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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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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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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 09, 2014

BIG NEWS DAY: The good people over at the Walker Art Center have just world premiered the awesome new music video for Dessa’s “Fighting Fish” remix, produced by The Hood Internet!!! You can read all about it from their site right HERE, along with a detailed explanation on how the project came together from Dessa herself. The video was directed by the unstoppable force that is Isaac Gale and David Jensen, and it is truly incredible. We’ve been hinting for awhile that the original “Fighting Fish” video was just the first glimpse of a two-parter, and this new one really ups the ante by about ten billion. Check them both out back-to-back below, and grab the entire Parts of Speech, Re-Edited remix EP on iTunes right HERE.

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SO SWEET!!! Seriously love how these both turned out. Dessa and her band will be hitting the road this week for a few Midwest dates before joining up with WHY? in Pontiac and heading east on a two week tour. Check out the dates and cities below, and click HERE for ticket info and even more details.

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Speaking of upcoming shows, don’t forget that this Saturday it’s The F*cking Best Show Ever, curated by our own P.O.S!!! This will be Stef’s first headlining solo show in almost two years, and he’s doing it real big to celebrate. Performances by P.O.S, SZA, Leif, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Alan Kingdom, ZuluZuluu, and DJ sets from Polica and TIIIIIIIIIP, all taking place outside in beautiful downtown Minneapolis. Not to mention the crazy afterparty at First Ave featuring sets from yours truly and the one and only Dam-Funk! I’ve got a bunch of special guests lined up for this show, definitely not gonna be one to miss. Check out the flyer below for more details, and grab your tickets to the show (HERE) and the afterparty (HERE) right now!

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Sims has been crushing a bunch of shows these past couple weeks as he makes his way out west with Hilltop Hoods. They play Los Angeles tonight (9/9) and Seattle on Thursday (9/11) before crossing the border into Canada for a run of eight shows up there. Click HERE for all the details and ticket info.

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And if you haven’t already, grab Field Notes from iTunes (HERE) or the Webstore (HERE) and bump that thing!!! IT RULES.

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It’s a bit of a shorter post this week because of what a crazy fast-paced studio schedule we’ve got going on. I’m heading out as we speak to put the finishing touches on this Mike Mictlan HELLA FRREAL album master, and then we’ll be wrapping up final mixes on the crew record later this weekend. INSANE. More on that all that stuff very soon. So excited about all these new fall and winter releases. Doomtree Season is officially upon us.

In the meantime though (intricate foreshadowing of impending Helmet reference), I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics. The TWINZ are rocking these helmets (BAM!) like no other, and just in time for football too. Here they are kicking it outside on one of these last beautiful summer days. Lou’s all smiles, totally into it. Cam’s remains the steady and cautious skeptic of the bunch.

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Here’s Penny letting the dudes know who the real boss is around these parts. These guys seriously love her. They follow her every move, which is only feeding more and more into her extreme DIVA lifestyle. Not looking good for us.

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And here’s the DIVA herself on a field trip to the Arboretum with Grandma, getting her snack on and more than likely singing either Frozen or that Katie Perry “Fireworks” song from Madagascar 3 at the top of her lungs. She is totally nutz.

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Alright, that about does it for this post. In case you somehow missed the brand new Dessa “Fighting Fish” remix video at the top of the post, here it is again for good measure. Check it out and help us spread the word if you get a second this week. Trying to get as many eyeballs on this thing as possible. Enormous shouts to The Hood Internet for the sweet audioz, and Isaac Gale and David Jensen for the sweet vizualz!

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I hope to see a ton of you out at The F*cking Best Show (and Afterparty) Ever this Saturday. If not, next Tuesday it is! There are so many more big announcements on the way. We’re just getting started.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 02, 2014

Another week and another BIG TYME release: It brings me great joy to announce that Field Notes, the brand new album from Sims, has now officially been launched out into the world! 

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SO PUMPED. You can now purchase the seven song project at all digital retailers (iTunes HERE, Bandcamp HERE, Amazon HERE) for far less than the cost of one Arby’s combo meal (heavy shots fired at Paper Tiger’s favorite chain of fast food restaurants). Truly incredible. And if you’re more of a hands on person, you can always order the real physical deal over at the Doomtree Webstore right HERE. If you still need a little refresher after all of this, check out a couple awesome tracks from the release below. Lead single “Uh Huh” is up first, followed by the Adam Dunn directed #LAAB video for “SIMS JONG IL.” Simply the best.

