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Lazerbeak is a thug. Do not be deceived by the nice-guy introductions backstage. Beak is responsible for some of the hardest lavabangers in hip hop, period. Catchy, rib-crushing, filthy.

In his basement workshop, Beak works mostly with a MPC2000XL. He layers propulsive, hard-hitting drums with driving guitar and keyboard melodies. He paces after the addition of each element, ducking to avoid the overhead pipes, playing air drums, and calculating his next layer.

Beak’s sequencing is a large part of his sound. “After you’ve got the main structure, to make it a real song, you have to take it all part again. It’s like a battle with the beat, every time.” And Beak always wins. When it’s over, the effect is some helicopter-at-the-omnitheater shit. He’ll take a beat down to its most essential elements before letting it off the leash to explode into anthemic proportions.

Lazerbeak got involved with the Doomtree crew through his high school friendship with Stef (P.O.S). But by then he’d already been playing music for years. Since 8th grade he played with The Plastic Constellations, the indie rock group that would go on to tour the country, signed to French Kiss Records. Stef, having heard Lazerbeak’s music with TPC, encouraged him to start making beats. Beak got a loan from his folks to buy his first MPC from Guitar Center. Stef came over in the afternoon to show him the ropes. No looking back.

To date, Lazerbeak has produced over 400 beats. His production appears on almost every Doomtree release, including all three of P.O.S’ solo albums. He’s now completing the production for the upcoming Sims solo release and working on a solo endeavor of his own.

Most recently, Doomtree released Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Mike Mictlan. The two schemed for years to write and record the disc. For much of that time Mike was living in L.A. Lazerbeak sent Mike beat CDs in the mail. Mike rapped his verses to Lazerbeak over the phone. Big dreams, big phone bills. Now the fruit of their labor is available in all its glory as Hand Over Fist. Legend Recognize Legend.

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Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on 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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Sims ‘Field Notes’ Pre-Order Announcement

Posted on August 05, 2014

INSANELY HUGE NEWS DAY: Sims has just announced that on September 2nd he’ll be releasing his new brand new album Field Notes on Doomtree Records!!! SO PUMPED. That’s the cool cover art below.

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The seven track project features Sims rapping his ass off over some huuuumongous beats from Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, ICETEP, and Plain Ole Arson (Ryan Olson x Plain Ole Bill). For real, these are some of the best Sims songs ever written, and that’s saying a lot after the instant classic that was Bad Time Zoo. Check out first single and total heater “Uh Huh” via the Soundcloud player below to see what I mean. Sims on the raps, Cecil on the beat!

To celebrate all of this awesome news, we’re rolling out a couple very special Field Notes pre-order options, and it’s all going down over at the Doomtree Webstore starting RIGHT NOW. Every pre-order will receive a sweet digipak CD, instant MP3 download of first single “Uh Huh,” and access to a special private Livestream with Sims himself where you’ll get to hang out, ask all sorts of questions, and hear new music for the very first time. All that for only $7.99!!! That’s like the price of a single combo meal at Arby’s for crying out loud. And if you’re looking for something extra special, we’ve got the DELUXE PRE-ORDER! Check this out:

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The deluxe pre-order includes the same sweet digipak CD, instant MP3 download of “Uh Huh,” access to the private Livestream with Sims, AAAAAAND a super limited-edition L’AUDACE t-shirt named after the lead track on Field Notes. French for “the audacity,” this shirt is being offered up as a one time only pressing made exclusively for this pre-order. We’ll be printing up exactly however many shirts are ordered, and once the pre-order is finished, we’ll throw away the screens and never offer this as a merch item again. D-E-L-U-X-E. Click HERE to check out all the details over at the webstore.

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And if physical CDs just aren’t your thing, you can always pre-order the record digitally through iTunes right HERE (or Bandcamp right HERE), and still receive “Uh Huh” as the instant grat download track immediately upon purchase.

As always, we can’t thank you enough for all of the support throughout the pre-order process. I’ll save you the full on schpiel of how the Doomtree economy works, but essentially the money contributed towards each pre-order is immediately paid forward to handle the upfront costs of our future releases. So the money from Dessa’s Parts of Speech pre-order helped us print up copies of the Every Single Day photo book, which in turn helped pay for the recording time and manufacturing of Field Notes, which will now help pay for Mike Mictlan’s upcoming HELLA FRREAL album, and so on and so forth.  Circle of life, man. It just works. Anyways, that’s it in a nutshell. So thank you big time for the support, and please help us spread the word about this project if you get a second today. ‘Preciate you!

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I’m officially declaring this the All Sims Everything post, so I wanted to remind you of a few big  shows/tours that the man has coming down the pike. First up is the second annual #AstroSims show taking place in the First Avenue Mainroom on August 23rd. Sims and Astronautalis will be sharing the stage together for a mega collabo set of old classics and brand new material (now you know just exactly how brand new). This will be your first chance to hear a lot of these Field Notes songs live, and with Astro recording his own batch of new material as of late, you know he’ll have some serious gems to debut as well. UPDATE: The openers have just been announced to this show, and Mike Mictlan, Metasota, and Zero will now all be performing as well! Holy lord. Tickets and more details available right HERE. DOOOOOIT.

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Then on August 28th Sims will embark on a massive month-long tour of the US and Canada with Australia’s own Hilltop Hoods. This is not one of those tours to be missed, and these dudes will be covering a ton of ground in that month span. Click HERE for all the individual show details and ticket information, and check out Hilltop Hoods’ “The Art of the Handshake” single below if you’re not up to speed.

I’m sure you can guess by now what the Bonus Jam of the Week is going to be: “Uh Huh,” duh!!! Check it out one more time below, and then pre-order the album so you can download the track immediately and listen to it whenever/wherever you want (I see you Shakira).

