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Eels Hit The Road

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Mark Oliver Everett, better known as the driving force of the band Eels, is nothing if not ambitious. After releasing a trilogy of albums in 2009-2010 (“Hombre Lobo”, “End Times”, and “Tomorrow Morning” for those keeping track), he has just announced a world tour that leaves no far-flung corner untrodden. Fans from China to Toronto to Austin will be able to watch live as Eels performs their uniquely darkly beautiful songs that are evocative of Tom Waits, Mark Kozelek, and Elliott Smith. The tour kicks off June 1st in California and then heads to the Far East with shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Next stop is Europe with Eels’ first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Then they kick off their North American tour with dates spanning from sea to shining sea. While a tour is gift enough for the devoted Eels fans across the globe, in the words of the inimitable Billy Mays: But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the tour, Eels are offering a free download of three tracks — one from each of the trilogy of albums released in 2010:

If the free music doesn’t convince you that this band is worth your hard-earned cash, here’s their video for “Fresh Blood” off their 2009 album “Hombre Lobo”:

Now go and buy tickets for any (or all) of these shows:

Eels 2011 Tour Dates:

06/01 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
06/05 – Beijing, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/06 – Shanghai, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/11 – Oslo, NO @ Norway Norwegian Wood Festival
06/12 – Gothenberg, SE @ Tradgarn
06/16 – Salzburg, AT @ Republic
06/17 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
06/18 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/19 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/20 – Heerlen, NL @ Parkstadtheater Limburg
06/21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Muzieksgebouw Frits Philips
06/23 – Bilbao, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
06/24 – Madrid, ES @ D-Code Festival
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/01 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
07/03 – Normandy, FR @ Beauregard Festival
07/04 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/05 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/06 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
07/07 – London, UK @ Somerset House
07/09 – Naas, IE @ Oxegen
07/10 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/11 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
07/12 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
07/14 – Berne, CH @ Gurten Festival
07/15 – Aix les Bains, FR @ Musilac Festival
07/17 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
07/21 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
07/22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
07/23 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
07/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cats Cradle
07/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
07/28 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
07/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
08/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
08/04 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater
08/10 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
08/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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