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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 November 25, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Today I’ve got big details on the highly anticipated Surly Doomtree Day, taking place on Sunday, December 7th as part of the week-long Last Blowout Ever! The Doomtree and Surly crews are gonna be piling into buses and running all over Minneapolis and St. Paul to kickoff the Surly Doomtree collaboration and draft beer release! OH MAN, I’M EXCITED. Check out the full schedule below:

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Come out and kick it with us, try the new beer, and enter to win tickets to upcoming sold-out Blowout concerts – as well as a chance to gain entrance into the top secret Surly Doomtree launch party happening later that evening – including an intimate Doomtree mini set. We’ll be hanging out and doing giveaways at every single restaurant location. THIS IS GONNA RULE SO HARD! Here’s a sweet Google Map so you can keep tabs on all of the festivities, just click the image below.

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And don’t forget, The Last Doomtree Blowout Ever kicks off in less than two weeks! Here are the details to all ten sold-out events. GET PUMPED.

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Now shifting gears to some big Dessa news: In addition to her recently announced NYE show at International Market Square, Dessa just released the news that she’ll be making her way overseas this Spring for her first big European tour, and will be kicking things off with a week in London as part of Mark Wheat and The Current’s London Beat Tour. Dessa and Mark will be traveling all over the city for an all-access look into rock n’ roll’s legends and landmarks, as well as a headlining Dessa show at renowned club Old Blue Last. Check out all the details for that trip right HERE, and stay tuned for many more Dessa European dates announcing shortly.

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Speaking of Dessa (Segue Streak times infinity!!!), she recently sat down with Quinn and Asha of the mighty Q + A for an in-depth interview and photo shoot. Check out a couple of the awesome images below, and go look at the entire spread right HERE.

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Just to take the Segue Streak completely over the top, I thought I’d start out this week’s round of Bonus Jams with a new episode of the Dessa-hosted Lowertown Line show. This episode is Dessa’s last as host of the show, and she goes out with a serious bang, interviewing the Legend God Har Mar Superstar and setting up a great performance from him and his band. Check out the entire thing below.

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I’ve been trying my hardest to calmly process everything in light of last night’s heartbreaking grand jury verdict. I don’t really have the words for it right now, but I’d encourage you to follow people like Shaun King and the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag for a much better insight into this mess. I always end up going back to Luther Vandross in times like this, so here are a handful of Bonus Jams from his flawless 1985 album The Night I Fell In Love - not because the songs directly relate to the situation in Ferguson/America, but because it’s extremely healing music to me.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Baby Pics before heading off to Blowout rehearsals. Crawl Man Cam and Laid Back Lou have been killing the game lately. I really see “hip-hop duo” in their future, on par with the likes of EPMD, Young Gunz, and Run the Jewels. Here’s Cam trying out the Butterfly Yeezy’s and Lou practicing his mic handling skills. Be on the lookout for a first single dropping early 2019.

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In all seriousness though, these dudes are quickly becoming the best of buds. It’s been pretty awesome to witness.

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Penny continues her diligent grind towards worldwide arts & crafts dominance. Here she is rotating between playdough sculptures and dinosaur water births. Extremely versatile.

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She’s also finally hit the age of being waaaaaaaay in to building forts, which I think may be a lifelong passion. Building forts still totally rules by the way, in case there were any doubts left in your mind.

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Alright, that about does it. I hope you all have a truly wonderful long weekend. Eat all the food, show no restraint. I’ll see you back here next Tuesday morning for the biggest announcement in Tuesdays With Lazerbeak history!!!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 18, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I got a couple of big Doomtree-related New Year’s Eve shows to talk about today. JUST ANNOUNCED: P.O.S and Astronautalis will be performing a rare Four Fists set at the Triple Rock this New Year’s Eve! Our very own Mike Mictlan will do the honors of main support, and Tender Meat will kick everything off. Tickets for this one will go incredibly fast. Grab them right HERE while you still can.

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That same night Dessa and her band will be playing the big International Market Square New Year’s Eve bonanza known as Crystal Ball. From all the pictures I’ve seen of past events, this one is going to get totally nutz. Grab your tickets HERE and get ready to party.

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One other non-New Year’s show: This Friday night I’ll be down at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul playing a rare show with Mixed Blood Majority as we open up for the beyond legendary Slick Rick the Ruler!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! Come hang out with us. I’ll be the annoying guy in the front requesting deep cuts off of The Art of Storytelling. This is the first time Rick (I can call him that, right?) has played a show in the Twin Cities in almost a decade. Let’s make it one to remember. Grab your tickets right HERE. See you down there!

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It’s kind of an off news cycle this week as we’re gearing up to unleash full on Doomtree Season next month with the sold out Blowout week, debut of Surly Doomtree draft beer, and news of the impending and supremely excellent new crew album. Hang tight for another couple weeks, as it is going to be truly on AND popping in no time flat. In the meantime, don’t forget that we’ve still got the crazy Mystery Grab Bag sale going on at the Webstore, in case you need some early stocking stuffers or a just a little treat for yourself. $14.99 gets you a random t-shirt, 2 random CDs, 1 (not so) random 7″, stickers, and a Doomtree temporary tattoo!!! To compare costs real quick, this is essentially exactly what Paper Tiger pays for a value meal at the airport Arby’s every time he flies into Minneapolis (SHOTS FIRED). Plus we’ve got a handful of the Hoodie Grab Bags left too, in which you can upgrade your t-shirt to a hoodie for only $10 more. OK, now this is actually starting to become an Arby’s commercial. Sorry about that. Click HERE for more Mystery Grab Bag details!

