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Lazerbeak is a thug. Do not be deceived by the nice-guy introductions backstage. Beak is responsible for some of the hardest lavabangers in hip hop, period. Catchy, rib-crushing, filthy.

In his basement workshop, Beak works mostly with a MPC2000XL. He layers propulsive, hard-hitting drums with driving guitar and keyboard melodies. He paces after the addition of each element, ducking to avoid the overhead pipes, playing air drums, and calculating his next layer.

Beak’s sequencing is a large part of his sound. “After you’ve got the main structure, to make it a real song, you have to take it all part again. It’s like a battle with the beat, every time.” And Beak always wins. When it’s over, the effect is some helicopter-at-the-omnitheater shit. He’ll take a beat down to its most essential elements before letting it off the leash to explode into anthemic proportions.

Lazerbeak got involved with the Doomtree crew through his high school friendship with Stef (P.O.S). But by then he’d already been playing music for years. Since 8th grade he played with The Plastic Constellations, the indie rock group that would go on to tour the country, signed to French Kiss Records. Stef, having heard Lazerbeak’s music with TPC, encouraged him to start making beats. Beak got a loan from his folks to buy his first MPC from Guitar Center. Stef came over in the afternoon to show him the ropes. No looking back.

To date, Lazerbeak has produced over 400 beats. His production appears on almost every Doomtree release, including all three of P.O.S’ solo albums. He’s now completing the production for the upcoming Sims solo release and working on a solo endeavor of his own.

Most recently, Doomtree released Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Mike Mictlan. The two schemed for years to write and record the disc. For much of that time Mike was living in L.A. Lazerbeak sent Mike beat CDs in the mail. Mike rapped his verses to Lazerbeak over the phone. Big dreams, big phone bills. Now the fruit of their labor is available in all its glory as Hand Over Fist. Legend Recognize Legend.

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Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 09, 2016

OK, here we go! Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I’ve got a brand new Spotify mix all cued up for you, so let’s dive right in. It’s gives me great joy to present you with Lazerbeak’s Babyface Starter Pack!!!

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Maaaaaaan I’m getting good at photoshop. Anyways, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his treasure chest of songs (both solo and written for countless others) have meant so much to me throughout my life, and I’m so excited to share some of my absolute favorite joints with you. Once 2015’s incredible Return of the Tender Lover dropped (arguably his best solo album to date) I knew I had to do some sort of special tribute mix to this true living legend. So here’s the deal: I’ve split this Starter Pack up into two chunks. The first half includes 15 of my favorite Babyface solo songs, in no real particular order. I gotta be honest, I was never a huge fan of the acoustic guitar “When Can I See You Again?” Babyface zones, so I kept those to a dire minimum. It’s mostly just groove-oriented heat knocker after heat knocker to ease you into things. Then half way through the mix I shed some light on some of my favorite songs that Babyface has written for other solo artists and groups (along with his old group The Deele). There were easily over 40 tracks that I cut out of this thing so as not to overwhelm you from the jump, but just know that this man has worked with the absolute greats in the game and has always made them sound phenomenal. Click the life-changing cover image above to check out the full 29 song playlist. And click the cover’s below to check out my previous Luther Vandross Starter Pack and Drake Starter Pack. I promise you won’t be disappointed. ENJOY!!!

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Now for some big time show news: Last week it was announced that Doomtree will be playing Michigan’s killer Electric Forest Festival this June! This one should be a total blast. Sounds like tickets have already completely sold out, but you can check out all the details at their site right HERE. And stay tuned for more Doomtree spring and summer festival dates coming shortly.

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Dessa is currently knee deep in her first-ever Australian tour supporting the dudes of Welcome to Night Vale. Sounds like the shows have been completely slaying and she’s already out of merch. Nice one, Aussies! Dessa and Aby will hit Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, and Melbourne still this week before returning back to the states. Check out all the show info right HERE.

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Oh, and here’s a picture of Aby Wolf holding a koala because it is amazing.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan is gearing up to head out on Prof’s Gasoline Run tour later this week. The dudes will be joined by Mac Irv and DJ Fundo, and will hit La Crosse, Eau Claire, Madison, Minneapolis, and Sioux City over the next two weeks. Tickets to the Eau Claire and Minneapolis shows have already sold out, so make sure you grab your tickets HERE now while you still can.

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P.O.S flies out to Seattle this week to perform at Onry Ozzborn’s album release show at Nectar on the 13th. Stef and Onry will be joined by a stellar lineup of Grayskul, Kimya Dawson, and Rob Sonic. Last I heard tickets were almost gone, so grab yours HERE if you’re in the area. Should be a great night.

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Stef will then be in Davenport, IA on the 18th for Daytrotter’s first ever Daytrotter Downs festival. He’ll be joined by best-dude-in-the-entire-world William Elliot Whitmore along with a bunch of others. Grab your tickets HERE.

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Then Stef will head further north in March to knock out solo P.O.S shows in Fargo and Sioux Falls. Check out the cool fliers below and click HERE for all the info and ticket deetz.

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I think that about does it for show news this week. There’s a new hip-hop station in the Twin Cities called G0 95.3, and Sims stopped down at their studios last week to chop it up with DJ Peter Parker about what he’s been up to and what 2016 has in store for him. Check out the full interview below. Shouts to Peter and everyone at Go for making a serious effort to include local music in the station format. Killing it.

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Alright, now for some Bonus Jams! Andrew Broder just announced last week that there will be a new Fog album coming out on TGNP this March! Amazing. Check out the first single and video for “Trying” below. The song is great and you seriously need to watch the video all the way through to the end. It will guaranteed put a smile on your face.

Fog – “Trying”

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Ultimate homie Open Mike Eagle just announced another new project last week. This one is a collaboration with producer Paul White. Check out the first single “Check to Check” below. It’s a banger. Can’t wait to hear more from these two.

Open Mike Eagle + Paul White – “Check to Check”

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My friend Budo put me onto Seattle’s own Solzilla recently. Budo handled a good amount of production on Sol’s new record that will be dropping very shortly. Check out the first visual for “See The End” below and get pumped.

Solzilla – “See The End”

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Speaking of producer friends putting me onto stuff, Mike Swoop just produced a new track for New York-artist Mike Two called “Vanity.” I really like this one. Has that Drake vibe that I just can’t quit lately. Check it all out below.

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Speaking of Drake (you knew I couldn’t go a whole post without mentioning him, right?), unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard his new Views From the 6 single “Summer Sixteen.” This guy is the rare artist where I will actually tune into a radio station to hear the world premiere of a new song and then continue listening as they play the song back SIX TIMES in a row. That’s how in I am. This song rules so hard. Check it out.

Drake – “Summer Sixteen”

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And while we’re at it, let’s watch the extended cut of Drake’s T-Mobile “Hotline Bling” Super Bowl commercial, because it was the only thing that actually cheered me up amidst a ginormous Panthers loss and about one million underwhelming Super Bowl ads. Wasn’t that Super Bowl 50? I would have thought the ad agencies would’ve brought it a little tougher for such a big occasion. Dah well.

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I’ll leave you with some cool Baby Bonus Pics before heading out. Last week we finally got dumped on by the snow gods here in Minneapolis. The Grandmas took all the kids out for a big sledding party and naturally hilarity ensued. Here’s Penny eating about ten pounds of snow.

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Even Crab Man Cam got into the action a little bit.

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Here’s Laid Back Lou living up to his name once again by plopping down and kicking up his feet midway down the hill. Nice one, dude.

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Lou and Cam are really starting to warm up to one another. They’ve been wrestling and chasing each other all over the house the past couple weeks, and every so often they’ll even share an iPad and watch Wreck-It Ralph together. It’s kind of incredible. Notice the Frozen karaoke boombox that hasn’t left Lou’s hands since last week’s post.

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One of my proudest moments as a father is seeing my kids carry on the traditions that I worked so hard in this life to uphold. Here’s Penny taking the Year of the Sweatshirt torch and extending it far into the future for younger generations to enjoy. Brings the manliest man tears to my eyes. Old Navy Forever.

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And here’s Penny going absolutely buck, rocking my old toy saxophone and percussion shaker, and wearing hot pink pants on top of her head. They grow up so fast.

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BOOM! That about does it. I hope you all have a wonderful week bumping the ever-loving shizzz out of my new Babyface Starter Pack. Here it is again one more time in case you missed it up top.

BABYFACE STARTER PACK

OK, see you next Tuesday for another exciting round of TWL!!!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 02, 2016

Welcome back to another action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! This past Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of P.O.S’ first nationally released album Audition, which was basically the record that put Stef (and Doomtree) on the map. Good god, I’m definitely still in shock that this came out a true decade ago.

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Here’s a quick video that Stef made with the help of his son/camera guy Lincoln about Audition‘s big double-digit birthday and what he’s got in store this year. Check it out below. I can attest that the new songs he’s working on are absolute crushers. Can’t wait to get some of those out this year.

 

In addition to being Stef’s first big album, Audition was also the first nationally released album that I ever landed beats on, and I still hold it and that time period very near and dear to my heart. It came out just one week after my band The Plastic Constellations released our first nationally released album, Crusades, on Frenchkiss Records, and I vividly remember the unrealistic concept of being in my early 20’s and feeling like we just might all take over the world. We spent the next year on the road realizing that it was gonna probably take a lot more than putting out a couple CDs to accomplish that, but those were definitely some of my first glimpses that music could potentially be a viable (ahem, modest) career path. Plus I was 23 and Slug and Craig Finn (two dudes who I grew up listening to) were featured on my beats. You couldn’t tell me nothing.