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And as a bonus Bonus Jam, don’t forget about “.38 Airweight,” the new Doomtree crew single that we dropped last week. The feedback for this one has been overwhelmingly positive (SPIN even named it one of their top singles of the week). I gotta admit, I was a little nervous dropping a brand new crew song after the long interim between No Kings. Happy that people are liking it. So much more to come.

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OK, I think that’s enough crazy action-packed news for one post. Happy All Sims Everything Day! I hope you all have a truly great week. I’ll be back next Tuesday with tons more news, Bonus Jams, and Baby Bonus Pics (to make up for this week’s lack there of). See you then!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 29, 2014

HUGE NEWS DAY: The Current just world premiered “.38 Airweight,” the first new full crew Doomtree track since 2011′s No Kings (read about it right HERE)! You can download the song from iTunes (HERE), Bandcamp (HERE), or stream it via the SoundCloud player below.

 

We’ve spent this summer writing and recording a brand new full-length crew album, and wanted to drop something new off now while we work on putting the finishing pieces together in the studio over the next couple months. Plus it’s the official six year anniversary of the very first Doomtree self-titled album, so the timing seemed about right. Consider this a gentle reminder that WE’RE BACK AT IT.

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Before we get way deep into new album mode though, we’re putting an exclamation on our first decade plus as a crew by releasing Every Single Day, a 500 page full color photo book filled with tons of behind the scenes pictures, artwork, artifacts, and inside jokes from the last 12 years. In fact, we’ve actually got this new video segment called “Story Time with Doomtree” to help better describe what we mean by all of that. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we revisit some truly hilarious situations. Shouts to Ander Other for putting together another awesome vizual (go see him DJ this Friday at First Ave for the New Space event – details HERE).

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We’ve only made 1,500 of these books total (half of those have already been spoken for), and once they’re gone they’re gone. Click HERE to pre-order your autographed copy and get The Best of False Hopes, a 22-track CD containing rare, unreleased, and out-of-print songs from our early years as a bonus gift. Only a few weeks left to pre-order!

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And if a new song and video wasn’t enough, we’ve also got some huge Dessa news for you: Yesterday VEVO world premiered the brand new video for Dessa’s Parts of Speech single “Fighting Fish”! Huge shouts to the unstoppable directing force that is Isaac Gale and David Jensen (and editor extraordinaire JoLynn Garnes) for knocking this one out of the park. Love how this one turned out. Check out the video below and help us spread the word if you can! And stay tuned for more “Fighting Fish” related vizualz in the coming month.

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Dessa will be in Lutsen, MN this coming Monday for a free show at Papa Charlie’s (details HERE) before gearing up for a big East Coast run with WHY? this September. Click HERE for all the tour details and check out the full list of dates below.

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And now for a little something I’d like to call the Doomtree End of Summer Show Rundown!!! There’s a ton of stuff going on in August and September, so let’s start at the top and run the whole thing down one by one.

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The full crew will be in Omaha on August 16th for the annual MAHA Music Festival, alongside Death Cab For Cutie, Local Natives, and The Head and the Heart. Details and ticket info HERE.

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The following week, on August 23rd, Sims and Astronautalis hit First Avenue for their second annual #ASTROSIMS show. An evening of old classics and brand new material, performed onstage together as part of one massive set. Grab your tickets HERE.

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 On August 30th the whole Doomtree squad will be at the MN State Fair Grandstand for a co-headlining performance with Brother Ali as part of The Current’s MN Music-On-A-Stick event. Bob Mould, Cloud Cult, Har Mar Superstar, and The Cactus Blossoms will all be there too. This is going to RULE!!! Tickets and details HERE.

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And on September 13th it’s The F*cking Best Show Ever: P.O.S’ first headlining show in nearly two years, doubling as a crazy outdoor festival with performances from SZA, LE1F, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Allan Kingdom, Zuluzuluu, and DJ sets from Polica and TIIIIIIIIIIP. Plus a ridiculous afterparty with the legendary Dam Funk and a production set from yours truly. Details and tickets HERE.

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Just announced! I’ll be playing with Lizzo and Caroline Smith on September 27th for their joint Jay Z + Beyonce style one-off show at the First Avenue Mainroom. We’ll be doing one big round robin set with tons of new takes on old songs, similar to the Astronautalis/Sims format actually. I just got emailed the potential setlist, and I can safely say that this one is gonna be something special. Tickets go on sale Friday right HERE.

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The following day (September 28th) P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, and myself will all head down to Dallas, TX for the annual INDEX Fest (Dessa and Sims will be out on their respective solo tours at the time). There’s over 90 awesome bands playing this year! Gonna be totally nutz. Tickets and details right HERE.

Aaaaaaaand that about does it for the Doomtree End of Summer Show Rundown. Told you there was a lot going on. I think you can probably take a guess as to what the Bonus Jam of the Week is going to be: .38 Airweight!!!! Doomtree, Doomtree, Doomtree.

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I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. We got the official word that the TWINZ have some crazy baby helmets in their immediate future, due to some flat spots on the back of their heads. From what they tell me this is fairly common with multiples, since kids get pretty squashed in the womb fighting for space. They’ll have these helmets for the next 4-6 months and that should help their skulls develop back into the cool normal skulls they were born to be. Very scientific, I know. Anyways, here’s a pic of Laid Back Lou getting fitted for said dreaded helmet. Green screen dots and lasers. Technology, man.

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And here’s Lou in happier times, just so you don’t get it twisted. You cannot keep this dude down for very long.

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Crab Man Cam (still gotta come up with a new name for him – so far Clam Hands Cam is winning) and Laid Back Lou pre-baby helmets. Believe it or not they’re actually starting to hang out with each other after all these months.

