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So, you’re probably wondering why we’ve been hopping around with comically oversize cotton balls glued to the rear of our jeans, pressing flowers, kissing everything in sight, and sneezing like the dickens. Well, in case you haven’t noticed, Spring has sprung! And along with the flowers – ACHOO! – a batch of Ebola-related happenings are popping through the loam. Yep, it’s time for the latest update in the world of Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits!

Ah, if only there were more time in the day. The lives of documentarians do not leave nearly as much time for shows, touring and all the other stuff we’ve filled our months and years with until recently. But even though Corbett is hard at work directing/producing a documentary about the early years of the East Bay punk scene (with Dan on the part-time assist and Green Day as executive producers!), every spare moment is spent in the strange little fantasy realm you’ve come to know and love – well, know, at least. Once we finish with this film later in the year, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled mayhem of touring, recording, and video projects.

That said, we’ve got a few shows coming up in the Bay Area. Kindly consider dropping everything to see us at these fine establishments:

April 24 – OAKLAND, CA @ The Uptown w/ Metalachi (mind-blowing – you guessed it – heavy metal mariachi) – Tickets here: http://www.uptownnightclub.com/events/metalachi-plus-special-guests/

April 30 – SF, CA @ Dark Room Theater w/ The Business (San Francisco’s most hilarious underground comedy showcase.)

If you can make it to one of these shows, you may notice some new stuff has recently been added to our army o’ merch. First up, we’re proud to finally have available Cut From a Different Fur, a live CD recorded at Different Fur Studios last Fall. Thanks to Rooftop Comedy Productions, Different Fur, and the lovely audience who showed up that day for a special performance. If you can’t wait until our next show, you can check it out here: http://shop.rooftopcomedy.com/album/cut-from-a-different-fur

While you’re perusing all things Ebola, head on over to our online store at http://bobbyjoeebola.bigcartel.com/, where we’ve got a new T-shirt (in two styles!), designed by the great Mike King of Lion’s Teeth Comics! Check out more by Mike King here: http://lionsteeth.net/

We’ve also got large high quality black canvas tote bags designed by Horrible Comics, with our familiar cartoony logo! Amaze your friends! Check out more from Horrible Comics here: http://fb.com/horriblecomics

We’re happy to say that our books seem to be moseying off the shelves at a decent clip, and most people are paying for them! Thanks to everyone who picked up copies of The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook and Meal Deal With The Devil. If you haven’t grabbed yours, yet, what are you waiting for? Pick both of them up from Microcosm Publishing in a Super Bundle: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/4761

And of course we’ve still got copies left of our limited-edition Jukebox Records CLEAR VINYL 7”, which features the too-weird-to-be-made-up story of “Tashirojima”, our acoustic Beach Boys sendup “Naked Beach Party on the White House Lawn”, and covers of songs by folk agitators Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie!
http://bobbyjoeebola.bigcartel.com/product/new-limited-bobby-joe-ebola-tashirojima-7-vinyl-ep

Speaking of 7” records, don’t forget about our split with Asheville maniacs Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa
Buy the KLS/BJE split 7″ at this link: https://squareup.com/market/mayfields-all-killer-no-filler-records/bobby-joe-ebola-kls

Finally, remember when we had that documentary crew following us around on tour? Well, the documentary short Trainwreck to Narnia is fully operational, and director Dylan Bergeson has been gathering a pile of accolades since its release.

At the recent 2014 Albany Film Fest, the film captured the awards for Best Documentary Short and the grand prize of Best In Show! His documentary also recently won the Margaret & William Hearst Award for Excellence in Documentary Film! Huge congrats to Dylan on this recognition for his film!

And now you can see the film for yourself; rent it in the pants-optional comfort of your own home for only $3.50! Rent it at this link: http://distrify.com/films/7999-trainwreck-to-narnia

Well, that’s about it for now. We’ve got other pots bubbling and projects a-coming, and we’ll let you know as new batches of steaming goodness plop off the ass-embly line. We hope to see you at our upcoming shows, but either way, be good to each other, eat your vegetables, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Ta ta for now!

-Dan & Corbett

 

Well, well. We made it through another year. From the depths of our subterranean compound, we at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits would like to wish you a happy New Year! Any way you slice it, 2013 was a big year for us, full of firsts and gigantic leaps forward. We toured like maniacs for the first half of the year, culminating with our first headlining gig at Great American Music Hall. The strain nearly broke us, but we were able to switch gears and put out two books in the Fall with Horrible Comics and Microcosm Publishing- The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook and Meal Deal With The Devil – and laid the groundwork for a 2014 full of weird-tastic fun and shenanigans. We were even able to end 2013 on a crazy high note; we had the honor of sharing a Gilman bill with the legendary BLATZ, who reunited to help allay medical costs for an old pal, Mike Montano of FILTH.

If you haven’t seen our merch table recently, you’ll be pleased to note we have a couple of new additions: Our long-awaited split 7” with Asheville weirdos Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa is out on Mayfield’s All Killer No Filler, as is a new 4-song Bobby Joe Ebola 7″ out now on Jukebox Records! Jukebox Records is a totally cool, subscription based monthly 7″ deal… with the emphasis on cultivating more love for jukeboxes! This one features two originals and two cover tunes including the unreleased BJE tune TASHIROJIMA and our unreleased cover of PHIL OCHS’ DRAFT DODGER RAG!

Buy the KLS/BJE split 7″ at this linkhttps://squareup.com/market/mayfields-all-killer-no-filler-records/bobby-joe-ebola-kls

Buy the BJE 4 song 7″ from Jukebox Records at this linkhttp://www.jukebox-records.com/index.php

Of course, there’s more on the way. You may recall a while back we recorded a live album at Different Fur Studios in SF. Well, that release is coming along, and should be out on Rooftop Comedy Productions sometime in March. We’ll keep you posted on that one! We’re also currently in different stages of production on  7 new music videos. Some will be for songs on Trainwreck to Narnia, and others from our 2010 album F, finally completing our quest to make a video for each song on that album. A DVD will follow once we’ve compiled these videos, but again, we’ll be sure to give you plenty of warning. In addition, we will soon be going into the studio to record a mini-opera written to accompany a special edition of Taking the Lane, a Portland-based bicycle-friendly ‘zine published by our friends at Taking The Lane Media.

Meanwhile, Corbett is also hard at work on a feature-length documentary about the early years of the East Bay punk scene, which spawned Green Day as well as dozens of other shockingly good bands.

That sort of breakneck schedule doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for shows and touring, so our live appearances will be somewhat limited for the next little while. Still, our Bay Area friends can catch us Jan 17 on the Displayed Labors radio show (4-6 pm on 104.1 FM in the East Bay; the livestream can be found at www.berkeleyliberationradio.net), and Jan. 19 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, where we’ll be playing with The Haymarket Squares and The Crux! (Event link for Thee Parkside show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/390020534433997/ ).

Then, Jan. 25, we’ll be kicking off another benefit for Mike Montano, this time at Toot’s Tavern in Crockett. This show will feature FIFTEEN (yep, that Fifteen), Civil War Rust, Mystic Knights of the Cobra, Guantanamo Dogpile, The Hunky Newcomers (from Lansing, MI), City Mouse (From San Diego, CA), and Freedom Club! (Facebook event for that here: https://www.facebook.com/events/262973140521221/ )

If you’ve been following our exploits for a while, you know that crazy stuff happens with us, sometimes with very little notice. We encourage you to check our “SHOWS” page first thing every single morning, to see what we’ve gotten into next: http://bobbyjoeebola.com/?page_id=13

Until next time, keep each other warm by any means necessary, and don’t waste a second making 2014 your year.

Toodles,

Dan & Corbett

 

“Listen: Do you smell something?”

It smells like falling leaves, like frantic last-minute barbecues, like rain on cooling asphalt. Oh, and that other smell? Whoops, sorry about that….

