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.COM, Flip 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:
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
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.
-Dan & Corbett