Super Producer

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.


Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

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Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 07, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Today kicks off Week 3 of Doomtree’s European Tour, so I figured we ought to kick things off with another big photo recap of life on the road. I’m missing all these dudes pretty bad right now from back home in Minneapolis, but I’m super pumped to report that the shows have been going great and spirits are high. Here’s a shot from Denmark’s legendary Roskilde Festival that the guys performed at last week. These European fests do not mess around. INSANE.

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Extra special shouts to Roskilde for gifting the crew with these personalized miniature chocolates. Pretty sure you’ve got Dessa’s heart forever now.

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Here’s tour manager extraordinaire, Snake, posing with Ander Other and the Gentlemen of Doomtree. Looking real good everybody. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Our very own Mike Mictan turns 33 in Germany this Thursday (ahem, “born 7/8 1982 coming at you live” amiright?). Here he is trying out some new looks at a German truck stop. I’d go with bottom right personally.

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Here’s the one-and-only Ander Other, posted up on a park bench surrounded by a bunch of beige taxi cabs. Really hoping this becomes a press shot of some sort later down the road.

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Here’s the crew in The Netherlands rocking Woo Hah! Festival over the 4th of July. Heard this one was a total crusher.

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 Stef and Mike celebrating America’s birthday in true style.

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The squad taking in a peaceful evening and all of the majesty outside of their hotel.

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You know Week 3 of tour has kicked in when people start posting photos like this. Here’s Dessa and Mike trying to hold it all together.

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And here’s the crowd at the super-packed show in Berlin last night. Wings & Teeth Worldwide!

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Last but not least, here’s a photo of Mike Mictlan smilling ear to ear and drinking a huge beer. Pretty much the best.

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Kind of reminds me of this classic photo from years back of Mike enjoying a nice cup of peppermint cocoa in an Iowa Denny’s. They don’t call him Drank Sinatra for nothing. Beverages just seem to bring out the best in him.


You can catch Doomtree in Munich tonight (Tuesday, tix HERE), Cologne on Wednesday (tix HERE), Paris on Thursday (tix HERE), Bremen on Saturday (tix HERE), and closing things out with a bang at Germany’s massive Splash! Festival on Sunday (tix HERE). Check out the full list of dates below and grab even more ticket info right HERE. Only five shows left on this European run!


By this time next week everyone will be flying back home to the states to gear up for what may turn out to be the greatest show OF ALL TIME: Eaux Claires Fest!!! Can’t wait to be reunited with the crew and rage so hard at this one.


We’ll be playing next Friday at 5:45pm sharp (right before Spoon). Below is the full lineup and schedule for that day. So many incredible bands and friends in one spot. This is going to be absolutely glorious. Grab tickets right HERE and we’ll see you down there next weekend for sure!


OK! That should do it for this week’s Doomtree-related news. Switching gears a bit, I wanted to just say a little bit about this past weekend’s insane Lifter Puller reunion at the Triple Rock’s D’4th of July party. I could probably write an entire book on how much this band meant to me and all my friends as we were growing up and getting our start in the Minneapolis music scene. They pretty much soundtracked my entire junior high and high school existence. When TPC! started playing out they became almost a big brother band of sorts, throwing us on shows and teaching us the ropes of how to record and release albums. Just like Ten Grand, Lifter Puller had an enormous impact on me growing up and are a huge reason why I ever started making music in the first place. I loved and still love this band, and I can’t tell you how awesome it was to see Steve, Craig, Tad, and Dan belt out eight classic heaters like no time had gone by. No pictures could ever do it justice (the one below especially), but here’s the best shot I could grab in between jumping around, throwing my hands in the air, and singing along just like during the Foxfire days. Made me feel super old and super young all at the same time, and more than anything it just plain ruled.

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So in honor of that memorable show, here’s some sweet Lifter Puller Bonus Jams for you. Gonna start things off with their legendary performance on the Jenny Jones Show back in 1999. We all totally skipped school to watch this.

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And here’s a couple great jams that they brought out of retirement on Saturday. The ending of “Naussa Coliseum” was NUTZ.

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BAM! Seriously make sure to check out all their albums if you haven’t ever. So worth your time. I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou have been quite the night owls as of late. Here they are pulling an all nighter over the weekend. I’m pretty much convinced that they’ve been waking up solely to judge my questionable movie picks. Michael Mann’s 2006 Miami Vice movie adaptation is definitely lost on this new fickle generation.

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We’ve been spending a ton of time by the water now that it’s full blown Summer here in Minnesota. For some reason Penny would much splash around in these muddy sand puddles than swim in the actual lake. To each their own.

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 Crab Man Cam is officially back to feeling good after a rough week of super high fevers. Cam smiles are pretty tough to capture in the wild, but he broke character for a second and let out a big one at the swimming pool last week. Lou prefers to take in the sun just outside of the water’s reach. Somebody’s gotta be the cautious one I guess.

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Speaking of Lou (SEGUE), he just started walking! Here he is taking a breather after chasing his brother all over the house.  Extra shouts to the very fashionable shark jammies he’s rocking. Proud of this dude.

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And here’s the whole squad posted up at the park. I’ve still gotta come up with a good name for the three of them. Triple Trouble, THREE.99, Bases Loaded, The TRInasty: Roc La Familia. It’ll come to me eventually. Totally open to any suggestions though. Bring it on.

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 Alright, that about does it. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m headed up to the TPC! cabin for a couple days of relaxation, but I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for a final European tour recap.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak







Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 30, 2015

Welcome back to an extra special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Sims’ very first full-length album Lights Out ParisTo celebrate this momentous occasion we have just released the album on deluxe-edition vinyl for the first time ever (HERE), along with a special deluxe-edition digital album (right HERE). SO AWESOME!


