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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.

Releases

Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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ALL HANDS DAY!!!!!

Posted on January 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 20, 2015

Welcome back to another action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. We are now only one week away from the official release of All Hands! I cannot believe it’s coming up so soon. To kick things off right, we’ve decided to create something called All Hands Day. In celebration of the epic day that is January 27th, the whole crew will be running all over Minneapolis from morning til night, hitting new destinations every couple hours, hanging with the people, and toasting to the culmination of these last three years of hard work. Check this out!

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10:00am – Glam Doll Donuts

Glam Doll has crafted a special All Hands donut, to be unveiled on release day. Coffee and rap-themed pastries. C’mon, Bruh.

12:00pm – Muddy Waters

All Hands is heading out into the world and to celebrate, we’re heading to lunch. To make this christening official, we’re breaking a bottle of champagne on something. Come through for a bite or a pint of Surly Doomtree.

2:00pm – Reddit AMA (on the internet)

Doomtree’s doing an AMA (an ask-me-anything session on Reddit). Log on to get your Q’s A’d. Details at www.doomtree.net. 2:00pm CST.

4:00pm – The Depot

A heard-earned happy hour after a long day of snacking. Cheese curds, tots, a second pint of Surly Doomtree. And a leeeetle surprise.

6:00pm – Electric Fetus

You can get your copy of All Hands, on CD or LP, signed in person by Doomtree members. We did this for No Kings and had an absolute blast.

8:00pm – Surly Beer Hall

Where else? We’ll be ending the All Hands Day festivities at the brand new Surly taproom. High fives all around.

Oh man, this is gonna be so much fun. I hope to see a ton of you out and about as we run around all day. And if you’re not in Minnesota, consider dropping in on the Reddit AMA thing online and do some cyber hanging.

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Well, the dust has finally settled on the Doomtree physical pre-order. The team is hard at work getting all the orders packaged up and ready for shipping this week. I can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous support shown to the pre-order, especially in those closing days. Dessa wrote up a really spot-on glimpse into why these pre-sales are so important to a little label like ourselves (read about that right HERE). If you missed the physical pre-order but would still like to help out, you can always pre-order digitally through iTunes right HERE. You’ll get the first three singles instantly, and the rest of the album as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday morning.

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Now let’s run down some more events that are coming up super soon. Our good friends over at The Current are in the midst of celebrating their own 10 year mark, and to celebrate they’re throwing a ton of insanely awesome events on throughout the city. This Thursday (1/22), we’ll be taking part in a public music meeting and karaoke session at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. At 5:00pm, members of Doomtree and The Current will hold an open-to-the-public forum and pull the curtain back a bit on what it takes to program a radio station. Then at 6:30pm we’re getting into some serious karaoke, run by none other than Grace aka Stef’s Mom aka The Karaoke Queen. This is gonna rule. To hear more about our night, plus all the other big time festivities of the 10 year celebration, check out this truly hilarious video of Stef and Dessa attempting to read the details. I LOL’d for real.

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On Friday (1/23) our very own Mike Mictlan will be headlining a show out in Fargo, ND at The Aquarium. Mr. Gene Poole and a ton of others will also be on the bill. Check out all the details and ticket info right HERE, and check out the flyer below.

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After the release of All Hands next week, Doomtree will be heading up to Duluth to celebrate with a big all-crew show at Grandma’s Sports Garden on Thursday 1/29. We’re bringing our friends Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS with us too! Check out ticket info and all the sweet deetz right HERE. This show is going to be the best.

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Then the following week it’s off to the races with the start of the official All Hands Tour. Cecil, Dessa, Mike, Paper, Sims, and Stef will be heading all over the country throughout February and March. Check out the dates below and grab your tickets HERE before they’re gone.

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Speaking of awesome tours (SEGUE!), Dessa just announced that she’ll be the special musical guest on hugely-popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale’s upcoming March/April tour. Should be a great time. Check out all the details right HERE.

