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Wrong About Gender: The Doubleclicks Scavenger Hunt Music Video

Hello everyone. We have a video scavenger hunt to do together. It’s our most ambitious crowd-created video yet, and I’m really, really excited.

We want to make a video for our song “Wrong About Gender” that is a collage of footage from you and us. The song is about gay rights, and high school, and learning, and not learning. I love it. You can listen to it here:

So how does this work? I’ll tell you!

We need people (like you!) to film tiny videos for each line of the song. For example, there’s a party where I say “Bicycle,” and I’d like to have a bicycle in that place.  There’s a line that says “in a love carousel,” and I’d like to have people on a carousel, who are happy. Some lines have very specific needs (like a hand-drawn picture of Hugh Grant, a carousel, the Lincoln Memorial, a catholic church), and some are more open to interpretation. Everybody who participates will be given one or two or a few things to find, and then we put all those things together, we’ll have a video?

Make sense?

We have a list of things we need, and you can find some of them, and at the end it’s a video. Here are instructions! You need to complete step 2 by Sept 12 (Tuesday at 12pm Pacific)

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Read the lyrics and all the “suggested video ideas” in this spreadsheet.
  2. Then go to this FORM and tell me which lyric you’d like to demonstrate in video! Pick a few options, and tell me whether you can make one, two, or more videos! We encourage you to get a group of folks together if you can to make bigger, more energetic mini-videos!
  3. I will email you with your assignment as soon as I get enough participants signed up (my plan is Sept 13 or earlier). Don’t film until you have your assignment!!
  4. You will go make your videos!!! Go to that carousel, or party. Get costumes and go wild or film something inanimate! The more different places this video can be filmed, the better (so, many of us will have to leave our houses, I know.)
  5. Send your video to/share it with “wonderclicksvideo@gmail.com.” The deadline to send in footage will be September 25!

Like with all our crowd-created videos, you don’t need to have professional equipment to participate, a relatively up-to-date phone camera will be just fine (most webcams on computers, unfortunately, are not quite good enough)! We just need you to fit a couple requirements:

  • HORIZONTAL FOOTAGE: hold your phone sideways so it’s widescreen instead of tallscreen! This is so important
  • HIGH QUALITY FOOTAGE: send me something around 720-1080p. This means, if you’re sharing from your camera, don’t select “small video”—give me the biggest video your phone can take. If it’s from a very fancy camera, on the other hand, if you can compress it to be a couple GB or less, that would be awesome.
  • SEND FILES USING: Google Drive, Dropbox, or Hightail!
  • WE DO NOT WANT: written words, literal representations of the “plot” of the song, or ANY copywritten items that might get us in trouble with youtube (a coke t-shirt, a hulk funko-pop)-please try to go logo-less when you film.  We don’t want TOO MUCH ACTION—remember, your footage will only last as long as the lyric plays, which is 2, 3, 4, maybe 10 seconds. so please don’t give us a whole bunch of stuff, we won’t be able to see it! However, bonus footage of people dancing and rainbows is very welcome.

Dog Songs!

I know you think of us as cat people, but we like dogs too. And this week we got to share that love with a group of amazing musicians who came together to create “Dog Songs,” an album of songs about dogs to benefit the ASPCA (and especially their work helping animals displaced in Hurricane Harvey).

We wrote a song called “Clifford is not Too Big,” about Clifford the Big Red Dog, who is relatable as heck. Clifford’s so big. He doesn’t fit into anything. But everyone loves him. And that’s a body-positivity song waiting to happen. Well… it’s happened. So, no longer waiting.

Check out our song about Clifford and all the other incredible music on “DOG SONGS!” It’s only $8!

Other musicians on the album include:

  • Mark Hoppus (from Blink-182)
  • Jonah Ray (MST3K, Hidden America)
  • Nerf Herder (our faves and friends) – writing about Carrie Fisher’s dog
  • Lucia Fasano (friend of the band!) – writing about the “This Is Fine” dog
  • Adam Busch (musician, producer & actor in Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)
  • Allie Goertz (who put it together!)
  • Casey Boyd (who also put it together!)
  • Chantal Claret
  • Mike Krol
  • S. A. Back
  • Dan Bern
  • Jenny’s Midnight Screamatorium

 

We’re charting on Billboard! We’re number 1!

