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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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Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 25, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. BEST NEWS! We just made the big time announcement that Speedy Ortiz will be opening up our East Coast club shows next month in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Portland (Maine), and DC. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be playing shows with these guys. Easily one of my favorite bands out there right now. Check out the dates and venues below. YES!

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So that makes it Speedy Ortiz on the East Coast and Astronautalis on the West Coast. Good lord those are some stacked lineups. Feeling really fortunate (dare I say #blessed) to have such great artists along on the Off in the Deep Tour. Full coastal dates listed below.

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And while we’re at it, here’s a list of every Doomtree show that’s currently been announced up to this point. Things are definitely about to start ramping up for us. Check out all the details and ticket info for every show right HERE. Can’t wait to see a ton of you out at all of these!

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This weekend in Denver kicks off our first of three Riot Fest appearances this Fall, and we’re flying into town a day early to kick things off with an official Riot Fest After Show at the Summit Music Hall! Super stoked that Cayetana and Input + Broken are on the bill too. Should be an awesome night. Grab your tickets HERE.

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Then on Sunday you can catch us at Riot Fest Denver on the Riot Stage from 2:45 -3:30, right before Andrew WK and GZA. This is going to seriously be the best. Click right HERE to grab tickets and check out the full lineup and schedule for the entire weekend.

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I know I probably don’t need to remind you at this point, but don’t forget about the big Doomtree Zoo show coming up on October 3rd in St. Paul, MN. Details below. We should have another funny We’re Working Hard video for you next week, shot right in the ballpark. Tickets and tons more info on the whole event are available right HERE.

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We’ve been getting the word out pretty hard about the Zoo over the last few weeks, but we could still use some more Doomtree street teamers who are down to plaster the Twin Cities with flyers and posters, as well as flyer upcoming shows in town. If you’re interested please contact mary@doomtree.net. We will make it worth your while, promise.

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Now for some Bonus Jams! I’ve been listening to this new Wondaland Records sampler pretty non-stop since it came out, and I gotta say that this thing totally slays. Not sure if it’s just the end-of-summer vibes or how well the whole thing is produced, but I’m all in with this one. Plus I always love to root for crews and collectives too, so it’s kind of a no brainer for me. I’m sure you’ve heard “Classic Man” and “Yoga” a million times by this point, but the deep cuts on this thing are really where it’s at (unfortunately I couldn’t find them on YouTube, so you’re stuck with the singles). I highly recommend checking out the tracks by Roman GianArther and Deep Cotton. Soooooo good. It’s almost like if the label decided they would sign acts that could each tackle a different era of awesome Prince music. Anyways, if you’re looking for a good mini-album that you can enjoy from start and finish in the time it takes you to drive to work, this Wondaland Presents: The Eephus joint is the way to go. Enjoy!

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And here’s a couple of Speedy Ortiz Bonus Jams because I am still over the moon that they’re joining us for those four East Coast dates. Can’t tell you how many times I listened to that “No Below” song last year. Might’ve been song of the year for me actually. If you live out East you gotta come and check these guys out.

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I’ll leave you with some Bonus Baby Pics to make up for missing them last week. Not sure how much longer I can get away with calling these baby pics though, as Penny officially starts preschool tomorrow! So crazy. We’ve got orientation today and then it all begins, bus rides and all. Can’t wait to see her crush it so hard at school, and it’s blowing my mind how fast she’s growing up. Young Nelpz!

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We rented a cabin this past weekend with my folks, sister, and brother-in-law as a way to cap off the end of summer, and it was the best. Here’s Penny working on her favorite past time: Rock throwing. Bonus points for standing on a big rock while throwing slightly smaller rocks onto other rocks just below the surface. Serious trifecta.

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Lou and Cam got in the mix too. Here’s Crab Man Cam bossing everyone around with his plastic toy shovel. This dude is actually shedding his Crab Man mystique these days, so much so that we’ve started calling him Cambo instead (like Rambo, that works right?).

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Here’s Laid Back Lou after rolling around in the sand for an hour or so (and more than likely eating some of it). Nice one.

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And here’s a couple more smiles from back at the homefront. These dudes are running around like crazy and turning into real live happy boys. Love them tons.

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Alright, that should do it for this post! Hope you all have a great week, and I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of you out in Denver on Saturday and Sunday. If not, next Tuesday it is. Have good one!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 18, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s a pretty light news week for once over here at Doomtree HQ, so I’m gonna go easy on you this time around. We just announced a new festival appearance at Iowa City’s Witching Hour Festival on the weekend of November 6th-7th. It’s been a minute since we’ve been down to Iowa City, and I’m very much looking forward to this one. Check out the flyer below, and click HERE for all the details and ticket info.

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In more recent upcoming show news, Dessa will be headlining a free outdoor show in downtown Madison this Friday, 8/21, with special guests Astronautalis and F. Stokes. The show is part of the Live on King Street concert series, and the bill is completely stacked. Check out more information right HERE. Very hard to argue with FREE.99.

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You know I couldn’t resist a chance to plug the upcoming Doomtree Zoo outdoor concert in Lowertown St. Paul on October 3rd. Here’s a great and hilarious Doomtree Zoo promo video that Ander Other put together last week in case you missed it. Check out the members of Doomtree taking over CHS Field and getting some quality time in at the bullpen and the home team locker room. Not totally sure why, but it is ridiculously fun pretending that you’re an actual real life baseball player.

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We got a chance to go back to the ballpark last week to shoot some more footage for another video, and I got this cool shot of P.O.S chucking a bat after crushing a pitch in the batters cage. It just so happens that today is Stef’s birthday, so send him a shout or a virtual Chelada if you get a second this week. He’s a pretty cool guy.

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The Baller Passes are all sold out, but you can still grab awesome general admission tickets to the Doomtree Zoo right HERE. We’re working hard every single day to make this show the biggest and best one yet, and I cannot wait for it to finally get here. Check out the full lineup below and grab tickets and more info right HERE.

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And while we’re at it, here’s the full list of Doomtree’s Fall crew dates, all in one simple place. As always, hit up doomtree.net/events right HERE for all the sweet deetz and ticket info. So pumped to be hitting the road with the guys for all of these shows this time around. Can’t wait to see a ton of you out and about later this year.