Both the vinyl and digital versions come with newly remastered audio, full written lyrics, and nine digital bonus tracks, including Sims’ out-of-print 2004 False Hopes Four EP and four brand new remixes from original album producers Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, MK Larada, and Joe Mabbott. Still can’t believe it’s been 10 years. As a young beatmaker, Lights Out Paris was just the second Doomtree-related full-length that I landed beats on, and it’s been a serious trip down memory lane going back to this thing in detail as we got it prepped for the deluxe-edition treatment. Whether you’ve been rocking with us since Day 1, or are just now discovering some of the early Doomtree back catalog, I can guarantee that you will get a kick out of revisiting this album. Check out the hands-on video below to see just how cool the new vinyl packaging turned out, and make sure to pick up, download, or stream a copy this week. Happy Lights Out Paris Day!

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BONUS SIMS UPDATE: Here’s part one of a really great interview that Sims just did with Andrea Swensson at the Local Current. They discuss the last 10 years and cover a bunch of ground on some really interesting topics. Check it all out HERE.

Now for a masssssssive Doomtree tour update. The dudes all made it safely over to London last Tuesday, and the first week of the All Hands Europe Tour is officially in the bag. Here’s Ander, Cecil, Papes, and Stef upon initial entry into the UK, sitting on what appear to be very stylish chairs made out of bedazzled jean jackets.

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And here’s a pic from the merch booth that Ander shot during the first show in London. There were over 600 people in attendance between the two combined London shows. That is INSANE. Thank you to everyone who came out to support. For more live pics from the first show in Bristol you can check out Paul Thomas’ photo gallery right HERE.

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From London it was on to the one-and-only Glastonbury Festival. Here are the guys getting ready to rock the Silver Hayes tent.

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And here was the highlight of my day watching this all unfold from back home: Mike, Stef, and Papes each posted separate pictures with TRICKY!!! (the Legend God), who was headlining Doomtree’s stage that night. Turns out his daughter is actually a fan of the crew, and he was last spotted rocking a No Kings beanie. Cannot make this stuff up. The best!

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So good. There are always a ton of surprise guests at Glastonbury every year, but after the guys got done playing they stumbled onto Patti Smith bringing out THE DALAI LAMA to address the crowd on his 80th birthday. Nice one. Again, you really cannot make this stuff up.

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Here’s a mandatory tour pic of Ander Other fast asleep on an object that you would not expect one to easily fall asleep on. Always game for a challenge.

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And here’s Papes and Sims after what I can imagine must have been a fairly early van call. Either that or they’re working out a modern day interpretation of those comedy/tragedy Greek theater masks.

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Cecil Otter deep in thought, possibly pondering various TEMPZ lyrics and deciphering what exactly it means to “boy off the ting.”

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And lastly, here’s a pic of the usual late night hotel check-in party that happens after a long day of driving. Kind of want Stef’s face to never stop doing this. Missing these dudes pretty bad right now.

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So there you have it for a Week 1 Recap. The All Hands Europe tour continues on though! The guys play their last UK date in Birmingham tonight (Tuesday, tix HERE) before hopping a flight to mainland Europe and rocking Denmark’s massive Roskilde Festival on Thursday (tix HERE). Then it’s over to Germany for a show in Hamburg on Friday (tix HERE), the Netherlands on Saturday for WOO HAH! Festival with all the rappers in the world (tix HERE), and a club show in Berlin on Monday (tix HERE). Check out all the dates below, including lots of North American festival dates coming later this Fall, and grab even more details right HERE.


And speaking of Doomtree (SEGUE!), The Onion’s AV Club just named All Hands one of the best albums of 2015 (so far)! We landed a spot in the very competitive Best Hip-Hop Album That Name-Drops WTF With Marc Maron category. Nailed it.

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The good people at Baeble Music just made a video link available to our entire set at their SXSW day party this past March. Check out the little teaser video below and go HERE for the full half-hour performance. This show was definitely one of the SXSW highlights for me this year, mainly because we played right before X-Ambassadors, who ended up thoroughly blowing all of our minds.

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And lastly, just a quick note to say how pumped we are about last week’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Love Wins FRREAL.

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Now for a couple of random Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping a ton lately. These are all from national artists who’s new albums have been in heavy rotation in the Camry this past month. You probably already know about how much I love Kacey Musgraves, and this new Pageant Material album does not disappoint. Already a serious contender for Album of the Year, and I’ve only heard it twice so far. Check out “Biscuits” below.

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Nice weather always makes me want to hear a bit more country music than usual. The new Zac Brown Band album is totally insane (and not always in the best way), but this “Homegrown” single is up right there with the best stuff they’ve ever done in my opinion.

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The new Jamie XX album has been growing on me quite a bit, mostly because of this “Good Times” song. I think there’s a decent Song of the Summer argument to be made for this one.

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Another producer I’ve been listening to a bunch is this dude Knxwledge, who just dropped his HUD DREEMS album on Stones Throw not too long ago. Reminds me of some of the old cut and paste collage albums from people like Count Bass D and Madlib. All over the place in the best way possible. You can stream the entire thing below.

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Really looking forward to checking out the new Vince Staples double LP that Def Jam just dropped this morning. Everything he’s been putting out over the last year has felt like a big ramp up to this official debut. Plus the video for “Señorita” completely rules. Check it out.

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The new ASAP Rocky record is awesome. Perfect windows-down summertime record. Check out “Excuse Me” below.