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Aaaaand one last picture of Penny with a bag over her head for good measure. Seems about right. Maybe she’s trying to empathize with the boyz by wearing this bag over her head for the next 4-6 months as a sign of true sibling solidarity?

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OK, that’s a wrap for this extra long post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you get a second today, please help us spread the word about “.38 Airweight” and the new Dessa video, and I’ll for sure see you next Tuesday for another totally crazy action-packed TWL. Even more big news coming up!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 22, 2014

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak and yet another BIG TYME news update. P.O.S has just announced The F*cking Best Show Ever on September 13th. It’s his first big solo show in nearly two years, and man, it is a serious doozy. CHECK THIS OUT!

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Curated by Stef and our friends at Greenroom Magazine, TFBSE will be an all-day outdoor event featuring an incredible array of national and local talent in beautiful downtown Minneapolis on September 13th. This will be Stef’s first headlining show since his kidney transplant, and to celebrate he’s bringing SZA, LE1F, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Allan Kingdom, and Zuluzuluu along for the ride, plus sweet DJ sets by Polica and DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP. Not to mention The F*cking Best After Party Ever, which is going down next door at the Fine Line immediately following the show, featuring performances from legend god Däm Funk and a rare solo production set from Lazerbeak (hey that’s me), plus a boatload of special guests. Click right HERE for all the sweet deetz and ticket info. This is gonna be one for the ages!

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Speaking of downtown Minneapolis shows for the ages (SEGUE), don’t forget about the second annual #ASTROSIMS show going down at First Ave on August 23rd! Sims and Astronautalis on stage together for a very special night of old classics and brand new material. Grab your tickets right HERE

Sims has been hard at work in the studio finishing up this Field Notes solo project, and I’m happy to say that just yesterday we knocked out the final mixes! Final mix days are always pretty hectic and intense, so I didn’t get any good studio pics, but here’s Sims a few weeks back laying down initial vocals. So pumped to be moving this thing into the mastering stage. We’ll have a bunch more info for you on this new release in the coming weeks, so definitely stay tuned!

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The creative bug seems to be hitting everyone in our crew pretty hard right now, as our very own Mike Mictlan went into the studio just last week to start laying down vocals for his upcoming solo project. More updates on that in the coming months, but for now please enjoy this picture of Mike in the booth seconds after delivering his own airplane sound effect adlibs. So very versatile.

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Before we go and start unloading all this new music on you though, we’re wrapping up our first dozen years or so as a crew by putting out Every Single Day, the super limited-edition 500 page retrospective Doomtree photo book. Only 1,500 of these babies exist (and we’ve already sold nearly half of them in the first few weeks of the pre-order), so make sure to check out the very informative and dazzling promo video below and grab one before they’re gone for good. Click HERE to swoop one up. The pre-order officially ends in three weeks!

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Almost forgot, there’s one other cool Doomtree-related show coming up soon that I haven’t mentioned at all yet. Our very own Ander Other will be DJing a sweet event called New Space on August 1st at First Ave, alongside a totally stacked local bill including Greg Grease, Shiro Dame, Allan Kingdom, Tiny Deaths, Manny Phesto, and DJ Just Nine. Click the flyer below for more details, and go HERE for tickets. This night is gonna rule super hard.

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Alright, that does it for music and show news, so let’s jump right  into an incredibly special Video Bonus Jam. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve heard me talk from time to time about a band called Ten Grand (formerly the vidablue) and the impact they’ve had on me and countless others throughout the past decade plus.

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Ten Grand was an awesome indie/hardcore/rock band that started up in Iowa City way back in something like 1998 (I think?). My old band The Plastic Constellations met these guys at a basement show back when we were just teenagers, and from there on out it was a total best budz wrap. They took us out on our very first tour ever when TPC! was still in high school (shouts to my folks for letting us borrow the Previa!), and we pretty much learned everything we know from them. Not just music stuff either, but the bigger picture life things (like how to treat people awesomely and be a good person) that have stuck with me as I’ve grown muuuuuch older. Over the course of five years Ten Grand played about 400 shows all over the world, building a community and network of extremely close knit friendships along the way. It was really an incredible thing to bear witness to, and even now I’m not totally sure how they pulled it all off. TRU LEGENDZ OF THE GAME!

In 2003 singer/guitarist/best dude ever Matt Davis (middle in the pic) passed away suddenly in his sleep and everything came to a stop. It was a devastating blow that we’re all still working out, and all I can really say is that he was an absolutely incredible person while he was here. The past ten years have been different without Matt and without Ten Grand, but I’m so happy to have known and still know these great guys. Without getting too sappy, I really don’t think I would have taken and kept on the musical path in life that I did without having met them, and I’m extremely grateful for that.

Joel Anderson (far right) recently finished up a decade long project of sifting through the 50+ hours of video footage he shot of the band throughout their tours, and just put out this great little documentary called “Thanks for the Money.” It’s a bit less of a doc I guess, and more of just a really cool glimpse into the ridiculous life of a hard touring band doing things on their own terms. I can’t recommend watching it enough, even if you’ve never heard of or met these guys. I’ve put some crucial Ten Grand Bonus Jams underneath the video too, if you feel like getting familiar or reminiscing at all. Oh, and make sure to check out ten-grand.com for a steady stream of constantly updated pics and memories. Insanely huge shouts to Joel, Bob, Zach, Matt, Will, Man Piles, and the unreleased Quillzen Sessions!

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OK, just a few Bonus Baby Pics before I call it for real. Crab Man Cam continues to shed his crabby persona on the daily. I’m really gonna have to come up with a new nickname here pretty soon. Please send me your suggestions. Comfortable Man Cam just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

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Laid Back Lou on the other hand continues to further develop this laid back lifestyle that he’s so found of.

