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We want to record a new studio album and fill 2014 with new, bigger, BETTER Doubleclicks songs and videos!

Portland, OR Music
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Hi there! We're the Doubleclicks. Thanks to this Kickstarter, we are going to make a lot of awesome things this year! Backers will be able to follow along on our progress on the CD, videos & more via updates! You can also check us out at http://thedoubleclicks.com and watch our videos on our YouTube channel! To be kept up to date on songs, the album, and our live shows around the country, subscribe to our e-mail list

Thank you for unlocking all these stretch goals!

Future stretch goals:

There are more details about all of these goals below!

Hi, we’re the Doubleclicks, and we write songs about things like dinosaurs, Dungeons & Dragons, love, books, and cats. We also have a cello, and we’re sisters. You may know us from performing at conventions around the country, from many songs and collaborations (including the theme song for Cards Against Humanity), or from our big geek girl pride music video that came out last year, "Nothing to Prove," full of amazing geek girls and some of our nerdy friends.

We want to make a new album this year called “Dimetrodon”, featuring songs we've written over the past year, with studio-quality production and full-band arrangements. We also want to bring back our “Weekly Song Wednesday” music video project this summer. And to do these things, we need help!
We've got some rewards, many of which are exclusive to backers of this Kickstarter! We have t-shirts, dice, copies of the new CD, tote bags, custom songs (and mini meowing-themed-ringtone-songs), and even the opportunity to be immortalized in an art poster that is included with every CD! But even if you can only donate a little, you'll be contributing to our ability to make more and greater things, and we appreciate it!! 

The more money we get, the more exciting things we can produce this year.  We have plenty of ideas on how to turn money in to FUN(ny). Funny? Yes. So take a look at the project, and please share it with your friends—we can't do it without you! We are extremely thankful that you let us make music for you, and we want to do it forever. FOREVER. 

 The Dimetrodon Album

Dimetrodon will be our 3rd full-length album and the second with a "full band studio sound." We want to do this one bigger and better than any album we've done before. We'll be working with pros on the arrangement, mixing and production, including musician, comedian, producer and awesome human being Mike Phirman.
Most of the songs on the Dimetrodon album will be our favorite compositions from 2013's Weekly Song Wednesday project, cleaned up, re-organized and arranged for a full-band sound. There will also be a couple brand-new songs on the album as well as some revivals from the Doubleclicks archives. 

Weekly Song Wednesday (unlocked!)

This is how WSW (Weekly Song Wednesday) works: we write a song, we film a video for that song, and we release these videos once a week on Wednesdays for some number of weeks. WSW is a songwriting exercise, a YouTube project, and a really, really fun way for us to make music and share it. Unfortunately, by itself WSW really doesn't break even, and without crowdfunding we just can't put the time and resources into the project to make songs and videos of the quality that we imagine in our brains. This year, we did Weekly Song Wednesday for 14 weeks, from September through December, and it was really fun. Dimetrodon was one of our favorite songs and videos from that project, check it out:
 

If we meet our initial Kickstarter goal, then, in addition to producing the album Dimetrodon, we will launch a new Weekly Song Wednesday project this spring/summer with new songs and videos that we can spend much, much more time on than we could last year. These videos could include good cameras, other people to hold the cameras (crazy, right?), props, costumes, and much more time spent on rehearsal, editing and doing lots of takes. Thanks to your generous backing, Weekly Song Wednesday will now be 10 weeks long instead of our original 5-week goal!

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 Monthly Song Monday (unlocked!)

We can't do Weekly Song Wednesday all year long: we need to tour, and sleep sometimes, and take breaks to recharge our songwriting muscles. However, we do want to keep releasing things, so at the $35,000 stretch goal, we will unlock a Monthly Song Monday project where we release a new song and video every month (on a monday). This will happen for 12 months, but we will pause this project during the months during which Weekly Song Wednesday is happening and re-start afterwards—so this project will last for longer than a year.
 

Monthly Live-Streamed Internet Show (unlocked!)

In Portland, we produce a show called #NerdNightOut in which we fly in our favorite performers from around the country and do an awesome variety show. It happens every few months, but only locally. We'd love to put on a show with our friends and favorite performers everywhere in the world, but we can't. Or can we? If we unlock the $42,000 stretch goal, we will do a monthly live-streamed show (from March 2014 to December 2014). It will be part concert, part chat and part Q&A. We'll also invite our friends to be guests sometimes, so you can hear other people's songs and stories! It will be an Internet-wide Nerd Night "In"! (We're still working on that title). 
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More awesome stretch goals UNLOCKED

The Doubleclicks coloring and activity book: UNLOCKED

If we reach this $55,000 stretch goal, we’ll make a short Doubleclicks-themed coloring book with help from talented artists! It’ll be a free PDF download for all backers who have selected a reward at level $12 and above, and will feature art by Molly Lewis (singer/songwriter/doodle genius), Ash Vickers (MegaCynics), John Kovalic (of Munchkin, Dork Tower & much more) and Lar DeSouza. There will also be activities included a Mad Lib by author John Scalzi! Here's a sample set of pages by the amazing Molly Lewis:


Animated music video: UNLOCKED!

Our very first video was an animated one, created by the amazing Brad Jonas for our Dungeons & Dragons song. Since then we have wanted to create more, but we just haven't had the resources... until now? At $65,000 one of our videos for Monthly Song Monday videos will be ANIMATED, and it will likely be ADORABLE. Our animator is OnlyLeigh, animator, artist and creator of the excellent webseries FanGirls. Her showreel gives a good idea of how fantastic the video will be: 


Kid's EP: UNLOCKED!

At $75,000, we will write and record a 5-song kids EP (for grown-ups, too) including songs about: science, history, and strong female characters, to be released in 2015. 

There are many many people in the world more qualified to talk about gender issues than we are, but here’s what I know: when I was a kid, in school and church and books, most to all of the heroes I saw were men. Media taught us that boys went off and had adventures and became doctors and scientists, and girls should find themselves a cool man who was a doctor or a scientist, and attract him by wearing uncomfortable dresses and losing weight. We want to make songs that tell a different story. Our goal with the songs on the new EP will be to teach you about things and people you don’t usually learn about. People like Grace Hopper: a computer scientist who basically invented the compiler and, according to legend, discovered the first computer bug (it was an actual bug.) Grace & other awesome people will be featured on this EP, if it's funded. 

Stretch Goal Freeeeeebiiiird!: UNLOCKED!

We can think of no better way to show our appreciation than to succumb to popular demand at the risk of our own sanity: we will cover Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" and make a video for you, and we will make it fun for ourselves and you. A download of our cover will be available in the 2014 song vault. 

Current Stretch Goal: $80,000 - UNLOCKED!

Thank you all for backing us like crazy!! Even now, your donations are going to help us level-up our music and videos all year. For a final bit of appreciation, we're gonna make you buttons! If we are mailing you anything: a CD, dice, or anything bigger, we will also send you a cool SHINY BUTTON with art by SOMEONE GREAT to show that you are an awesome Kickstarter backer.

The Dimetrodon CD physical package is very exciting for us: we are hiring amazing artist Kris Straub (who makes Broodhollow and Chainsawsuit), of whom we are huge fans, to make the album cover. Here's what his art style looks like:
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The cover art for the Dimetrodon album will be made by Kris Straub!
The cover art for the Dimetrodon album will be made by Kris Straub!
The physical CD will also include a pull-out mini-poster created by Lar DeSouza, artist of the webcomics Least I Could Do and Looking for Group. If you back at the "Immortalization" level, a caricature of you (based on one reference photo you provide) will appear in this poster with us!

We are creating three new Doubleclicks custom six-sided dice for this Kickstarter featuring images inspired by this album: a Dimetrodon, a cat, and an image of us, the Doubleclicks! These are designed by the amazing Brian Tatosky!


The 2014 Song Vault is a website where all the songs we write for weekly song wednesday and some other songwriting projects in 2014 will be available for download to backers who unlock it (at the Dimetrodon level and above). You may also find some demos, rarities, and other little ditties we think you'll find fun in this vault. 

T-Shirts and tote bags will feature a Doubleclicks design which is ONLY available through this Kickstarter! The art will be created by webcomic artist Abby Howard of Junior Scientist Power Hour and The Last Halloween
T-shirts will be available in adult sizes from S-3XL in a Gildan Unisex Ultra Cotton Tee (sizing) and S-2XL in a "Ladies" Bella Favorite Tee (sizing). Totes will be these jumbo eco-conscious numbers (take a look!). If you select the T-shirt and Tote level or add a T-shirt or tote onto another level for $35 additional, you will be able to choose any size of t-shirt, OR a tote instead, in a survey that we send out after this Kickstarter is over.

 

NEW: Dimetrodon Plush!

It's a little baby Dimetrodon plush!!!! This new, special, very exclusive, very cute plush was designed for this Kickstarter and will be individually made just for you by crafting genius Tally Heilke. The fleece Dimetrodon is approx. 17 inches long and soft and friendly. It may or may not eat sharks.

Dimetrodon and “Rawr, Velociraptor” KNITTED HATS! A local here in Portland, Cathy of Frivolite Handcrafts, has created a knitting design for “toque”-style hats with Dimetrodons and Velociraptors on them, and she will be making a set of them for this Kickstarter! You will be able to select size and style. 

Doubleclicks Dice Bags!
There are two different kinds of Doubleclicks dice bags! The first are made by Katrina Keller, made in your choice of Dimetrodon or Velociraptor, with or without “The Doubleclicks” text. Yes, those are all adorable little pieces of fabric, painstakingly cut out and assembled.
The second kind of dice bags are gamer-tested, gamer-designed, gamer-approved flat-bottom bag from GeekyLyndsay of Dragon Chow Dice Bags. The one you order will have a Doubleclicks design, but the photos below show you what Dragon Chow bags look like.

For "Kitty Ditty Ringtone" and "A Song For You" awards: We are excited to write you a song, but we've got some rules. Subject matter can't be pornographic, illegal or offensive (to us.) We will have final subject-matter approval, but we will do our best to make sure you're happy with it, too. We retain rights to the songs and performances, but you can use them in whatever non-commercial context you'd like. If you have something very specific in mind, feel free to e-mail or tweet us before backing so we know for sure that we can give you what you're looking for.

Circuit Bent Cat Keyboard: This reward is a custom-modified toy cat-shaped keyboard. It will be messed up just for you by our friend (musician, computer geek and electronics-tinkerer) using circuit bending. As a result, it will have a 1/4" audio jack to be plugged in for recording and performance, and, when put into "freak out" mode, will make cool distortion-y noises to your command. You can read more in our Kickstarter Update about the keyboards

Game Night: If you back at this level, you'll get one spot at the gaming table with us for a 4-hour session of D&D! We'll do what works best for you: either a Google Hangout or an in-person game night in Portland. The game will be DM'd by our friend Justin Turner of gaming podcast GoingLast.net

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Add-Ons

Do you want some extra merch that's not included in a specific reward level? If you back at $25 or above, you can add on an item from the list below. Add on the appropriate amount to your pledge, and once the Kickstarter is over we'll get in touch to talk about what you want. 
- Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt or tote bag: $35 / $45 int'l
- Dimetrodon CD: $15 / $20 int'l
- Set of 3 new custom Doubleclicks Dice: $10 / $13 int'l
Digital Add-On:
- Digital Doubleclicks Back Catalog $35
includes Lasers & Feelings (2013), Chainmail & Cello (2012), Beta Testing 1-2-3 (demo CD, 2010) and Christmas Ain't About Me EP (2012)
- Plush Dimetrodons: if you want a Dimetrodon plush and have already selected another limited reward, which you *also* want to keep, here's the deal: if there are still plushes left after the Kickstarter is over, we will make them available as limited add-ons on a first fill-out-your-survey, first served basis. More information about that will be available when the Kickstarter ends.
If you want copies of our old CDs, old t-shirts or last year's dice set (with velociraptor, cello and guitar dice designs), you can buy those at our regular, non-Kickstarter merch store.


How the money is spent


Thanks are due

Thank you to to Paul (of Paul and Storm), Storm (of Paul and Storm) and Joseph Scrimshaw for the immense wonderful amount of advice that has made this Kickstarter rock. Thank you to Brian Tatosky for designing things for us and being the nicest person. And thank you to everyone else who is making things, backing and generally putting up with some very excited and very stressed out Doubleclicks. 
The "lock" and "unlock" icons are by AnsteyDesign from the Noun Project, used under a Creative Commons – Attribution (CC BY 3.0) license.

Risks and challenges

We feel confident in our ability to complete this project in our estimated timeline, but things like manufacturing delays, delays in completion of various moving parts, and health, weather, and raptor attacks could cause delays. Fortunately, the songs for the album are already on their way to album-ready, we have been thorough in researching every step of the manufacturing process, and we've done all of these things before without failing or running away: managing pre-orders for previous albums; weekly song songwriting challenges; album recording and production; international shipping. Thank you for donating and making the Doubleclicks possible.

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  • You can "add on" these items to your pledge! Just add the appropriate amount to your pledge. For example, if you back at the "Beautiful Art" level ($60) and want a t-shirt ($35), add that to your pledge for a total of $95. Click "Manage Your Pledge" to get to the pledge-management are and adjust the amount. At the end of the campaign, we'll send you a survey asking what you want added on.

    - Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt or tote bag: $35 / $45 int'l
    - Dimetrodon CD: $15 / $20 int'l
    - Set of 3 new custom Doubleclicks Dice: $10 / $13 int'l

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  • Yes! The Digital CD Download, Digital Back Catalog, and 2014 song vault songs will all be available in both mp3 and lossless FLAC formats.

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    [DANCE OF THANKS] Yeaaaah! We'll send you a really awesome animated GIF of the Doubleclicks dancing. Maybe there will be a dinosaur, or a Dimetrodon, which is not, technically, a dinosaur! At any rate, thank you so much!

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    232 backers

    [DIGITAL ALBUM] You will get a download of our new album DIMETRODON before it is available to the rest of the world!

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    630 backers

    [DIGITAL ALBUM + A YEAR OF DIGITAL SONGS] You'll get a digital download of the Dimetrodon album, PLUS you will get access to the 2014 SONG VAULT: a private website with mp3 downloads of every song we release during this year's Weekly Song Wednesday project.

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    102 backers

    [PHYSICAL CD] You'll get a copy of our new album DIMETRODON with cover art by Kris Straub and including a full-color pull-out poster, plus you'll get a digital download of the album!

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    [EARLY BIRD DIMETRODON SPECIAL] Big savings for early birds! Get the "DIMETRODON PACKAGE": a signed Dimetrodon CD + 3 new custom Doubleclicks dice + access to the 2014 SONG VAULT with all of our Weekly Song Wednesday 2014 songs + A digital download of the new CD... for $25 instead of $40. Thanks for being here early!

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    40 backers

    [SIGNED CD] You'll get a signed copy of our new album DIMETRODON, which will have cover art by artist Kris Straub and an included full-color pull-out poster! You'll also get a digital download of the album.

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    387 backers

    [THE DIMETRODON PACKAGE = Signed CD + Dice!] You'll get 3 custom Doubleclicks DICE with designs inspired by songs on the new album, plus a SIGNED CD. You will also get a digital download of the CD and access to the 2014 song vault: a private website with downloads of every song we release during this year's Weekly Song Wednesday project.

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    135 backers

    [DIGITAL DISCOGRAPHY] Welcome to the Doubleclicks team! You'll get digital downloads of our back catalog of albums: Lasers & Feelings, Chainmail & Cello, our Christmas EP and our deep-cut first demo CD, Beta Testing 1-2-3. You'll also get a digital download of the new DIMETRODON album and access to the 2014 SONG VAULT: a private website with mp3 downloads of every song we release during this year's Weekly Song Wednesday project.

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    44 backers

    [BEAUTIFUL ART] Using our artistic talents, which are SO great that we decided to be musicians instead, we will draw a crayon and sharpie stick-figure portrait of you with a mythical or pre-historic creature of our choice. Plus you'll get the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access.

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    88 backers

    [TOTE OR T-SHIRT] You'll get a Kickstarter-EXCLUSIVE t-shirt or tote bag (your preference, your size) designed by webcomic artist Abby Howard, plus everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access.

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    48 backers

    [BEAUTIFUL ART AND PRODUCER CREDIT!] We will draw a crayon and sharpie stick-figure portrait of you with a mythical or pre-historic creature of our choice, AND we will personally thank you as an associate producer in the album’s liner notes! Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access.

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    10 backers All gone!

    [HANDMADE FLAT-BOTTOM DICE BAG] Dragon Chow dice bags are designed to treat your dice right: flat-bottomed so they stay upright, and handmade by a fellow geek. This bag will have a Doubleclicks-inspired design. You'll also get a set of 3 new Doubleclicks dice as well as a signed CD and access to the 2014 song vault.

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    10 backers All gone!

    [HANDMADE DINOSAUR OR DIMETRODON DICE BAG] Choose between velociraptor and dimetrodon designs for this drawstring, handmade dice bag. You'll also get a set of 3 new Doubleclicks dice as well as a signed CD and access to the 2014 song vault.

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    10 backers All gone!

    [HANDMADE VELOCIRAPTOR OR DIMETRODON HAT] You'll get a hand-made knitted hat with a Velociraptor or Dimetrodon design! You can choose size (kids/small, medium or large) and design (Velociraptor or Dimetrodon). Plus you will get a signed CD and access to the 2014 song vault, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    26 backers Limited (19 left of 45)

    [DIMETRODON PLUSH] This new, special, very exclusive, very cute plush toy will be hand-made JUST for you by craft genius Tally Heilke. The fleece Dimetrodon is 17 inches long and soft and friendly. You'll also get a signed CD, digital album download and access to the 2014 song vault, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [PRETTY KITTY RINGTONE DITTY] Give us a short prompt (like your name or another short phrase) and we’ll write and record a 20-second song for you, which you can use as your ringtone, text sound, alarm or whatever, using just our lovely voices and our lovelier MEOWING CAT KEYBOARD. (More details/some restrictions in the project description). Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [PRETTY KITTY RINGTONE DITTY] [More added by popular demand!] Give us a short prompt (like your name or another short phrase) and we’ll write and record a 20-second song for you, which you can use as your ringtone, text sound, alarm or whatever, using just our lovely voices and our lovelier MEOWING CAT KEYBOARD. (More details/some restrictions in the project description). Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [COVER SONG] Request a cover song and we will cover it & make a video, which we will either publish on our YouTube channel with thanks to you, or send just to you to treasure. We reserve the right to veto things we find offensive... so email us if you have any doubts. Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [COVER SONG] Request a cover song and we will cover it & make a video, which we will either publish on our YouTube channel with thanks to you, or send just to you to treasure. We reserve the right to veto things we find offensive... so email us if you have any doubts. Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

    [ALBUM ART IMMORTALIZATION] Your likeness (or the likeness of a friend or loved one) will appear on a pull-out mini-poster that will come inside every copy of our new album, drawn by artist Lar DeSouza! Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [CIRCUIT BENT CAT KEYBOARD] You will get a meowing cat keyboard, circuit-bent like ours, just for you! It'll make crazy distortion noises and have an 1/4" audio jack, and it will be signed by us. Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [GAME NIGHT] You'll get one place at the table for a game night with the band! Either in Portland, OR or over Google Hangout, we will all play Dungeons & Dragons together with our favorite DM! Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [A SONG FOR YOU] We will write a song for you (at least 60 seconds long) on a topic of your choosing (not for commercial use: details are in the project description), plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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    [HOUSE CONCERT AND BOARD GAME PARTY] We will come to your house on a mutually-agreeable evening, play board games with you, and perform a concert for you and your friends. (US and Canada ONLY). Plus you'll get everything in the DIMETRODON PACKAGE: a signed CD + dice + 2014 song vault access, and you will be thanked in the album's liner notes.

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Funding period

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