What is this? Why, something old, something new, something dismal and something doomed, of course! It’s the ¡Carmelita Sings! Visions of a Rock Apocalypse DELUXE REISSUE, now available for purchase! And what makes this edition so deluxe, you ask?! Well… The dark and cerebral classic 2000 album has now been reissued for the first time with it’s original 40 page art-book by our pals at Silver Sprocket! This brick of awesome also features new art inspired by the album’s cataclysmic tone, B-sides, an unreleased MacNuggit radio performance from Canadian station CITR, recorded October 19th, 1999 AND 3 never before reprinted buttons & 2 awesome stickers from the tense and bygone era this opus came out. 32 songs on the CD, plus a download code for another full-length worth of epic Bobby Joe Ebola gems! All for $10!

The art book contains illustrations, paintings, collage and more from many artists including Jon Carling, Moses Saarni, Fermin Mata, Robert Eggplant (Absolutely Zippo), Julia Booze, Dylan Blackthorn, Christopher Murdoch, Jason Chandler (The Frustrators), Baby Deer (Fleshies), Caoimhe Über Alles and even some crude doodles by the band members! Yes, crude doodles!

And that’s not all! Act now an get the PACKAGE DEAL!!! GET BOTH CDs – our most recent album, “F” AND “¡Carmelita Sings! Visions of a Rock Apocalypse” – FOR JUST $14.98 This includes all of the packaging listed above including the vintage buttons and stickers, inserts, liner notes, posters, download codes, and whatever random fun crap we have laying around. These would cost you $18.96 separate, yours now for just $14.98! We are whispering at the phone in hopes that you call! We are hungry! So is Alice the Cat! ORDER NOW! You can also pick up the digital reissue album with the extra CITR tracks now on iTunes and Amazon! Woo!

 

Yo, Joe! Bobby Joe, that is. As in, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, the band whose songs will form the lead lining in the doomsday bunker of your little heart.

Each tune you memorize, each lyric you tag on a cop car, inoculates you from the thick crackling cloud of boredom, whose name is Death. Winter is over, friends and fans: Let us bid welcome to Nuclear Spring! People are freaking out about 2012, though we seem to recall a bit of freaking out in 1999 as well. With so much effed-up doom in the air, we could really use the comfort of some ancient wisdom, y’know?

In our research of apocalyptic doom prophecies through the ages, however, we have found only scattered mentions of our band. Very disappointing. The Moche of Peru took the message to heart, at least, and some of the Sumerians were down with our program. But either mistranslation or cranky revisionism has distorted our message in most of the great texts throughout time. Well, if we ever get our time machine running again, we’ll be sure to revisit all the hippy fortune-tellers of the ancient world and rock ‘em while they read llama entrails. I think that’s what Sam Cooke did. He should have, anyway. That man’s voice was a Bible unto itself…

Oh jeez, this doesn’t make any sense…Well, can you blame us? Since we got back from our U.S. Tour in December, we’ve been in nonstop motion, like twin hummingbirds of rock’n’roll, pausing only long enough to sip sweet coffee nectar from the nearest gas station. So much is going on in the merry olde land of Ebola, it’s been a while since we’ve given you all an update. So here we are again.

We’ve got upcoming shows in the Bay Area and beyond, a summer U.S. tour, music videos all through the summer, new releases coming up, and so much more! If you just want show information, scroll down to the bottom of this message, or visit our calendar.

First, however, a little recap of what we’ve been up to this year:

January saw the release of Wizard Hello, the debut comedy album from our good buddy, comedian Alex Koll. We proudly made a cameo on two songs, and played the record release show at San Francisco’s Punchline comedy club. Later in the month, AMP Magazine premiered illustrator Don Reniff’s Life is Excellent, a webcomic inspired by the eponymous song. We gotta say, it was pretty darn cool to see ourselves as Frank Frazetta-style nerd-barians.

February we played shows every weekend, including a weeklong California tour with The Frustrators, the long-dormant East Bay punk juggernaut featuring Mike Dirnt from Green Day. Having emerged from the 90s before them, we were there in the Punk Rock Cryogenics lab with a pot of coffee and a decade of newspapers for them (“What the hell’s a ‘Governator’, anyway?”). We rode the rock’n’rollercoaster with them all the way to Los Angeles and back. Somewhere in there we filmed some awesome music videos (more about those in a bit!).