Wha-wha-what? You mean to tell me that summer has come and gone since the last update from Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits?!? Egad, it seems like just a moment ago we finished our last missive, wayyy back in late June. But in fact we have been so consumed with our quixotic quest, that it has just plumb slipped our minds to write another one of these missives.

What is that quest, we hear you ask? Faithful Friends and Fans, our mission remains the same as always: to bring you the awful Truth of this world, in tasty jumbo-sized (mac)nuggits of music, film, print, live performance, and whatever other morsels we can deliver from our greymeats to yours. So strap yourself in, down or on, because we have a LOT to tell you about. And heeeerre we go!

When we left off last time, we were scrambling to raise funds for a couple of impending projects, and hurriedly putting the finishing touches on others. Well, we’re glad to announce that over the last couple of months, nearly all of those impending projects have come off the assembly line and are available for you to enjoy! Thanks to all who donated and support our band in any way, financial or otherwise. You have made so much possible for us!

This summer, we announced the long-awaited release of Bad Boys Gotta Rock It!, a double-cassette live album out on San Francisco-based Selfish Satan Recordings. Over a decade in the making, this album pulls together the best and weirdest of our live performances from 1996-2012, from acoustic basement shows and early studio experiments to radio appearances and packed full-band rock shows! If you’ve never seen us live, this is the next best thing; maybe even better because you don’t have to smell us. If you were at some of our shows in the old days, this release will take you back to days of yore. You might even hear your own voice, singing along or heckling us!

Click this link to order your copy today: http://www.selfishsatanrecordings.com/catalog.htm

But ladies and germs, that’s just the tip of the Ebola-berg. Last month, we were ECSTATIC to finally announce our one-two dick-punch into the world of comics publishing, with the simultaneous release of TWO books: The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook and Meal Deal With The Devil. Thanks to an enormous leap of faith by our friends at Portland’s own Microcosm Publishing, both books are now available in many stores and to purchase online! Both books will be in stores, large and small, worldwide on November 15th through IPG and Turnaround UK distributors!

For those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, Meal Deal With The Devil is a fantastically silly throwback to those old readalong storybooks from the 80’s. Gorgeously illustrated by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics, Meal Deal comes includes a CD EP, with two “story-songs” that allow you to read along with the track. Three tracks of original Bobby Joe Ebola songs round out the CD, making Meal Deal With The Devil a hellishly entertaining package for bratty little monsters with medium- to low-maturity levels. Read a recent review of it here: http://www.verbicidemagazine.com/2013/09/26/meal-deal-with-the-devil-dan-abbott-jason-chandler-corbett-redford-book-cd-review/

The Bobby Joe Songbook is 192 pages of AWESOME. Edited by the aforementioned Mr. Chandler, this tome contains everything you need to be an obscure comedy band! Lyrics and chords to 98 easy-to-learn Bobby Joe Ebola songs stand amidst DIY how-to essays, embarrassing facts about the band, Pinole trivia, puzzles, and much more! Best of all, EVERY PAGE is full of amazing art by over 40 of our favorite artists, including Winston Smith, Dakota McFadzean, Jennie Cotterill, Mitch Clem, Cristy Road, Andy Warner, Keeli McCarthy, Petr Sorfa, Max Clotfelter, Jon Carling, Mike Foxall, Shielaugh Divelbiss, Richie Bucher, Ben Catmull, Eryc Why, Jason Novak and many more!

So, not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but between these two books we’ve pretty much got your bathroom reading covered for the foreseeable future, along with your bong-aided time-slaying sessions. See for yourself!

ORDER OUR NEW BOOKS AT THE LINKS BELOW!

Meal Deal With The Devil Storybook/CD EP (with a sliding scale payment option!): http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/audio-zines/4416/

The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbookhttp://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/4408/

Discount Bundle Deal for BOTH books: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/4761

Stores! Are you interested in carrying the two new BJE books? For wholesale inquires, visit http://MicrocosmPublishing.Com/


What’s that, you say?
Vinyl is making a comeback? No duh, says Merchy, our long-suffering merch table, barely standing up under the weight of our assortment of records, books, shirts and buttons. Open wide, Merchy, ‘cause hot off the presses, we’ve got TWO NEW 7” RECORDS!

First up, check out the Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa/Bobby Joe Ebola 7″ EP OUT NOW ON Chattanooga’s own Mayfield’s All Killer No Filler! This four song EP features two songs each from BJE & KLS, awesome artwork by Amy Mayfield & Hillary Trammel, liner notes and a cool Mayfield’s vinyl sticker! BJE songs are the original BJE saxophone rocker, “The Poor” and a cover of Tom Lehrer‘sMy Hometown“. KLS songs are the original “Nothing Youth Battalion” and the cover of The Trash Monkeys’ “Beautiful Boy/Beautiful Girl“!

We MacNuggits have always had much love for the “Region Rockers” of Chattanooga, Tennessee and for the ever-weird art-punk band KLS. This 7″ is representative of that love to us!

TO ORDER YOURS: EMAIL MAYFIELDRECORDS@GMAIL.COM and the good folks there will write you back, get your shipping address & will send you a Paypal invoice so you can pay for your order. 7″s are $6 plus shipping (shipping costs varies on location). Stores & Distros: Email the same address to ask about wholesale cost!

Order the BJE/KLS 7″ now at this link: https://squareup.com/market/mayfields-all-killer-no-filler-records/bobby-joe-ebola-kls

Buh-BAM! In addition, we’re also proud to announce a large hole 45″ EP on JUKEBOX RECORDS!

This 7″ will feature the BRAND NEW & UNRELEASED song “Tashirojima”, written about the true story of the harrowing survival of the citizens of “Cat Island” during the 2011 Japanese tsunami AND our BRAND NEW & UNRELEASED cover of Phil Ochs‘ “Draft Dodger Rag“! Two other BJE tracks fill the sucker out for good measure!

How do you get this fine record? We’re glad you asked!

Run by Dave of Lucky Laquers, JUKEBOX RECORDS is a subscription service where you can get 6 months ($30) or 12 months ($60) of 7″s arriving to your door - you get one new 7″ every month plus subscribers get a BONUS 7″! That’s seven 7″s for $30 or 13 7″s for $60! Whatta deal! Each 7″ also comes with a custom printed center hole adapter and amazing sleeve art by artists Ken Lyon (2013 7″s) and Peter Bagge (2014 7″s)! Each 7″ features at least one original and one cover by each band!

Order your subscription now over at http://www.jukebox-records.com/index.php - let them know you’d like the Bobby Joe Ebola 7″ in your subscription!

Say, did you know there’s a documentary film about us?  Yup. I know, weird, right?

And after months of nail-gnawing anticipation, it’s finally screening! The award-winning documentary short Trainwreck to Narnia, directed by Dylan Bergeson, follows our 2012 West Coast tour, as we prepared for our first-ever performance at The Troubadour in Los Angeles! Join us November 10th at The New Parkway in Oakland for the first public screening of the film!

Facebook event for the screening here: https://www.facebook.com/events/374108329389482/

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH – 12:30PM – 2:30PM

@ The New Parkway, 474 24th St Oakland, 94612

We are proud to announce that ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL BENEFIT BAY AREA GIRLS ROCK CAMP! Find out more about this great organization here:http://www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org/

The screening will be followed by an acoustic performance and Q&A with us!

And this is probably a good segue into another exciting development in Ebola-land –  our return to the stage! You may have noticed our absence from live performance since, good god, way back in May. Last month, we broke our fast with an acoustic performance in Portland to celebrate the release of our books. And we’ve got a bunch of gigs and appearances coming up before year’s end, so hopefully we can make up for lost time!

Upcoming October/November Bobby Joe Ebola Show Dates

10/11-12 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – @ ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO (Book Signing)

10/22 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – PRIVATE EVENT – LIVE ALBUM RECORDING!