Rhymesayers is running a special sale on all formats of Audition this month if you’ve never checked it out or simply lost it in your car years back. Grab it HERE from iTunes and HERE from Fifth Element. Shouts to RSE for giving Stef the initial platform to get his music out over the past decade, which in turn raised the profile of Doomtree in our very early days. Here’s a handful of videos from Audition to revisit and be reminded of the fact that we were all pretty much little tiny kids when these came out.

P.O.S feat. Slug – “Bleeding Hearts Club”

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P.O.S – “Half-Cocked Concepts”

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P.O.S – “Yeah Right (Science, Science)”

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Speaking of album anniversaries (SEGUE SEGUE), Doomtree’s All Hands just turned one years old!

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2015 was a truly crazy year for the whole crew, as the dudes spent a good nine months on the road to get the word out about All Hands. I know it only came out a year ago, but it definitely feels a lot longer than that when you factor in that we started collecting beats for this beast probably a good 3-4 years ago. There was a lot of grinding in between all of that and I know we’re all happy to be winding down the album cycle and focusing in on various solo projects for a bit. We’ll still be popping up every so often as a crew this year though. More on that real soon. In the meantime, here are the six music videos that we shot for All Hands. Not bad at all. Thanks to all the tremendous directors and crews that worked with us on these. If you’ve somehow been sleeping under a rock for the past year and still haven’t heard the album you can pick up All Hands on iTunes HERE and at the Doomtree Webstore HERE. Enjoy!

Doomtree – “Gray Duck” (dir. by Andrew Melby)

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Doomtree – “Final Boss” (dir. by Maria Juranic)

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Doomtree – “Beastface” (dir. by Isaac Gale)

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Doomtree – “.38 Airweight” (dir. by Adam Dunn)

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Doomtree – “Generator” (dir. by James Gundersen)

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Doomtree – “Heavy Rescue” (dir. by P.O.S)

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Switching gears a little, let’s get into some big time solo shows coming up this month. Dessa is currently in the air on her way over to New Zealand and Australia for a big tour supporting the dudes in Welcome to Night Vale, where she’ll be joined by the unstoppable Aby Wolf. Several of these shows have already sold out, but check out the Events section HERE for all the details and ticket info of the remaining dates.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan will be hitting the road this month with Prof for the Gasoline Run mini-tour. They’ll be rolling through La Crosse, Eau Claire, Madison, Minneapolis, and Sioux City in the next couple of weeks. Check out the exact dates below and grab your tickets right HERE.

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P.O.S will be popping up in a bunch of different cities over the next couple months. First up is Seattle for Onry Ozzborn’s album release party with Grayskul, Kimya Dawson, and Rob Sonic. Grab your tickets HERE.

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Then Stef will head back to the Midwest for Daytrotter’s first annual Daytrotter Downs fest in Davenport, IA on February 18th. Grab tickets HERE.

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In March he’ll will swing through the Dakotas for a pair of shows in Fargo on 3/11 (tickets HERE) and Sioux Falls on 3/12 (tickets HERE). Later Babes will also be on board for the Sioux Falls joint. Check out their sweet flyer below.

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Alright, I think that about does it for Doomtree-related news this week. I want to get into a seriously epic Local Bonus Jams post today, since this state has been flooded with excellent music all month long. In fact, Polica just dropped one of my favorite videos of all time. Check out “Wedding” below and get AMPED for their upcoming United Crushers album coming next month. Shouts to Isaac Gale for hands-down making the best vidz in the game.

Polica – “Wedding”

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Up next is Kill The Vultures with a video for “Topsoil” off of last year’s masterpiece Carnelian. God this album is so good.

Kill The Vultures – “Topsoil”

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Night Moves is back! They’ve got a new lineup and a new album dropping on Domino later this Spring. Check out “Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry” below. Super into this band.

Night Moves – “Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry”

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Lizzo is gearing up to celebrate her sold-out album release show this Saturday behind last year’s excellent Big GRRRL, Small World record. Check out the killer video for “Humanize” below.

Lizzo – “Humanize”

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And now for a double dose of Lizzo. Check out this sweet song that she wrote with Sadie from Speedy Ortiz for Google. I love both of these women and the separate music they make. So great to hear them on the same track for once. Perfect pairing.

Sad13 x Lizzo – “Basement Queens”

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Dizzy Fae has been blowing up out of the Twin Cities as of late. I’m late to the party as usual, but I really like this newish video and song she dropped back in the Fall. Definitely looking forward to hearing a ton more from her. Check out “Color Me Bad” below.

Dizzy Fae – “Color Me Bad”

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Our good friend Medium Zach recently dropped a loosie for all the crate diggers out there. Check out “The Art of the Flip Pt. 1” below and watch how the pros do it. Definitely hoping for a series out of this one.

Medium Zach – “The Art of the Flip Pt. 1”

Mac Irv is back with a new vizual off of his upcoming album Misfit: 55411. I really like this one. Make sure you check for Mac opening up for Prof and Mike on all their February dates as well. Such a great lineup.

Mac Irv – “What Up”

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Morly recently dropped a beautiful new song off of her upcoming debut EP. Check out “The Choir” below. Super pumped to check out the full project.

Morly – “The Choir”

tiny deaths are back with a sweet new song that will end up on Claire and Grant’s upcoming EP. Check out the new video for “ever” below.

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St. Thomas’ own Nick Jordan dropped a cool video for “Flavors” not too long back. Huge shouts to him on getting some traction here in the city and also for all the help he and a bunch of other amazing St. Thomas University volunteers contributed to the Doomtree Zoo. Check out “Flavors” below.

Nick Jordan – “Flavors”

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OK! Consider that your Local Bonus Jams Mixtape for the week. I’ll leave you with a couple quick Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Last week was a little crazy, so the only pictures I could find were of me continuing to wear this stupid Minnie Mouse Princess du-rag while acting out a new character I’ve developed called “Scary Daddy.” It pretty much goes like this: I put on the Minnie Mouse hat, make semi-questionable scary faces, and chase Penny all over the house. She in turn yells “Scary Daddy!!!!” at the top of her lungs and cracks up non-stop when I catch her. It’s completely humiliating and extremely rewarding all at the same time, so there’s definitely that. Without further ado, I give you Young Nelpz and Scary Daddy.

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Aaaaaaaaand there you have it. I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday. If any one of you out there hates sports and is interested in watching my kids all day long just holler. I can definitely pay you in nacho cheese. Go Panthers and I’ll see you all next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 26, 2016

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! The Current’s big 11th birthday party weekend was a total blast. Huge shouts to First Ave, Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, Bones & Beeker, and of course The Current for making Friday night’s sold-out show such a memorable one. Our good FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Nate Ryan and Ben LaFond took some sweet pics of the Mixed Blood Majority set below (Nate’s are in color and Ben’s are black and white). That’s me in the middle loving the living hell out of Bones & Beeker’s excellent performance.

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Speaking of crazy packed shows at First Avenue, Sims joins Sean Anonymous this Friday (1/29) for a huge show in the Mainroom. Greg Grease, Crunchy Kids, and Sophia Eris will also be in the building, and it’s guaranteed to be quite a legendary night. From what I’ve been told, tickets are moving very fast for this one. Make sure to grab some HERE while you still can.

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That very same night (1/29), I’ll be across the river at Honey in NE Minneapolis playing a ton of my favorite 90’s tunes with Ander Other as part of Surly’s new monthly night there. Expect lots of R&B remixes and early Rocafella Records deep cuts. We’ll be playing heat from 10pm-2am, so come through early and hang out or grab a nightcap after the First Ave show. More info right HERE.

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Dessa is packing up her bags and gearing up for her big Australian run with the good folks at Welcome to Night Vale at the top of next month. A bunch of these shows have already sold out, but there are still a handful of dates remaining. Check out all details and ticket info right HERE and help spread the word to anyone you know down in that part of the world if you have a second.

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Fresh off of a big show in Duluth, our very own Mike Mictlan will be hitting the road with Prof, DJ Fundo, and Mac Irv for a couple of jam-packed weekend runs in mid-February. The dudes will be hitting La Crosse, Eau Claire, Madison, Minneapolis (WAY SOLD OUT), and Sioux City. Check out all the sweet deetz right HERE.

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P.O.S will be knocking out a string of one-off shows throughout the country this February. First up is Onry Ozzborn’s album release show in Seattle with Stef, Grayskul, Kimya Dawson, and Rob Sonic. Should be a crazy night. Grab your tickets HERE.

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Then Stef will travel back to the Midwest to kick off Daytrotter’s new Daytrotter Downs festival on the 18th with our good friend William Elliot Whitmore. Ticket info HERE. He’ll also be hitting Fargo on March 11th for The Aquarium’s 10-year anniversary show. More details on that next week, but in the meantime you can grab tickets for that one HERE.

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And speaking of P.O.S (good lord the Segue Streak reign continues), he just recently dropped a live performance video shot while he was out in Berlin this past month. Check out “Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats” performed on the streets of Berlin courtesy of the folks at ALEX One (shouts to the disoriented moms and kids in the background).

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One final show mention quick here. My dear friend deVon Gray will be debuting a brand new opus this Wednesday night (1/27) at the Cedar Cultural Center scored for two acoustic violas and two electric cellos. I’ve known and worked with deVon for over a decade now. He played on my album Legend Recognize Legend, played in my short-lived Ensemble of Legendz, and has been working side by side with me the last two years as we try and learn how to create authentic Luther-inspired R&B music (more on that later). You’ll hear deVon’s fingerprints all over records by Polica, Chastity Brown, Brother Ali, Heiruspecs, and Kill The Vultures, just to name a few, and now he’s stepping out a bit more into the spotlight with his commissioned piece Fractious Child Op. 1 No. 1. Can’t recommend this show enough. Hope to see a bunch of you down there at 7:30pm on Wednesday. Casey Deming will also be performing. Ticket details and more info right HERE.