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Janet Jackson dropped her first new song in like seven years, and it’s a total slow-burn heater produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis that has an extra “e” in the word “sleep.” LOVE this one. Good to see the gang all back together again too.

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In that vein, I’ve also been bumping the new Mariah Carey greatest hits album a bunch over the Spring. They nailed it with the song selection on this one, plus the new bonus song tagged on at the end is actually a total smash hit. Check out “Infinity” below.

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BAM! Consider that your country/indie producer/rap/classic R&B mixtape for the week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Our household has been making an awful lot of doctors visits lately. Crab Man Cam has had a bad fever that just won’t quit, so he’s been in and out of testing the past week. He’s been taking it all like a true champ though, disavowing his old Crab Man ways and actually smiling a ton through the whole process (very possible he’s just totally delirious at this point). Didn’t even cry during yesterday’s blood draw. Love this guy.

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And here’s Penny at her recent three year checkup, looking real grown up in the new kids gowns they apparently give you once you turn three.

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This summer is definitely all about splashing in as much water as possible. Here’s P at Shady Oak Beach with her grandma, tearing up some cool waves and having a blast.

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Alright, that should do it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week and an awesome 4th of July. Happy Lights Out Paris Day, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for more tour recaps and another edition of TWL!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 23, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Hard to believe, but the Doomtree All Hands Europe Tour is finally upon us! Last night Sims, Stef, Cecil, Mike, Paper, Dessa, and Ander all hopped on planes to make their way over to London Town. Here’s a cool pic of Stef and Ander as I bid them farewell from MSP. Real cool faces guys. Gonna miss these dudes.

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The whole squad should have a day to catch their collective breath and take in the sites before heading to Bristol on Thursday to kick off the first show of the UK run (tix HERE). Then it’s The Garage in London on Friday (tix HERE), a sold-out show at Barfly in London on Saturday, a stop at the beyond sold-out Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, and Birmingham this coming Tuesday (tix HERE). Super stoked that Scotland’s The LaFontaines will be main support for all the UK club shows. Check out the dates below and grab even more info right HERE.

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After the UK, it’s over to mainland Europe where the guys will spend July touring throughout Denmark, Germany, France, and The Netherlands, before bringing it all back home to play Eaux Claires Fest in Wisconsin on the 17th. Check out all the dates below, including an absolute ton of North American festival dates happening this Fall. As always, full details and ticket info can be found at right HERE. If you’re anywhere near the area, or know of anybody who is, make sure to spread the word and check out a show!


Bringing it back to the top with Stef and his crazy face real quick: We just got some new P.O.S shirts in from The F*cking Best Show Ever, and our webstore in now fully stocked! Check out the one-of-a-kind “Emoji” shirt below, modeled by merch lady extraordinaire Crista Bell, and designed by best dude and constant P.O.S collaborator Eric Carlson. Pick one up HERE.

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And here’s Nick rocking the new “Reaper” shirt in between stocking and selling merch at TFBSE. Yes, that is an image of a banana photobombing the Grim Reaper. Again, Eric Carlson for the win. Grab yours HERE.

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And speaking of the Doomtree Webstore (segue segue, you already know), huge shouts to everyone that pre-ordered the new Lights Out Paris deluxe-edition vinyl. For those of you who placed orders by last Sunday, your stuff will be shipping out this week ahead of the June 30th street date (Tuesday for international orders, Thursday for US). If you missed the initial deadline, there’s still one more week to pre-order and get all the cool stuff that comes with (t-shirt, sticker, pin, patch, private Livestream concert with Sims, etc). Check out the image below for more details and go HERE for your last chance at getting these awesome bonus deals.


There are a total of four remixes that come with the album, and so far we’ve streamed Paper Tiger’s “Tape Deck” remix and Lazerbeak’s “15 Blocks Remix” (that’s me). You can check both of those out below, along with the newly-mastered original version of each song. Brand new sweet remixes from MK Larada and Joe Mabbott will come with purchase of the album, as well the unearthing of Sims’ very first EP, False Hopes Four.

Let’s continue on with the Bonus Jams while we’re at it. This week I wanted to highlight the works of deVon Gray (aka dVRG), a friend and collaborator who’s had his fingerprints all over the Minneapolis music scene for what seems like forever now. Aside from playing keys with the likes of Heiruspecs, Chastity Brown, and Brother Ali, deVon also composes strings and plays flute on a ton of local albums. He played in my short-lived Ensemble of Legendz back when I dropped Legend Recognize Legend, and we’ve been working together for the past year or so on a bunch of Luther Vandross/Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-inspired R&B songs, which has pretty much been the best time ever. Here’s a brief sampling of some of the varied songs and projects he’s had his hands in to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

Heiruspecs – “On The Ground”

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Chastity Brown – “Colorado”

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Brother Ali – “The Travelers”

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Big Quarters – “New Plateau” (flute)

dVRG – “3 Piano Pieces 1: After Bar”

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BAM! All these sweet Bonus Jams lead me to the fact that deVon will be curating a solo show with a bunch of friends and guests next Wednesday, July 1st, at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Dosh, 1990, God’s Drugs, and Brick Squad’s Mac Mouse will all be on hand for an awesome night of music. Check out all the details below and grab your tickets HERE. Highly recommended.


OK! That about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics to close things out. Here’s Penny rocking some newly cut bangs and “designer” sunglasses. The angsty teen in her continues to grow at an alarming rate. I’d be terrified if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m pretty sure we can parlay this into an endorsement deal with the kids division of Urban Outfitters, or something like that. 2015 bodes well for the ever-extending Year of the Endorsement Deal.