10/26 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – @ Clarion Alley Block Party

10/27 - BERKELEY, CA @ Firehouse Art Events Hangar

11/2 – OAKLAND, CA – @ Night Light for Haus Of Labor

11/3 – SACRAMENTO, CA – @ Luigi’s w/ City of Vain, Dead Dads, The Strange Party, & Ramones karaoke!

11/8 – SANTA ROSA, CA – @ Arlene Francis Center w/ TBA

11/10 – OAKLAND, CA – @ The New Parkway Theater (“Trainwreck to Narnia” documentary screening, live performance and Q&A)

11/23 – BERKELEY, CA – @ The Escapist Comic Bookstore (FREE live performance & book signing)

11/30 – OAKLAND, CA – @ 1-2-3-4 GO! Records with Emily’s Army, BOATS!

12/9 – PORTLAND, OR – @ Powell’s Hawthorne (Book signing and live performance)

More shows and details will likely be confirmed soon, so check our Upcoming Shows calendar to stay on top of things.

And as we gaze into our crystal balls, we predict…. a LIVE ALBUM! That’s right, by popular demand, we’ll be recording a brand-new acoustic live album in October, to be released on Rooftop Comedy Productions. The record will feature some classic Bobby Joe Ebola songs, and a few never-before-released tracks. Two voices. One guitar. Stay tuned, and we’ll have more details about that release as soon as it is released.

There’s so much more going on right now. We’ve got more music videos in the works, more recording projects, weirder merchandise, and ever-more ambitious flights of fancy that will leave you breathless and perhaps a little nauseous. In the fullness of time, this will all be revealed.

And that uncertainty is part of the fun, isn’t it? We may not have the jetpack and pneumatic-tube future we were promised; we may live in a rather dystopian cyberpunk world of flying killer robots, flesh-eating dope and creeping radioactive doom. But we can grow hamburgers now, and we might have light sabers soon. That’s something to look forward to, isn’t it? Until next time, friends and fans, be good to one another.\

- Dan and Corbett of Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits

 

And then, like THAT! It was Summer… Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of Ebola. Greetings, Internet travelers! It’s time yet again for another thrilling update from your trenchant troubadours of truculence, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits! If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that there’s never a dull moment. Even on hiatus from shows and tours, we remain absurdly busy. Our last post was a tad glum, we admit, but we want to assure you that even as we wrassle our problems head-on, there’s plenty of good news pulsing from our beacon, like alien radiation from that downed UFO in your backyard.

First, an announcement we’re pretty excited about. For the first time in the band’s existence, our entire catalog is available online, in one location! You can get all our albums and EPs, some choice live recordings, and even some ringtones, here: http://bobbyjoeebola.bandcamp.com/

Big thanks to our friends at Rooftop Comedy Productions for helping us navigate the sometimes-confusing world of online music distribution. For a limited time, you can stream the whole collection for FREE, so go check out something you haven’t heard before, and if you like it, it’s only a click away from being part of your permanent collection! Rooftop has also injected our entire discography into many worldwide digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and many more!) via their digital distributor, The Orchard! This is truly exciting news for us! Definitely a big step up for us! Hooray!

Next bit o’ news: The documentary about our band titled, Trainwreck To Narnia (after our album with the same name) premiered last month in Berkeley, CA where director Dylan Bergeson and his film promptly won the Margaret & William Hearst Award For Excellence in Documentary Film. Congrats to Dylan and his excellent crew! More details soon about national festivals and local events where you’ll be able to see it! For now, you can view the trailer below!

For updates on festival appearances and special screenings: dylanbergeson.com/trainwreck-to-narnia.html

Trainwreck to Narnia movie trailer from dylan bergeson on Vimeo.

Something cool is brewing! We have begun planning a VERY awesome and SECRET (for now!) thing that is set to take place at the beginning of August! It will super special to be sure, something unlike we have ever done before! Stay posted for more details as they come to light! No joke, it’s rad!

And that’s not all! Soon, we are expecting the arrival of our brand new split vinyl 7″ record with Asheville’s Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on Chattanooga label Mayfield’s All Killer No Filler! This will be the family label’s first ever record and we are very honored to be a part of it! Our love for the Mayfield’s and the city of Chattanooga, TN stretches back almost 15 years, so this release means a lot to us. It features two songs from KLS and two from Bobby Joe Ebola: a new & original saxophone driven ode to prison and poverty called “The Poor” and an officially licensed version of our hero Tom Lehrer’s “My Hometown”! We will let you know how you can order a copy as soon as it is available!

As many of you know, we’re spending the summer in a sort of band cocoon (or perhaps more like a heroic cinematic montage); a bit of soul-searching, a lot of re-organizing, and trying to fix what’s broken, so that we can re-emerge mightier and more fun than ever before. Some of these problems have to do with our financial situation, and so we’re currently trying to raise funds with an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. The funds we raise from this will help us get proper equipment, help us pay off some looming costs for projects in progress, get us started on some new releases and music videos we’ve got brewing, and get us back on our feet again as a working, touring band. If you are able to help financially, we have a slew of really exciting thank-you gifts, from not only the band’s archives but also cool stuff courtesy of our good friends at Microcosm Publishing, Horrible Comics, Selfish Satan Recordings, Dirt Cult Records, Alternative Tentacles Records, Sykotic Buttons and much more!!! Go check out the link and help if you can: http://igg.me/at/bobbyjoeebola/x/105188

Every little bit counts, friends! If you can’t contribute right now, we totally understand. We hope that either way, you can show your support by spreading this link far and wide throughout the Internet. Share it with friends, enemies, and strangers, and encourage them to donate and share, too!

Two of the projects we’re raising money to pay for, and currently slaving away at, are two books! Yep, we’re venturing into the world of print, a collaborative double-header with Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics, thanks to a generous leap of faith from Microcosm Publishing. OK, actually TWO leaps of faith; Meal Deal With The Devil, the read-along storybook and CD EP, and The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook, a compendium of essays, fun facts, puzzles, and nearly 100 Bobby Joe Ebola songs, all hilariously and lavishly illustrated by over 40 of the most talented illustrators alive today, including the aforementioned Mr. Chandler, who is also acting as art director and editor. Both of these books come out this Fall, so keep an eye out for those when you’re doing your holiday shopping! You can preorder them now at these links:

Meal Deal With The Devil: http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/audio-zines/4416/

The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook - http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/4408/

Publishing is, of course, a whole different animal than music. Making sure we create something top-notch, on deadline, has meant a ton of VERY long days and restless nights. The end is in sight, though, and soon we will turn our hideous gaze toward some other projects we’ve got bubbling up.

Later this year, fundage permitting (see IndieGoGo campaign above), we hope to finish a project we’ve been working on for three years now: The DVD version of our 2010 album F. Titled F: The Videos, we are only two videos away from the lucky 13 we need to complete the album. Not only is this unheard-of by an independent band, it’s also gonna be really effin’ cool.

Of course, as many of you know, we’ve since come out with another album, Trainwreck to Narnia. And we also plan to work on a few more videos for that album too! We’ve got some fun ideas for those and again, funds permitting, we hope to have those completed by the end of 2013 as well. Some of our IndieGoGo donors will have the chance to appear in our videos, so if that’s something you’re interested in, click here to donate!

In the midst of all this, we’ve even got new music! That’s right, those of you who saw our May NW tour, or were at our May 23rd show at Great American Music Hall, got to hear us unveil a new batch of tunes we’ve been working on. Sometime this Winter, we hope to record these and other new songs at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, for probably the most intense recording sessions of our lives.

All of this is to say that the band, far from being dead, is busier than ever, planting seeds which will be sprouting all through the latter half of 2013. We hope that you will pardon our dust and stay tuned; more exciting news is coming. We’re grateful to you, fans and friends, for giving us somebody to share it with. Now, back to the salt mines with us.

Until next time,

Dan & Corbett

 

That’s right, it’s the latest news from Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits!

