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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 March 24, 2015

Oooooooookay, welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak (huge shouts to Dessa for holding the blog down last week as I got caught up with work). The two-month U.S. run of Doomtree’s All Hands Tour officially came to a close last weekend at SXSW in Austin, TX, and boy did things go out with a bang. Over the course of two-and-a-half days we played a total of NINE SHOWS, including the six-hour long Doomtree Records showcase, which definitely put quite the exhausting exclamation point on a truly incredible tour. Huge shouts to our FRIENDTOGRAPHER Ricardo Zapata for tagging along and capturing a ton of the sweaty and rainy footage.

 

Check out the SXSW Video Recap below, followed by some great pics of our time spent down in that circus.

 

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I will eternally be kicking myself for missing out on the family fun day that included bowling, mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, and LASER TAG! Possibly the definition of the best day ever. A huge congratulations and grown man salute goes out to Stef, Sims, Dessa, Cecil, Mike, Papes, Ander, Crista, and Snake for road warrioring their way through the last two months like a bunch of total champs. 16 out of 26 sold-out shows and an absolute SXSW takeover to close things out is no small feat. This tour was leaps and bounds above any previous run we’ve ever done, due in large part to the fact that so many of you came out and supported Doomtree all over the country. We really can’t thank you enough for that. So here’s the plan: Everyone is gonna chill out for a bit and work on their solo projects, and then we’re taking the show on the road overseas for the ALL HANDS EUROPEAN TOUR!!!

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New dates were just announced today in Bristol and Paris! YES! Tickets for Bristol are now on sale right HERE, and tickets for Paris will go live this Thursday right HERE, with a few more cities hopefully announcing over the next couple of weeks. Summer is shaping up to be 100% AWESOME.

Remember when I mentioned that everyone was gonna chill out for a bit and work on new projects? Everyone that is, but Dessa, who is completely out of her mind and heading out on two more solo tours before meeting up with the dudes in Europe this June. Check out all the dates for Dessa’s Welcome To Night Vale Tour below, and grab your tickets HERE. Then underneath that, check out dates for Dessa’s solo European tour this Spring (tickets right HERE).

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Speaking of Dessa (SEG-WAY!), she recently sat down with our #1 dude Open Mike Eagle for a taping of his excellent Secret Skin podcast. They talked Doomtree, image, and (what else?) karaoke. Check out the entire thing right HERE, or click on the player below. We’ll call it this week’s Podcast Bonus Jam.

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And speaking of Podcast Bonus Jams (seriously, Segue Streak on lock!), our very own P.O.S recently sat down with the good people at Kinda Neat and chopped it up about all sorts of cool stuff (including Gun N’ Roses). Check out the whole thing right HERE.

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Let’s throw in one final Bonus Podcast Bonus Jam just to take this segment completely full circle: Check out Stef’s old episode of Secret Skin with Open Mike Eagle right HERE, as they discuss parenting, Doomtree, kidneys, and the Last Blowout Ever.

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Alright, that about does it for this week’s post. Things have been pretty buck over here at the Mader household the past couple weeks, but I promise to get back on my Baby Bonus Pic grind next week. In the meantime, I want to send the hugest of shouts out to Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam for making it one whole year in this crazy world! Love these guys too much, even when they poop in the tub EVERY SINGLE NIGHT OF MY LIFE. Shouts to the wifepiece, Brittany “Killa Cam” Mader, for holding the entire household down this past year (even with a recent broken foot). And to our parents for the insane amount of hours put in wrangling little ones constantly. Not quite sure how we all pulled 2o14 off, but I’m thrilled to have one year under our collective belt. Love you all mucho and could not do this without you. Bring on the whole “it gets easier” thing that everyone keeps talking about!

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OK, that for real does it. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend watching the Sweet 16, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for another edition of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 10, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. The second leg of the All Hands Tour marches onward this week, and the dudes have finally hit the West Coast! They’ll be making their way through Washington, Oregon, and California this week, after playing a beyond sold-out show in Seattle last night. Portland is up next tonight (Tuesday, tix HERE), followed by San Francisco on Thursday (SOLD OUT!), Los Angeles on Friday (less than 30 tix left HERE), Pomona on Saturday (tix HERE), Mesa on Monday (tix HERE), and Albuquerque next Tuesday (tix HERE). This tour has seen bigger crowds than ever before, and we’ve already logged sold-out shows in Dallas, Austin, Philly, DC, Boston, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. One million thanks to everyone who has already come out and supported the tour. If you live anywhere near the West Coast or the Southwest, make sure you grab your tickets right HERE before they’re all gone. Check out the flyer below for full dates.

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Here’s a couple of cool crowd shots from last week’s string of shows, just to give you an idea of what we’re working with. These first two are from Andy Boonstra in Omaha, followed by Brent Benedict in Englewood, and Ander Other in Salt Lake City.

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Tour is great and all, but in actuality only about 15% of your day is taken up playing awesome sweaty rap shows. Almost the entire other 85% is made up of slowly going crazy and completely losing your mind while traveling the country with your best friends. For proof of this, here are some things the dudes have apparently been getting into since they left home this second time around. P.O.S discovered some incredible new hairpieces.

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Sims made possibly the greatest Instagram video and show announcement ever, at the SAME DAMN TIME (click below, you will not regret it).

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Cecil Otter discovered this new Faceover app and never looked back. Here are just a few of the masterpieces he’s created over the past week. They should really be shown in a gallery at some point. The level of detail and craftsmanship is astonishing.

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Mike, Dessa, and Stef formed a new three-headed R&B group called Scientifical T.H.U.G. Formation.

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Aaaaaand Paper Tiger officially fell off the deep end. It’s really hard for me not to imagine Stef and Papes as an amazing old married couple after seeing this.

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Some of our generation’s greatest minds slowly unraveling one day at a time, and they’re only a week into the second leg! We still have to make it through the final boss level that is SXSW in a couple weeks. Speeeeeeeaking of SXSW (Segue! Segue! Segue!), we’ll be arriving in beautiful Austin, TX on Thursday, March 19th to rock our official Doomtree Records SXSW label showcase. It all goes down at Karma Lounge from 8pm-2am. SIX HOURS OF MUSIC (!!!), including solo sets from every member and two separate full crew performances. Not to be missed. Check out the stats below and go HERE for a full detailed list of the night’s schedule.

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That’s just the beginning of it though. We’ll be sticking around on Friday and Saturday to play about one millllllion day parties and in-studio events. Things kick off at 1:00pm on Friday, March 20th with the NoiseTrade day party at Swan Dive. We’re playing alongside Surfer Blood, Royal Teeth, and a bunch of others. FREE.99 when you RSVP HERE.

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Then we head over to Empire Control Room & Garage at 3:00pm, playing alongside Smallpools, Night Terrors of 1927, and Ex-Cops. Again, get your free tickets right HERE with RSVP.

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At 4:30pm our very own Mike Mictlan will be playing a free solo set at Holy Mountain for the Midwest Showcase, presented by First Avenue, Majestic, and Metro. Hippo Campus, Prof, and deM atlaS are also on the bill.

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At 5:30pm the whole crew reunites at The Liberty for the BreakThru Radio day party. This lineup is insane. We’ll be headlining the show, with performances from THEESatisfaction, Icky Blossoms, and Deerhoof taking place right beforehand.

