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!