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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 »

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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.

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 »

Well, one, obviously. E recorded it alone in his basement. Poor heartbroken jilted misanthropic E. Everyone knows that.

Except the liner notes on the album tell quite a different story. Read the rest of this entry »

The following is a brief overview of the Eels’ catalog, including a few albums that weren’t marketed as Eels but which obviously still are.

If you’re just finding out about E and his wonderful music, welcome. And enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

With all the talk about the new album End Times, it’s also fun to look back a little. And if there is one thing that keeps coming back in the career of Mr. E, it’s his love for a good cover. Ever since his early days (Bad Dude in Love featured three covers) he’s been known to take songs from others and completely make them his own. Never actually releasing them on albums though. But back in 1992 E worked on a cover EP. Read the rest of this entry »

ESB Sketches

One of the enduring agonies of being a dedicated Eels fan is knowing that Mark Oliver Everett has in his basement a great stash of unreleased songs–entire albums, even. Read the rest of this entry »

Berni & Butch

Berni at rockingeels.com met with former Eels drummer Butch Norton as Butch passed through Berlin on a tour with Lucinda Williams. Visit his site to read more about his encounter with “the nicest and sweetest guy¬†one could EVER imagine.” (He also posted some photos, including the one above, on Estranged Friends.)

In all of the enormous fan reaction to Hombre Lobo, both positive and negative, several questions have been posed about the production and recording of the album. In particular, the use of a very unusual kind of distortion on E’s vocals and other instruments.

Now, I take an interest in such things, so I thought I’d have a little look in to it. Thumbing through some old links, I came across one of my favourite articles from music technology magazine Sound on Sound, way back in the final year of the last century. It’s all about the way the Eels’ third album, Daisies Of The Galaxy, was recorded and is a bit of a technological eye-opener for those taken in by the folksy pastoral charm of the above-named work of glittering genius.

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EELS on KCRW

Without the Santa Monica radio station KCRW, the career of E ( and ultimately EELS) would probably have looked a little different. On June 2nd, the day of the Hombre Lobo release, EELS will be performing for the 8th time on the popular KCRW radio show Morning Becomes Eclectic. You could call E and his ever changing band of merry men KCRW’s house band… Part one of a look back at some classic KCRW performances.

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