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Last week Sims kicked off a month-long tour of the US and Canada with Hilltop Hoods in support of Field Notes. The dudes have already destroyed San Francisco and Madison, and will be hitting Kansas City, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Park City this week, before taking on the West Coast next week. Check out all the cities and dates below, and grab your tickets right HERE.

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Speaking of sweet shows (SEGUE STREAK), Doomtree played a rare all-crew hometown show this past weekend at none other than the MINNESOTA STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND, and it was pretty insane. Probably one of my favorite shows ever actually. For those of you not from around here, this is the same stage that acts like Tim McGraw, Aretha Franklin, and Kid Rock play when they come through town. It was surreal to say the least. Here’s a picture I got from stage right before our last song. Huge shouts to everyone at the State Fair, The Current, all the great local artists we played with, and the state of Minnesota for showing so much continual support over the years. That was a special one.

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And now for a few more upcoming Doomtree-related events. Stef and Astronautalis just wrapped up a Four Fists gig at the newly renovated Turf Club last weekend, and are now taking the show on the road to play a few festivals this coming weekend. They’ll be in Kalamazoo, MI this Saturday for the Audiotree Music Festival (tickets HERE), and Madison, WI on Sunday for YumYum Fest (tickets HERE – Lizzo and I will be playing this one too!).

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Then Stef will return home to prepare for his huge outdoor The F*cking Best Show Ever festival in downtown Minneapolis on September 13th, which is also doubling as his first real headlining show in almost two whole years (CRAZY). This show is gonna be NUTZ. Check out the flyer below and grab your tickets right HERE. They’re only $10! And don’t forget about the official afterparty at First Ave with the legendary Dam-Funk and yours truly. I’ve got a bunch of sweet surprises and special guests planned for this one. Should be a great time (tickets HERE).

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And don’t forget about Dessa’s big upcoming East Coast tour with WHY?. Dessa and the band will be hitting a couple Midwest cities (Fargo, Ames, LaCross) starting on the 11th, before linking up with WHY? on the 14th. Check out all the tour dates below and click HERE for tickets and even more info. Plus stay on the lookout for part two of the “Fighting Fish” video, it’s coming real soon.

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OK, I think that does it for upcoming shows. Mike doesn’t have any new shows scheduled quite yet because he’s been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this HELLA FRREAL album! Happy to say that we knocked out final mixes last Friday and the record really does sound INCREDIBLE. I’m so excited for people to hear what he’s been working on. Much more on all that way sooner than you’d think.

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OK! Now for a couple of quick Guilty Pleasure Bonus Jams. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but I ended up falling completely in love with this new Ariana Grande album. I remember seeing her pop up at award shows over the last year or two and was intrigued by the Mariah Carey voice similarities, but the music was always a little too Kids Bop for me. Somebody in her camp made some serious changes though, because this new record is jam-packed with HITZ. I’ll spare you the detailed analysis, as I’m sure most of you have already stopped reading, but this is the most polished, sugary sounding record I’ve heard in years, and all the throwback 90′s tricks they sprinkled into the beats totally won me over. The sixth-grader-hearing-Music Box-for-the-first-time in me is suuuuuuper into it. Also, I think Big Sean should only be allowed to rap on G.O.O.D. Music compilations and Ariana Grande records. It only works in those precise situations. Anyways, check out a couple songs below and try not to completely write off my musical opinions from here on out (I’ll understand if that’s not possible).

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I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it. The helmets have officially arrived, and just in time for football season! Cam and Lou are being serious troopers with these things. We’ve gotta take them in for adjustments this week, but all in all they really don’t seem to mind too much once we actually get the damn things on. 4-6 months of this extremely cool look. I gotta get some Bears and Vikings Fathead decals STAT.

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And here’s a quick pic of Penny on her way to daycare. She has been totally ruling as of late. Yesterday she somehow inexplicably started calling me Goat Daddy, so that’s pretty cool too.

