Eek! The sun!

The gentle, life-giving rays of Ol’ Yeller have begun to bake the northern part of the planet. Summer has arrived, and its vicious rays bring strange portents of a year unlike any other. Proud green lawns wither and bow before the day-star’s wrath, browned hills shimmer in waves of heat, abandoned dogs pant furiously under cars, and America closes the blinds and cranks up the air conditioning with crossed fingers. It’s gonna be a hot one, perhaps the hottest yet.

Nobody knows that like your friends at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits. Even before the Sun grew angry, we knew that this year would be special. Even before the stars began sending us passive-aggressive little astronomical omens, we knew this; before drug-crazed cannibals were common enough to bring up in casual coversation, we were hard at work crafting music for a world gone terribly bonkers.

Not for a world about to end; that would be too easy. The world will go on, probably longer than anyone imagines. But big changes are coming, and soon!

We are in for a tremendously interesting ride this year. With the world so topsy-turvy, we’re glad to say there’s plenty of good news coming from Bobby Joe Ebola these days. Five releases, videos, a tour, and much more on the horizon. The Ebola’s really hitting the flan. So dig in!

We spent a good portion of Winter and Spring in the studio recording dozens of new songs, on set filming new music videos, and on the road playing for audiences all over the U.S. and beyond. Starting June 16, we hit the road once more, smearing our music and spicy social critique across the hearts of America for our 2012 “Doo Doo Crayon” U.S. Tour! Check tour dates below to see when and where we’re playing near you!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Thursday, June 14th – OAKLAND, CA @ Vitus w/ Angel & Robot Show, Sweet Nothing and Mud Mouth (TOUR KICKOFF SHOW!) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/436821629663838/

Saturday, June 16th – LIBERTATIA YONL 2012 (FREE music campout in Northern CA)
Event Link here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/378673882179705/
Alternate event link here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/380131378677455/

Saturday, June 16th – RENO, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor w/ Reno, We Have A Problem and more! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/288584617900819/

Monday, June 18th – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ THE LOWTECH PALACE w/ Mean Mug, Ogre Smash Death Boom and more TBA
Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/312611192159309/

Tuesday, June 19th – CHICAGO, IL @ Township w/ Annie Strong, Days Off and Al Scorch – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/439370852757792/

Thursday, June 21st – BALTIMORE, MD @ The Ottobar for Insubordination Fest w/ Dr. Frank & Friends, Slow Death, Mkey Erg and many more! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/118116288316479/

Friday, June 22nd – BOSTON, MA @ PA’s Lounge w/ Civil Warblers, Babydriver and Gums Mcgee! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/359093750821866/

Saturday, June 23rd – NEW YORK, NY @ Grand Victory w/ Marvin Berry & The New Sound and more – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/115063638632669/

Sunday, June 24th – GOVERNOR’S ISLAND, NY @ Punk Island Festival- Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/409418802401616

Monday, June 25h – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Cloud City w/ The Numerators – Event link here:https://www.facebook.com/events/152503794879838/

Tuesday, June 26th – WASHINGTON, D.C. @ Wasted Dream w/ Harrison Four, Bouncing Betty and more TBA! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/177103052418867/

Wednesday, June 27th – ASHEVILLE, NC @ Static Age Records w/ Street Eaters and Wade Boggs (ex Carrie Nations) – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/405463092818070/

Thursday, June 28th – ATHENS, GA @ The Globe w/ Street Eaters, Antlered Auntlord and more – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/317498454999457/324663077616328/

Friday, June 29th – CHATTANOOGA, TN @ Sluggo’s North – Do Ya Hear We? Fest w/ Possible Side Effects, Hidden Spots, Dark Rides, Onetimers, Big Kitty, 40oz Folklore, Very Very Sneaky, Fast Boys, Future Virgins, Brainbow, ADDC, Zippers to Nowhere, Generator Earth, Aren’t They Queer, Real Drag, Gettobird, Golden Ruler, Child Support, Scum of the Earth, Fat Shadow, Street Eaters, Hard Feelings, Cheesequake, Neon Piss, Gumskirt, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, Nature Boys, Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa, the Wild Kind, and more! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/142171122582326/

Saturday, June 30th – MEMPHIS, TN @ Murphy’s w/ The Near Reaches and more TBA! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/318065591609351