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I had an awesome Father’s Day with all the kids and both sides of our family last Sunday. Here’s me with P, Cam, and Lou after a long day of BBQ and inflatable pools. I think we’re watching Big Hero 6 (aka “Scary Robot”) for about the 67th time. Pretty sure I now know every word to that Fall Out Boy “Immortals” song from the end credits. Yikes.

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Alright, that’s it for real. I hope you all have an excellent week. Make sure to go check out a Doomtree show if you’re over in the UK at all, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday with a big first week tour update. See you then!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 16, 2015

Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Sims’ newly remastered Lights Out Paris vinyl has arrived just in time for the big 10-year-anniversary deluxe edition release on June 30th, and the LPs look AWESOME. The Promo Video God Body himself, Ander Other, put together this sweet hands-on video to show you just how cool everything turned out. Check it out and GET AMPED.

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YES! So glad to see this album finally make its way onto vinyl. June has been flying by, and that means that this weekend is your last chance to pre-order the physical album with a guaranteed ship date the week before its release. All international orders placed by end of day Sunday the 21st will ship out on Tuesday the 23rd, and all US orders placed by end of day this Sunday will ship out Thursday, June 25th. Don’t forget about all the insane extras that come with the Deluxe LP Pre-Order too. T-shirt, sticker, pin, patch, bonus tracks, private Livestream concert. So tight. See more details on the image below and grab your pre-order right HERE.


And for those of you balling on a budget, there’s always the Standard LP Pre-Order, which still comes with the bonus tracks and private Livestream concert. Check it all out right HERE.


And for all you digital dudes, if you pre-order the album on iTunes (HERE) you’ll receive immediate downloads of my “15 Blocks” remix AND the brand new Paper Tiger “Tape Deck” remix, which you can stream below. Sims ended up almost writing an entirely different song over this sweet new Paper beat, so you basically get two remixes in one. I believe they call that a BOGO or something. Listen to it below. And just a reminder: All pre-orders (both physically through the Doomtree Webstore and digitally through iTunes) come with immediate downloads of the Paper and Beak remixes.


Speaking of the Doomtree Webstore, we’ve got a bunch of new Surly Doomtree gear that was recently added for Summer. Raglans, tank tops, lightweight zip-up hoodies, and BUCKET HATS! Yes, bucket hats. Can’t totally say that one was our idea, but I will absolutely be rocking one of these at a cabin near you over the next couple of months (or anytime I listen to Schoolboy Q). Click HERE to see the entire line of Surly Doomtree gear, and check out all the new items below.

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The Doomtree June Show Takeover has been picking up steam with Sims’ sold-out Icehouse show and now P.O.S’ awesome F*cking Best Show Ever already in the bag. Here’s a cool pic from FRIENDTOGRAPHER Ben LaFond taken during Stef’s set last weekend. What a fantastic day.

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That means that our very own Mike Mictlan is up next, with a big double set at First Avenue this Saturday, June 20th, for the sixth-annual Wrestlepalooza. There are rumors flying around that Mike will not only be the musical guest, but may also make his professional wrestling debut at the event. If you remember the early Hand Over Fist shows, you know Mike performed in a luchadora mask most of the time, and he also comes from a long line of boxers. I would not mess with this man. You can read a great interview with Mike that Gimme Noise just published to learn more about his wrestling lineage right HERE, and grab tickets to Wrestlepalooza right HERE. See you on Saturday!


Hard to believe, but NEXT WEEK is the start of the Doomtree All Hands Europe Tour! Things kick off with a week run in the UK, including a slot at the massive Glastonbury Festival, before hitting mainland Europe for a ton of shows in Germany, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. If you’re in the area or know anyone that might be, please spread the word and come check out these rare overseas performances. Check out the flyer below for all the All Hands dates, including a bunch of North American festivals this fall. You can grab tickets and even more information right HERE.

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BREAKING NEWS: Doomtree has just been announced on Germany’s enormous Splash! Festival taking place in Gräfenhainichen on July 12th, alongside Nicki Minaj, ASAP Rocky, Danny Brown, and a million other rappers. What a way to bring this tour to a close. Grab tickets HERE.


Alright, I think that about does it for Doomtree news this week, so let’s get into a couple cool Bonus Jams before calling it a day. First up is Eric Mayson, the excellent keyboardist/vocalist from Toki Wright & Big Cats, Crunchy Kids, and Caroline Smith’s band – as well as an absolutely clutch session player and overall best dude ever. Mayson has recently been dropping singles in anticipation for his first solo album due later this summer. Check out “Capital” below and go see his first solo show at Honey on the 24th (info HERE).

Unfuh Qwittable is back with his first song in a good while, over a total heater from Medium Zach. I always thought this guy was a real standout on that big Audio Perm compilation, and I’m excited to hear more new solo material from him. Check out “Hometown” below.

I know I’ve been posting about these guys a lot as of late, but I really do love this new Taj Raj album. They recently dropped a music video for their sparse “Dreams of Flight, Part 1″ track, directed by Colin Kopp. Check it out below and definitely pick up Night Speech right HERE if you haven’t done so yet. Big time co-sign from yours truly.

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This last Bonus Jam come courtesy of F. Stokes. Stokes has recently been focusing his efforts on a creative educational project that aims to fight illiteracy early on with the power of rap music and a character named Rappin’ Ricky. Such a cool idea. Check out the Rappin’ Ricky Kickstarter page right HERE to learn more about this great concept. Two weeks to go and they’re getting closer to the 10k goal, but could definitely use your help. Here’s a video from Stokes’ previous kids project, Super Sprowtz, to give you an idea of how rap and kids education can go hand-in-hand.