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I think that’s it on the show front this week. Changing gears a bit, I wanted to highlight the awesome fact that Doomtree was recently given a huge spread in TapeOp magazine! The article and interview revolves around Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, and myself, and focuses on how we work together to create collaborative Doomtree beats, what gear we like to work with, studio tricks, favorite studio spots (ahem, The Hideaway), and much more. You know, typical behind-the-scenes music geek stuff. You can read the full interview right HERE and check out the print article below courtesy of McNally Smith. I’ve read this magazine since I first got into production almost 16 years ago, so it really is an honor to have actually made it into the damn thing after all this time.

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A few weeks back I released my take on three different Trampled By Turtles songs from their most recent and excellent Wild Animals album via Soundcloud. You can now listen, stream, and purchase Wild Animals Remixes through all digital retailers, including iTunes (HERE) and Spotify (HERE). Check them out if you haven’t yet. I’m really proud of how everything came out.

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OK, let’s do this. This week’s Bonus Jam Album of the Week is pretty dang near and dear to my heart. My second solo album LAVA BANGERS turned four years old this past Sunday and I wanted to do a little reminiscing on the project.

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I think being a dad in my 30s has got me on some extremely sentimental nostalgic vibes lately, because thinking back to the making of LAVA BANGERS has really started to trip me out about how fast time has flown since then and all the things that have happened in that time period. Doomtree toured the world behind No Kings, I HAD THREE KIDS, we put out a ton of solo albums, raised our profile significantly, and released our most successful album to date, All Hands, just one year ago this week. Over the course of those four years my time, roles, and responsibilities have all veered much more towards the business of running Doomtree Records and managing Doomtree the band (and Dadding three little rascals of course), which has meant a lot less time and work being spent in the basement simply banging out beats every day. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but there was certainly a simplicity to getting up, digging through records, turning on my old MPC2000XL and churning out heat knockers five days a week.

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(That’s the original LAVA BANGERS shirt I wore at Blowout 3 (?) which eventually led to the album cover.) I want to give a very special shout out and thank you to my life-long friend Plain Ole Bill, who was the catalyst and reason for me ever making an instrumental album. I always thought they were kind of played out and cheesy to be honest, but Bill really felt that after releasing a ballsy (if not ill-advised) indie-pop vocal album I needed to come back and remind people that I still knew a thing or two about rap bangers. We sifted through hundreds of beats before selecting the 20 finalists that made the album and worked out special transitions and carefully crafter sequencing over many a late night in order to create the hour-long continual mix that LAVA BANGERS turned into. Can’t thank him enough for all the time and thought he put into this project. Here are a handful of interview that Bill and I did with Kevin Beacham and Fifth Element back in January of 2012 shortly before the album dropped. You can see my old basement studio and record collection before it all got demo’d to make room for the Party of Five.

Lazerbeak Fifth Element Interview 1

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Lazerbeak Fifth Element Interview 2

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Plain Ole Bill Fifth Element Interview

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And here are a few of my favorite songs off the album. Shouts to TPC! bro Matt Scharenbroich for making the insane vizualz to “Lift Every Voice,” and shouts to Brandon All Day and Medium Zach from Big Quarters for convincing me to join my first and last ever beat battle which eventually led to “LRL.”

Lazerbeak – “Lift Every Voice”

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Lazerbeak – “LRL”

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One of the coolest things about LAVA BANGERS to me is the fact that a lot of these songs were then able to be used and released on future rap albums. The entire reason I ever even met Lizzo is because she heard the album when right away she moved up to Minneapolis and came and sought me out to work on a project (hence the LIZZOBANGERS nod in her debut album title). A ton of these beats appear on that record, as well as the first Mixed Blood Majority record, and even a Prof mixtape. Check out some of my favs below.

Lizzo – “Faded” (taken from “Skronked Up” off LAVA BANGERS)

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Mixed Blood Majority – “Still Standing Still” (taken from “Bully” off of LAVA BANGERS)

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Prof – “Moron” (taken from “Smash Hit” off of LAVA BANGERS)

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BAM. There you have it. My little trip down LAVA BANGERS memory lane. If you’re new to Doomtree or me or this blog, you can pick up the album on iTunes HERE or stream it on Spotify HERE. And don’t forget the two legendary recipes that the album spawned: LAVA BANGERS NACHOS and LAVA BANGER SHOTS. Perfect for Super Bowl season. Check them out below.

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I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Baby Pics before calling it for the day. I mentioned last Tuesday that Penny and her mom went all the way down to Florida last week to visit’s P’s great grandma and head to Disneyworld. Here’s the Wifepiece and Young Nelpz posted up outside the Magic Kingdom.

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Aaaaaand here they are chilling with the one and only Tinkerbell, who commented that Penny and her kind of have the same hair. It’s already gone to her head. Not cool Tink.

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Here’s what happens when you get spoiled all week in Florida, come home, and think you can boss Dad around and get him to do whatever you want (mainly wear a Mini Mouse du-rag and women’s makeup). I’ll never forgive you for this, Penny.

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At least she’s worldly enough now to turn the focus back on herself and work out some next level fashion forward mascara applications. TRENDSETTER.

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Can’t forget about Lou and Cam. They’ve basically been at the sink washing dishes since I left you last week. Now we just gotta work on the whole “water goes in the sink not on the ground or in the drawers or all over Dad” thing.

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OK! That does it for this post. I hope you all have an extremely excellent week. Hopefully I’ll see a bunch of you out and about around town at various shows. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 19, 2016

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s a bit of a slow news week, so I decided to switch things up a little and lead off with a brand new Spotify mix. Back in December I dropped my first seasonal Christmix, followed by the Drake Starter Pack at the top of the year. Now it’s time to continue the legacy of the greatest voice this humble world has ever known. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lazerbeak’s Luther Vandross Starter Pack!

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You gotta admit I’m kind of getting the hang of this photoshop thing. The Luther Vandross Starter Pack includes 15 absolute heaters — 2-3 highlights from each of his first five solo albums (arguably the greatest back-to-back classic album streak in the history of man), presented here in chronological order. We’re talking vintage ’81-’88 Luther Vandross. It does not get any better than this, people! Click the cover above or stream on the Spotify player below. I’ll spare you any endless rants about what this man and his music has meant to me over the years (for now at least), so that you can immerse yourself in the real deal. Enjoy!

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Speaking of sweet mixes, a few weeks back I dropped a 3-song remix EP of Trampled By Turtles excellent Wild Animals album. Check out the Wild Animals Remixes below and help me spread the word. Should be available at all digital retailers later this week. Love this band.

 

Now for some upcoming Doomtree-related shows. Mixed Blood Majority will be heading back to First Avenue this Friday (1/22) for our first performance since the Insane World album release show. We’ll be one of five bands celebrating The Current’s 11th birthday party in style. Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, and Bones & Beeker will also be posted up. Such a great night and a great lineup. Tickets are almost completely sold out, so grab yours HERE while you still can. And huge shouts to The Current for making Insane World this week’s Album of the Week. You can read all about it and stream the whole thing right HERE.

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The very same night, January 22nd, our very own Mike Mictlan will be all the way up in the frozen tundra of Duluth, headlining a show at the Red Herring Lounge with PCP and Low-Hi Funk. Check out all the details and ticket info right HERE.

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Mike also just announced that he’ll be the main support act on Prof’s upcoming Gasoline Run tour throughout Wisconsin. The dudes will be hitting LaCrosse, Eau Claire, and Madison in early February along with the homies Mac Irv and DJ Fundo. Check out all the details right HERE.

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Sims will close out January at First Avenue for Sean Anonymous’ big 10th-annual birthday show on January 29th. Sean, Sims, Greg Grease, Crunchy Kids, and Sophia Eris will all be in the building for what is sure to be a legendary local night. Grab details and ticket info right HERE.

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Dessa kicks off the month of February with a huge Australian run supporting the ever-popular Welcome To Night Vale podcast. She’ll be doing a total of eight shows throughout the country, half of which are already sold out. If you live anywhere near these parts, make sure to check out the remaining dates and ticket info right HERE.

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Stef will be bouncing around the country in February for a pair of big time one-off shows. First up is our friend Onry Ozzborn’s album relase show on February 19th in Seattle, featuring performances by P.O.S, Grayskul, Kimya Dawson, and Rob Sonic. Such a crazy lineup. Make sure to grab your tickets right HERE while you still can.

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Then he’ll fly back to the Midwest the following week for the first-annual Daytrotter Downs festival in Davenport, Iowa. Stef plays on the 18th and you can grab tickets to that show and the entire fest right HERE.

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Speaking of P.O.S (Segue Streak emmereffers), Stef just popped up with a sweet guest verse on this new Ratchet Kills song. Check out “GodEater” below.

 

While we’re on the subject of new music, now is probably a better time than any to jump into the Bonus Jams of the Week. I want to start things off with a few jams from all the incredible MN bands playing at The Current’s birthday party this Friday. It’s been awhile since I’ve been this pumped to see every single band on a bill that I’m a part of. Cannot wait for this one.