We’re all jumbled up here at Ebola HQ, tangled in a big messy webwork of conflicting emotions, of hopes and fears and passion. We’re just back from a week on the road with our pals in Mystic Knights of the Cobra, after barely resting from a 34-day tour of the Western states. We all piled into our trusty van, Melaena, and had the honor and pleasure of introducing Sugar City’s favorite rock’n’roll tornado to the good people of the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to all who came to support us, played on the bill with us, and put us up (and put up with us) each night. And we at Bobby Joe Ebola would especially like to thank Mystic Knights of the Cobra, who, whether they know it or not, have taught us a lot about rock’n’roll. Big ups also to our bandmates Josh Wharton and Sean McTiernan, who pulled double duty on this tour, playing drums and bass for both bands. You really should have gotten twice the drink tickets, guys.

Many of you are probably wondering about a series of Facebook posts by Corbett last Saturday night, which announced the breakup of the band. Knowing as we do the way the rumor mill will confuse the facts, we thought it best to address the issue head-on. You, our beloved friends and fans, deserve no less.

What happened Saturday night was not a publicity stunt, as some have suggested, nor a cry for attention. It was an expression of some very real frustrations, and serious problems we’ve had as a band for quite some time. We’ll get to that in a moment. We probably should not have vented our problems in such a public, sudden way, and we’ve been utterly overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy and grief in the form of over 400 messages & 200 calls from you.

To anyone who has written us, whom our music has helped through tough times or inspired you to be more awesome, THANK YOU. We’re really sorry if our troubles have become yours, but it does feel less scary knowing you’re listening and that you give a crap.

For nearly four years, we have poured everything we have into this band, in its second incarnation. Every dollar, every hour, every spark of creativity, we have thrown together around this band, in the hopes that we could start a blaze to keep ourselves warm. We’ve worked very very hard, and not to toot our own horn, we’ve accomplished the impossible again and again. We’ve spent over 9 months on the road, played nearly 500 shows, recorded and released dozens of songs, over a dozen videos, written two books, compiled a live box set, and much more. And what’s more, we have done it virtually alone.

Beyond some much-appreciated help with releases from several labels, nearly all work related to the band is done by Dan & Corbett. We both work 8-12 hours a day on this band from a computer, booking our own shows and tours, sending out hundreds of press releases, designing merch, and doing mind-numbing clerical work, to say nothing of the actual work of composing, rehearsing, recording and performing music, and driving all over the country (our bassist and drummer are still scraping together money to get their licenses back). We do a pretty darn good job, but it doesn’t leave much room for anything else. Between that and our tour schedule, we are not exactly model employees, nor the most attentive housemates, boyfriends, husbands or friends.

The thing is, good things have been happening for us. We’ve got this crazy show at Great American Music Hall on May 23, and the support we’ve garnered from local radio, local record stores and the community has been really positive. We were getting ready to record some brand new songs at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, which is a fantastic opportunity for us. We were polishing up scripts for eight ambitious new videos to film. And we were (and are) excited about the upcoming release of our two books, Meal Deal With The Devil, and The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook on Microcosm Publishing.

With all those projects, of course, come expenses. The looming costs of the two books alone will be about $4000. Meanwhile, we’ve gradually run out of CDs of our album F (that’s the one with “Life is Excellent” on it), and have no funds to repress it. And the rent, as they say, is too damn high.

The whole band is in the same boat, and it’s sinking. We play on busted and borrowed equipment, scramble each month to pay for even the most meager necessities, and there’s no real light at the end of the tunnel. We lost our practice space and have had to rent out rehearsal spots with money we don’t really have. We’re sprinting through a marathon with no finish line. So here we are, utterly broke, tens of thousands of dollars in debt and growing, our social lives and family lives have atrophied and begun to wither, and it’s started to affect our friendships. And that’s where we found ourselves at the end of last week’s tour; stressed out and physically sick, with looming debts, too much booze (which sometimes is our only payment on tour), too little sleep, cranky and weighed down with a growing sense of desperation about whether this is all worth it.

So it is with heavy hearts that we decided to cancel our upcoming June tour to the East Coast, and all shows after this month, on an indefinite hiatus. Which really sucks, as we had some really great shows booked on this tour. We were were excited about being on bills with The Adolescents, Mikey Erg, Teenage Bottlerocket, Shellshag and others, and the amazing lineup at Do Ya Hear We? Fest in Chattanooga, which is the release show for our split record with Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa; to be on the amazing Art All Night Fest in New Jersey and dozens of other awesome shows.

To all who put shows together for us and to all who were looking forward to seeing us on the road, we hope you understand. We did not make this decision lightly. We apologize for the short notice, and for the uncertainty. Will we play and tour again? We certainly hope so. But we can’t go on the way we’ve been going.

A lot of this is money-related, unfortunately. We simply don’t sell that many records, and that sort of bottom-line thinking is pretty depressing. Many generous people have supported our IndieGoGo and Kickstarter campaigns, and even slipped us some cash on the side. We appreciate that, big time (it’s saved our bacon more than once), but ultimately that’s not a sustainable model for a working band. Our debts are one thing, but we don’t really have an income to speak of. If people were out there buying up our records left and right (or even just left), and packing into all our shows, we could plan band finances, and we could afford to hire folks to help with PR, booking, driving, selling merch and all the stuff we currently do ourselves. But we’re not moving units, as they say. It makes every tour a huge financial gamble, and we limped home from our recent Spring tour hundreds of dollars further in debt. Fun, but disastrous. We couldn’t really risk that happening again in June.

Which brings up the demoralizing possibility that maybe we’re just not as good as we think we are, or not marketable enough to do this as a livelihood. Are we too silly or our visions too lofty for the punk rock scene? Too weird and caustic for Saturday Night Live, or even those lucrative wedding and bar mitzvah gigs? Maybe the economy is keeping people at home while we’re in a bar somewhere, singing our hearts out on a Tuesday night. Maybe making all those videos has made it easier for people to experience us for free in their pajamas. Honestly though, if you want to come to our shows in your pajamas, we’re good with that.

So to answer your question; are we really breaking up? Well, that’s complicated. It largely depends on how things go over the next couple of months. We need to raise some money to shave away at debts and pay for projects we’ve already committed to; working whatever jobs we can find, knocking over liquor stores, maybe another crowdsourcing campaign. We’re going to look around for a booking agent, maybe a manager, a PR person, people who can do what we’re already doing, but better. The workload we have created with our big ideas has gotten too large for us to handle. With two decades of DIY art under our belt, we pride ourselves on our work ethic. Being overwhelmed like this is a tough pill to swallow. But we need help if this band is to continue. But how to afford it? It’s a paradox worthy of Wyld Stallions.

If you’re still reading, thanks for your support. We hope to see you at the Great American Music Hall on May 23. It’s going to be a great show, whether it’s our last show or not. If you’re looking for ways to help and haven’t bought our latest album Trainwreck to Narnia, that would be an excellent way to support us. You might even enjoy the heck out of it.

Get it on CD and Digital here from Rooftop Comedyhttp://shop.rooftopcomedy.com/album/trainwreck-to-narnia

Get it on Vinyl from Dirt Cult Recordshttp://dirtcultrecords.storenvy.com/products/1050864-bobby-joe-ebola-and-the-children-macnuggits-trainwreck-to-narnia-lp

To all of you whose weekend was ruined by the thought of Bobby Joe Ebola breaking up, we’re really sorry. We’re going to try to make this work. No promises, other than that we will do our best as always. This is a really difficult time for us, and we really appreciate your love and support. We’ll keep you up to date as things progress.

The comments feature is enabled below; feel free to chew us out if we’ve stomped on your heart. If you have some helpful advice, constructive criticism, words of wisdom, offers of help, a couple of good jokes, we could use ‘em right now. Be nice to each other, that’s all we ask.

Your pals,

-Dan and Corbett

 

Out from beneath the rubble of a thousand-year-old pyramid, from amid the post-nuclear dust cloud and the crackle of blood still frying on stone steps, a faint sound can be heard… Is it the call of some new mutant species of bird, warbling out a paean for dead billions; the feathered, scaled idiot herald of a new, post-Anthropocene era? The alien chittering of vengeful pan-dimensional beings, triumphantly arisen from the oceans to take back this pitiful planet and usher in a new Chaos Age?