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That wraps up Friday’s festivities (four shows in one day is about our threshold). On Saturday, we’re taking it a little more chill. We’ll be kicking things off at Vulcan at 2:00pm for the big CraveOnline day party (details still announcing), followed by an in-studio performance for Consequence of Sound’s “Off The Avenue” series, and then at 6:00pm Sims will be playing a free solo set at The Blind Pig for Copycats big day party. K.Flay, Raz Simone, and Later Babes are also on the bill. Check out the full lineup below.

CC-SXSW-PARTY-INSTAGRAM-DRUMMERAaaaaand that should about do it for SXSW, barring any last minute show additions. At this point everyone will finally come home for a well needed rest before heading out on the big All Hands European Tour, which is already shaping up quite nicely. Tickets to our London show sold out in a matter of hours last week, so we’ve gone ahead and added another night on Friday, June 26th over at The Garage. Check out the flyer below and grab your tickets HERE.

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Below is a list of all the other current Euro dates. There are still a few other shows that will be announcing over the course of the next month, so definitely stay tuned. Grab your tickets right HERE.

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Alright, I think we’ve definitely covered enough show announcements for one week, so let’s jump right into this week’s extremely special Bonus Jam Mixtape. The ultimate homies in Get Cryphy are getting ready to celebrate their seven year anniversary with a massive party at First Avenue on March 14th. Performances from Le1f, Tickle Torture, Lizzo, Toki Wright, Mike the Martyr, and Bobby Raps are all already confirmed, and you know that’s in addition to the tons of special unannounced guests that are guaranteed to pop up throughout the night. Some of the best things about these anniversary parties are the amazing Get Cryphy mixes that usually accompany them, and this year is no different. Check out the brand new 35-minute Get Cryphy Last Action Heroes mixtape below and get seriously amped for the show this Saturday (grab tix HERE). So happy this project came out just in time for Spring. It is definitely time to crack the windows on the old Camry and blast this thing all over the city. Download the whole tape right HERE for exactly FREE.99!

I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. We’ve been getting a ton of extra mileage out of these “Gray Duck” music video props over at the Mader household as of late. Penny has been running around QUACKING her brothers up nonstop (DAD JOKE), as you can see below.

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And speaking of the brothers, here’s Lou and Cam chilling in a cool tunnel while they count down the days to their big One Year milestone. I cannot believe that as of this Friday we’ll have officially survived a whole year of living with these little hellions (I mean angels). Mom and Dad may need another serious vacation celebration after it’s all said and done.

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Here’s one last pic of the boyz letting their guard down and really showing off their true colors. That’s Crab Man Cam on the left with the eternal screw face, and Laid Back Lou on the right, basking in the sunshine and smiling away. Classic personality trait dichotomy.

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OK, that’s it for today’s post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m flying out quick to the LA show this Friday, so hopefully I’ll see some of you out at The Roxy. If not, I’ll be right back here next Tuesday for sure. See you then!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 03, 2015

HOLY MOLY, it’s time for one of the most action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of ALL TIME. Here’s hoping we can all make it through this onslaught of big time news announcements in one piece. OK, jumping right into it. We’ve spent the last week at home catching our collective breath between legs of the All Hands Tour. This tiny break gave us just enough time to celebrate the one-month birthday of All Hands by playing a big ol’ sold-out hometown release show. Huge shouts to First Avenue, Meta, Taggart & Rosewood, and everyone in that room for making it such a memorable evening. We decided to bring back Team The Best Team-director Chris Hadland to film some of the mayhem, and got TTBT-editor Jay Anker to chop it all up and make it look real pretty. Check out the official All Hands Release Show Video Recap below, and gain a little more insight into our new (and completely amazing) tradition of slamming deli meat on the ground in exultation post-encore.

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Our phenomenal FRIENDTOGRAPHER Zoe Prinds-Flash was also in attendance to document the night. She showed up early and grabbed a bunch of behind-the-scene shots before heading out to the floor and shooting the performance. Check out the entire All Hands Release Show Photo Recap below and make sure to check out Zoe’s site right HERE for tons more great photos. Also, shouts to Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett for coming through and blessing us with the Dom P like a true G.

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The All Hands Release Show also doubled as a Surly Doomtree release show of sorts, as this was the first time cans of our collaborative beer were made available in the home state. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I really can’t believe there is a beer in a can called DOOMTREE!!! Continues to blow my mind. These bad boys should be hitting select liquor stores throughout the week.

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In celebration of the cans being released, it is my great honor to premiere this brand new Surly Doomtree mini documentary showcasing the collaborative process of how this whole thing came together. Tons of cool interviews and behind-the-scenes insight into how every aspect of the collaboration began. Such a great trip down memory lane re-watching how this all unfolded over the last year. I gotta admit though, my favorite part is still Dessa spilling an entire bag of malt all over the brewery floor. CHECK IT.

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So to tie-in this sweet beer and all these upcoming shows, Doomtree is headed down to Des Moines today to kick-off Surly’s big official Iowa Invasion. We’re hopping on some buses in a little while here, and will be down at Wooly’s tonight for an awesome show. Check out this interview we did with the Des Moines Register HERE to learn even more about the collabo, and grab your tickets right HERE. See you tonight!

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Speaking of shows and tours (SEGUE STREAK 4 EVA), Des Moines is just the beginning of the ongoing All Hands Tour. Cecil, Dessa, Mike, Paper, Sims, and Stef will be heading out to Omaha on Wednesday (tix HERE), Fort Collins on Thursday (tix HERE), Denver on Friday (tix HERE), and Salt Lake City on Saturday (tix HERE), before hitting the West Coast next week. In a bit of unfortunate news, Hellfyre Club will no longer be able to join us due to some unexpected emergencies that have made it impossible for the members to make the run. To fill in the slot, HFC vet Busdriver will be taking their place as main support on the tour, and Open Mike Eagle will be joining him in San Francisco, LA, Pomona, and Mesa. It’s possible that the world just might not have been ready for the insanity of both these crews joining forces quite yet. We wish all the best to our HFC friends and look forward to rocking with them in the near future. Check out all the dates below, and grab more tour details and ticket info right HERE.

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After making its way through the Southwest, the All Hands Tour will come to a triumphant finish in Austin, TX for SXSW 2015! We’ve just announced the details of our official Doomtree Records label showcase, and I’m super pumped about the whole thing. On Thursday, March 19th we’ll be taking over Karma Lounge for SIX HOURS OF MUSIC. There will be solo performances by every member of the collective, plus two separate full-crew Doomtree sets. This one is gonna be NUTZ. We’ll be announcing our official full itinerary next week with about one millllllllion day parties, interviews, and in-studio performances, but just couldn’t wait to let you know about this epic first event. Stay tuned for tons more details coming real soon.

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There’s already been a couple of cool Doomtree SXSW nods since we announced the showcase. The Current put together a nice write-up and interview on what SXSW has been like for us and what we’re looking forward to this time around. You can check that out right HERE. And this morning NPR released their list of the 100 artists to check out at SXSW. Doomtree made the cut! Check out the feature and the 100 song playlist right HERE. Shouts to Stephen Thompson and NPR for the continued support.

OK, are you still with me??? I know this post is a true marathon, but we’re just getting to the really good stuff. More details are emerging about the upcoming All Hands European Tour. Super pumped to announce that Doomtree will be headlining a show at Barflys in London on June 27th! Tickets go on sale this Thursday and you can grab them right HERE.