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And how could we forget Penny and her favorite Cheezits Snack Mix. She’s developed quite the system of eating these things. First she picks out and eats all the weird air puff circle dealies, then she licks the salt off all the Cheezits squares, and for the grand finale she dumps whatever is left all over the floor and steps on it. Real cool stuff.

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BAM! That’s it for this extremely long post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thanks so much for all of the sweet birthday wishes over the last couple of days. 32 is already off to a great start. See you next week with another super big TWL post!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 15, 2014

And the big news announcements roll on! On August 23rd Sims and Astronautalis will join forces for the second annual #ASTROSIMS show in the First Avenue Mainroom! SO PUMPED. Get your tickets HERE.

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If you were there last year, then you have know how special this night will be. Sims and Astronautalis on stage together for a mega set of old classics and brand new material. Here’s a great recap from last year’s show to freshen your memory.

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Again, you can get all the sweet deetz and ticket info right HERE. Not to be missed. Both of these guys have been in the studio over the past couple weeks working on new solo projects, and everything I’ve heard so far has completely ruled. I’m sure they’ll each be debuting a bunch of new tunes at this show. For proof, here’s Sims knocking out seven new solo tracks just two days after finishing up all his vocals on the next Doomtree crew record.

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Speaking of the Doomtree crew record (SEGUE SEGUE SEGUE), things have ramped up tenfold as far as studio stuff goes. These past two weeks have been the craziest and most jam-packed recording sessions that I’ve ever been a part of, but we’re making some serious progress. We brought in some incredible session players to add a little more oomph to the beats, and things couldn’t have gone better. Here’s Jake Hanson (AKA #ItsMeJake420) and his monster pedal board.

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This dude knocked out 14 songs in like five hours, and then crushed a Wyclef Jean/Slash guitar solo at the very end just for fun. I was inspired (see below).

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Here’s the ever mysterious Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold, Year of the Horse) laying down some major bass lines. So good.

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After we got the initial players on board it was time to dig into the sequence and structure of these songs. Five different voices is a lot to put on a track, and our biggest goal as producers is always to try and have the beats change up and fit each emcee’s part so things don’t get too boring within the music. After two mammoth 14 hour days of wrangling we got enough accomplished to safely move this project into the mixing stage! SO RELIEVED. Here’s Cecil, Stef, and I feeling a little crazed after editing and bouncing out the last session.

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That’s the latest as far as crew album updates. For everybody who’s been asking when the pre-order will start or when the album is dropping, we’re still a long ways away from any of that. There’s a lot more work to be done, and we tend to take our time with big records like this to make sure everything rolls out right, and not just musically (videos/publicity/radio/artwork/packaging/etc). The good news is that pretty incredible progress is being made, and getting to the mixing stage is a huuuuuuge step in the right direction (it means we actually have real songs, haha). I’ll definitely make sure to keep you posted though as we continue to hone this thing in throughout the summer.

Alright, it’s Bonus Jam time. I’m excited to kick things off today with a brand new remix from our very own Paper Tiger! Papes recently worked on a remix EP from cool local band Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, and his version of “You Thought You Had It All” is truly excellent. Click the Bandcamp player below to check out the remix, followed by the original album version underneath that for context, and grab the entire new remix EP right HERE.

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Up next is a sweet collaboration between two of our great friends, Adam Garcia and Medium Zach. Adam has done a ton of great work for us over the years (Bad Time Zoo and countless other DT artwork) and his design crew The Pressure recently put on their first big solo exhibition titled Artifacts of the Gemira Commision. They asked Medium Zach to create a musical score that could be played throughout the exhibition based off of the story, visuals, and characters they created for the project, and lucky for us all he obliged. Check out Zach’s entire 11-track score on the Soundcloud player below, and then watch the recap video of all the work that went into getting The Pressure to opening night. Really cool stuff from really cool people.

Next we have a new video from DJ Snuggles and Sean Anonymous off of Snuggles’ upcoming That Beat EP. I really like this song, plus there’s tons of familiar faces throughout the video. Big Cats on the beat!

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The young gunner deM atlaS just dropped a video off from his Chrle Brwn project in between legs on the North of Hell Tour with Prof and Atmosphere. Check out “Lucille” below and get excited for the new music this dude has been working on as of late.

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Allan Kingdom dropped his Future Memoirs tape a few weeks back, and now we have a cool visual for standout track “Souls.” Check it out below and grab Future Memoirs right HERE.

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Acclaimed director Lance Bangs recently teamed up with VICE to make a mini documentary about the musical history of our fine city of Minneapolis, and he chose to interview hometown heroes like Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Lori Barbero of Babes In Toyland, aaaaaaaaand LIZZO!!!! Not bad company to be in if I do say so myself. Check out Made in Minnesota below.

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And speaking of cool short music docs, Merge Records recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as one of the best labels in the game, and Google Play decided to interview a bunch of the staff there to commemorate the occasion and tell their story. Merge and Matador were by far my favorite labels growing up as an indie rock kid, and they both really inspired me and my friends at a young age to play and release music on our own (shouts to our makeshift high school label Pretentious Records!). So happy to watch Merge’s insane rise to the top over the past decade. This documentary is a really succinct snapshot of how to build something great from the ground up the right way. Might have to dust off my old Butterglory and Spent albums after watching this. Check out the whole thing below!

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OK, that does if for Bonus Jams this week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics. She’s been having a little bit of a rough go as of late adjusting to all the new kids in the house, as well as starting daycare a couple days a week, but she’s still the sweetest thing in the world. Here she is enjoying one of her favorite pasttimes: Chewing on an entire roll of dental floss. Hey, get em started young, right?