No, dear friends, it is none of these things. The sound you hear could be us, whistling a jaunty air from our bunker! The prophecies proved themselves false in the fullness of time (though there will be more doomsday predictions, or what will Weekly World News write about?); We’re still standing, and the Great Slate, cluttered though it may be with obscene scribbles and words of cruelty and injustice, has not been wiped clean… yet.

And here at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, your purveyors of wrong in song, we’ve been looking back on our 2012 day-planners with a slight sense of disbelief.  We made it, most of us, and here we stand in the Post Apocalypse. Welcome, folks, to 2013!

If you’re just discovering our band, here’s a not-so-quick rundown of how our year went:

If you’ve been following our exploits, you know that 2012 was a banner year for this band. New shows, new releases, new videos, bigger and better adventures, and a growing sense that we can actually do this. With the help and encouragement of our friends and fans (and boy is there a lot of overlap there), we’ve accomplished more in 2012 than any band has a right to hope for. And believe it or not, we’re planning even more outrageous adventures for 2013.

In January, we crossed the Pond for The UnNamed Fest in London. Our first trek beyond North America, this was an insane weekend with lots of old friends, and plenty of new friends as well! Thanks to the organizers and all of the awesome bands and  friends we played with including Prima Donna, Mystic Knights of the Cobra, The Phenomenauts, Kepi Ghoulie and more!

In February, we returned to Dutch Oven Studios in Oakland for another round of recording, part of an epic session which had begun in August 2011. At this point, the Dutch Oven was starting to feel like a second home. We also found time to film a music video for “The Only Difference” with Chris Poeschl of Rock Rock Media, starring Oakland phenom Jamie Dewolf as a yuppie-killing baddie (or goodie, depending on your point of view) – check out the video below!


March started with a bang, when we played The Independent in San Francisco, a new milestone for us. We filmed more videos, including the crowdfunded epic video for “Life is Excellent” and “Jornaderos”, and started a fundraising campaign to purchase a tour vehicle. And thanks to our faithful fans, and the high-pressure squirting of internet tubes, we were able to buy our van, which we dubbed Malaena, the Ebola Gay. Check out our video for Jornaderos below!

In April, Malaena proved a faithful steed as we embarked upon our first tour as a full band. In two weeks we hit the seven westernmost states, and were excited to play Gathering of the Goofpunx in Portland, Way Out West Fest in Tucson, and a crapload of other fun shows throughout the West. We made a ‘zine from that tour, which is available at our merch table! And again, we squeezed in a video, this one for “Waking Up is Hard To Do”, also with Rock Rock Media and starring our buddy Chino Cobra (guitarist for Mystic Knights Of The Cobra) as our love child.

For much of May, Dan was out of town with his other awesome band Thee HoboGobbelins, but the Ebola train kept rolling. We played The Rickshaw Stop, another one of SF’s premiere venues, and spent every available moment recording at The Dutch Oven, while booking a huge festival and a US tour. You know, just hanging out.

Which brings us to June. We started the month with one of the year’s highlights, Monsters of Geek. If you missed it, this was an incredible two-day festival at The Uptown in Oakland, featuring some of our favorite bands, all in top form. Shortly after that, we hit the road for the Doo-Doo Crayon Tour, roughly 12,000 miles of fart jokes and coffee! Dan and Corbett, two grizzled road warriors, hunched over the steering wheel for epic driving marathons and utterly mindblowing shows. We’re so glad we got to take part in so many festivals and fantastic lineups this tour, including Libertatia (CA), Punk Island (NY) and Do Ya Hear We? Fest (Chattanooga). Thanks as always to everyone who showed us kindness on the Road, whether for the first time or the umpteenth time. You haven’t seen the last of us!

Tour stretched into the early part of July, and when we arrived home we were feeling kinda lazy. So we contented ourselves with merely playing 11 shows and staring slackjawed at the video premiere of “Bone Dagger”!!! This beautifully animated music video from Mike Foxall of XRay Studios was a new plateau for us, and we hope you guys out there enjoyed watching it as much as we did. Check it out below!

August was a month of frantic production work and saw the premieres of two great videos: “Sandwiches & Ammunition”, a claymation tour de force from director and animator Janelle Hessig, and the long-awaited “Life is Excellent”, directed by comedian Alex Koll and featuring a cast of over 100 talented (and patient) artists, performers, fans and friends. The premiere coincided with a feature article in the Huffington Post, which, hey, pretty spiffy! We also put the finishing touches on over a year’s worth of studio work. Check out the videos for Sandwiches & Ammunition and Life Is Excellent below!

In September we headed to San Diego for Awesome Fest, and played several great local shows with the likes of Marked Men, Fleshies, This Bike Is A Pipebomb and Kyle Kinane! We also started working on booking our Fall tours, which as you fellow travelers may know, can be a labyrinth of overlapping phone calls, emails, texts and endless notebook scribblings.

October saw the release of the Bone Dagger 7” from Suckerpunch Records. We were so excited about this because it was the first release from all the hours we’d spent in studio. Thanks to all the many folks who fed our excitement pre-ordered the records and the Super Bundle (still available and includes a huge poster, buttons, a shirt, stickers and more all in a DRAGON SKIN collector’s box!), and all who have purchased it since. You can still pick them up at any of our live shows, or through Suckerpunch at : http://suckerpunchrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bobby-joe-ebola-bone-dagger-7

November marked the first half of our Bone Dagger Tour! We headed up to Portland and back as an acoustic duo for some super-duper shows, returning into the swirl of production for this year’s batch of releases. We were also proud to premiere another video, “Pac-Man & Pop Tarts”, directed by our longtime co-conspirator Anthony Marchitiello. And we spent a couple of days filming our latest video “Blues Turn Brown”, directed again by Chris from Rock Rock Media. Watch the Pac-Man & Pop Tarts video below!

December shot us out a rock’n’roll cannon! We started the second half of our Bone Dagger Tour opening up for World/Inferno Friendship Society and O’Death, for three fantastic, fun-filled nights; Slim’s (SF), The Troubadour (LA), and The Casbah (San Diego). Woot, as the kids say. Thanks to all who came to support us at those shows, and the rest of our Southern CA shows later in the month! We were honored to play some of these legendary stages for the first time ever and doubly so to be playing with such great bands!

And right after we got home from that tour, it was time to celebrate the official release of our new album, Trainwreck to Narnia. Thanks to the kind assistance of Rooftop Comedy Productions and Dirt Cult Records, who worked with us and each other to get the record out on CD, LP and online formats, Trainwreck to Narnia is available just about every way you could want it. Thanks to all who pre-ordered the record, and those of you who keep playing it for friends and neighbors at high volume!

You can order the Digital or CD through Rooftop at : http://shop.rooftopcomedy.com/album/trainwreck-to-narnia

And Dirt Cult has the LP over at: http://dirtcultrecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1015

And of course, you can always pick up a copy at any one of our live shows.

Click here to read a BRAND NEW feature/review of the album on The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melissa-webster/trainwreck-to-narnia-an-a_b_2405278.html

Oh, but that’s not all. The year ended with a friggin’ amazing sold out show at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub December 29, with us supporting the legendary NEGATIVLAND! Holy wow, it was a packed show full of friends and appreciative strangers. The best release party we’ve ever had for a new record to be sure! Then we released our BRAND NEW Blues Turn Brown video! Watch it below!

Whew… so you can see, 2012, far from being the end of times, is just the beginning for us at Bobby Joe Ebola. We moseyed out from the flames of your so-called apocalypse with a brand new album, a 7”, eight new music videos, and a whole bunch of great memories.

But how do you intend to top that, we hear you say. How can 2013 possibly touch the net, let alone dunk on such a fearsome defense as 2012’s? Well, dunk we will, my friends, and let the milk splash where it may!