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Other dates are still filling in along the way, but here’s what else has been announced. We’ll be playing the enormous Roskilde Festival in Denmark, alongside some pretty serious heavy hitters (tix HERE).

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Then heading over to the Netherlands for the super rap heavy Woo Hah! Festival, alongside Cypress Hill and Run The Jewels (tix HERE).

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And we’ll be making a min-trek through Germany in early July, playing headlining shows in Hamburg (tix HERE), Berlin (tix HERE), Munich (tix HERE), and Cologne (tix HERE).  Again, stay tuned for more European dates coming soon!

We’ll head back to the states in mid-July to play the first annual Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (see what they did there?), sharing the stage with the likes of Bon Iver, Spoon, The National, and THE INDIGO GIRLS. So crazy. You can grab your tickets right HERE.

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And now for one last big show announcement: Dessa has been confirmed to play at Soundset this year! Check out the flyer below for the just-announced lineup and grab all the festival details right HERE. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.

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Alright, I think that’s more than enough show announcements for one week. I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Jam albums that I’ve been bumping a lot as of late. First up is (you guessed it) DRAKE. I’ve tried to just casually listen to his latest tape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late without freaking out on everybody about how Drake is slaughtering every other singer and rapper in the game right now, hands down, no question, not even close….but I just can’t hold back any longer. This dude is too good. And only getting better. Check out the Spotify stream below and watch the truly bizarre and ridiculous Jungle mini-movie underneath it. I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent about an hour Googling Toronto slang after watching it.

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Up next is the debut full-length album from our friend and fellow Drake-enthusiast CRASHprez. It’s called more perfect. and the good folks at Mishka just released it online late last week. I’ve been listening to it a bunch the last couple of days and highly recommend you check it out as well. You can stream the entire 14-song project on the Soundcloud player below.

OK! That for real does it for this week. Yikes, that was a long post. Thanks for sticking with me. This past week got a little too hectic to take any Bonus Baby Pics, but I assure you there will be more next post. I hope you all have a truly great week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for even more big time announcements!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 24, 2015

Hello and welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’m gonna kick things off today with yet another new and awesome video. I love how these have been rolling out at such a frequent pace lately. The good people over at TPT just world premiered Doomtree’s half-hour episode of The Lowertown Line! Back in December, camera crews crashed one of our Blowout planning meetings and interviewed us all on just how exactly Doomtree works and what the past decade-plus has been like. Then they set up shop in the Varsity Theatre and filmed while we performed one of our tenth annual Blowout shows, exactly 10 years from the date of our first. So cool. Check out the entire episode below, and click HERE for some extra concert footage. Enjoy!

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The All Hands Tour is currently on a very brief intermission while the dudes get a little rest back home and remember what it’s like to not sleep on bus bunks. I just wanted to quickly say that the support from everyone on this first leg of tour has been seriously amazing. NINE SOLD-OUT SHOWS! That’s like 3 out of every 4 shows, dudes. Thank you so much to everyone that has made it out so far and shown the gang tons of love. It was awesome to fly out to NYC, Chicago, and Madison and experience the mayhem first hand. Our friend Chad Kamenshine came out to the big New York show at the Highline Ballroom last week and snapped some great photos. For those of you on the left side of the country, here’s a glimpse at what to expect when this thing rolls through your neck of the woods next month. You can check out even more of Chad’s photos from the night over at The Artistree right HERE.

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The dudes are charging up for the start of Leg 2 next week, but in the meantime… We’ve got a SOLD-OUT hometown show at First Avenue to attend to tomorrow night (2/25)!

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Can’t wait to be back at this legendary venue to celebrate the release of All Hands. If that weren’t special enough, the night will also double as the the official Surly Doomtree can release! First Ave and The Depot will have tons of these bad boys stocked and ready to roll. STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE OUR OWN BEER! Huge shouts to Cecil Otter and Surly’s Michael Berglund for designing possibly the greatest looking beer can in all of the land. That Miller Lite throwback joint is great, don’t get me wrong, but this one takes the cake.

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To continue in the celebration of this awesome collaboration, we’re heading down to Iowa with Surly next Tuesday for the launch of their Iowa Invasion! We’ll be rolling to Des Moines with the Surly crew and a bunch of lucky winners during the day, and then headlining a big show at Wooly’s later that night. You can check out all the sweet deetz below and grab tickets right HERE. Advance tickets are super cheap to this one, so make sure you get yours now before they’re all gone.

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Then on the following day, March 4th, the second leg of the All Hands Tour will officially kickoff in Omaha! The dudes will be making stops throughout Colorado and Utah before hitting the Pacific Northwest and heading down the coast, through the Southwest, and out to Austin for the shock and awe that is SXSW (more details on that one real soon). Like I mentioned earlier, 75% of the shows on the first leg of tour completely sold out (most of them well in advance), and a ton of these upcoming shows are getting super close to that point as well. If you’re trying to make it out to one of these special crew performances, I’d recommend grabbing tickets real soon. You can check out the flyer below for tour dates, and get even more show details and ticket information right HERE. So excited that Hellfyre Club will be along for the ride this time around. Legendary Rap Worldz Collide!!! These lineup is definitely not one to be missed.

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With all this travel and activity going on, It’s important to remember to exercise your mind from time to time (especially when it’s constantly getting blown away by insane rap shows), and for that reason…..Segue Streak Foreshadowing….. Dessa has fired up the old digital book club again! They’re currently reading The Size of Thoughts by Nicholson Baker, and from what I hear it is completely ruling. If you’d like to join in on the literary fun, check out the #LitHop posts on Dessa’s Facebook page (HERE) or Twitter account (HERE). Conversation happens on Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon Central, and this Wednesday they’ll be discussing the essay “Rarity.” It’s only a few pages long (just my speed), so there’s definitely still time to get in on the action. Here’s a quick picture of Dessa with her nose to the grindstone, just to prove how real this whole thing is. Pretty sure an eye doctor would not recommend reading that close up, but to each their own.

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You already know that all I’ve been doing is listening to the new Drake mixtape, so I’ll spare you an entire Bonus Jams rant on that one for the time being. Even my  few friends that like Drake are probably borderline annoyed with me at this point. Instead, I’d like to get into an extremely rare and special Bonus Blowout Pics segment. Watching that Lowertown Line episode really got me reminiscing on what a crazy week the Last Blowout Ever truly was. Things have been so crazy with getting All Hands launched into the world that I don’t think any of us had much of a chance to take it all in right away. In a very serendipitous twist of fate, our good friend Ben LaFond recently developed all of the black-and-white film that he shot throughout the entire eight day Blowout bonanza, and sent it my way to share with everyone. Check out the Lowertown Line episode again below, and then scroll through these great behind-the-scenes shots to relive the entire run. After that, you should immediately follow Ben on Instagram right HERE, because he totally rules at that thing. Enjoy!

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BAM! There you have it, one milllllllllion Bonus Blowout Pics. Thanks again to Ben LaFond for putting that all together. I’ll leave you with just a few Bonus Penny Pics, since she’s been probably been getting left out a little in all of the TWINZ mania lately. Here she is last week on a getaway to my mom’s house. She pretty much lives in cardboard boxes now. Really hoping this lifestyle is just a phase.

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Here she is playing with the science-defying substance that is CLOUD DOUGH. No concept of how this stuff actually works, but I am into it for sure.