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Now for a few very special Bonus Jams of the Week. Last month marked the five-year-anniversary of Paper Tiger’s debut full-length Made Like Us, and I wanted to take a second to revisit that time period real quick and shine a light on a record that you might not be as familiar with if you got into Doomtree post-No Kings. It was the summer of 2010 and we were gearing up to release Made Like Us and my first solo album Legend Recognize Legend in a bold back-to-back producer-showcase label decision (probably not the most fiscally responsible move in hindsight). Highlights included constantly driving around Lake Nokomis and bumping the hell out of both of those records, making mix tweak upon mix tweak into the notepad of my phone (still my process to this day, although I actually park the car now in my old age). The Made Like Us release show went down at the now-defunct Sauce venue (before it changed to Cause?) on Lyndale and Lake, and Papes convinced our friend Budo to fly out and perform his first ever set of solo material live (that dude is a big part of Macklemore’s live show now). Then Dessa, Ashley Gold, Isaac Gale, and myself joined Papes to play Made Like Us front to back to a few hundred people. It was an insanely memorable night, and also possibly the birth of Sick Trim. That’s what we in the business call a Win Win. The following week Papes and Sweet D moved from Franklin Ave all the way to the Big Apple, and they’ve been killing the game out there ever since.

It’s always hard to believe when an album hits that 5 or 10 year marker, especially when you were so close to the making of it. I still love this record, and I’m super proud of Papes for putting it all together. Check out some of my favorite tracks below, and make sure to revisit Made Like Us at some point this week if you get a second (grab it digitally on iTunes HERE or a physically from the Webstore HERE). It still totally holds up. Oh, and don’t forget that it also contains the original version of “Palace,” before Dessa redid the song with her band and put it on Castor, The Twin. Trip down memory lane hearing the original again after all this time. The best. Enjoy!

“2nd Day Back”

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“The Bully Plank”

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“Palace”

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OK! That does it for this week’s post. Killa Cam and I had such a good time with P, Crab Man Cam, and Laid Back Lou last weekend that we totally forgot to snap any pictures. I’ll make sure the Bonus Baby Pics are back with a vengeance next week for all the extended family members that rely on them. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 11, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Last week we premiered a brand new music video from Mike Mictlan for his HELLA FRREAL standout “CLAPP’D.” Those of you who have been to a Doomtree show in the past year know just how powerful this song is every single time Mike performs it, and I’m thrilled that we’re able to give the track, and the message behind the track, an even bigger push with this new Kron-directed vizual.

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The song and video deal with the ongoing harsh realities of gun violence and police brutality in America. In Mike’s words:

“I wrote this song way before Ferguson, way before Freddie Gray. I could feel the climate rising in our country with every video of police brutality posted on the Internet. I wrote this song for my friend Abdulle Elmi, gunned down execution-style in the streets of Toronto. But the biggest surprise was playing “CLAPP’D” on tour with Doomtree and finding out that I also wrote this song for the people I performed it to in every city who needed it more than me. I will continue to write these songs, not as a reaction but as a need. Stop The Violence.

Please take a few minutes out of your day to watch the video all the way through and spread it around if you can. Tough to watch at times but extremely important.

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Mike joined Sims last weekend at the Pizza Luce Block Party for a joint set of heat knocking mega rap bangers. Here’s a quick picture from Adam DeGross of the total party that ensued.

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And speaking of total parties (Segue Segue Segue), you know I gotta mention the first-ever Doomtree Zoo concert, our all-day party going down at CHS Field in St. Paul on October 3rd. Stef, Dessa, Sims, and myself stopped by CHS Field a few weekends back to sell tickets hand-to-hand and get a little tour of the grounds. We’re going to be bringing back the “We’re Working Hard” video series to help document the ridiculousness of Doomtree throwing a show in a baseball stadium. Check out the crew dusting off their bats and gloves and getting into the spirit of things in the promo video below. Huge shouts to Ander Other for once again knocking it out of the park (baseball pun very much intended).

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Can’t believe it’s all less than two months away! All of the Baller Passes have completely sold out at this point, but you can still grab general admission tickets right HERE. We’re taking over the entire right field of the ballpark, so there really isn’t a bad seat or spot on the floor in the whole place. Check out the insane flyer from Emmanuel Mauleón below, and go to doomtree.net/zoo right HERE for even more details and ticket info.

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The Doomtree Zoo isn’t the only big show we have planned this Fall. The whole crew will be hitting the road over the next several months to knock out some big time festivals and mini-tours throughout the US and Canada. Check out the full list of dates below and go to doomtree.net/events right HERE for all of the glorious details.

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We just added a new show in Las Vegas at the tail end of our West Coast run in October, and we’re bringing Astronautalis along for that date as well. Grab your tickets right HERE if you’re in the area. I’ve still never been to Vegas, so I’m extremely pumped about this addition. Gonna do everything in my power to catch the Mariah Carey residency between soundcheck and doors.

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Doomtree will be in Denver at the end of August to kick off Riot Fest with a bang, and we’re headlining one of the official afterpartys the night before our festival appearance! It’s all going down at Summit Music Hall on Saturday, August 29th. Stoked that Cayetana and Input + Broken are on the bill as well. They all rule. Grab your tickets right HERE.

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We’ll be playing the Denver Riot Fest the following day (8/30), and then heading to Chicago on 9/13 and Toronto on 9/20 to finish out the three-city run. Should be a total blast all around. Check out more information on all three festival weekends right HERE.

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Red Bull Music just dropped a big feature on Doomtree, filmed when the guys were out in London last month. Check out the full story, interview, and video clips right HERE, and click the player below to see a special stripped down version of “Heavy Rescue.”

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P.O.S continued his recent podcast appearance streak last week when he sat down with the homie Yoni Wolf for The Wandering Wolf Podcast. Check out the entire 90 minute interview below, recorded in Yoni’s rental car directly outside of the legendary First Avenue nightclub. They touch on a ton of topics, ranging from Stef’s upbringing, early influences, and high school punk bands; to his career arc, teenage son, and kidney transplant.

