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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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Lights Out Paris 10-Year Anniversary!!!

Posted on May 19, 2015

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Hard to believe this is even possible, but Sims’ very first full-length, Lights Out Paris, officially turns 10 years old next month. INSANE. To celebrate that big decade mark, Doomtree Records is releasing an incredibly special deluxe edition of Lights Out Paris on vinyl for the first time ever!!! WHOA.

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We’ve gone and remastered all of the audio from the original album to make it knock even harder, and this deluxe edition double LP also comes with a huge fold-out poster containing full printed lyrics from the album for the first time ever. In addition to that, we’ve added a digital download card containing full album audio, plus Sims’ super rare 2004 False Hopes Four EP, and four brand new remixes from original Lights Out Paris producers Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Joe Mabbott, and Lazerbeak (me!). THAT’S A TOTAL OF 23 TRACKS! You can stream “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” on the Soundcloud player below, along with the newly remastered original album version, to get a little taste of what we’re working with. I tried my hardest to give this new remix a completely different feel from the OG beat that I made well over a decade ago, which probably explains the chill West Coast R&B feel. Sims even tweaked and re-recorded his vocals for an updated approach. Total blast to work on this and it rules to listen to the two versions back-to-back. Check it out!

All of this awesome news leads us right into the big time Lights Out Paris Pre-Order going on RIGHT NOW at the Doomtree Webstore! Let’s start out with the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order details and ease our way into the deluxe territory. Check this out!

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That’s right, when you pre-order the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order you’ll get all of the following:

- Remastered double LP

- Large fold-out poster with full printed lyrics

- Digital download card with full album audio, four brand new remixes, and Sims’ super rare 2004 False Hopes Four EP (23 tracks total!)

- Instant download of “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)”

- Access to a private Livestream concert and hangout with Sims on Wednesday, July 15th at 9:00pm CST. He’ll be performing various selections from his entire discography, playing some new material, and hanging out to answer questions as well.

SO SWEET. You can pre-order the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order right HERE…..OR you could ball out of control and go for the ultimate Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order.  Check THIS out:

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When you purchase the Lights Out Paris Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order, you not only get all of the sweet extras that come with the standard version (private Livestream concert, “15 Blocks Remix” instant download, 9 bonus tracks, etc), but you also get all of this crazy stuff:

- Limited 2005-era Sims t-shirt

- Screen printed Lights Out Paris patch (to add to your All Hands, No Kings, and HELLA FRREAL joints)

- 3″ x 6″ glossy Sims sticker

- Sims button

All for just $15 more than the standard version! HOT DEALS. You can purchase the Lights Out Paris Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order from the Doomtree Webstore right HERE.

And if physical product just isn’t your thing these days, you can pre-order the 23-track Lights Out Paris (Deluxe Edition) digitally through iTunes and receive bonus track “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” instantly. Check that out right HERE.

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In other Doomtree-related news, Dessa just made it home safely from her crazy travels throughout Europe and South Africa. She’ll get a couple days to catch her breath, and then it’s right back to work. To kick things off Dessa will be performing a solo set on the main stage at Soundset this Sunday, alongside the likes of Ice Cube, Ludacris, J. Cole, Big Sean, and Yelawolf. Click HERE for tons more details and ticket info.

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Doomtree will have a big merch tent set up at Soundset, just like in years past, and we’ll be slanging a bunch of new Doomtree and Dessa gear all day long. Make sure to stop by and say what’s up to Crista, Ander, and Nick. You can also get a very special deal on some F*cking Best Show Ever advance tickets. Two for $20 only at the Doomtree booth. Come check us out!

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And while you’re there, make sure you hit up the annual Last of the Record Buyers production showcase throughout the day. The homies Brandon Allday and Medium Zach have been hard at work to bring you another great lineup of producer and DJ driven entertainment. Here’s a quick promo video to get you amped.

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That should do it for Doomtree-related news this week, so let’s jump into a couple of Doomtree-related Bonus Jams before I call it a day. Our good friend Astronautalis just released a brand new single last week, and it’s produced by ME! This song was originally supposed to go on his upcoming full-length, but the direction was just a little too removed from that album’s sound, so Andy decided to release this as a cool one-off. I’m really happy with how it all turned out. Check out “Papillon” below.

And speaking of Lazerbeak productions (you didn’t really think I’d snap the Segue Streak now, did you?), here’s that Sims “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” one more time in case you missed it up top. Circle of life and all that steez. Enjoy!

I’ll leave you with a couple of big time Bonus Baby Pics. The TWINZ are now 14 months old and totally killing the game. Here’s Crab Man Cam flashing a very rare smile to the camera and trying out some fancy modeling poses, while Laid Back Lou rocks some cool blue jammies and keeps things super laid back (per usual). Work it, dudes.

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These guys have been way into hanging out in the backyard now that everything is warming up a bit. Here’s Cam hard at work on his dunking technique, while Lou attempts to fix the battery in the toy lawn mower. It takes all types.

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Can’t forget about P! She’s been going totally buck at about any park she lays her eyes on lately. Here she is working on that upper body strength for some future gymnastics endeavors. I really need my photo shoppers out there to turn this pic into some sort of cool death-defying stunt. Maybe she’s dangling precariously close to a fiery lava river in hell or something? Just an idea to get the creativity flowing. ARLO, once again I’m looking at you.