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Alright, let’s get into another round of Local Bonus Jams before calling it a day. The Stand4rd just dropped their debut album a few weeks ago and hit the road on their first big US tour. Shouts to Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Spooky Black, and Psymun for doing it real big these days. Grab the whole record for FREE.99 right HERE and check out the video for “Simple Needs” below.

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MaLLy recently dropped a new video for “Everything Else but Me,” a standout from his and Last Word’s excellent album The Colors of Black. Check it out below and grab the whole album right HERE.

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RONiiA released a new song from their upcoming full-length debut which is due out digitally next month. It’s a cover of Mickey & Silvia’s “Dearest” and it is really sweet. Check it out below.

The homie Willy Wonka just dropped a remix EP with his production takes on a bunch of newer songs. This guy has worked with a bunch of rappers around town (Mac Irv and Prof to name a few) and is always putting out great beats. Click the cover below to check out the whole project and listen HERE.

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This next one I’m claiming as a Local Bonus Jam since Rhymesayers put out the record and the music video is the best. Hail Mary Mallon just dropped Bestiary a few weeks back, and they made a truly incredible puppet video for their song “Whales.” Check it out below and grab the album right HERE.

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Alright, that about does it for this week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics real quick. The TWINZ are getting super crazy as they ease into their eighth month on the planet. Crab Man Cam has now officially moved on to Crawl Man Cam, and Lou is as laid back as ever. Here they are kicking it this morning right before daycare.

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Penny just spent the weekend at her Grandma’s so that the Wifepiece and I could have a quick getaway to Chicago. Enormous shouts to my mom and Cam’s folks for all the help taking care of the kids while we were gone. Here’s P getting into the season and enjoying her first snow of the year.

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And here she is warming up with a bowl of tomato soup like a total pro.

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Lastly, a picture of the artist hard at work. Really hoping to retire off of one of these abstract egg crate/caterpillar renderings at some point down the line.

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Aaaaaaaand there you have it! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Hopefully I’ll see some of you down at the Amsterdam on Friday for the Slick Rick show. If not, next Tuesday it is. See you then!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 11, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. The big news just keeps on rolling out this week. Yesterday we officially announced the details of our creative collaboration with Surly Brewing Co. We’re making a Surly Doomtree beer!!! And it’s called Surly Doomtree. BAM! That’s the new hybrid logo below.

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SO PUMPED. We’ve been hanging out with the Surly guys a bunch over the summer and realized how similar our approach to doing what we do is. Plus we all thoroughly enjoy drinking beer. WIN/WIN. Could not be more excited about this. Here’s a picture of us getting the full brewery tour a few weeks back. Safety goggles and all.

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The exact style and details of the beer are still currently under lock and key, but I can very confidently say that Todd Haug (head brewer over at Surly) is whipping up something totally nutz and awesome. It’ll be available in draft form for the first time ever throughout Blowout week at all the different venues we’re playing at. Plus on Sunday, 12/7, it’s Surly Doomtree Day!!! We’re curating a creative bar crawl with the Surly dudes that should wrap all over the Twin Cities. More details and locations to be announced in the coming weeks, but for now just plan on a serious celebration of drinking and hanging with the entire crew. Great way to ease into Blowout Week insanity.

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Oh and speaking of Todd Haug real quick, that man is also one of the most shreddingest guitar shredders in all of the land. Here’s a picture of him at Darkness Day on stage with his sweet metal band, Vulgaari, playing what appears to be an eight-string guitar. THE BEST. Stay tuned for tons more details on this whole Surly Doomtree collaboration. It’s all gonna rule so hard.

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OK, now for a quick update on Doomtree-related shows. Our main focus is on the Last Blowout Ever, but there’s a couple other events going on in the next month or two as well. I’ll be playing a rare show with Mixed Blood Majority on November 21st, opening up for the legendary Slick Rick (THE RULER) at Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul. Grab your tickets HERE.

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P.O.S is gonna be doing a one-off show in Denver on December 18th at the Bluebird! I don’t have a current version of the flyer, but here’s a throwback picture of Stef and Mike at the airport in a heated discussion about Instagram photo credits as a placeholder for now. Ticket info and more details on the show right HERE.

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And just announced: Dessa will be headlining the Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve party at International Market Square in Minneapolis this year! Should be totally insane. Grab your tickets right HERE.

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Other than that it’s All Blowout Everything these days, as we’re less than four weeks out at this point! AMPED. And I know people are getting antsy about the new crew album details. We’re getting there, trust me. It takes lots of time to set up a new release properly after the final audio is mastered, especially when you’re doing everything on your own. We’re hard at work getting all the right pieces together to make this our biggest record yet. Tons more details coming within the next month, I promise. In the meantime, the vinyl test presses have been approved and sound AWESOME. Here’s a little teaser pic to let you know that everything is still on course. Can’t wait to share more info with you.

