Oh boy. Here we are. The end of 2016, which means it’s time for another of my annual wrap-up posts. (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011). These are fun for me to remember the things I’ve done and to mark the passage of time, otherwise it can feel like nothing has happened. At this moment, as 2016 ends and the world seems to have already hit the metaphorical iceberg, everything short of major social change can feel like wasted time and flailing, but I’m doing this anyway, because I want to. Let’s get into it.
What Did The Doubleclicks Do In 2016?
By the numbers:
2 (very large) tours and one minitour — planned and produced by us
20 podcast episodes released
9 online shows
12 new music videos on our youtube channel (7 originals, 5 covers)
6 variety shows in portland
1 move of the office
lots of therapy Continue reading 2016 in the Doubleclicks & What’s Next!→
Did you know we have a podcast? It’s a games and comedy podcast! And we’ve put out 20 episodes this year! And today’s episode is a great one—with our new Fiasco playset based on the songs of the Doubleclicks.
It’s lock-in night at the museum! We have an undercover alien looking for scientific proof of the missing link. We have a Spock Impersonator. We have burrito problems. And we’re hoping that nothing goes wrong. Will it? Yes. It will. Find out how when the team plays the new “museum” playset – which is based on the songs of the Doubleclicks! Special guests Will Hindmarch and Lucia Fasano join us for a wonderful story full of mystery and mansplaining!
Listen now on Simplecast, iTunes, or by searching “Gosh Darn Fiasco” on your favorite podcast app!
You will be able to get our Doubleclicks songs-inspired playset “The Museum” very soon, stay tuned here for information to play it yourself!
It’s Thanksgiving (or, as we encourage you to celebrate instead, Wizardsgiving, a holiday based on a better history). For us, it’s a time to gather with family, to think about the year, and give thanks for what we have.
This is feeling pretty important this year, as we seem to be losing lots, and we need to focus on giving, listening, and loving one another.
We are thankful for all of you, for our friends who make music with us, for our friends who let us make music, games, comedy, podcasts, and art with them. For the opportunity to play music across the world and on the Internet. We wrote this thank you song a few years ago and we’re feeling it pretty hard right now:
I’ve got the sun shining today, and I have shades to make the sunlight go away I have friends near far and wide, and I’ve got internet so I don’t have to go outside It’s tough, there are lows—there are times when life just blows But at some point you realize, that it’s ok to compartmentalize Once in a while and say— Thank You! Seriously, Thank You! I never thought that I knew People who would selflessly support each other And make life so breezy I know this is cheesy, And I’ll go back to being snarky someday But I wanna say Thank You My family and friends Thank You For sharing your smiles And taking awhile To make a connection that actually counts Thank You!
We hope you have a wonderful time this day, this week, and always. If you would like for us to join you, please feel free to put on this video of this month’s livestream show! It’s like we’re doing a concert right in your home!
Check out this and all episodes of our gaming/improv podacst on iTunes or Simplecast (or wherever you listen to podcasts!)
And catch a live episode as well! We’re doing a live recording NOVEMBER 16 in Portland with special Guest CHELSEA CAIN and Lucia Fasano! 7pm a Kickstand comedy theater. Tickets $5, available now! And then, March 4-11, 2017, We’re bringing GDF ON THE OPEN OCEAN! Join us on the JoCoCruise for a live recording with some amazing guests! Cruise tickets are still available!
Hello friends! We have a new video for you: a cover of “The Universe,” a beautiful song by Danielle Ate The Sandwich. This song is incredibly great and I knew as soon as I heard it that I wanted to play it sometime. Aubrey put on an incredible string quartet of cellos and I’m really happy with how it turned out! If you like it, please share it!
Danielle’s new albumThe Terrible Dinner Guest is incredible—if you haven’t yet gotten into Danielle’s stuff, I recommend checking out this music video, which is amazing and funny and SO DARN RELATABLE.
Last year the wonderful Mike Selinker at Lone Shark Games reached out to us with an exciting proposition: an expansion—the first in 11 years—for his game Betrayal at the House on the Hill. He asked us to write for Widow’s Walk, which we did, with help from Richard Malena (our partner in tour, games, and his show Atomic Game Theory)! Ours is a very special haunt where you can betray your friends . . . with cats. No more spoilers, but we’re very proud.
