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Goodbye Planet Earth

by Matthew Ebel

Melodic, imaginative piano rock from outer space.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Better Off Dead
5:16 $0.99
2. I Just Want To Fall In Love
3:47 $0.99
3. Wordsworth
1:38 $0.99
4. Better Off Dead (Reprise)
1:37 $0.99
5. Goodbye Planet Earth
4:02 $0.99
6. Everybody Needs A Robot
5:38 $0.99
7. A Cautionary Tail
13:02 $0.99
8. Downtown
4:45 $0.99
9. The Getaway
2:23 $0.99
10. Lost My Way
3:45 $0.99
11. Gray Planet
1:53 $0.99
12. Join The Conversation
4:39 $0.99
13. Everybody Needs A Ninja
2:51 $0.99
14. Every Color
3:28 $0.99
15. Falling To Earth
3:35 $0.99
16. She Will Set You Free
4:28 $0.99
17. I Will Wait For You
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Goodbye Planet Earth is a rock-solid, complete work in 17 movements. Not just a mere collection of singles, Matthew’s fourth solo album is a journey that takes the listener on an outer-space adventure. The album is a noted departure from Matthew’s typical organic feel, combining highly electronic elements like synthesizers and loops with raw vocals, pianos, pennywhistles, and more. True to Matthew Ebel style, however, Goodbye Planet Earth contains songs that will make you laugh, sing along, or break out in goose bumps. Be warned, however, you may not be able to get most of the songs out of your head for weeks.

He’s been called a soulful white guy, an acoustic geek-rocker, and the love child of Elton John and Billy Joel. His fans know him as everything from Matthew to Birdman to simply “Hot Wings”. Whatever you call him, though, Matthew Ebel is more than just a singer-songwriter, he’s a space pirate captain that takes his fans and friends beyond the mundane.

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Matthew Ebel has spent all of his life singing and playing the piano. Starting off with fifteen years of piano lessons, six years of private voice, and over a decade of concert choirs and bands, he began his serious music career at Whitworth College. He earned his B.A. with honors in Music and spent an extra year building up a reputation in the Inland Northwest as an up-and-coming new artist.

In the spring of 2002 Matthew crammed all of his stuff into a tiny UHAUL trailer and dragged it behind his car to Nashville. A little more than a year later he found himself playing the Grand Ole Opry with Mercury Records artist Billy Currington. He also performed with a number of local acts including The Peter Moon Band and Laura Clapp. He’s also produced custom music and audio for companies like Porter Novelli and crayon.

As a testament to the power of an independent artist, his album Beer & Coffee came into being with little more than a Macintosh computer and some help from Matthew’s devoted friends. Once the album was completed, Matthew turned to emerging new mediums to spread the word - namely podcasting and Second Life. Thanks to the power of the music and the pioneering spirit of podcasters, Matthew’s reputation quickly spread across the globe as one of the biggest names in new media music.



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C.C. Chapman

Ebel Delivers the Goods Again
Matthew Ebel is known for his piano pop hooks that stick in your brain long after you turn off the music and this album is no different. Rather then an album full of singles this is truly one complete album all tied together and presented in a candy coated space opera of sorts that you are sure to enjoy. Just be warned that songs such as "Everyone Needs a Robot" and "Goodbye Planet Earth" will have you singing their catchy choruses for days.

Christopher Penn, Financial Aid Podcast

Goodbye Planet Earth is required listening!
Mash up an intergalactic space opera with pop and rock, and you get Goodbye Planet Earth. Imagine Ben Folds and Wil Wheaton collaborating on an album and you get where this could take you. I've owned it since PodCamp Boston and have never actually removed it from my CD player since.

Top recommended track: I Will Wait For You. This track is something special. The whole album is good, but this is the finishing touch that makes it all worth it.


