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We’re a Worldbuilders Stretch Goal!

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Links: Read more about our stretch goal | donate to Worldbuilders!

Worldbuilders is a fantastic charity event spearheaded by fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss. Worldbuilders raises funds for Heifer International while giving away thousands of books, games and awesome THINGS to fans like you (and us). Part of the fundraiser is also these crazy stretch goals… last year when the project raised $125,000 we covered “moonlight sonata” on our cat keyboard.

This year, if $350,000 is raised, we will play our song “Love You Like A Burrito” on a live google hangout with a SPECIAL GUEST who needs to REDEEM HIMSELF from CAT KEYBOARD-RELATED SHAME. It’ll be worth watching when it happens.

Links: Read more about our stretch goal | donate to Worldbuilders!

It’s Molly Lewis’ birthday: check out her musical!

The cast and crew of "Thanksgiving versus Christmas". photo by Alan Sizzler Kistler.
The cast and crew of “Thanksgiving versus Christmas”. photo by Alan Sizzler Kistler.

Our friend Molly Lewis plays the ukulele and writes songs. And it’s her birthday today! Here are some things you should know about Molly, and her new musical, and how great she is.

We became friends with Molly because Paul & Storm decided we should be friends. It worked out. We met in real life for the first time at the first GeekGirlCon, right before playing a concert together. (I had seen Molly play with Jonathan Coulton while wearing a pirate hat several years prior, but that doesn’t really count.) The GeekGirlCon show was fun, and we were all good and awkward, and I barely freaked out at all when she told me she’d been listening to our music earlier and liked it. The next day, her romantic counterpart took us out to brunch and I ate the best risotto I’ve ever had. I’ve been chasing that high (risotto-wise) ever since.

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How to carry a guitar on a plane | The best airlines & latest rules

We fly with our instruments. We do it a lot. We’ve even written a song about it! And it’s a stressfest every single time. Inconsistent regulations, airline staff who don’t know the rules, overcrowded overhead bins, and grumpy people make it even harder. The world is conspiring against us getting our guitar to our destination in one piece. Fortunately, we have a system down pretty well now. Here’s our strategy, and we hope it helps!

This cart contains everything we bring on a typical airplane trip.
This cart contains everything we bring on a typical airplane trip. The big thing is a cello in a BAM flight case. That’s a whole other monster, and a post for another day.

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BoingBoing, Hypebot, and CDBaby | Oh my!

Our extremely wordy but theoretically helpful posts about Tour Planning and Kickstarter have been picked up by some music business industry blogs recently! This is really cool! Thank you all for reading and sharing, it means a lot to us.

BoingBoing also called us "Beloved nerd troubadours" :)
BoingBoing also called us “Beloved nerd troubadours” :)
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Hypebot covers “the new music business”
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CDBaby? We love those guys!

Two shows with Patrick Rothfuss | Wrapup post

"Late Night With Alex Falcone" group photo by Pat Moran
“Late Night Action With Alex Falcone” group photo by Pat Moran

We had a pretty amazing couple days last week. On Monday we were invited to be musical guests on “Late Night Action With Alex Falcone“—a live comedy-interview-sketch show in Portland which is really, genuinely, professionally hilarious. It was a fantastic experience for us… and made even more amazing because the other guests included Reggie Aqui and Patrick Rothfuss, who were both the MOST CHARMING in their interviews with the hilarious hosts Bri Pruett and Alex Falcone. If you can make it out to see the show, we highly recommend it. It’s a Portland GEM.

On TUESDAY we had another crazy experience: Patrick Rothfuss invited us to open for him at the HUGE AND BEAUTIFUL AND CLASSY Newmark Theater for his huge official Powell’s reading for his new GREAT NOVELLA. Every part of that sentence is amazing.

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Halloween t-shirt sale!

T-shirts! Get your t-shirts here!
T-shirts! Get your t-shirts here!

We just got in a new order of shirts and tote bags and we will start shipping them to pre-orderers today. If you want to order your own Dimetrodon shirt, Velociraptor T or Velociraptor Tote bag, we have them in sizes S-2XL ladies and S-3XL unisex on our BANDCAMP MERCH STORE. If you order now, they should arrive in less than a week—and you can use the code “Halloween” for 5% off til Friday at midnight!

As always, you can find kid’s tshirts on a different page (Dimetrodon shirts and onesies) (Velociraptor shirts), and our “Nothing to Prove” t-shirts are available as well.

Thank you for clothing yourself in a way that supports independent music!

 

Our October Livestream Show is Next Thursday, 10/30!

Join us on YouTube for our monthly online concert next Thursday!
Join us on YouTube for our monthly online concert next Thursday!

Every month this year we are putting on a live casual concert/chat show on YouTube—from our house to yours. This month’s event is next Thursday, October 30 at 6pm! We will play songs, we will talk to you and answer your questions, AND we will be joined by JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW and possibly more guests! The link to watch the show is HERE: youtu.be/y6O7WXAOCJE! Do you have a song request? Leave those in the comments below!

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