Speaking of Stef, he also popped up last week on a new song from London punk band Black Futures. Check out the video for “LOVE” below, with a special P.O.S guest verse about halfway through.

Black Futures ft. P.O.S – “LOVE”

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And now for a few random Bonus Jams before I call it a day. Let’s keep things in London Town for a second. I recently heard about this new singer named SG Lewis, and so far I am 100% all in. Not gonna lie, I caught this “Warm” song at the end of last week’s Ballers credits just like everybody else (seriously kind of love that show). The music is right up that same Sampha, Majid Jordan, R&B Drake alley that I love so much. Extremely excited for this guys EP that’s dropping at the end of the month. For now, get familiar with these two great singles.

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SG Lewis – “No Less”

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That new Tame Impala record is really good. I’m not sure that I’m into it quite as much as everybody else seems to be, but I can say that this “Yes I’m Changing” song is pretty much flawless. The producer nerd in me is still shocked at how well this was all recorded.

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Now for a few curveballs. Penny has been watching that new-ish Dreamworks kids movie Home on repeat for the last month or so (the one where J. Lo plays the mom and Rihanna plays the kid and aliens come to Earth and relocate all the people). Anyways, I’ve gotten super knowledgeable on the soundtrack since Penny demands that we listen to it on the phone during our walk to the park every day. This Rihanna song is the one that I look forward to hearing the most. Totally has that simple two-step vibe of early singles by The-Dream, plus it’s just really fun to try and imitate the way that Rihanna says the word “night.”  Check it out.

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I was up North at a cabin this past weekend with my wife’s family, so you know I had break out a little country on the drive up. That Kacey Musgraves album still totally rules in case you were wondering. Here’s my favorite track off of it currently. Love the tiny strings in the background and the cutesy lyrics. She’s the best one out there doing it right now.

Kacey Musgraves – “Cup of Tea”

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I’ll probably lose you with this last country jam, but it’s currently my pick for Song of the Summer. Super bro country from newcomer Sam Hunt, with some especially questionable DJ scratches to boot, but that hook just cannot be denied. For all my homebody’s out there. Enjoy.

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OK! That about does it for this week. I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics before calling it. Like I mentioned, we hit the Cabin Lyfe pretty hard this weekend. Stopped by the Pequot Lakes Dollar General on Saturday to grab some supplies and couldn’t resist this cool dollar mustache. Big hit with the kids. Here’s Laid Back Lou doing his best Sam Elliot impression. NAILED IT.

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And here’s Penny hanging out at my mom’s place, possibly attempting to drown her Little Mermaid doll? I suppose you can’t really drown mermaids now that I think about it, so this behavior is probably just fine.

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That’s it! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Make sure to check out those “CLAPP’D” and Doomtree Zoo videos, and help spread them all over the Internets if you get a second. Trying to get all the eyeballs on them that we can. See you next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 04, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Last week we announced the first-ever Doomtree Zoo, and this week tickets are officially on sale to the public! We’ve been going pretty hard with the promo on this thing right out the gate, so I’ll spare you every single glorious detail from last week’s post. Make sure to check out the flyer below though for the full lineup and all the details, and go to doomtree.net/zoo right HERE to grab your tickets now. As of this moment, there are only 10 Baller Passes left in all of existence. That window on balling outrageous is rapidly expiring. Dooooit! UPDATE: Baller Passes are officially SOLD OUT! GA tickets are still available right HERE.

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This past Saturday a bunch of us went down to beautiful CHS Field in St. Paul to personally slang tickets hand-to-hand and hang out with people right in from of the venue. Check out the crazy view from center field. This show is gonna be so nutz!

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Sims, Stef, and the Artist Formerly Known as Young Baby getting ready for their first crash course in running the box office. Thanks to Alex, Mark, and the team for going easy on us and doing the heavy lifting.

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Dessa and I actually got so excited for tickets to go on sale that we decided to make this ill-fated hat swap. Maybe not the most clear-eyed decision we’ve every pulled off in retrospect. M’lady!

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Here’s a pic of an actual Doomtree Zoo ticket in all of its glory. Feels so good to be announced and on our way.

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Thanks to everyone that braved the crazy construction and traffic to come down and by a ticket in person on Saturday, and huge shouts to all of you that went online and swooped yours up right away. ‘Preciate you immensely. Now we’ve gotta just keep pounding the pavement to get the word out about this thing. If you live in Minnesota (or a state close by) and have any interest in joining the illustrious Doomtree Street Team to help hang flyers and posters, please email mary@doomtree.net. It will be awesome and you will get cool stuff, guaranteed. Now here’s that crazy animal flyer one more time because it rules it so hard. Shouts again to Emmanuel Mauleón on all the design for this thing. Nailed it. Grab your tickets HERE!

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Last week was big for many reasons. In addition to the Zoo announce, we also announced some brand new tour dates on the East and West Coasts to coincide with the many festivals we’ll be hitting up this Fall. Check out all the new dates for the Off in the Deep Tour below, followed by the full list of our entire Fall itinerary, and grab your tickets right HERE! Excited to be bringing out Astronautalis for the West Coast dates. And again, if you live close to any of these cities that we’re coming to and would like to get down with the Doomtree Street Team to spread out posters and flyers, please hit up mary@doomtree.net. There really will be cool stuff in it for you, promise.

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DOOMTREE FALL TOUR DATES:

8/29 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO (Riot Fest Afterparty)
8/30 – Riot Fest – Denver, CO
9/13 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
9/17-9/20 – Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC
9/19-9/20 – Riot Fest – Toronto, ON
9/23 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/24 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
9/25 – The State Theatre – Portland, ME
9/26 – Boston Calling Festival  - Boston, MA
9/27 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
10/3 – CHS Field – St. Paul, MN
10/14 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA #
10/15 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR #
10/16 – Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA #
10/17 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #
11/6-11/8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX 

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While we’re on the subject of Doomtree crew news, don’t forget about the brand new James Gundersen-directed insane vizual for “Generator” that we just dropped. By far one of my favorite videos we’ve ever done, as a crew or solo artist. Check it out below and pass it on to a friend!

