in London’s Hyde Park after they mistook him for a suspected terrorist. The singer, real name Mark Oliver Everett was taking a break from a day of interviews when police approached him thinking he fitted the description of a suspicious person they were looking for. After being let go once they realised he was innocent, the frontman said: “Not every guy with short hair and a long beard is a terrorist. Some of us just want to rock.”

Ha ha ha. Well, Hombre Lobo wasn’t the best, but that doesn’t make E a terrorist.

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