March was aptly named…We toiled like gnomish salt miners, with more music video preparations and shoots, local shows, and all the little band-related tasks we refer to as “The Sausage Factory”. With patience and a little help from our talented friends – OK, a lot of help – we laid the groundwork for a very exciting year for everyone in the Ebolaverse.

Part of the excitement (and why we’ve been so busy) is that we’ve been attempting something pretty ambitious. We told you our plan over the winter: we want to make a video for each of the 13 songs on our album, F. Well, we’re pleased to announce that we have reached the halfway mark; six videos are in some phase or another of post-production! On a shoestring budget, with plenty of duct tape and open-minded volunteers, we have done some pretty impossible things, and we are incredibly grateful to our community for being part of our fever-dreams. We’re lucky to have such talented friends, including directors Jamie Dewolf, Melissa Dale Neal, Anthony Marchitiello, Petr Sorfa, Jon Carling, Joe Demaree, and others. Over the next couple of months look for us filling up your internet tubes with music videos for “Poly”, “Real Cool”, “Time is Crawling”, “Pac Man & Pop Tarts”, “Lake of Flies”, and more! Very soon production will begin on fan favorites, “Life Is Excellent“, “Sandwiches & Ammunition” and others. These will bring another bevy of talented filmmakers to the project!

But it’s a long way from ‘gonna’ to ‘did’, and we want to get across the finish line this year, so we can move on to other fun projects we have ready to go. We’ll be unveiling a Kickstarter campaign very soon to help us raise funds to finish our ‘video album’ project, with sweet incentives and prizes for helping out. However, if you simply can’t wait to help underwrite our Quixotic art terrorism, you can click here any time to donate.

You folks that come to our shows, buy our crazy merch, listen to us online, and offer support of all sorts, we really appreciate you. And we want to keep giving back to you, who keep us going. Check out some of our latest additions to the MacNuggit online world: We’ve started a Tumblr presence, where followers can see and hear tidbits from the past and present that aren’t available anywhere else. If you’ve ever wanted Bobby Joe Ebola to drunk-dial you, check there while we’re on tour… Also, we’ve discovered a treasure trove of old live recordings, radio appearances and more, and have put some of them on our Bandcamp site. We’ll add more occasionally, whenever we feel like it!

UPCOMING SHOWS

For our California “nuggalos” (oh jeez, is this gonna become a ‘thing’?), we’ve got some really fun shows coming up in April and May, and most of them are benefit shows for some worthy cause or another, and some of them will partially be benefits to help get us out on ‘The Road’ this summer. Check ‘em out:

  • April 7 – OAKLAND, CA @ OAKLAND METRO OPERAHOUSE – Tourette’s Without Regrets (includes sneak preview of “Time is Crawling” music video)
  • April 9 – CROCKETT, CA @ TOOT’S TAVERN – (Rock n’ Roll Benefit For Matt Easterling!) w/ Freedom Club, Bryan McPherson, New Earth Creeps and more!
  • April 15 – LIVE on KSRO 1350 AM The Drive With Steve Jaxon
  • April 16 – SANTA ROSA, CA – @ SHARE EXCHANGE CO-OP w/ The Gr’ups, Ashtray, Severance Package, The Endemics
  • May 3 – SAN JOSE, CA – HI-JINX HOUSE w/ Old Tire Swingers and Children of the Information Age
  • May 6 – BERKELEY, CA – @ 924 GILMAN (BJE Tour Benefit/Mike Wilson/East Bay Humane Society Benefit) – w/ Homeowners (members of Surrender, The Slits and more) Jus’ Folks (members of Underground Railroad To Candyland, Abi Yoyos and Sexy), Blammos (members of Phenomenauts) and Freedom Club
  • May 7 – MODESTO, CA – SPINNAKER LOUNGE w/ Creature Colony, Los Punx Del Norte, The Awful and California Medication
  • May 13 – SACRAMENTO, CA – @ LUIGI’S FUNGARDEN (more info TBA)
  • May 14 – OAKLAND, CA – @ ELI’S MILE HIGH CLUB (Bobby Joe Ebola tour benefit, more info TBA)
  • May 15 – SAN JOSE – @ THE DISABLED CAVE – (BJE Tour Benefit) w/ The Pillowfights, Monstrauss, Disabled Intent and Rats On Wheels

And then it’s off on yet another U.S. Tour beginning May 23! We’re still firming up some of the details, but look for us in your time zone in May and June. If you can help us with any of the holes in our tour, get in touch!

