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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 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!

– Beak

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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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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 03, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 03, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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ALL HANDS DAY!!!!!

Posted on January 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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