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OK, that about does it. No Bonus Jams this week since I’ve pretty much just been listening to Majid Jordan nonstop since the last time I wrote about them. Here’s a quick Bonus Penny Pic though before I take off. She got into quite a bit of trouble this weekend, leading to a strict and swift Sharpie ban at the Mader household. Our walls, bed, and dresser definitely got a modern makeover in addition to her clothes, face, and hands. I’d like to believe this all started with Penny attempting to draw a No Kings logo over that crown on her sweatshirt. We’ll just go with that explanation for now.

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. Stay warm and get pumped about this Surly Doomtree beer. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 04, 2014

Welcome back to another regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. BIG NEWS TODAY: Just in time for the holdiay season, it’s the return of the Mystery Grab Bags!!!!

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We’ve just liberated a ton of shirts, CDs, 7″s, and hoodies from our storage and webstore inventory, and to say it is truly going down would be a severe understatement. For $14.99 you’ll get the following awesomeness:

- 2 random CDs

- 1 not so random 7″

- 1 random t-shirt of your size

- No Kings stickers

- Doomtree temporary tattoo

THAT IS A CRAZY DEAL!!! Plus, for the first time ever we’ve added a very limited hoodie option to the Mystery Grab Bags. For $24.99 you can get all of the above, except swap out the t-shirt for a random hoodie of your size. Perfect for the cold months ahead. So grab your T-Shirt Mystery Grab Bag HERE and your Hoodie Mystery Grab HERE, and stock up on those stocking stuffers early! The Grab Bags aren’t the only new items in the Webstore though….

Fresh off the HELLA FRREAL Release Show this past Saturday, Mike Mictlan brings you the “del TORSO” tee, with artwork and lyrics inspired by the album’s lead-off track. Get yours right HERE.

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Speaking of HELLA FRREAL, it’s been quite a week for Mike. The album dropped last Monday and it’s been a whirlwind of positive press and feedback ever since. Let’s do a quick HELLA FRREAL Recap to get everybody caught up. On Monday we dropped the record (cop that digitally HERE and physically HERE), along with new single “so so STRAYNGE,” which you can stream below.

On Thursday Mike graced the cover of Vita.mn, sitting down with Star Tribune head music writer Chris Riemenschneider for an in-depth interview about the trials and tribulations of the past couple years making this record. Check it our right HERE.

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And check out an extended video interview and Soundcheck performance by clicking the player below. This is all highly recommended reading/viewing, as is Mike’s Gimme Noise interview with Jack Spencer (read that HERE). Truly some of the most honest and introspective interviews I’ve ever read, from Mike or anyone else for that matter.

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And speaking of live videos, check out Mike’s performance of “CLAPP’D” live on 89.3 The Current by clicking the player below. Consider it a slight foreshadowing to the Local Bonus Jams section at the bottom of the post (Next Level Segue Streak!).

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To put an exclamation point on release week, Mike brought out the whole city to his sold out release show at the 7th St Entry on Saturday. Enormous shouts to Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, Sims, Mike, Ander, Stef, Aby Wolf, Greg Grease, and Brandon Allday for putting on one hell of a show. So many friends and familiar faces in one room, it really did feel like an old family reunion. Here’s a great picture that Brian Grenz snapped from behind the stage during Mike’s performance.

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And there’s the Week 1 Recap. Thank you to everyone that’s been out there supporting HELLA FRREAL, either by purchasing the album or spreading the word. We truly appreciate the support. You totally rule.

Alright, now let’s get into that Local Bonus Jams segue I was alluding to up above! Tons of great music and music videos continue to pour out of the Twin Cities at an alarming rate, so let’s get you caught up on the last few weeks of greatness. We’ll kick things off with Lizzo, who’s currently out in the UK supporting Chvrches on a string of massive sold out shows. She just dropped the video for “Paris” a few weeks back, shot the very first time she ever visited the city. Ryan Olson and your truly on the collabo beat. Check it out.

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FIX, the super collective comprised of Kill The Vultures, No Bird Sing and Kristoff Krane, just dropped off another heater a little while back. It’s called “Firewalking” and it totally slays.

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K.Raydio & O-D dropped their excellent new record One Drop today. Shouts to Medium Zach on the early listen. Check out “The Back Wall” below and grab the whole record right HERE. Highly recommended, the production and vocals are both super on point (and “First Name” is a smash hit!).

Caroline Smith just released a new video for the title track off her Half About Being A Woman album yesterday. Check out the black and white visual below.

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I’m not super familiar with John Mark Nelson’s music, but I caught this new music video for “Boy” the other day and totally loved it. Music reminds me of early Belle and Sebastian in a good way too, which is definitely a bonus. Check out the video below.

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I know you can’t go two steps in this state without someone gushing over Prince, but this eight-minute medley on Saturday Night Live last weekend really was incredible. Click the player below to watch it on HULU. That first song is the best.

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It’s election day today so you know I had to mention the homie Manny Phesto, who has come up with quite the creative campaign in the process of releasing some great music this year. These “Manny Phesto For Minnesota” signs have been popping up all over the Southside as of late, and they’re a great reminder to get out and vote today. Check out Manny’s video for “Cedar Ave” below, which is coincidentally the same street I drove down this morning on my way to the polls. As always, shouts to Mike the Martyr on the beat.

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And there you have it, another round of excellent Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou are almost 8 months old now (INSANE). They’ve been sitting up, eating baby food, almost crawling, growing teeth, and laughing up a storm these days. And they’re actually sleeping a little bit too (ALL PRAISES DUE). Here they are kicking it in the crib and being generally pleasant boyz. Eternal shouts to Sanaz for the octopus mobile. That thing has been a lifesaver.