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Here’s Penny hanging out with her new favorite things in the world: ROCKS. Every weekend for the last month we’ve headed down to Minnehaha Creek to throw rocks in the water. The first hour of this is actually really fun, but by hour two I start to lose perspective on the overall end game of the whole thing. I might be overthinking it though.

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Alright! That does it for this special Lights Out Paris edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Make sure to check out all the pre-order details right HERE and help us spread the word if you get a second. I hope you all have a wonderful week and we’ll see you next Tuesday for a welcomed guest round of Tuesdays With Dessica.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 12, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It appears that Spring has officially sprung, and we’re slowly starting to roll out a few new merch items on our Webstore, along with re-ups on the tried and true seasonal essentials. We’ve got some sweet newly added No Kings flags and turntable slipmats, as well as tons of sunglasses, coozies, snapbacks, and tote bags for all your Spring nice weather needs. Click on each item below for more individual details or go right HERE to view the entire store. And stay tuned for some new soft goods coming sooner than later!

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Speaking of Spring, here in the Twin Cities a tell-tale sign of the times is the annual Art-A-Whirl festival in Nordeast Minneapolis. It’s a weekend celebration of all the artists and businesses in the neighborhood, and is always accompanied by a ton of parking lot shows. This Saturday, May 16th I’ll be making a rare appearance with Mixed Blood Majority, headlining the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl party. We hit stage just before 9:00. Excited to get out of the house and run into a bunch of you hopefully. Click the image below for their entire weekend lineup. Should be a total blast.

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That very same night, Sims will be headlining Grumpy NE’s Art-A-Whirl party, just a few blocks down the road. He’s scheduled to perform at 9:15, so if you play your cards right you just might be able to catch half sets from each of us. Click the image below for the full Grumpy’s NE schedule.

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And speaking of Sims (segue mania), he’ll be kicking off the crazy Doomtree June Show Takeover with a super rare headlining performance at Icehouse on June 5th with Milo (Hellfyre Club) and DJ Fundo. Tickets are going fast, so if you want to go to this you’re probably gonna want to grab them in advance. Check out all the sweet deetz and ticket info right HERE.

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The following weekend, Stef will be headlining the second-annual F*cking Best Show Ever with Big Freedia, Ho99o9, and a ton of other awesome groups. It all goes down on Saturday, June 13th at 835 E. Hennepin. Should be absolutely ridiculous. Grab your tix right HERE.

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Then one week after that, our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing two sets at the sixth-annual Wrestlepalooza on Saturday, June 20th. Pro wrestling, burlesque, and raps. I think that might literally be the definition of a trifecta. It all takes place at the legendary First Avenue Mainroom, and you can check out more details and ticket info right HERE.  Man, June is gonna be NUTZ.

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Dessa just wrapped up her first ever European headlining tour this past weekend in Milan, so I figured it was time for one last photo recap. Here’s Dessa with a very serious warning shot to RyanAir and anyone who chooses to rep their squad. The beef is real and you do not want it with Coupon Man!

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Some cool photo booth shots of Dessa and Aby right before their show in Paris. Not quite sure what’s going on here, but I’d like to pretend that the two are in a heated argument regarding which French basketball player on the San Antonio Spurs has the better jumpshot, Tony Parker or Boris Diaw. My money’s on Parker for what it’s worth.

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Aby and Dessa onstage in Paris, just after settling their NBA-related differences.

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Now for a little bit of a bummer. Tour is not always strictly a bunch of fun and carefree running around. Case in point: Dessa caught an eye allergy somewhere between France and Italy and had her entire right eye swell up to epic proportions. NOT TYTE, ALLERGIES. Here she is after a good amount of the swelling had subsided the following day. Total trooper.

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And here she is at the airport after playing her last two shows in Italy. Full recovery! You can’t keep Coupon Man down for too long. Good to see the smile is back.

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Dessa will be spending this week in South Africa participating in some various cultural workshops before returning home for her Soundset main stage performance on May 24th. Today she’ll be partaking in an online #CULTUREFIX discussion about Teaching Artists. Check out the info below for more details on how to participate.

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We’ve had multiple cool Doomtree video features pop up over the last week that I wanted to highlight quick. AOL.Rise featured us as their Rising Artist last week and showed some love to our “Beastface” video in their daily wrap up. Click the player below to check it out. I feel like this is the closest I may ever come to E! Weekly. Amazing.

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The good people at Consequence of Sound were down in Austin this past march filming their Off the Avenue series at SXSW. Check out our in-studio performance of “Gray Duck” below, and read what they had to say about the whole thing right HERE.

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And here’s a pretty great picture taken at the Off the Avenue shoot. This was on our last night at SXSW, after playing about a dozen shows over the past 36 hours. We were definitely losing it by this point. Lunacy at its finest.

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The dudes shot a quick feature interview with the folks over at Rhapsody when they were out in San Francisco on the All Hands Tour. You can check that out below.

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And lastly, Last.FM swung through NYC for the All Hands Tour and shot this Soundcheck feature before the show. You can watch the whole thing and read their write-up on the group HERE.

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Alright, that should do it for all the Doomtree-related stuff this week. I wanted to jump into a few Local Bonus Jams quick before calling it a day. I must admit, I have totally slept on this new project from legendary awesome guys Crescent Moon and Andrew Broder. I knew these dudes had been working on some stuff, but had no idea there were already three killer songs out in the world for all to enjoy. Check out “Bad Hand,” “RITUAL,” and “ASHES” (featuring best guy Greg Grease) below. Very excited about this whole thing. I will definitely be keeping closer tabs moving forward.