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Alright, now back to the shows for a little bit. The 12th-annual Pizza Lucé Block Party is going down this Saturday (8/8), and our guys Sims & Mike Mictlan are going to be performing together for a rare joint set towards the end of the evening. Young Gunners are back! The lineup for this show is completely stacked too: Har Mar Superstar, Dillinger Four, and Retribution Gospel Choir, just to name a few. Plus admission is a whopping FREE.99, so you really can’t go wrong. Click the flyer below for even more details and set times.

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Speaking of block parties (Segue Streak), I played with Mixed Blood Majority this past Sunday at the excellent Red Stag Block Party and had a total blast. Here’s a sweet shot that Mark Kartarik grabbed for Go 96.3.

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We had so much fun that we decided to do it all over again this Thursday night (8/6) in Lowertown St. Paul for the Music in Mears series. It’s a totally free outdoor event in Mears Park (duh), with Moon & Pollution kicking things off a little after 6:00. Mixed Blood Majority will hit the stage around 7:45 and then there’ll be a totally awesome movie premiered at 9:00 courtesy of the Twin Cities Film Fest. That’s what we in the industry call a Win Win Win. We’ve been playing a ton of new MBM songs out at these Summer shows as we gear up to record our second full-length, so there should be lots of surprises in the set. Click the flyer below for more details. Looking forward to seeing a bunch of yous out there!

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Oh, and one more thing! Not a show per say, but Doomtree will have a booth at the second-annual Autoptic Festival this weekend in Minneapolis. Autoptic is a two-day festival of independent culture, with emphasis on design elements. Comics, zines, prints, art, music, and more. Last year was great, and this year should be even better. Check out the details below and click HERE for more info. Come down, check out some really cool art, and say hi at the Doomtree booth!

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OK! That should do it for Doomtree-related news in this post. Once again, the awesome Doomtree Zoo Playlist will serve as your Bonus Jams of the Week. I figured that was probably better than me just posting Drake’s “Back to Back” over and over again, right? We’ve got a truly insane lineup for the Zoo, and there’s a good chance you might not be 100% familiar with everybody who will be participating. Get familiar below and then GET AMPED. Check this out.

 

And if you’re more of a Spotify guy, check out the Doomtree Zoo Spotify Playlist by clicking right HERE or going to the image below. Even more jams from everybody involved!

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Now for a couple of Bonus Penny Pics before calling it a day. Penny has gotten pretty into rocking this drawn-on whiskers and nose cat face lately. Might have something to do with her trip to the zoo a few weeks back. Here she is looking about as ferocious as one can look while eating a vanilla-drizzled fruity granola bar in a Minnie Mouse t-shirt.

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 Aaaaaaaand here she is rocking the same cat face in her new favorite outfit: a pink sequined fairy wings and tutu ensemble. Very fashion forward, but really, would we expect anything else at this point? TRENDSETTER.

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 Lastly, here’s a little collage that my mom put together of the many faces of P. Her photographic range and depth is truly unparalleled. Modeling agencies take note!

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OK, that’s a wrap! I hope you all have a great week enjoying the wonderful weather. Jopefully we’ll see a bunch of you out and about at the different different shows going on throughout the weekend here in the Twin Cities. If not, next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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THE DOOMTREE ZOO!!!!!

Posted on July 28, 2015

OH MAN, HERE WE GO! It gives me tremendous joy to announce the details of the first-ever Doomtree Zoo, a ginormous special event we’re throwing at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 3rd! Doomtree will be headlining the show, and we’re bringing a ton of our favorite people and artists along for the ride. Aesop Rock w/ Rob SonicTrash TalkShabazz PalacesOpen Mike EagleSerengetiAby WolfKoo Koo Kanga RooAnonymous Choir, and In the Heart of the Beast Theatre will all be performing! WHOA. Check out the awesome show flyer below, courtesy of designer extraordinaire Emmanuel Mauleón, and GET SERIOUSLY AMPED. So excited for this!

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Tickets for the Doomtree Zoo will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, August 1st at 11:00am CST, but if you’re a member of the Doomtree mailing list you are definitely  gonna want to check your inbox RIGHT NOW for a special pre-sale opportunity. A bunch of us are gonna be down at the CHS Field box office this Saturday morning selling tickets hand-to-hand and hanging out from 11:00am-1:00pm. Come on down, grab some tix, and get a glimpse of the beautiful ballpark. Even more info and Doomtree Zoo details can be found right HERE.

In addition to the $35 GA ticket, there’s also a super limited Baller Pass which gets you tons of crazy extra access to the show. Check this out….

THE DOOMTREE BALLER PASS sweetens the (already very sweet) deal. Pass holders get:

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 Early entry to watch the Doomtree soundcheck. You’ll be able to get into the stadium before doors, tour the grounds, hit the merch booth before any lines, and watch the magical shouting match we call ‘soundcheck.’ (Feel free to chime in with a “Check one, two!” if the spirit moves you.)

A question-and-answer session with Doomtree. You bring the Qs, we’re on the As.

A photo with the crew. Easy on the rabbit ears, please.

Access to the Securian Club. A space to warm your hands, charge your phone, skip the bathroom lines, hit a dedicated bar, and get a great view of the show. Is there an awesome balcony? I think you know there is.

Drink tickets. The universal currency.

A limited-edition, autographed, screen-printed poster. Unavailable anywhere else. Hand-numbered and signed by every member of the crew.

A Doomtree drawstring bag. You know, for all your stuffs.

An exclusive Doomtree Zoo laminate. Ooooh, you fancy.

BAM! Once again, it all goes down on October 3rd at CHS Field in St. Paul, MN for an all-day outdoor event from 2:00pm-10:00pm. The Little Leaguer in me is definitely freaking out that we’re throwing a headlining concert in the middle of a minor league baseball stadium. NUTZ. Here’s another crazy flyer from Emmanuel Mauleón to get you even more pumped.

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I want to take a quick second to send some big time shout outs to all of our Doomtree Zoo sponsors. Enormous thanks to our main presenters Surly Brewing Co. and Copycats Media for helping us pull this thing off, along with The CurrentStar TribuneCity Pages, and the University of St. ThomasIt feels really great to know that we have an all-Minnesota lineup of organizations and businesses supporting this first-time event.