Sunday, July 1st – TULSA, OK @ The Vinyl Countdown w/ The Dirty Mugs and buck.buck! – All Ages – 6pm – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/242206815890783

Tuesday, July 3rd – LAS CRUCES, NM @ The Trainyard with City Mouse and more! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/246348438807352

Wednesday, July 4 – FLAGSTAFF, AZ @ TBA

Thursday, July 5th – LOS ANGELES – @ Olystis Music & Production Studios w/ Tartar Control, Ogre Mage, Tooks and more! – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/103724726436033/

Friday, July 6th – WATSONVILLE, CA @ Springfield Grange Hall w/ The Thirsty Three and more

Sunday, July 8th – BERKELEY, CA @ Rasputin Music (2pm early show!) – Rasputin in-store event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/430666760278619/
* Also tune in (or stream it live) to KALX 90.7 Berkeley at 11am to catch us talking about the new album, our tour and more! Radio show info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/432909136729548/

Friday, July 13th – BERKELEY, CA @ Space Lounge at Saturn Cafe w/ Victoria & The Vaudeviliians and Sarchasm – Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/380628671974133/

That July 8 show in Berkeley will be a special release party for our first record of the year: Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Bone Dagger is almost upon you! The official release date of this Suckerpunch Records 7” is July 14 (Bastille Day!) , but we’ll have advance copies at this show to help celebrate the launch of the Bone Dagger music video!!! Directed by Mike Foxall of XRay Studios (who also did the kickass artwork on the record sleeve), this music video is going to blow you away. Rarely have we been so stoked on any single day, but July 8 will be an exciting day for Bobby Joe Ebola fans and members alike.

But we have other releases coming down the chute: The Blues Turn Brown 7”, The Meal Deal With The Devil EP & More!, with accompanying readalong storybook by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics, which will be out on SLG Publishing later this summer.  “Tashirojima”, a strange and catchy J-Pop ditty whose proceeds will help animals displaced by the Japanese tsunami via JEARS. And let’s not forget our new 12 song full-length album Trainwreck to Narnia! We’ll keep you up on release dates for these as they firm up, but goddamn, it’s going to be a long, weird busy summer for us. We hope you’ll stick with us and enjoy the ride. In the meantime, enjoy our videos, which will be coming out at a steady pace over the next few months. We hope to have all the videos for our album F compiled into DVD form by the end of the summer. We’ll keep you up to date on that too. So get out there and do some stuff. But stick to the shade if you can. The Sun is out to get you this year.

 

Spring has sprung, friends and fans! Look out your window and get some of that delicious droughtshine! The birds are chirping, the cats are yowling lustily, the hippies are twirling. And as we look out o’er the vast fields of Ebola we plowed and sowed earlier this year, we can see green shoots of awesome starting to pop up.

That’s right, folks, it’s going to be an exciting year for Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, with a bumper crop of releases, videos, tours and fantastic live shows. Why doncha set on the porch for a spell while we give you a little update:

First, we’re practically foaming at the mouth with gratitude for all of you who helped make this March one of the best in our little band’s history. With your support we were able to film the epic video for our fan-favorite singalong “Life is Excellent” and secure our very first tour van; Melaena, aka The Ebola Gay.

And we just returned from Melaena’s maiden voyage, a tour of the American West, and our first as a full band, with Josh Wharton, Sean McTiernan, and Mike Wilson backing us up. What fun! Though we must say, we never realized just how heavy amps and drums are. Thanks to all who gave us places to play and stay, all the bands we met, and everyone who came to see us in Chico, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, Tucson and Los Angeles! We’ll be back before you know it. Those of you who contributed to our tour van fundraiser, expect some goodies in the mail very soon!

But the hits keep coming. Later this month, expect to see the video for “Waking Up is Hard To Do”, (directed by Chris Poeschl of Rock Rock Media) and more news on the upcoming DVD of our album “F“. We have 12 of 13 videos finished or in post-production. We are so dangerously close to finishing this insane project, and we’ll keep you up to date as new videos come off the Conveyor Belt of Fun.

UPDATE: Here it is! Watch “Waking Up Is Hard To Do” below!