Last week MaLLy dropped a brand new joint with Last Word called “Say My Peace.” It’s the first track that the two have released since their excellent album The Colors of Black, and it’s a heater. Check it out below.

I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics to make up for last week’s absence. Here’s Laid Back Lou in the flesh, being his usual awesome laid back self. Love this guy.

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And here’s Crab Man Cam working on some sort of a soap goatee during bath time. Always so quick to grow up. Really hope that doesn’t ever turn into the real thing.

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Here’s Penny continuing her whole “I Live in a Cardboard Box” lifestyle. I thought this might just be a phase at first, but she’s really making a solid run out of it. There is something to be said about basic shelter, I suppose.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day last weekend. A big time Happy Mother’s Day shout goes out to all the moms worldwide, but I want to give a special Untouchable Baddest Mom In The Game shout to my wife Brittany Mader (AKA Killa Cam) for wrangling this household day in and day out like a true BAWSE. This picture pretty much sums up what I’m talking about. Love you mucho! Thanks for putting up with us.

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Alright! That’s it for real. I hope you all have a great week watching this crazy second round of the NBA Playoffs. I may have a heart attack before the next blog post if the games keep going down to the wire like they have been. See you next Tuesday with some big time announcements!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 05, 2015

Welcome back to Tuesday With Lazerbeak. I’ve got some huge new show announcements for you today, so let’s jump right into it. Last week P.O.S announced the date and lineup for his much-anticipated second annual The F*cking Best Show Ever! Stef will be curating the event again with the good folks at Greenroom, and they’ve got some serious heavy hitters on the bill this year, along with some super promising up-and-comers. Big Freedia, Ho99o9, Marijuana Deathsquads, Psymun, Saba, Denitia and Sene, TIIIIIIIIIIP, and Ander Other will all be a part of the festivities this time around, which will again culminate with a headlining solo set from P.O.S himself. It all goes down on Saturday, June 13th as part of Familia’s 10th Anniversary Weekend (which kicks off June 12th with a Ying Yang Twins concert no less). Check out the flyer below and grab TFBSE tickets and even more details right HERE.

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Chances are you might not be totally familiar with all of those acts on the flyer, and believe me, that is 100% totally cool (I wasn’t either). Half of the point of TFBSE is to expose the Twin Cities to brand new and under-the-radar artists, which is why Stef and Greenroom made this sweet Best F*cking Show Ever Soundcloud playlist to get you in the know. Check it all out below and start counting down the days until June 13th. This show is going to rule insanely hard.

That month only gets better too. On Saturday, June 20th our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing two sets at First Avenue for Wrestlepalooza VI (!!!), which will combine pro wrestling, burlesque, and live music for a seriously action-packed night. Dudes, PRO WRESTLING!!! I cannot wait for this. Check out the flyer below for full details and grab your tickets HERE.

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In album-related news, Doomtree’s All Hands was just officially released throughout all of Europe and the entire UK in both physical and digital formats! If you live anywhere near those regions you should now be able to purchase the album via iTunes or stream it via Spotify, as well as pick up the CD or LP in select record stores.

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In conjunction with that news, there’s been some cool international press rolling out with the release as well. UK site The Skinny gave the album a very positive review, which you can read about right HERE, and I recently sat down with French site Slow Show for an in-depth interview on the state of Doomtree. You can read the online interview HERE (most will probably need to hit the “translate” button), and it will also appear in Volume 27 of French magazine New Noise. Oh, and don’t forget about Clash Magazine premiering our sweet new video for “Beastface” a few weeks back. Read their full write-up right HERE, and check out the tyte vizual below.

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All of this positive press just adds to the momentum we’ve been building up for the All Hands Europe Tour this summer. There are still a few more festivals that we’re waiting on to announce, but you can find the majority of the tour routing on the flyer below. As always, you can grab tickets and all the sweet deetz right HERE.

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Continuing on with this Europe theme (segue!), Dessa will be wrapping up the last two shows of her European headlining tour this week, after just crushing out eight shows in a row throughout Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic. She’ll be hitting Paris tomorrow (Wed) and Milan on Saturday before it’s all said and done. Details for those final shows right HERE.

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And now, as always, it’s time for my attempt at meticulously recapping a tour that I am not actually on. As I mentioned, Dessa and Aby traversed quite a few countries last week on their quest for world dominance. Here’s some sweet homemade window art that welcomed them in Budapest.

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And here’s proof of Dessa’s time spent in the Czech Republic, although I would argue that one could just as easily have taken that picture in Ybor City, Florida and written “Czech Republic” on it. We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt though given all the information at hand.

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This is Aby drinking a ginormous pilsner backstage in Pilsen. Truly incredible to me. No funny caption necessary.

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Dessa and Merch Man Josh speed walking through Prague on their brief 18 hour stay in the city. Not totally sure “Merch Man Josh” is gonna stick. Let me think on some more nicknames for a bit and get back to you.

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Lastly, here’s Aby posted up in front of what I can only imagine to be a very unfortunate (yet comical) lost-in-translation scenario. Awesome.