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On Friday we got all the kids bundled up and took out the three-seater stroller/chariot for a little Trick-or-Treating. Here’s Penny getting her Elmo on (literally).

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And here’s the final costume transformation. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Insane Pointing Elmo Holding A Stuffed Pig. NAILED IT! Now we just gotta work on the little “Thank You” detail that comes with getting tons of free candy.

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OK, that should about do it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Get out and vote, and we’ll see you next Tuesday for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak

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Mondays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 27, 2014

Welcome back to an incredibly special Mondays With Lazerbeak. It brings me supreme joy to announce that HELLA FRREAL, the brand new album from our very own Mike Mictlan, has now officially been launched out into the world for all to enjoy. YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

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You can purchase HELLA FRREAL digitally at iTunes (HERE), Amazon (HERE), and Bandcamp (HERE), or grab a physical copy directly from us right HERE. We’re streaming second single “so so STRAYNGE” right now as a thank you for all the support already being shown to this release. Check it out below to get another taste of what HELLA FRREAL is all about. TOTAL HEATER.

And if you’d prefer to do your audio streaming through a generally video based platform, you can check out “so so STRAYNGE” via the YouTube player below.

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In celebration of the big release date, Mike will be down at Fifth Element later today doing a free all-ages in-store signing and mini performance at 5:00pm. Come ring in the big day with the man of the hour. Check out all the details below.

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And don’t forget about the real deal HELLA FRREAL Release Party taking place this Saturday night at the 7th St. Entry (Dia de los Muertos!). Mike, Sims, Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, and Ander Other will all be gracing the stage throughout the evening. This will definitely be one for the ages. Grab your tickets right HERE while you still can. We’re down to only a handful remaining.

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The very next night Sims will be next door at First Avenue headlining Congressman Keith Ellison’s annual Get Out The Vote concert. Heiruspecs, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Gabriel Douglas, and Guante will all be there as well. Should be a great time for a great cause. Make a full weekend out of it and grab your tickets right HERE.

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We’ve been blessed with some beautiful Fall weather these last few weeks, but don’t forget that the cold is right around the corner. We’ve stocked up on a bunch of Doomtree gear to help you get through the winter and look good while doing it. The popular No Kings beanies are back in stock, along with a bunch of crewnecks, hoodies, scarves, and windbreakers. Click the images below or go straight to the Webstore HERE for more info.

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We’ve also added a couple new Dessa merch items fresh off of her most recent tour with WHY?. Grab the awesome handwritten, screen-printed, organic tote bag and Parts of Speech, Re-Edited CD by clicking either of the images below.

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Alright, that about does it for this rare Monday post. In keeping with the spirit of HELLA FRREAL, I’ll leave you with two Mike Mictlan Bonus Jams to power through your day. Check out “CLAPP’D” and new single “so so STRAYNGE” below, and make sure to help us spread the word about this excellent new record if you have a second this week.

OK, I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for another regularly scheduled action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 21, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. We are now officially less than one week away from Mike Mictlan’s HELLA FRREAL release date! This coming Monday (10/27) Doomtree Records will be launching the album out into the world for all to experience. To celebrate the big day, Mike has announced an all ages free in-store signing and performance at Fifth Element in Minneapolis from 5:00-7:00pm on Monday. Check out all the glorious details below.

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And don’t forget the actual release show on Saturday, November 1st (Dia de los Muertos) at the 7th St. Entry. Mike has handpicked some seriously big time openers for the event: Sims (playing his first hometown show since releasing the excellent Field Notes project), Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, and Ander Other will all be gracing the stage. Remaining tickets are dwindling quickly for this STACKED BILL, so make sure you get yours HERE before the whole thing sells out all together.

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Huge enormous shouts to everyone that pre-ordered a physical copy of HELLA FRREAL from the Doomtree Webstore. You’re truly the best, and we really appreciate all of the support (don’t forget about accessing your private Livestream with Mike on Monday at 8:00pm CST). If you’re more of the procrastinating digital type, you can still pre-order HELLA FRREAL directly from iTunes and receive lead single “CLAPP’D” instantly HERE.

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Speaking of upcoming Doomtree-related events, Dessa will be making her Ochestra Hall debut this Sunday night, premiering a new musical piece alongside a choir of over 100 voices at the VocalEssence: Made In Minnesota event . Should be totally NUTZ. Grab your tickets HERE and make sure to check out the Instagram video below for a sneak peek of the epicness that’s in store.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: On Sunday, November 2nd, Sims will headline the First Avenue Mainroom for Congressman Keith Ellison’s Get Out The Vote concert, alongside Heiruspecs, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Gabriel Douglas, and Guante. Should be a great time with a whole bunch of great people. Grab your tickets HERE.

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And finally, don’t forget about THE LAST DOOMTREE BLOWOUT EVER. Tickets have now sold out to all but one of the Blowout concerts this year, and even that one is moving fast. Less than a few hundred tix remain to the first of our three shows at First Avenue on Thursday 12/11. Be there. Grab your tickets HERE while you still can and help us bring it all back home.

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In order to get you pumped up for Blowout Week and the upcoming Doomtree crew album, we decided to liberate Paper Tiger’s out-of-print Standards Mixtape and make it available digitally on our Bandcamp page (HERE). 32 minutes of all Doomtree everything, mixed and blended like you’ve never heard it before by the notorious Sick Trim affiliate and International Touring DJ. Plus some pretty hilarious drops from everyone in the crew. Check it out below.