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Alright, that about does it for this post. I’ll hit you with a few Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Penny and Lincoln were reunited at Stef’s show this past Saturday, and had a total blast. They snuck a few Starbursts from one of the band’s backstage riders, and proceeded to run around like crazy people for a couple hours. Here’s a picture our friend Amy K took after they commandeered a few hula hoops.

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Here’s P taking it real easy in a couple of tiny patio chairs that her mom found garage sale-ing. She might actually be getting a little too comfortable around here.

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And here she is looking a liiiiiitttttttllllllleee crazy in her new wild pool goggles. Kind of terrifying actually.

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Crab Man Cam has been breaking character a little more these days, and showing off his awesome smile with a bit more frequency. Here he is in his ultimate happy place, swinging away at the park.

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Meanwhile, Laid Back Lou continues to live up to his name every single day (although nighttime has become some sort of weird Jekyll and Hyde scenario). Here he is going for a chill cruise in this cool kid car. Pretty sure he’s learned how to drive with just his belly at this point. Impressive.

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That’s a wrap. I hope you all have a great week. I’ll be pulling for the Cavs in Game 6 and the Warriors in Game 7 to make this one of the greatest NBA Finals that I can ever remember witnessing. Fingers crossed. Make sure to grab your copy of Lights Out Paris right HERE, and we’ll see you back here next week for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 09, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Today I’ve got a big time world premiere of Paper Tiger’s “Tape Deck” remix from Sims’ 10-year-anniversary deluxe edition of Lights Out Paris! Papes completely flipped the track for a super updated sound, and Sims actually re-recorded lyrics from the original song alongside a ton of new FLAMING HOT BARS for a true remix in all senses of the word. I love this one. Check out Paper Tiger’s “Tape Deck” remix on the Bandcamp player below.

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You’ll now receive both the “Tape Deck” remix and my “15 Blocks” remix as instant digital downloads when you pre-order Lights Out Paris, whether you grab it physically from the Doomtree Webstore (HERE) or digitally on iTunes (HERE). And for those of you who have already pre-ordered you should now have access to both tracks. We’ll be rolling out a more official hands-on video later in the month to show you how truly cool the vinyl turned out, but for now here’s a quick tease. The new silver embossing turned out insane.

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You can get the remastered double LP and all the insane bonus stuff that comes with it when you pre-order from the Doomtree Webstore. Check out the Deluxe LP package below and get even more details and ordering info right HERE.


Oh and speaking of the Doomtree Webstore (Segue Segue Segue), we now have brand new No Kings tank tops available for all your Summer needs! Available in black, orange, and blue in both men’s and women’s sizes. Check them out below and grab one right HERE.

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Sims crushed his sold-out show at Icehouse last weekend, and that means that the Doomtree June Show Takeover rolls on this week with P.O.S’ Best F*cking Show Ever!!! It all takes place this Saturday, June 13th at Familia HQ in NE Minneapolis. Stef will be playing his first headlining show since last year’s TFBSE, and the lineup this time around is incredibly tough. Big Freedia, Ho99o9, Marijuana Deathsquads, Psymun, Saba (with Cory Grindberg backing him up on bass!), Denitia and Sene, TIIIIIIIIIIP, and our very own Ander Other. NUTZ. Check out all the crazy details below and hopefully we’ll see a ton of you out this Saturday. Grab your tickets right HERE.

UPDATE: Check out this video from P.O.S for info on how you can enter to win tickets to TFBSE!

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In celebration of the big show, I’ve got a very special TFBSE Bonus Jams Playlist for you courtesy of the good folks over at Greenroom Magazine. Get familiar with all of the amazing performers on the Soundcloud player below, and we’ll see you on Saturday!


Next week the Doomtree June Show Takeover barrels forward as Mike Mictlan performs (and wrestles???) at First Avenue for WRESTLEPALOOZA! Should be totally wild. You can read a great interview that Mike just did with Gimme Noise that talks all about the show right HERE. Tickets and details right HERE.


Directly after that, Doomtree will head overseas to kick off the All Hands Europe Tour and end June with a bang. Check out all the show dates and ticket details right HERE. The Euro run now includes a big time performance at the legendary Glastonbury Festival on June 28th!


Speaking of tour, if you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like behind the scenes on the road, the good folks at Impose Magazine just put out a little photo recap from a few of the All Hands US dates as part of their “Shot By The Band” segment.  You can check the whole thing out right HERE.


Alright, that about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before heading out to the office. Laid Back Lou and Crab Man Cam have been absolutely loving the great outdoors lately. Here they are in a rare synchronized double smile moment while swinging side-by-side at the park. Apologies for the sacrilegious Cubs gear. Their mom dressed them that day, promise. GO TWINS.

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And here’s a newly three-year-old Penny getting into her angsty pre-teen years a little early with this tough-as-nails pouty face. I suppose it’s possible she may just be working on another groundbreaking model pose to shake the fashion industry to its core. Come to think of it, that’s probably definitely what this is.

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OK! I hope you all have a wonderful week enjoying these crazy NBA Finals. Looking forward seeing a ton of you out at TFBSE this Saturday. If not, next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 02, 2015

Hey hey! Welcome back to another edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Mega shouts to Dessa for giving me the week off last week and filling in with another show-stopping Tuesdays With Dessica entry. It’s the first week of June and that means that the special Lights Out Paris 10-Year Deluxe Edition album comes out THIS MONTH! To get into full LOP mode, Sims checked in with this cool video update to talk about the reissue and why we’re putting it together. Check it all out below!

