Friday, May 29, 2009
Eels up inside ya.
It's three days until the new album by the Eels officially comes out; however, sneaky people like myself have managed to find a leaked copy. I'm giving it the first listen right now and I have to say I'm enjoying it very much. The album "Hombre Lobo" which is Spanish for werewolf is a conceptual album about desire, and is considered to be a very loose sequel to the "Souljacker" album with its loud guitars, heavy distortion, and big beards - as seen here.
Also we have some rather beautiful ballads - if that's the right term, I've never really understood the constitution of a ballad - as shown right here - is that a bass mandolin?
Here's the first official music video which was directed by Jesse Dylan - yep, that's what one of Bob's kids does for a living. The video seems a little David Lynch, Mullholland Drive, slash Inland Empire inspired and the film-maker inside me finds it a little underwhelming, but it's a good song and worth a listen.
Apparently there will also be a b-side album which will be very interesting as Mark Oliver Everett, or E as he prefers to be called, makes some incredible b-sides which are rich in sample potential. In other musical news Sonic Youth's album "The Eternal," comes out in a week and half "officially," but there are places on the intertubes that provide preview listens. After Sonic Youth we will reach a kind of black hole of sorts as there will nothing of real mainstream interest to come out for a few months apart from remastered editions of some Rolling Stones and Beatles records, which I imagine will have some audiophiles creaming themselves in preparation for the arguments they will have about the dynamics being lost in the new masters.
Ok, time to shower and plan my long weekend.