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And now for some sweet Bonus Jams. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to listen to much music outside of the records we’re putting out soon, but I’ve had this new EP from Majid Jordan on the top of my list of things to check out for awhile now. I finally had some time to sit with it over the weekend and I’m kinda flipping out about the whole thing. Majid Jordan are a production duo from Canada signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label. Like most people, I first heard them on Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and was super intrigued. This EP is instantly good, like the HAIM and Kacey Musgraves records (or the the first Weeknd mixtape, and I am suuuuuuuper into it. So into it I can already tell my family is getting sick of hearing about it, which is a great sign of an awesome record. Check out a couple of my favorites off of the A Place Like This EP and pick up the whole 5-song record right HERE. Super simple and really smart New R&B with a pretty phenomenal production value. Certainly not for everyone, but if you even remotely like The Dream or Drake, you will love this. I can pretty much guarantee these guys will end up duking it out with Ariana Grande for my favorite album of the year. That makes it a pretty weird year I guess. Enjoy!

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BAM! Too good. I’ll hit you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics before calling it. The TWINZ haven’t been sleeping at all this week, so they are totally getting boxed out of the blog today. Seems like a fair and appropriate form of punishment. I’m sure they’ll get their act together in time for next week’s Bonus Baby Pics. Anyways, Halloween has come to the Mader household a little bit early this year. Here’s Penny trying on her Elmo costume for the first time and nonchalantly deciding that it is going to stay on for at least the next year.

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And here she is imitating what her mom looked like about seven months ago. NAILED IT! This could also double as a cool sleeper hit Halloween costume.

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And lastly, the classic “wicker basket halfway over the head cheek-to-cheek smile” pose. I’m telling you, the fashion industry is being shaken to its core by the type of weekly poses this kid is dishing out. TRAILBLAZER.

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Alright, fine, one baby pic. Here’s Crab Man Cam (who has definitely been living up to his old moniker as of late) in happier times. It was all good just a week ago.

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Well, that about does it. I hope you all have a great week enjoying the awesome Fall weather. See you next week for a very special and incredibly rare Mondays With Lazerbeak, celebrating the release of HELLA FRREAL!!! We all have Taylor Swift to thank for this industry wide release date push back. She better sell a million records out the gate.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 14, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Huge shouts to Dessa for holding down the blog like a total champ last week while I was out of town. Lots of stuff to cover today, so let’s jump right into it. The time is upon us: It is officially the last week of the Mike Mictlan HELLA FRREAL Pre-Order!!! That means you have until the end of the night this Saturday (10/18) to get all the crazy bonus stuff that comes with supporting an album in advance.

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Let’s do a quick recap of all the extras. For the price of an Arby’s extra value meal you can get the HELLA FRREAL Standard Pre-Order, which comes with an autographed digi-pak CD, Mike Mictlan sticker, instant download of lead single “CLAPP’D,” and access to a private LiveStream with Mike himself on the night of the album’s release. That is quite an incredible deal if I do say so myself. But none of that even comes close to comparing to the Deluxe Pre-Order option. Check this out:

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For the price of an Old Navy sweatshirt you can get the HELLA FRREAL Deluxe Pre-Order, which comes with every single item mentioned in the standard pre-order, along with a screenprinted HELLA FRREAL patch, and a limited-edition one of a kind t-shirt only available with this pre-order. The shirts are created through a special screen-print and bleaching process, making no two shirts alike (again, just like snowflakes dawg). We will only be making however many shirts are ordered for the pre-order, and there won’t be any more available anywhere else afterwards. Verrrrrrrry special stuff. Check out the detailed design below.

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So yeah, pre-order the HELLA FRREAL Deluxe Pre-Order right HERE. You’ll not only be supporting Mike’s album, but also helping offset the expenses associated with the upcoming crew album that we just finished mastering last week. Manufacturing, publicists, radio campaigns, music videos, all these things cost money upfront before an album is actually released and able to generate profits. We’ve used the pre-order idea for years now to help balance out those initial costs and reward those willing to purchase early with tons of cool bonus stuff. It’s a classic win-win as they say. OK, that’s officially the end of my pre-order spiel. Speaking of that new crew album though, here’s a bonus pic of me, Dessa, and mastering engineer extraordinaire Bruce Templeton upon completion of the crew album audio. Further proving the point that you really cannot take a cool end of mastering photo. Dah well.

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Back to HELLA FRREAL for just one more second. For those of you in Minnesota, Mike will be throwing a very special release show at the 7th St. Entry on November 1st (which just so happens to double as Dia de los Muertos). Sims, Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, and Ander Other are all on the bill too. STACKED. Tickets are going fast, so grab yours HERE while you still can.

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Mike will also be headlining a show this Saturday night at Mill City Nights as part of a benefit concert for Minnesota NORML (the weed legalization organization here in MN). I’ll be down there with Mixed Blood Majority too, along with a bunch of other great local artists. Should be an awesome time. Details and ticket info right HERE.

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Dessa will be making her Orchestra Hall debut next Sunday as part of the big VocalEssence Made In Minnesota concert. She has written a brand new piece for the event, and it’s going to be performed by the entire 100 person VocalEssence choir. Sounds INSANE. There are still a few tickets left and you can grab them right HERE.