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Alright, that about does if for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Field Notes Day!!!! Don’t forget to pick the album up right HERE and help us spread the word far and wide if you have a second. It’s so good. See you next Tuesday for another edition of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesday With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 26, 2014

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It brings me great joy to announce that Doomtree’s massive 500 page Every Single Day photo book has now been officially launched out into the world!!! It’s been over two years in the making, and an insanely huge shout is in order to our very own Paper Tiger, who meticulously compiled, culled, and laid out the thousands upon thousand of pictures that make up this seven pound beast. This really is the most proud I’ve been of any of our nearly 50 releases. It’s just the coolest.

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For the over 850 of you that pre-ordered, thank you so very much. All the books shipped out last week, and I know that many have already landed on doorsteps. We really appreciate all the continued support, and the money brought in from the book pre-order is already being put to good use on recording studio invoices for this new crew album. The Doomtree circle of life economy marches on! If you’ve been on the fence about picking this thing up, just check out the behind the scenes Story Time With Doomtree video and grab a copy for yourself or a friend over at the Webstore right HERE.

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In celebration of the book finally coming out (and also by a decent sized coincidence), we’re going to be playing one of our biggest release shows ever at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand this Saturday, alongside big time hometown legends Brother Ali, Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, and The Cactus Blossoms. Check out the full day’s schedule HERE, and then swoop up your tickets right HERE. This one is going to be completely NUTZ.

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Since The Current is throwing this party and also currently stationed at the State Fair all week, we’ve decided to throw a straight up Doomtree Current Takeover on the days leading up to the big show. On Sunday night I stopped by The Local Show to talk to Dave Campbell about what the rest of the year has in store for the crew (audio HERE). Then yesterday Sims stopped by their State Fair booth to play some new songs off of Field Notes live. Dessa will be by this afternoon, followed by Mike on Wednesday, and Stef on Thursday. They’ll each be playing a few songs live and chatting on air about all the new things they have in the works. Check out the whole schedule below. You can listen at 89.3FM in the Twin Cities metro area, or stream worldwide at thecurrent.org.

Monday 8/25 – Sims (4:30-5:30 CST)

Tuesday 8/26 – Dessa (4:30-5:30 CST)

Wednesday 8/27 – Mike Mictlan (4:30-5:30 CST)

Thursday 8/28 – P.O.S (4:30-5:30 CST)

Speaking of Sims, he just recently dropped a #LAAB video for his excellent new song “SIMS JONG IL,” which should be applauded for (among many things) turning Nic Cage and David Hasselhoff into verbs. Truly incréible. Check it out below.

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Field Notes officially drops this coming Tuesday (9/2)! Thanks to everyone that pre-ordered the album. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can still pre-order digitally through iTunes and get lead single “Uh Huh” as an instant download. Click HERE for that.

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Sims will be hitting the road this week to kick off a month-long tour of the US and Canada in support of Field Notes, accompanied by Australia’s very own Hilltop Hoods. They’ll be playing San Francisco this Thursday and Madison on Friday. Check the flyer below for cities and dates, and click HERE for all the ticket info.

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Alright, that does it for Doomtree-related music news this week. Let’s get into a couple cool new Bonus Jams. With all the crazy stuff going on over at DT Headquarters I haven’t had too much time to check out any new music aside from the crew, but there have been two albums that came out this past month that have still gotten some serious play at the Mader household. After like 20 years in the game, Spoon just dropped one of their best albums ever (which is saying something). I remember picking up Telephono in a used record store in Ohio as a kid, just because of the Matador logo. Pretty crazy to see how far they’ve come. Check out a couple of the singles from They Want My Soul below. The whole album rules pretty hard. Excited to finally see them live next month.

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FKA twigs just released her first official full-length, LP1 (naturally), and it really is as good as everyone says it is. Although the videos might be even better. Check out “Two Weeks” and “Pendulum” below.

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And lastly, here’s a video of roughly one million UK grime legends all rapping together in the booth for Mista Jam’s BBC Radio 1Xtra Show. Enormous shouts to my UK doppelganger (and informant of all things grime) London Ass Sam for sending us this link. Check out Dizzee Rascal, BBK, Lethal Bizzle, Fekky, Footsie, General Levy, and TEEEEEEEEEEEMPZ on this insane Grime Takeover. You will not be able to stop watching. SO GOOD.