Hello Matthew Ebel!
This album is by far one of the most creative ventures I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Biting wit and sly observation rule Matthew's lyrics, but the sheer inventiveness and mind-blowing musicianship won me over. These songs are definitely a departure from "Beer and Coffee," but once you go beyond the stylistic differences, you'll find all of the things that make Matthew's music worth playing on constant repeat. For those that love slow builds to expansive sounds, "She Will Set You Free" and "I Will Wait for You" are must-haves. If you're in it for the lyrics, I can't think of anything I've heard that's quite as clever as "Lost My Way" (an a cappella gem, to boot), or as moving as "A Cautionary Tail." "Join the Conversation" and the title track, "Goodbye Planet Earth," are great for setting on an infinite loop and just dancing like a nut. Finally, for those that simply enjoy quiet, clean composition without lyrics, "Gray Planet" is simply lovely and very relaxing. There is something in this album for everyone, and I hope others enjoy it even half as much as I have.

Daniel Johnson, Jr.

Matthew Ebel does it again!
I've heard "Lost My Way" and "Every Color" on other podcasts, but the final versions on the album make it well worth buying. The instrumentals provide a great interlude for the other songs. Very catchy hooks all over the place. Great lyrics, too. I can't pick a favorite song off this album. Even at 17 tracks, it ends too soon.

Justin Russell

Say hello to Goodbye Planet Earth
In an age where the concept of an album is all but lost among a sea of 99-cent MP3 tracks, Matthew Ebel delivers a welcome journey back to times when music told a story. Goodbye Planet Earth is a wonderful collection of music that will have you listening, singing, humming, and dancing for days on end. If you've heard Matthew before, check out "Lost My Way", "Goodbye Planet Earth", and "Downtown" for his familiar and catchy songwriting. Dive deeper by listening to Matthew's diverse talent on everything from the expansive "A Cautionary Tale" to the instrumental "Gray Planet" and "Falling to Earth". When you're done, give the album a complete listen from "Better Off Dead" and "I Just Want to Fall in Love" (my personal favorite) to "I Will Wait for You" for a wonderful musical experience. You'll find yourself listening again and again.

Jim Farley

Matthew's melodies are infectious!
You CAN NOT GO WRONG with this CD. The worst part of this whole album is getting some of the songs out of your head! Song after song takes you on a flight that's out of this world... I change favorites every other day becuase they're all so good! Do yourself a favor and grab this one up! You'll also love his other albums... especially BEER AND COFFEE...

Les Zalewski

Awesome songs!
This album is a must have is you enjoy pop piano songs with a twist! Matthew writes songs that you *want* to listen to the whole way through to see what's next! This is a great 'concept' album and well worth listening from track 1 to track 17! Favorite Songs: "Goodbye Planet Earth", "Lost My Way", and "Everybody Needs a Robot"


Dam Good Music
I'd say that I'm a casual fan of most musicians I listen, but I cannot say that about Matthew Ebel. He's one of the the Very few artists that I ave bought ALL of their albums. While I would not say he was the BEST, I would say he is DAM GOOD.

I like Dam Good music, and Matthew has it in spades, mp3's, and CD's!

from whimsical, to heartbreaking, to catchy bouncy coffee house folk rock.

I Just Want To Fall In Love, and Goodbye Planet Earth are MORE than worth the cost of the album in and of themselves, and yet you get Soo Much MORE!


Matthew Ebel Rocks!
Mickey, my husband, asked for this for Christmas. We both had the pleasure of meeting Matthew at a convention and he is a great, down to earth, kooky guy and very talented to boot. I personally enjoyed Everybody Needs A Ninja and Everybody Needs a Robot.
CD Baby made purchasing this CD easy and shipping was quick as it arrived for Christmas!
Thank you! :)

Nicholas Young

Pop-inspired piano rock? The name itself conjures up funky, hot riffs - backed by a glassy smooth rhythm - and a talented vocalist on top. If this is what you imagine, then you're in for a treat. Many have said, and I agree, that this is Ebel's magnum-opus; bringing all of the aforementioned assets to the table, but with each track, adding the unexpected: gentle electronic accents.

Climb aboard Ebel's ship, and join him on an awesome intergalactic adventure!
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