Like we said, before, we have a buncha new releases coming your way. In June, look for the “Bone Dagger” 7” single from Suckerpunch Records, which will be accompanied by a truly fantastic animated video from our friend Mike Foxall at XRAY STUDIOS. Keep your ears peeled as well for the 7” single for “Blues Turn Brown” , a little ditty about Great Recession poverty and desperation. In addition we’ll have a very special release for our J-Pop opus “Tashirojima”, the proceeds of which will help animals displaced by the Japanese tsunami via JEARS.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!! We’re also working on the long-awaited release of our “Meal Deal With The Devil EP & More!”, with accompanying readalong storybook by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics, which will be out on SLG Publishing later this summer. And this week we’re putting the finishing touches on our latest LP, Trainwreck To Narnia. What a ride! We can’t wait to share this album with you.
Now that we’re back from tour, we look forward to settling back and….. planning another tour?!? Yep, June will find us on the road again, heading to the East Coast for a series of festivals and shockingly fun gigs, including Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, Punk Island in New York, and Do Ya Hear We? Fest in Chattanooga. Later in the year come September has us partying Labor Day weekend with the great folks of San Diego’s Awesome Fest! We’ll have an update for you next month on specific time/space coordinates, so stay tuned!

But for all our Californian homies, never fear; we’ve got some local shows to close out the month with:

April 27 – SACRAMENTO, CA @ Luigi’s with Flip the Switch and Bar Fly Effect

April 28 – SANTA ROSA, CA @ Spencer House with Jeff Rowe, Hot Club Beelzebub, and more!

April 29 – BERKELEY, CA @ 924 Gilman (Benefit for Hansel & Gretel co-op preschool)

And let’s not forget May 4, when we’ll be returning to the Rickshaw Stop! SAVE THE DATE, folks, this one is gonna knock your socks off!

May 4 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop with Trainwreck Riders, Passage Walkers, and Apogee Sound Club.

Check our calendar for more info and other shows as they pop up. We are grateful to have you out there paying attention; thanks to your love and support, our lives have felt like a ridiculous and campy feel-good movie. We’ll have another fun update for you next month. In the meantime, be excellent to each other, and party on!

 

Howdy, friends! Hooboy, it’s busy in Ebolaville. Blink and you’ll miss some exciting development or another. If we were newsies, just about every day we’d have to yell “STOP THE PRESSES!” And thankfully, most all of it is GREAT news. It keeps us constantly on our toes, though. We’re like frantic rock’n'roll ballerinas these days.

Check it out:

So last night (March 1st) we played The Independent in SF, one of the larger clubs we’ve ever played. Thanks to all who showed up to see us rock a fun opening set. They had chips and salsa in the dressing room! It was so good, Dan took some home. Somebody’s having huevos rancheros for breakfast! Not a bad start for March.

This month we’re putting the final touches on a brand-new full-length album, due out sometime this Spring. Holy Ding-Dongs, you are gonna FLIP when you hear what we’ve been working on. We’ve been looking through “1001 Baby Album Names” and decided to call it “Trainwreck to Narnia“, whether its a boy or a girl. From the same batch of recordings, we’ll be releasing three 7″ records and the Meal Deal With The Devil EP and we’ll keep you updated as those releases come down the ol’ Nuggit chute. Here are the details on the new LP… More info on it’s release date very soon!
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits
“Trainwreck To Narnia”

1.) After The Armadillo
2.) Vanilla American
3.) Blues Turn Brown
4.) Cop Kisser
5.) Biological Imperative
6.) The Poor
7.) Baked Beans & Whiskey
8.) Walk In The Crosswalk
9.) Censor The Word
10.) Bone Dagger
11.) Hey Everybody!
12.) The Last Child Soldier

This month we’ll also be filming more music videos, as we approach the finish line of our epic quest to film 13 music videos (One for each song on our album “F”). “Waking Up Is Hard To Do” and the fantastically ambitious “Life Is Excellent” are both scheduled for this month.

As most of you know we’re gearing up for a busy touring season. April finds us pillaging the Western United States during a 10 day tour of the Pacific Northwest (more info on the tour at the Facebook event for the whole shebang here: https://www.facebook.com/events/107547026040655/) This will be a historic tour- our first as a full band. Then in June, we’re hitting the road again! This time it’s for an entire month, and the entire nation!  Here are the details for the April tour…

BOBBY JOE EBOLA PACIFIC NORTHWEST MINI-TOUR – APRIL 4th-APRIL 15th!