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TEN YEARS. Such a trip. Shouts to everyone who has already pre-ordered the album on vinyl (for the first time ever). Here are all the deluxe edition album details below in case you’ve been on the fence. The Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order comes with sooooooooo much stuff: Remastered double LP, remixes, False Hopes Four EP, t-shirt, sticker, pin, patch, private Livestream concert. The works. Grab the Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order right HERE.


If you’re balling on a budget, the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order still comes with the remastered double LP, remixes, False Hopes Four EP, and private Livestream concert. You can pick one up right HERE.


And for those of you fully submersed in this digital lifestyle, you can pre-order the remasterd deluxe edition of Lights Out Paris with 9 bonus tracks via iTunes right HERE.


All three pre-order options come with an instant download of the Lazerbeak “15 Blocks” remix, which I made almost 12 years after the original beat was created. It was insane and awesome to try and and come up with a completely different idea for the song after the main version had been embedded in my head for over a decade. You can stream both the remix and the newly remastered original below to check out the differences.

Sims will be throwing a serious party at Icehouse this Friday night (June 5th) for a rare hometown solo headlining performance. Milo from Hellfyre Club and DJ Fundo will be holding down the rest of the bill, and we just got official word from the venue that tickets are almost completely gone. Definitely hit this link right HERE if you’re still trying to make it down. Should be a blast.


The following Friday, June 13th, is P.O.S’ second annual F*cking Best Show Ever at Familia Headquarters in NE Minneapolis. Anyone that made it down to last year’s show knows how nutz this is about to be. Check out the full lineup below and grab your tickets right HERE.


And don’t forget Mike Mictlan’s upcoming appearance at Wrestlepalooza on June 20th at First Avenue. Mike will not only be performing two sets of music, but he’ll also be making his professional wrestling debut! I cannot tell you how excited I am to witness this transformation. We both grew up on Jimmy Superfly Snuka. It’s gonna be legendary. Grab tickets right HERE.


Mike, Stef, Dessa, Cecil, Sims, and Paper are all getting ready to head overseas for the big All Hands Tour of Europe and the UK later this month (full details HERE), and I’m super pumped to announce that Doomtree will now be playing the world renowned and beyond sold-out Glastonbury Festival!!! Check out the full details of the Silver Hayes stage below.


A ton of new festival lineups were recently announced this past week and Doomtree is popping up all over the place. Figured I’d do a big time festival rundown in order to keep everything straight. Things will kick off with Glastonbury in the UK, followed by an appearance at Denmark’s legendary Roskilde Festival, playing alongside Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, and Muse. If you’re gonna be in that neck of the woods you can grab tickets right HERE.


On July 4th Doomtree will be in The Netherlands for Woo Hah! Festival, alongside Cypress Hill, Run The Jewels, Big Sean, and CANNIBAL OX!!! Tickets available HERE.


Immediately upon returning from Europe, we’ll all cross the Wisconsin border to play the inaugural Eaux Claires Fest with Bon Iver, The National, Spoon, and THE INDIGO GIRLS on July 17-18. Check out the full lineup below and grab tickets HERE.


Riot Fest announced their 2015 lineup just last week and Doomtree will be playing all three cities!!! Thing kick off in Denver on the weekend of August 28-30, with Doomtree, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, and one million others. See the whole lineup below and grab tickets HERE.


Then September 11-13 Riot Fest will be in Chicago with Doomtree, No Doubt, Faith No More, Ice Cube, and another billion others. Check it out below and grab tickets HERE.


The following weekend, Sept 17-20, Doomtree will cross the Canadian border to hit up two different fests. Things kick off in Victoria, BC at Rifflandia Festival, alongside Chromeo, Julian Casablancas, Joey Bada$$, and Blonde Redhead. Details and tickets right HERE.


And the party continues on the other side of the country in Toronto for the final Riot Fest date. Looks like there’s still some big time special guests waiting to be announced for this one, but check out the current lineup below and grab tickets HERE.


Then we’ll close out the month of September on the East Coast with a stop at Boston Calling Festival on the weekend of the 25th-27th. Alabama Shakes, Chvrches, Hozier, and STEPHEN MALKMUS will all be there. STEPHEN MALKMUS!!! Tickets and details right HERE.


Then we’ll close things out in November with a stop at the 10 year anniversary of Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. It all goes down the weekend of November 6-8, and Doomtree will be on the bill with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, D’Angelo, and Jane’s Addiction. Full lineup and ticket details right HERE.


Oooooooookay! Good lord that’s a lot of show info. Feels really good to have those all announced and into the world.

Let’s switch gears now and get into some awesome Local Bonus Jam territory. There have been a ton of great songs, videos, and albums popping up as of late throughout this great state. Our very own P.O.S just popped up with guest verses on two different standout tracks. Check out Nazeem & Spencer Joles cool “Fallen Souls” song below, with a cameo from Stef towards the end.

Sean Anonymous recently announced his upcoming solo album with Dimitry Killstorm on the beats. Check out lead single “Big Bang” below, featuring guest spots from Lizzo and P.O.S.

Greg Grease dropped a video for “Work Song” off of his beyond excellent Born To Lurk, Forced to Work album. One of the best records of the year for sure. Check it out below.

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And Freez just put out a video for “Most My” off his great Freez’s Frozen French Freys project with Mike Frey. I have to admit, I missed that album when it first dropped, but I’ve been bumping it a ton in the whip now that the weather is warming up. I’ll take the late pass. Highly recommended.