    May 23rd – Reno, NV @ Holland Project HQ w/ Dividers and Encounters with Mark Van Norris
    May 24th – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
    May 25th – Fort Collins, CO @ Sports eXchange w/ The MurderARRRs
    May 26th – Denver, CO @ Illegal Pete’s (1530 16th st.) w/ Yuzo Nieto and Laura Gibson (from Pink Hawks)
    May 27th – Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
    May 28th – Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard w/ God Equals Genocide and Shang-A-Lang
    May 29th – San Antonio, TX @ The Tipper House w/ No Call No Show, Kon Madre and more!
    May 30th – Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall w/ Leo Rondeau, The Inheritance
    May 31st – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern w/ R.I.O.T.S. and King Emeritus
    June 1st – Memphis, TN @ The Buccaneer w/ Christian Walker (PEZZ), Micheala Caitlin and Joey Cadre
    June 2nd – Chattanooga, TN @ Do Ya Hear Ye! Fest (Venue – JJ’S BOHEMIA)
    June 5th – Asheville, NC @ The Get Down w/ Morgan Stickrod and more
    June 6th – New Brunswick, NJ @ The Alamo w/ Lemuria & more TBA
    June 7th – Brooklyn, NY @ Lulu’s w/ Cheesequake and The Dog That Bites Everyone
    June 8th – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub w/ Civil Warblers, The Hatefuckers and Girl Bullets
    June 9th – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
    June 10th – Cleveland, OH @ Menstrual Mansion w/ TBA
    June 11th – Chicago, IL @ Grand Manor (3721 W Grand Ave.) w/ Hard Feelings and more
    June 12th – Milwaukee, WI @ Ground Zero w/ Night Birds and more
    June 13th – Duluth, MN @ Mike Wilson’s House (address and lineup TBA)
    June 14th – Minneapolis, MN @ Pearadox w/ Hard Feelings, Orge Smash Death and Serrenghetto
    June 16th – Missoula, MN @ Spruce St. Haus w/ Playin’ With God, Gaeb Nyll, and Pony Cannon
    June 17th – Seattle, WA @ High Dive w/ Sean Neil (Dynamite Boy) and more
    June 18th – Kelso, WA @ Hard Tails w/ Emily’s Army, Dead Giveaways and Minty Rosa
    June 19th – Olympia, WA @ Hall of the Woods w/ Emily’s Army, Erik Anarchy & more TBA
    June 20th – Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub w/ Emily’s Army, more TBA
    June 21st – Portland, OR @ Sea Shanty w/ Emily’s Army, Delaney & Paris
    June 22nd – Bend, OR @ Mad Happy Lounge w/ Emily’s Army
    June 23rd – Eugene, OR @ TBA
    June 24th –Salem, OR @ Wasteland w/ Emily’s Army, more TBA
    June 25th – Ashland, OR @ TBA Emily’s Army & more TBA
    June 26th – Davis, CA @ w/ Emily’s Army and more TBA
    June 27th – Sacramento, CA @ w/ Emily’s Army and more TBA
    June 28th – Modesto, CA @ Melody Ballroom w/ Emily’s Army, The Secretions, Nothing But Losers, Los Punks, Light Up The Eyes and more!
    June 29th – Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace w/ Emily’s Army, Hear the Sirens, Stickup Kid and Ska Skank Redemption
    June 30th – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside w/ Dead Westerns, The Reaction, Freedom Club and MC Alex Koll
    July 1st – Monterey, CA @ Carbone’s w/ TBA
    July 2nd – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
    July 2nd – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
    July 6th – San Jose, CA @ Acheiver Con/SLG Presents ‘Big Lebowski’ Event
    July 9th – Chico, CA @ TBA (Chico Pyrate Punx event)
    July 29th – Oakland, CA @ The Uptown w/ Kevin Seconds, The Everlovin’, Bryan McPherson and Sean McArdle
    July 31st – El Sobrante, CA @ Cafe Soleil w/ TBA

      As always, feel free to write us at contact@bobbyjoeebola.com and please check out our new album on LP and CD at Silver Sprocket!

      We love you, dammit! Don’t forget it!