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And if that weren’t enough, Dessa will be dropping a super sweet video for “Sound The Bells” later on tomorrow. Check out the teaser trailer below and get AMPED.

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Let’s continue on with the video theme and jump into some Doomtree-Related Bonus Jams as we count down the days til All Hands. First up is Mike Mictlan’s latest visual for HELLA FRREAL standout “so so STRAYNGE.” Shouts to director Adam Dunn for putting it all together.

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Up next is the latest All Hands single for “Final Boss.” We just premiered this track last week via The AV Club, and I’m so happy to have it out in the world. One of my favorites from the album for sure.

Now for the first music video from All Hands. Not to worry, many more are currently in the works. In fact, Stef, Sims, and Mike are all in LA right now shooting as we speak. Here’s the video for “Gray Duck” to hold you over in the meantime.

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And lastly, let’s take it back to this summer when we dropped the first teaser from the album. Check out “.38 Airweight” below.

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Alright, there you have it. So excited that we’re now just one week out from sharing the entire new album with the world. Thanks again to everyone for all of the support leading up to this. Can’t wait for you to hear it. Have a great week, and we’ll hopefully see a ton of you out and about next Tuesday for All Hands Day!

– Beak

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NEW DOOMTREE SONG “FINAL BOSS” PREMIERED BY THE A.V. CLUB!!!

Posted on January 13, 2015

HUGE NEWS DAY: Insanely pumped to announce that the good people over at The A.V. Club have just world premiered our brand new song “Final Boss,” the lead-off track from the upcoming Doomtree album All Hands!!! Read all about what they had to say right HERE and be one of the first to check out the new song below. YES!!!

 

I cannot believe that All Hands is only two weeks away from officially dropping! SO NUTZ. This weekend marks your final chance to pre-order the album directly from Doomtree and get all those incredible bonus items. I know I’ve ranted away for the last few weeks on why this pre-order system is so important to how we run our label, so I’ll spare you another drawn-out tirade. Just know that we greatly appreciate every single one of you who have put in your order already, and for anybody else still on the fence, know that I am sending super positive “pull the trigger” vibes your way all week long. Here’s one final rundown of all the truly over-the-top goodness you’ll receive when you pre-order. Check out all the details and order info HERE, and remember, this thing ends for real on Sunday night. Don’t get left out in the proverbial cold.

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Here’s what you’ll get when you order the awesome Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order:

- CD digipak w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster OR double LP gatefold vinyl with download card

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A MINIATURE SHIP IN A BOTTLE!!! (like on the album cover. Seriously, next level.)

- A box of All Hands branded matches (to recreate the album cover)

- Limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands shirt available exclusively with this pre-order. This version of the shirt will never be available again and is being printed to order based on how many pre-orders we get.

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to go with your No Kings and Four Fists pins)

- All Hands canvas patch (to go with your HELLA FRREAL patch and your sleeveless jean jacket)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck,” “.38 Airweight,” and  ”Final Boss” singles 

- Digital download of unreleased bonus track “High Water” on release date 

- VINYL AFICIONADOS: The deluxe LP option also comes with extremely limited double blue vinyl (light and dark), which is only available through this pre-order. Only a couple hundred colored copies remain. Highly collectible.

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If you’re balling on a budget, you can always go with the Standard All Hands Pre-Order, which still comes with all of the following greatness:

- CD digipak w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster OR double LP gatefold vinyl with download card

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck,” “.38 Airweight,” and “Final Boss” singles 

- Digital download of unreleased bonus track “High Water” on release date 

Make sure to place your order right HERE by Sunday, and help us spread the word if you have a second this week. In one final attempt to push you over the buying edge, here’s an excellent promo video that Ander Other put together breaking down just how cool the CD and LP packaging really looks. And remember, the deluxe LP comes with two shades of blue vinyl!

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OK, enough already. Thanks for dealing with one final pitch.