HELLO EVERYONE, THIS IS EXCITING NEWS— Our new album is CHARTING! We are the number one comedy album in the country right now!! And the #23 folk album! We are on a total of 11 charts, including: #9 for INDEPENDENT ALBUMS, #4 for Heatseekers, and, this is really exiting… #81 in top album sales. For everyone. All the albums. THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has purchased our album and contributed to these numbers!

Want to join the party? Get our new album, “Love Problems,” now on BandcampiTunesAmazon, and CDbaby! And more!

You can also listen to it for free on places like Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, and for subscription on Google and Apple Music, just search for it!

AND… you can see & get the album LIVE! We’re going on tour in the Northeast this weekend and we’d really love to see you! $1 from each ticket sold goes to an organization who provides legal and other assistance to trans folks, srlp.org.

Continue reading We’re charting on Billboard! We’re number 1!

Where to find the Doubleclicks at Gen Con 2017!

The Doubleclicks are BACK at Gen Con for 2017 for a few fabulous events!

1. GOSH DARN FIASCO: Friday 3pm-4pm. Our funny Fiasco podcast hosted by Angela and Richard Malena-Webber, with special guests Amy Vorpahl and Amy Dallen! Watch funny people play a live game of Fiasco full of twists, turns and huge mistakes with dire consequences! This is a live podcast recording and show. It’s not intended for kids.
ID: ENT17105105
Westin Capitol III
https://www.gencon.com/events/105105
Listen at http://www.goshdarnfiasco.com/!

2. CONCERT: Saturday 1pm-2pm. Kid-friendly concert full of music new and old! Note: this show is now sold out. frequently, ticket-holders do not show up, so there will be a likelihood to get in on a “stand-by” basis by just showing up. Having 3 generic tickets will help!
ID: ENT17105104
Westin Grand Ballroom V
https://www.gencon.com/events/105104

3. BONUS: Friday 12pm-1pm. Atomic Game Theory is a YouTube series that we help produce, and a great blog written by Richard Malena-Webber. Check out this free panel and learn about how to win games and learn life lessons from them!!
https://www.gencon.com/events/113606

LOVE PROBLEMS is out today!

Hello wonderful friends. Our new album is out today.

LOVE PROBLEMS is an album that talks about space, science, love (benefits and negatives), bisexuality, anxiety, gender, and Juneau, Alaska. It took a long time to write and a longer time to make, but it’s out now!

You can get it these places (and more, probably, search your favorite music app!)

We are celebrating the launch of our album with a video for one of the songs: our collaboration with Jonathan Coulton (do you have his new album yet?), who sang on this, and J Brooks, who made this amazing video.

But that’s not all! We’re talking about our album around the Internet. Today I’m on the podcast “We Got This!” on Maximum Fun with Hal Lublin & Mark Gagliardi! We were both on the Frogpants podcast Current Geek last week!

THANK YOU

I would like to give some shout-outs and thanks on this album release day!!

To Aubrey, for engineering, producing, and hosting the whole album-making process in her house while also running a household and having fantastic hair. And for playing a million hours of cello. And for singing. And for more things, emotional and professional, that I can’t really ever thank you enough for.

To Danielle Ate The Sandwich for helping us produce this album. We asked Danielle to come in because we absolutely adore her album, her songwriting style, her vocal arrangements, her attitude, her fashions, and more things less relevant to this project. Danielle worked so hard and made so many incredible things possible for this record.

To our instrumentalists, Adam Hanson and Megumi Sasaki, for helping us achieve our goal of an acoustic and beautiful album sound, and for working fast, hard, and beautifully. To Jonathan Coulton, for music that was sent to me before I even picked up a guitar, which made me understand you can make personal, emotional songs that are also whatever the heck your music is. Nerdy? But, you know. Not in a bad way. And also, for singing on this album, and making your part more beautiful than I wrote it.

