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  • Fundraising Has Begun!

    Here we go, faithful crew and members of the Robot Army. It’s time for you to step up and make something awesome happen! The new album, High Orbit Saves The Pandas needs your help! If you are a fan of my music or loved my old podcast, High Orbit, you’ve now got the chance to keep both of them alive.

    High Orbit Saves The Pandas isn’t just another album, it’s a full-length outer space adventure featuring all-new original piano rock from yours truly. There’s comedy, plot holes, Prodo-2 is both an idiot and a genius at the same time, and I both cause and prevent a global catastrophe. We poke fun at Star Trek, J. J. Abrams, the state of California, and of course… the Giant Panda.

    How YOU Can Help

    1. Go RIGHT NOW to our Kickstarter page at www.matthewebel.com/savethepandas
    2. Pitch in anywhere from $1 to a million dollars.
    3. SHARE that link via Twitter, Facebook, FA, Google+, email, carrier pigeon, etc.
    4. Show up at one of three Kickstarter Parties scheduled for September. One’s in Nashua, one’s in Seattle, and the final hurrah is a live stream right here at www.matthewebel.com!
    5. Repeat as necessary.

    Help Us Save The Pandas!

    (Oh yeah… If you’re wondering why I shaved my eyebrows and dropped 58 cards in front of Nashua’s Riverwalk, here’s Amanda Palmer’s original video:)

  • Live concert footage from Furthemore 2014 in Baltimore, MD. The year’s live show, “The Copper Revolution”, opens with us encountering an anomaly that throws us into the atmosphere of a nearby planet.

    Footage, lighting, keyboard, and beers provided by the Furthemore staff. Runtt is playing drums provided by Teddy Wynton

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    Shirts are BACK baby, and they’re available right now at the Matthew Ebel Store. More designs are in the works, but if you’d like to design a shirt for Matthew Ebel, drop him a line via email!

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  • Our complete concert from Anthrocon 2013. 90 minutes of piano rock and dancing fuzzy things!

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Oktoberbash 2014 Is On

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If you’re a Matthew Ebel Officer or Entourage member, you’re invited to party with me in Boston!

The sixth annual Beer Bash is happening, this time with an Oktoberfest theme. That’s right, we made 10 gallons of Oktoberfest-style ale, a ton of pretzels, and we’ll be making beer brats in a way most of you have never tried before (sous vide).

And you’re encouraged to bring your own beer/foods if you want!

This is indeed an all-ages event, but obviously the beer is only available for those 21 and older. More details are available on the signup page, so check it out ASAP. I need to know if you’re coming so I know how much food to buy!

If you’re not already an Officer or Entourage member, sign up today at www.matthewebel.com/ziibra and I’ll send you the official invite.

Or, if you already got your invite, click here to register:
Oktoberbash 2014

A First Look at Mad Oak Studios

Benny Grotto working the Tweed console at Mad Oak Studios

I believe in the same rule that Alton Brown has for homebrew supply stores: If it looks slick and well-decorated, you probably don’t want to be there.
An Unassuming Place
Mad Oak Studios just moved to a new building in Allston, MA, so when I headed there to scope the place out in person, it took me twenty minutes to find the place. Not only was the Mad Oak sign not up yet, but a construction crew had completely blocked the driveway. I had to park two blocks away and walk past an asphalt machine to get inside.
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Once inside, though, it was everything I had hoped for. You see, I’ve recorded (for myself and as a side man) at a wide variety of studios. From the big-and-impressive, like Omni Sound in Nashville, to the more humble-looking sound holes like this one. The truth is that, no matter what the place looks like, all that counts is who’s behind the desk.
Benny Grotto
In this case, it’s Benny Grotto. You’ve probably never heard of him, but you probably don’t know any of the engineers or producers that made the albums you listen to. Dave Matthews would (probably) be nothing without Steve Lillywhite shaping his early albums. Benny here has worked with a lot of bands both great (Aerosmith) and small (me), but I got his name through mutual acquaintance Amanda Palmer.

She and Brian Viglione relied on Mad Oak for the Dresden Dolls album No, Virginia…
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…in fact, he’s still got the creepy Santa-thing watching over the recording room. (Don’t tell Runtt, this thing might try to eat him while he’s recording.)
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The best I can describe the vibe of this place: relaxed. And that’s precisely what you want in a studio, not new hardwood or a hot tub or a well-stocked bar. This is in Allston, if you want a bar there are plenty to be had just down the street. If you want a room where there’s no pressure, no menacing red light to suck the life out of your performance, this place is certainly it.

And on October 28, Runtt, four guests, a photographer, and I will be there making an album.