When the Eels hit the road next month in support of their forthcoming DreamWorks album, "Souljacker," touring guitarist John Parish, who produced and co-wrote a handful of songs on the album, won't be

When the Eels hit the road next month in support of their forthcoming DreamWorks album, "Souljacker," touring guitarist John Parish, who produced and co-wrote a handful of songs on the album, won't be along for the ride. Owing to the arrival of a new baby, Parish will be replaced by Joe Gore (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey) in the lineup, which is rounded out by bandleader E (real name: Mark Oliver Everett), drummer Butch Norton, and touring bassist Koool G Murder.

The tour will kick off March 16 in Austin, Texas, and wrap April 10, but more dates are promised. "The rock cannot be stopped," reads a note on the tour page of the band's official Web site.

Due March 12, "Souljacker" will be augmented by a bonus EP, in the same fashion as the U.K. edition that was released last September. Exclusively featured on the U.S. version is the previously unreleased track "Rotten World Blues," along with "I Write the B-Sides," "Jehovah's Witness," and "Hidden Track."

Several tracks from the album are used in director Wim Wenders' "Twelve Miles to Trona," according to the Eels site. The 10-minute film is part of a larger collaborative project dubbed "Ten Minutes Older," made up of 10-minute films based on the subject of time by as many as 15 directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Luc Godard, Jim Jarmusch, and Spike Lee. Produced by Wenders' Road Movies company, the film is due to premiere in May at France's annual Cannes Film Festival.

In other news, E has recorded a version of Skip James' "Little Cow and Calf is Gonna Die Blues" for the six-part PBS documentary series "The Blues." As first reported here, "The Blues" is being assembled by storied director Martin Scorsese and is due to air in fall 2003.

"Souljacker" is the follow-up to the Eels' 2000 release "Daisies of the Galaxy," which debuted at No. 17 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

Here are the Eels' upcoming tour dates:

March 16: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
March 17: New Orleans (Tipitina's)
March 19: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
March 20: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
March 22: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
March 23: New York (Irving Plaza)
March 24: Boston (Paradise)
March 25: Philadelphia (Theater of Living Arts)
March 27: Toronto (Lee's Place)
March 28: Cleveland (Odeon)
March 29: Farmdale, Mich. (Magic Bag)
March 30: Chicago (Metro)
April 1: Minneapolis (Woman's Club)
April 3: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
April 5: Seattle (Crocodile Cafe)
April 10: Los Angeles (El Rey Theater)