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What’s more exciting is that the show will now take the form of a six part series featuring all your favourite bands and mine. Here’s what our mate Jacky White had to say about it all:
“I don’t think a music program has recorded a performance on analog reel to reel in thirty years. It was beautifully filmed, and the sound quality makes a performance on a regular TV talk show sound like a wax cylinder recording. No host. Thank God.”
Episode One will kick off the whole affair with The White Stripes, The Shins and Neil Hannon, closely followed by Episode Two with Thom Yorke, Albert Hammond Jr., and Envelopes. Other bands featured on the show will also include Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Sonic Youth, José Gonzaléz, PJ Harvey, Super Furry Animals, Eels, Australia’s own Architecture in Helsinki and… uh… Operator Please.
No information on whether this will actually be hitting Aussie screens any time soon, but we can only hope ABC2 pick it up in time for Operator Please’s episode to ruin it all. Head over to From The Basement’s official website for more info on the whole shebang and a full list of acts.
There’s no beating around the bush - the titles of these 2-disc collections pretty much say it all. Boasting over fifty tracks between both collections and featuring rare tracks like “Novocaine For The Soul (Live from Hell)” and a rock-tacular take on Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On”, with these baby’s in tow you’ll be the neighborhood’s “go to” guy for all things Eels. Combine that with the book, and you’re guaranteed to be the most well-read Eels fan on the block. And trust me, something like reading is important when it comes to the Eels, because Wikipedia tells me E’s father, Hugh Everett, was “an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics.” I think I just fluxed myself.
Here’s what the press release had to say about it:
“Left to run wild with his sister, his father off in some parallel universe of his own invention, Everett’s upbringing was ‘ridiculous, sometimes tragic and always unsteady.’ But somehow he manages to not only survive his crazy upbringing and ensuing tragedies — he makes something of his life — striking out on a journey to find himself by channeling his experiences into his, eventually, critically acclaimed music with the Eels. But it’s not an easy path. Told with surprising candor, Things The Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humor and wry wisdom. “
You’ll be able to pick a copy from all good bookstores on March 1st in Australia, but otherwise Amazon UK are taking pre-orders now before the international release date of January 17. If you don’t mind paying more for the shipping than the actual book, feel free to order your copy right here. In the meantime and as preparation for the Eels’ Best-Of and Rarities Collections due out in mid January, here’s a song off their latest studio effort, Blinking Lights and Revelations, also titled “Things The Grandchildren Should Know”.
I’ve never really cared for the Shrek films. I don’t know whether it’s the stupid accents, annoying sidekicks or the instantly-outdated pop culture references, but DreamWorks’ money-making, green oaf has yet to charm me. The same can be said for the film’s series of soundtracks.
I can safely say that the choice of pop songs that accompanies these films is aimed at either idiots or six year olds. On the rare occasion, however, a decent track can be found wedged somewhere between the woeful Smash Mouth covers and cruel Baha Men originals. The Shrek The Third soundtrack is no exception, and keeping with tradition, features a brand new song from those kooky lads, Eels. While “Royal Pain” is far from Mr. E’s best work, it’s a hell of a lot better than both Fergie’s and Eddie Murphy’s contributions to the soundtrack.
So the story goes: While touring the globe on their rather raucous 2003 Bus Driving, Band Rocking tour, Eels wound up in Germany to play a string of shows. Throughout the Munich gig, some loud fan kept requesting “Novocaine For The Soul”, the band’s biggest commercial hit to date. But being the hard man that he is, E refused to crack under pressure and stuck to the night’s setlist - which did not include “Novocaine..” After the show, the fan was so pissed off that he confronted E, who simply told him to “Fuck off” and to “find something better to worry about”. Gotta love diplomacy.
At the next night’s show show in Vienna, E, still bent on not giving the crowd what they wanted, decided to give the audience a taste of their own medicine by inviting Afroman on stage to perform his latest hit “Because I Got High”. Some would call the results disastrous, but I like to call it a simple case of artist/audience karma.
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