Now back to the music. We could not be happier with how this lineup has come together. So much crazy talent on one ticket. In case you’re not all the way familiar with everyone, or just want to investigate a bit further, we put together this awesome Doomtree Zoo Playlist with a couple of tracks from each performing artist, in order to paint a better picture of the glorious bill. Check out total heaters from Aesop RockTrash TalkShabazz PalacesOpen Mike EagleSerengetiAby WolfKoo Koo Kanga RooAnonymous Choir, and Doomtree (duh) below, and make sure to check out doomtree.net/zoo for all the show details along the way.

 

Speaking of insanely awesome shows (SEGUE STREAK), yesterday we announced a ton of new Doomtree Fall tour dates! Check out all the cities and dates on the upcoming Off in the Deep Tour below, along with our full current itinerary underneath that. Tons of big time festival dates sprinkled in for good measure too. This is gonna rule SO HARD, plus I’m finally gonna be traveling along with the guys for all of these dates. YES!

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DOOMTREE FALL TOUR DATES:

8/29 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO (Riot Fest Afterparty)
8/30 – Riot Fest – Denver, CO
9/13 – Riot Fest – Chicago, IL
9/17-9/20 – Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC
9/19-9/20 – Riot Fest – Toronto, ON
9/23 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
9/24 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
9/25 – The State Theatre – Portland, ME
9/26 – Boston Calling Festival  - Boston, MA
9/27 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
10/3 – CHS Field – St. Paul, MN
10/14 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA #
10/15 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR #
10/16 – Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA #
10/17 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #
11/6-11/8 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX 

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Tickets for the Off in the Deep Tour will go on sale this Friday, July 31st, and you can find out tons more details and ticket information for all of the dates right HERE. Super pumped that our good friend Astronautalis will be joining us for the West Coast portion of the shows too.

On top of all these crazy announcements, don’t forget that we just released our brand new video for “Generator” this past Friday. Directed by the insanely talented James Gundersen, it finds Sims, Mike, Stef, and Dessa rapping over an absolute banger from Paper Tiger, while our hometown of Minneapolis morphs into a crazy post-apocalyptic wilderness. I know I say this a lot, but I honestly think this is my favorite crew video yet. Check it out below and please help us spread the word far and wide if you can. Trying to get as many eyeballs on this thing as humanly possible. Thanks!

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I’ll leave you with a couple of extremely fitting Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. We took our little Party of Five to the Como Zoo this past weekend to get out of the house and run around a bit. Total coincidence with the whole zoo thing, I swear. I’m not addicted to the Segue Streak enough to tie my family outings into the weekly announce schedule of my rap crew (not YET at least). Here’s Penny, Lou, and Cam chopping it up with this super chill gorilla. I think they able to work a lot of things out in their short time together.

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And here’s Cam and Lou riding atop a super spooky fake giraffe. Shout out to my guiding fatherly hands in both of these pictures, making sure nobody hits the deck ever.

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Alright! That about does it. It’s been a hell of a couple weeks getting all these big announce details together, and I cannot tell you how relieved I am to finally have everything out in the open. If you get a second this week, please help us get the word out about the Doomtree Zoo, Off in the Deep Tour, and “Generator” music video. ‘Preciate you already. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 21, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s a bit of a hectic week gearing up for some BIG TYME Doomtree announcements over the next seven days, so this is gonna be short and sweet. First off, I just want to say what an absolute joy it was to be a part of the inaugural Eaux Claires festival last weekend in beautiful Eau Claire, Wisconsin. That was an insanely special couple of day to be involved with. Enormous shouts to Justin Vernon and Aaron Dressner for the vision and follow through, and all of the staff and city for making us feel so welcome. We kicked things off on Friday in some punishing sunlight and sweltering heat. Thanks to everyone there for rocking with us and getting amped up despite the conditions. That was theeee best. Here’s a great shot that our FRIENDTOGRAPHER Zoe Prinds-Flash got towards the end of the set to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. So good to be reconnected with my guys after that European run.

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Eaux Claires was one hell of a way to kick off this big festival run we’ve got coming up. We’re gonna be playing all over North America in the coming months, starting things off with a bang at Riot Fest in Denver in late August (tix HERE).

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Then in September we’ll hit the Chicago and Toronto legs of Riot Fest, as well as Rifflandia Fest in Victoria, BC. Check out the flyers below for all the sweet lineups and dates, and click HERE for more ticket information.

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We’ll close out September with a big set at Boston Calling Festival, put on by the same great production company that ran Eaux Claires. I have to admit, I am beyond excited to be playing with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Grab your tickets HERE.

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Finally, we’ll close out the fall season with a performance at Austin’s renowned Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November. Grab your tickets HERE. This one is gonna be insane.

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Now for some Doomtree-related Bonus Jams. Our good friend Scroobius Pip was kind enough to have P.O.S and Dessa on his wildly-popular Distraction Pieces podcast while the dudes were all over in the UK last month. Click the players below to check out hour-long interviews with each of the guys, or go HERE for all episodes of Distraction Pieces.

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As the final Bonus Jam for the day, our good friend Crescent Moon just released a collaboration EP with the one and only Andrew Broder this past week. It is an absolute must listen. Click HERE to pick up the whole thing on Bandcamp for only $3.99, and support great Minnesota music. I can 100% vouch that it totally rules. If you’re in the Twin Cities, make sure to check them out this Wednesday (7/22) at 7th St. Entry with all around best guy Open Mike Eagle (tix HERE).

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I’ll leave you with a couple of Baby Bonus Jams before calling it a day. Here’s Penny rocking a pretty amazing pink tutu and cat makeup combo. This kid is truly on one right now.

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And here’s Laid Back Lou keeping things extra laid-back after a long hard day on the pontoon boat. Pretty sure we’ve all been there.

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OK! That does it. I’m not kidding when I say this next week will be action-packed with insane Doomtree news. Definitely keep your eyes out for some big announcements coming sooner than later. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 14, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’m up at a cabin for a few days on vacation so this is gonna be a quick one. All of the dudes returned home safely last night from their international travels on the All Hands European Tour. Here’s a big photo recap of their Week 3 adventures. Huge shouts to everyone that came out and made the shows and festivals so awesome.