Low – “What Part of Me”

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John Mark Nelson – “Dream Last Night”

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Mixed Blood Majority – “Blinded”

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Bad Bad Hats – “Shame”

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Bones & Beeker – “Lupine”

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And now for an album that hasn’t left my speakers since it came out last Friday: Anderson .PAAK’s instant classic Malibu. I gotta admit, I mostly knew this guy because of that one “Drugs” song a few years back and never actually dug into his previous Venice project. Then Dr. Dre’s COMPTON came out of nowhere last year and .PAAK showed up as a guest on like half of the tracks. I still didn’t really pay attention to that record because it never showed up on Spotify in all the streaming music wars of 2015, and I’m too lazy to go anywhere else for music these days. So when singles started dropping for Malibu over the past few months I was absolutely floored at the artistic and musical growth I was hearing in this dude. This album is a sheer masterpiece, front to back. Not one weak spot has emerged in the five times I’ve listened to it so far. He’s somehow channeling equal parts D’angelo, Pimp A Butterfly-era Kendrick, and the purest and richest and warmest 70’s soul-funk fusion you’ve ever heard. He lined up a who’s who of legendary producers (Madlib, 9th Wonder, DJ Khalil, Hi-Tek) alongside a great live band and himself on the boards, and somehow managed to get a completely universal and flowing sound throughout the entire project. I’m seriously floored at the level of skill used in putting this thing together. It was gonna take a miracle to get me to stop listening to that new Babyface album for even a week, and this is what finally did it. Please, I urge you to check out Malibu. I know it’s only January, but similar to The Revenant, I just have no idea how anything can possibly touch this in 2016. Grab it right HERE and check out a few of my early favorites below.

Anderson .PAAK – “The Waters”

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Anderson .PAAK – “Am I Wrong”

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Anderson .PAAK – “Lite Weight”

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And of course, if you missed the link at the top of the post, DO NOT SLEEP on this Luther Vandross Starter Pack. Click the cover below to stream. All respects due to Luther the True Legend God.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Penny and the Wifepiece are down in Florida this week visiting P’s great Grandma and going to DISNEYWORLD (!!!), so it’s just been me and the JAMMY BOYZ since Saturday. Here’s a picture they sent me of Penny waving goodbye to frozen Minneapolis from the plane.

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I gotta say, it’s been a total blast getting some quality hang time with these clowns. Here they are tag teaming the dishes last night. I’m hoping that once they master this chore we can quickly move on to “order Dad an ungodly amount of Domino’s” and “fetch Dad a Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade from the fridge.” Truth be told I’ve pretty much eaten Domino’s for the past three days now.

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On Saturday their good friends Finn and Gus slept over and it was an all out testosterone-fueled rager. JAMMY BOYZ EVERYWHERE (and Frozen karaoke boomboxes).

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Here’s Lou rocking some crazy green jammies. We still can’t tell if those are frogs or weed leaves on the print.

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And here’s Cam back at the sink, rocking my grown man winter hat and already filling it out nicely. Hugest head in the game. FRREAL.

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OK! That should do it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for some crazy playoff games this weekend (Go Panthers!). Looking forward to seeing a bunch of you out at First Ave this Friday at the Mixed Blood Majority show. If not, next Tuesday it is!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 12, 2016

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. This past Friday I released a brand new remix EP featuring three total re-workings of one of my favorite MN bands, Trampled By Turtles. It’s called Wild Animal Remixes and you can grab it by clicking the cover image below.

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This whole thing came together when Doomtree and Trampled By Turtles played some shows together a few summer’s back. I always really loved their Stars and Satellites album (definitely stained my deck to that one), so when Wild Animals dropped earlier last year I hit them up about possibly remixing a single. After knocking out the first remix we were all pretty into the direction that it was taking, which ended up leading to this idea of doing a short EP that re-envisioned the album. I was really drawn to the huge harmonized vocals, especially because once you strip back the instrumentation everything really starts to sound a lot more like gospel. Instead of keeping a lot of the stringed instruments, I incorporated a bunch of organs and keyboards to switch things up, and I had a total blast adding all sorts of big drums and percussion on top of everything (a producer’s dream come true), since their songs generally are pretty drum-less. It’s the first time I’ve gotten to work on this type of indie-pop sound since my first solo album, Legend Recognize Legend, way back in 2010 (good lord, was it that long ago?), and I had a truly awesome time doing it. Check out all three songs on the Soundcloud link below, and spread the word if you get a second this week!

 

Realizing that Legend Recognize Legend is now over five years old has got me pretty tripped out. I basically decided to take a shot at doing music full-time during the creation of that album and have been grinding it out ever since with no pizza delivery job in sight. Making that records is probably the most inspired I’ve ever felt in that short of a time period, and I think the bulk of the beats and lyrics all came together over the course of only a few months. I know my singing voice is definitely not for everybody, but I wanted to highlight a couple of jams off that album in case you’ve discovered Doomtree or this blog in the time since it was initially released. I can admit that this was by far the biggest flop in the history of Doomtree Records from a commercial standpoint (still chipping away at recoup all these years later), but I couldn’t be prouder of these songs or the dreams they led me to pursue in my life. If you want to check out the whole album in full you can grab it digitally HERE, or physically from the webstore HERE (the CD includes a free bonus DVD with music videos for every song). Like I said, working on those Trampled By Turtles remixes was the first time that I had focused on this style of music in years, and it felt great to land back in that wheelhouse. Hope you enjoy!

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I’m gonna hog up the MAJORITY of this post (pun foreshadowing INTENDED), by dropping this Insane World Release Show recap video on you from the big Mixed Blood Majority party at First Avenue last month. Huge shouts to the one and only Joe Horton for editing this bad boy down, and an enormous thanks to PCP for shooting all the footage. I truly believe this was one of the greatest nights of my long-legged life. So many friends and family together in one room, not to mention performances from GRRRL PRTY, P.O.S, Marijuana Deathsquads, Andrew Broder, Graham O’Brien, and Toki Wright. Check this recap vizual out and spread it around!

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If you missed that release show at First Ave, do not fear. Mixed Blood Majority is coming back on Friday, January 22nd to kick-off The Current’s 11th annual Birthday Show!  We’ll be joined by a star-studded MN lineup consisting of Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, and Bones & Beeker. So crazed. Just got the word from The Current that there’s only a few hundred tickets remaining for this one, so grab yours HERE while you still can and come party hard with us!

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Speaking of Doomtree-related shows (Segue Streak on lock), P.O.S has landed in Germany and is gearing up to play a huge solo show in Berlin this Friday, January 15th! If you’re anywhere near this neck of the woods I would highly recommend catching the set. I don’t foresee any of us getting back over to Europe for a decent amount of time at this point. Ticket info and details right HERE.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan has just announced that he’ll be playing up in the frozen tundra that is Duluth, MN on Friday, January 22nd at the Red Herring Lounge with PCP and Lo-Hi Funk. Check out all sorts of details and ticket info right HERE. Should be a blast.

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Rounding out the string of January shows, Sims will be tearing down First Avenue on January 29th as part of Sean Anonymous’ 10th annual birthday show! Performers include Sims (duh), Sean Anonymous & DJ Name (double duh), Greg Grease (awesome), Crunchy Kids (fantastic), and a DJ set from Sophia Eris (the best). Gonna be a great night. Get more details and ticket info right HERE.

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I think that’s about it for news and shows this week. I don’t know if it’s the sheer amount of excellent music coming out in this past month or two, or just the fact that I’ve finally found a little spare time to actually enjoy and listen to music again, but there has been absolute plethora of incredible songs, albums, and new artists that I’ve discovered recently, which means it’s time for a mammoth edition of Lazerbeak’s Bonus Jams! I’m gonna start things off with this new album from Jeremih called Late Nights. Everyone knew him as the “Birthday Sex” guy for so long that I kinda just thought he was a one-and-done type of singer. NOT THE CASE. This album is flawless from front to back, and manages to borrow a ton of great influence from some of the modern greats (The Dream, Kellz, T-Pain, Drake) while finding its own lane both vocally and production-wise. Seriously, if you like R&B even remotely you should love this. Check out “Impatient” for a taste of what he’s working with and grab the album HERE. Couldn’t recommend it more.

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While we’re on the R&B wave, this new album from August Alsina is also a heater. A little more traditional when it comes to the voice and production, this one varies because it’s not just a ton of songs about love, sex, and partying. I don’t know if you call this Struggle R&B or what, but he gets super personal on this one. I’m way into it. Check out “Hollywood” below and grab This Thing Called Life HERE.

August Alsina – “Hollywood”

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Moving on to some more recent rap releases, here’s a new one from EARTHGANG, a duo out of ATL that just released an incredible album called Strays With Rabies. I gotta give a huge shout to Ander Other for putting me up on these guys. They’ve got a perfect balance of newer tripped out rap beats matched with that old Dungeon Family Organized Noise feel. Soooooo good. Check out the excellent “Liquor Sto'” video below and grab the whole album HERE.

EARTHGANG – “Liquor Sto'” (ft. Marian Mereba)

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I also just learned about this guy Jimi Tents from New York, who I have to say on first listen is making more memorable rap than most of his state at this moment. I grew up on East Coast rap, and I truly want it to be great, but the last decade or so has been pretty underwhelming with the output from a place that basically created the entire genre. Anyways, I really like this 5 O’Clock Shadow EP, so there’s that. Check out “Landslide” below and grab the whole thing right HERE.

Jimi Tents – “Landslide”

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Switching over to rock for a second, I was randomly reminded last week of how good that last HAIM album was. It’s been almost three years at this point, but the first six songs on this thing are completely untouchable. I’d even put them up against some of the best albums made in the past five years. Check out “If I Could Change Your Mind” below and ABSOLUTELY make sure to grab Days Are Gone right HERE if you haven’t done so yet.