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Aaaaand here’s P getting in some train hangs while simultaneously repping for the good old U S of A. As long as she doesn’t start listening to the band Train we should be totally good here.

 

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful last week of February. Can’t wait to hang with a ton of you at the release show tomorrow and crush a trillion Surly Doomtrees. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 17, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got all sorts of stuff to get into today, so let’s just jump right into it. Last week the good folks at Stereogum world premiered our brand new “Final Boss” video! This is by far one of my all time favorite Doomtree videos ever, and we’re super happy with how it turned out. Enormous shouts to director Maria Juranic and her entire team for crushing the vizualz. Check out “Final Boss” below and help us pass it around if you get a second this week.

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The dudes have been on the road for two full weeks now, and from the sounds of things this All Hands Tour is off to a great start. They’ve had sold out shows in Dallas, Austin, Philly, DC, and Boston, plus more sell outs in Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis coming up here in the next week or so. Really thankful for all the support being shown at these shows. Team The Best Team, FFREAL. Since I haven’t been out on the road this time around, I’ve been forced to scavenge through the Instagrams and lift photos from these guyses solo feeds. Here’s a brief rundown of what they’ve been up to when they’re not on stage, which apparently involves a lot of hat wearing. Here’s Stef doing his best Cecil impression.

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 And here’s Cecil showing us how it’s really done.

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 And here’s Dessa THROWING HER HAT INTO THE RING (pun verrrrry much intended) and giving it a shot.

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 Hat or no hat, it’s still very important to eat a ton of tacos on tour at all times (tongue twister). Here’s Papes, Sims, and Stef on the taco couch before a show.

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Looks like Sims and Cecil hit up Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans for the world’s best coffee and beignets combo. Man I love that city so much.

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Papes and Cecil running around NOLA before the show. Bonus points for Paper’s excellent use of the Legend Point in this one.

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 Sims holding it down in Dallas with a huge Dirk Nowitzki mural. Awesome.

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Stef holding it down for this nondescript wall in Atlanta. Sincere question: Do people still refer to this city as Hotlanta, or is that not really the move anymore?

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Dessa and all the cupcakes in the entire world. Possibly the happiest I’ve ever seen her in my long-legged life.

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Sims and Mike made the trek out to the amazing National Mall in DC before the show and got this cool shot with Abe.

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Paper Tiger in extreme awe at Love Park in Philly. That man knows his skateboarding, and it sounds like this is one of the most legendary skate parks in all of the land.

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Here’s an amazing Bonus Paper Pic of him and his wifepiece Diana at the Cheers bar in Boston. Lotta finger pointing going on in this one.

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Stef and the kid Ander Other living that Bus Lyfe (sung to the melody of UGK’s “High Life”).

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Cecil and Dessa at dinner testing out some of the finest towels that the game has ever seen. As the self-proclaimed Towel Man of this group, I have to say I was fighting back a little jealousy when Sims texted me this pic. Those look extremely legit.

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BACK TO THE SNOW!!! Here’s merch manager extraordinaire Crista Bell showcasing off all the different winter-related Doomtree products that we have at the merch booth every night. For real, we’ve got you covered. Apologies to Providence for the cancelled show on Sunday. That one was out of our hands due to the city wide parking ban and all that snow. We’ll definitely get out that way again though at some point here.

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Speaking of snow (SEGUE STREAK), here’s a throwback photo that our good friend Arlo took right before everybody headed out on this tour a few weeks back. It was snowing then too. This was the last time I got to see these guys before sending them off on their way, and I’ve been missing everyone a little more than expected, SOOOOOOO………….

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I decided to fly into New York for the show tonight!!! SO PUMPED. I’m currently typing this blog out in Brooklyn, getting ready for the big show at the Highline Ballroom tonight (shouts to Mary for the couch to crash on). Can’t wait to see all these dudes and do some serious catching up. If you don’t have tickets yet, you can grab them right HERE. Looks like they’re starting to move pretty fast, so I’d advise grabbing tix before doors today if you’re gonna do it. So excited to see a bunch of you tonight!

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The rest of Leg 1 will see the guys hitting Ann Arbor on Thursday (tix HERE), followed by back-to-back sold-out shows in Chicago on Friday and Madison on Saturday. I’ll be flying out to the Chicago and Madison dates as well, and I am AMPED about it. After that everyone takes a little over a week off back in Minneapolis, and we play our official homecoming release show at First Ave, with special guests Taggart & Rosewood and Meta. This one is sold out too. Gonna be the best.

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On Tuesday, March 3rd we kick off Leg 2 of the All Hands Tour with our good friends at Surly Brewing Co. and a very special trip down to Des Moines. Winners for the buses have been chosen, and we’ll be rolling down with everyone in style earlier that day. You can still buy regular tickets to the show at Wooly’s right HERE though for super cheap. Really looking forward to this entire crazy day.

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From there, Cecil, Dessa, Mike, Stef, Papes, and Sims will make their way out West. Check out all the Leg 2 dates and details right HERE, and stay tuned for much more info about our planned SXSW shows in the coming weeks.

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I know it seems like summer may never come these days, but the Eaux Claires music festival lineup was just announced to lift your spirits and get you thinking about warmer times ahead. We’re super excited to be a part of this inaugural event and listed on a bill along the likes of Bon Iver, Spoon, and The National. Not to mention THE INDIGO GIRLS (????). Amazing. You can grab tickets for the fest right HERE. This weekend is going to be incredible.

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Alright, I think that’s about it for show news. Thanks for sticking it out with me, I know that’s a lot of info to throw at you in blog form. Let’s jump into some sweet Bonus Jams before I have to take off. First up is “Final Boss” one more time, because it is just that good.

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Very excited to announce that Doomtree’s episode of The Lowertown Line will be premiering on TPT this Sunday night at 6:30pm and 10:30pm. It should be available online afterwards as well. This special half-hour episode revolves around our 10-years-to-the-day Blowout event at The Varsity Theatre back in December. Check out a brief trailer below and watch an online only live cut of “Get Down” under that.

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Our good friend Toki Wright recently liberated this really great “I’m Not Lying” track from his vaults. It was recorded in between album cycles, while Toki was off in Europe. I had sent him some beats before he left and he ended up writing this one while he was staying next to the Colosseum in Rome. I really love how this one came together. Check it out below and pass it around if you have some time. Toki on the raps, Beak on the beats.

 

F. Stokes just dropped his new A Princess Names Leroy EP and put out this awesome throwback video for “The Slums.” Watch the vid below and then stream the whole project underneath that.

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OK, that about does it! I gotta head over to the venue now for load in. I’ll leave you with one incredible Bonus Baby Pic before I go though. Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam are rapidly nearing the one-year mark, and we felt it was finally time to get their shaggy hair cut by a true professional. Enormous shouts to our neighborhood shop Buzz’s Barbers for doing the honors and making it such a quick and painless experience. Not a single tear was shed by parents or kids in the process. This picture below did lead me down a serious rabbit hole of trying to find the best puns utilizing the word “Trim” though. Here’s a brief selection of what I came up with on the fly while bored at home last Saturday: “TRIMMIN ON THE EDGE” by Aerosmith, Trim from 112, Trimba from The Lion King, Above the Trim, Trim Class Heroes, Trim Meadows, The Trimalayas, and Sick Trim. All highly punny. Feeling really good about the time I put in workshopping that one.