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Now that everyone has made it back to Minnesota in one piece, it’s time to pack up the van and head to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the out-of-this-world Eaux Claires Festival. 

 

 

 

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We’ll be playing at 5:45pm this Friday, and you can check out the full schedule for that day below. Can’t wait to see so many friends and tight bands over the course of two days. This is gonna be one for the history books. You can grab your tickets right HERE.

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I’ll leave you with an extra special Bonus Jam before getting back to #CabinLyfe. The good people at oki-ni asked Paper Tiger to create this cool personalized mixtape for their ongoing series. Papes decided to retrace his musical influences growing up as a kid in Minneapolis in the 90s, and he’s got everything from hardcore, punk, indie rock, and hip hop represented on here. Shouts for including two TPC! songs on there too. Click the image below to stream, and read more about it right HERE.

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Alright, I hope you all have an extremely excellent week. Can’t wait to see a ton of you at Eaux Claires this weekend. Now it’s time for Towel Man to get back to pitching this Mike’s Hard Lemonade endorsement deal. I’m gonna wear these guys down eventually. See you next Tuesday!

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– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 07, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Today kicks off Week 3 of Doomtree’s European Tour, so I figured we ought to kick things off with another big photo recap of life on the road. I’m missing all these dudes pretty bad right now from back home in Minneapolis, but I’m super pumped to report that the shows have been going great and spirits are high. Here’s a shot from Denmark’s legendary Roskilde Festival that the guys performed at last week. These European fests do not mess around. INSANE.

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Extra special shouts to Roskilde for gifting the crew with these personalized miniature chocolates. Pretty sure you’ve got Dessa’s heart forever now.

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Here’s tour manager extraordinaire, Snake, posing with Ander Other and the Gentlemen of Doomtree. Looking real good everybody. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Our very own Mike Mictan turns 33 in Germany this Thursday (ahem, “born 7/8 1982 coming at you live” amiright?). Here he is trying out some new looks at a German truck stop. I’d go with bottom right personally.

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Here’s the one-and-only Ander Other, posted up on a park bench surrounded by a bunch of beige taxi cabs. Really hoping this becomes a press shot of some sort later down the road.

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Here’s the crew in The Netherlands rocking Woo Hah! Festival over the 4th of July. Heard this one was a total crusher.

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 Stef and Mike celebrating America’s birthday in true style.

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The squad taking in a peaceful evening and all of the majesty outside of their hotel.

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You know Week 3 of tour has kicked in when people start posting photos like this. Here’s Dessa and Mike trying to hold it all together.

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And here’s the crowd at the super-packed show in Berlin last night. Wings & Teeth Worldwide!

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Last but not least, here’s a photo of Mike Mictlan smilling ear to ear and drinking a huge beer. Pretty much the best.

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Kind of reminds me of this classic photo from years back of Mike enjoying a nice cup of peppermint cocoa in an Iowa Denny’s. They don’t call him Drank Sinatra for nothing. Beverages just seem to bring out the best in him.

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You can catch Doomtree in Munich tonight (Tuesday, tix HERE), Cologne on Wednesday (tix HERE), Paris on Thursday (tix HERE), Bremen on Saturday (tix HERE), and closing things out with a bang at Germany’s massive Splash! Festival on Sunday (tix HERE). Check out the full list of dates below and grab even more ticket info right HERE. Only five shows left on this European run!

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By this time next week everyone will be flying back home to the states to gear up for what may turn out to be the greatest show OF ALL TIME: Eaux Claires Fest!!! Can’t wait to be reunited with the crew and rage so hard at this one.

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We’ll be playing next Friday at 5:45pm sharp (right before Spoon). Below is the full lineup and schedule for that day. So many incredible bands and friends in one spot. This is going to be absolutely glorious. Grab tickets right HERE and we’ll see you down there next weekend for sure!

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OK! That should do it for this week’s Doomtree-related news. Switching gears a bit, I wanted to just say a little bit about this past weekend’s insane Lifter Puller reunion at the Triple Rock’s D’4th of July party. I could probably write an entire book on how much this band meant to me and all my friends as we were growing up and getting our start in the Minneapolis music scene. They pretty much soundtracked my entire junior high and high school existence. When TPC! started playing out they became almost a big brother band of sorts, throwing us on shows and teaching us the ropes of how to record and release albums. Just like Ten Grand, Lifter Puller had an enormous impact on me growing up and are a huge reason why I ever started making music in the first place. I loved and still love this band, and I can’t tell you how awesome it was to see Steve, Craig, Tad, and Dan belt out eight classic heaters like no time had gone by. No pictures could ever do it justice (the one below especially), but here’s the best shot I could grab in between jumping around, throwing my hands in the air, and singing along just like during the Foxfire days. Made me feel super old and super young all at the same time, and more than anything it just plain ruled.

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So in honor of that memorable show, here’s some sweet Lifter Puller Bonus Jams for you. Gonna start things off with their legendary performance on the Jenny Jones Show back in 1999. We all totally skipped school to watch this.

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And here’s a couple great jams that they brought out of retirement on Saturday. The ending of “Naussa Coliseum” was NUTZ.

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BAM! Seriously make sure to check out all their albums if you haven’t ever. So worth your time. I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou have been quite the night owls as of late. Here they are pulling an all nighter over the weekend. I’m pretty much convinced that they’ve been waking up solely to judge my questionable movie picks. Michael Mann’s 2006 Miami Vice movie adaptation is definitely lost on this new fickle generation.

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We’ve been spending a ton of time by the water now that it’s full blown Summer here in Minnesota. For some reason Penny would much splash around in these muddy sand puddles than swim in the actual lake. To each their own.

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 Crab Man Cam is officially back to feeling good after a rough week of super high fevers. Cam smiles are pretty tough to capture in the wild, but he broke character for a second and let out a big one at the swimming pool last week. Lou prefers to take in the sun just outside of the water’s reach. Somebody’s gotta be the cautious one I guess.

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Speaking of Lou (SEGUE), he just started walking! Here he is taking a breather after chasing his brother all over the house.  Extra shouts to the very fashionable shark jammies he’s rocking. Proud of this dude.