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And lastly, Taj Raj released their excellent debut full-length a few weeks back. I was a huge fan of their first EP, and this Night Speech album now raises the bar even higher. You can stream the entire record on the Soundcloud player below, and then make sure to catch them at Icehouse late night on June 13th for the release show (after TFBSE). You can find everything you need to know about the band, album, and show right HERE.

BAM! That does it for this edition of Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics (although I’m not sure how much longer I can keep calling them all babies). Penny just turned THREE YEARS OLD last Thursday. We celebrated by taking her to that new Disney live-action version of Cinderella. Everything was going great until Penny covertly drank all of my Cherry Coke during the previews. We had to drag her out about 20 minutes later after she attempted to run down the aisles and yell out a play-by-play of the storyline in time with the movie. Daaaaah well. Below is the best birthday picture I could get as Penny ran around in circles for about the next two hours at the nearby park. Word to the wise: caffeine is real. Happy birthday P!

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The TWINZ are coming up on 15 months next week, and are really starting to enjoy each other’s company. Here they are during our nightly bath time ritual, cracking each other up with what I can only imagine are extremely funny kid jokes. These guys.

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Speaking of my kids (SEGUE!), I sat down again with the good people at Welcome Baby Care for a follow-up on what life has been like as a Party of Five. If you’re into that sort of thing you can check out the entire interview right HERE.


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Alright, that for real does it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful first week of June. Go Warriors, Go Blackhawks, and I’ll see you all back here next week for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Lights Out Paris 10-Year Anniversary!!!

Posted on May 19, 2015

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Hard to believe this is even possible, but Sims’ very first full-length, Lights Out Paris, officially turns 10 years old next month. INSANE. To celebrate that big decade mark, Doomtree Records is releasing an incredibly special deluxe edition of Lights Out Paris on vinyl for the first time ever!!! WHOA.


We’ve gone and remastered all of the audio from the original album to make it knock even harder, and this deluxe edition double LP also comes with a huge fold-out poster containing full printed lyrics from the album for the first time ever. In addition to that, we’ve added a digital download card containing full album audio, plus Sims’ super rare 2004 False Hopes Four EP, and four brand new remixes from original Lights Out Paris producers Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Joe Mabbott, and Lazerbeak (me!). THAT’S A TOTAL OF 23 TRACKS! You can stream “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” on the Soundcloud player below, along with the newly remastered original album version, to get a little taste of what we’re working with. I tried my hardest to give this new remix a completely different feel from the OG beat that I made well over a decade ago, which probably explains the chill West Coast R&B feel. Sims even tweaked and re-recorded his vocals for an updated approach. Total blast to work on this and it rules to listen to the two versions back-to-back. Check it out!

All of this awesome news leads us right into the big time Lights Out Paris Pre-Order going on RIGHT NOW at the Doomtree Webstore! Let’s start out with the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order details and ease our way into the deluxe territory. Check this out!


That’s right, when you pre-order the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order you’ll get all of the following:

- Remastered double LP

- Large fold-out poster with full printed lyrics

- Digital download card with full album audio, four brand new remixes, and Sims’ super rare 2004 False Hopes Four EP (23 tracks total!)

- Instant download of “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)”

- Access to a private Livestream concert and hangout with Sims on Wednesday, July 15th at 9:00pm CST. He’ll be performing various selections from his entire discography, playing some new material, and hanging out to answer questions as well.

SO SWEET. You can pre-order the Standard Vinyl Pre-Order right HERE…..OR you could ball out of control and go for the ultimate Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order.  Check THIS out:


When you purchase the Lights Out Paris Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order, you not only get all of the sweet extras that come with the standard version (private Livestream concert, “15 Blocks Remix” instant download, 9 bonus tracks, etc), but you also get all of this crazy stuff:

- Limited 2005-era Sims t-shirt

- Screen printed Lights Out Paris patch (to add to your All Hands, No Kings, and HELLA FRREAL joints)

- 3″ x 6″ glossy Sims sticker

- Sims button

All for just $15 more than the standard version! HOT DEALS. You can purchase the Lights Out Paris Deluxe Vinyl Pre-Order from the Doomtree Webstore right HERE.

And if physical product just isn’t your thing these days, you can pre-order the 23-track Lights Out Paris (Deluxe Edition) digitally through iTunes and receive bonus track “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” instantly. Check that out right HERE.


In other Doomtree-related news, Dessa just made it home safely from her crazy travels throughout Europe and South Africa. She’ll get a couple days to catch her breath, and then it’s right back to work. To kick things off Dessa will be performing a solo set on the main stage at Soundset this Sunday, alongside the likes of Ice Cube, Ludacris, J. Cole, Big Sean, and Yelawolf. Click HERE for tons more details and ticket info.

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Doomtree will have a big merch tent set up at Soundset, just like in years past, and we’ll be slanging a bunch of new Doomtree and Dessa gear all day long. Make sure to stop by and say what’s up to Crista, Ander, and Nick. You can also get a very special deal on some F*cking Best Show Ever advance tickets. Two for $20 only at the Doomtree booth. Come check us out!


And while you’re there, make sure you hit up the annual Last of the Record Buyers production showcase throughout the day. The homies Brandon Allday and Medium Zach have been hard at work to bring you another great lineup of producer and DJ driven entertainment. Here’s a quick promo video to get you amped.

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That should do it for Doomtree-related news this week, so let’s jump into a couple of Doomtree-related Bonus Jams before I call it a day. Our good friend Astronautalis just released a brand new single last week, and it’s produced by ME! This song was originally supposed to go on his upcoming full-length, but the direction was just a little too removed from that album’s sound, so Andy decided to release this as a cool one-off. I’m really happy with how it all turned out. Check out “Papillon” below.