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

We want to bring it to your hometown; the majesty of rock! The mystery of roll! And a truly stupendous array of Bobby Joe Ebola merch; T-shirts, stickers, vinyl, CDs, glow-in-the-dark Baby Jesus buttplugs – everything you need to be equipped for the rock apocalypse. Check out the tons of new items in the Bobby Joe Ebola Online Merch Superstore! Click the link here to visit: http://bobbyjoeebola.bigcartel.com/

Only one thing is missing: A TOUR VAN.

Thanks a million to all of you who’ve contributed to our Kickstarter fund (Tour van fund campaign link here: http://kck.st/AbuaEf), and thanks as well to those of you reposting and helping us to get the word out. You might be broke, but your reposts are getting to people who CAN contribute. And you play an important part in that. So THANKS! And keep up the great work!

We’ve got 11 days left to make $5,000. Daunting? Yes. But we can do it. With your help, we can reach folks who might have $20, $100, or even $1000 to put toward helping us get on the Road. Which is the only way we will ever be be able to to make this band our livelihood.

Think of us as a small business, if you like. And getting off the ground is not easy. But we’re determined to make it work. If we can acquire a van that won’t break down in Middle of Nowhere-ville, we can bring our tidings of discomfort and joy just about anywhere. We’ll play our hearts out every night. We’ll sell you a t-shirt and a button, and then we race off into the night for another town, another crowd.

This is our dream. We can make it happen. You can help. You MUST help. You don’t want to see us grovel, it’s ugly. But PLEEEAASE prettyprettyplease with sugar on top. Contribute what you can to our tour van fund, and help spread the word! We’ve got cool prizes and gifts for you, just check the link above. Thanks so much, and we hope to see you on the road!

Love & Explosions,
-Dan & Corbett

 

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

 

Here it is, the 6th video out of 13 off of the Bobby Joe Ebola 2010 LP/CD, “F”… “The Only Difference“, directed by Christopher Poeschl for Rock Rock Media! Doubling as an ode to the boppin’ age of doo-wop , the MacNuggits weave a musical tale about the joys of kidnapping yuppies, beating the crap out of them and throwing them in the trunks of their own cars! Funny!

Starring Jamie DeWolf, Mike Wilson, Vaudie Va Boom, Eliza Strack & more… PLUS a full band incarnation of the MacNuggits (Corbett Redford, Dan Abbott, Zach Glanz, Joshua Wharton and Sean McTiernan), this music video will get you moving and shaking… likely due more to fear than beat!

Directed by Christopher Poeschl for Rock Rock Media
Animation and illustration by Jason Chandler of Horrible Comics

 

Brrr! It’s Bay Area cold! Yeah, yeah, laugh it up, all y’all who live in places where you can actually get killed by icicles. You also have fireplaces and heating and mukluks and stuff. We aren’t set up for seasons here, so if it gets chilly we sit here and shiver in our bootie shorts.

And thus begins 2012 – the last year ever, if you believe poorly translated Mayan glyphs  -  with icy feet. How shall this year end, O little Nuggalos? Perhaps with fire? Revolutions? Toads? Global shifts of polarity, consciousness and underwear? We have no freakin’ idea. If 2011 is any indication, we will expect the unexpected. Already, this cute little duckling of a year is looking pretty darn fun for your unstoppable pals at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits.

But first, a little recap of how 2011 ended: September, October, and November were largely spent on and off the road with our powerful and victorious cartoon buddies Tornado Rider. After more than month with them across the U.S., we developed a pretty hard-core sneth habit. Upon return, we jumped right back into recording a new batch of songs at Dutch Oven Studios, run by our friend and occasional bandmate Craigums!

In the meantime, the Occupy Wall Street movement was gathering steam, and in Oakland (where Dan lives and Corbett’s previous address) things got pretty hectic. We wanted to help, and in December our song “Pac-Man & Pop Tarts” appeared on a free compilation called Occupy International.

Then, in honor of and in solidarity with #OccupyOakland, #OccupyTogether, #OccupyWallStreet and all of the many other occupy groups around the world, our band offered up an unmixed, unmastered and unreleased recent recording we made in August 2011. It went out as a nod to all of the valiant protesters involved in this movement… to all of those organizing on the front lines of this struggle. From our upcoming 2012 cover album, “Theft“, the song was originally written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 as a anti-union busting song. It was then updated wonderfully in 2000 by Billy Bragg.