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BAM! Can’t wait to see a ton of you out in NYC tonight, and then in Chicago and Madison over the weekend. For everybody else, I’ll definitely be seeing you back here next Tuesday for sure. Hope you all have an awesome week. Talk to you soon!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 03, 2015

Welcome back to another action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Soooooo much stuff going on right now, so let’s jump right into things with a brand new music video. The good people at URB Magazine world premiered the brand new video for Mike Mictlan and director Adam Dunn’s “benicio del TORSO / so so STRAYNGE” MEGA CUT yesterday. You’ll remember the “so so STRAYNGE” video from last month, but this new cut contains the prequel video for “benicio del TORSO,” shot during the daytime in the same abandoned California apartment complexes. Read what URB had to say about the whole thing right HERE, and watch the entire eight minute director’s cut below. So cool.

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All Hands is officially one week old today! Huge shouts to everybody for all the support and positive feedback. It’s been awesome to finally have the record out in the world and find out that so many people are connecting with it. Here’s a quick rundown of a couple press highlights so far:

- NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a big feature on the album. Listen to that full segment HERE.

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- Pitchfork reviewed the record on release day and gave it a favorable 7.1 (which is pretty friggin sweet by their standards). Read the whole review HERE.

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- We filmed an interview with Fox 9 nightly news. Check out that three-minute segment HERE.

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- All Hands cracked the iTunes Top 10 Hip Hop/Rap charts for three days in a row! You can still grab it from them HERE.

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- Best Buy took a chance on a super indie release and stocked All Hands in stores throughout the country. 

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- We celebrated Tuesday’s release in serious style with the insanely fun All Hands Day. And speaking of that (SEGUE!!!), let’s do jump into the full-on All Hands Day Photo Recap, since we had the best time ever. Our ultimate FRIENDTOGRAPHER Zoe Prinds-Flash was with us the entire time to document the special occasion. Things started out at Glam Doll Donuts at 10am with our very own All Hands donuts! Enormous shouts to those ladies for making this happen.

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Then at noon we headed over to Muddy Waters for a pizza party and album christening celebration, plus a couple pints of Surly Doomtree on tap. Breaking a cheap bottle of champagne over MOUNTAIN’s bumper was a definite highlight.

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At 2:00 we headed over to Sims’ place for our Reddit AMA with THE ENTIRE INTERNET. Thanks to everybody for logging on and asking so many questions. Those things are always way more fun than I think they’re gonna be. Shouts to Matt for coordinating everything.

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At 4:00 we headed down to The Depot to sell the first 100 tickets to our recently announced First Ave release show, and had a couple more Surly Doomtrees for good measure.

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Then at 6:00 we headed to the Electric Fetus for a big old-fashioned record store signing party. Shouts to everyone for braving the line and hanging with us for a couple hours.

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We capped off the big day at the brand new Surly Destination Brewery and taproom. There aren’t quite as many pictures here because we decided to stuff our faces with awesome food and beer at this point. BEST TIMES. Thanks to all our partners for making All Hands Day one that none of us will forget. And thanks to the hundreds of people that came out and partied with us throughout. So much fun.

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So now that we got the first release week under our belt, it’s time for the ALL HANDS TOUR!!! The dudes are loading onto the bus tonight and heading south. This week they’ll be in Columbia, MO on Wednesday (tix HERE), Dallas on Friday (tix HERE), Austin on Saturday (tix HERE), Houston on Sunday (tix HERE), and New Orleans on Monday (tix HERE). Check out the full list of dates below, and grab tickets and more info right HERE. So bummed I won’t be able to tag along on this one (all the babies to take care of at home), but please make sure you go out and support Cecil, Dessa, Mike, Paper, Sims, and Stef super hard for me. The new material destroys live and these shows will all be a total blast. Tickets are selling fast in a lot of these cities (Chicago and Philly are already sold out), so get em while the getting’s good.

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Speaking of upcoming shows, we just announced a mid-tour homecoming show at the one and only First Avenue Mainroom! This will serve as a one-off Minneapolis album release show, and we’re bringing some very special guests out for the very special occasion. JUST ANNOUNCED: Metasota and Taggart & Rosewood will be opening the Minneapolis All Hands release show! There are under 200 tickets left for this special night. Go grab them before they’re gone right HERE.

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One other exciting show that was just announced: Doomtree will be playing Roskilde Festival in Denmark this July!!! The initial lineup was just released last week, and this one is shaping up to be super intense. Grab tickets and info right HERE.

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We stocked the Webstore with a couple new items and re-upped on a few out-of-print winter wears. We’ve got the new No Kings zip-up hoodies, Surly Doomtree pint glasses / beanies / snapbacks, plus re-ups on the classic Doomtree beanies, snapbacks, scarves, coozies, sunglasses, crewnecks, and raglan shirts. Check out a few of the new selections below and head to the Webstore right HERE to see the full spread.

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Well, I think that about does it for Doomtree-related news. I’ll leave you with a few special Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping lately. This first one is actually from our very own P.O.S, who lends a standout guest verse to Koo Koo Kangaroo’s ode to delicious orange juice. The dudes dropped the video for “Shake It Well” mere hours ago, and now you can be one of the first to check it out. Believe me, if you have young children they are going to lose their minds to this song. It will be like the equivalent of dropping O.T. Genesis’ “CoCo” in the club.

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D’Angelo completely destroyed his performance on SNL this past weekend. Made me immediately go back and bump the hell out of Black Messiah. Check out these great live renditions of “Really Love” and “The Charade” below. This is how you do it, people.

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Now for a couple from the homies. Our friend SelfSays recently release his new Sleeves EP, and it’s by far his best work yet. Stream some tracks below and pick up the whole thing right HERE.

 

Mike the Martyr dropped his new Marbury project last month. Check out “Build Clinton” below (with a great assist from Toki Wright), and grab Marbury right HERE.

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Mac Irv just dropped a new video for his Willie Wonka-produced single “The Cycle.” Check out the mini-movie below. Shouts to Sway Heavy on the vizualz.

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Cannibal Ox recently announced the 15 year follow-up to their beyond classic Cold Vein album. The 18-year-old in me is totally losing it right now. There’s no way this one will even come close to capturing what The Cold Vein did, but this first single isn’t half bad at all, even it if it’s more of a nostalgia thing for me at this point. Either way, these dudes are responsible for one of my top 10 favorite albums EVER, in any genre, and it’s always worth checking out what they’ve been up to. Plus there’s a DOOM feature. Check out “Iron Rose” below.

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I’ll close this all out with a newish video from Majid Jordan, the duo that was responsible for one of my favorite albums of last year. This song RULES, even if the video is kinda whatever.

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And that concludes another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I know I’ve been slacking on the Bonus Baby Pics as of late. Promise to get back into it in the next couple of weeks once this initial All Hands mayhem cools down for a second. For now, I’ll leave you with a shot of Crab Man Cam, P, and Laid Back Lou rocking matching First Avenue gear, in honor of the upcoming hometown release show on 2/25. Shouts to First Ave for always lacing our kids in the finest threads. I’m sure you can tell Penny is absolutely thrilled to be so close to her terrifying twin brothers. 

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thanks again for all the All Hands love. Keep spreading the word about the album, and go support the guys out on the road if they’re coming to a town near you. I’ll see you next Tuesday with a Week 1 Tour Recap!

– Beak

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ALL HANDS DAY!!!!!