To Lucia Fasano for being my confidant and support system during this album. She is the most enthusiastic audience and has the most beautiful voice, which she lent to two tracks on the album as well! Richard Malena-Webber, my spouse, (who also sings on the album), for listening, too, and for making dinner and breakfast, and for being fantastic and inspirational and smarter than I am. To Fletcher Lanning, the PDX Broadsides, Megathruster, Curtis Chen, Ben Coleman and Sara Spoon-Waffle for singing backup and acting in our Extra Gin video, and for each individually being amazing creators in Portland who make our city and our lives rich with culture, creation, and humor.

To Amanda Etches (collage) and Beth Olsen (photos) for creating our album art, which captures exactly what we were going for.

To Kayla Cagan for writing the book Piper Perish, upon which the song “Now Is The Time” is based, and for talking to me about inspiration and motivation and art. You are awesome, Kayla. I am so thankful for you.

And of course, to all of our Kickstarter backers who funded this album and made it possible for us to hire people and spend the time we wanted to spend. That’s magic af.

Please enjoy the album if you’d like to, world! Thank you for listening.

Make your own Mad Lib Song!

I sat down with the Very Fun nerd parody band “The Library Bards” the other day and we wrote a song together!

This song is based on a “Mad Lib Song” we wrote (first for Periscope, and then for concerts) and we’ve been playing it around on tour! It’s very fun to write a new song that is infused with the personality of the audience of a show.

And here’s awesome news… you can now make your own! Doubleclicks Patreon backer John May made an interactive google form where you can enter all of the words and generate a song—complete with chords, so you can play it if you know how to play an instrument!

Check out the “Doubleclicks Instant Songwriting” page here, and please share your final song with us!! Send it to us on Twitter (@thedoubleclicks, hashtag #madlibsong), post it in our fan Facebook group, or leave a comment right here on the blog!

WRITE YOUR OWN MAD LIB SONG HERE

 

Great shows & tour coming up!

We have booked some great live shows coming up at some of our favorite venues, and tickets are now available! Let me tell you about it!

Tuesday, July 18: ONLINE SHOW!

#DoubleclicksLive is a free online show the Doubleclicks host on our youtube channel! Put on your favorite pants, put on your headphones and join the Doubleclicks as they play music, and join in on the fun in the chat! The show is Tuesday, July 18 at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST / 12am London/ 9am Sydney, AUS. Tune in at Youtube.com/thedoubleclicks! RSVP/request songs on the Facebook event page!

Mon, July 17: Portland, OR at Siren Theater w/ Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Danielle helped us produce our latest album Love Problems, and so I am especially excited to do this gig with her! We’ll each be playing solo sets but I’m hoping to do some awesome collaborative stuff as well, since she did some amazing stuff to our new songs. TICKETS $10 | RSVP on Facebook

Friday, Aug 25: Phoenixville, PA (near Philly) at Steel City

This is a lovely, all-ages Philadelphia-area venue with dinner and general delightfulness. We’ll be playing a great evening of music! TICKETS $12 online/$15 at the door | RSVP on Facebook

Sat, Aug 26: Somerville, MA (Boston Area) at Thunder Road

This show was one of our faves last year, AND it sold out, so get on it! TICKETS $12/$15 | RSVP on Facebook

Sun, Aug 27: Vienna, VA (DC area) at Jammin Java

Jammin Java is the best! This show will include an opening set by Danielle Ate The Sandwich, who helped produce our new album—so expect some new and fabulous and unique collaborations! TICKETS $15 | RSVP on Facebook

Mon, Aug 28: Brooklyn, NY at the Bell House

The Bell House is an incredible venue in Brooklyn, and this show will be incredible to match—in addition to a full set from us with songs from the new album, there will be music from Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and a reading from awesome special guest writer/podcaster Jay Edidin!  TICKETS $12/$15 | RSVP on Facebook

Also

We’ll also be at Gen Con (our concert is sold out there, but you can come to our Fiasco show) and PAX West (details to be announced!)

New Wonder Woman Music Video

We love Wonder Woman and she represents a lot for us. When we wrote this song back in 2013, the Wonder Woman movie wasn’t yet on the books. We were seeing lots of the same type of hero on the silver screen, being rebooted over and over again while women were ignored and left to minimal, narrow, flat roles in this ‘geek powerhouse’ genre.