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OK! That about does it for the news this week, but let me leave you with a slew of Video Bonus Jams before calling it a day. I’m gonna start things off with this new Titus Andronicus single off their upcoming full-length The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Gotta be honest, I never really checked for these guys at all on their previous albums, but this new song is just so insanely good. The lyrics and delivery rule, plus it kind of reminds me of Andrew WK meets all the indie rock bands I listened to in high school. Extremely recommended. Bonus things it has going for it: A) It’s called “Dimed Out,” which is just a really solid phrase to begin with. B) It’s one of 29 songs on a 93-minute crazy concept album, and you KNOW that I am going to be into that. Check it out.

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Let’s run with the TFBSE theme for the rest of this week’s jams, just to tie it all back up to the top and complete the TWL Circle of Life. Check out videos from Big Freedia, Ho99o9, Marijuana Deathsquads, Psymun, Saba, and Denitia & Sene below. I will still argue that “Ewok Sadness” is the greatest music video OF ALL TIME.

Big Freedia – “Ya’ll Get Back Now”

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Ho99o9 – “Bone Collector”

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Marijuana Deathsquads – “Ewok Sadness”

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Psymun – “Talk To Me” feat. Kerry Roy

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Saba – “Secondhand Smoke”

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Denitia and Sene – “Divided”

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BAM! There you have it. No Bonus Baby Pics this week. The kids are all moving way too fast to even get a shot off these days, plus Penny is currently in my dog house after tricking me into sitting on a peeled banana this morning, then laughing maniacally when I realized my misfortune. Not cool, P. I WILL NOT reward that type of behavior with shine time on a verrrrrry popular and beloved blog. If that doesn’t learn you, I don’t know what will.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you back here next Tuesday for sure. Go Bulls!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 28, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’ve got a brand spanking new Doomtree music video for you today, courtesy of director Adam Dunn and his #LAAB web series. Dunn just launched Season 9 of his minimalist Lights And A Backdrop music video series, and Doomtree’s “.38 Airweight” is at the very top of the pile. Check out the super tyte vizual below, and help us spread the word if you have a second. You can watch all 30 episodes of the new season right HERE, which featuries the likes of Aby Wolf, Sean Anonymous, Mayda, Moon and Pollution, and a ton of other awesome and up-and-coming artists. Huge shouts to Adam Dunn for all the hard work he always puts into these, and for shining a spotlight on artists big and small from our great state. Killing it.

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Our very own Paper Tiger just dropped an awesome remix for Triple Crown Records’ band From Indian Lakes, and it completely RULES so hard. Seriously, Papes is in a zone right now. This is great. Check out the “Sleeping Limbs” Paper Tiger Remix below and pick up the entire Absent Sounds Remixed Sounds album by From Indian Lakes right HERE if you’re feeling it.

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Dessa and Aby are still going strong out in Europe. They’ve got over a week under their belts now, and have knocked out two sold-out shows in London and a headlining play in Nuremburg. They’ll be hitting cities throughout the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary this coming week, and Plzen, Brno, Bratislava, Budapest, Piešt’any, Prague, and Berlin are all on the docket even before the next Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post goes live. Holy lord, that’s a lot of running around. Check out all the dates from the full itinerary below and grab your tickets right HERE.

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And now for a quick check-in from the ladies. Looks like things are off to a very stern and serious start. Trust me, you do not want it with these guys. SERIOUS BIZZNESS.

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Here’s Dessa working on a new masterpiece en route to Germany. Orange crayon appears to be her favored medium of choice these days. This appears to be a pretty challenging, next-level statement on innocence lost and the state of the current airline industry. Can’t wait to get it in the galleries later this year.

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Here’s Aby hanging out with a crazy gravity-defying street performer in Barcelona. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had to Google how this is even possible. Nice one, Magic.

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Another new show has been added to the Doomtree All Hands European Tour! The guys will be playing Bremen, Germany on July 11th, after swinging through Paris towards the end of the run. Here’s the full German routing to date. Tickets and even more details can be procured right HERE.

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Super pumped that Remi will be opening all of the German dates on this run. Check out his great “Tyson” video below if you’re not familiar yet.

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Below are all the upcoming confirmed Doomtree shows to date. Still waiting on a couple more big fests to announce before we lock Europe in completely, so definitely stay tuned. In the meantime, you can go right HERE for all the most up-to-date information.

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Now for a few upcoming shows back in the states. Our very own Ander Other will be DJing a brand new event called HI-A-TUS this Thursday (4/30) over at the Gamut Gallery, alongside Spaycetime and DJ Keezy. Sarah White and Alicia Steele will be handling the hosting duties. Check out all the sweet deetz below.

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The Northeast Minneapolis yearly tradition known as Art-A-Whirl is only a few short weeks away. I’ll be playing with Mixed Blood Majority down at the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl celebration on Saturday, May 16th, alongside Retribution Gospel Choir and Pink Mink. We’ll be debuting a bunch of new songs we’ve been working on for the upcoming MBM full-length too. Should be a blast. Check out the full lineup HERE.

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That very same night, Sims will headline Grumpy’s NE Art-A-Whirl party not too far down the road, alongside the Cactus Blossoms, Grant Hart, and Farewell Milwaukee. You can check out that full lineup right HERE.

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And speaking of Sims (ahem, segue), he’ll be headlining his first hometown show in forever on Friday, June 5th at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Milo and DJ Fundo are along for the ride as well. This one is gonna be NUTZ. Grab your tickets HERE while you still can.