Speaking of big premieres up at the top (SEGUE STREAK): Last week we had another huge premiere with the release of Mike Mictlan’s “so so STRAYNGE” video! The Adam Dunn-directed clip was filmed out in Victorville, California and follows Mike as he roams the streets and abandoned apartment complexes nearby. Instant classic. Check it out below, and stay tuned for even more HELLA FRREAL vizualz coming real soon. Huge shouts to Adam Dunn for knocking this one out of the park.

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Mike just recently announced a one-off show in Fargo, ND on January 23rd. Make sure you go out and catch him if you’re in the vicinity. Peep the flyer below and click HERE for even more details and ticket info.

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We just announced a brand new Doomtree show in another super northern part of the country as well. The whole crew is headed to Duluth on Thursday, January 29th to play a huge show at Grandma’s Sports Garden, and we’re bringing our friends Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS with us! This is happening just two days after the release of All Hands, and will definitely be one of the first chances to hear a lot of the new material live. Details and ticket info right HERE. This one’s gonna rule.

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Speaking of the All Hands Tour, we recently announced some very special guests that we’ll be bringing out on the road with us. Our good friend Open Mike Eagle will be joining us on the first leg of tour! Check out all the dates that he’ll be a part of below and grab your tickets HERE. Quick little side note: The ultimate homie Greg Grease will be warming up the Chicago and Madison dates in addition to Mike. SO GREAT.

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Then on the second leg of tour we’ve got the legendary Hellfyre Club rocking with us! AHHHHH!!! This is so monumental to me. We’ve all been huge fans of what Busdriver, Nocando, Milo, and Mike Eagle have been building out on the West Coast over the last several years, and could not be happier to join forces with them on these dates. CREWED UP FRREAL. Check out details and ticket info for the second leg right HERE. Transit will be warming up the shows on this run as well.

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I’ll leave you with a bunch of awesome Bonus Jams from all of the above-mentioned special guests. Make sure to check them all out and pick up their full albums if you’re feeling any of it. This is merely a brief glimpse into the heat. Here we go!

Open Mike Eagle – “Qualifiers”

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Hellfyre Club – “DVT”

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Greg Grease – “C.R.E.A.M. Dreams”

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Sean Anonymous – “Weight”

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deM atlaS – “All We Got”

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Transit – “Super Man Took Steroids”

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And now for one FINAL BOSS Bonus Jam in case you missed the Soundcloud player at the start of the post. Check out the brand new Doomtree single below, and start counting down the days until All Hands is here in its entirety!

Alright, that should about do it. Let me sneak a couple Bonus Baby Pics in real quick to satisfy the family contingency out there. This first one is of Penny, in a display of her recent “turn down for what” / “deal with it” mentality. Nailed it.

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And here’s one of me and the TWINZ holding it down for the Mader Men after what I can only imagine was like our seventeenth family Christmas feast a few weeks back. Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam in a rare moment of peace and tranquility.

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Aaaaaaand that does it for real. I hope you all have an absolutely glorious week. I’m headed out of town for my first big kid-free vacation tomorrow morning (!!!!!), but I’ll be back next week as we count down the final days until All Hands. Tell a friend to tell a friend to cop that sweet All Hands Pre-Order by this Sunday (HERE), before it’s gone for good. ‘Preciate that. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 06, 2015

Hello and welcome back to the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2015. I hope you’ve all had a relaxing holiday break and an awesome start to the new year. HERE WE GO: It’s officially All Hands season, as the new Doomtree crew album drops in just THREE WEEKS! So crazy. To get you even more amped, here is a super hands-on packaging video to show you just exactly what you’re getting when you pre-order a physical copy of the record from the Doomtree Webstore. Shouts to Ander Other for crushing yet another excellent vizual. Check out the Hands On All Hands video below!

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Yesterday we all got together and began signing the posters that will come with every single standard and deluxe pre-order copy of All Hands. Here’s a pic that Dess took of Sims, Mike, and me hard at work. Shouts to all my southpaws worldwide. Cop your pre-order HERE to get one of these bad boys for yourself (ahem, the posters that is).