       

      This is so awesome! When we recorded our new album, “F”, we asked our good and hilarious buddy, Alex Koll, to do a guest spot. He obliged and totally asked us to return the favor and do some stuff on his album! Holy spit, we are truly excited. The album is out on Rooftop Comedy and available thru iTunes on 1/11/11!!! But don’t wait until then, you can pre-order it right the hell now by visiting those sites! Just follow the links we’ve so dutifully provided!

      Alex has also invited us, and we are fucking totally giddy about this, to play his album release party at the mucho renowned Punchline in San Francisco! Buy your tickets NOW, right here! It is truly an honor to be on our friend’s new album and to join in the celebration of it’s birth into this cold world! Also performing are the wonderful comedians Sean Keane and Emily Heller! And we won’t be the only music guys on the bill! Also playing will be the awesome DJ Real!

      Come out to the Punchline on 1/17/10 and get your copy of “Wizard Hello” featuring us MacNuggits yodelin’ and barkin’ on the tracks, “Dad, Dad, Dad” and “Go To Work”!!

       

      Maybe I’m dating myself a little (“Take what you can get!” Hardee har har. Thanks, subconscious.), but I felt very inspired by the end of “Revenge of the Nerds” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwyKrcCW_Dw). The big epic inspirational speech and triumphant weird variety show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMgG6KyhGXQ&feature=related) that baffled and disarmed the jock-loving (or fearing) masses; sure, it was a formula movie, but for a moment of my youth it seemed like imagination and social awkwardness could win over brawn, privilege and cosmetic products.

      Despite how often the “real world” stomps on that sense of triumph, it sure felt that way at our September 24 album release party at the Uptown Nightclub. It was flattering enough that so many people came to cheer us on and check out our weird little musical experiments. We worked hard on our new album, “F“, and the many reviews thus far have given us a little confirmation that maybe it’s not all in our heads (Ground Control Magazine Review & FensePost Review to link a few!). Maybe we really did make a badass album with our friends, and maybe the world is ready for it.

      And it was all the more satisfying that our friends were there. We felt like Dorothy waking up in Kansas, if Kansas were full of insane performance-art auteurs. Sweet NothingMystic Knights of the Cobra, and Fleshies were kind enough to help us celebrate, and gave us some tough acts to follow. Alex Koll, our emcee, kept the audience stunned with laughter, like frogs in a hi-beam. I wonder how many gallons of booze came out of people’s noses that night. The Bay Area Derailleurs, a kindhearted gang of badass bike dancers, worked their asses off to be part of our crew and join us on stage for our closing rap anthem, “Freaky Baby” (they’re also in the video for that song, which will be out very soon!). It was inspiring to see our friends pushing the limits of their various art forms, and flattering that they agreed to be part of our show.

      You there, sitting at your computer, give these amazing people a hand for all their hard work and artistry. Right now. No, not an emoticon. Clap, with your hands. Remember that stuff? These folks deserve it.

      It was awesome to see so many familiar faces in the audience, a sea of smiles from people who believed in us when we sometimes had trouble believing in ourselves. A friend of ours said it was like being back at Geekfest (a series of festivals we used to organize in the 90s, at least partially inspired by “Revenge of the Nerds”). Yes, it was the same feeling of belonging and freedom, but it didn’t seem nostalgic to us. Back then, we felt like time travelers; stuck in the wrong moment of history. The Uptown show felt like we had finally adjusted our time machine and made it to the right show, in the right year; it confirmed for us how far we’ve all come, and we want to thank you for coming to see the show, and supporting us all these years. What is the voice without the ear, after all?

      Of course, we realize not everyone could make that show. And that’s why we elected to put together two album release parties, one for each side of the bay. The next one is coming up October 8 at Thee Parkside in San Francisco (1600 17th st). Joining us on stage will be a whole different crew of beloved friends and family: Emily’s Army; a group of young upstarts holding down the East Bay sound while taking it in their own direction. The Secretions; longtime friends who will seriously rock your faces off and get you back in the pit and, of course, The Angel and Robot Show; featuring our pals and label mates,  Angel Nova and AR-7 from The Phenomenauts!

