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Matthew Ebel dot net is now Ziibra

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I’ve been announcing this everywhere else, but it occurred to me that I haven’t mentioned it on my own blog yet. So here goes…

My old subscription site, Matthew Ebel dot net, has now been moved to a new platform! I’ve teamed up with Seattle-based Ziibra so I don’t have to wrestle with WordPress and a kludge of plugins any longer.

Since 2008 I’ve been running my own site, for better or worse, and building a stronger relationship with my super-fans. Rather than having to go through the constant cycle of making an album, crowdfunding an album, then trying to sell that album all while trying to book live shows, I’ve been relying HEAVILY on my subscribers to keep me creating month after month.

If you’d like to take a look at the new system, go check it out over at www.ziibra.com/matthew-ebel/

A Subscription? What do you mean?

Do you love my music? Do you want to get more of it on a monthly basis? How about VIP parties and goodie bags and other cool stuff? The fact is that I’ve been giving out regular content for the last five years to a super-elite band of ultra-fans. Imagine over 60 hours of live concert recordings- some of them even in HD video -and that’s just the start.

In this world where songs seem to have less value than the viral videos people make to promote them, this is your opportunity to actually support the creator, not just the creation. For as little as $5 a month you can follow me on a virtual tour as we play one geek convention after another, recording every show along the way.

How do I get involved?

All it takes is a credit/debit card and a love of good music. There are a few different ranks available- from Crew Members who get just the live recordings to the Entourage who get all the goodies I can muster -and it’s all spelled out over at www.ziibra.com/matthew-ebel/

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The Three-Con Report

Photo by Dan Orlowitz

Runtt and I played three conventions in three consecutive weeks, each one with a different theme. Normally people write a post-con wrap-up after each weekend getaway, but chances are good most people don’t hit one every week! I’ve got photos from some of them, so click the big pictures to get to the galleries.

Jesus Bird at Furthemore 2014

Furthemore

The start of the month was unquestionably the best of the three: Furthemore, Baltimore’s fledgeling Furry con. I don’t call it the best because I prefer the Furry cons or even because our audience was the largest there. The community present simply seemed to be enjoying a nonstop party. After all, isn’t that what a convention is really all about? Convening with your fellow fans?

Furthemore’s programming was well tuned- no conflicts or tight transitions between major events, the sponsor suite was well stocked and comfortable. Right up there with Anthrocon and Furry Weekend Atlanta, this con’s tech crew was the most on-the-ball bunch I’ve dealt with in a while. As a performer with no tour manager, Protocollie and his staff made my job as easy as it could have been- and easy logistics = relaxed performer = better show. Always.

The real fun came once the con expected a blizzard… Sorry, I can’t even type that without laughing. Seriously, there was almost an entire inch that fell the next day. Anyway, because of, er, inconvenient weather, they canceled the con’s official Dead Dog party, but it happened anyway. Nobody set out to start a party, we just sat in a circle playing Cards Against Humanity in what remained of the main ballroom.

The Furthemore 2014 Dead Dog Party

Then Protocollie put some 90′s music on and handed a mic to myself and Pepper Coyote for a terrible rendition of “I Want It That Way.” (Continue reading The Three-Con Report…) ☛