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And here’s P throwing her modeling hat in the ring yet again, this time for future Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover star. She’s been totally loving these nice days outside, and can’t get enough of the pool by our house.

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Alright, that does it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Make sure to grab your tickets to the second annual #ASTROSIMS show HERE while you still can. Last year sold out and this year is only going to get better. See you next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 08, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Things are pretty crazy over here with everybody hard at work on the next Doomtree crew album. We’ve knocked out three 14 hour days of vocal tracking and I gotta say, these rappers are really rapping their asses off.  So many BARS. I gotta get back into the studio pretty soon, so this post is gonna be short on words but long on pictures (just like the new Doomtree book). Here’s a bunch of studio shots from The Hideaway this past week. Extra special birthday shouts to Mike Mictlan for ringing in his b-day last night with another epic session.

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Here’s Dessa working out some extremely fashion forward vocal tracking techniques while vying for that sweet Hennessy/Sprite double endorsement deal at the SAME DAMN TIME.

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Laptop City.

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Cool panoramic shot of the studio from Mikey.

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Obligatory studio selfie.

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Sims getting a pep talk from Lincoln, the album’s real executive producer, before heading into the booth.

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Mike and Stef in said booth. Action shots.

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BAM! That’s a little glimpse inside this Studio Lyfe. While we keep grinding out these new songs, don’t forget about the recently announced Doomtree photo book Every Single Day that comes out next month! Enormous shouts to everyone that has already pre-ordered a copy. Cannot thank you enough for the tremendous support already being shown to this project. We’re moving through these things really fast, so click HERE to pick one up before they’re gone.

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And in case you missed it last week, check out this beyond excellent promo video that Ander Other put together in order to show off just exactly what kind of extreme content we’re working with. 500 pages, 7 pounds of hardcover book. HUUUUUUUUGE. More details right HERE.

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Got a couple Doomtree-related shows coming up this week to talk about real quick. Dessa and her band just hit the road this morning to knock out a couple one-offs in the fine state of North Dakota. They’ll be playing Grand Forks tonight and Moorhead on Thursday. Click the flyers below for all the details and ticket info.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan will be out in Fergus Falls, MN this Saturday for the annual Takin’ Back The Streets event. Check out all the sweet deetz right HERE.

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Then on Sunday I’ll be playing with Mixed Blood Majority at Icehouse in Minneapolis, opening up for the one and only Peter Wolf Crier. Click HERE for details.  Hope to see some of you down there!

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OK, I think that about does it for music news. Today’s Bonus Jam of the Week comes courtesy of The Dream. He just dropped a brand new 7-song EP out of the blue last night and it is 100% FREE.99! I haven’t gotten a chance to check this one out yet, but based on his previous track record (not including Love King), I can pretty much guarantee this is going to be amazing. He’s been thee most consistent and cutting edge artist in mainstream R&B for years now, and his last album was his best yet. Plus there is a song on here called “Pimp C Lives,” so yeah. Click the cover below to download.

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And now to make up for the lack of Bonus Baby Pics in last week’s post. I really do get flack for not posting these things. Lou and Cam are almost four months old now and doing awesome. They actually tolerate laying next to one another now, and they’ve been smiling and cooing up a storm. Here’s a couple good side by side shots from last week. Trying to keep the matching outfits to a minimum but not always succeeding. #2CUTE.

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Penny is even coming around to the boyz these days. Here she is explaining in great detail to Crab Man Cam the major benefits and uses of dangly plush trinkets as they relate to playpens.

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Speaking of Penny, she’s been especially sweet and happy these days. Smiles for days.

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And here’s one final pic of Penny hard at work on her next patented model pose. She calls this one “Cold Fire.” Fashion industry TAKE NOTE.

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Alright, I’m off to the studio for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Don’t forget to pre-order the new Doomtree: Every Single Day book if you haven’t picked it up already (HERE), and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Doomtree: Every Single Day – THE BOOK!!!!

Posted on July 01, 2014

Welcome back to an incredibly special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally pull back the curtain on a project that we’ve been working on in secret for over two years now. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Doomtree: Every Single Day – THE BOOK!!!!

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THIS THING IS HUGE. 500 full color pages and over ten years of behind the scenes photos, artwork, artifacts, and inside jokes from the entire crew, all wrapped up in a 12″ x 9″ hardcover seven pound book. These sentences don’t even really do it justice though, you kind of have to see it for yourself. Check out this massively informative and visually stunning promo video from none other than Promo Video Legend God himself, Ander Other, to see what we’re really working with here.

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SO NUTZ. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever been as pumped about any album or single piece of merch as I am about this book. And the pre-order is something else. Each pre-order will receive a limited-edition hardcover book signed by all seven members of the crew, along with a whopping 22-track Best of False Hopes CD including rare, unreleased, and out-of-print songs from Doomtree’s early years. This is the only place to get the CD, and only 1,500 copies of the book exist in total. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Click HERE to check out even more details over at the Doomtree Webstore and reserve your copy today. Enormous and never-ending shouts to our one and only Paper Tiger, who spearheaded this passion project over two years ago and stayed grinding on it til the very end. This for real turned out incredible.

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Since the book takes a look back at the last 12+ years, let’s take a quick glance forward and talk about the upcoming Doomtree crew album that we’ve been hard at work on. The rappers are actually holed up at an undisclosed cabin location (thanks Naomi!) wrapping up the writing portion of the album as we speak, and we hit the studio to start tracking final vocals later this week! Here’s a few pics to prove things are gearing up:

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand one final book plug/crew album update tie-in for good measure. Ahem, Segue Streak!!!!!!

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BAM! We’re working hard. I’ll for sure keep you posted on album progress as things move forward. So pumped to be at this stage in the game.

