For this new and most glorious holiday, we’re giving away our Dungeons & Dragons love song, This Fantasy World, for freeeee!!!
D&D was my introduction to the wild world of tabletop games… and once we found the board games, we could not be stopped. We’ve already played Gloom today, and though it is a busy day, in the background of my head I’ll be playing Lords of Waterdeep and Dixit and Revolution.
Speaking of Gloom… designer of Gloom Keith Baker created a special Tabletop expansion pack for today’s festivities, and he invited us & our friend Molly Lewis to play it with him… in front of a camera crew. It was really fun, and you can watch the result below.
You can pick up the special Tabletop Gloom cards from participating game stores today!
It’s time! Continuing in the tradition of bringing-awesome-entertainers-to-Portland-to-perform-for-our-favorite-nerds that we started last November with the first NerdNightOut, we have planned a fantastic event for all Portlanders (21+) to take place April 25. And there are too many awesome nerds in Portland, so the show’s happening April 24 as well. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased now!
Here’s the lineup:
Our headliner is the HILARIOUS Joseph Scrimshaw. We first saw Joseph perform at w00tstock San Diego, and then he joined us on our crazy Ladies of Ragnarok tour of the East Coast and Midwest. Everyone in Portland who knows Joseph’s comedy then yelled “WAIT! NO! BRING HIM TO PORTLAND!” and we could not agree more. Joseph is so goddamn funny it is difficult not to just straight-up hate him. And he is PROLIFIC – he writes new shows ALL THE TIME (whereas many comedians rely on the same hour or so of comedy for a year or more…) and I know that he is planning a bunch of new material for this show, so even those who just saw him in February on the JoCoCruise are likely to be surprised. Huzzah!!! We are so happy that our wonderful Portland nerd community is able to support our dreams of flying Joseph out all the way from Minneapolis for #NerdNightOut (We didn’t even need a Kickstarter.. but please BUY TICKETS).
It’s Pi day, which seems like a good reason to give you a free download of our children’s song “Uncle Geek’s House.”
This is a song I wrote for our Uncle’s big-number-birthday a few years ago. Our Uncle Ed is an awesome, awesome person. He taught Computer Science at a University in Missouri from the days when computer sciences involved punch cards and wizards and cauldrons.
When I was a kid and would visit Uncle Geek (I would stay with him a lot when I would visit my ailing grandparents) he would set up a laptop for me to check my Internets (AOL and neopets 4 life), which often involved stringing ethernet cables around his house in complicated patterns. He made us a mix CD of Weird Al and other parody songs that stayed on my CD to iPod to laptop rotation for years. When I got my first computer, a PC in a Mac household, and proceeded to ruin it with viruses because none of my family had ever needed to protect from things like that, he rescued all my photos. He and I would go to Target and buy bargain DVDs of old comedies. He’d take me to his “nerd gatherings” at the local pizza buffet with all his friends who were professors, IT guys, and wireless-thing-installers. As a very awkward, very lonely kid, seeing happy nerds was a really, really big thing for me.
When we started the band, Uncle Geek (not his real name) was a huge supporter. He ordered one of our t-shirts custom so he could get a pocket T – he, like my grandfather did, wears his pens and notebooks in a pocket protecter in his t-shirt, unapologetically rebelling from the norm.
In our touring life, we’ve met a lot of awesome people who have adopted the “Uncle Geek” role. Not everybody can have nerdy parents (I didn’t)… but having that geeky Uncle to show you the way… the way of Linux and Monty Python and Weird Al… that’s a wonderful part of growing up.
We get asked many many times per tour how one can purchase our rad “Mouses” t-shirts… and we say things like “it is very complicated and capital-intensive” and so on. Good news, though – we finally put together an online t-shirt store! If you are one of those people who want to buy a shirt, you can totally do that! If you want a special size or want your Doubleclique serial number printed on your shirt, you should e-mail us, and next time we put in a custom order we will let you know!
We’re spending the next couple of months in a sort of “hibernation” – it seems already like we’ve been at home lazing about for YEARS, even though we got home from tour… two weeks ago? And we’re not exactly lazing – we’re writing songs for our next album! We’ve found a DRUMMER for this album (what??!)! And we’re playing a few shows up here in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s the latest:
Friday, February 1! Portland! See us do a couple songs on a Late Night Talk show! It’s like TV – except only live! Late Night Action With Alex Falcone – 9pm, $13. Tickets on sale now.
Friday, February 22! Portland! Are you ready to Nerd Rock? Kirby Krackle (nerd rock, Seattle) and Klopfenpop (nerdcore rap) – and us – are going to make nerd-dom happen in all sorts of genres. Backspace, $5 at the door, Music starts at 8. RSVP on Facebook.
Friday, March 1! Seattle! It’s time for the annual Kracklefest nerd music concert! We’ll be playing with… Paul and Storm! Kirby Krackle! Nerds with Guitars! At this 21+ ECCC-adjacent event. 9pm. Hard Rock Cafe. Tickets are on sale now!
Emerald City Comic-Con!!! We have a booth! It’s number E-12! We have a panel concert! It’s at 2pm on Saturday in room 3AB! Come find us!
We are leaving the West Coast a little – if you’re on JoCoCruiseCrazy, we’ll see you there… and we’re also heading to…
Alright! We aren’t even back in Portland from ChristmasFamilyTimes – but it’s time to tell you that we hit the road this Saturday for a 9-or-something-date tour of the West Coast! There’s a picture there to the right – but since we made that we’ve added a house show in San Francisco AND a special guest to our LA show…. the one and only Mike Phirman!
Did you turn on the radio last weekend and think you might have heard a familiar ukulele and cello sister-folk duo? Well… you may be right, because we were on Live Wire Radio last week, and we will be again this weekend!
The Doubleclicks performing on Live Wire. Photo by Jennie Baker.