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I had a chance to see Eels (aka Mark Oliver Everett or a man called ā€˜Eā€™) perform on Valentine's Day at the (soon-to-close) Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. Instead of an opening act we were treated to an hour-long BBC documentary on Everett's life story (see below for a synopsis). He performed material from his recently released Meet the Eels: Essential Eels Vol. I 1996 - 2006, as well as the Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities, and Unreleased 1996 - 2006.

A few songs into his set he brought his friend out to join him onstage (the two switched off on piano, guitar, and drums) and Everett had him read excerpts from his memoirs titled Things The Grandchildren Should Know. This was billed as his warm-up show for his tour and the format, which featured excerpts from the book followed by songs that tied in with his passages from the novel worked brilliantly.


Here's the Synopsis for Everett's memoirs titled Things The Grandchildren Should Know 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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