And speaking of Lazerbeak productions (you didn’t really think I’d snap the Segue Streak now, did you?), here’s that Sims “15 Blocks (Lazerbeak Remix)” one more time in case you missed it up top. Circle of life and all that steez. Enjoy!

I’ll leave you with a couple of big time Bonus Baby Pics. The TWINZ are now 14 months old and totally killing the game. Here’s Crab Man Cam flashing a very rare smile to the camera and trying out some fancy modeling poses, while Laid Back Lou rocks some cool blue jammies and keeps things super laid back (per usual). Work it, dudes.

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These guys have been way into hanging out in the backyard now that everything is warming up a bit. Here’s Cam hard at work on his dunking technique, while Lou attempts to fix the battery in the toy lawn mower. It takes all types.

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Can’t forget about P! She’s been going totally buck at about any park she lays her eyes on lately. Here she is working on that upper body strength for some future gymnastics endeavors. I really need my photo shoppers out there to turn this pic into some sort of cool death-defying stunt. Maybe she’s dangling precariously close to a fiery lava river in hell or something? Just an idea to get the creativity flowing. ARLO, once again I’m looking at you.

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Here’s Penny hanging out with her new favorite things in the world: ROCKS. Every weekend for the last month we’ve headed down to Minnehaha Creek to throw rocks in the water. The first hour of this is actually really fun, but by hour two I start to lose perspective on the overall end game of the whole thing. I might be overthinking it though.

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Alright! That does it for this special Lights Out Paris edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Make sure to check out all the pre-order details right HERE and help us spread the word if you get a second. I hope you all have a wonderful week and we’ll see you next Tuesday for a welcomed guest round of Tuesdays With Dessica.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 12, 2015

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It appears that Spring has officially sprung, and we’re slowly starting to roll out a few new merch items on our Webstore, along with re-ups on the tried and true seasonal essentials. We’ve got some sweet newly added No Kings flags and turntable slipmats, as well as tons of sunglasses, coozies, snapbacks, and tote bags for all your Spring nice weather needs. Click on each item below for more individual details or go right HERE to view the entire store. And stay tuned for some new soft goods coming sooner than later!


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Speaking of Spring, here in the Twin Cities a tell-tale sign of the times is the annual Art-A-Whirl festival in Nordeast Minneapolis. It’s a weekend celebration of all the artists and businesses in the neighborhood, and is always accompanied by a ton of parking lot shows. This Saturday, May 16th I’ll be making a rare appearance with Mixed Blood Majority, headlining the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl party. We hit stage just before 9:00. Excited to get out of the house and run into a bunch of you hopefully. Click the image below for their entire weekend lineup. Should be a total blast.


That very same night, Sims will be headlining Grumpy NE’s Art-A-Whirl party, just a few blocks down the road. He’s scheduled to perform at 9:15, so if you play your cards right you just might be able to catch half sets from each of us. Click the image below for the full Grumpy’s NE schedule.


And speaking of Sims (segue mania), he’ll be kicking off the crazy Doomtree June Show Takeover with a super rare headlining performance at Icehouse on June 5th with Milo (Hellfyre Club) and DJ Fundo. Tickets are going fast, so if you want to go to this you’re probably gonna want to grab them in advance. Check out all the sweet deetz and ticket info right HERE.


The following weekend, Stef will be headlining the second-annual F*cking Best Show Ever with Big Freedia, Ho99o9, and a ton of other awesome groups. It all goes down on Saturday, June 13th at 835 E. Hennepin. Should be absolutely ridiculous. Grab your tix right HERE.


Then one week after that, our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing two sets at the sixth-annual Wrestlepalooza on Saturday, June 20th. Pro wrestling, burlesque, and raps. I think that might literally be the definition of a trifecta. It all takes place at the legendary First Avenue Mainroom, and you can check out more details and ticket info right HERE.  Man, June is gonna be NUTZ.


Dessa just wrapped up her first ever European headlining tour this past weekend in Milan, so I figured it was time for one last photo recap. Here’s Dessa with a very serious warning shot to RyanAir and anyone who chooses to rep their squad. The beef is real and you do not want it with Coupon Man!

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Some cool photo booth shots of Dessa and Aby right before their show in Paris. Not quite sure what’s going on here, but I’d like to pretend that the two are in a heated argument regarding which French basketball player on the San Antonio Spurs has the better jumpshot, Tony Parker or Boris Diaw. My money’s on Parker for what it’s worth.

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Aby and Dessa onstage in Paris, just after settling their NBA-related differences.

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Now for a little bit of a bummer. Tour is not always strictly a bunch of fun and carefree running around. Case in point: Dessa caught an eye allergy somewhere between France and Italy and had her entire right eye swell up to epic proportions. NOT TYTE, ALLERGIES. Here she is after a good amount of the swelling had subsided the following day. Total trooper.

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And here she is at the airport after playing her last two shows in Italy. Full recovery! You can’t keep Coupon Man down for too long. Good to see the smile is back.

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Dessa will be spending this week in South Africa participating in some various cultural workshops before returning home for her Soundset main stage performance on May 24th. Today she’ll be partaking in an online #CULTUREFIX discussion about Teaching Artists. Check out the info below for more details on how to participate.

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We’ve had multiple cool Doomtree video features pop up over the last week that I wanted to highlight quick. AOL.Rise featured us as their Rising Artist last week and showed some love to our “Beastface” video in their daily wrap up. Click the player below to check it out. I feel like this is the closest I may ever come to E! Weekly. