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Live Gig Video: watch Eels’ entire performance at London Royal Albert Hall, June 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 15th April 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

If you’re looking for something fantastic to get you over the midweek slump, we’ve got you covered. American band Eels just released yesterday a special 2-disc CD, 3-cisc clear purple vinyl and a DVD, the band’s third, ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’. You can watch the whole gig below as filmed on the 30th of June 2014, courtesy of our friends at Baeblemusic. To watch the whole presentation in its full-sized glory, watch it at Baeblemusic’s Web site.

 

Video of the Moment #1498: Eels

 
By on Tuesday, 15th April 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Already getting radio airplay, the new Eels song ‘Mistakes of My Youth’ has a video. The song figures on their brand new LP ‘The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett’, out next Monday via E Works / PIAS. As might be expected, a young Mark Oliver Everett tries to make his way in the world in the promo. Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it8bSb-THFI[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Eels at Newcastle Academy – 4th September 2013

 
By on Monday, 9th September 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Eels, as everyone knows, is the musical project of singer and bandleader Mark “E” Everett; not far off its 20th birthday, the project has shifted through many forms, from near-solo performances, through big band arrangements, to today’s incarnation, a five-piece guitar combo with a penchant for existential swamp-rock.

The entire performance is couched in slightly unsettling terms: the five-piece band is clad identically in Adidas tracksuit, beard and sunglasses; when they are introduced halfway through, it becomes apparent for reasons of convention they have all been given human nicknames, but don’t be fooled – the truth is that E has perfected the theory and practice of human genetic cloning, and has pressed it into service for the benefit of musical performance. The clue is in the leader’s name: he’s standing far stage right, and if you tag each musician from left to right, starting at the beginning of the alphabet, you finally get to E, the E-vil genius behind the whole affair.

On record, Eels have an eclectic way with an arrangement: latest LP ‘Wonderful, Glorious’ features bits of synth, electronic beats, and as many downtempo low-fi moments as electric guitar excursions. Not so live, however – tonight it was guitar central. Now, anyone who claims the guitar band is dead just has to look at what Eels can do with an electric guitar ensemble to refute their own claim. They start as they mean to go on – with noise and aggression. An extended play of ‘Dog Faced Boy’ rocks thumpingly hard. A surprise version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ is quite a treat so early in the set, the band revelling in the stop-start call-and-response section. Older heads in the audience nod along sagely. After such a noisy start, the tempo inevitably needs to slow down for a while. “Here’s one for the ladies”, E declares, before shifting into the gentle beauty of ‘The Turnaround’. See, girls, he’s not all beard and shouting, there’s a delicate side to him as well. Not that it lasts all that long, the band clearly ache to wind up the overdrive and rock out again for the drawn-out end coda.

But there’s more to Eels than just fret wizardry. There’s a strong theatrical streak throughout, at times almost disturbingly surreal. There’s a false alarm of some structural deficiency in the auditorium (ironic considering the venue’s collapsing floor incident of some years ago), complete with sirens and the band ducking for cover. There’s banter between the band and their tour crew, including the fantastically stereotypical tour manager who repeatedly attempts to limit them to just one more song. It’s obviously just for show, but there’s enough doubt in one’s mind to make it fun. They run back on stage to play a final song even as the stage is being dismantled; again, perfectly staged, but quite striking anyway, as the crew wander around coiling leads and packing kit, the band are belting out one final song. Were they allowed? Was it all for show, or a genuinely subversive act? Either way, it shows a sense for the dramatic, an awareness of the fourth-wall abstract that raises a simple rock ‘n’ roll performance to more profound heights. A memorable performance that barely scratched the surface of Eels’ back catalogue.

 

Alice Gold / August and September 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Saturday, 21st August 2010 at 5:00 pm
 

Power popper Alice Gold will be supporting Eels on their forthcoming European tour, as well as doing a couple of solo shows. The UK dates are as follows:

Tuesday 24th August 2010 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Wednesday 25th August 2010 – Edinburgh Picture House
Thursday 26th August 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Wednesday 1st September 2010 – London O2 Academy Brixton
Thursday 2nd September 2010 – London The Lexington (solo show)
Saturday 4th September 2010 – Manchester Academy
Thursday 23rd September 2010 – London The Drop (single launch party)

All dates are supporting Eels, unless otherwise noted.

Check out the video for Alice’s debut single, ‘Orbiter’:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzJBCbn-4T8[/youtube]

 

Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 
By on Friday, 7th May 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Electric Picnic has been regarded by some as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. Judging by the line-up released on Wednesday, I’d argue it might have a more interesting bill than Glasto this year. ’70s glam rockers Roxy Music will play their first Irish festival performance ever at Electric Picnic, after having reformed long after we diehards had assumed they’d never play together ever again. I think seeing Bryan Ferry croon his way through ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Avalon’ is worth the price of admission alone.

However, if Roxy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful acts to ring your bell. London electronica act Leftfield have decided to come out of hibernation to play selected festivals this year, including a headlining set at Electric Picnic; Bristol’s Massive Attack (pictured above) will also headline. Expect an epic dance party with these two along with sets by Booka Shade, Hot Chip, the Bloody Beetroots, LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Friendly Fires and the Big Pink. Indie rock will also be well represented by appearances by the Fall, the National, the Horrors, Eels and Modest Mouse.

This year’s festival will take place at Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland, on 3-5 September 2010. Weekend camping tickets are €240 (approximately £206) per adult (up to two children under the age of 14 are allowed to attend per paying adult, and all children must be pre-registered through the festival Web site). Please note that except for children who are pre-registered this way, the festival is 18+ and photo ID may need to be presented on-site. Camper van tickets are €60 (approximately £52). Tickets for the festival can be purchased from Ticketmaster.


Catch the full lineup (so far as of Wednesday 05 May) after the cut…

Continue reading Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

 

The Eels / UK Spring 2008 Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th November 2007 at 11:58 pm
 

The EelsCalifornians The Eels have announced a quick UK Tour early next year. They’ll play 6 dates at some more, erm, prestigous venues.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (14th November) at 9am. Catch them at:

Monday 25th February – London Royal Festival Hall
Tuesday 26th February – Birmingham Town Hall
Wednesday 27th February – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thursday 28th February – Glasgow Royal Festival Hall
Saturday 1st March – Gateshead Sage
Sunday 2nd March – Brighton Dome

 
 
 

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