In the folk tradition, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits added new and appropriate lyrics about corporate hegemony, billionaires and other modern world ails… the song is called, “All You Fascists“.

Barely had 2012 begun when we lit up the Bay Area with an astonishingly fun January trifecta of Bay Area shows with Tornado Rider and another group of familiar road dogs, Emily’s Army. The evenings were peppered with special appearances by several other local legends including Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds and Angelo Moore from Fishbone!

And the fun’s just beginning. Later this month we’ll be heading back into the studio to put the finishing touches on some new releases. Get ready for a read-along story songbook, a new LP of original material, a 10″ split with Duluth, MN’s Hard Feelings and the cover song LP. We’ll also be filming 2 music videos this week which will eventually appear on the F: The Videos DVD album. Four other music videos already in production are nearing completion!

Oh, did we mention we’re going to England?

Yep! We’re hopping the Pond for a single show in London, the UnNamed Festival. Organized by Tony Anastasi of the Green Day fansite, www.greendayauthority.com, this free event will take place Saturday, Jan. 21, and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits (as well as several other Bay Area luminaries). This will be our first show outside of North America, and hopefully the first of many! Dude! We’re going to England! 

We also have tons more shows locally and semi-locally! Go here to see more info on all of them: http://bobbyjoeebola.com/?page_id=13

As exciting as this all is, there’s even more. On March 1, we’ll be playing at The Independent in San Francisco with Spittin’ Cobras, Flexx Bronco and The Butlers. This is a new milestone for us, and we can’t wait to take the stage at this all-around awesome show. Buy your tickets now at this link: http://www.theindependentsf.com/event/83057/

And in April, we’re confirmed to The Gathering of the Goofpunx in Portland, OR (April 5-8), as well as Way Out West Fest in Tucson, AZ (April 14). If you live in the Northwest or Southwest, keep an eye out for shows other shows we may announce, since we’ll already be on the road anyway.

One last Nuggit of news, friends & fans, and a little public service message. If you’ve ever felt empty inside, we have the answer. His name is Jesus! That’s right, we at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits want you to let the Baby Jesus in. In where, we hear you ask?

This all may seem strange and sudden until you realize that we are now the official band of the glow-in-the-dark Baby Jesus Buttplug! Made by the Oakland-based artisans at Divine Interventions, this little buddy is 100% silicone, 100% fun, and is easy to find in the dark. We’ll have them available at most shows. Washes easily with soap & water… just like your sins! Available for a discounted price at our shows!

Here at Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, things are changing day by day. We hope you’ll continue to check in with us regularly and let your friends know, as our amazing adventure continues!
Thanks,
-Dan & Corbett

 

Looking for an awesome way to start out 2012?! Well, look no further than the BOBBY JOE EBOLA/TORNADO RIDER/EMILY’S ARMY Rock & Roll Weekend! Check the awesome flyer by AdamD of Gnarboots! Please repost!

Friday, January 6th, Saturday January 7th and Sunday, January 8th in Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose respectively, these wildly fun bands are joining forces to bring the noise and then some!

Each show features a different lineup with special surprise guests and friends such as Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds, Go National!), The Smell, Monstrauss and The Caps!

And to top it off, Bobby Joe Ebola will be joined by Sean & Josh of Mystic Knights of the Cobra to bring you THREE RARE MACNUGGIT FULL BAND PERFORMANCES!

Show details and band websites below! See you there!

http://bobbyjoeebola.com/
http://www.tornadoriderband.com/
http://emilysarmyband.com/

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Friday, Jan. 6th – Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman w/ Bobby Joe Ebola, Tornado Rider, Kevin Seconds, Emily’s Army and The Smell ($7, All Ages, 8PM) – 924 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94701

EVENT LINK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/116569421780979/

Saturday, Jan. 7th – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Tornado Rider, Emily’s Army and Bobby Joe Ebola ($12, All Ages, 9PM) – 155 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 – On Fell Street between Franklin & Van Ness

EVENT LINK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/173299389420059/

Sunday, Jan 8th – San Jose, CA – SLG Boutiki w/ Tornado Rider, Monstrauss, Bobby Joe Ebola, Emily’s Army and The Caps ($10, All Ages, 7PM) – 577 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Make it a full weekend! Pencil it in now!