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One extremely lucky pre-orderer is going to be receiving this poster, which includes a forged Gordon Ramsay signature courtesy of P.O.S. Not really sure what happened there, but I think after about six hours of doing this we all might have officially lost our minds.

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Here’s a quick shot of the CD spine. I’m so pumped to announce that we’ve finally cleared the 50th Release benchmark as a label!!! Gotta say, it feels incredibly fitting that it coincides with this crew release too. TTBT 4 LYFE.

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So now for the real task at hand: THE PRE-ORDER. If you’ve been reading this site for awhile, you probably already know where I’m going with this, but here I go again anyways. Here’s the gist of it: The sole reason we’ve been able to release 50 albums over the past decade is because of this pre-order system. Not only does the money generated from these campaigns go towards the cost of producing the current album (manufacturing, publicity, music videos, radio, etc), but it also gives us a cushion to fund upcoming releases that are now just in their infancy. For example, P.O.S flew out to Los Angeles this morning to begin work on his next solo album (ON DOOMTREE RECORDS!!!!). Money from this All Hands pre-order is helping to cover flights, lodging, studio time, and new gear while he’s away getting started on it. Not to mention that we’ve got four other rappers who are currently gearing up to start new solo projects of their own. It’s a real Circle of Life vibe that we’ve got going on here, and none of it is possible without your support. Forgive me for the fundraising tone, but it really is becoming more and more necessary for us to message out why this is so important in a time when we fully understand that you have a choice to pay for music. In exchange for your money we are trying to provide you with the very best possible music, packaging, and product that we can, every single time out the gate. I’m extremely pumped with how incredible the packaging for All Hands has turned out.

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OK with that said, I will now run down the insanely cool bonus gifts that will be bestowed upon you when you pre-order All Hands. For those of you who have already grabbed your copy: Thanks a million. Truly. We could not do this without you, and you are greatly appreciated. If you’re one of those who’s been on the ordering fence for awhile: C’mooooooon already, let’s do this! It’s gonna rule! And if you’re just now hearing about the pre-order: I would strongly encourage you to go for it. It’s gonna be the best, guaranteed. See how persuasive I can be? Most importantly though, if any of you have the time or energy, please help us message this info out to the world. Whether it’s a link to the pre-order (doomtree.net/allhands), a picture of the album, or a post about the new packaging video, it all helps. The pre-order officially ends next Sunday, so we’re in the home stretch FRREAL. Alright, here goes nothing.

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When you order the Standard All Hands Pre-Order, you not only get your choice of CD (w/ 36-page lyric booklet and fold-out poster) or LP (gatefold double LP with lyric sheet and download card), but also all of the following free bonus gifts:

- An autographed poster signed by all seven members of Doomtree (plus one signed by Gordon Ramsay)

- A glow-in-the-dark 4″ All Hands sticker (I tested it out and it totally works like a charm)

- Immediate download of “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” singles (currently released heaters)

- Digital download of bonus track “High Water” on release date (unreleased heater)

This is definitely a perfect option for those of you balling on a budget, or just plain concerned that this money may eat into your weekly Lunch at Arby’s fund (Papes, I’m looking at you). If you’re really trying to get crazy with it though, you’re gonna want to check out this Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order. By far the most over the top pre-order we’ve ever attempted.

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Here’s what you’ll get when you order the Deluxe All Hands Pre-Order, in addition to every single item listed above in the Standard Pre-Order:

- A MINIATURE SHIP IN A BOTTLE!!! (like on the album cover. Seriously, next level.)

- A box of All Hands branded matches (to recreate the album cover)

- Super limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands shirt available exclusively with this pre-order. This version of the shirt will never be available again and is being printed to order based on how many pre-orders we get.

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to go with your No Kings and Four Fists pins)

- All Hands canvas patch (to go with your HELLA FRREAL patch and your sleeveless jean jacket)

- VINYL AFICIONADOS: The deluxe LP option also comes with extremely limited double blue vinyl (light and dark), which is only available through this pre-order. Only a few hundred colored copies remain.