January is already looking to be a great month for live shows. We are proud to announce we will be playing SF Sketchfest thanks to our pal Dominic Del Bene at Rooftop Comedy!

Check out Bobby Joe Ebola’s official SF Sketchfest page at this link by clicking here.

And for more info on each of our upcoming shows, visit our Events calendar here: http://bobbyjoeebola.com/?page_id=13

FULL LIST OF UPCOMING BOBBY JOE EBOLA SHOWS!

Jan 16 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place w/ Water Tower
Jan 19 – Oakland, CA @ Art Beat w/ High Anxiety & Mud Mouth (LP Release show for “Trainwreck to Narnia”)
Jan 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Stagewerx (SF SKETCHFEST / ROOFTOP COMEDY SHOWCASE!)
Jan 30th – San Francisco, CA @ The Dark Room for The Business Comedy Show!
Feb 2nd – San Francisco, CA @ Stagewerx (SF SKETCHFEST / ROOFTOP COMEDY SHOWCASE!)
Feb 8th – Sacramento, CA @ The Where House w/ Secretions, Love Songs, The Minsky Blackouts and more!
Feb 9th – Chico, CA @ Monstro’s for Rache Riot’s Birthday Show w/ Season of the Witch, Ryan Davidson, Love Songs & Puke N’ Rally
Feb 10th – Redding, CA @ Chud’s Dojo w/ Love Songs, The Gamut and The Minsky Blackouts

Beyond January, our visions get even weirder and grander. We’ve got a ton of releases planned for the year; several new 7” records including a split vinyl 7″ release with Asheville’s Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa on Chattanooga record store/label Mayfield’s All Killer No Filler, the double-cassette live album box set Bad Boys Gotta Rock It! on Selfish Satan Recordings, an illustrated readalong storybook and EP package called Meal Deal With The Devil (click here to pre-order), and The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook (click here to pre-order), including (among other things) lyrics and chords for our entire catalogue!

Both Meal Deal and the Songbook are collaborations with the amazing Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics/Frustrators fame AND they are available NOW for pre-order thru our awesome friends at Microcosm Publishing! Look for both books to be out in Fall 2013!

Look for us also on the road, as we’re planning three months of tour (including Europe!), as well as more videos, more studio time, and bigger and wilder shows than ever before. We hope you’ll continue to find us interesting, that you’ll check out our concerts, our videos and our releases.

We want to thank all of you for keeping the faith in Team Ebola, and for enjoying all the assorted weirdness that travels from our heads to yours.

We made it folks! Now let’s kick 2013’s ass together!

Thanks,
-Dan & Corbett and the whole gang at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits

 

Has it already been two months? Goodness me, it’s time for another white-knuckled update from your favorite POV shooters at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits! Ho hum, just another high-octane blast of unbelievably good news, apocalyptic predictions and poop jokes. We’ll clean up afterward, never fear. For the moment, however, pop in another token and hang on to your lunch!

In case you’re just joining us, however, we’d like to reiterate that the State of the Ebola is strong and resilient, no matter what our friends on the other side of the aisle would have you believe. How about a little trip down memory lane?

September started off with a road trip to Southern CA to play Awesome Fest in San Diego. Thanks to everyone who showed up to see us! While we were down under, we picked up the first batch of our long-awaited Bone Dagger 7” single from our pals at Suckerpunch Records! If you haven’t yet gotten your copy, they are available at all of our shows, or you can purchase them online from Suckerpunch, as a single 7” or as a Super Bundle! The SUPER BUNDLE includes one of each color of the available vinyl 7″ records – Blood Red (only available in bundle!), Dragon Green, Bone White and Lich Lord Black. The bundle also includes a Bone Dagger themed GIANT poster, a button set, a sticker and a t-shirt all in a wooden dragon skin collector’s box! Click here to order: http://suckerpunchrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bobby-joe-ebola-bone-dagger-super-pack

“Bone Dagger” is the first mystical glimpse at our upcoming album Trainwreck to Narnia, which will be available very soon. But more about that in a second!

You might have noticed we’ve been playing a few less shows – only six in September, and merely three shows in October.  But rest assured, it is only the calm before the storm. We’ve spent that time booking, planning, laying out releases, emailing, and doing all the other mundane ancillary tasks that you never see in a Motley Crue video. That ominous din of hammering, sawing, occasional screams and bicycle horns, that’s us cooking up a winter batch of awesome.

And some of the fruits of our labors are already beginning to fall off the tree, so watch out below! Speaking of which, our most recent music video JUST dropped! For those of you who don’t know, we’ve been making music videos for every song on our 2010 album, F. We’re proud and excited to announce that the 11th of 13 videos has premiered on Pop Matters! Thanks to Josh Indar for the great article! Click this link now to read it: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/164855-bobby-joe-ebola-the-hard-sell/

The video (watch it below) is for the song “Pac-Man & Pop Tarts”, and is directed by a long-time friend and collaborator, award-winning filmmaker Anthony Marchitiello (AKA Finky Binks, the guest rapper featured on our first video “Freaky Baby”). This video features crazy video game animation (thanks to comedy impresario Alex Koll), flying Beanie Babies, Lenny the dog, and stars Jackson Humann as the hero kid who makes that change!

We only have two more videos to complete before we’re ready to release a compiled DVD called F: The Videos which will include live footage, outtakes, comedy sketches, and much more. Look for that sometime next year! WHEW, finally!

And just as that chapter is starting to close, a whole galaxy of new Ebola releases are coming atcha. This next one is a doozie. We’ve been waiting for weeks with our hands clapped over our mouths, but now we can tell you. Our new album, Trainwreck to Narnia is available for preorder RIGHT NOW though Rooftop Comedy Productions!!!! The album officially drops December 18th, but you can secure your copy now - CD, Vinyl LP or Digital – your choice! - when you follow this link: http://shop.rooftopcomedy.com/album/trainwreck-to-narnia

Go do it! Grandma needs something for Christmas, right? Our friends at Dirt Cult Records are putting out the vinyl LP version of Trainwreck – you can also pre-order that right now through Rooftop via Dirt Cult. Labels – working together! High five!

Also, when you follow the pre-order link, you will see two tracks are available for preview AND immediate download, “Bone Dagger” and “Blues Turn Brown”. We have poured so much blood, sweat and coffee into this thing, we’re happier than words can convey that it is finally going to get to your ears. Soon, soon. (looks at watch)

Thanks to the tons of wonderful musicians, engineers (Craig at The Dutch Oven, Dave at Lucky Lacquers and Dave W. at Rock Among Us), factory workers, photographers and artists (Shielaugh Divelbiss at SVDART.COMFlip Cassidy at http://www.avantgardenias.com/ and Adam Thorman at http://www.adamthorman.com/) who helped make this record come together!

We know, we know, the wait is killing us too. In fact, the only thing that drowns out the impatient voices in our heads is the sound of rubber on asphalt. Road trip!