Now that the Wonder Woman movie is coming out, we wanted to celebrate! To us, having a woman director on a woman-led Wonder Woman movie is a small but incredible step towards embracing heroes and representation of all kinds. There isn’t just one way that a hero looks, or a hero acts, or a hero shows strength.

In this video, we asked the Internet to show us all of the different ways that “strength” manifests. It’s not just physical power—it’s perseverance, it’s ingenuity, it’s science, it’s music… it’s so much. We really love how this video turned out!

Watch the video here:

Be in our next video—what makes you a superhero?

What makes you a superhero?

Hello all!

I’ve been feeling pretty negative recently. Personally, politically, anxiety… it’s filling my head and world with negative thoughts. But I’d like to turn that around. There are a million messages we get all the time that say we should be hopeless. That we can’t. Those voices are outside and inside. BUT – they’re wrong. This is a thing I remember when a friend of mine needs help. She’s amazing. She’s wonderful. But the voices in her head tell her that she isn’t.

So let’s get some AFFIRMATIONS going. Talk to yourself like you would to a friend. Tell yourself that you are worth it. That you have a bunch of amazing qualities. That you are your own Wonder Woman. And then use that positive energy to change the world.

We want to make a new video for our song “Wonder” (in part to celebrate the new Wonder Woman movie, yes, but we are not affiliated with/sponsored by them!)—and we’d like YOU to help, with those affirmations! Specifically, we are looking for folks/families/groups of all genders and ages to take a short video of themselves with a sign that tells us what makes you a superhero!

We will select as many as we can of your submissions to put into our official music video for the song!

Here are some examples (NOTE: these are photos. We need VIDEOS, but the same framing as these would be great!)

“I am wonderful” “I am awe-inspiring” “I am brilliant” “I am loved/loving/lovable” “I am powerful”…. stuff like that. “I’m not a quitter.” “I remember my friends’ birthdays” Maybe dig deep and find something that it’s hard to tell yourself. Something that you sometimes forget to appreciate.

IMPORTANT BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS:
DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 23 at midnight. The end.
Step 1: Send video to: wonderclicksvideo@gmail.com.
Step 2: Fill out the release/credits form! We can’t use your video unless you fill out the form.

IMPORTANT LONG INSTRUCTIONS:

Your video should have:

  • YOU (or your kids, or your friends, or family – but everyone should know what’s happening and be ok with this video being public and on the Internet!)
  • A visible/legible sign with something positive about yourself!”I am wonderful” “I am awe-inspiring” “I am brilliant” “I am loved/loving/lovable” “I am powerful”…. stuff like that.
  • If you have cosplay or relevant props – Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, or anything else… yes, please wear it!
  • The subject/person should be close to the camera, the text should be big, bold, and legible. Use a thick/heavy marker, please!
  • You can move in the video, a little bit! Give us a smile, a thumbs-up, or some other thematically-appropriate gesture. But please keep it short, each video will only be in for a couple of seconds.
  • Please keep it kid-safe! No swears or adult content, this will be shown to young ones!
  • 5-10 seconds of video, with the camera sitting still and pointing toward you. You’ll need to run your camera a little longer than you think.
  • video format: .mov, .mp4, .avi are all good. We can’t use .mpg. You can definitely take the video on your phone, but please don’t compress the video to something tiny and grainy. You should send the biggest file your phone makes. If you film on a DSLR or some other fancy camera, feel free to compress down to 1080p or 720p, we don’t need your giant files!
  • The final video will look like “Nothing to Prove,” so feel free to take inspiration from there for composition!
  • Note: depending on how many people submit, we may not be able to fit everyone in. We’ll be selecting for diversity and easy-to-watch footage.
  • Send your video as an attachment, send as google drive, send a link to a file on Dropbox (please don’t add us to shared folders), or if you know another service, use that!
  • Lastly, PLEASE hold your camera horizontally. We do NOT want vertical videos. Here’s a handy graphic:

Ok loves, thank you so much for considering being a part of this!!