Here’s a couple teaser pictures of a few of the bonus gifts, just to give you an idea of what we’re working with here:

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Alright, that’s probably enough pre-order mania for this week. More pics and details coming next week as release day approaches. In the meantime, you can grab your copy right HERE. Thanks for reading through all of this.

Now for a couple of super quick Doomtree-related shows going down this weekend. On Saturday night, our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing at First Avenue at the homie Sean Anonymous’ big annual birthday show. Cecil will also be there playing with his band Commanders Handsome. Check out ticket info and even more details right HERE.

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That same night, Saturday 1/10, I’ll be down at the Varsity Theater playing with Lizzo for the To The Bridge Foundation benefit show. Our good friends Toki Wright & Big Cats are also on the bill. Ticket info and details right HERE. Should be a great night.

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And for those of you in or nearby the Duluth area, we’ve got some big show news to drop on you in the next 24 hours. Sorry for the tease, but definitely STAY TUNED.

I’ll leave you with a bunch of Bonus Baby Pics from over the break. Cam and Lou are just about to hit the 10 month mark and are cruising right along. They’ve been getting into the whole “stand up and walk around while holding onto things” b-boy stance for the last week or so. It’s pretty awesome. Also, everyone wears sweatsuits at our house all winter long. It has now become mandatory.

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We took the big Party of Five out for their first big snow, to mixed reactions naturally. Lou was super into. Crab Man Cam, shockingly, not so much. He’s become quite the skeptic in his old age.

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Penny even got into the action. Huge shouts to her 93 year-old great grandma Dot for the new coat!

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Speaking of P, we got to take her out to the Children’s Museum this past week and she had a total blast. So much of a blast that we couldn’t get her to stand still for a single picture. Here’s a blurry one of her going down this cool slide for about the hundredth time in a row. And it’s still No Kings.

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OK, that for real does it for this first post of the year. I hope you all have a great week getting back into the swing of things. Make sure to spread the word about the pre-order if you get a second, and pick up your copy right HERE if you haven’t yet. I’ll see you next Tuesday for a ton of new big time announcements. New music coming sooner than later!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 23, 2014

Welcome to the last Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2014. There is an absolute ton of cool stuff to cover in here, so let’s just jump right into it. Last Wednesday the good people over at The FADER world premiered the brand new Doomtree video for “Gray Duck.” Big time shouts to Andrew Melby and his 1LightFilms crew for all their hard work, and Eric Pierson for killing the role of the security guard. I could not be more pleased with how this one came out. Check out “Gray Duck” below and pass it around if you get a sec.

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Speaking of sweet videos, TPT was at our 10 year Blowout anniversary (to the day!) at Varsity Theater a few weeks back, filming for an upcoming episode of their show The Lowertown Line. Last week they kicked out this teaser video of the “Get Down” encore just to let you know what they’re working with. If you were there, this is a total blast to relive. And if you weren’t there, hopefully it gives you an idea of what a Doomtree party really looks like (ahem, we’re going on tour soon). Check it out.

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New videos just keep rolling out this week! Yesterday NPR premiered two new Dessa videos from her recent performance with VocalEssence at Orchestra Hall. Check out a crushing rendition of “Skeleton Key” up first, followed by a brand new unreleased song titled “The Good Fight.” That one is my favorite. Read all about what NPR had to say right HERE, and watch both vids below.

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And now for the grand finale of video segues: Our Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team is officially two years old now, and to celebrate the occasion (and the holiday season in general) we’re streaming the entire 70-minute film for FREE.99!!!! That’s right, from now until the end of the year you can watch Team The Best Team with your loved ones for absolutely NADA. I recommend getting some brandy ciders poured up and making a double-header out of it alongside Love, Actually. That’s just me though. ENJOY!