Starting November 9th, we’re heading out on the road for a winter assault, bringing the mystical lore of the lich’s artifact to your town. That’s right, the Bone Dagger Tour! It’s actually two little tours, with a wee break for Turkey Day. But for those of you on the West Coast, take note: we’re hitting the Northwest in November (as an acoustic duo), and then December we’re rampaging through Southern CA as a FULL BAND with drummer Josh Wharton and bassist Sean McTiernan (both also members of Mystic Knights of the Cobra). We’re excited as can be to kick off December’s travels playing three dates (Dec. 7-9) with World/Inferno Friendship Society and O’Death, on tour themselves from Brooklyn. Those shows are sure to be an ecstatic, subversive orgy of dancing, laughter, and sticking it to THE MAN! If you’re into that sort of thing. Check below for our tour dates, and if you’re on the West Coast, get thee to one of our shows by any means necessary:

ACOUSTIC TOUR

Friday, November 9th – Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records w/ Dr. Frank, Kevin Seconds, Robert Eggplant! (ALL AGES, $7, 7PM) – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/357902024291787

Wednesday, November 14th – Chico, CA @ Monstro’s Pizza w/ Severance Package, Organs (Brooklyn) and Cody K. Experience (8PM, $5, ALL AGES) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/261734530596364

Thursday, November 15th – Bend, OR @ The Horned Hand
Event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/110535489104373/

Friday, November 16th – Portland, OR @ Slabtown w/ Chair Project, Delaney & Paris and Small Arms – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/286126374827164

Saturday, November 17th – Portland, OR @ The Red Room w/ JUICY KARKASS (record release!), comedian Whitney Streed, Delaney & Paris and more – Event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/284832661617860/

Sunday, November 18th – Eugene, OR @ Black Forest w/ Scatterbomb and The Januariez (8pm/21+/FREE)
Event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/438484436189362/

Monday, November 19th – Myrtle Point, OR @ Spruce Street Bar & Grill (7pm, check back for more info TBA!) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/374579459286715

Tuesday, November 20th – Redding, CA @ Bombay’s w/ The Minsky Blackouts and more TBA (9PM, $5, 21+) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/250107651778745

Wednesday, November 21st – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center w/ The Mud, The Blood & The Beer, Elephant and Semi Evolved Simians (8PM, All Ages) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/156031324540433/

Saturday, November 24th – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Off With Their Heads, Civil War Rust and more (8PM, ALL AGES, $ TBA) – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/164189887055667

Sunday, November 25th – Berkeley, CA @ Rasputin Music w/ Bird Call (All Ages, FREE) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/333985030023860

ELECTRIC TOUR

Friday, December 7th – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s w/ World/Inferno Friendship Society and O’Death (ALL AGES, $16, 8PM)
- Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418307618230977
- Ticket link here: http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2012-12-07/worldinferno-friendship-society-odeath/

Saturday, December 8th – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour w/ World/Inferno Friendship Society and O’Death (ALL AGES, advance $12, door $14, 8PM)
- Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/316151188482318
- Ticket link here: http://www.troubadour.com/event/139822/

Sunday, December 9th – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah w/ World/Inferno Friendship Society and O’Death (21+, advance $12, door $14, 8:30PM)
- Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/116881945130321
- Ticket link here: http://casbah.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=73812&eid=83325

Monday, December 10th – Riverside, CA @ Blood-Orange Infoshop w/ TBA (More details TBA) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/237339583062394

Tuesday, December 11th – Pomona, CA @ VLHST w/ The Maxies, Destroy Nate Allen and more (9PM, $5, ALL AGES) – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/277798852330324/

Wednesday, December 12th – Fresno, CA @ C.A.F.E. Infoshop w/ Scatter Gather and more (All Ages, $4, 7:30PM) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/297302220378146

Thursday, December 13th – Santa Cruz, CA @ TBA

Friday, December 14th – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Rock Shop w/ Bascom, Leer and Destroy Nate Allen (All ages, $5, 7PM)- Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/309848375789004/

And of course you can check our Shows! section at the top og this website (or go here: http://bobbyjoeebola.com/?page_id=13) for up-to-date show information. The only constant is change, so stay informed!

And in the interest of keep you informed, we want to let you know some of the projects we’ve got going on just over the horizon. Recently we began work on a double cassette box set of live performances called Bad Boys Gotta Rock It!, which will be released next Spring by our friends at Selfish Satan Recordings. This tape compilation features two hours of recordings culled from over 17 years of shows and a bunch of extra items, all in a cool collector’s case! Wondering what we sounded like in 1996? Want to relive the halcyon days of 90s underground shows? Bad Boys Gotta Rock It! will take you there, and so many other places.

Strange as it might seem, most Bobby Joe Ebola songs are, at their core, pretty simple to play. There goes our best excuse…But since people have occasionally asked how to play this or that song, we are putting together a comprehensive Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook, with lyrics and chords from every original song we’ve released from 1996-2012. Expect that next Fall! Whee!

And let’s not forget Meal Deal With The Devil, our CD EP and read-along storybook package illustrated by the inimitable Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics. Then there is Tashirojima, a 7” vinyl single for the strange and catchy Bobby Joe Ebola J-Pop ditty whose proceeds will help animals displaced by the Japanese tsunami via JEARS and a split 7” record with the cosmic rock band Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa featuring two new tracks from KLS and two from us MacNuggits! We’ll keep you up to date on this and other upcoming amazingness as we receive intel from HQ. Until then, we’ll keep plugging away to craft little gems for you to find in the data stream, like shiny red heal potions to restore you, the weary adventurer in that horrific sidescroll game that is the Hum-Drum Everyday. Believe it or not, your life is an adventure. But go ahead and believe it, because it’s way more fun that way.

Keep checking back with us for more updates as our adventure continues. Until then, be nice to animals, cut back on the smokes, and don’t lie to kids.

Smooches,
-Dan & Corbett

 

Right around when you start getting used to a season, it starts packing the bags. Doesn’t feel like it now, but summer is not long for this hemisphere. We at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits have looked many a night upon our calendars and daily planners, noting with heavy hearts the scarcity of summer days.  But what a summer it’s been! Fires and rebellions, madmen and champions, human monsters and spaceships have dominated the nightly news. So hopefully news about us won’t seem out of place, because there’s a lot of it. A tour, new recordings, music videos, and some stuff that will hopefully have you pumping your fist at least once. But let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

We spent much of June and July on the road, visiting many of you in your more-immediate vicinity during our Doo-Doo Crayon US Tour! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us on the road, it was a long, hot, fast-paced adventure, clocking over 8,000 miles (and 20 shows) in three weeks! All those nights playing Road Blasters finally came in handy. Thanks as well to all the bands we got to play with, people who set these show up for us on short notice, made flyers, did sound, and let us sleep on your couches. We can’t wait to head out on the road again, though for the moment we’ve got our hands full of other amazing stuff.

As soon as we got back from tour, we went into the studio to put the finishing touches on the latest batch of Ebola fresh from Dutch Oven Studios, over 30 songs we’ve been crafting since August 2011! As Craigums (our trusty engineer and oft-second guitarist) pointed out, that’s the equivalent of recording a new complete song every 12 days for a year. We had an amazing time recording all this, but we’re glad to be done so we can show you some of it.

We were stoked as can be when we were able to share “Bone Dagger“ with you:

Animated by Mike Foxall at XRay Studios, the video captured the beast we’d recorded with Craigums, bassist Sean McTiernan, drummer Josh Wharton and some other special guests including Rushad from Tornado Rider on cello! Thanks to everyone who showed it to your friends and family members, they’ll remember you when the holidays come around.

Speaking of gift ideas… the new Bone Dagger 7” (with the b-side of our cover of Judas Priest’s “Take On The World”) will be available through Suckerpunch Records September 4, as a single 7” or as a Super Bundle! The SUPER BUNDLE includes one of each color of the available vinyl 7″ records - Blood Red (only available in bundle!), Dragon Green, Bone White and Lich Lord Black. The bundle also includes a Bone Dagger themed GIANT poster, a button set, a sticker and a t-shirt all in a wooden dragon skin collector’s box! To purchase this super bundle, visit the Suckerpunch Records online store here: http://suckerpunchrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bobby-joe-ebola-bone-dagger-super-pack

We can’t wait!

But you know, we still have videos coming out from our 2010 album F.  We are dangerously close to completing our quest to make 13 videos, one for each song on the album. Just days ago we unveiled “Life is Excellent”, the album’s final song and the one that most consistently gets stuck in people’s heads (ours too!) With the help of director/comedian/buddy Alex Koll, Clean White Lines Production, and the donations, support and participation of over 100 friends and fans, we completed this:

To date, it’s been our best video premiere so far, with over 4,000 hits in a week. Of course, that may have had something to do with our recent writeup by Melissa Webster in the Huffington Post, which announced (and embedded) the premiere in the article! As you might imagine, last week was pretty darn nice. But the hits keep coming!

