Eels are coming to Boston! Playing the Somerville Theater on March 31st, 2008.

If you don’t know Eels, you should check out Meet the Eels: Essential Eels 1996-2006, Vol. 1, which includes a 24-song CD (sort of a greatest hits album, with 2 unrelased songs) and a 12 song DVD of videos. Also worth picking up is Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007, which is 2 CDs plus a DVD.

I grabbed both releases plus a shirt off the official store, but it looks like that deal is no longer available, though lots of other good stuff is.

Here’s E from Eels talking about the new discs:

(There’s also a video interview at Amazon)