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Now for a couple sweet new Doomtree-related songs that came out this past week. Let’s start things off with our very own Paper Tiger, who recently won a Turntable Lab remix contest with this insane flip on Janet Jackson’s classic “When I Think of You.” Seriously, this new version in incredible. It’s all I’ve been listening to the past week. Check it out below.

Our good friend Longshot dropped a new song last week produced by yours truly (that’s me, Lazerbeak, if you missed the blog heading). It’s called “We Winning” and it rules. Make sure to check out all 15 tracks in Longshot’s free Leak Series right HERE while you’re at it.

I’m a little late on this one, but Ander Other recently dropped a sweet new mix to coincide with the changing of the seasons. Check out the appropriately titled “Mix4Autumn” below.

Last week I was lucky enough to go out to NYC and play on the David Letterman Show with Lizzo. Just wanted to quickly recap that day, as it was by far one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever been a part of. Still can’t believe it actually happened. Here’s Sophia Eris and Ryan McMahon getting set up before the performance.

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And here’s Gary the Sound FX Guy. One of the highlights of the day was hanging out with him and learning all the tricks of the trade. Especially the combination of buttons it takes to make the “Dave throwing a pencil at the camera” sound effect. This guy is the best.

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Here’s a screen grab right after we got done playing. So nutz.

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You can check out the full performance below. Enormous shouts to Lizzo, Sophia, and Ryan. That was THEE BEST. I’ll never forget it.

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And speaking of Lizzo, she recently started her own webseries called “Big GRRRL Small World.” It’s hilarious. Check out episodes 1 and 2 below, and watch closely for a special cameo from our very own Cecil Otter.

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OK! That about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam are now officially seven months old and doing awesome! They’ve been sitting up by themselves, eating actual baby food, and totally hanging out with each other (finally). Here they are getting into some serious Tandem Bath Styles. Really love watching these guys turn into cool dudes.

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Penny is two and change and crazier than ever. She’s been trying to get as much outdoor time in as possible before it gets too cold out. Here she is rocking her new favorite hat (courtesy of her awesome aunt), and flying around in the tire swing. She’s still not totally sold on the TWINZ, but we’re working on it. All in all she’s a total blast to hang out with and as sweet as they come.

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Here’s Penny world premiering a brand new modeling look at the park. I call this one Sheer Panicked Terror, and the fashion world is yet again not prepared. TRENDSETTER.

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thanks to everyone who has already pre-ordered HELLA FRREAL. We really do greatly appreciate all of the support. If you’re still on the fence about it, I would like to gently nudge you in the direction of the Webstore right HERE. This is by far the best record Mike has ever made. You will not regret it. Take care and I’ll see you all next Tuesday!

– Beak

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THE LAST DOOMTREE BLOWOUT EVER!!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 30, 2014

ASTRONOMICALLY HUGE NEWS DAY: Yes, you read the heading correctly. This December will mark the tenth and final Doomtree Blowout. 

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Before the rumors ever have a chance of flying around, let’s make one thing clear: This in no way marks the end of Doomtree. When we all met up earlier this year to start planning the big Blowout X, we got to thinking about how incredibly lame and boring the idea of ever throwing a Blowout 11 sounded (let alone a Blowout 18). We’ve been talking for awhile now about wanting to switch things up a bit and challenge ourselves to create new traditions moving forward. With the retrospective Every Single Day book out this past summer and a brand new crew album on the horizon early next year, this just seemed like the perfect time to put an exclamation point on the last decade of awesomeness and close out an important chapter before gearing up for a truly insane 2015. So that’s pretty much that in a nutshell. Now for the glorious details.

12/6-12/13. Saturday to Saturday. 10 events in 8 days. Every hour on the hour we’ll be announcing the details of each unique day’s schedule. For our first show we’ll be taking it over the river to St. Paul and kicking things off  at the newly renovated Turf Club!

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Keep coming back every hour for new details on all eight days! Huge shouts to our sponsors at The Current, Vita.mn, and Surly. Equally huge shouts to the great organizations that we’ll be donating a portion of all Blowout sales to: Southside Family Nurturing CenterAnimal Humane Society, Hope Community Center, Domestic Abuse Project, and Kicker Project. Sign up for the Doomtree Mailing List HERE to get a shot at ticket pre-sales this Thursday. Otherwise, the public on-sale starts at noon this Friday, and a bunch of us will be at The Depot at 4:30 on Friday selling tickets hand to hand.

10:00am UPDATE: Sunday is Surly Doomtree Day! We’re keeping the details on this one pretty close to the chest for now, but here’s the gist. For those that don’t know, Surly is a local beer company that has been killing the game for quite awhile now. We hung out with these guys a lot over the summer and realized how similar the Doomtree and Surly build-it-from-the-ground-up stories are, so we decided to use one of the Blowout days to showcase and bring together our two different worlds of music and beer. Full details coming soon. Stay tuned!

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11:00am UPDATE:  Monday 12/8 we’ll be rocking a super small and intimate show at Icehouse! This night will be a big showcase of all the different musical endeavors our individual members get into when we’re not working on a new crew record. Side projects, tomfoolery, and tons of friends. Anybody’s guess really. Going to be insane.