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind”

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I really had no idea that Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra had just released a brand new solo album under the ELO banner. What’s more mind-blowing is that even 30-40 years removed from their heyday, this album is incredibly good. It honestly sounds just like those old ELO records, and I mean that with the utmost highest praise. Trust me, the wifepiece and I got married to “Turn To Stone.” We’re fans. Check out “The Sun Will Shine On You” below and grab Alone In The Universe right HERE.

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Back to rap, the local titan Allan Kingdom just turned 22 and dropped a brand new album on everybody out of nowhere. I still haven’t had time to digest the whole thing yet, but everything I’ve heard up until this point has been absolute fire. Extremely excited to see this guy making so many big time moves. Check out “The Ride” below and grab Northern Lights for FREE.99 right HERE.

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Allan’s friend, Kanye West (you might’ve heard of him), decided to bring back GOOD Fridays in 2016 and dropped this new joint on us last week. I love it. I’m always impressed with the talent that he finds to guest on his songs, no matter if it’s a popular decision or not. I really loved that last Ty Dolla Sign album, and I think he’s a perfect fit on “Real Friends.” Not mention the Madlib/Kendrick combo on the snippet to “No More Parties in L.A.” Check them both out below. SWISH supposedly drops next month.

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Speaking of Kendrick, he’s on a tear right now. Last week he popped up out of nowhere on the Jimmy Fallon Show to debut a new 6-minute epic masterpiece simply titled “Untitled 2.” This is pure excellence at its highest form. I seriously feel like we’re watching a living legend in his prime. Like seeing Miles Davis or something. The best part to me is that Kendrick seems to know it too. Check out the whole performance below. Truly mind-blowing, genre-bending, futuristic stuff.

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Anderson .PAAK has a new album coming out that people are starting to flip out about. I only ever really knew his awesome “Drugs” song from a few years ago, and next thing you know he popped up out of nowhere all over Dre’s COMPTON record. This “Come Down” single has got me really excited to hear the full-length. Reminds me a lot of Kendrick mixed with more soul and funk elements (and less jazz). Check it out below and pre-order Malibu right HERE.

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One of my favorite local rappers, Metasota, just dropped a flame thrower this past week. By far theee hardest joint I’ve heard this year. Dude has bars for days, and this whole song makes me want to scrunch my face up and dislocate my head from my neck. Check out “Black Lip Master” below. HEAT KNOCKER 4 REAL.

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I’d like to close out this epic Bonus Jams post with my own little tribute to David Bowie. I’ll be the first to admit that I never really listened to this guys records. I knew the singles and I always appreciated what he’s done to move music forward and knock down boundaries, but the songs themselves have just never hit me the way they seem to hit most people. For me personally, the greatest gift Bowie has given me is taking a chance on a little unknown backup singer named Luther Vandross. Luther’s childhood friend Carlos ended up in Bowie’s backing band and brought him into the fold during the Young Americans sessions. Luther ended up writing the backing vocal parts and harmonies for that standout title track, and Bowie later repurposed one of his solo songs to create “Fascination.” Those placements, along with touring with and being encouraged by Bowie, gave Luther the confidence and exposure to finally take a leap and go solo. You already know the rest is history. So huge shouts to Bowie on many levels. Check out “Fascination” below and read an excerpt from LUTHER: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross for more details on that story.

David Bowie – “Fascination”

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I got caught up in all the Bowie tributes and memories yesterday and decided to give a full listen to his just-released album Blackstar. I’ve gotta say, it’s really crazy and really good (and still not totally my thing), but this one song “Girl Loves Me” definitely stood out to me. I’ll leave you with it as the final Bonus Jam of the week. Deepest condolences to all those who loved this man and his music.

David Bowie – “Girl Loves Me”

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Closing out on a little lighter of a depressing note, the Vikings endured an absolutely BRUTAL loss to the Seahawks (my arch-nemeses) this past weekend. I’m not gonna lie, I cried some very manly Man Tearz after Peterson fumbled and Walsh missed that chip shot. The only solace I’ve found in losing to the most horrendous and awful team in the National Football League is from a few texts that my folks sent my way shortly thereafter. Here’s my old man trying his best to lighten things up with a funny Dad Joke, while simultaneously admitting to not knowing who Drake is (that means Drake is still cool, right?).

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And here’s my sweetheart of a mother trying her best to cheer me up by texting a picture of my original Babyface Never Keeping Secrets cassette that she found while cleaning out the basement that day. One of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me.

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Speaking of cleaning out the basement, my mom also found this incredible piece of literature that I apparently wrote back in grad school. I believe these are the first-ever documented lyrics from a young Aaron “Lazerbeak” Mader. Bars for days. You’re very welcome.

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Sincerely, the rappers of the year. Also, this.

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So multi-talented. Now let’s take things up an entire generational notch. Here’s my very own offspring, Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou, reprising their roles as JAMMY BOYZ and watching Toy Story 2 for quite literally the 92nd time. I had just come off of an incredible Revenant/Sicario double feature the day before (good god those movies are both fantastic), so this definitely brought me back down to reality. Could be worse I guess. At least they don’t mess with Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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That’ll do it for this edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I hope you all survive the below-zero conditions and stay warm inside with some brandy ciders and playoff football this weekend. I’ll see you next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 05, 2016

Welcome to the first official Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2016! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break, and have been able to ease back into work and/or school without too much stress or trepidation. Doomtree put a huge exclamation point on 2015 by playing our last crew show of the year on the last night of the year at the 12th annual Crystal Ball party in downtown Minneapolis. Good lord, that was a wild one. Here’s a picture that Brian Grenz snapped during our set. Yes, that’s me and Papes performing 12 feet above the stage atop a replica Star Wars Tie Fighter.

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Check another one off the bucket list I guess. Here’s me at soundcheck soaking it all in.

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As you may have been able to guess, there was a pretty crazy Star Wars tribute that took place directly after our set, which meant that outside of our green room were about 30 dressed-up Star Wars characters practicing their moves and getting into character all night. Stef managed to sneak off with these Yoda hands long enough for me to take a cool pic.

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And then Mike actually caught up to the real Yoda for this even cooler Star Wars-related pic (as if the movie needed any more marketing help at this point).

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Suffice to say that ringing in the new year with 4,000+ people in a 5-story warehouse building while drinking chilled Fireball from a fancy ice bucket in VIP was by far the most nutz NYE experience I’ve ever had, or more than likely will ever have. Huge shouts to Vargas Productions and everyone on the Crystal Ball team for taking such good care of us and putting on such a party spectacle. That was theeee best.

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So here we finally are in January, and the shows JUST. KEEP. COMING. Stef is getting ready to fly overseas for a very special one-off P.O.S show in Berlin on January 15th. Check out all the details and ticket info right HERE. If you live close by I would definitely recommend checking it out. I don’t foresee many of us heading over that way again for a decent amount of time at this point.

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For those of you closer to our hometown of Minnesota, Mixed Blood Majority will be ringing in The Current’s 11th-annual birthday bash with a huge show at First Ave on Friday, January 22nd. Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, and Bones & Beeker will all be in the building as well. Such a strong lineup for an insanely strong radio station. Tickets are going fast, so grab yours HERE before they’re gone. Can’t wait to play this one!

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Then just one week later, Sims will head over to First Avenue to play Sean Anonymous’ 10th-annual birthday show on January 29th. Another ridiculous lineup on this one: Sims, Sean Anonymous & DJ Name, Greg Grease, Crunchy Kids, and Sophia Eris. Damn. Check out all the details on the flyer below and grab your tickets right HERE.

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That’s about all the immediate news I have for you this week, so let’s jump right into the Bonus Jams. Last week I dropped off my very first Spotify mix, Lazerbeak’s Christmix (check that out HERE if you’re still in the holiday spirit), and this week, due to popular demand, I’d like to hit you with another one. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with Lazerbeak’s Drake Starter Pack. This all came about because the wifepiece and our best friends, Scoops and Shark, had been on the fence about Drake and whether or not they were ready to admit that they liked his music. I created this starter pack last month in hopes of wooing them over to the Drake Side (see what I did there?), by selecting his best and biggest hits and presenting them in chronological order, starting from present day and working my way all the way back to “Best I Ever Had.” 22 absolute heaters of unrelenting Drake dominance. If this doesn’t turn you into a believer, I really don’t know what will. Click the extremely cool album cover below (I’m getting better at photo shop), or go right HERE to check it all out.

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Here’s the first ringing endorsement for the starter pack, in case you needed a little nudging.

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I’ve got a few more sweet Local Bonus Jams to round things out. First up is Lexii Alijai, who’s new album Joseph’s Coat reminds me a lot of Drake in the best way possible. Check out the whole thing via the Soundcloud player below. Looking forward to hearing what she comes up with next.

Lexii Alijai – Joseph’s Coat

 

Next up is a new one from Makr, who took one of the best Jay-Z lines ever and flipped it into a hilarious album title for a record that was released on Christmas day. Check out Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard in its entirety below via the good folks over at Totally Gross National Product.

Makr – Curse The Day That Birthed The Bastard

 

Speaking of TGNP, they just released a new album from Legend God Drummer JT Bates last month, and it smokes. Created over the last year with go-to engineer BJ Burton, this whole thing is comprised entirely of manipulated drum sounds. Totally insane and awesome. Check out lead single “Rich Kids” below and grab the whole Open Relationships album right HERE.