Doubleclicks Records signs the PDX Broadsides!

The PDX Broadsides

Hello everyone—Angela here. I am very excited to announce the newest addition to the Doubleclicks Records family: The PDX Broadsides!

The PDX Broadsides have signed with Doubleclicks Records for their next album project: Trust Issues, and we are thrilled to be able to work with these talented musicians to make their next album their biggest and best ever.

We created Doubleclicks Records as a way to help other bands create successful music careers on the Internet. The Doubleclicks have found great success on Kickstarter, Patreon, and more over the past six years. Not only is our album funding crowdsourced, so is our tour planning, our promotions, and many of our videos! The Internet provides a variety of opportunities for bands to connect directly with their audiences in ways that weren’t possible before, and we have benefited from many of them. Doubleclicks Records is a way to share that knowledge and experience with other artists.

The PDX Broadsides are a Portland-based nerd band whose tight harmonies, inventive and fun song ideas and catchy tunes have made them a huge hit in the Northwest nerd scene over the last few years. Their last album, Something’s Rotten, has some of my favorite tunes—including “Smile,” a song about street harassment, a song so true and so funny that it hurts. The forthcoming album, Trust Issues, is about things that scare the Broadsides, and also invites listeners into the worlds of Westworld, Nightvale, Star Wars, and more. My favorite single is “We Want Rey,” a song about representation in media (based on the “Where’s Rey?” toy controversy!)

The PDX Broadsides album is on Kickstarter right now. We’re managing the campaign, which hit its goal in its first day and is well on its way toward achieving some fantastic stretch goals. The project has already hit the front page of “what’s trending” in Kickstarter music and has been lauded as a “Project We Love” by the platform.  The project will run until May 11!

Doubleclicks Records also manages singer-songwriter Lucia Fasano, whose debut album was funded by a Kickstarter campaign last fall. The Doubleclicks Records-managed campaign raised over 200% of its goal, and allowed Lucia to create a music video and go on tour in addition to releasing her album, Radio Silence!

Welcome to the label, PDX Broadsides! We are thrilled to have you. And everyone else: check out the campaign!


If you’d like to contact Doubleclicks Records (for media or consulting): please get in touch with me!

Guest Post: Kayla Cagan talks about “Piper Perish!”

Our latest song “Now Is The Time, Piper Perish” is based on our interview with author Kayla Cagan about her book, Piper Perish. We asked Kayla to tell us how she feels about the song and how it relates to the message of her book!

by Kayla Cagan

Oh my gosh! This song brings up so many of the things I think in my head on a daily basis. I want to encourage artists, makers, and creators (and myself!) – to express ourselves and make the things that we want to see in the world and that the world needs to see; to be brave enough to make the things that might scare us, or that we think we aren’t good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to tackle. 

It’s so easy to doubt ourselves out of creation because MAKING IS HARD sometimes and who doesn’t want an excuse to quit occasionally? We can tell ourselves it’s not important, we can tell ourselves there are bigger problems at hand (and there definitely are, but there is also room for creation!), we can tell ourselves it’s all a waste of time because one day we’re all going to slip into the ocean, never to be heard of again. 

But parts of the act of creating can also be playful and fun and exhilarating and most importantly, life affirming, for ourselves and our audiences. In a time when we are heavy with the recognition and reckoning of wars, famines, inequalities, poverty, crime, environmental destruction, and disease, life affirming actions through art are not just important, but vital. We own our fears but we must also gather our fearlessness and faith to keep going. Can a piece of art save the world? Maybe. Can it reflect it, poke at it, beautify it, and make us pause? Certainly. And if we pause long enough to see and hear what’s going on around us, we can make different decisions, better mistakes, leave a better footprint for us all. We can empathize with others and examine ourselves more closely.  So we have to shake the fear and hate and guilt and shame out of ourselves. We have to remind ourselves that creators gonna create – and we have every right to do so.

I truly believe the effects of art are contagious. Energy breeds energy, work breeds work. The more you do, the more you will do. The more people see or hear or taste what you make, the more you move them or change them or help them do their work. The transfer of energy isn’t visible, but it’s obvious as creations appear next to each other. I wrote a book. You guys wrote a song. See how that works?