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12:00pm UPDATE: Doomtree loves the kids! On Tuesday 12/9 we’re christening it Kids Day. Members of Doomtree will be visiting various schools throughout the Twin Cities in the morning and afternoon; reading books to pre-schoolers, teaching workshops with junior high kids, and writing raps with the big high schoolers. Then at night we take it back to the Triple Rock for a huge all ages show. A show for the (all) ages if you will. Dad jokes!

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1:00pm UPDATE: This is a special one. Wednesday 12/10 marks the exact ten-year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout (to the date!). So it only made sense to take things back to the Varsity Theater where everything began. It’s real sentimental for us right now. Our friends at TPT will also be filming this event for a special episode of their Lowertown Line show. TEN YEARS! Crazed.

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2:00pm UPDATE: Now it’s time to bring it all back home to First Avenue, our favorite venue in the entire world and the prime location of every Blowout since our second one. Thursday 12/11 will be an 18+ show in the First Avenue Mainroom. It will be guaranteed NUTZ.

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3:00pm UPDATE: Day 7 of the #LastBlowoutEver will be an epic doubleheader. We’ll start things off at The Current at noon for a live taping, performance, and interview in the acclaimed UBS Forum (more details on how to score passes to that event coming real soon). Then we take things right back to First Ave for our second 18+ show over there before Saturday’s final event. Maaaaaaan this is gonna a fun week.

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4:00pm UPDATE: THE GRAND FINALE! Our tenth and final event will conclude with the last night in a three-night stand at First Avenue. In my opinion the Doomtree Blowout and First Ave are pretty much synonymous with each other at this point. We basically grew up at this venue. I couldn’t imagine closing out the #LastBlowoutEver anywhere else. This one’s for the grown folks. 21+ and I’m sure plenty rowdy. Going out with one hell of a bang.

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BAM! So there you have it. 10 events in 8 days. The last Doomtree Blowout ever. Thanks for following along all day to the hour by hour announcements. If you’ve already signed up for the Doomtree Mailing List, expect an email shortly with special pre-sale ticket information. Otherwise tickets will officially go on sale to the public at 12:00pm CST on Friday. If you’re in the Twin Cities, come on  down to The Depot at 4:30pm on Friday and buy your tickets directly from us. We’ll have 50 “ALL IN” passes that will grant you access to all of the ticketed events, if you’re looking to make a real week out of it (must be 21+, only available in person at The Depot). So excited to have all this news out into the world. Here’s a quick rundown just in case your head is spinning like mine right now.

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 23, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It’s yet another big tyme news week over here at Doomtree HQ. Fresh off the heels of last week’s massive HELLA FRREAL album announcement, Mike Mictlan has just announced the details of an awesome HELLA FRREAL album release show! Check out all the sweet deetz below and grab your tickets right HERE. There will be several special guests announced in the coming weeks, plus this will double as a fantastic Dia de los Muertos party, so you really can’t go wrong. Doooooooit.

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In case you missed it last week, Mike debuted “CLAPP’D,” the first single off of HELLA FRREAL, and it is a serious heater. Check it out below. Produced by RedVelvet Beats, with co-production from Cecil Otter and myself.

And don’t forget about the crazy HELLA FRREAL pre-order going down at our very own Doomtree Webstore. We’ve got standard and mega deluxe options, and the bonus stuff you get with this thing is pretty outrageous. Grab yours right HERE, or if you’re more of a digital type of guy, pre-order it from iTunes HERE. All pre-orders will receive an instant MP3 download of “CLAPP’D.”

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All seven members of Doomtree are super active this week playing shows all around the US and Canada. P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, and myself will be heading down to Dallas, TX this Sunday to perform at the 3rd annual INDEX Fest. Grab your tickets HERE, and catch us on the Goose Island Stage at 3:35. Should be a blast.

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Sims is currently wrapping up the last week of his big tour with Hilltop Hoods in support of Field Notes. Catch him in Montreal on Wednesday (tix HERE), Toronto on Thursday (tix HERE), Brooklyn on Saturday (tix HERE), and Boston on Sunday (SOLD OUT). And if you haven’t heard it yet, make sure to pick up his new Field Notes album and bump that.

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Dessa and the band are currently out wrapping up their East Coast run with WHY?. Catch them in DC tonight (tix HERE), Pittsburgh on Thursday (tix HERE), Cincinatti Friday (tix HERE), and Chicago on Saturday and Sunday (tix HERE and HERE). And grab Dessa’s latest Parts of Speech, Re-Edited remix EP right HERE.

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Next month the whole crew will be back home in Minneapolis to knock out the final master of this next crew album. Here’s me, Cecil, and engineer extraordinaire Joe Mabbott celebrating the end of mixing last week. It’s been a hell of a summer up at The Hideaway Studio. Side note: there really is no good way to take a cool end of mixing picture. My apologies.

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I’m probably a little bit biased, but it’s my opinion that we have some serious musical heat on our hands. Can’t wait to share more details on the crew record with you later this year. These things take time though. For now, check out single “.38 Airweight” for a taste of what we’ve been working on.

OH! One more Doomtree-related event going on this weekend. I’m going to be playing with Lizzo and Caroline Smith this Friday and Saturday night at First Avenue for their big joint co-headlining Jay-Z/Beyonce style concerts. I’ve been practicing with Caroline’s band for the last six weeks getting all the material together, and I can safely say that these shows are going to be something special. Tickets to Saturday’s show have already sold out, but they’ve added a second show on Friday. You can grab tix to that one right HERE.

