Entries tagged with: Eels
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
photos by PSquared Photography
Eels @ Webster Hall, 3/1/2013
On the back of a strong 10th album, Wonderous Glorious, Eels slithered into NYC on Friday (3/1) for a show at Webster Hall. Dressed in matching tracksuits, frontman E and the rest of the band came out for a 20-plus song set that touched on his entire career, plus covers of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" and Small Faces' "Ichycoo Park." The crowd was warmed up with opening sets from Nicole Atkins and the strange torch songs of twisted clown act Puddles Pity Party. Puddles and Eels also performed an impromptu, post-encore finale as the crew disassembled the stage.
More pictures from Friday's show below....
Eels will welcome a new LP via Vagrant on February 5, 2013 titled Wonderful, Glorious. The long-player, Mark Oliver Everett's 10th, features thirteen new tracks including "Peach Blossom," which you can stream below.
Just a few days after Wonderful, Glorious is released into the wild, so too will Eels, as part of a whirlwind two-month world tour. Kicking off on Valentine's Day in Santa Ana, look for the band to hit Webster Hall on March 1 Ticket info is on the way.
All tour dates are listed below along with the album art and tracklist and song stream.
Eels at Terminal 5 (photos by Andrew St. Clair)
After mounting a less than three month, four continent world tour last year, Eels will dial it down a notch for a second set of dates this year that will only take them across three continents in around the same amount of time. Kicking off in California on June 1st, the band will head to China to play a pair of dates and then tour Europe before heading back to the US where they'll eventually play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 29 & July 30 (much smaller than Terminal 5). Look for tickets on Ticketmaster soon.
The band is also offering a free download of a three-song EP culled from the band's recent three LPs: Hombre Lobo, End Times, and Tomorrow Morning. Download that for the price of an email address, and check out all tour dates (and some videos) below.
No, Teen Wolf did not play Terminal 5 Saturday night.
Considering the genres and subgenres and whatever other classification you want to put Eels into, the two openers for Saturday night's show at Terminal 5 (9/25) were an odd trio. Carla Rhodes, also known as the "Rock and Roll Ventriloquist" - comedienne and ventriloquist alike - produced a Keith Richards dummy from her traveling suitcase and sang "Dead Flowers" with it. Not to be topped, her second puppet act, Cecil Sinclair sang songs about saltwater taffy and commanded her to "crank up that Victrola!"
Second act Jesca Hoop, donning a hot pink top with bell-shaped sleeves draped over her acoustic guitar, possessed a pure and ethereal voice and also made an unlikely pairing with the Eels. Hoop sang a "batch of precocious tunes" for us (her words) in a light, airy soprano that impressively did not lose its airiness even when visiting the lower registers. Her style is very Regina Spektor-like at times, switching octaves and then continuing on in a smooth legato. While the songs on her album Under My Dress are backed by a full band, Hoop's performance was solo, only accompanied by her guitar and would fit perfectly on a bill with Sarah McLachlan and co.
The Eels took to the stage after an odd symphonic prelude of "When You Wish Upon A Star" while the stage lights illuminated the various instruments atop it. Mark Oliver Everett, ubiquitous front man for the Eels, started the show with a solo version of "Daisies of the Galaxy," from 2000's album of the same name. Looking much like a painter/trucker, Everett had his head wrapped in a blue bandana and wore all white, rocking his signature grizzly beard. Switching guitars, he went on to play a version of "What I Have To Offer," still solo but accompanied by band mate "The Chet" on slide guitar. The whole band hopped on for the first ensemble song "Prizefighter," off 2009's Hombre Loco, and from there on out performed material from the newer albums - the aforementioned Hombre Loco, End Times, and just released Tomorrow Morning. No one can accuse E of slowing down (the man's almost 50), as he and the Eels have released 3 records in a little over a year's time.
One instrument missing from the stage altogether was Everett's signature Wurlitzer electric piano, used heavily on Beautiful Freak, Daisies of the Galaxy, and Blinking Lights. This Terminal 5 show was just straight up, gritty, down-home rock 'n roll. E and the band revisited the past a few times with "Jungle Telegraph," "Dog Faced Boy," and a couple revamped versions of "My Beloved Monster," "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues," and "I Like Birds." Everett howled like a banshee on "Fresh Blood" and performed a retro cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City."
The band consisted of Everett, The Chet, and new kid P-Boo on guitars, bassist Cool G Murder, and Knuckles on drums. With 3 guitars simultaneously riffing on "Souljacker Pt. 1," it occurred to me that having that many guitars on a live stage was like typing in all caps - a little unnecessary, but hella fun. Eels wrapped up the show with two encores, one a somber "I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" and finished the night with "I Like The Way This Is Going" and "Baby Loves Me."
Fans expecting to see emo-Eels perform stuff off Beautiful Freak or Blinking Lights would have been sorely disappointed, as it's obvious Everett is going through some type of mid-life rocker phase. Proving his vocal chops are still intact and that he's versatile as ever, it's clear that E and the Eels are definitely not too old to party.
More pictures fom the Eels Terminal 5 show, though unfortunately none of ventriloquist Carla Rhodes, with remaining tour dates, below...
The band Eels (the long-running project of Mark Oliver Everett) have plotted a tour (their first since 2008) that will travel to Australia, Europe and - in September and October - North America. The trip reaches NYC on Saturday, September 25th for a show at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11th, at noon.
The kick off for the tour is a warm-up show in Santa Ana, California, on August 3rd. Its last date is an L.A. show on October 12th.
The tour corresponds with Tomorrow Morning, Eels' ninth studio album, which comes out August 24th on E Works Records. The record (cover above) is the third in a trilogy with 2009's Hombre Lobo and early 2010's End Times. Videos from End Times, all tour dates and album tracklist are below...
DOWNLOAD: THE POLYPHONIC SPREE - HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: OVER THE RHINE - ALL I EVER GET FOR CHRISTMAS IS BLUE (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: RYAN ADAMS - HEY PARKER, IT'S CHRISTMAS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: SMASHING PUMPKINS - RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: SUFJAN STEVENS - JOY TO THE WORLD (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: LIZ PHAIR - WINTER WONDERLAND (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: EELS - CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO THE DOGS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: THE WHITE STRIPES - SILENT NIGHT (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: BRIGHT EYES - BLUE CHRISTMAS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: RILO KILEY - XMAS CAKE (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ROGUE WAVE - CHRISTMAS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: MY MORNING JACKET - SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: WEEZER - THE CHRISTMAS SONG (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: THE KINKS - FATHER CHRISTMAS (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: MORPHINE - SEXY CHRISTMAS BABY MINE (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DEERHOOF - THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: PEARL JAM - SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS (MP3)
photos by Leia Jospe
Eels have been more renowned of late for their ever-cynical frontman E's dry gags--inviting George Bush to their show in D.C., attempting to buy a one-second Super Bowl ad--than for their patented Paxil pop. But it's still just as you remember it--brooding, intense, mildly funky. They've just released a greatest-hits set, a two-disc B-side comp (both with corresponding DVDs), and their fifth(!) live album (available only at their shows)--all of which don't have many revelations beyond a few decent singles since they last fell off your radar. [Christopher Weingarten]Eels play their second of two shows at Highline Ballroom tonight (April 2). More pictures below....