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Now for some sweet new Bonus Jams from one of my current favorite bands, Speedy Ortiz. These guys just dropped their brand new Foil Deer full-length last week, and there are some serious heaters on this thing. Check out singles “Raising The Skate” and “The Graduates” below, followed by the Major Arcana classic “No Below” – because that has got to be one of the best songs ever written. LOVE THESE GUYS. Makes me want to play in an indie rock band again. Happy that someone is still out there carrying the torch for guitar bands.

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Alright, that about does it for this week. We’ve been super busy finally moving Doomtree HQ out of my living room and into our very own OFFICE SPACE. Huge shouts to Ander, Crista, Nick, and Jimmy for all the help and manual labor getting everything set up over the past few weeks. It only took us about a decade, but we finally have our very own space. So beyond excited and proud. Tearz of Joy.

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I wasn’t able to get a ton of Bonus Baby Pics this week due to all the moving, but here’s a quick shot of Penny at her very first dentist appointment yesterday. Sounds like she took the cleaning like a total boss. Now if we could just convince her to stop eating all of the toothpaste straight out of the tube we’d be in serious business. One thing at a time I guess.

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BAM. That’s it for today. I hope you all have a truly great week. I’ll leave you with the latest two Doomtree music videos for good measure, just in case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple weeks. Enjoy, spread the word, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 21, 2015

YESSSSS!!!!! The awesome new Doomtree “Beastface” music video is finally out in the world! YESSSSS!!!!! Shouts to Clash Magazine for premiering the video last week (check out their write-up HERE), and beyond enormous shouts to director Isaac Gale for creating yet another insanely cool vizual for us. Check out the whole glorious thing below and help us spread the word if you get a second!

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LA Weekly came all the way out to the desert to capture some cool behind-the-scenes shots at the shoot. Click HERE to see the full photo gallery. Thanks to Tom Colvin for all the sweet pics.

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Dessa and Aby have safely landed in the UK and are gearing up for Dessa’s first ever headlining European tour! Things kick off on Wednesday with TWO sold-out shows in London, before hitting cities in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, and Italy. Ay yay yay, that’s a lotta countries. Check out the full list of dates below and grab your tickets HERE.

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Now we just have to hope that Dessa can physically remove herself from the candy department at this Selfridges shop in London and actually make it to the shows. Easier said than done, believe me.

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Speaking of the UK (ahem, SEGUE), we’ve just announced another Doomtree show in the UK towards the start of our All Hands European tour. The dudes will be playing the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Tuesday, June 30th! Check out all of the confirmed UK dates below and grab tickets right HERE.

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There are still a couple big shows announcing before we firm up the entire tour. Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can grab tickets and even more sweet tour deetz right HERE.

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Now for some upcoming Doomtree-related US dates. Our very own Mike Mictlan will be playing good friend MC Longshot’s CD release party this Wednesday (4/22) at the Nomad World Pub. Great lineup for this excellent album. Check out all the details HERE.

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P.O.S and Astronautalis will be heading down to Kansas City this Friday for a rare Four Fists performance at Middle of the Map Festival. You can grab tickets and check out the stacked lineup right HERE.

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And don’t forget about this recently announced Sims headlining show at Icehouse on June 5th with Milo and DJ Fundo. Tickets have now officially gone on sale to the public right HERE. Make sure you grab yours soon before they’re all gone.

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I think that about does it for Doomtree stuff this week. I wanted to highlight a couple of Local Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping as of late. First up is TYTE JEFF, who are in the middle of a month-long residency at the Nomad this month. I know I’m biased because this is my best friend’s band, but these dudes have been slaying as of late, and the new material they’ve been performing is next level. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend getting down to the Nomad this Thursday (4/23) or next Thursday (4/30) to check it all out. Here’s their debut EP in all of its FREE.99 glory to get you amped.

Ben Burwell’s awesome band, Taj Raj, will be dropping their first full-length album next month, and they just released the lead single “Alder Tree” this morning. I was a huge fan of their first EP, and am beyond pumped to hear this record. Check out “Alder Tree” below and pre-order Night Speech right HERE.

K.Raydio & O-D just dropped a new vizual for One Drop standout “The Back Wall.” I really like these guys. Shouts to renaissance man Medium Zach for directing the video (and mixing/mastering/designing the album).

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I gotta be honest, I haven’t heard a whole lot about Off-10, but this new Love In Times of War EP is NICE. Check out the entire three-song burner below and get familiar. Mike the Martyr on the beats.

 

Bain just dropped a new video for Love In Blue single “Plateau.” Shouts to Davis Bain and Erick Anderson for putting this great project together. Jayanthi Kyle on the vox!

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And now for one non-local Bonus Jam. I’m getting pretty amped for this new Unknown Mortal Orchestra album. They just dropped this “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” single and it is a HEATER. Plus all the kids love to dance around to it, which is what you might call a win-win scenario.

SPEAKING OF MY KIDS (ugh, this segue stuff is just too easy), here’s a couple Bonus Baby Pics before I call it a day. With all the TWINZ Mania going on constantly, it’s important to not forget that Lil’ Miss P is about to turn THREE YEARS OLD next month. Here she is at my mom’s place learning how to make GORP, and more importantly, developing the skills that it takes to sneak all of the M&Ms out of the batch while no one is looking.