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And here’s the whole squad posted up at the park. I’ve still gotta come up with a good name for the three of them. Triple Trouble, THREE.99, Bases Loaded, The TRInasty: Roc La Familia. It’ll come to me eventually. Totally open to any suggestions though. Bring it on.

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 Alright, that about does it. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m headed up to the TPC! cabin for a couple days of relaxation, but I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for a final European tour recap.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 30, 2015

Welcome back to an extra special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Sims’ very first full-length album Lights Out ParisTo celebrate this momentous occasion we have just released the album on deluxe-edition vinyl for the first time ever (HERE), along with a special deluxe-edition digital album (right HERE). SO AWESOME!

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Both the vinyl and digital versions come with newly remastered audio, full written lyrics, and nine digital bonus tracks, including Sims’ out-of-print 2004 False Hopes Four EP and four brand new remixes from original album producers Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, MK Larada, and Joe Mabbott. Still can’t believe it’s been 10 years. As a young beatmaker, Lights Out Paris was just the second Doomtree-related full-length that I landed beats on, and it’s been a serious trip down memory lane going back to this thing in detail as we got it prepped for the deluxe-edition treatment. Whether you’ve been rocking with us since Day 1, or are just now discovering some of the early Doomtree back catalog, I can guarantee that you will get a kick out of revisiting this album. Check out the hands-on video below to see just how cool the new vinyl packaging turned out, and make sure to pick up, download, or stream a copy this week. Happy Lights Out Paris Day!

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BONUS SIMS UPDATE: Here’s part one of a really great interview that Sims just did with Andrea Swensson at the Local Current. They discuss the last 10 years and cover a bunch of ground on some really interesting topics. Check it all out HERE.

Now for a masssssssive Doomtree tour update. The dudes all made it safely over to London last Tuesday, and the first week of the All Hands Europe Tour is officially in the bag. Here’s Ander, Cecil, Papes, and Stef upon initial entry into the UK, sitting on what appear to be very stylish chairs made out of bedazzled jean jackets.

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And here’s a pic from the merch booth that Ander shot during the first show in London. There were over 600 people in attendance between the two combined London shows. That is INSANE. Thank you to everyone who came out to support. For more live pics from the first show in Bristol you can check out Paul Thomas’ photo gallery right HERE.

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From London it was on to the one-and-only Glastonbury Festival. Here are the guys getting ready to rock the Silver Hayes tent.

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And here was the highlight of my day watching this all unfold from back home: Mike, Stef, and Papes each posted separate pictures with TRICKY!!! (the Legend God), who was headlining Doomtree’s stage that night. Turns out his daughter is actually a fan of the crew, and he was last spotted rocking a No Kings beanie. Cannot make this stuff up. The best!

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So good. There are always a ton of surprise guests at Glastonbury every year, but after the guys got done playing they stumbled onto Patti Smith bringing out THE DALAI LAMA to address the crowd on his 80th birthday. Nice one. Again, you really cannot make this stuff up.

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Here’s a mandatory tour pic of Ander Other fast asleep on an object that you would not expect one to easily fall asleep on. Always game for a challenge.

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And here’s Papes and Sims after what I can imagine must have been a fairly early van call. Either that or they’re working out a modern day interpretation of those comedy/tragedy Greek theater masks.

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Cecil Otter deep in thought, possibly pondering various TEMPZ lyrics and deciphering what exactly it means to “boy off the ting.”

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And lastly, here’s a pic of the usual late night hotel check-in party that happens after a long day of driving. Kind of want Stef’s face to never stop doing this. Missing these dudes pretty bad right now.

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So there you have it for a Week 1 Recap. The All Hands Europe tour continues on though! The guys play their last UK date in Birmingham tonight (Tuesday, tix HERE) before hopping a flight to mainland Europe and rocking Denmark’s massive Roskilde Festival on Thursday (tix HERE). Then it’s over to Germany for a show in Hamburg on Friday (tix HERE), the Netherlands on Saturday for WOO HAH! Festival with all the rappers in the world (tix HERE), and a club show in Berlin on Monday (tix HERE). Check out all the dates below, including lots of North American festival dates coming later this Fall, and grab even more details right HERE.

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And speaking of Doomtree (SEGUE!), The Onion’s AV Club just named All Hands one of the best albums of 2015 (so far)! We landed a spot in the very competitive Best Hip-Hop Album That Name-Drops WTF With Marc Maron category. Nailed it.

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The good people at Baeble Music just made a video link available to our entire set at their SXSW day party this past March. Check out the little teaser video below and go HERE for the full half-hour performance. This show was definitely one of the SXSW highlights for me this year, mainly because we played right before X-Ambassadors, who ended up thoroughly blowing all of our minds.

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And lastly, just a quick note to say how pumped we are about last week’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Love Wins FRREAL.

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Now for a couple of random Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping a ton lately. These are all from national artists who’s new albums have been in heavy rotation in the Camry this past month. You probably already know about how much I love Kacey Musgraves, and this new Pageant Material album does not disappoint. Already a serious contender for Album of the Year, and I’ve only heard it twice so far. Check out “Biscuits” below.

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Nice weather always makes me want to hear a bit more country music than usual. The new Zac Brown Band album is totally insane (and not always in the best way), but this “Homegrown” single is up right there with the best stuff they’ve ever done in my opinion.

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The new Jamie XX album has been growing on me quite a bit, mostly because of this “Good Times” song. I think there’s a decent Song of the Summer argument to be made for this one.

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Another producer I’ve been listening to a bunch is this dude Knxwledge, who just dropped his HUD DREEMS album on Stones Throw not too long ago. Reminds me of some of the old cut and paste collage albums from people like Count Bass D and Madlib. All over the place in the best way possible. You can stream the entire thing below.

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Really looking forward to checking out the new Vince Staples double LP that Def Jam just dropped this morning. Everything he’s been putting out over the last year has felt like a big ramp up to this official debut. Plus the video for “Señorita” completely rules. Check it out.

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The new ASAP Rocky record is awesome. Perfect windows-down summertime record. Check out “Excuse Me” below.

