On Extreme Witchcraft, the always willing to experiment Eels has given fans something to sink their teeth into. The fourteenth studio album finds Mark Oliver Everett working with John Parish
EELS will release their fourteenth studio album Extreme Witchcraft on January 28 via PIAS and the band’s own E Works Records. Check out the first song Good Night On Earth” below. EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, co-produced
Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett (aka-E!) loves making unique, largely un-categorizable albums that span a plethora of genres and incorporate a variety of sounds and raw vocal performances. For proof, check out his concept album trilogy of Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning, or Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. Wonderful, Glorious attempts to continue this trend, but is far less successful than its predecessors.
Mark Everett is back at it. His Eels have been quite busy in the last few years, recording a record in each of the last three years if you include the soundtrack to Yes Man, which was comprised mostly of songs by Everett. For those familiar with Eels music, this latest release, End Times, won’t provide anything new to the puzzle in terms of style or feel, though it may be the darkest release yet.
Hombre Lobo songs shake with a weird sort of tension. “Lilac Breeze,” with its unyielding craziness, should eventually become an anthem for a future Quinten Tarantino film, while “The Longing” finds Everett searching for “her smile, her touch, her smell, her laugh, her tears, her sorrow, her faults, her doubts.” And that’s the thing about Everett—he’s tasted every flavor, tried every approach until he’s howling with delight. There’s not much here to dislike.
In anticipation of this summer’s Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails joint amphitheater tour, the two powerhouse alternative rock acts have launched a brand new website to get their fans ready for action. The sightly sparse site, which includes links to all the band’s social networking sub-sites, also features a free six song EP that contains the studio debut of two Jane’s tracks that Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor produced – Whores and Chip Away – both of which originally appeared on their 1987 self-titled live album.
Finally, we don’t often talk about movie trailers around these parts, but there have been two very cool ones that have surfaced over the last couple of days that we wanted to share. The first is for the highly anticipated, Spike Jonze directed adaptation of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are – which features the music of Arcade Fire and is set to have a soundtrack from YYY’s frontwoman Karen O. The second, is for Ang Lee’s adaptation of Elliot Tibor’s memoir Taking Woodstock – which tells the behind the scenes story of how the festival ended up at Yasgur’s Farm.
READ ON to see the trailers for both of these films…
It seems artists with monikers reflect a prolific outburst of songs. Take Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes, Damon Gough and Badly Drawn Boy or Mark Oliver Everett, who performs slippery title of eels. Working under the eels name since 1995, Everett has been turning out songs to the indie underground and has even captured Tom Waits as a die hard fan. This time around, Everett, or “E” as he