Posted on January 27, 2015

OH. MAN. The day has finally come to launch the new Doomtree crew album, All Hands, out into the world for all to enjoy! We’ve been waiting a long time for this moment. Happy All Hands Day!!!!!

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To celebrate this enormous occasion, we’ll be running all over Minneapolis all day long to hang with the people and hand out hi-fives. We’re kicking things off at GlamDoll Donuts at 10:00am today. They’ve made some very special custom All Hands pastries for the occasion. Check this photo out for proof, then come hang with us and try your very own Doomtree donut.

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At noon we’ll be heading over to Muddy Waters for our first pint of Surly Doomtree and a little album christening party. People are always breaking bottles over their fancy ships when they set sail for the first time, so we’re gonna do the same for this album. Except it will probably be a bottle of Cook’s paired with a pepperoni pizza instead of Ace of Spades and caviar. Either way, it’s gonna rule. Come pop bottles. Also, the first 24 people to order a Surly Doomtree will get it served in a Surly Doomtree pint glass that they’ll get to take home!

UPDATE: We just announced our next Minneapolis show! Wednesday, February 25th at First Avenue Mainroom! Tickets are on sale tomorrow at noon. We’ll have 100 tickets available at The Depot Tavern while we’re there today at 4pm! See you then.

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At 2:00pmCST we’ll all be taking part in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Session on THE INTERNET. This is open to the entire world, because that’s how the internet works. If you’ve got any questions for us, just log onto Reddit right HERE and fire away.

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At 4:00 we’ll be at The Depot (right next to First Ave) for our second (and probably third) pint of Surly Doomtree, plus a very special surprise. Trust me, you’re gonna want to be here at 4:00 if you’re anywhere nearby. You can also watch me eat about three helpings of those cajun cheese curds. Should be glorious. UPDATE: We just announced our next Minneapolis show! Wednesday, February 25th at First Avenue! We’ll have the first 100 tickets available while we’re there.


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At 6:00 come over to the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis to hang out and get your copy of All Hands signed by the whole crew (except Papes who is stranded out in the NYC blizzard still, BOOOOOOOO weather). The Fetus is a record store institution in this part of the world, and we’re super pumped to partner up with them for this signing. They’ll have tons of other Doomtree releases on hand as well if you’re looking to spruce up your collection.

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Lastly, we’ll be ending the big day at the brand new Surly taproom! Love this place. They’re going to have tons of Surly Doomtree on hand (plus their awesome new food menu), and we’ll be cheers-ing the night away at the sweet new brewery. Hope to see you there!

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On Thursday we’ll be heading up to Duluth to play our very first crew show since the release of All Hands. Expect a ton of new music mixed in with some classic old jams. Our homies Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS will be opening up the show, so this is definitely not one to be missed. Highly worth the drive if you’ve got it in you. Grab tickets and more sweet deetz right HEREJUST ANNOUNCED: The following day we’ll be hitting up the Duluth Electric Fetus for another quick meet and greet and album signing event. Stop by at noon on Friday and eat/drink your hangover away thanks to some free pizza and coffee from Pizza Luce and Duluth Coffee Company. Should be a blast.

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Don’t forget that the official All Hands Tour kicks off next Wednesday in Columbia, MO. The dudes will be making their way down to Texas and across the South before hitting the East Coast and heading back home through the Midwest on Leg 1. Tons of details and ticket info right HERE. A lot of these shows are already moving fast, so make sure you grab your tix before they’re gone.

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Leg 2 sees the guys heading through the mountains and out West before driving down the coast and swinging through the Southwest, all on their way to the final destination: SXSW!!!  More details on that coming much sooner than later. For now, check out ticket info and details to Leg 2 of the All Hands Tour right HERE.

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OK, I’ve got a couple very special Bonus Jams before I go start celebrating. Last week Dessa premiered her super awesome video for Parts of Speech closer “Sound the Bells.” Check out what Public Radio International had to say about the shoot and the making of the video right HERE, and watch the beautiful underwater clip directed by Daniel Cummings below.

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NPR just premiered a feature on Doomtree by way of their excellent “All Things Considered” program. Check out this seven minute interview detailing the entire All Hands recording process and “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” phenomenon right HERE (or by clicking the player below).

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Alright, I gotta start picking the crew up for All Hands Day. I hope we see a ton of you out and about today, and even more of you on the Reddit AMA thing at 2:00pmCST. I really can’t say thank you enough for all of the tremendous support you’ve shown to this crew and this album already. It’s been three years of pretty insane hard work to get to this point, and I’m overjoyed to know that it’s finally available for everyone to check out. Let us know what you think and help us spread the word about All Hands if you get a second. I hope you all have a truly wonderful week, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for another round of TWL. Happy All Hands Day!!!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 20, 2015

Welcome back to another action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. We are now only one week away from the official release of All Hands! I cannot believe it’s coming up so soon. To kick things off right, we’ve decided to create something called All Hands Day. In celebration of the epic day that is January 27th, the whole crew will be running all over Minneapolis from morning til night, hitting new destinations every couple hours, hanging with the people, and toasting to the culmination of these last three years of hard work. Check this out!

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10:00am – Glam Doll Donuts

Glam Doll has crafted a special All Hands donut, to be unveiled on release day. Coffee and rap-themed pastries. C’mon, Bruh.

12:00pm – Muddy Waters

All Hands is heading out into the world and to celebrate, we’re heading to lunch. To make this christening official, we’re breaking a bottle of champagne on something. Come through for a bite or a pint of Surly Doomtree.

2:00pm – Reddit AMA (on the internet)

Doomtree’s doing an AMA (an ask-me-anything session on Reddit). Log on to get your Q’s A’d. Details at www.doomtree.net. 2:00pm CST.

4:00pm – The Depot

A heard-earned happy hour after a long day of snacking. Cheese curds, tots, a second pint of Surly Doomtree. And a leeeetle surprise.

6:00pm – Electric Fetus

You can get your copy of All Hands, on CD or LP, signed in person by Doomtree members. We did this for No Kings and had an absolute blast.

8:00pm – Surly Beer Hall

Where else? We’ll be ending the All Hands Day festivities at the brand new Surly taproom. High fives all around.

Oh man, this is gonna be so much fun. I hope to see a ton of you out and about as we run around all day. And if you’re not in Minnesota, consider dropping in on the Reddit AMA thing online and do some cyber hanging.

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Well, the dust has finally settled on the Doomtree physical pre-order. The team is hard at work getting all the orders packaged up and ready for shipping this week. I can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous support shown to the pre-order, especially in those closing days. Dessa wrote up a really spot-on glimpse into why these pre-sales are so important to a little label like ourselves (read about that right HERE). If you missed the physical pre-order but would still like to help out, you can always pre-order digitally through iTunes right HERE. You’ll get the first three singles instantly, and the rest of the album as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday morning.

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Now let’s run down some more events that are coming up super soon. Our good friends over at The Current are in the midst of celebrating their own 10 year mark, and to celebrate they’re throwing a ton of insanely awesome events on throughout the city. This Thursday (1/22), we’ll be taking part in a public music meeting and karaoke session at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. At 5:00pm, members of Doomtree and The Current will hold an open-to-the-public forum and pull the curtain back a bit on what it takes to program a radio station. Then at 6:30pm we’re getting into some serious karaoke, run by none other than Grace aka Stef’s Mom aka The Karaoke Queen. This is gonna rule. To hear more about our night, plus all the other big time festivities of the 10 year celebration, check out this truly hilarious video of Stef and Dessa attempting to read the details. I LOL’d for real.