Art is an energy, just like water or solar or nuclear. So to create is to change and to be able to change anything is a power. I believe creating art is a power for good, and it’s one of my favorite parts about being a human. If you are drawn (pun intended!) to make something: music, poetry, art, dance, crafts – do it! Don’t back away from it. We should never back away from bringing beauty to this world. We all need it. I need to see what you make. I need to be lifted up by you. Example: a friend of ours, Brandi, shares her watercolors and urban sketches online. She has no idea how much she inspires me each time I see one, whether they are in process, finished, or somewhere in-between. Her creative work has a very positive effect on my well being and general outlook. She’s not responsible for me, but because she shows up for her art, she has unknowingly shared her energy with me and changed my mood. Her art is my happiness boost. Sometimes that’s enough to help get me through a tough day.

When you deprive yourself of making art, you deprive all of us of your understanding and our understandings of the world. Art can bring enlightenment and education and provocation and encouragement. Art is communication. Art is responsibility.   As Voltaire (maybe) and Uncle Ben Parker (definitely) once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  I remember that when I write. And I hope that young creators and emerging artists will remember that too when they are looking for a reason to continue, a boost for their morale, or when they are simply lost and scared and have something inside of them that yearns to be made and they aren’t sure how to make it or why they should do it or where to start. Listen to this song or read my book (or another one) or get up and dance. Pump yourself up. Believe in yourself and your art. 

We’re right here and we’re ready for you.

You can listen to my interview with Kayla, and hear the song we wrote about this, on our podcast, “You Should Write A Song About That!” And check out Kayla’s work and new book on Amazon, from Chronicle books, or at KaylaCagan.com!

New Song: Piper Perish / Now Is The Time!

Try everything, do everything, be everything! That’s the message of our new song, based on an interview with the delightful Kayla Cagan, author of YA novel Piper Perish. Read on to find out more!

Today is the day for a new edition of “You Should Write A Song About That”—a project in which we interview an awesome person and then write a song based on our conversation.

For this episode, I interviewed author Kayla Cagan about her forthcoming novel PIPER PERISH! Piper Perish is a YA novel following the tale of high school senior Piper Perish and her wish to move from Houston to New York to attend art school. Piper Perish will come out March 7 on Chronicle Books, and you can pre-order it now!

In this podcast, we talked to Kayla about her inspiration for the book, the setting of Houston, outtakes from the novel-writing process, and her (and Piper’s) affinity for inspirational quotes. We also talked about how Cagan, and Piper, and we, the Doubleclicks, all face roadblocks when wanting to make new things, and Kayla gave an amazing pep talk about why it’s important to keep creating. And THAT is what we wrote a song about!

You can listen to the whole interview and the song below, on iTunes, Overcast, and wherever podcasts are served!

And you can watch a video for the song on the MARY SUE!

This song will be on our new album, Love Problems, which will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign going on now! We’ve already reached our initial goal, but we have more things we’d like to make… including more episodes of “You Should Write A Song About That!”

Women Know Math & Love Problems Kickstarter!!

We have two huge pieces of news this morning!

1. WOMEN KNOW MATH is our new song!

I like being a lady and I don’t need/
to be the picture of what someone thinks that means/
though it might help you know just what to do with me/
and you say, in turn, that would help me succeed/
who cares?

The song is about gender and problems, and the video was made by 50 different artists and illustrators. You can watch it on YouTube and above! If you like it, please share it!

2. We’re making a new album!!

We want to record our fifth full-length studio album. It’s called “Love Problems,” and it’s got songs about love and problems, as well as strength, friends, music, and space. “Women Know Math” will be on it!

To make this album, we are asking for your help. The Doubleclicks are a crowd-funded operation. With no external label, agent, or manager, we depend completely on our audience to help us make our art. The advantage of that – and this is huge – is that there is nothing between us. Our music goes straight from our hearts to your ears. We love it. It means so much to us to be able to make just the thing we want and just the thing you want, too.

Your support on Kickstarter will help us make this record possible!