Greetings, friends and fans! It’s your old pals Dan & Corbett at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits.It’s been a while since we visited you with a blog entry, do you mind if we stay & chat for a bit? There’s so much to tell you about since our last visit! And, um, it’s a little bit cold outside.

Where to begin? 2012 has really started off with a bang. We’ve been unbelievably busy cooking up heaping helpings of rock’n’roll goodness for your hungry ears. In the studio, on stage, and in fitful bursts of REM sleep, our craziest ideas are coming to life for your enjoyment! Just over the horizon, the Land of Ebola teems with life: awesome shows, new releases, new videos, tours, and more!

Lately, we’ve been playing more often as a full five-piece band, which has been super exciting. With the help of drummer Josh Wharton and bassist Sean McTiernan, (both of Mystic Knights of the Cobra), and with Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier (Love Songs, Conquest For Death, What Happens Next) and Mike Wilson (Hard Feelings, Indulge) trading off on 2nd guitar duties, we’ve had a blast bringing the rock with our longtime pals.

And as Pee-Wee Herman once said, the old Road’s a-callin. We’re taking this dog-and-pony show on tour this Spring (scroll down for more details), and therein lies the rub; we need a tour van!

We’ve gotten used to touring as a super-compact acoustic duo, but to bring the full-band ruckus we’ll need to scrape up the funds for a reliable tour vehicle. So we’re asking everyone we know (and even people we don’t!) to contribute what they can to our Kickstarter campaign. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare, and you’d like to see us in your town this year, please consider helping out. You get cool Bobby Joe Ebola stuff for helping! If you’re broke like us, no worries. Just repost this link all over creation! Post it on Facebook, Twitter, the bathroom wall! Write it on the drunk guy’s forehead when he passes out. Thanks! We’ve got until March 13 to make this happen, and we appreciate all your help. Grab this link, consider donating and repost: http://kck.st/AbuaEf

We’re thinking positive, though, and the moment we have our van it’ll be getting a lot of use. We’ve got a whole slew of shows this Spring, in the Bay Area and beyond. Check our show calendar for more info, but here’s the nitty gritty:

March 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (628 Divisadero Street) – with The Spittin’ Cobras, Flexx Bronco & The Butlers (ticket link here: http://www.theindependentsf.com/event/83057/ )
March 10 – Seaside, CA @  Alternative Cafe (1230 Fremont Blvd.) with The Angus Scrimm!
April 4 – OAKLAND, CA @ The New Parish (579 18th Street) w/ Dr. Frank, Franz Nicolay, Sansa & Shiri Show and Sean McArdle! (Ticket Link here:  http://www.thenewparish.com/event/94049/ )

The New Parish show will be our tour kickoff, and after that we roar off toward the horizon on a six-state tour, our first as a full band! We’re still firming up the details, but here’s how it stands now:

Wed 4/4 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish w/ Dr. Frank, Franz Nicolay, Sansa & Shiri Show and Sean McArdle – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/271434009590289/

Thu 4/5 Chico @ Origami Lounge w/ Baghdad Batteries, The Pushers and Disorderly Event – $5/All Ages – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/164962573620748/

Fri 4/6 Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater w/ The Bad Things & Titanium Sporkestra – Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230269 - Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/139411839513978/

(Also on Fri. 4/6, Bobby Joe Ebola vs Nardwuar interview airs on CITR 101.9 Canada – listen online here: http://www.citr.ca/wimpy/myWimpy.html)

Sat 4/7 Portland, OR @ Gathering of the GoofPunx - Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/266105953464851/

Sun 4/8 Portland, OR @ SlabTown w/ Delaney & Paris, Autry, Giant Ruinous Monster Wrestling (hosted by Comedians Xander Deveau and Trevor Thorpe) and more! – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/378793882133584/

Mon 4/9 Boise, ID @ The Shredder w/ Hotel Chelsea and more! – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/239566082799289/

Tue 4/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/389900824357099/

Wed 4/11 – DAY OFF!!

Thu 4/12 Las Vegas @ Motor City Cafe LV w/ EON (Elements Of Now) – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/199029256871257/

Fri 4/13 Flagstaff, AZ @ Taala Hooghan Infoshop w/ Day of the Dog, The Blissins, Outernational! and Shining Soul and more! – Event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/386290754715557/?context=create

Sat 4/14 Tucson @ Way Out West Fest - Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357280014297392/

Sun 4/15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ MKOTC, Adam Bones and more! – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/305917386128649/ - Buy tickets here:http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4450175

In addition to all these great upcoming shows, we’ve been hard at work in the studio, and in the next couple of months you will hear the results! Look for a brand new, as-yet-untitled 13 song full-length Bobby Joe Ebola record this Spring, as well as the long-awaited Meal Deal With the Devil EP (which includes a read-along storybook featuring art by Frustrators’ front man Jason Chandler!). PLUS we’ll have split releases, singles…. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Since the release of our last album, F, we’ve been making videos for each song on the album. It’s the holy grail for independent bands; many great bands have tried and failed, but we are going to succeed, with a little help from our talented friends. OK, a lot of help. It’s a harrowing, intense artistic endeavor, all on a DIY budget, held together with rubber bands, spit, and grey hairs. Sometime this Spring, we will finish production on the 13th video, and shortly thereafter we will assemble a DVD album: F: The Videos. Packed with comedy sketches, live performance footage, alternate edits and much more, this DVD album promises to be a ride. You and your friends will finally be able to agree on what to watch! Check out some of the music videos on our YouTube & Vimeo channels!

We could go on, but that’s enough for one email, eh? We’ll be back with more news next month, with more tales of adventure from – dare we say it? – your favorite band in the whole dang world. We hope, anyway. You’re our favorite blog reader, did we ever tell you that? Anyhow, take care of yourselves, and each other. We’ll see you real soon!
Ticks & wriggles,
-Dan & Corbett