JT Bates – “Rich Kids”

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OK! That’ll do it for Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Lou and Cam continue their understudy program as the mysterious future-R&B DJ/producer duo known simply as JAMMY BOYZ. I’ve got high hopes for them.

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And here’s Young Nelpz munching on some ice cubes and discovering the rabbit hole that is “selfies.”

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BAM! That’s it for me. I hope you all have a truly awesome week crushing out work and getting back on top of the game in 2016. See you next Tuesday!

— Beak

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Doomtree Year In Review

Posted on December 29, 2015

Welcome to the final Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of 2015! I hope you’re all enjoying this last week of the year and have had a little time to relax and catch up with friends and family. I’ve got a big Year In Review post for you today, but I wanted to lead off with a reminder that the Doomtree Webstore’s December Blowout Sale officially ends on Friday morning (1/1). You’ve still got time to save huge on over half of the items in the store, plus grab a few more of those crazy bundle deals and get 20% off of $100 orders. Check out all the info below and visit the Webstore right HERE.

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OK, let’s get into this Doomtree Year In Review thing! 2015 has been our busiest year yet, with the release of our third official crew full-length All Hands, and the subsequent world touring and promoting that followed it. It’s been a crazy ride, and I think I can safely say that we’re all looking forward to catching our breath for a second before digging into solo records at the top of the new year. An enormous thank you to every single one of you that reads this blog, buys our albums, comes out to shows, picks up a t-shirt, turns a friend onto us, or spreads the word about Doomtree through whatever channels you have available to you. It’s easy for me to get sentimental around this time of the year, but I’m continually floored at the support and dedication shown to this crew, and I’m extremely grateful for the ability to do this job for a living. We appreciate you immensely. Team The Best Team til the very end.

Without further ado, here’s the Doomtree Year In Review!

JANUARYAfter two years of hard work, we dropped All Hands on January 27th, and the guys immediately departed on the US leg of the All Hands Tour.

Doomtree – “Gray Duck” Music Video (dir. by Andrew Melby)

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Mike Mictlan – “so so STRAYNGE” Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)

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Dessa – “Sound The Bells” Music Video (dir. by Daniel Cummings)

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Hands on All Hands Promo Video (vizualz by Ander Other)

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Revisit all of the ginormous January posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE.

 

FEBRUARYFebruary was all about spreading the All Hands word. The guys continued to knock out sold-out show after sold-out show throughout the South, East Coast, and Midwest, with a triumphant homecoming release show at First Avenue at the end of the month. PLUS WE RELEASED OUR VERY OWN CAN OF BEER WITH SURLY!

Doomtree – “Final Boss” Music Video (dir. by Maria Juranic)

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Surly Doomtree – All Hands, No Kings: A Collective Collaboration

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Mike Mictlan – “benicio DEL TORSO” Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)

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Koo Koo Kangaroo feat. P.O.S – “Shake It Well”

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Toki Wright – “I’m Not Lying” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Revisit all of the fabulous February posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

MARCHTour, tour, tour. Kicked off the West Coast and Southwest portions of the All Hands Tour and made our way down to Austin for a marathon ten performances in three days.

Doomtree All Hands Release Show Recap (dir. by Chris Hadland)

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Doomtree All Hands Tour – Southern California Recap (dir. by Ricardo Zapata)

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Doomtree SXSW 2015 Recap (dir. by Ricardo Zapata)

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Doomtree – “Cabin Killer” (Live on KEXP)

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Revisit all of the monstrous March posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

APRILApril finally saw a little downtime and the release of two more music videos from All Hands. We officially released the album overseas in Europe, and Dessa hit the road solo for a stint with Welcome to Night Vale and her first headlining European trek.

Doomtree – “Beastface” Music Video (dir. by Isaac Gale)

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Doomtree – “.38 Airweight” #LAAB Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)

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From Indian Lakes – “Sleeping Limbs” (Paper Tiger Remix)

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Revisit all of the abundant April posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

MAYMay saw a smattering of solo shows, as well as a European crew tour announcement and the news that we would be re-releasing Sims debut album Lights Out Paris on vinyl for the first time ever.

Sims – “15 Blocks” (Lazerbeak Remix)

Astronautalis – “Papillon” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Doomtree – “Gray Duck” (Live on Consequence of Sound’s Off the Avenue)

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Doomtree Rhapsody Interview

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Revisit all of the aMAYzing May posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.

 

JUNEIn June we dropped the special 10-year-anniversary edition of Lights Out Paris, along with a ton of new remixes and unreleased B-sides (grab that right HERE). The guys took off on the mammoth European and UK legs of the All Hands Tour, hitting major international festivals like Glastonbury and Roskilde along the way.

Sims – “Tape Deck” (Paper Tiger Remix)

Sims Talks Lights Out Paris 10-Year Anniversary

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Lights Out Paris Hands On Video (vizualz by Ander Other)

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Sean Anonymous feat. P.O.S and Lizzo – “Big Bang”

Doomtree – “Final Boss” (Live at Baeble’s SXSW Showcase)

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Revisit all of the ginormous June posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

JULYJuly was filled with even more overseas shows and a breakout performance at Justin Vernon’s first-ever Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin (man, that was a fun weekend), plus we announced The Doomtree Zoo at the end of the month, our very own Doomtree festival.

Doomtree – “Generator” Music Video (dir. by James Gundersen)

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Doomtree Zoo Playlist 

Revisit all of the generous July posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

AUGUSTIn August we ramped up promo for The Doomtree Zoo and began hitting the festival circuit hard, kicking things off in Denver at the first of three Riot Fest appearances.

Mike Mictlan – “CLAPP’D” Music Video (dir. by Kron)

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Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 1 (vizualz by Ander Other)

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Black Futures ft. P.O.S – “Love”

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Revisit all of the audacious August posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

SEPTEMBERKicked the Doomtree Zoo buzz into a frenzy and worked tirelessly to put all the pieces together, while hitting up Riot Fest Chicago, Rifflandia, Riot Fest Toronto, Boston Calling, and a string of East Coast club dates with Speedy Ortiz along the way. We also unveiled Pop Quiz, Hot Shot, our very own All Hands online trivia game, with our good friends over at Clockwork. You can still check out Pop Quiz, Hot Shot for a few more days before it’s gone for good right HERE.

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Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 2 (vizualz by Ander Other)

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Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 3 (vizualz by Ander Other)

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Revisit all of the sensational September posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

OCTOBERDOOMTREE ZOO!!!!! Still can’t believe what a truly memorable and beautiful day that was. Afterwards I spent an unforgettable week in Korea with my sister’s birth family and then rejoined the crew for a week-long West Coast string of shows. Pop Quiz, Hot Shot drew to a close with the announcement of some huge sweepstakes winners, and we dropped the P.O.S-directed “Heavy Rescue” video. Mixed Blood Majority announced our second full-length album with lead single “Same Thing Coming.”

Doomtree Zoo Photo Recap (pics by Zoe Prinds-Flash)

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Doomtree – “Heavy Rescue” Music Video (dir. by P.O.S)

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Mixed Blood Majority – “Same Thing Coming” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Revisit all of the awesome October posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

NOVEMBERWe closed out our summer and fall festival runs by hitting Witching Hour Festival in Iowa and the 10th-annual Fun Fun Fest in Austin, all while gearing up for our last leg of the Off in the Deep Tour. Mixed Blood Majority promo ramped up with the release of two more singles and the announcement of a main support slot on the Doomtree tour, plus a co-headlining release show at First Ave with P.O.S and GRRRL PRTY.

Mixed Blood Majority – “Insane World” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Mixed Blood Majority – “Foxes Den” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Revisit all of the gnarly November posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.

 

DECEMBERWe kicked the month off with the announcement of our webstore’s December Blowout Sale (which you can still take advantage of RIGHT HERE for a few more days). Mixed Blood Majority officially dropped Insane World and tore down First Ave with a jam-packed release show. One more crew show on the books this year: December 31st at International Market Square for the 12th-annual Crystal Ball party (tickets available HERE). We take the stage at 10pm.

Mixed Blood Majority – “Blinded” (Live on 89.3 The Current)

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Mixed Blood Majority Release Show Photo Recap (pics by Zoe Prinds-Flash) 

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Lizzo – “Ride” (produced by Lazerbeak)

Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve Promo Video

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Revisit all of the dreamy December posts HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

 

Speaking of that Crystal Ball show, I got a chance to go on FOX 9 news on Christmas Eve to talk about the show, along with event producer Dan Vargas and a couple of the many Star Wars characters who will be representing all night long (don’t ask, it’s crazy). Here we all are in the green room pre-interview.

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And here I am living my lifelong dream of popping champagne on live morning television. Cross that on off the old bucket list.

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You can still grab tickets to the show right HERE. Really looking forward to putting an huge exclamation point on 2015 with this party. Hope to see a ton of you there.

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I was in such a good mood by the time I got home from all the family activities that evening that I decided to make a quick playlist of all my favorite Christmas jams. Without further ado, I give you Lazerbeak’s Christmix 2015. 20 of my all-time favorite holiday heaters from Luther, Donny, Stevie, Mariah, Ariana, Julian, Killers, Phoenix, Carly Rae, Kellz, O’Jays, Boyz II Men, Luther (again, duh), and Kanye. Check it out on Spotify right HERE and get a glimpse at the mix’s impromptu cover below (my first ever-attempt at graphic design — NAILED IT).

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Bing bing bing bing. That about does it for this year. I’ll leave you with my annual cheeseball holiday card from my family to yours. How the photographer ever actually captured all three of our kids smiling is still a mystery to me. God bless her. Merry Christmas from Crab Man Cam, Laid Back Lou, Young Nelpz, Lazerbeak, and The Wifepiece.

