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MATTHEW EBEL
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Coming Soon to a Planet Near You

This January, with your help, I will be realizing a dream that I’ve had for the past five years.

Did I mention that my album Goodbye Planet Earth was released five years ago already? You may have heard it, you may have even liked it. What you may not know, though, is that the entire album synchronizes with the 2005 movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Unlike Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, this was purely intentional.

As I sat for three months recording the album, visions of a big stage in front of a giant movie screen played out in my head. Granted, at the time I was barely playing in bars and coffee houses, but dreams don’t care where you are: they indicate where you’re likely to go. Now after five years, five more albums, and a hell of a lot of big stage shows, I’ve finally been given the opportunity to make this dream happen in 2013.

The fine folks at San Jose’s Further Confusion have licensed the rights to the film and are ready to make this show happen. My awesome drummer, Runtt, and I have already begun rehearsing and preparing for what is definitely the most complicated show we’ve ever put on. Every day between now and January 19 I get a little more excited and a little bit scared, but that’s how most journeys unfold. This one just happens to end at the doorstep of a dream I had five years ago.

I really, really hope you’ll join me in San Jose this January 19. Get your weekend or day passes at www.furtherconfusion.org, and don’t forget to bring your towels!


  • Mark

    Will you be recording the show? I would really like to see it but I am not willing or able to travel across the country to do so.

    • http://matthewebel.com/ Matthew Ebel

      Audio, yes. Video, probably. Full video with movie? Hell no. We can license the public performance of a Miramax film cheaply enough, but distributing the video itself won’t work at all. So you’ll probably get at least some good HD video of what’s happening on stage and in the audience, but not on the screen.

  • http://twitter.com/LadyRowyn Rowyn

    Oh cool! I always wondered if Goodbye,Planet Earth intentionally mirrored the story of the 2005 Hitchhiker’s movie; neat to know that it does! :)

  • Rob

    I’m currently recovering from oral surgery and thought I’d like to try this seeing as I own copies of both your album and the movie (and plenty of extra time for the next few days). Is there a specific way to get it to sync up? Or just hit play on both at the same time?

    • http://matthewebel.com/ Matthew Ebel

      Well, the album does start with the sound of a massive explosion…

      • Rob

        Derp! I’m going to have to blame the vicodin for not making that connection…