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Janet Jackson dropped her first new song in like seven years, and it’s a total slow-burn heater produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis that has an extra “e” in the word “sleep.” LOVE this one. Good to see the gang all back together again too.

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In that vein, I’ve also been bumping the new Mariah Carey greatest hits album a bunch over the Spring. They nailed it with the song selection on this one, plus the new bonus song tagged on at the end is actually a total smash hit. Check out “Infinity” below.

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BAM! Consider that your country/indie producer/rap/classic R&B mixtape for the week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Our household has been making an awful lot of doctors visits lately. Crab Man Cam has had a bad fever that just won’t quit, so he’s been in and out of testing the past week. He’s been taking it all like a true champ though, disavowing his old Crab Man ways and actually smiling a ton through the whole process (very possible he’s just totally delirious at this point). Didn’t even cry during yesterday’s blood draw. Love this guy.

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And here’s Penny at her recent three year checkup, looking real grown up in the new kids gowns they apparently give you once you turn three.

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This summer is definitely all about splashing in as much water as possible. Here’s P at Shady Oak Beach with her grandma, tearing up some cool waves and having a blast.

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Alright, that should do it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week and an awesome 4th of July. Happy Lights Out Paris Day, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for more tour recaps and another edition of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 23, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Hard to believe, but the Doomtree All Hands Europe Tour is finally upon us! Last night Sims, Stef, Cecil, Mike, Paper, Dessa, and Ander all hopped on planes to make their way over to London Town. Here’s a cool pic of Stef and Ander as I bid them farewell from MSP. Real cool faces guys. Gonna miss these dudes.

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The whole squad should have a day to catch their collective breath and take in the sites before heading to Bristol on Thursday to kick off the first show of the UK run (tix HERE). Then it’s The Garage in London on Friday (tix HERE), a sold-out show at Barfly in London on Saturday, a stop at the beyond sold-out Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, and Birmingham this coming Tuesday (tix HERE). Super stoked that Scotland’s The LaFontaines will be main support for all the UK club shows. Check out the dates below and grab even more info right HERE.

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After the UK, it’s over to mainland Europe where the guys will spend July touring throughout Denmark, Germany, France, and The Netherlands, before bringing it all back home to play Eaux Claires Fest in Wisconsin on the 17th. Check out all the dates below, including an absolute ton of North American festival dates happening this Fall. As always, full details and ticket info can be found at doomtree.net right HERE. If you’re anywhere near the area, or know of anybody who is, make sure to spread the word and check out a show!

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Bringing it back to the top with Stef and his crazy face real quick: We just got some new P.O.S shirts in from The F*cking Best Show Ever, and our webstore in now fully stocked! Check out the one-of-a-kind “Emoji” shirt below, modeled by merch lady extraordinaire Crista Bell, and designed by best dude and constant P.O.S collaborator Eric Carlson. Pick one up HERE.

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And here’s Nick rocking the new “Reaper” shirt in between stocking and selling merch at TFBSE. Yes, that is an image of a banana photobombing the Grim Reaper. Again, Eric Carlson for the win. Grab yours HERE.

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And speaking of the Doomtree Webstore (segue segue, you already know), huge shouts to everyone that pre-ordered the new Lights Out Paris deluxe-edition vinyl. For those of you who placed orders by last Sunday, your stuff will be shipping out this week ahead of the June 30th street date (Tuesday for international orders, Thursday for US). If you missed the initial deadline, there’s still one more week to pre-order and get all the cool stuff that comes with (t-shirt, sticker, pin, patch, private Livestream concert with Sims, etc). Check out the image below for more details and go HERE for your last chance at getting these awesome bonus deals.

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There are a total of four remixes that come with the album, and so far we’ve streamed Paper Tiger’s “Tape Deck” remix and Lazerbeak’s “15 Blocks Remix” (that’s me). You can check both of those out below, along with the newly-mastered original version of each song. Brand new sweet remixes from MK Larada and Joe Mabbott will come with purchase of the album, as well the unearthing of Sims’ very first EP, False Hopes Four.

Let’s continue on with the Bonus Jams while we’re at it. This week I wanted to highlight the works of deVon Gray (aka dVRG), a friend and collaborator who’s had his fingerprints all over the Minneapolis music scene for what seems like forever now. Aside from playing keys with the likes of Heiruspecs, Chastity Brown, and Brother Ali, deVon also composes strings and plays flute on a ton of local albums. He played in my short-lived Ensemble of Legendz back when I dropped Legend Recognize Legend, and we’ve been working together for the past year or so on a bunch of Luther Vandross/Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-inspired R&B songs, which has pretty much been the best time ever. Here’s a brief sampling of some of the varied songs and projects he’s had his hands in to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

Heiruspecs – “On The Ground”

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Chastity Brown – “Colorado”

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Brother Ali – “The Travelers”

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Big Quarters – “New Plateau” (flute)

dVRG – “3 Piano Pieces 1: After Bar”

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BAM! All these sweet Bonus Jams lead me to the fact that deVon will be curating a solo show with a bunch of friends and guests next Wednesday, July 1st, at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Dosh, 1990, God’s Drugs, and Brick Squad’s Mac Mouse will all be on hand for an awesome night of music. Check out all the details below and grab your tickets HERE. Highly recommended.

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OK! That about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics to close things out. Here’s Penny rocking some newly cut bangs and “designer” sunglasses. The angsty teen in her continues to grow at an alarming rate. I’d be terrified if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m pretty sure we can parlay this into an endorsement deal with the kids division of Urban Outfitters, or something like that. 2015 bodes well for the ever-extending Year of the Endorsement Deal.

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I had an awesome Father’s Day with all the kids and both sides of our family last Sunday. Here’s me with P, Cam, and Lou after a long day of BBQ and inflatable pools. I think we’re watching Big Hero 6 (aka “Scary Robot”) for about the 67th time. Pretty sure I now know every word to that Fall Out Boy “Immortals” song from the end credits. Yikes.

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Alright, that’s it for real. I hope you all have an excellent week. Make sure to go check out a Doomtree show if you’re over in the UK at all, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday with a big first week tour update. See you then!

– Beak

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