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Now for some upcoming Doomtree-related shows. Dessa, Four Fists, and Mike Mictlan are all performing at New Years Eve parties next week. Dessa will be headlining the big Crystal Ball party down at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Judging from what I’ve seen of previous years, this one is gonna be something else. Grab details and ticket information right HERE.

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That very same night P.O.S and Astronautalis will performing a rare Four Fists set down the road at the Triple Rock, with our very own Mike Mictlan on main support. Details and all sorts of ticket info right HERE.

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Which leads us to the big main event: Doomtree’s All Hands Tour is happening all over the US in February and March! Cecil Otter, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S, and Sims will be rolling through a ton of cities near you in no time flat. I gotta sit this one out due to the whole three babies thing (just wasn’t quite enough room in the budget for my own family bus), but I will be FaceTiming the whole crew like a champ. Make sure you check out the all the sweet deetz and ticket links right HERE. Tickets to some of these are already moving super fast. Oh, and we if you’re anywhere near Austin, TX or Providence, RI you’re in luck: we just added shows in your towns!

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Speaking of All Hands, don’t forget about the ridiculous All Hands Pre-Order going on right now at our very own Doomtree Webstore! I know we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but the pre-order concept is really what allows us to continue to put out music on a regular basis. The money we generate from early sales of the crew album will not only help us with this current campaign (music videos, publicists, radio, manufacturing), but will also go towards new projects and the early costs that accrue from them (studio time, production, design, etc). All of the five rappers are currently working on upcoming solo records, so that’s a lot of music (and expenses) to sort out. Anyways, I’ll spare you the entire economical breakdown, but that’s just one example of why I’m constantly mentioning this INSANELY COOL ALL HANDS PRE-ORDER THAT YOU REALLY SHOULD CONSIDER PURCHASING RIGHT HERE. BAM!

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Speaking of merch, we just added a ton of new stuff from the Last Blowout Ever to the webstore, including new crew and solo shirts, screenprinted posters, parts of the Surly Doomtree line, a collaboration with Nice City Clothing, plus SOCKS and GLOVES! Check out everything below, and click right HERE for more details. If you are purchasing other items along with the pre-order, we recommend that you place two separate orders to ensure that non pre-order items are delivered to you prior to the All Hands release date.

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Allllllllllright, that for real does it on the SELL SELL SELL tip. Here’s a handful of excellent R&B Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping as of late. This new D’Angelo record has stayed on repeat for the last few weeks. There is a ridiculous amount of stuff going on in each of these tracks. It definitely rewards multiple listens. The last song on the album is one of the greatest things I’ve yet to hear in my long-legged life. Check out “Another Life” below.

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BEST NEWS: The-Dream is back with a new heater! This dude has been at the top of his game for like eight years now, and based off this song, the reign will not let up any time soon. Glad to have him back after a bit of a hiatus since that last free EP thing he did. Check out this radio rip of “Fruition” and listen through to the crazy build at the end. SO GOOD.

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And now for something very, very dear to my heart. A previously completely unreleased Luther Vandross song was just unearthed and tacked onto his new UK Greatest Hits collection. JOY TO THE WORLD!!! Turns out this track was recorded back in 1994 around the time of his Never Let Me Go album.  There is some sweet post-New Jack Swing happening in here. Check out “Love It Love It” below. GLORIOUS.

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Now that you’ve got me on a Luther kick, let’s send this thing off with a couple of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. Here’s the video for “This is Christmas,” which has some amazing gift wrapping going on, not to mention band leader Nat Adderley, Jr. rocking a very stylish turtleneck sweater. Heartwarming stuff.

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Now for the monster 3/4 ballad that is “Every Year, Every Christmas.”

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Picking things up a bit, let’s go into “Kiss for Christmas.” Vintage Vandross, dawg. The best.

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And now for the barnburner grand finale. My favorite Christmas song of all time: “The Mistletoe Jam.” You will not find a better jam in all of the land. It is a national treasure that should be shouted on high and protected at all costs.