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Here’s one more Bonus Pic from the first-ever Mader Allen Family Christmas. Jeff and Alison are Birttany and I’s dearest and oldest friends, and between our two familes we have a total of five truly buck children. We decided it was only right to get our broods together and dress up in matching Pizza Pajamas over the holidays. Drink it in folks. Another bucket list item bites the dust.

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BAM! Another year down. Thanks for continuing to check in with me every Tuesday on this blog. I wish you all a truly amazing new year filled with joy and laughter and Old Navy sweatshirts and endorsement deals. Hope you have a great time ringing 2016 in on Thursday night. See you next year!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 22, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! The holiday season is officially upon us, and there’s only one more Tuesday left in 2015 after this post. That means we’re less than two weeks out from the very last Doomtree crew show of the year: New Year’s Eve at International Market Square for the massive Crystal Ball party! Check out this short and sweet promo clip to get us all extremely pumped for the last night of the year.

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GA and VIP are still available right HEREShould be a hell of a way to ring in the new year. Check out the flyer below for more details, and the Crystal Ball website HERE for the full deal.

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Speaking of less than two weeks (SEGUE 4 EVA), that’s how much time is left on our absolutely outrageous December Blowout Webstore SaleYou can still get 20% off of all $100 orders, 10% off of all $50 orders, plus crazy discounted bundles and amazing deals on over half the items on the store. Check out the sale right HERE and treat yourself to something nice!

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One of the items you can pick up on the webstore is the new Mixed Blood Majority album Insane World, still available in special standard and deluxe editions. This record has been out for a little over two weeks now, and it’s been awesome to see all the positive reviews and mentions pouring in.

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Less than two months ago we were still desperately tracking vocals for this thing, and in that time we managed to knock out tracking, mixing, post-production, mastering, artwork, manufacturing, release date, and CRAZY RELEASE SHOW. By far the fastest I’ve ever worked to release something, and that’s seriously saying something given Doomtree’s track record. Still a little hard for me to believe it all came together the way it did. For real not trying to humble brag too hard here, just wanted to give some insight into the process for this one. I think a big reason why I’m so proud of it and why I like it so much is because it still feels so fresh and new. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure to grab a physical copy at the Webstore HERE, or a digital version at iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE). We really appreciate all the support. Still haven’t wiped this smile off my face from the release show a few weeks back. Feeling like a BAWSE.

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Matter of fact, we had such a good time at First Ave that we decided to put another date on the books over there in 2016. Mixed Blood Majority will be playing The Current’s 11th annual Birthday Party show at First Ave on Friday, 1/22 with a star-studded local lineup of Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, and Bones & Beeker! SO PUMPED FOR THIS ONE. Tickets are going fast, so grab yours right HERE.

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Just one week after that, Sims will head back to First Ave to play a huge solo set at our friend Sean Anonymous’ annual Birthday Party show on January 29th. Pretty amazing lineup on this one: Sims, Sean Anonymous, Greg Grease, Crunchy Kids, and Sophia Eris. Should be a great night. Check out the details on the flyer below and grab your tickets HERE.

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I think that about does it for all of the Doomtree news this post, which means you should definitely prepare yourself for me to GO OFF about this week’s Album Bonus Jams double feature. I for real discovered two of my favorite albums of 2015 in the last week and it has been absolutely blowing my mind. Let’s start with Babyface and his untouchable Return of the Tender Lover album.

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I’ve been a longtime Babyface fan, “Whip Appeal” being one of the greatest songs ever recorded in my opinion, and I definitely vividly remember buying the “Never Keeping Secrets” cassingle at Target as a kid. The dude has been pretty low key for the last decade on the solo frontman steez. He released the fairly decent Grown and Sexy in 2005, and has definitely popped up on some song-stealing cameos and production/songwriting credits (never forget the “Comfortable” hook off The Carter III), but nothing has really been up to the insane high bar that he set with Tender Lover and For the Cool in You. Throw all of that talk out the window though, because (in my very humble opinion) Return of the Tender Lover is THE BEST BABYFACE ALBUM EVER RELEASED! Nine absolutely perfect songs – from the arrangements, to the sequencing, to the thoughtfully placed guest spots (El DeBarge and After 7! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!), to the backing harmonies, lyrics, and general all around vibe. This album is incredible. I’m talking nothing-but-the-truth, times-have-been-tough-but-we’re-gonna-make-it-through, more-songs-on-the-album-with-the-word-“Love”-in-the-title-than-not, classic R&B perfection. This is the type of album that Luther Vandross would be making if he were still walking this earth today. I am completely floored and in awe of its power, plus it doubles as a really great Christmas album that’s perfect for this time of year. I ended up somehow drinking three cups of coffee last week at lunch with Ryan Olson (I don’t drink coffee) and sent my wife this semi-aggressive/semi-loving/way-over-the-top email, it’s that good.

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Alright, I’ll spare you any further fan boy ranting. I randomly selected three songs off the album because otherwise I would have just included all nine below. You will not hear a better record this year, even if you don’t like R&B. Check out these heaters below and grab the whole thing right HERE. It is the best thing you could possibly do for yourself today.

Babyface – “Exceptional”

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Babyface – “I Want You” (feat. After 7)

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Babyface – “Standing Ovation”

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SOOOOO GOOOOOOD. Speaking of Christmas music, Ariana Grande decided to drop this 5-song Christmas and Chill EP out of nowhere last week, and oh man it is INSANE.

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If you follow this blog, you know that I thought Ariana’s last album My Everything was one of last year’s best, so I was ready to dismiss this rapid-fire release as a smart interim marketing ploy to keep her name out there as she wraps up her next full-length (a la What A Time To Be Alive), and willing to give her a pass if it was phoned in and garbage. NOT. THE. CASE. These are five all-original Christmas songs that would all stand up great on her next record, with the exception of the lyrics all being about Christmas and whatnot. “True Love” might be the best song she’s ever recorded. The production taps into the same 90’s R&B/modern trap sound that she got close to on some of My Everything, but it feels like the entire production team is gelling way harder now and everyone is figuring out exactly what works and what doesn’t. Her voice is on point, but it would be kind of be impossible not to. The millions of Mariah Carey comparisons are not wrong. I honestly think she has the best voice in current pop music, period. Check out three of my favorites below, but if you only have time for one, definitely skip down to “True Love.” This might be my favorite song of the year. Good lord.

Ariana Grande – “Wit It This Christmas”

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Ariana Grande – “December”

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Ariana Grande – “True Love”

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Alright, enough gushing. I’m just really happy to have found two albums so right up my alley in the same time period, because it means I won’t be able to completely burn out on one of them by playing it 7,000 times in a row, as I tend to do when I find something that I really love. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Here’s Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou AKA the JAMMY BOYZ. My hope is to develop them into a future-R&B crooner/production duo similar to inc. or Majid Jordan and get them some placements on the next Drake record. Keep you posted on our progress.

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Here’s Penny at the nose and ear doctor after somehow shoving a bead all the way up into her sinuses. Luckily it was able to be dislodged with a few days worth of nasal spray instead of her getting put under in order to remove the bead with forceps. Not cool, P. Not cool. There’s something about the look on her face in this picture though that tells me this might not be the last time we’re in that room.

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Here’s Lou in his current ultimate happy place: “washing” dishes. Mainly this just means splashing water over every square inch of the kitchen, but I don’t want to nit-pick too much. Lou taking an early liking to household chores is a definite step in the right direction in my book, and means we may be inching our way closer to my dream of having one of my children fetch a beer from the fridge and deliver it to me on the couch.

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And finally, me and the wifepiece and her family made our annual trip to the Bears/Vikings game this past weekend. I’ll never fully get used to walking onto our home turf with four fully-decked out Bears fanatics, but at least the Vikes put a stomping on them this time around. Huge shouts to the fact that a 15-year long bitter rivalry has not torn our relationship or our household apart (YET). Go Vikes!

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That’s it for this week! I hope you all have a truly wonderful and relaxing end of the year, and that you’re able to recharge your batteries surrounded by loved ones and calmness and happiness and food. I leave you, as I do every year, with the greatest two Christmas songs ever created in the history of mankind. Luther Vandross 4 Ever and Ever and Ever. Joy to the world. See you next week for big Doomtree Year In Review post!

Luther Vandross – “This Is Christmas”

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Luther Vandross – “Mistletoe Jam”

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— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 15, 2015

Oh man, what a weekend! Huge shouts to everyone that came out to First Avenue last Friday night to celebrate the release of Mixed Blood Majority’s new album Insane World.  Couldn’t have dreamed up a better time if I tried. Mammoth thanks to GRRRL PRTY, Bionik, Marijuana Deathsquads, P.O.S, Graham O’Brien, Andrew Broder, Alex Proctor (crushing the sound), Arlo Guthrie (crushing the lights), Surly Brewing, The Current, and the amazing staff at First Ave for being a part of one of the most memorable nights in my long-legged life. Our ultimate FRIENDTOGRAPHER Zoe Prinds-Flash was in the building taking snaps the whole time. Check out some great pics from the show below and even more great shots at her website right HERE.

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Such a great time. This means that there’s only one more Doomtree-related show in 2015, and it happens to be a serious doozy. The entire crew will be at International Market Square on New Year’s Eve for the 12th annual Crystal Ball party! Five levels of raging, tons of DJs, tons of bottles popping, tons of people dressing up and dancing, and tons of Doomtree. This is gonna be a great way to cap off a truly groundbreaking year for us. Grab your tickets HERE and come party with the gang.

