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User Image draplin Posted: Jan 3, 2011 10:28 AM (UTC)

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User Image draplin Posted: Jan 16, 2018 4:01 AM (UTC)

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AN OLD PIECE OF TYPE: Off some syrupy Kenny Rogers soundtrack for the movie, “Fools.” So damn good. Found it in a basement years ago, and came across just now, digging through some old files. Dig it, fools! #thicklines #fools #deadthings #newlife #kennyrogerssoundtracks
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 14, 2018 9:56 PM (UTC)

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SAID I WAS GONNA PLAY MORE GUITAR IN 2018: But didn’t think I’d show it? This is my first foray into this mysterious, tricky, terrifying realm. The moment that thing starts to record, and fuck if you don’t seize right up, unable to think or process the next chord?
Every now and again a kid at a show’ll say, “I always hear you talking about guitars, but don’t ever hear you play?” And it’s always a good-natured, sorta veiled, “put up or shut up” kind of challenge. So today, we’re putting something up. And it’s terrifying!
All I can say is, I have GREAT RESPECT for musicians who do this shit for a living. It’s hard as hell. To record, to play, to play in front of people, to play in front of a camera…ugh. All of it. And hell if I going to try to sing? No way.
So here’s the first track of my new album, “Aaron James Draplin Plays Poorly Imitated Snippets From His Favorite Son Volt Songs, Vol. 1.” This murdered snippet is from “Ten Second News” off Son Volt’s incredible “Trace” record. Jay Farrar was 26-27 years old when he was writing this stuff. Think about that shit for a a second, or ten seconds. The words, the metaphors, the tunes…its some heavy, textural, layered stuff. And he was just a kid putting out this stuff. One of my favorite rockers.
This one is tuned to “DADGCE”, hence the meatfinger formation chord thing on the top three things.
More guitar in 2018!
#moreguitar #tryingnewthings #beingterrifed #meatfingers #pressingrecord #thenuploadingit #martind35 #snippetsofsonvoltsongs
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 13, 2018 8:14 PM (UTC)

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ASK ME FRIGGIN ANYTHING: Today! Deep inside the Field Nuts Facebook page from 1-3 in the P.M. You can ask me friggin’ anything. And I’ll do my very best to answer it. Cruise over to and really let me have it. We’re down for ANYTHING.
Now, if you are a first-timer to the Field Nuts group, then TREAD LIGHTLY. You gotta watch yer back. Especially with the fountain pen folks! They’ll stab you in the neck without hesitation, using a steel nib Lamy Petrol filled with goat blood.
Alright, let’s get weird. Starting at 1 PM and going until my fingers cramp up on the keyboard…
FROM THE FIELD NUTS TOP BRASS: ***Please limit it to one question per person so he can get to as many people as possible.***
@fieldnotesbrand #fieldnotesbrand #fieldnotes #fn #askmefrigginanything #saturdaze #fieldnuts #fieldnuttery #nutflavor #nieldfuts
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 13, 2018 2:42 AM (UTC)

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IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIENDS: This is proudly reposted in support of my buddy Fran from @seizurepalace:
Special NXT LVL X She Shreds Edition @fieldnotesbrand - Edition of 500 in rainbow foil with this powerful quote on the back. Available for purchase starting Monday January 15th on Martin Luther King Day at 10am PST at
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde
NXT LVL events are carefully curated to center and amplify WOC/QTPOC/Two Spirit voices and causes. We work closely with performers and speakers to ensure inclusivity at each event while prioritizing creation of a safe space for all who attend our events. NXT LVL values providing fair compensation for all performers, DJs, security and photographers we work with. As part of our effort to keep our events accessible, tickets are priced on a sliding scale. Each event serves to raise money for two charities and features a tampon drive to donate locally.
@nxtlvlpdx X @sheshredsmag is joining forces to bring together community and lift up voices of WOC/FEMMES/QTPOC/BIPOC+ on Saturday January 20th at @picatba with an amazing RALLY (all ages, from 12-5pm, kids are free) with speakers, WOC curated marketplace, workshops, kids zone, the most incredible RAFFLE with prize bundles ranging from $250-$800), photo booth, food trucks and bar.  The best deals on RAFFLE tickets can be purchased with your RALLY tickets.
Starting at 7pm SHARP, they will be featuring ALL WOC bands and DJs - @bamb00banga @savila @guavaseason @sassyblackcat @fuckupayus @nochelibre
Money and awareness being raised for @browngirlrise @qrc_pdx and @portlandmenstrualsociety (tampon drive)
Tickets are available at (There are also SCHOLARSHIP tickets available for folx to purchase for others who can not afford to come to this event.  Please type in DONATION for “Name” when checking out.)
#nxtlvlpdx #sheshreds #fieldnotes #j20 #pica #pdx #portland #pdxevents #woctothefront #draplin
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 12, 2018 5:16 PM (UTC)