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On Friday (1/23) our very own Mike Mictlan will be headlining a show out in Fargo, ND at The Aquarium. Mr. Gene Poole and a ton of others will also be on the bill. Check out all the details and ticket info right HERE, and check out the flyer below.

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After the release of All Hands next week, Doomtree will be heading up to Duluth to celebrate with a big all-crew show at Grandma’s Sports Garden on Thursday 1/29. We’re bringing our friends Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS with us too! Check out ticket info and all the sweet deetz right HERE. This show is going to be the best.

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Then the following week it’s off to the races with the start of the official All Hands Tour. Cecil, Dessa, Mike, Paper, Sims, and Stef will be heading all over the country throughout February and March. Check out the dates below and grab your tickets HERE before they’re gone.

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Speaking of awesome tours (SEGUE!), Dessa just announced that she’ll be the special musical guest on hugely-popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale’s upcoming March/April tour. Should be a great time. Check out all the details right HERE.

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And if that weren’t enough, Dessa will be dropping a super sweet video for “Sound The Bells” later on tomorrow. Check out the teaser trailer below and get AMPED.

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Let’s continue on with the video theme and jump into some Doomtree-Related Bonus Jams as we count down the days til All Hands. First up is Mike Mictlan’s latest visual for HELLA FRREAL standout “so so STRAYNGE.” Shouts to director Adam Dunn for putting it all together.

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Up next is the latest All Hands single for “Final Boss.” We just premiered this track last week via The AV Club, and I’m so happy to have it out in the world. One of my favorites from the album for sure.

Now for the first music video from All Hands. Not to worry, many more are currently in the works. In fact, Stef, Sims, and Mike are all in LA right now shooting as we speak. Here’s the video for “Gray Duck” to hold you over in the meantime.

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And lastly, let’s take it back to this summer when we dropped the first teaser from the album. Check out “.38 Airweight” below.

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Alright, there you have it. So excited that we’re now just one week out from sharing the entire new album with the world. Thanks again to everyone for all of the support leading up to this. Can’t wait for you to hear it. Have a great week, and we’ll hopefully see a ton of you out and about next Tuesday for All Hands Day!

– Beak

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NEW DOOMTREE SONG “FINAL BOSS” PREMIERED BY THE A.V. CLUB!!!

Posted on January 13, 2015

HUGE NEWS DAY: Insanely pumped to announce that the good people over at The A.V. Club have just world premiered our brand new song “Final Boss,” the lead-off track from the upcoming Doomtree album All Hands!!! Read all about what they had to say right HERE and be one of the first to check out the new song below. YES!!!

 

I cannot believe that All Hands is only two weeks away from officially dropping! SO NUTZ. This weekend marks your final chance to pre-order the album directly from Doomtree and get all those incredible bonus items. I know I’ve ranted away for the last few weeks on why this pre-order system is so important to how we run our label, so I’ll spare you another drawn-out tirade. Just know that we greatly appreciate every single one of you who have put in your order already, and for anybody else still on the fence, know that I am sending super positive “pull the trigger” vibes your way all week long. Here’s one final rundown of all the truly over-the-top goodness you’ll receive when you pre-order. Check out all the details and order info HERE, and remember, this thing ends for real on Sunday night. Don’t get left out in the proverbial cold.

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Here’s what you’ll get when you order the awesome Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order:

- CD digipak w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster OR double LP gatefold vinyl with download card

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A MINIATURE SHIP IN A BOTTLE!!! (like on the album cover. Seriously, next level.)

- A box of All Hands branded matches (to recreate the album cover)

- Limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands shirt available exclusively with this pre-order. This version of the shirt will never be available again and is being printed to order based on how many pre-orders we get.

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to go with your No Kings and Four Fists pins)

- All Hands canvas patch (to go with your HELLA FRREAL patch and your sleeveless jean jacket)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck,” “.38 Airweight,” and  ”Final Boss” singles 

- Digital download of unreleased bonus track “High Water” on release date 

- VINYL AFICIONADOS: The deluxe LP option also comes with extremely limited double blue vinyl (light and dark), which is only available through this pre-order. Only a couple hundred colored copies remain. Highly collectible.

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If you’re balling on a budget, you can always go with the Standard All Hands Pre-Order, which still comes with all of the following greatness:

- CD digipak w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster OR double LP gatefold vinyl with download card

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck,” “.38 Airweight,” and “Final Boss” singles 

- Digital download of unreleased bonus track “High Water” on release date 

Make sure to place your order right HERE by Sunday, and help us spread the word if you have a second this week. In one final attempt to push you over the buying edge, here’s an excellent promo video that Ander Other put together breaking down just how cool the CD and LP packaging really looks. And remember, the deluxe LP comes with two shades of blue vinyl!

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OK, enough already. Thanks for dealing with one final pitch.

Speaking of big premieres up at the top (SEGUE STREAK): Last week we had another huge premiere with the release of Mike Mictlan’s “so so STRAYNGE” video! The Adam Dunn-directed clip was filmed out in Victorville, California and follows Mike as he roams the streets and abandoned apartment complexes nearby. Instant classic. Check it out below, and stay tuned for even more HELLA FRREAL vizualz coming real soon. Huge shouts to Adam Dunn for knocking this one out of the park.

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Mike just recently announced a one-off show in Fargo, ND on January 23rd. Make sure you go out and catch him if you’re in the vicinity. Peep the flyer below and click HERE for even more details and ticket info.

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We just announced a brand new Doomtree show in another super northern part of the country as well. The whole crew is headed to Duluth on Thursday, January 29th to play a huge show at Grandma’s Sports Garden, and we’re bringing our friends Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS with us! This is happening just two days after the release of All Hands, and will definitely be one of the first chances to hear a lot of the new material live. Details and ticket info right HERE. This one’s gonna rule.

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Speaking of the All Hands Tour, we recently announced some very special guests that we’ll be bringing out on the road with us. Our good friend Open Mike Eagle will be joining us on the first leg of tour! Check out all the dates that he’ll be a part of below and grab your tickets HERE. Quick little side note: The ultimate homie Greg Grease will be warming up the Chicago and Madison dates in addition to Mike. SO GREAT.

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Then on the second leg of tour we’ve got the legendary Hellfyre Club rocking with us! AHHHHH!!! This is so monumental to me. We’ve all been huge fans of what Busdriver, Nocando, Milo, and Mike Eagle have been building out on the West Coast over the last several years, and could not be happier to join forces with them on these dates. CREWED UP FRREAL. Check out details and ticket info for the second leg right HERE. Transit will be warming up the shows on this run as well.

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I’ll leave you with a bunch of awesome Bonus Jams from all of the above-mentioned special guests. Make sure to check them all out and pick up their full albums if you’re feeling any of it. This is merely a brief glimpse into the heat. Here we go!

Open Mike Eagle – “Qualifiers”

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Hellfyre Club – “DVT”

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Greg Grease – “C.R.E.A.M. Dreams”

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Sean Anonymous – “Weight”

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deM atlaS – “All We Got”

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Transit – “Super Man Took Steroids”

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And now for one FINAL BOSS Bonus Jam in case you missed the Soundcloud player at the start of the post. Check out the brand new Doomtree single below, and start counting down the days until All Hands is here in its entirety!