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If the whole culinary thing doesn’t end up working out for her, she can always get a job as an Iggy Pop impersonator. Here she is looking about as badass as one can possibly look wearing diapers and holding a Frozen microphone.

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And here we are kicking it down by Minnehaha Creek this past weekend. Penny’s new favorite activity involves me collecting all the sticks and rocks in the entire world, laying them down at her feet, and then watching her throw each one separately into the water. It’s the simple things in life I guess. After a few hours of this I can definitely tell you that Penny has the better job here. You could almost say that I got the SHORT END OF THE STICK!!!! (Classic Dad Joke)

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Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ll see myself out now. I hope you all have a truly wonderful week. Pass that “Beastface” video around and I’ll see you all back here next Tuesday!

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 14, 2015

HUGE UPDATE: The good folks at UK-based Clash Magazine just world premiered the new Doomtree “Beastface” video!!! Check out what they had to say about it right HERE and watch the sweet vizualz below. Enormous shouts to director-extraordinaire Isaac Gale (AKA Ice Man Cometh) for knocking this one out of the park. Spread the word!

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Welcome back to another action-packed round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Remember that Doomtree music video I’ve been promising for the last two weeks? Well, it’s finally aaaaalmost here. Check out this sweet new teaser trailer for Doomtree’s impending “Beastface” music video and GET SERIOUSLY AMPED! Keep checking back here too, as we’ll update the site once the official real deal vid has dropped.

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BIG TYME SHOW ALERT: Sims just announced a super awesome headlining set at Icehouse in Minneapolis on June 5th! WHOA. Check this out:

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This will actually be Sims’ first headlining club show since the release of Field Notes last September. Those Hilltop Hoods and Doomtree tours kept him on the road for the better part of six months, so he will definitely be tour-tested for this special intimate hometown show. Extremely excited that he’s bringing the homies DJ Fundo and Milo along for the ride too. For those that might not know, Milo is a member of the legendary Hellfyre Club (along with Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, Nocando, and several others), and it completely rules that he’ll be coming out to play this show. Check out a couple video links from Milo below. Tickets for this sweet show will go on sale this Friday morning and you can grab them right HERE.

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In more upcoming show news, our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing next Wednesday, April 22nd at the Nomad World Pub for MC Longshot’s CD release show. This should be a great night celebrating Longhsot’s new #FTP project, as well as a chance to check out a ton of great HELLA FRREAL cuts. Check out more details below, and grab Shot’s #FTP album right HERE. Check out the lead single underneath the flyer for a taste of what he’s been working on.

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Dessa’s brief return home between tours is almost over. She’ll be packing up her bags and heading overseas with Aby Wolf this weekend to gear up for her first headlining European tour. Check out all the dates and cities below and grab tickets and more info right HERE. Things kick off April 22nd with two sold-out London shows.

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BREAKING DESSA TOUR NEWS: A new show was just added in Milan, Italy on May 9th. Check out the flyer below for all the details.

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And for those of you that followed last week’s photoshop challenge (taken from the image of Dessa holding A GOAT on tour), you are in for a serious treat. Our good friend and light guy extraordinaire, Arlo, heard my cries and created this new “Goat Wearing A Hat” meme, complete with an awesome goat pun at the end. Click the player below and bear witness to greatness. You are all very welcome. Thanks Arlo!

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Speaking of tours (SEGUE!!!), we’ve got a couple new Doomtree items up on the Webstore left over from the All Hands Tour. Here’s the appropriately titled “Tour Shirt”, with images from Q+A, lyrics from “80 on 80,” and layout by Andy Lund. The back of the shirt lists every single city and date from the US tour and makes for a pretty sweet collector’s item. These won’t be pressed again, so grab one while you still can right HERE.

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And here’s the grey version of the “All Hands Shirt”. After over a decade of solely printing black t-shirts, we finally decided to live a little and switch things up. GENIUS! Grab yours right HERE. Drawing by Taylor Dees and lettering by Emmanuel Mauleón.

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Now for a couple of quick Bonus Jams. I’ve gotta admit, I’ve never been a huge Chance the Rapper fan in the past. I know everyone loves him and I probably never gave Acid Rap much of a shot, but it’s just not ever really been my thing. This new song he just released with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment has definitely got my attention though. Yes, the one-take video is extremely well put together, but this song also just plain rules and has been stuck in my head all week. Check it out below.

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I knew they fully had me about halfway through the track when it drops into an interpolation of “It’s Gonna Rain,” one of the greatest gospel songs OF ALL TIME. Which then reminded me of Grace & Glory, one of the greatest gospel groups OF ALL TIME. Click the player below for Grace & Glory’s excellent version of “It’s Gonna Rain” from their insanely classic Inspired album. Little known fact: This was the album the wifepiece and I listened to on our way to the hospital to have the TWINZ…

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…AND SPEAKING OF THE TWINZ (I think the Segue Streak scoreboard just exploded), I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it. Our Party of Five had some especially wild times this past week. Here’s Lou at that “Eureka!” moment when you finally discover how to unroll every single tube of toilet paper in the house. Not sure I’ve ever seen him so happy. I imagine this will make for some pretty comfortable bedding in the cardboard box that he currently lives in.

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And here’s the one and only Crab Man Cam looking like a bonafide angsty teen. Something tells me things will only get crabbier from here on out. They grow up so fast.