Now for a couple of quick recent show announcements. Dessa will be performing in White Bear Lake, MN on July 17th as part of Cities 97′s Oake on the Water music series. Click the image below for all the details.

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On July 13th I’ll be playing with Alexei and Joe for a rare Mixed Blood Majority set opening up for the always awesome Peter Wolf Crier at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Click the flyer below for details and ticket info.

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Mixed Blood Majority has been back in the studio too, laying down some initial tracks for LP2. Here’s the proof, kind of. Happy 4th of July and Broom Awareness Week. Much more on this project coming soon.

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Alright, let’s close out this mammoth post with another round of beloved Local Bonus Jams! To kick things off I’ve got a brand new track that Doomtree’s own Sims dropped out of nowhere last week. Just some rapid fire bars over one of the instrumentals from Aesop Rock’s The Blob to tied you over while Sims is hard at work on new solo material (more on that sooner than later, frreal). Check out “My Best Tom Hardy” below. It totally rules.

The young gunner Allan Kingdom just dropped a new 12-track project yesterday called Future Memoirs. I still gotta check this whole thing out, but based off of the new material he’s been performing live (and the fact that “Damn” is on here),  I could not recommend listening to this record any more highly. Toss him some bucks at his Bandcamp (HERE) too if you’re feeling it.

Producer extraordinaire O-D just put out a great 8-song instrumental EP last week called Do. He’s been consistently crushing beats for as long as I can remember, and this new record is no exception. Stream the whole thing on the player below and grab it from Bandcamp right HERE.

Toki Wright and Big Cats continue to tease out singles from their excellent upcoming Pangaea album, dropping September 23rd. Check out one of the standouts “Apex” below.

Manny Phesto just released a visual to his great Southside Looking In track “Rabbit Hole,” featuring Greg Grease. Check it out below, and grab the whole album right HERE. Mike the Martyr on the beat!

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The Current recently put out a cool little Rock The Garden recap video with tons of footage from the two-day outdoor concert, all set to the live version of “Batches & Cookies” that kicked off the festival. Check it out below.

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And finally, here’s the brand new video from our good friends Trampled By Turtles, whose album Wild Animals comes out on July 15th (pre-order HERE). This one features a pretty sweet cab driver cameo from none other than Har Mar Superstar! Wanted to send an especially big shout to Trampled By Turtles for being such excellent hosts last weekend in Moorhead and Duluth, despite battling the elements and having to cut their set short due to extreme weather conditions. Consummate pros and total sweethearts. We had an absolute blast. Check out title track “Wild Animals” below.

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BANG BANG. That officially wraps up this action-packed post. I’ll be back with Bonus Baby Pics next week, there’s just no more room on here today. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend. Don’t forget to stock up on the Mike’s Hard Strawberry for the 4th! Go pre-order your copy of Doomtree: Every Single Day right HERE, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 24, 2014

And the big news just keeps on rolling. Fresh off his big May European tour, it’s just been announced that Sims will be heading out on a huge month long run with Australia’s own Hilltop Hoods this coming September! They’ll be hitting tons of major cities throughout the US and a bunch of spots in Canada as well. Check out the entire itinerary below, and grab your tickets HERE right now. This is gonna rule!

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In other September show news, P.O.S and Astronautalis will be joining forces once again as Four Fists for a special performance at YumYum Fest in Madison, WI on September 7th. Click HERE for all the sweet deetz and ticket info.

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And don’t forget about this weekend’s massive Doomtree / Trampled By Turtles shows in Moorhead on Friday (tix HERE) and Duluth on Saturday (tix HERE). These are going to be an insanely good time. Just in case you were on the fence about the Duluth show, remember that we’ll also be joined by Low and Haley Bonar, and the whole show will take place outside at Bayfront Park overlooking beautiful Lake Superior. Doesn’t get much better than that. Click the flyer below for more details.

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In honor of the fact that the whole crew will be up in Duluth this weekend, coupled with the fact that the good people of Cinema Purgatorio (the company that helps us digitally distribute our Team The Best Team documentary) call that fine city home, we’re offering a cool week-long discount on the feature full-length TTBT film and its 8 bonus features over at watch.doomtree.net, all for the extremely low price of FIVE DOLLARS (that’s half price, people). Just type in codes DULUUUUUUUUUUUTH or MOOOOOOOOORHEAD upon checkout and enjoy! Or gift the movie to a friend whose still undecided about attending the shows and pretty much make their mind up for them. Click the image below for more details.

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OK, that’s it for all the show news this week. Time for a quick LIZZOBANGERS update. Rolling Stone just picked Lizzo as one of their 10 New Artists You Need To Know (read all about that HERE), and our LIZZOBANGERS album will officially be re-released worldwide by Virgin Records next week. To celebrate, Lizzo just dropped a brand new video for single “Bus Passes and Happy Meals,” jam-packed with a real live tiger and some incredible desert dancing by Lil Buck. Check it out below and help us spread the word if you get a sec.

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We had an AWESOME time this past weekend kicking off the two-day Rock The Garden festival in style. Huge shouts to everyone at The Current for having us. Here’s a couple pics from the festivities. BEST TIMEZ.

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The following day the wifepiece and I took our whole Party of Five down to see Dessa play at Day 2 of RTG. And man, she completely CRUSHED it!!! Unfortunatlely I didn’t get any good stage pics while trying to keep track of all the kiddos, so you’ll just have to take my word for it (or you can read Gimme Noise’s great recap of Day 2 HERE and Day 1 HERE). Our friend Andrea got this pic of Penny and Lincoln watching from the side of the stage with me and Stef though. BEST BUDZ 4 LYFE!

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And here’s the documented proof that we survived taking the whole family out of the house and into a massive gathering of 10,000+ people with almost zero meltdowns. Gotta say, I’m pretty proud.