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And now for the first-announced show of 2016. Mixed Blood Majority had such a good time at First Avenue that we decided to come back and do it again. We’re very honored and excited to be a part of The Current’s 11th annual birthday celebration on January 22nd. We’ll be kicking off Night 1 of the MN tradition with Low, John Mark Nelson, Bad Bad Hats, and Bones & Beeker. Such a phenomenal all-local lineup. AMPED. Check out the details for both shows below and grab your tickets right HERE.

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Thanks to everyone who has been hitting up the Doomtree Webstore during our crazy December Blowout Sale. You’ve still got two more weeks before these jaw-dropping deals go away for good. Take a look through the store right HERE and fill up your Christmas stockings for CHEAP. UPDATE: Wednesday the 16th is the last day to order domestically and still guarantee shipping by Christmas. International orders can no longer be guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.

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That should do it for Doomtree news this week. There has been an outta control amount of great MN music coming out recently, so let’s jump into another jam-packed segment of Local Bonus Jams. Lizzo released her sophomore album Big GRRRL, Small World last week, and has been getting a ton of incredible press (check out her Colbert Show performance HERE in case you’ve been living under a rock). This time around I mostly contributed post-production work to the album and added additional drums here and there, but I did land one full-on production that I’m really proud of (mainly because it’s the closest I’ve yet gotten to that late-80’s Luther Vandross sound). Check out “Ride” below and make sure to cop Big GRRRL, Small World right HERE. Shouts to BJ Burton on the additional production and James Buckley for destroying the bass.

Lizzo – “Ride” (produced by Lazerbeak)

 

Our good friend Alex Proctor just debuted the first song from his band LOUIS, and it’s a crusher. Check out “Dreams Over” below, and make sure to catch LOUIS’ first show on December 19th at Icehouse (tickets HERE). Really excited for their new album.

LOUIS – “Dreams Over”

 

I.B.E & Benzilla are back after last year’s excellent This, That, and the Third album, this time with a free EP called Cement Blocks. Check out “It’s Real” below and grab all three bangers right HERE.

I.B.E & Benzilla – “It’s Real”

 

GRRRL PRTY just dropped a video for my favorite song on their latest EP. Check out “Can I Live?” below, with some excellent guest work from Velvet Negroni on the hook.

GRRRL PRTY – “Can I Live?” (ft. Velvet Negroni)

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The homie Greg Grease put out a sweet video for “Killer Love” off his latest album Born to Lurk, Forced to Work. I.B.E pops up again with an assist on the hook. Check it all out below.

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New music from Chance York and Eric Mayson of the Crunchy Kids! This track goes super hard. Really excited to hear what these two come up with next. Check out “Harden the Paint” below.

Chance York and Eric Mayson – “Harden the Paint”

 

That about does it for this week. I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Baby Holiday Pics. ‘Tis the season after all. Here’s Penny running some highly scientific studies on the first and only snowfall of the year (so far).

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And here’s Lou and Cam hard at work on their conductor skills. The OshKosh’s are definitely a good place to start.

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This is a new development they’ve been working on called “Pretending to read a book while not-so-secretly watching Alvin & The Chipmunks.” Sneaky, yet convincing.

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Arts and crafts time with the Grandmas. Christmas tree ice cream cones to be exact.

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Penny has been all smiles lately with all the ornaments and gifts all over the house.

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The neighborhood Santa Claus came to my mom’s place last weekend and brought Penny a doll. She was terrified.

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And lastly, here’s P fixing up her baby tree. Luckily, this one has managed to stay in pretty good shape. Our real tree is faring much worse. Turns out Lou has quite the destructive streak in him. He’s smashed seven ornaments in the last three days, and laughs maniacally every time.

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OK! That does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for the big holiday break. I crushed out all of my shopping in two hours on Amazon Prime last week and avoided the malls for the first time ever. Man, that was AWESOME. Now all I want for Christmas is some Old Navy sweatshirts and an endorsement deal with Amazon Prime. We’ve got to continue traditions in 2016. See you next Tuesday!

— Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 08, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’re all officially back home and catching our breath after the last Doomtree tour of the year. Such a ridiculously great time. I’ve got a huge tour photo recap to hit you with a little bit later in the post, but first things first, I wanted to shine a little light on the brand new Mixed Blood Majority album Insane World that just dropped last Friday. It truly brings me the utmost joy to know that this album has finally been released out into the world. Joe, Alexei, and I spent the better part of two years grinding away on this one, completely starting from scratch with the hopes of building a totally different sound than the first record. I could not be more proud of the end result. Huge shouts to Joe and Alexei for crushing every written and spoken word on this album, Graham O’Brien for being such a beast on the post-production and co-production, Andrew Broder for providing some legendary cuts, Adam Krinsky for mixing the living hell out of this thing, Huntley Miller for giving it that ultimate knock, and Kai Benson for completely upping the game on art and design as we know it. This has by far been one of the craziest years of my long-legged life, and it feels extremely fitting to put an exclamation point on the end of it with the release of this album. You can grab Insane World digitally from iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE), and pick up the standard and deluxe physical editions from the Doomtree Webstore right HERE. Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy or sent us encouragement about the project. Help us spread the word even further if you’ve got a second this week.

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Mixed Blood Majority recently stopped by The Current to record an in-studio performance and in depth interview with Andrea Swennson. This was definitely one of my favorite recent interviews. Things got really real as we broke down the behind-the-scenes album stuff and how this project relates to all the madness going on in the world currently. Check out a video of us performing my favorite song off the album, “Blinded,” below, and click HERE to listen to the entire 30 minute interview and performance. Shouts to Nate Ryan on the great pics as always.

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We’ve gotten a chance to test out and hone in these new Insane World songs live over the past week on the Off in the Deep Tour, and now we’re ready to blow the doors off of First Ave this Friday night for the big homecoming release show. P.O.S will be performing a super rare solo headlining set with Marijuana Deathsquads backing him up. GRRRL PRTY will be rocking tracks off their brand new EP with Bionik. It’s gonna be NUTZ. Tickets are really starting to move fast this week, so make sure to grab yours HERE and make sure to catch the party. Check out the flyer below for all the sweet deetz. See you there!

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Speaking of awesome local shows, our very own Mike Mictlan will be headlining a FREE SHOW at Turf Club this Thursday (12/10) to celebrate 7th Street Tattoo’s 10 year anniversary. Should be a great night. Check out all the details right HERE.

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OK, now for a big time photo recap from the last leg of Doomtree’s Off in the Deep Tour. I realized that none of us are all that good at grabbing actual pictures from the shows themselves, but we’ve gotten great at snapping these really goofy on-the-road shots. If you want to see what the shows themselves were like you can find all that stuff on the internet pretty easily. I always like seeing these more candid shots though, so here goes nothing. Enjoy!

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Here’s Mike keeping warm with the horse-print poncho, extreme ski mask, and HeatTech gloves trifecta. Not messing around out here.

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Stef potentially trying to ghost ride our Sprinter rental.

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Paper Tiger finally got his three finger Doomtree rings back! Mike “borrowed” these off him about 12 years ago and they’ve now made the journey back to their rightful owner. Nice one.

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TWINZ. Not sure this is the best way to upsell the (extremely comfortable and stylish) No Kings Raglan shirt, but it was certainly worth a shot.

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Bleubird and Sims making some real cool rap faces. Shouts to Bird for killing his set every night and being an absolute blast to be around.

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Alexei posted up at the Barrymore before our last show of the run. Such a great time having the Mixed Blood Majority guys out with us.

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Mike demonstrating his drink of choice: Blue Fizz. Equal parts blue gatorade and ginger ale. Revolutionary.

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Stef and Sims hijacked my phone at the hotel and took like 16 different pictures of this scenario. Total pranksters.

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Bird posted up in Madison next to an extremely tricked out Mercury Sable.

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Papes showing off his new tour food favorite: The peanut butter and banana hot dog.

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Dessa looking about as tough as one can while wearing a straw hat and sitting next to a grinning idiot.

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Stef next to a wall (thee wall?) of salad.

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Here’s Ander Other pushing all the content live and wearing that same straw hat at the SAME DAMN TIME. For real, huge shouts to Ander for getting our massive December Blowout Webstore Sale off the ground and up online, all from the confines of a tour van.

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You already know what it is. Sick Trim 4 Lyfe.

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Here’s your Bonus Baby Pic of the Week. This is Sims’ niece, Nora. Not totally sure if she’s working on planking, yoga, or just having a rough morning. I feel her though.

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Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap. Enormous thanks to the thousands of people that came out and checked out a Doomtree show this past week. That was honestly one of the funnest runs I can remember being on. Insane gratitude for everyone that’s supported All Hands this year, either by buying an album, coming out to a show, copping a t-shirt, or telling a friend. It’s been an incredible year for us and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to spread this music out into the world. We’ve still got one final crew show before 2015 comes to a close. If you’re in Minnesota, come ring in the New Year in style at International Market Square for the 12th Annual Crystal Ball event on December 31st. Five floors of partying, tons of DJs, tons of confetti, tons of champagne, and tons of Doomtree. Grab details and ticket info right HERE.

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That should about do it for this post. Don’t forget about the crazy December Blowout Sale going on ALL MONTH LONG over at the Doomtree Webstore. Out-of-control discounts, savings, and sweet limited-edition bundles. Check it all out right HERE!

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for the holidays. Can’t wait for this Friday’s release show at First Ave. See you down there!

— Beak

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