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Here are the dudes back in their favorite “LOUtenant Lou and CAMoflauge Cam” jammies, slowly learning the delicate nuances between playing with each other and physically assaulting one another. About 30 seconds after this picture was taken everyone was in tears, but it’s nice to have at least captured this brief moment in time when everything was peaceful and serene.

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Gardening season is coming up and Brittany’s mom has been building these cool box gardens in preparation for Spring planting. With all the city squirrels and crazy birds in the neighborhood, somebody was gonna have to keep an eye on things and protect the future crops. Glad to see these young men stepping up to the plate and pitching in a bit around the house.

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Can’t forget about Penny. Her mom took her to Frozen On Ice over the weekend and P may never be the same. It sounds like this look of astonishment and wonder was plastered over her face for the entire 90 minute program. GAME CHANGER.

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We took Penny to the Science Museum on Saturday and I got rewarded with an extremely rare peck after buying her all of the sweets at the cafeteria. Hey, sometimes you really do have to buy their affection. And no, I’m not giving the camera the finger. Not intentionally at least.

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Don’t forget to stay on the lookout for this new “Beastface” music video dropping any day now. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 07, 2015

Hey! Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Hopefully everyone has recovered from that crazy NCAA Championship game last night. No matter what team you were pulling for, I think we can all agree that the real winner of the tournament every year is Luther Vandross, who closes out each season with an effortless performance of “One Shining Moment,” set to a riveting highlight reel of SPORTS ACTION (right HERE, trust me). Aaaaaanyways, moving on. Dessa and Aby just wrapped up their two-week run with Welcome To Night Vale last night in Nashville, and are on their way back home for a brief rest. Sounds like the tour was truly awesome. I’m going to once again attempt to hijack images from their respective Instagram feeds and weave an intricately moving storyline throughout said pictures. Here’s Dessa and Aby pre-show hard at work on their stage faces. I imagine this has gotta be what most drummers do right before a show, except they just keep that face for the entire set.

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Seconds later on stage (and off stage). Most of the shows on this run have been in traditional seated theaters, so I have a feeling Dess may have had to deploy the “jump into the crowd to see if they’re still with you” tactic more than a couple of times. Might’ve lost the guy in the front row.

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Flash forward to Easter Sunday, where the gals somehow ended up in a strange utopian brunch scenario that included the gentle touch of a baby goat. You really cannot make this stuff up, folks.

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I’d like to point out that the goat Dessa is holding appears to be rocking a cool southern church hat and long flowing strawberry blonde hair on first glance. Any photoshoppers out there that can whip up a classic “Goat Wearing a Hat” meme for me? Arlo, I’m looking at you.

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End of the road. Here’s Dessa and Aby right before the final show in Nashville last night, after possibly spending so much time together that their bodies merged into some sort of conjoined twins situation. Shouts to Welcome To Night Vale for having them out (and for playing some All Hands tunes at doors every night). Best of luck on the rest of the run.

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Dessa and Aby will be home for just under two weeks before packing up their bags and heading overseas for Dessa’s first European headlining tour. Check out all the dates and cites below, and grab your tickets right HERE.

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Then just one month later, Doomtree will head out on the All Hands Europe Tour! Stef, Sims, Mike, Cecil, Paper, and Dessa will be running all over Europe and the UK spreading the good word throughout the summer. Check out all the sweet deetz below, and go HERE for tickets and even more info. There are still a few more dates getting worked out as we speak, so definitely stay tuned.

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Very excited to announce that we’ll have Australia’s own Remi opening up the four crew shows in Germany! This guy is awesome. Check out his video for “Tyson” below to get familiar, and grab tickets to these shows right HERE.

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Continuing on with the weekly podcast appearance theme, Sims recently sat down with our ultimate guy Open Mike Eagle for a taping of the latter’s excellent Secret Skin podcast. They talked about the triumphs and tribulations of being part of a big crew, and covered topics such as race, business, family, and those ever pesky iTunes reviews. Check out the hour long discussion right HERE or click the player below.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan just dropped a fire verse over this new “Drank” track from DJ Snuggles. The song also features standout verses from the homies Metasota and Manchita, and was produced by Dimitry Killstorm and Snuggles. Check out the whole thing below, and stay on the lookout for DJ Snuggles’ That Beat 3 coming real soon.

I think that about does it for Doomtree-related stuff this week. I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Penny had an awesome Easter, getting jacked up on possibly the most candy she’s ever seen. Here she is last week dyeing some eggs with the Grandmas. Sounds like this devolved very quickly into just shaking salt over everything.

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And here she is sliding away. She’s becoming quite the park connoisseur now that it’s slowly starting to warm up outside.

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Can’t forget about Crab Man Cam! This dude is walking all over the place now, and he’s starting to take up climbing as well. He’s very proud of himself as of late, and loves getting a chance to show off his new skills to anyone that will indulge him. Here he is in a cool Wreck-It Ralph scenario, waving to his legions of admirers. I’m starting to think we might want to bring those correctional helmets out of retirement to offset the amount of falls I foresee in this guy’s future.