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I’ll leave you with a good amount of Bonus Baby Pics, since I haven’t been keeping up with this as much over the last month or so. The Party of Five is alive and well. The TWINZ are gonna be six months old in a few weeks (insane) and Penny is well into her not-so-terrible twos. Things had been going so well in fact that we decided to brave the MN State Fair this past Saturday with the whole fam. Here’s what most of that day looked like. Horse Show Manager for real.

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The reign of Crab Man Cam is officially over. Just look at this guy. Seriously, I’m desperate for a new nickname. Clam Hands Cam doesn’t quite cut it.

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And here’s Laidback Lou awake for once and rocking a cool Exorcist pose. Easily one of the craziest dudes in the game.

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Here’s Cam sitting up and showing off some more. These will be the last pictures you see of these guys sans baby helmets for awhile. We go in tomorrow to get them put on, and it sounds like they’ll stay on for around 4-6 months. Should make for some pretty hilarious situations. I’ll tell you all about it.

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Can’t forget about P! Here she is kicking it with a cool gorilla statue at the zoo.

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And here’s Penny hard at work on yet another groundbreaking model pose guaranteed to shock the fashion world in 2015. This is her “no big deal just hanging having a chill time” look. Attention all clothing department stores: This kid would probably sell a ton of clothes for you. GET YOUR MONEY UP AND BRING ON THE ENDORSEMENT DEALS!

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Sorry, always bringing it back to business. Anyways, you get the idea. That about does it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and we’ll look forward to seeing a ton of you out at the State Fair on Saturday. Happy Every Single Day Day! See you next Tuesday for sure.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 19, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. August is almost over and that means there’s only two more weeks until the release of Field Notes! Yesterday Sims dropped a new song from the project in video form, and it is a serious HEATER. Check out the vizual for “SIMS JONG IL” below. It was directed by our good friend Adam Dunn as part of his ongoing #LAAB series, and the dynamic duo of best dudes Plain Ole Bill and Ryan Olson handled production of the monster beat. This is easily one of my favorite Sims songs of all time, plus the video contains an amazing impression of David Hasselhoff eating a cheeseburger, so you really can’t go wrong. Check it out below and pass it along!

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SO GOOD. If you’re more of an audio only type that just isn’t feeling the vizual side of music, you’re in luck: Kick your feet up and stream “SIMS JONG IL” on the SoundCloud player below. It’s the best.

 

And if you like what you hear, make sure to check out the Field Notes pre-order going on at the Doomtree Webstore right now. If you place your order by this Sunday night (8/24), you’ll get your digipak CD with lyric booklet shipped out almost a whole week before street date, along with access to a private Livestream chat with Sims himself this coming Monday (8/25) at 8:00pm CST. Not to mention the insane one of a kind t-shirt that comes in the deluxe bundle. Click HERE to check out all the details of the physical CD pre-order, and HERE to pre-order digitally from iTunes. As if you needed any more incentive, you’ll also receive an immediate download of lead single “Uh Huh” upon purchase of any of the pre-orders. DO IT.

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And don’t forget about the huge #ASTROSIMS2 show happening this Saturday night at First Avenue! Sims and Astronautalis are bringing back their second annual joint performance, sharing the stage and running through tons of old classics, collabo songs, and brand new material played live for the first time ever. Plus our very own Mike Mictlan is main support on the show (debuting some brand new HELLA FRREAL material) alongside great openers Metasota and Zero. Totally stacked bill if I do say so myself. Click HERE for ticket information and even more details, and watch this little teaser video below to get seriously AMPED.

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Directly after that big hometown show, Sims will head out on a big month-long run all over the US and Canada in support of Field Notes, alongside Australia’s beloved Hilltop Hoods.  Check out all the tour dates below and grab your tickets HERE.

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Sims will stop back home quick on August 30th for our big co-headlining Doomtree crew show at the MN State Fair Grandstand! This is going to be one for the ages for real. We’ll be joined by Brother Ali, Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, and The Cactus Blossoms for the all MN lineup. SO EXCITED! Click HERE for tickets and more details.