The next video we JUST released, for the song, “Sandwiches & Ammunition”, premiered August 26 on Courting Comedy, the hilarious comedy blog run by Bay Area comic and host OJ Patterson. “Sandwiches & Ammunition” is a claymation short, directed and painstakingly animated by East Bay artist and punk rock icon Janelle Hessig of Gimme Action & illustrator of the legendary Tales of Blarg ‘zine.

After that comes the long-awaited “Pac-Man & Pop Tarts”, directed by filmmaker Anthony Marchitiello. “Pac-Man & Pop Tarts” will premiere on a popular web magazine site in early October, so keep an eye out!

Remember that big batch of recordings we mentioned earlier? Well, those songs will be released in batches over the next couple of months. First, of course is the Bone Dagger 7” we discussed above. But we have some fantastic news about our full-length album,Trainwreck to Narnia. We have been talking with the wonderful folks at Rooftop Comedy and we’re very happy to announce that this December we will be releasing the CD/Digital on their label… a label that so many of our friends in the comedy world already call home!

But that’s not all! Our pals at Dirt Cult Records are going to put out the vinyl LP version of this album. Dirt Cult is an inspiring punk label out of Las Cruces, NM with an incredible love and sincerity about what they do. Yes, soon we’ll have even more new CDs and vinyl at the merch table to choose from - as if our merch table didn’t already look like the prize booth at Chuck E. Cheese!

In addition, as always, you’ll be able to find these new songs available online through Rooftop Comedy via SpotifyiTunesRhapsody and other services. We are truly excited to be joining these fantastic record label families! The art for both the CD and LP versions  is amazing, by the way. It is hand-painted and all from the masterful brain of long-time Bobby Joe Ebola art contributor Christopher Murdoch. See more of his stuff at http://hambrawl.com

But December seems like such a long time from now, doesn’t it? Luckily we’ve got some other goodies for ya. Look for the impending release of Meal Deal With The Devil, the CD EP and read-along storybook illustrated by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics. The reviews are already coming in… that Daredevil sure is a jokester!

Later this year we’ll also be releasing the  single for “Blues Turn Brown”, which will be a vinyl flexidisk included in the Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook, which will include lyrics and chords for every original song in the Bobby Joe Ebola discography! And let’s not neglect to mention Tashirojima, a single for the strange and catchy J-Pop ditty whose proceeds will help animals displaced by the Japanese tsunami via JEARS. We’ll keep you up to date on that, but you can be sure you’ll be hearing a lot more from us during the last leg of this summer.

So, if you’re wondering why we haven’t announced too many upcoming shows, it’s because of all the other ways we seek to bring you joy. One show we’re excited to play is Awesome Fest 2012 on September 1st in San Diego! Then, September 13, join us at Space Lounge at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley, with Al Scorch,  Thee Hobo Gobbelins, and For Fear The Hearts of Men Are Failing! The next day, September 14, we’ll be in Sacramento for Bat Guano Fest with The Left Hand, Mad Judy, The Community and more! October 25 we’ll be at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco with Apogee Sound Club and Love Songs! So come see us at these shows, as we will be playing a few less shows while all these releases are coming off the assembly line. Other shows will probably pop up here and there, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all the details as they emerge. But until then, be nice to each other out there. Get lots of exercise, and water your garden in the evening. There’s plenty of time to wrestle in the ashes over dented cans of dog food. We’ll keep serving up big steaming slices of ebola, and hoping you’ll fix yourself a plate and stay awhile.See you next time!
-Dan & Corbett
 

It’s here! The epic music video for the song that all of our fans & friends can’t get out of their heads! Ladies and gentlemen, Bobby Joe Ebola is proud to present… “Life Is Excellent” — a pharmaceutical commercial gone wild!

The video, a madcap romp juxtaposing all the beautiful highs and the terrible lows that real life (and not so real life) has to offer, was directed by comedian Alex Koll (http://alexkoll.com) and produced by the team at Clean White Lines (http://cleanwhitelines.squarespace.com), and was made possible by the generous donations of more than 100 fans when we launched a fundraiser for the production of the video in late 2011.

Filming primarily took place one gorgeous day in early April 2012 (from 4am to 2am the next day) when over 100 cast & crew members helped with production, endured high winds and hot sun, and helped make our strange comedic vision come to life. THANK YOU to all of you, however you may have participated! You made this possible!

Thanks to: Alex Koll, Heather MacLean, Alex Fletcher, Frances Reyes-Bolinger and the entire crew at Clean White Lines, Robert Selander, Erin Mitchell, Melissa Avignon-Redford, the good folks at The Ranch in Petaluma, CA, Jen Louie, Jake Freytag, Lisa Hutchinson & Frankie, Petr & Rose Sorfa, Doggle, Tess & Brandi Valenza, Healthy Options Vending, The Matticks, Masquers Playhouse, Anne Collins, Mark & Miles Grody, Melissa Porter, Sean Keane, Gar, Joshua Wharton, Jayce Basques, Jamie & Sissy DeWolf, Michael Le Roi, John Kelly, DJ Real, Caitlin Gill, David Gborie, Kevin Camia, Alan Snodgrass, Jackson, Gibson, Robin & Josh Indar, Jason Storm, Vincent Redford, Bryan McPherson, Peter Shepherd, Tami Becker, Cole Becker, Max Becker, Jamie Sporea, Julio Palacios, Eric Jaramillo, Jose, Nicole & King Ascensio, Geoff & Chandler Bolt, Vaudie Bristo, Sunny Daze, Brightan Shiny and SO many more talented and generous people!

NOTE: If you were in the video and you are not thanked here, we are going through our cast/crew lists and hope to add you soon. Or you can write us at contact@bobbyjoeebola.com and remind us of your presence!

Buy the song here on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id393256620
Or buy it in CD or vinyl here: http://bobbyjoeebola.bigcartel.com/

Jul 042012
 

Pre-order the BONE DAGGER 7″ at Suckerpunch Records: http://suckerpunchrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bobby-joe-ebola-bone-dagger-7

Holy dragon guts! It’s here… the majestically animated music video for the mighty silly Bobby Joe Ebola song, “Bone Dagger”! Directed and created by Mike Foxall at XRAY STUDIOS (http://www.xraystudios.com/), Bone Dagger is full of laughs, blood and sexual regret! Please watch, share with your friends and REPOST!

And go buy the BONE DAGGER VINYL 7″ or the BONE DAGGER SUPER BUNDLE on SUCKERPUNCH RECORDS! The SUPER BUNDLE includes a limited color vinyl 7″ record and features a Judas Priest cover song (Take On The World) as the b-side, a Bone Dagger themed GIANT poster, a sticker and a t-shirt! To purchase this super bundle, visit the Suckerpunch Records online store here: http://suckerpunchrecords.bigcartel.com/product/bobby-joe-ebola-bone-dagger-super-pack

You can also buy both songs digitally & directly from the band here: http://bobbyjoeebola.bandcamp.com/album/bone-dagger-take-on-the-world-judas-priest

And make sure to check out the upcoming new Bobby Joe Ebola LP/CD, “Trainwreck To Narnia”! For more info on the band, visit http://bobbyjoeebola.com & http://facebook.com/bobbyjoeebola

Directed and animated by Mike Foxall at XRAY STUDIOS
Music & lyrics by Abbott/Redford
Recorded & mixed by Craig Billmeier at The Dutch Oven, Oakland (http://www.yourmother.com/dutchoven/)
Mastered by CJ DeVillar for Songworx (http://http://songworx.com)
Vinyl 7″ record produced by Suckerpunch Records (http://suckerpunchrecords.com)

BONE DAGGER studio personnel:
Corbett Redford – VOCALS, Dan Abbott – GUITAR, VOCALS, Craigums – GUITAR, Joshua Wharton – DRUMS, Sean McTiernan – BASS, Melissa Avignon Redford – FLUTE, Ami Lawless – SCREAMS and featuring Rushad Eggleston – CELLO