Alright, that should about do it. Let me sneak a couple Bonus Baby Pics in real quick to satisfy the family contingency out there. This first one is of Penny, in a display of her recent “turn down for what” / “deal with it” mentality. Nailed it.

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And here’s one of me and the TWINZ holding it down for the Mader Men after what I can only imagine was like our seventeenth family Christmas feast a few weeks back. Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam in a rare moment of peace and tranquility.

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Aaaaaaand that does it for real. I hope you all have an absolutely glorious week. I’m headed out of town for my first big kid-free vacation tomorrow morning (!!!!!), but I’ll be back next week as we count down the final days until All Hands. Tell a friend to tell a friend to cop that sweet All Hands Pre-Order by this Sunday (HERE), before it’s gone for good. ‘Preciate that. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 06, 2015

Hello and welcome back to the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2015. I hope you’ve all had a relaxing holiday break and an awesome start to the new year. HERE WE GO: It’s officially All Hands season, as the new Doomtree crew album drops in just THREE WEEKS! So crazy. To get you even more amped, here is a super hands-on packaging video to show you just exactly what you’re getting when you pre-order a physical copy of the record from the Doomtree Webstore. Shouts to Ander Other for crushing yet another excellent vizual. Check out the Hands On All Hands video below!

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Yesterday we all got together and began signing the posters that will come with every single standard and deluxe pre-order copy of All Hands. Here’s a pic that Dess took of Sims, Mike, and me hard at work. Shouts to all my southpaws worldwide. Cop your pre-order HERE to get one of these bad boys for yourself (ahem, the posters that is).

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One extremely lucky pre-orderer is going to be receiving this poster, which includes a forged Gordon Ramsay signature courtesy of P.O.S. Not really sure what happened there, but I think after about six hours of doing this we all might have officially lost our minds.

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Here’s a quick shot of the CD spine. I’m so pumped to announce that we’ve finally cleared the 50th Release benchmark as a label!!! Gotta say, it feels incredibly fitting that it coincides with this crew release too. TTBT 4 LYFE.

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So now for the real task at hand: THE PRE-ORDER. If you’ve been reading this site for awhile, you probably already know where I’m going with this, but here I go again anyways. Here’s the gist of it: The sole reason we’ve been able to release 50 albums over the past decade is because of this pre-order system. Not only does the money generated from these campaigns go towards the cost of producing the current album (manufacturing, publicity, music videos, radio, etc), but it also gives us a cushion to fund upcoming releases that are now just in their infancy. For example, P.O.S flew out to Los Angeles this morning to begin work on his next solo album (ON DOOMTREE RECORDS!!!!). Money from this All Hands pre-order is helping to cover flights, lodging, studio time, and new gear while he’s away getting started on it. Not to mention that we’ve got four other rappers who are currently gearing up to start new solo projects of their own. It’s a real Circle of Life vibe that we’ve got going on here, and none of it is possible without your support. Forgive me for the fundraising tone, but it really is becoming more and more necessary for us to message out why this is so important in a time when we fully understand that you have a choice to pay for music. In exchange for your money we are trying to provide you with the very best possible music, packaging, and product that we can, every single time out the gate. I’m extremely pumped with how incredible the packaging for All Hands has turned out.

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OK with that said, I will now run down the insanely cool bonus gifts that will be bestowed upon you when you pre-order All Hands. For those of you who have already grabbed your copy: Thanks a million. Truly. We could not do this without you, and you are greatly appreciated. If you’re one of those who’s been on the ordering fence for awhile: C’mooooooon already, let’s do this! It’s gonna rule! And if you’re just now hearing about the pre-order: I would strongly encourage you to go for it. It’s gonna be the best, guaranteed. See how persuasive I can be? Most importantly though, if any of you have the time or energy, please help us message this info out to the world. Whether it’s a link to the pre-order (doomtree.net/allhands), a picture of the album, or a post about the new packaging video, it all helps. The pre-order officially ends next Sunday, so we’re in the home stretch FRREAL. Alright, here goes nothing.

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When you order the Standard All Hands Pre-Order, you not only get your choice of CD (w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster) or LP (gatefold double LP with lyric sheet and download card), but also all of the following free bonus gifts:

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” singles (currently released heaters)

- Digital download of bonus track “High Water” on release date (unreleased heater)

This is definitely a perfect option for those of you balling on a budget, or just plain concerned that this money may eat into your weekly Lunch at Arby’s fund (Papes, I’m looking at you). If you’re really trying to get crazy with it though, you’re gonna want to check out this Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order. By far the most over the top pre-order we’ve ever attempted.

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Here’s what you’ll get when you order the Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order, in addition to every single item listed above in the Standard Pre-Order:

- A MINIATURE SHIP IN A BOTTLE!!! (like on the album cover. Seriously, next level.)

- A box of All Hands branded matches (to recreate the album cover)

- Super limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands shirt available exclusively with this pre-order. This version of the shirt will never be available again and is being printed to order based on how many pre-orders we get.

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to go with your No Kings and Four Fists pins)

- All Hands canvas patch (to go with your HELLA FRREAL patch and your sleeveless jean jacket)

- VINYL AFICIONADOS: The deluxe LP option also comes with extremely limited double blue vinyl (light and dark), which is only available through this pre-order. Only a few hundred colored copies remain.

Here’s a couple teaser pictures of a few of the bonus gifts, just to give you an idea of what we’re working with here:

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Alright, that’s probably enough pre-order mania for this week. More pics and details coming next week as release day approaches. In the meantime, you can grab your copy right HERE. Thanks for reading through all of this.

Now for a couple of super quick Doomtree-related shows going down this weekend. On Saturday night, our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing at First Avenue at the homie Sean Anonymous’ big annual birthday show. Cecil will also be there playing with his band Commanders Handsome. Check out ticket info and even more details right HERE.

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That same night, Saturday 1/10, I’ll be down at the Varsity Theater playing with Lizzo for the To The Bridge Foundation benefit show. Our good friends Toki Wright & Big Cats are also on the bill. Ticket info and details right HERE. Should be a great night.

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And for those of you in or nearby the Duluth area, we’ve got some big show news to drop on you in the next 24 hours. Sorry for the tease, but definitely STAY TUNED.

I’ll leave you with a bunch of Bonus Baby Pics from over the break. Cam and Lou are just about to hit the 10 month mark and are cruising right along. They’ve been getting into the whole “stand up and walk around while holding onto things” b-boy stance for the last week or so. It’s pretty awesome. Also, everyone wears sweatsuits at our house all winter long. It has now become mandatory.

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We took the big Party of Five out for their first big snow, to mixed reactions naturally. Lou was super into. Crab Man Cam, shockingly, not so much. He’s become quite the skeptic in his old age.

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Penny even got into the action. Huge shouts to her 93 year-old great grandma Dot for the new coat!

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Speaking of P, we got to take her out to the Children’s Museum this past week and she had a total blast. So much of a blast that we couldn’t get her to stand still for a single picture. Here’s a blurry one of her going down this cool slide for about the hundredth time in a row. And it’s still No Kings.

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OK, that for real does it for this first post of the year. I hope you all have a great week getting back into the swing of things. Make sure to spread the word about the pre-order if you get a second, and pick up your copy right HERE if you haven’t yet. I’ll see you next Tuesday for a ton of new big time announcements. New music coming sooner than later!

– Beak

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