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Alright, that does it for this week. I promise there really is a new Doomtree video coming soon. Just hit a couple speed bumps along the way, but keep on the lookout for real. In its absence I’m gonna close things out with that “One Shining Moment” jam montage I spoke of at the top of the post, on some real circle-of-life Segue Streak finale vibes. You’re gonna love this, promise. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 31, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I think we’re all finally starting to catch our collective breath after the last two crazy months of tour and album release mania. All but one of us, that is. After just two days home from the road, Dessa took off on a solo tour last week supporting mega-popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale throughout the East Coast and the South. The squad have wrapped their way through Pennsylvania, DC, and North Carolina already, and will be hitting cities throughout South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee over the course of the next week. A lot of these shows have already sold out in advance, but check out the flyer below or click HERE for all the sweet deetz and ticket info.

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Now is the time where I raid Dessa’s Instagram and piece together a a beautifully narrated storyline about life on the road. Dessa brought her trusty friend and awesome-person-in-all-things bandmate Aby Wolf along for the ride this time around. Here they are in an elevator as proof of this full-fledged tour partnership.

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And here they are backstage before the show scavenging for glassware. Guess which cup Dessa found?

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If you know Dess at all, you know that her love for fine cupcakes is pretty much unrivaled by anything on this vast planet. She knows entirely too much about these things, and I’m pretty sure her favorite spot in the whole country happens to be CrunkCakes, a booze-infused cupcake shop located right in DC. I’m seriously starting to question whether this tour was booked as merely an elaborate ploy to get back to CrunkCakes after the All Hands Tour.  Here she is pre-show after scoring a pretty serious haul.

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Dessa and Aby running through the newly stripped-down set. Aby has taken on the drummer/keyboard player/DJ/singer role this time around.

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I’ve mentioned in previous tour updates how people can slowly start to lose their minds after a couple weeks or months out on the road. It appears that the ladies have jump-started this timeline by quite a bit already, showing signs of insanity after mere days on tour. Here’s Dess rocking a strange new firefighter helmet, and Aby trying out some questionable eyewear.

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Speaking of Dessa AND tours (do I even have to mention the eternal Segue Streak at this point?), Dessa and Aby will continue this party all the way over to Europe for a two-week run in late April and early May. Check out all the up-to-date details below, click HERE to grab tickets, and definitely stay tuned for more weekly photo updates on the blog.

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The entire crew won’t be too far behind either, as Cecil, Mike, Stef, Sims, Paper, and Dessa will all be headed overseas this Spring for the All Hands Europe Tour. Check out all the current dates below, and stay tuned for even more shows announcing way sooner than later. Grab your tickets right HERE.

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In a little more local news, the big annual Northeast Minneapolis tradition that is Art-A-Whirl will be taking place over the weekend of May 15th-17th. There is always a ton of stuff to do and see throughout the entire weekend, and this year there are even a couple Doomtree-related shows that tie-in with the festivities as well. Sims has just been announced as the headliner of the Grumpy’s NE Art-A-Whirl party on May 16th, alongside Grant Hart (HUSKER DU!!!), The Cactus Blossoms, and a Hall and Oates cover band called PRIVATE OATES! Check out the full lineup right HERE.

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That very same night I’ll be performing down the street with Mixed Blood Majority at the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl celebration, alongside Retribution Gospel Choir and Pink Mink. Both parties should be an awesome time, and with such close proximity you should definitely plan on hitting both.

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Here’s one quick random press thing that didn’t really fit anywhere else: Fast Company’s Co.Create website did a big interview with Sims, Cecil, Stef, and Dessa down at SXSW on what it takes to keep creative collaboration alive in a 7-member collective. There are a lot of gems getting dropped in this one, and I thought it was worth including in today’s post. Click the image below or go right HERE for the full interview.

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And here’s a bonus Dessa video on her previous collaboration with Clif Bar’s Green Notes program. Click the player below or go right HERE and scroll to the bottom to watch the whole thing.

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I’ve got a very special Bonus Album Jam for you today. Our good friend Greg Grease recently dropped his excellent new full-length album Born To Lurk, Forced To Work, and I could not recommend it any more highly. For those of you at the recent Chicago and Madison crew shows, you’ll definitely remember Greg’s opening set. He’s crafted a truly awesome record front to back with this one, and it’s been getting equal play with the new Drake mixtape (which is incredibly high praise coming from me). You can stream the entire thing via the Soundcloud link below to get a feel for it, but if you’re feeling it, definitely go support the project by picking it up on iTunes right HERE. I really can’t see this one not being in my top albums of 2015. Enjoy!

I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics to make up for the last couple of posts. Here’s LOUtenant Lou and Camouflage Cam rocking the matching camo jammies and keeping themselves entertained for the entire duration of the Wisconsin/Arizona game. Love that. Shouts to their mom for picking up this new Radio Flyer toy. Priceless.

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Sad to say, but it appears that all three of my children now truly enjoy spending most of their time living inside of a cardboard box. I had such high hopes for them all when this family started out.

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Can’t forget about P! She’s crazier than ever these days, and is only two months away from the big 3 year mark. Despite all of her mischievous shenanigans, she has started saying the phrase “Thank you, Daddy. You’re awesome.”, which makes it pretty much impossible to ever get mad at her.

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Here’s she is trying out a controversial new ice cream eating technique and taking a selfie at the SAME DAMN TIME. The verdict is still out on whether or not this new cone-first fad will be sweeping the nation at any point in the near future. Only time will tell.

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Alright, that about does it. Stay on the look out this next week as we’ll be premiering an awesome new Doomtree video any day now. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for another installment of TWL!

– Beak

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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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