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OUR MOST AMBITIOUS POSTER PRINT TO DATE: Our new 9-color “Lush Landcape” poster is NOW SHIPPING from the DDC. Inspired by the beauty, mystery and bounty of Mother Earth. 18” x 24” in dimension. On bright, white uncoated poster stock. Printed by our round-earther buddies at @seizurepalace, just a couple blocks away. Nine colors on this one! Nine! Head over to and scroll down to DDC-206. NOW SHIPPING! #ddcmerch #lushlandscape #motherearth #nature #thicklines
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 12, 2018 7:02 AM (UTC)

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JUST SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN KICKING AROUND ON DESKTOP: No idea what the hell it’s supposed to be? Came out of me some time ago and has been lurking hard. Won’t go away. I get to cleaning up files and there it is, just staring me down. Hard to say. I dig the little rounded inner thingies on the arrows, so there’s that. #thicklines #mysteriousvectors
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 11, 2018 9:31 AM (UTC)

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SMALLEST GLASS IN THE JOINT: I’m not all that much of a beer drinker. I just want a little taste, maybe 5-6 ounces? Coldest, lightest stuff they make, in the smallest glass possible is my go-to request.
Today at @wayfinderbeer, our incredible server found me a tiny, little glass. @jamesrexroad likes beer and polished off a couple frosty mugs of the stuff over a wide-ranging array of discussion topics: Geopolitical dynamics, string theory, adventures in methane, quantum satanics and just what the fuck it’s like to be the tour photographer for The Dwarves, a popular rock-n-roll singing act with the kids.
Thanks for the awesome lunch, man!
(And @orionmustbedestroyed, you were the cherry on top. Come to the shop!) #littleleaguebeerdrinky #smallestglassyougot #caesarsalad #croutons #thejamesrexroadlesstraveled
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 10, 2018 4:40 AM (UTC)

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IN MY TRAVELS TO AND FRO AROUND THE SHOP: I kept passing this little islander up, in a pile of treasures. From some hotel down in Hawaii. @leighola77 wants to go there. Me, I’m hemming and hawing about it. Might be too sweaty for me? Could be a dangerous kind of island chafe going on. There’s the prickly eyeballing from pissed-off locals. Heard the stories. And the mountains of pineapple everywhere? Seen the photos. This shit freaks me out. Hard to say. Already started the poster, though. Tons of cool shit from those islands, once you start digging. Someday. Hawaii, make some room for little ol’ me. #oldmatchbooks #thingthatspeaktomefromvariouapilesaroundtheshop #deadthings #newlife #hawaii #haoleboyblues #kookslams
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 9, 2018 6:19 AM (UTC)

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MONDAY NIGHT AND WE REACH FOR THE STARS: Then blast those aliens, bugs and ships to shit. There’s a new Galaga high score at @thewoodenarcade! Ahem, @zennmasterz. #galaga #200790 #highscoreboard #ahem #goalz #reasonstokeepliving #middleage
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 9, 2018 6:13 AM (UTC)

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EYEBALLING YOU: I’m looking right at you, @zennmasterz. No exclamation points. No exasperation. Just a calm eyeballing...through that safety door...into that cockpit...right square into yer eyes with this message: “There’s a new high score on that board, bud.” (Special thanks to the patrons of @thewoodenarcade for the photo, and, access tonight.) #galaga #200790 #highscoreboard #eyeballing #goalz #reasonstokeepliving #middleage
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 8, 2018 8:37 PM (UTC)

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SHIMMERING WAVES OF GOLDEN THICK LINES: Our new “Oceanics Gold Wave” poster is now crashing on the DDC site!
Dedicated to our chill forays out to the coast to @goo97’s Cove Cabin retreat. 18” x 24”, “Glimmering Gold” metallic gold and “As Orange As Possible” orange on durable, uncoated white poster stock. Printed by our buddies at @vahallastudios in Kansas City!
NOW SHIPPING at Scroll down to DDC-204 and get it going! #ddcmerch #ddcoceanics #nowshipping #thicklines #thickwaves
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 8, 2018 8:35 PM (UTC)

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THIS HEART IS EXPANDING: Our new “Gold Expanding Heart” poster is now expanding on the DDC site!
Dedicated to my sweetheart @leighola77 and her seemingly infinite capacity of patience, compassion, understanding, dinner solutions and golden shimmering rays of love.
18” x 24”, “Glimmering Gold” metallic gold, “Burly Brown” and “As Orange As Possible” orange on durable, uncoated white poster stock. Printed by the lovebirds at @vahallastudios in Kansas City!
NOW SHIPPING at Scroll down to DDC-205 and tap into our shimmering vortex of love! (Or something close to that.) #ddcmerch #ddcexpandingheart #nowshipping #thicklines
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 7, 2018 8:50 PM (UTC)

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PSYCHIATRIC EXPLORATIONS OF THE GEORGE WITH NEEDLES: George Salisbury visited the shop today! Was down here tinkering on some stuff and he stopped over before his flight back to Oklahoma City. George is the “visualist” for the goddamn Flaming Lips, and we’ve been fans of his work for DECADES. What a fuckin’ cool job. Good to see you, man!
Got a little weird with that classic “Clouds Taste Metallic” album here, plugging George in, jamming those old tunes in the shop after he left. That’s what you are seeing here. Complete with the orange vinyl!
Come back to Portland soon, man!
#coolmoments #peoplevisitingtheshop #oklahomacity #flaminglips #makingpeopletakeddcactioncapswiththem @irreversibility @waynecoyne5 @stevendrozd @oczymlody @goadabode
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 7, 2018 12:41 AM (UTC)

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HOLD THAT THING HIGH: Check out Jim Becker getting the message out in the Wisconsin northwoods! That’s our “DDC Peace Fingers” super cardboard sign from the @rotofugi art show last month! Way to go, sir. PEACE! (Photo credit to one of Jim’s buddies...thanks!) #ddcpeacefingers #peace #wisconsin #northwoods #midwestisbest #winter #jimbeckerforever @thebirdmachine
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 6, 2018 7:52 AM (UTC)

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SETTLE DOWN, YOU BIG APE: While playing Scrabble with Mom tonight, we had “Kong: Skull Island” on in the background. Tried to draw that ape. #kingkong #apeshit #drawingwhilewaitingformomtogo #scrabble #blankfeelers #bignightsin @laurendraplin
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 5, 2018 5:56 AM (UTC)

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IT’S COLD OUT: And that gets me thinking about heating, and hot water, and general warmth in my little corner of the world. And of course, that drafty corner of the steps on the way up to bed! And then today, working out the details of a top secret project, had to pull the trigger on an incredible piece of gear: A “tankless water heater” that is super efficient and heats the shit out of water, and quick. Excited to see the thing in action.
But all of this got me thinking about how lucky I have it. I’m warm. And comfortable. And thankful as hell.
I’m going to pilfer my closet and go and donate any jackets I’m not using to the shelters downtown. Someone needs that warmth.
#warmth #heat #thicklines #oldjacketsthatcouldbeputtouseinbetterways
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 4, 2018 4:28 AM (UTC)

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RYNO, DEEP IN THOUGHT: While I whip his ass in Scrabble. #thunderclap @fortryno
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 3, 2018 11:38 PM (UTC)

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EVERY TIME: This one. Gets me every time. #thicklines
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 2, 2018 7:47 PM (UTC)

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PURE EVIL: Working up the cover for @fortryno’s new record. Really coming together. He’s got some real foot stompers on this one. Some bullshit about ”rotting flesh” and “contaminated carnage” and a blistering cover of Smashmouth’s “Walkin’ on the Sun.” #goddammit Purest of evil. Watch for “Unlistenable Bullshit” on Dawg Türrd Records in the winter of your dying discontent. #ryno #unlistenablebullshit #minnesotahotdishmetal
User Image draplin Posted: Jan 2, 2018 7:36 PM (UTC)

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THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE GOOD: Eli Altman’s new book “Run Studio Run” has hit its goal on Kickstarter! Get behind this one. ( He interviewed me, and I’m proud to be bringing up the low end of the roster amongst heavies like @monikersf, @katebingburt, @mikeyburton, @heystudio and many other impressive shops. The quote you are seeing here is something I must’ve said? I can’t quite remember, but it does ring a bell of familiarity. It’s the truth. Phew. Get a copy of this book, people! #runstudiorun @abstractartifact