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This new Eels song, from the forthcoming self-produced End Times (the one with the downcast Adrian Tomine-drawn cover) made me think about Electro-Shock Blues for the first time in ages. It has a stripped down, raw feeling to it (both musically and emotionally) that you’d find on the 1998 collection’s best, most intimate moments. The new collection focuses on divorce and aging. Electro looked at the suicide of his sister, his mother’s terminal lung cancer, and the surreal feeling that he was about to be the last living member of his family (his father died earlier, when he was 19). When someone can distill these sorts of emotions into a song it can be devastating — even if the style or aesthetic isn’t your cup of tea. You’ve already heard the sad, beautiful “Little Bird.” Here’s “In My Younger Days,” a track that looks backward and forward and tries to come to conclusions about the space in between. You know, nervously dodging bullets vs happily taking a walk.

End Times is out 1/19 via Vagrant.

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  1. Mike  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    I’m pretty sure E’s mother died after Electroshock Blues was released. Wikipedia says a leg of the support tour was cancelled as a result.

  2. Rich  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    “Daisies of the Galaxy” was the Eels album written after the death of E’s mom and sister. It is the best Eels record in my opinion. Beautiful stuff. So overlooked.

    • Agreed. Love that album so much.

    • Kyle Haver  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2009 0

      Daisie’s really was a great album. But I think Blinking Lights will go down as his masterpeice. Just SO soilid and with great flow as well. I can’t believe that this guy still really hasn’t been noticed. I went to see him(them) in Boulder on the last tour. Maybe 200 people. Great show! I can’t believe how much money I pay for other favorites of mine and I see the Eels for $15 in an empty college bar. A popular one at that. I hope it doesn’t discourage him from going on tour. I’ll be there for sure!

    • Funderbunk  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2009 0

      No, Electro Shock Blues is the one he wrote after his mom’s cancer and sister’s suicide.

      I mean, it’s kind of a dead giveaway, isn’t it? “Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor”, “The Dead of Winter” and “Cancer for the Cure”.

      Daisies came after that, and is far more upbeat.

  3. Sonny Gonzales  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009 0

    This song is pretty damn good …. ANd my fav album is Daisy’s as well …….

  4. I don’t know what it is, but this man’s music always has the ability to move me.

  5. The man is a master record maker and songwriter. Anyone see the PBS doc on his journey to meet his fathers collegues? His dad is responsible for the multiverse theory. Seriour truth.

  6. joshfitz  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2009 0

    Definitely one of the more consistent and underrated bands currently operating. I have seen them on three different occasions and not one was like the previous. The first time I saw them, was front row at the Somerville Theater, and they blew me away. Not just the music, but the fact that they continued to come out for encores when the stage lights were up, and equipment was being broken down.

    Not to mention the Blinking Lights tours, the first using the junk chamber orchestra, the second with the crazy but entertaining security guard. This is a great track, I was underwhelmed by Hombre Lobo (hey it can happen to the best of them.) I am really looking forward to End Days.

    • I was at that somerville theater show. Great stuff, especially the “the eels have left the building…. or not” surprise second encore. I really hope they play there again on the next tour.

  7. A Poveda  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2009 0

    Yes, it was Electoshock Blues (one of my all time favorite albums by the way, it has helped me through good and bad times). I love E and i think he’s super sincere at what he does but most of the things he releases do sound kinda similar. And i don’t mean the way he sings, i think its the song structure and stuff.
    Doesn’t matter anyway, i hope he sticks around forever

  8. The lyrics are good but everything else is SHIT

  9. @why is it very bad : Your comment is SHIT.

  10. @why is it very bad : Your comment is SHIT.

  11. This Caustic Life  |   Posted on Dec 6th, 2009 0

    E is a Genius!

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