 

Hey there! Bobby Joe Ebola fans! Friends, countrymen, fellow Earthlings. We’re proud to announce we’re on a new compilation called Occupy International, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. There’s also a big port shutdown on Monday, if you happen to live near a shipping port. We’ll get to all of that. But first, we need to have a little talk:

There is something deeply wrong with the way civilization is doing things. A few people are making all the decisions, decisions that benefit themselves. We are not asked for our opinion, even just to be polite. The people who are “in charge” making the big decisions are thinking about the world as a set of numbers; People go to work and create this amount of money, or shop and purchase this many units of GDP, or vote and produce so many votes. An acre of trees is worth this much paper pulp or toothpicks. These numbers must always grow, and the growth must always accelerate. Never mind that we’re running out of trees to turn into toothpicks. Human needs don’t really factor in; things that can’t be counted, well, they just don’t count, do they? And pretty much the whole planet has been feeling the effects of this kind of arithmetic for decades, whether we wanted any part of it or not.

But if we want to be totally honest here, WE’VE been making decisions too. We’ve been deciding NOT to decide; it’s too hard and time-consuming. It’s so much easier when someone else makes the call, isn’t it? It’s this attitude that has created our system of waste amid need, starvation amid abundance, and tyranny waving a flag of freedom. We enable this system every day. We help it along, too; with silence, with our complicity, and with our active participation. Because we don’t see any other possibilities, do we?

This is just what the people at the top want us to believe; that this top down madness is the only way we can organize ourselves, and that our wants trump other peoples’ needs. They’ve either forgotten that their power comes from us, or they fear that we will remember it.

This is suicide. This whole damn system is a runaway train headed off a cliff. All we have to do is pull the brakes, all of us, and get off. Yes, we’ll have to walk from there and figure it out. But if we all pull together we can keep each other safe so that we’re around to figure it out.

Convenience has brought us to the edge of disaster. The people in charge clearly need our help making good decisions. So we’re going to remind them that we are here, and that we have lots of ideas.

We wish to support this show of strength by free people who want a future. This is why we contributed a track to OCCUPY INTERNATIONAL, a compilation of 24 tracks from different artists in solidarity around the globe, including hip-hip revolutionaries DEAD PREZ! The comp includes rock, punk, hip-hop, electronic music, and stuff I can’t even describe.

Occupy International’s official release date is December 11, and is available to stream or download at http://spaz.org/~thmole/occupy or http://dalycityrecords.com/the_mole/occupy.

Hopefully this music gives you strength and lifts up your spirits when things get difficult. Because they will get difficult. But you know what? We’ll be right there with you. Um, unless we’re all sent to an internment camp. In which case… we’ll be right there with you.

Despite the bullshit, it is still a wonderful world we live in. Not only did all our friends and fans pull together to help us make crazy music video history by raising $6040 for our ‘Life Is Excellent’ project, now we find out that we got played on Dr. Demento’s online radio show! It’s the first time we’ve been played on his show since 1997.

Also played on the same show were The Dead Milkmen, Mojo Nixon,They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer, Weird Al… We love that wacky bastard!

Go check out Demento’s site and thank him for having us!

 

Hell yeah! The MacNuggits will be sharing the stage with Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, as he brings his band to The New Parish in Oakland, Tuesday, November 8th! Don’t miss this historic event for musical satire… or at least for our band!

 We can’t count the number of times in our 15 year existence we have been compared to these rock heavyweights and now we finally have the opportunity to rock with one of ‘em! Oakland! Please come out and show your MacNuggit pride for this one! We would love to have some singing heads with us!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HEREhttp://www.thenewparish.com/event/71977/

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NORTHWEST MINI-TOUR! NOVEMBER 16th – 19th!

We’re heading out yet again, this time for a short stint to the great Northwest! We will be meeting up with our buddies Tornado Rider in Spokane and then playing shows with them for the next few days! The folks we are playing with are some of the best the region has to offer: Juicy Karkass, All The Apparatus, Titanium Sporkestra, Baby Gramps, Potsie (members of The Taxpayers), Destroy Nate Allen and more! We are stoked for this! Check out the upcoming event calendar on this website or click on the name of the venue in the listings below for directions and more show info!

