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The award-winning documentary, called “Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives” and broadcast in the U.S. on the Public Broadcasting Service program “NOVA,” focuses on E’s attempts to understand his emotionally distant father, the celebrated quantum physicist Hugh Everett, whose lifeless body was found by E when he was only 18. Everett, author of the “many worlds” theory of parallel universes, earned both scorn and a devoted following.

The same could be said for E himself, who has been savaged by some critics who say his music is alternatively too frivolous or too dark. E dismisses the critics and says anyone who comes to an Eels show will find it “undeniably fun.”

“It’s all very misguided,” he said. “All I’m trying to do as an artist is reflect life in all its different shapes and colors, and anyone paying attention knows there are all sorts of ups and downs in a song. It might get pretty dark but it’s always in the name of getting somewhere positive, and our shows are all about positivity.

“The whole goal is about feeling good about life and rejuvenated.”