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Alright, I think that’s probably plenty of Doomtree-related news for one post. I’ll leave you with some more Local Bonus Jams, as the Twin Cities continues to churn out new music and videos at an alarmingly awesome rate. First up is a new collabo song from Lizzo and Caroline Smith, with production from Tickle Torture. I’ve been practicing with Caroline’s band in preparation for this joint Lizzo/Caro show at First Avenue on September 27th (tix HERE), and I can now safely say that show is gonna be completely NUTZ. This song especially. Check out “Let Em Say” below.

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The young gunner Dwynell Roland just dropped a new video from his soon to be released Factors EP. Check out “98 Regal” below.

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As I mentioned up above, Adam Dunn has just released a bunch of new videos in his ongoing Lights and a Backdrop series. You saw Sims’ excellent “SIMS JONG IL” vid up at the top, now check out joints from a ton of other talented Twin Cities artists including Sifu Hotman, Chantz Erolin, #MPLS, Actual Wolf, Toki Wright and Big Cats, and Longshot.

Sifu Hotman – “First Avenue Funeral”

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Chantz Erolin – “Dark Horse”

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#MPLS – “The Ride”

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Actual Wolf – “Queen of Carolina”

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Toki Wright and Big Cats – “Overhead”

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Longshot – “Keep Walking”

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And we gotta close it all out with the Video Bonus Jam to end all Video Bonus Jams. Watch Sims’ new “SIMS JONG IL” video below for the second time and get yourself seriously pumped up for the release of Field Notes on September 2nd! Remember, the pre-order ends this Sunday at midnight (get yours HERE).

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OK, that does it for this post. This past week was a little too insane to snap any Bonus Baby Pics, but I’ll make up for it next week, I promise. Hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday with a brand new TWL celebrating the official release of Doomtree’s Every Single Day book!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 12, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with a ton of big announcements, and I think we’re all catching our breath a little bit this week. The release of Doomtree’s 500-page Every Single Day photo book is rapidly approaching, and the pre-order officially ends this Sunday night!

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For those of you that missed it in the mayhem of these past couple announcements, we decided to skim through the book as a crew during a recent recording session and create this Story Time With Doomtree video to give you a better idea of all the cool stuff contained inside. There are some serious walk down memory lane moments in here. Shouts to Ander Other for putting the whole thing together. Check this out!

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We all met up yesterday to start signing all of the book pre-orders, which ended up being a little more work than we initially expected. Here’s Dessa and I bringing out the largest roll of bubble wrap I have ever seen in preparation for the shipping.

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First we got everything out of boxes and lined up for the signing. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but these books weigh seven pounds each. They were delivered in 250 total boxes on seven pallets. Totally crazed. Enormous shouts to Grace and Doug at the webstore for letting us take over not only their whole house, but their entire garage.

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Getting ready to sign the first book.

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Fast forward six hours and around 1,000 books later to Mike and Sims celebrating never having do this again. Got a pretty good feeling this could be our first and last Doomtree book at the SAME DAMN TIME.

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Oh, and don’t forget about the very limited Best of False Hopes physical CD that you’ll get when you pre-order Every Single Day! These things are newly mastered and turned out great. 22 rare, unreleased, and out-of-print tracks spanning chronologically from 2001 all the way up to the present. It’s a total trip to listen to front to back. You can basically hear everybody’s style growing and developing between each song.

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So that about does it for the final pitch. To all the people who have already pre-ordered, thank you so very much. When we started to put this thing together we knew how cool it could be, but we weren’t sure if anybody would actually buy it. We took a pretty serious leap of faith in pressing up 1,500 copies of something this size, and it’s been extremely encouraging to see that people are into the idea. If you’ve been thinking about ordering the book but have been putting it off, you’ve got until this Sunday night to make it happen and get your autographed copy along with the Best of False Hopes CD. Click HERE to pre-order. I’ll leave you with this original hands on promo video as the final final incentive. BAM!

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In other Doomtree news, we’ll be playing one of our very few all-crew summer shows this Saturday in Omaha for the annual MAHA Music Festival, alongside Death Cab for Cutie and Local Natives. Super pumped to go on a weekend road trip with the whole gang and listen to these new crew song mixes in the van! Tickets and show details right HERE. We’re on at 2:30pm sharp.