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Now for just a few more Bonus Baby Pics. Sorry, it’s been an unusually good week for these. Crab Man Cam is finally turning a new leaf, and the beginnings of a knockout smile are starting to form on his face every now and again. Never in a million years did I ever think I’d see this day.

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Lou on the other hand has got this whole smiling thing down to a science.

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OK, that does it for this post! I hope you all have a truly wonderful week. Can’t wait to see a bunch of you up north over the weekend for those two Doomtree TBT shows. SO PUMPED! Then again next Tuesday when the big news announcements just keep on coming.  We’ve got some cool stuff coming up. Stick around.

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 17, 2014

BIG DAY!!! It brings me great joy to announce that Dessa’s Parts of Speech, Re-Edited remix EP has officially been launched out into the world today! You can grab the 8-song companion piece to last year’s Parts of Speech full-length on iTunes right HERE, Amazon right HERE, or directly from us at Bandcamp right HERE.

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Our week long YouTube stream roll out of all the remixes comes to an end today with a very special grand finale. The first seven tracks you’ve heard were all re-workings by individual producers, but this final remix comes courtesy of an entire New Orleans style brass band! Our good friends in Youngblood Brass Band were kind enough to completely rework “Skeleton Key” into a full band arrangement and close the whole EP out with a serious bang. Check out the song below, as well as the other seven remixes in reverse order beneath it.

“Skeleton Key’” – Youngblood Brass Band Remix

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“It’s Only Me” – The Year of the Horse Remix

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“It’s Only Me” – Grant Cutler Remix

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“Warsaw” – Budo Remix

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“Fighting Fish” – Dustin Kiel Remix

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“Call Off Your Ghost” – Lazerbeak x Ryan Olson COMMITTEE Remix

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“Warsaw” – Cecil Otter Remix

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“Fighting Fish” – The Hood Internet Remix

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Dessa will be celebrating the release of the EP in style this weekend by playing the high profile Rock The Garden festival on Sunday, alongside Guided By Voices and Spoon. There are still a handful of tickets remaining to both days, and you can get all the details and ticket info right HERE. Check out the whole sweet lineup below. Oh, and if you’re going to the Saturday show, make sure to get there right at doors. Lizzo and I kick the whole weekend off with an opening slot at 3:45 sharp.

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Then in July you can catch Dessa on a quick long weekend up north in Grand Forks and Mandan, ND, as well as Moorhead, MN. Click the image below for all the details.

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And don’t forget about her East Coast tour this September supporting indie rap/indie rock vets WHY?. Dates and cities listed below. Click HERE for all the sweet deetz.

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And now for a few more upcoming events in this fine month of June. Fresh off of his First Ave show with Sage Francis, our very own Cecil Otter will be playing the Sioux Falls annual 605 Summer Classic this Friday, alongside T-Pain and Mac Lethal. You really cannot make this stuff up. More details and ticket info right HERE.

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Then the following weekend it’s the big Doomtree / Trampled By Turtles extravaganza!!! We’ll both be in Moorhead on June 27th (tix HERE) and then back on TBT’s home court of  Duluth for a big outdoor show overlooking beautiful Lake Superior on the 28th. Haley Bonar and Low round out the totally stacked lineup on that one. Grab your tickets HERE and check out the flyer below for more details.

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Speaking of Doomtree shows (SEGUE STREAK!), five of the seven of us were in town last week to play St. Paul’s historic Union Depot for the grand opening of the Metro Transit Green Line (connecting our fine twin cities to one another by light rail for the first time ever). It was a total blast, and at one point Stef grabbed some kid’s phone and took a quick video to document the whole thing. Click the Instagram vid below to see what it looks like when you bring a rap show inside of a train station. Shouts to Metro Transit and The Current for having us.

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Alright, I think that about does it for show updates. Let’s get into another round of Local Bonus Jams!!! New music is coming out of this great state faster than anyone can keep up with, so about every month I like to highlight a bunch of the stuff that’s caught my eyes/ears as of late. Let’s start things off with a couple videos from groups that’ll be joining us at that big show in Duluth. First up is Trampled By Turtles with the lead single off their forthcoming album Wild Animals. Here’s “Are You Behind The Shining Star?”

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Up next is a new one from Haley Bonar’s just released Last War album. Check out “Kill The Fun” below.

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Maria Isa will be dropping her new Valley of the Dolls album in the very near future, and she just put out this video for lead single “Sabotage.” I really love this song. Total sucker for saxophones.

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Y.N.RichKids are back with a new summer anthem, complete with a few cameos from GRRRL PRTY and ANT. This beat reminds me of the Reasonable Doubt-era Ski/Clark Kent production style in the best way possible. Love it.

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Polica just dropped a video for new track and live favorite “Raw Exit,” off the deluxe edition of Shulamith. Check it out below.

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The homie Franz Diego recently released a new EP with producer Xanja called Equinox. Check out “New Era” below.

Mike 2600 has a great new hour long mix on Soundcloud with tons of “vintage funk and jazz records which have found their way into contemporary rap music.” This is really nice and definitely worth a trip down memory lane.

New Minneapolis Sound super group #MPLS just dropped their debut album HELLO. Check out the video for single “Feel The Vibe” below.

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Toki Wright & Big Cats put up this little teaser video for their excellent new Pangaea record, dropping on September 23rd. Catch a glimpse below. I co-sign this album 100%.

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And speaking of Big Cats, he just dropped the first song off of a new project with rapper Homeless yesterday. Check out “Forklifts” below.

Now for Minneapolis via Los Angeles trio KING. I’ve been seriously slipping on these guys. This song is over a year old, plus they have an EP that’s a few years older, and I’m just now discovering how awesome this stuff is. Shouts to deVon Gray for putting me up on them. Highly recommended. Production and vocal arrangements are truly on point.