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There you have it. I’ll leave you with a couple final Bonus Baby Pic to close out the year. Consider a virtual holiday card from me to you. Here’s Lou, Penny, and Cam in a rare moment of togetherness. It was NOT EASY to pull this off. Happy Holidays from our whole family to yours!

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OK, that does it for real! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing couple of weeks spending time with loved ones and recharging your batteries. I’ll see you back here on the first Tuesday of 2015 and we can start this blog thing up all over again. It’s gonna be a good year. See you soon!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 16, 2014

OK! Welcome back to the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak since the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever. Still don’t quite have the words to describe what the last week and a half has meant to all of us, but luckily you can relive the entire eight-day run with awesome photos and video from our all-star cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, Hannah Hofmann, and Ricardo Zapata. Just click all the links on the right side banner of the site marked “MORE HEADLINES” for the play-by-play on every single day. And check out Ricardo’s video from the grand finale at First Ave below to kick things off.

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A few other videos dropped last week in all of the Blowout mayhem. Our good friends at The Current just posted the entire live stream interview and performance we did at the UBS Forum on Friday. Check it all out below, there’s some serious gems in there, plus a brand new song.

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We officially debuted our new Surly Doomtree collabo beer in draft form last week at all the venues that hosted a Blowout event. Check out this teaser promo video about how the whole collaboration process came together, if nothing else but for to watch Dessa spill an entire bag of malt everywhere.

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Due to the big success of the first week, Surly has announced that they’ll be packaging Surly Doomtree beer in 16 oz cans starting early next year! SO EXCITED FOR THIS. Check out the collabo can artwork from Doomtree’s Cecil Otter and Surly’s Michael Berglund below.

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Now that the Blowout is over, we can put all our focus towards this new crew album dropping in January. Don’t forget that the All Hands Pre-Order is in full effect right now. Check out all the crazy bonus gifts you get with the deluxe version below, and grab a copy for yourself right HERE. Just a quick reminder that if you’re ordering additional webstore items with your pre-order, you should place those orders separately to ensure faster shipping.

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Cecil Otter, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S, and Sims will all be hitting the road super hard this coming February and March on the All Hands Tour! Check out all the announced dates so far below and click HERE for tickets and more sweet deetz.

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Speaking of cool tours (SEGUE STREAK 5EVER!!!), Dessa is heading back to Europe this spring for a big two-week run. Her lead-off show in London sold out in less than 24 hours (AWESOME), so we’ve added a second show on April 22nd. You can grab tickets to that one HERE, and check out all the tour details right HERE.

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In upcoming show news, P.O.S and Sims are both headed to Denver in the next couple days to play the So-Gnar Shredded Beats Fest. Stef will be at The Bluebird on Thursday with Sean Anonymous (tix HERE), and Sims will be at The Bluebird on Friday with Air Dubai (tix HERE). Both shows should be totally awesome, and a great warmup for the Doomtree crew show taking place at the Gothic Theatre on March 6th (tix HERE).

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Speaking of Stef, he recently sat down with our friend Open Mike Eagle to tape an episode of Mike’s Secret Skin podcast. The dudes talk at length about Doomtree, parenting, health, and much more. Check out the whole thing right HERE.

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Alright, that about does it for Doomtree-related news this week. Make sure you check back tomorrow though for some more big time news. This is about all I can say for now….

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Transition into Bonus Jam Land: D’Angelo came out of hiding finally and dropped a brand new album out of nowhere a few days back! Like everyone else, Voodoo pretty much changed the whole game for me, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a follow-up ever since. That anticipation was brought to a fever pitch with last year’s insane one-off show with Questlove at First Ave. So happy that this project is now finally seeing the light of day. I’ve only had a chance to hear the first three songs so far, but I can already tell you it will be duking it out with Majid Jordan and Ariana Grande for my album of the year. Click the cover to grab the whole thing on iTunes, and stream first single “Sugah Daddy” below.

