They are touring too in February. Apparently a great live show. A friend just grabbed me a ticket.
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I played a couple of Eels albums last night during our regular Tuesday night music session. It's not just the music and lyrics, these early recordings sound quality is wonderful.
We played the 45 single of "Susans House" and two LPs, "Electro Shock Blues" and "Beautiful Freak."
Like you, I hope the new release is a return to their old style.
The show should be interesting and I'll be looking to see them here in LA, too.
FYI: I've seen the band play twice and the two shows were kind of night and day. I saw a great EELS show when they first toured (behind "Beautiful Freak", IIRC) and a very good (albeit very quirky), punked-out one for the "Souljacker" tour in which Mark wore a full beard and sunglasses under a hooded sweatshirt . The music was great, but he never even glanced at the audience - definitely odd. Not for the casual fan.
thanks for the post. I have always admired the Eels originality. I have a treat coming up on Jan. 19 here in Atlanta. The Rain Parade is playing a benefit show for Bobby Sutliff from the Windbreakers. Sutliff was in a serious car wreck this Summer. Tim Lee (the other half of the Windbreakers) is the opening act. both Sutliff and the Tim Lee 3 have terrific solo albums out if you like jangle guitar rock. The Rain Parade hasn't played together in 20 years and is one of my favorites from the paisley underground era in the 80's.
If you dig Blinking Lights, at least get hold of Daisies of the Galaxy. Both show off Mark Everett's melodic gifts, front and center. From there, their music gets more stylized (in many different directions, depending upon the particular album). You may still like one or more, it just gets harder to predict with confidence.
I like Shootenany quite a lot. However, I could live without Hombre Loco, End Times and Tomorrow Morning. I also blow hot and cold on Electro-Shock Blues. Collectively, I'd call this group of albums the "mournful" end of the EELS catalog. They all have their moments, but, as a general rule, I prefer this band when the music is rocking rather than melancholy.
Just my taste.