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Now for another round of Local Bonus Jams!!! Let’s start things off with the most recent Doomtree-related joints. Last week we announced the new 7-song Sims Field Notes project and debuted the first single. Check out “Uh Huh” below if you missed it, and make sure to check out the sweet physical pre-order for the album right HERE. Or swoop it up on iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and get an immediate download of “Uh Huh” with your purchase. And don’t forget about the #AstroSims2 show coming up on the 23rd at First Ave. Tickets are going fast. Grab em HERE.

 

Two weeks ago we dropped the first new all-crew Doomtree song since 2011′s No Kings. Check out “.38 Airweight” below. Just a glimpse at what we’ve been hard at work on all summer. So much more to come!

 

And don’t forget about this sweet Dessa video for “Fighting Fish.” This is just part one of a ridiculously cool two part video. Get reacquainted below, as we’ll be dropping the second one any day now.

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Now for some great new music from our MN peers. Sophia Eris of GRRRL PRTY just dropped a new solo track with production from Prophis. I love everything about this song. Can’t wait to see what these two cook up next. Check out “Dust” below.

 

Greg Grease put out a new single produced by the awesome combo of  ZuluZuluu and Medium Zach. Sounds like this is the first glimpse at a new record from him too. Always good news. Check out “Really Tho” below.

 

And both of those songs can be found on Sound Verite’s new Moon Rock Volume 1 compilation (along with contributions from 17 other talented local artists) for FREE.99. Stream the whole thing below.

 

Congrats to Andrew Broder on knocking out the fundraising for the new Fog album. Really excited to hear how this record turns out. Here’s a taste of what to expect with an acoustic version of new track “Turning Into You.” Shouts to Isaac Gale on the sweet vizualz.

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Toki Wright and Big Cats continue to tease out new material in anticipation for their excellent Pangaea full-length coming out next month. Check out “Lonely” ft. Eric Mayson below.

 

Psymun dropped a quick video for his song “Ok,” starring the one and only Tiiiiiiiiiip. The 12 year old in me thought this was hilarious the first time I watched it.

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Psymun’s commrade in THESTANDARD, Spooky Black, just put out a new EP last night called Leaving. I haven’t gotten a chance to check this out yet, but the entire project is streaming below for you.

 

Jack Spencer continues his exploration of the vast array of talented MN producers with Gimme Noise Beattape Volumes 6 and 7. These rounds feature beats by Afrokeys, Big Cats, ICETEP, Tiiiiiiiiiip, Stefan Wolf, 84 Caprice, Egypto Knuckles, Poison IV, Ce-Sektion, Ackronem, and Adriatic. Check it all out below.

 

And lastly, we have an insanely high production video from Minneapolis’ Tickle Torture. Great song too. Check out “Would I Love You” from the upcoming Spectrophilia EP below, out on Blood of the Young Records next month.

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Aaaaaaaand that does it for yet another jam-packed round of Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with some Bonus Baby Pics to make up for last week’s absence. The TWINZ are gonna be five months old tomorrow, and they’re really starting to get the hang of things. Here’s Confident Man Cam (still gotta in search of a new nickname) rocking a pretty bold yet accurate statement on his onesie.

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And here’s Laid Back Lou sleeping real sound, continuing to flex and rep his Laid Back Lyfestyle. I’m probably a little biased, but I tend to agree with this onesie’s sentiment as well.

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Can’t forget Young Nelpz. Penny and Lincoln have been keeping up their Monday morning hangout ritual all summer and are becoming fast friends. Here we all are at the park rocking our first see-saw ride.

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And here’s Penny and the wifepiece this past weekend at the incredibly beautiful wedding of Katie J and TPC!’s Matt Scharenbroich. Such a great time. I gotta collect up all the pics so I can do a recap next week, but for now let’s just say that TPC! was reunited for one glorious cover of K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life.” Huge love goes out to Katie and Matt. That was the best!

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Alright, that does it for this week’s post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Make sure to spread the word about the final days of the book pre-order, and grab a copy HERE if you haven’t yet. I’ll see you next Tuesday with another round of TWL!

– Beak

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