Eels at the Fonda: The man known as E formed Eels way back in 1991, though the Beautiful Freak debut album and “Novocaine for the Soul” breakthrough single didn’t arrive until 1996 (recorded over two years prior to that). Their fourteenth and most recent album, Extreme Witchcraft, dropped last year and it continues their trend for wonderfully offbeat, quirky but not silly alt-pop-rock.
May saw Eels release a reissue of the Blinking Lights and Other Revelations album. “When it was time to master the Blinking Lights reissue I needed to listen to the whole double album for the first time since it came out in 2005, and I was surprised by what I heard,” Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, said in a statement. “It was an intense and emotional experience for me and I felt proud of it and overwhelmed by how hard we worked on it. I’ll start mentally preparing to listen to it again when it’s reissued again in 10 years.”
“A homemade epic, Blinking Lights… is an imaginative, emotional reflection on the condition of living, and was recorded mostly in Everett’s Los Angeles basement over a period of several years,” reads the press release. “Sprawling over 33 tracks are songs about faith, responsibility, growing up, dignity, disappointment, comfort, hope and renewal. Upon release, it was the most personal EELS album since 1998’s Electro-Shock Blues. That album dealt with the nearly simultaneous suicide of Everett’s sister and terminal illness of his mother, from the subjects’ points of view. Blinking Lights… found him a few years down the line, battling some of the family demons himself, with the after effects of past tragedies having become more of a personal issue in his adult life, sometimes fearlessly autobiographical, and other times built around the related stories of others.”
Eels at the Fonda: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Fonda Theatre.
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