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Veteran of the game Andrew Broder just announced the news that he’s planning to release an album under his FOG moniker at some point later next year. Please consider contributing to the recently started Kickstarter campaign to help the process along. The new song on this teaser video is worth the cost alone. Click the image below for more info.

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And finally, let’s close things out by giving the producers some. Last of the Record Buyers held their annual sample challenge at this year’s Soundset festival in May, and they’ve recently liberated the audio of each of the five producer’s contributions. This year the challenge was video game theme music. Click below to hear Tou, Adept, Taylor Madrigal, Adriatic, and Taylor Rave flip classic theme songs from Tetris, Zelda, Mario, Street Fighter, and MegaMan.

Aaaaaaand that ends the longest Local Bonus Jams segment that I have ever been associated with. Consider it your Summer Bonus Jam Mixtape or something. I’ll leave you with a couple of Baby Bonus Pics before calling it a day. Here’s Crab Man Cam debuting his new super baller one handed bottle hold. Still crabby about it. Unreal.

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And here’s Penny having a serious field day with the insanely awesome West Coast care package that my friend Sanaz just sent our way. For real Sanaz, you have truly outdone yourself. My entire family is in love with you now.

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And lastly, here’s me and the whole squad on Father’s Day this past Sunday. Best times. I ate a huge steak, hung out with all our family, crushed some brews, watched the Spurs take the title, AND caught the season finale to Game of Thrones. BAM! Shouts to Penny, Lou, and Cam for letting me take part in creating them! Being a dad has been pretty cool so far.

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OK, that is most definitely a wrap for this post. I hope you all have a great week. Maybe we’ll see some of you at Rock The Garden this weekend. If not, next Tuesday it is! Now go pick up Parts of Speech, Re-Edited right HERE!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 10, 2014

HUGE NEWS DAY: Next Tuesday, June 17th, Dessa will release Parts of Speech, Re-Edited, an 8-song companion remix EP to last year’s breakout full-length, featuring new takes on old classics from the likes of Cecil Otter, The Hood Internet, Budo, Youngblood Brass Band, Dustin Kiel, Grant Cutler, The Year of the Horse, and Lazerbeak x Ryan Olson. That’s the sweet new remixed cover art below. YES!!!!

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Check out The Hood Internet’s awesome chopped and screwed take on “Fighting Fish” in the YouTube player below. The entire EP is up for pre-order on iTunes starting RIGHT NOW, and in exchange for your $4.99 you’ll receive an instant download of this excellent first single. That’s 8 songs for less than a Number 1 Meal at McDonalds. Go HERE to pick it up!

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WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Stream the Cecil Otter remix to “Warsaw” via YouTube

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Stream the Lazerbeak & Ryan Olson COMMITTEE remix of “Call Off Your Ghost” via YouTube

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FRIDAY UPDATEStream the Dustin Kiel remix of “Fighting Fish” via YouTube

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SATURDAY UPDATE: Steam Budo’s remix of “Warsaw” via YouTube

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SUNDAY UPDATE: Stream The Year of The Horse remix of “It’s Only Me” via YouTube

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Man, I love that song. We’ll be streaming a new track off the EP every day until its release next Tuesday (8 songs, 8 days, NAILED IT), so make sure to check out the Doomtree YouTube Channel at noon daily (CST) for a steady stream of new music. And don’t forget that Dessa will be hitting the road this September supporting WHY? all over the East Coast and parts of Canada. Click the flyer below for all the sweet deetz and ticket info.

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And just for fun, here’s a picture of Dessa and Aby in Times Square last week kicking it pretty hard with Animal and TWO Elmos. Incredible. Now go pre-order that EP (HERE)!

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In other big show news, Doomtree will be playing a rare crew set this Saturday afternoon in celebration of the new Metro Transit Green Line in St. Paul, alongside The 4onthefloor, Koo Koo Kangaroo, Southside Desire, and Southwire. Due to the last minute nature of this party we’ll be down a couple of members (Sims is still in Europe and Papes is out in NYC), but Stef, Dessa, Cecil, Mike, and myself will be  at Union Depot in full effect to ring in this sweet new mode of transportation. Click HERE for the full schedule. This thing is all ages and FREE.99, so we hope to see a bunch of you down there!

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Speaking of Doomtree (SEGUE STREAK!): We just got a bunch more of the Doomtree No Kings Snapbacks in at the Webstore, right in time for the summer. Click HERE to pick one up.

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Alright, that brings us to the Bonus Jam portion of the post, and I think you just miiiiiiight be able to guess what it is this week: The Parts of Speech, Re-Edited remix EP, duh! I’ll be adding a new YouTube link to the site every day at noon this week if you want to just keep popping back over here. For now we’ll start things off with that nutzo Hood Internet remix one more time for good measure.

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WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Stream the Cecil Otter remix to “Warsaw” via YouTube

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Stream the Lazerbeak & Ryan Olson COMMITTEE remix of “Call Off Your Ghost” via YouTube

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FRIDAY UPDATE: Stream the Dustin Kiel remix of “Fighting Fish” via YouTube

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SATURDAY UPDATESteam Budo’s remix of “Warsaw” via YouTube

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SUNDAY UPDATEStream The Year of The Horse remix of “It’s Only Me” via YouTube

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BAM! I unfortunately didn’t get any good Bonus Baby Pics in this week with all the running around getting everything lined up for the big announce. I’ll make up for it next week though, promise. I hope you all have a wonderful week and definitely look forward to seeing a bunch of you out in St. Paul on Saturday. Oh, and a very happy early Father’s Day to all the dads out there worldwide. Crush a brew and kick your feet up this Sunday!

– Beak

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