June 1, 2006

Eels: Black Session, Paris 2000

A million thanks to Stu, who wrote to me last night after he got back from the Eels show in San Francisco with a mini-review. E played with Smoosh, those pre-teen musical prodigies that are just so darn cute, whom I absolutely object to because they remind me of Mary Kate & Ashley Olson, (pre-anorexia & pre-poor-fashion-choices). Besides, if I want to listen to children in the indie rock world, I’d almost rather go with that four-year-old from Japan. Almost.

Anyway, Stu’s email helped me complete the handful of missing tracks from this great Eels concert I’ve been wanting to post. Sublime.

Eels Black Sessions
Paris, France – Studio 105

01. Instrumental Overture
02. Feelin’ Good [Nina Simone]
03. Grace Kelly Blues
04. My Beloved Monster
05. It’s A Motherf*cker
06. I Like Birds
07. Cheater’s Guide
08. Suicide Life
09. Can’t Help Falling In Love [Elvis Presley]
10. Flyswatter
11. Introducing the Eels Orchestra
12. Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues
13. Susan’s House
14. Jeannie’s Diary (played but not broadcast)
15. Novocaine For The Soul (played but not broadcast)
16. Brave Little Soldier (played but not broadcast)


This show was broadcast live on the radio as part of the famous French Black Sessions, with Jeannie’s Diary performed during the 10PM news (not too shabby). The sound quality and song choice on this set are both excellent. More pics here. And happy June everyone!

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  • thank you heather! very cool post!

    Ledbelly — June 1, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  • haether its always great to see the eels posted, E is such a wonderful talent, i’ve already got this sessioin but i would recomend it to everyone, its fabulous. have you ever checked out the Rocking eels austrian fan site, it is probably the finest fan site on the web and is chockful of wonderful live stuff to download. so worth a visit if you love uncle e and all his works.
    Mick Dillingham

    Anonymous — June 1, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  • ah come one…ya gotta give smoosh a chance. you’d be surprised at how good the songwriting is. i cant wait to see what these girls do when they get a bit older. its gonna be great.

    and ive got a wicked post of e’s solo stuff coming up, including a rare kcrw session. /shameless plug

    Don't Need Anything — June 1, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

  • i love the eels version of “damn, i wish i was your lover”!

    jethronh — June 2, 2006 @ 7:49 am

  • ah, heather… you are too kind.

    the eels FTP has always proven tempermental, and the much-ballyhooed Black Session has eluded me for years as a result.

    after listening to it today (a nice prep for seeing them in dc next weekend!)… i am one happy boy. many thanks!

    David — June 2, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  • you are a lovely lady.
    thank you.

    For the Earth — June 14, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

  • Thank you very much! I’ve been away from the EELS for personal and love reasons but now I’m back :) and I want to have everything to compensate the time I wasn’t here

    The Man Next Door — July 30, 2006 @ 7:08 am

  • Thank you very much , Muchas gracias

    Anonymous — April 22, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  • and here is another THANK YOU from Cairo!

    ahmad — December 5, 2007 @ 1:51 am

  • Some great Eels stuff here, so thank you Heather ;) Great posts, reviews, pics etc. I would love to hear from anyone who has a correctly ordered tracklisting for the “Black Session”. Also any other recordings that are not widely available (the KCRW session that got a “shameless plug” for example). I see that apart from the last two posts the site has been dormant for around 18 months; I hope it hasn’t died. I look forward to meeting more Eels fans soon.

    Zed — January 9, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  • The Eels are great and this is another great album.

    Mark — March 17, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  • hi
    I stumbled across your old posting of eels black sessions
    I have it, but not the 3 bonus tracks
    any way you give me a link to those as I see they expired
    saw eels last sunday in oxford England……wonderful
    great site you have here !

    john — June 21, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

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