      The show is all ages, $8 and starts at 8pm, so bring the kids! It’d be smart to get advance tickets, which you can do at: https://holdmyticket.com/mini/mini.php?id=16237. And keep in mind that our new album, “F“, is available in CD and LP, and you need like 10 copies for all your friends. The vinyl is available in three colors: translucent red, translucent blue, and something we like to call “kidney punch”. Each LP comes with a code for digital download as well.  Mmm-hmm! See you at the show. We will also have copies of the “Freaky Baby EP” Fun Pack featuring a poster (with art by Janelle Hessig!), sticker, download card of the EP and more!

      Hogs and geeses,

      Dan

       

      Holy geez!!! So much happening after a bit of a lull. I guess its the calm before the storm, as they say. We here at MacNuggit Central in conjunction with our pals at Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club have been biding our time and counting our crows with bated breath in anticipation of all of the exciting stuff we’ve been waiting to release on the world… and finally, some of it is here for your consumption!

      Firstly, our new album, “F“!!! It is available thru the Silver Sprocket site in LP or CD versions with limited edition t-shirt designs and free vinyl stickers! There are many options and all of them involve a great deal of discount! All are available for pre-order and will ship within the next week! (Limited shirts ship separately than records. LOCALS TAKE NOTE: Any orders wanting to pick up their LPs or CDs at record release shows, please bring PayPal confirmation printout and shirt/sticker will be sent out soon after once they arrive! Yay!)

      Please visit the following link for these special deals and support your local Nuggits! http://www.silversprocket.net/blog/?page_id=2326

      If you need to hear these tunes right the F now (get it? har har!), Amazon MP3 has an early release of the tracks! Follow this link to get ‘em! http://www.amazon.com/F/dp/B0040Q6HS4

      And… drumroll!!! “The Freaky Baby EP” is available for early download on Amazon MP3! Soon it will be available with the accompanying video directed by Emmy nominated Bent Lens as an iTunes exclusive, but for now you can get it here! It’s cheap! http://www.amazon.com/Freaky-Baby/dp/B00433AVYK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1284659519&sr=8-2-catcorr

      Also available at shows and for sale via online mailorder will be the “Freaky Fun Pack” which includes a signed poster, download card of the EP, sticker and “dental dam” for her pleasure! Ah yeah! 7″ and remix in the works too! Freaky!

       

      It had to be like this. Ten years under a rock during the Bush years and now we’re back with our first music video ever.

      Our first song back in ten years and it winds up being an anarcho punk/summer booty rap anthem.

      2 Live Crew” meets “Crass”. Yeah, you heard us.

      Check out this bit of the fun we had in the video posted here!(NOTE: Switch off HD if you, like us, have a slower connection!)

      Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits present The Freaky Baby EP coming soon on Silver Sprocket, four new and exclusive songs plus a video  on this “teaser” release to prepare the world for the release of our full-length LP, “F”, available in stores October 12th and from us at shows and online much sooner! We’ll keep ya posted! We had so much fun making this music video and this b-reel shows it. Please repost and spread the word!

       

      After numerous requests, hell, demands, we have made our entire past music catalog available to our adoring public for purchase. Go to Amazon or eBay and look up these albums, it is TRULY RIDICULOUS what people are charging for hard copies of this stuff. Making this music available for purchase is also a self-serving effort to raise the necessary money to record our new album planned for June 2010 release, so buy select songs or entire albums and help us create new albums!

      We have our first three releases available here:

      http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BobbyJoeEbolaandtheChildrenMac

      AND… *drumroll* we will be releasing a DOUBLE VOLUME MP3 only LIVE album, BAD BOYS GOTTA ROCK IT! in the next few months… a little something to hold you off until we release our new music and, again, a way for us to raise cash to do so!

      CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY MP3S OF OUR DEBUT, THE TWO CATS RUNNING EP (INCLUDES LIVE TRACKS, B-SIDES AND PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS!) – A PERFECT MIXED BAG, STARTER ALBUM FOR EBOLA NEWBIES!

      Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits: Two Cats Running (Debut EP with rare tracks, b-sides, live tracks and more!)

      CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY MP3S OF OUR SECOND ALBUM AND FIRST FULL LENGTH, AT ONE WITH THE DUMB!

      Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits: At One With the Dumb

      CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY MP3S OF OUR YEAR 2000 ROCK OPUS, CARMELITA SINGS! VISIONS OF A ROCK APOCALYPSE.

      Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits: Carmelita Sings!: Visions of a Rock Apocalypse