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Eels (aka Mark Oliver Everett or a man called ā€˜Eā€™) has just released Meet the Eels: Essential Eels Vol. I 1996 - 2006, as well as Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities, and Unreleased 1996 - 2006... together that's over fifty tracks between both collections!

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In addition to working on his next album, Everett has also released his memoirs titled Things The Grandchildren Should Know.

Here's the Synopsis from Amazon (because I couldn't put it any better myself):
How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In Things The Grandchildren Should Know Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of what it's like to grow up the insecure son of a genius in a wacky Virginia Ice Storm-like family. Left to run wild with his sister, his father (Hugh Everett, an American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics) off in some parallel universe of his own invention, Everett's upbringing was 'ridiculous, sometimes tragic and always unsteady'. But somehow he manages to not only survive his crazy upbringing and ensuing tragedies; he makes something of his life, striking out on a journey to find himself by channelling his experiences into his, eventually, critically acclaimed music with the Eels. But it's not an easy path. Told with surprising candour, Things The Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humour and wry wisdom.

I, for one, can't wait to pick this book up.

Here's a highlight from Meet The Eels...

"Climbing To The Moon" (Jon Brion Remix) (Previously Unreleased)

Read a favorable review for Things The Grandchildren Should Know here

Order Things The Grandchildren Should Know, Meet The Eels, or Useless Trinkets here

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