Wednesday, Nov. 16th – Spokane, WA @ Zola with Tornado Rider

Thursday, Nov. 17th – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater with Baby Gramps, Titanium Sporkestra and Tornado Rider

Friday, Nov. 18th – Portland, OR @ Red & Black Cafe with All The Apparatus, Destroy Nate Allen and Tornado Rider

Saturday, Nov. 19th – Portland, OR @ Record Room with Potsie, Juicy Karkass and Mr. Plow

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INDIEGOGO “LIFE IS EXCELLENT” MUSIC VIDEO FUNDING UPDATE!

Here is a sneak peek at one of the many awesome prizes we’re offering up as thanks for supporting our Life is Excellent” music video campaign! Check out this exclusive & way-cool “Life is Excellent” t-shirt, courtesy of the graphic design wizards at Flight of Yesterdays!

This shirt is available at the $50 “Rainbow in the Dark” support level, which includes a personal phone call from Dan & Corbett, a “like pack” with music, stickers, & desktop wallpaper, the EXCLUSIVE ‘Life Is Excellent’ ringtone composed by Craig Billmeier, the ‘Life Is Excellent’ bumper sticker… PLUS an appearance as an extra in the ‘Life Is Excellent’ music video.

And of course, you’re welcome to contribute more than $50, and get even more fabulous thank-you gifts. Go check out our IndieGoGo site here: http://www.indiegogo.com/lifeisexcellentvideo

Ladies and gentlemen, time weighs heavy upon us. In only three weeks we will conclude our IndieGoGo campaign. We’re not quite to the finish line yet, but we want to thank all of you who’ve contributed already. We truly appreciate the support from you, our friends and fans. If we do not make our goal, we will still use the monies raised to make the best video we possibly can… but filming would surely be delayed a bit. It would mean having to regroup and reconsider our options in making the video for this song with less $.

Show your friends our video, repost and help us spread Ebola to the eyes and ears of everyone you know! Watch our hilarious donation pitch video below! And thank you for all of your help!

NEW RECORDING UPDATE!

Things are coming along on recording for about 5 or 6 upcoming EPs, 7″s and other records! 11 songs are close to being done… only 25 to go! Keep your butts peeled! We are so happy with the new songs. No joke! They rule! Of course, to be fair, of those 36 tunes, 13 are covers for an LP we are making called “Theft“. It contains some of our favorite songs by other people including this song… here is our unmixed, unmastered and unreleased version of Woody Guthrie’s “All You Fascists”, with some updated modern lyrics. We released it on YouTube a week or so back in solidarity with and in honor of the #OccupyWallStreet movement. Just seemed a little to perfect to not let people hear it, what with all of the risin’ up! We return in late November to the recently located Dutch Oven under the masterful engineering hand of occasional MacNuggit second guitarist, Craigums aka 2008 World Air Guitar Champion and member of tons of your favorite bands, past and present. It’s on!

 

Allow us to give you a taste of heaven. You may need a chaser though.

Shoot At Will Films and Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits present the controversial fifth music video from the MacNuggits’ 2010 LP, “F” (videos for all of the album’s thirteen songs are being made!)… the hilariously blasphemous “Sweet Shit of Christ“. Directed by Jamie Dewolf and featuring an outrageous cast including Alex Koll, J. Lieber, Courtney Crimson, Amanda Cavanaugh, Natalie Ashodian, Don Reniff, Ian Whitson, Sissy Dewolf, Bakari Kafeli as Jesus and many more, this video is a MacNuggit-style skewering of religious hypocrisy throughout the ages, leaving no sacred cow untipped. This Oakland-style taste of the hereafter will have you on your knees with laughter.

If you would like to feature the video on your website, please contact Talia Miller at PRawr (talia@PRawr.com) to acquire a hi-def download or for any other press related inquiries.

For more from Shoot At Will Films: http://vimeo.com/shootatwillfilms

For more about the band, visit: http://bobbyjoeebola.com & http://facebook.com/​bobbyjoeebola

Help the band make their next epic music video by contributing to their IndieGoGo campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/lifeisexcellentvideo

Directed and edited by Jamie DeWolf for Shoot At Will Films

Cinematography and Steadicam: Gabriel Hurley, Second Camera: Jamie DeWolf and Michelantony “Micah” Dunston, Lighting Design: Lia Walker, Special Effects Makeup: Sissy DeWolf, Camera Assistant: Jon Logan, Assistant Director: Heather Markis, Best Boy: Gregg Semen