The whole expansion is amazing. There are new rooms, new omens, and a lot of great content by amazing contributors like Zoë Quinn (Depression Quest), Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time), Max Temkin and Eli Halpern (Cards Against Humanity), Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency), and more!
It was a real treat to get in on helping to design (and playtest, a little!) this game, and it’s been hard keeping the secret for so long . . .
But now you can finally get Betrayal at the House On the Hill: Widow’s Walk—with a haunt by Angela Webber (that’s me!) and Richard Malena—at your friendly local game store or on Amazon! Let us know if you play our haunt, I want to know what you name your cat!
Our role-playing game/comedy-improv podcast Gosh Darn Fiasco has a new episode this week!
Join Josh A. Cagan (screenwriter, the DUFF), Joseph Scrimshaw (Obsessed Podcast, writer for Rifftrax), and Lucia Fasano (comedian, Portlandia, singer-songwriter) for a trip into an archaeological dig where we try to make a movie and discover a forbidden holy artifact in a cave full of traps, spirits, and crystals!
Today we are debuting a new project called “You Should Write A Song About That,” in which we interview a fascinating person about something that fascinates them and write a song about that!
In our first segment we talk to author Sam Maggs about Anandibai Joshi—the first Indian woman to get a degree in Western Medicine—and then we wrote a song about her! Read more about Anandibai and 24 other amazing women in “WONDER WOMEN” – the new book by Sam Maggs, it’s really, really great!
This project is made possible by our backers on Patreon who pay $1 or more for each new video we post! Thank you, Patreon backers! You can join them at: patreon.com/thedoubleclicks
Hey friends! Tune in today at 3pm pacific on our YouTube channel for our online show!! It’s been busy and stressful the last month so we are really looking forward to chilling with you and our friends from Megathruster!
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Lucia Fasano is a wonderful human – we have worked with her on several projects over the last couple years, and we are thrilled to say her album is the first not-us album that we have released with our new indie-artist-crowdfunding label that we started, creatively called “Doubleclicks Records!” The album was produced by Jackpot Recording/Larry Crane, who amazingly generously gave Lucia a shot on this debut solo release. The album is great and we are happy to be even a little involved!
Some neat opportunities have come our way since we started this band, but I have to say the biggest “WE MADE IT!!” moment came for me earlier this year when we were asked to be “celebrity judges” for Sock It To Me’s annual design contest. “What?” you ask… well… yes.
Sock It To Me makes amazing songs. There are dinosaurs, cats, and space—my three favorite things. And I own lots of their socks. It’s part of who I am. They run a contest every year where anyone can design a sock, and the winner gets $2,000 and their sock design is produced. I think it’s rad. I think we should have interesting socks and we should all celebrate art at all levels.
ANYWAY— the designs are in and you can vote now! Aubrey and I (and other celebrity judges including Lucy Knisley and Lil Bub) voted in the previous round to narrow down to the finalists. We love socks, friends. And we are officially celebrities. So deal with THAT.
Register to vote! Put voting on your calendar! Then vote. Promise? Good. Damn this damn election. Game design kingpin Mike Selinker got us involved in a really neat political project he put together this fall, here’s the pitch:
The Ghastlytrump Tinies is a parody of Edward Gorey’s classic alphabet book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, but with the children representing what we’d lose in a hypothetical (we hope!) Trump administration. It is written by game designer Mike Selinker, illustrated by 26 of the best artists on the planet, and published by Basket of Adorables.
A mere 1,000 copies of this softcover book are available for $25 (plus $10 shipping) – but you can pay that $25 (or more!) as a donation to the Clinton campaign or the Southern Poverty Law Center and only send us ONE PENNY (plus the shipping). If you do that, just email us a copy of your receipt from Hillary Clinton’s donation page or the SPLC donation page. But act now. Once it’s gone, it’s gone like the things in this book will be if we elect Trump.
We recorded the audiobook for “The Ghastlytrump Tinies” – and you can listen to it – and get your copy of the book – at ghastlytrump.com
You can now get Doubleclicks shirts in Ladies S-2XL and “Unisex”/Men’s cuts S-3XL!
We are in pre-orders now which means ALL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE! Once the order is in this Thursday, stock will be more limited—but the online store will be open until we sell out, all winter. Thank you for your support!!