We’ve had a fantastic time promoting our new album and launching a couple new videos along the way–read all about them:
The Math of You: In Episode 025, Lucas Brown welcomes Aubrey to the show to chat about the Beatles’ Rubber Soul and Sesame Street‘s Telly. Plus: secrets of the banana costume! Plus plus: Lucas created a custom cocktail for Aubrey called The Word, which sounds amazing. Someone please make this and enjoy it at home.
Break the Business:We guested on Episode 75 to talk about our unique and lovely fan base, how to diversify revenue streams (do not cross the streams, jk!), and effective crowdfunding.
The Mary Sue: Jessica Lachenal debuted our latest video, “Now Is the Time,” based on Kayla Cagan’s upcoming YA novel from Chronicle Books, Piper Perish. (PS: check out our podcast, You Should Write a Song About That, in which we interview Kayla!)
Promoting Secular Feminism: Host Ms. Bea Haven featured our other new song, “Women Know Math,” and interviewed us about the evolution of the Doubleclicks, feminism, gender roles, and more!
Bitch Media: Katie Presley wrote that “Women Know Math” is a “sweet celebration of a song” and that we “write and sing songs that are as direct and relatable as a long phone call to your best friend.” Which is pretty rad.
GeekDad: Jonathan H. Liu posted a nice writeup of our Kickstarter!
Antemortem Arts:Artist Amy Crook is offering “I Am Not Here to Please You,” her original piece for “Women Know Math,” for sale!
Thanks again to everyone who backed our Kickstarter and shared our music and videos. We’re so excited to have raised more than $50,000 and are ready to make more cool stuff for you!
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.
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!
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!”
The Math of You: In Episode 024, Angela and host Lucas Brown discuss They Might Be Giants and American Girl dolls. Plus! Lucas created a signature cocktail for her called the Exquisite Dead Guy. If you make it at your next party send us a picture!
Also: in Episode 025, which will go live March 1, Aubrey joins the fun to talk about the Beatles’ Rubber Soul. Her cocktail? You’ll have to wait and see!
MBSing: In Episode 193, we join host Mary Beth Smith to talk about our favorite comedy duos–which include Fozzie and Kermit and R2-D2 and C-3PO, of course.
The Mary Sue: Teresa Jusino did an in-depth interview with Angela about “Women Know Math” and why gender is an “everything problem.”
The Unheard Nerd:Will Harrison wrote a great feature on “Women Know Math” and our Kickstarter–check it out!
Geek & Sundry: Teri Litorco did a wonderful feature on our latest video, “Women Know Math,” and our Kickstarter! She included “Lord of the Rings,” too.
Comicon:Comicon wrote an insightful review of “Women Know Math” and talked about our cool Kickstarter rewards!
FEMMUSIC:We are so excited to see”Women Know Math” featured here!
Thank you to everyone who wrote about us, interviewed us, or shared our video and Kickstarter! We funded Love Problems in just two days (we broke $43,000 yesterday!) and have added some amazing stretch goals: be sure to check it out now.
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?
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.
Bandcamp, a wonderful platform for indie artists to sell music and audio, is donating 100% of their share of the proceeds from their sales today to the ACLU, to help in their work defending immigrants and human rights issues. Bandcamp is a wonderful platform–without them, I don’t think we would have been able to start our band the way we did. It’s so valuable. And this donation idea is awesome, I think you’ll agree.
But perhaps you don’t know what to buy on Bandcamp today? Maybe you already have all of our music? Here are nine recommendations of albums to buy today, by our friends, tourmates, and a few people we’re just big fans of!!
KITTENS SLAY DRAGONS’ “Big Big Heart” – This band was inspired to form by a foster kitten. It’s electronic dance music with pure, beautiful vocals. My favorite track is “Queer and Square” Currently, this album is all that plays in my car.
PAUL AND STORM’s “Ball Pit” – Paul and Storm are our comedy music heroes. This album has some very funny songs, many of them you won’t see in a P&S set – and a wonderful sad song “Incompetent’s Lament,” which I love, because I love sad things.
JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW’S “Rebel Scum” – This comedy album is a set about Star Wars and Social Justice and it is beautiful and good. Joseph did this set when we toured with him and we loved it every night, which is sort of a big deal.
SAMMUS’ “Pieces in Space” – Another tourmate of ours, Sammus, makes absolutely beautiful, wonderful music. Honestly, nothing we can say is enough to describe her art, but I’ll try: Heartbreaking. Groundbreaking. Honest. The feelings we have, in a whole new way.
DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH’s “Terrible Dinner Guest” – This album was on a loop in my car for months. Honest, clever, ukulele-driven tunes with unexpected and wonderful vocal harmony. Danielle has a bunch of stuff on Bandcamp, so if you have this one, check in for new albums because she is constantly making high-quality wonders.
AMANDA PALMER’s “Bigger On The Inside” – Amanda Palmer has been making a lot of amazing things recently, and this track (though it’s a few years old at this point) is stuck in my mind right now. Check out all her stuff, if you don’t already.
Leave us a comment and tell us if you buy any of these or something else on Bandcamp today!
Hello everyone! We’ve got a lot going on in February (and even more coming up in the near future–stay tuned), so we thought we’d put together a handy guide to where you can listen to us, both in person and online!
The Mary Sue: I wrote a piece about hopelessness and politics and it was published by The Mary Sue! I tried to motivate myself into action–perhaps it will help some of you as well.
BJ Shea’s Geek Nation: We visited Seattle podcast BJ Shea’s Geek Nation to chat about music, gaming, finding our way into the arms of the geek community (it was magical), and why you shouldn’t necessarily be impressed by a boyfriend who plays guitar. We’re just saying.
FINALLY after months of work—THE DOUBLECLICKS RPG IS OUT!
What is this? The Museum is a FIASCO PLAYSET based on the songs of the Doubleclicks! Now, you can play a fun tabletop role playing game and tell a fun story in the world of Doubleclicks songs–specifically, set in a wacky museum with Dimetrodons, Velociraptors, super villains, and more!
The playset was written by me (Angela) and Richard Malena, co-hosts of the Gosh Darn Fiasco podcast. It was edited by the amazing and brilliant Will Hindmarch (who really nailed this) and art is by the delightful and talented Matthew Bogart!
Who are the Library Bards? Why, I’m so glad you asked:
The Library Bards are a nerd parody band consisting of Bonnie Gordon (ABC’s The Quest, R. Mika in Street Fighter V) and Xander Jeanneret (TBS’ King of the Nerds). They take Top 40 hits and transform them into the nerdy versions they should have been in the first place! With their catchy tunes and nerdy lyrics, the @LibraryBards will be bringing you into the #BardLife in no time!
Even better, here’s a picture:
Need more? Check out their video of “Black and Red,” their parody of the Cranberries’ “Zombie” and a heartfelt ode to Deadpool and Harley Quinn cosplayers:
Guardian Games, 345 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214 Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am-10:00 pm (sometimes later) Sun 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Guardian Games is yet another geeky Portland paradise that doubles as a music venue, but the first thing you’ll see when you get there is pretty much any nerdy tabletop or card game known to man. And an acre of tables to play at. Add their bar, the Critical Sip, to the equation, and you can see why it’s a second home to so many gamers!
We’re so lucky to have so many awesome nerdy businesses in Portland, and since many of them took a hit with snow and ice this month, now’s the perfect time to show your support!
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!→