Running Away From The Music Business

This statement is for independent musicians, by an independent musician: Get away- far, far away -from the Music Business. I’m not telling you to give up music or stop trying to earn your living in this space. Far from it, there is so much opportunity here that the biggest challenge is deciding which path you
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You Voted, Here Are The Results

You Voted, Here Are The Results

Earlier this year I ran a series of polls to ask you what should go on my “Best Of” album. Boy, did you answer that call. Without further ado, here is the track listing for the soon-to-be-created Democratically Elected Best of Matthew Ebel: “I Wish I Were” from The Lives of Dexter Peterson “Everybody Needs
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Losing A Part Of You

Losing A Part Of You

For those who don’t already know Genesis Whitmore, she’s the awesome artist who is penning the webcomic version of The Lives of Dexter Peterson. Recently her 920-year-old cat Feep began having medical issues and, ultimately, passed away. Most of my fans are animal people, to say the least, so they understand why this is a
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Giving You What I Want

Giving You What I Want

One of the hardest things to do in my line of work is figuring out what you want to listen to. The only task harder than that is to stop thinking about what you want to listen to. As a businessman, I’m encouraged by every publication, mentor, free advice donor, and fortune cookie to “start
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Stop: You Are Not A Machine

Stop: You Are Not A Machine

STOP You are not a machine. Your natural genetic design does not tolerate 2-4 hours of travel per day, 8-12 hours of slave labor 5-6 days per week for whatever monetary compensation on 5-6 hours of sleep in a system built on penalistic principle and a life under judgmental surveillance. Like it or not, you
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A Cautionary Tail – Live at Anthrocon 2012

A Cautionary Tail – Live at Anthrocon 2012

And another fan favorite (and one of my favorites) from the recent Anthrocon concert. As of this posting, you can still download the entire concert in HD over at Matthew Ebel dot net!

All Over Again – Live at Anthrocon 2012

All Over Again – Live at Anthrocon 2012

Here’s the first of a few video clips from our massive Anthrocon show. As of this posting, you can still download the entire concert in HD over at Matthew Ebel dot net!

The First Pirates

The First Pirates

So the webcomic has now made it into chapter two, where Dexter becomes a wealthy land owner in the new world. When I first started writing The Lives of Dexter Peterson, I wasn’t exactly starting with zero research. As I’ve said before, the entire story was the product of NaNoWriMo in 2005, so I hadn’t
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Building A Better Merch Table Display

Building A Better Merch Table Display

I know, most of you who read my blog aren’t musicians, but occasionally I stumble across a business idea that’s worth sharing with others. Besides, I do see a lot of you at the nerd conventions trying to sell your art, comedy, comic books, hand-knitted cartoon characters, etc. Some of your merch tables are better
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An Open Letter to CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora

An Open Letter to CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora

UPDATE: The first of the three companies to respond with anything resembling help was… Pandora! They’ve bypassed the Amazon requirement for me this once and have added the album to the list. While this doesn’t mean the breakdown described in this letter is SOLVED yet, at the very least my immediate concerns have been addressed
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