Cyber Monday is happening! I don’t know why, exactly, but it’s happening! There are too many things happening today to tweet or facebook about, so here’s a big post of our favorites (plus some plugs for our own CDs). Cyber away, friends!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Our October 30 livestream was our best yet! We played “Monster Mash” and had two amazing call-in guests: Sarah Donner, who sang her amazing Catan song, and Joseph Scrimshaw, who told some spooky short stories. Watch the whole thing on YouTube! The date for our November livestream will be announced soon!
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!