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!
We are excited to debut our newest song, “Sensitive Badass” for you!
“Sensitive Badass” is a song about trying to be strong, fierce, and honest. It’s about exploring being a person, and trying not to listen when people, even the voices inside, tell you to be quiet. Right now it’s especially important for folks to be loud, to not accept what’s happening, to make a change, and make a ruckus. And even when you try to be strong, you’re going to feel vulnerable and scared. That’s ok. You can be sensitive and still be a badass.
It’s been hard to write music for the last few weeks given the challenges we know that our friends and we will be looking at for the next few years, but we decided we aren’t going to stop, and we hope you keep going on, too, with renewed purpose and determination.
The video was filmed on the bus from Seattle to Portland.
The song is from the forthcoming Doubleclicks album, “Love Problems,” out 2017. Based on conversations with amazing friends especially the amazing Jenn from Twogether Studios.
I let things bother me that I shouldn’t let bother me
and I feel sorry like I should be stronger
I know I shouldn’t listen to the insults or the heckles
but I listen and they all stick with me longer
My friend Michael Bain told me this is because
we’re evolved to remember the things that endanger us
If I was an animal searching for food
I would always be vigilant for things that are dangerous
So if when I am in real life or reading the comments
I’ll always remember those who cross the line
And not all the wonderful women and children
who tell us we’ve helped them by speaking our mind
If it is negative I’ll memorize it fast
Because I’m sensitive, not just a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass
I act like I’m cocky I have a persona
cause I don’t want to seem like I’m open for feedback
But that’s just because I internalize everything
…that I should redact
I don’t know if it’s clear that that’s just who I have to be
I love my friends, I love them so much more than me
It feels like they all know just who they want to be
And I’ll always feel lucky that anyone talks to me
I wanna say, let’s start a band that just yells at the man
and never has a Facebook page and never does signings
I’m so scared about emails from moderate straight white cis males
that I stop myself writing when I feel like I’m whining
Don’t tell me to calm down, don’t tell me it will pass
I’m not just sensitive, I am a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass
If you haven’t yet realized that we are political,
you haven’t listened so we will start yelling
I often want to just burn down the world,
sometimes I’m an anarchist, sometimes I’m a pacifist
I just want all of us to love each other
and listen when somebody tells you they’re hurting
I want us to maximize joy and equality
instead of what we’re earning
I’m a survivor, and if you’re a survivor too
We want you to know, that both of us believe you
You have the strength, and though all of the scars will last…
You can be sensitive and still a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass
I am sensitive, I am a badass
It’s “The Last Heist!” Our gang of youngsters has an expert plan to steal the new Pokémon game and make tons of money. What could get in their way? Will it be their English teacher, obsessed with Shakespeare (the rapper)? The changing landscape of Hot Topic? Or maybe their “lackey”—the weird 35-year-old man who hangs out with this band of youth criminals and has a mysterious, skeleton-filled past? And do you need a mnemonic to remember that? Find out in this very funny episode featuring luminaries from the Portland comedy scene!
Hello, Pacific Northwest! Are you ready for some music and comedy shows? This February, join us and comedian Joseph Scrimshaw for our show #NerdNightOut: two (two!) evenings likely to include songs, Star Wars, social justice, cats, and dinosaurs! Both shows are 21+
We are so excited to share two stages with our friend, comedian and writer Joseph Scrimshaw! Joseph is the host of comedy podcast Obsessed on Feral Audio, co-host of Star Wars podcast Force Center, and host of a monthly live comedy game show called HEADCAN(N)ON at NerdMelt in Los Angeles. He’s also written for RiffTrax, Screen Junkies, and a bunch of cool TV, radio, and streaming shows that have all been canceled. It’s hard out there for shows.
We love #NerdNightOut so much–hope to see you all there!
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!
We have two exciting bits of Star Trek (plus podcast) news for you!
FIRST! We are so proud and thrilled to have written a new theme song for Women at Warp, a twice-monthly podcast where four women talk about Star Trek, its representations of women, contributions of women behind the scenes, and other fun Trek topics! You can listen to the first episode with our theme song—which also discusses Janeway and T’Pol—on your favorite podcast app or at WomenAtWarp.com!
SECOND! That’s right, our own twice-monthly podcast, Gosh Darn Fiasco, just released a new episode where we take to the skies. The space skies. Gosh Darn Fiasco is an improvised comedy podcast based on the role-playing game Fiasco, and every episode is a new story. The new episode features special guest New York Times-bestselling author Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Mockingbird), playing Dr. Trish Brazil, who has a weird alien following her around. Starfleet wants us to uncover mysteries in the ruins of a lost civilization, but our Captain, Jazz Captain Birthday, is more interested in our jazz band’s concert. Plus—penguins! Cows! And . . . more? Listen on iTunes, wherever you hear podcasts, or at GoshDarnFiasco.Simplecast.fm!
Could you use a laugh? We’re so excited to join in some much-needed fun tonight in Portland at It’s Gonna Be Okay, Barbara Holm‘s hilarious weekly feminist comedy showcase at EastBurn! We’ll be playing a short set at this free, 21+ show. It starts at 8:30 pm, but get there by 8:00 to get a seat!
Physical media! Some people love it! Do YOU? Are you collecting our CDs for some reason? Do you have awesome friends and loved ones who appreciate thoughtful presents? We have a suggestion/warning: we are down to our last handful of copies of our 2013 album Lasers and Feelings, and you can buy one now before they’re gone!
We have a lot of feelings about Lasers and Feelings–it has many of our best-loved songs on it, like “Nothing to Prove,” “The Guy Who Yelled Freebird,” and this little ditty, below:
Find The Last Few Copies Of Lasers and Feelings Here:
Hey folks. We’re still collecting our thoughts and planning our actions after last week’s events, as we’re sure all of you are, but we’ve got some shows coming up online this week and we’d love for you to join us if it feels right!
November 17 at 6 pm, #DoubleclicksLive – Free Online YouTube Show: We’ll be hosting our monthly online show on our YouTube channel Thursday evening! Pull on your favorite pants, put on your headphones, and join us for music, chat, and special guest Peter from Rock, Paper, Cynic! There’s still time to request songs on the Facebook poll.
November 15 at 11 am – Desert Bus Fundraiser Benefiting Child’s Play: Desert Bus is the world’s longest running internet-based fundraiser and has raised more than $3.1 million for Child’s Play, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games. It’s a great example of what happens when people from all over the world–organizers, volunteers, crafters and viewers–come together to achieve a common goal, and we’re so proud to be a part of it. We’ll be calling in and chatting and playing a few songs on Tuesday, so check it out at desertbus.org!
Monday, November 21 at 8 pm: We’re also playing a short set at It’s Gonna Be Okay, Barbara Holm’s weekly feminist safe-space comedy show, November 21 at Eastburn. The show is free and starts at 8:30 pm, but you’ll want to get there by 8 pm to get a seat. 21+.
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!