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Check out the new Lizzo/Caro jam “Let Em Say” below to get pumped about the weekend. I am definitely rocking some insane 80′s Luther Vandross style drum sounds on this one.

And now for a few big Local Bonus Jams. I wanna start things off with a project that I’ve been hyping all summer: Pangaea by Toki Wright and Big Cats. The album was finally released out into the world this morning, and it is truly great. You can stream the whole thing from the Soundcloud player below, and then definitely make sure to pick it up via iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and support these awesome dudes.

Chastity Brown has been back in the studio working on her next album, and she just dropped the video for new single “Colorado” to let people know what she’s been up to. Check it out below. If you’re into it please consider contributing to Chastity’s newly started Kickstarter page right HERE, and help the band put the finishing touches on what is already shaping up to be quite an incredible release.

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I’ll end this round of Local Bonus Jams with a sweet track from soul singer PaviElle. I gotta admit, I’m way late to this party. Shouts to deVon Gray for putting me up on game. Check out “Be Right There” below. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing a lot more from her this next year.

Alright, that wraps up the music portion of this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics to make up for the lack thereof last week. I grabbed a few quick helmetless shots of the TWINZ during the rare hour a day that they get to be free. Here’s Laidback Lou slowly understanding what it means to be a Vikings fan. Glutton for punishment. Dah well. GO VIKES.

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And here’s Lou and Cam showing off their newfound sitting abilities. These guys are insane.

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Can’t forget about Penny. My mom took her out to an apple orchard this past weekend and she had a blast. Here she is feeding a goat. Maybe this is where that phrase “GOAT Daddy” has been coming from?

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And here’s P shyly riding a mini John Deere tractor. I’m going to put Rodney Atkins’ classic “Friends With Tractors” song underneath this just because it rules and I can.

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BAM! There you have it. I hope you all have a great week, and hopefully I’ll see a bunch of you out at the Lizzo shows in Minneapolis and the INDEX Fest show in Dallas this weekend. If not, next Tuesday it is. The big announcements don’t stop. You’re definitely gonna wanna check back next week. Promise.

– Beak

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Mike Mictlan ‘HELLA FRREAL’ Pre-Order

Posted on September 16, 2014

HUGE NEWS DAY: On October 27th, Doomtree Records will release HELLA FRREAL, the brand new 10-song album from Mike Mictlan!!!! BING BING BING BING. That’s the sweet album cover below, courtesy of artist extraordinaire Emmanuel Mauleón.

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HELLA FRREAL features the best Mike Mictlan songs you’ve ever heard over neck-snapping beats from the likes of Cecil Otter, RedVelvet Beats, 2% Muck, 1990, JuanL, Mike Frey, and Lazerbeak (me). Plus awesome guest features from Greg Grease, Ceschi, and Aby Wolf! Check out lead single “CLAPP’D” below for a glimpse at what we’re really dealing with here. Produced by RedVelvet Beats with co-production from Cecil and myself. THIS SONG RULES SO HARD!!!!

And here’s a stream of “CLAPP’D” on YouTube in case you’ve got some super weird things against Soundcloud.

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Now let’s cut to the chase and get into these ridiculously cool HELLA FRREAL pre-order packages directly from the Doomtree Webstore!

Our standard pre-order comes with an autographed digipak CD, Mike Mictlan sticker, instant MP3 download of “CLAPP’D,” and access to a special private LiveStream chat with the man himself on the night of the album’s release. All of that for just $10.99 (!!!), which I would argue is about the same price as lunch at Arby’s if you’re doing it right (shots fired at Paper Tiger yet again). But even all of that doesn’t hold a candle to the deluxe pre-order. Check this out:

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The deluxe pre-order includes every single item mentioned above, plus a HELLA FRREAL screen-printed patch (perfect for sewing on your favorite jean vest or backpack), and an extremely limited one-of-a-kind t-shirt only available through this pre-order. Each screen-printed shirt will undergo a separate unique bleaching process, making no two shirts completely alike (just like snowflakes dawg). SO COOL. Pick up your standard or deluxe pre-order from the webstore right HERE.

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And for those of you repping that straight digital lifestyle, you can pre-order HELLA FRREAL from either iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and still get “CLAPP’D” as an instant MP3 download. Everybody wins!

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I’ll leave you with a couple of brief tour reminders. Dessa and her band hit the road THIS WEEK on their big tour with WHY?. Check out all the cities and dates below, and grab your tickets HERE.

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And don’t forget about the excellent “Fighting Fish (Hood Internet Remix)” video that we dropped last week, courtesy of insane directors Isaac Gale and David Jensen. Check it out below if you missed it. One of my all time favorites for sure.

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For those of you up in Canada, Sims is in the middle of a week plus trek throughout your fine country with Hilltop Hoods, before hitting a few East Coast dates toward the end of the month. Check out the cities/dates below and grab your tickets HERE.

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And watch the hilarious video for “SIMS JONG IL” below, just because. Field Notes is out now!

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And now to bring everything back full circle, check out this “CLAPP’D” heater one more time and get yourself seriously AMPED for HELLA FRREAL. This album is sooooooo good.

Alright, I think that’s about all the excitement this one post can take. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Please help us spread the HELLA FRREAL news far and wide if you can, and grab your pre-order right HERE. I’ll see you back here next week for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak!

– Beak

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