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I’ll leave you with a plethora of Baby Bonus Pics, since I haven’t included them in the last few posts. Laid Back Lou and Crawl Man Cam are officially nine months old and better than ever. Here they are posing as a new dynamic duo I like to call The BATH Brothers (see what I did there, Canseco?). We’re still working on a cool interlocking arm handshake thing that will make McGwire proud.

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Here’s a solo dolo shot of Cam. He somehow already has like eight chompers already. Crazy kid.

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Aaaaaaaand one of Lou. I promise I had nothing to do with that faux-hawk thing on the top of his head. Placing all the blame on daycare for that one.

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Can’t forget about P! She just got back from her second airplane ride ever, visiting her great grandma down in Florida. Here she is at the Orlando airport getting seriously amped to hang with princesses.

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And here she is at DISNEY WORLD watching the fireworks off of the magic castle that they show at the start of all Disney movies. LIFE CHANGING EVENT. Missed her tons, so glad to have her home.

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We got into the Christmas spirit the other night and started decorating this very affordable tree (shouts to Home Depot for the $15 joints!). This all happened while Luther’s “Mistletoe Jam” blared throughout the house. Best Christmas song EVER.

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Alright, that about does it for me. I hope you all have a wonderful week easing into the holidays. Make sure you check back tomorrow for more big time news, and then I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 8 RECAP

Posted on December 15, 2014

 Man oh man, the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever has finally come to an end. After a week-long run throughout the Twin Cities, we capped it all off with one final night at the best club in the universe, First Avenue. I don’t have a ton of words right now to describe what a truly amazing and humbling finale that was, but just know that we are all incredibly thankful for the love and support this town and these people have shown us for the last decade plus. Huge shouts to our special guests for the evening: Kristoff Krane, GRRRL PRTY, Har Mar Superstar, Big Zach, I Self Devine, Astronautalis, Prof, and DJ Fundo. And extra insane shouts to our wonderful cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS for documenting the entire eight-day run. We finally turned the tables and got a picture of them for once. From left to right, here’s Ricardo Zapata, Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann.

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Here’s Ricardo’s final recap video, followed by a ton of awesome photos from Zoe, Ben, and Hannah. Again, thank you so much to everybody that came out and rocked with us. One of the best nights of my long-legged life. TEAM THE BEST TEAM FRREAL.

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 7 RECAP

Posted on December 13, 2014

THE END IS NEAR. Just one more night left on this Last Blowout Ever journey. Yesterday we stopped by The Current’s UBS Forum for an early interview and performance and then knocked out the second show in our three-night stand at First Avenue (best club in the world). Man was it a doozy. Check out some exceptional photos from our all-star cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann below. And watch another awesome recap video from Ricardo Zapata to kick things off. Mega shouts to our special guests last night: Ecid, Mixed Blood Majority, Aby Wolf, Big Quarters, Toki Wright, and DJ Fundo. That was thee best. See you tonight for the last show of THE LAST BLOWOUT EVER!!! I’m either going to cry or stage dive. Game-time decision.

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 6 RECAP

Posted on December 12, 2014

Six down, two more to go! We gotta run over to The Current now for this UBS Forum interview and performance (which you can live stream right HERE at 12:30pm CST), but check out all the great recap photos from last night’s First Ave show below. Shouts to our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-FlashBen LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann for all the pics. And huge shouts to our special guests last night as well: Chantz Erolin, Metasota, Greg Grease, Illuminous 3, Sean Annonymous, Har Mar Superstar, and DJ Fundo. That was insane. Here’s a great video recap from none other than Ricardo Zapata to start off the post. See you tonight at First Ave!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 5 RECAP

Posted on December 11, 2014

Last night marked the ten year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout, so we decided to take it back to the Varsity Theater where this whole thing started back in 2005. Definitely a night to remember. Check out some excellent photos from our extremely talented FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann below. And to give everything the proper vizual context, watch this great recap video from our guy Ricardo Zapata to start things off. See you tonight for the first show in our three-night stand at First Ave!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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HANNAH HOFMANN (more HERE)

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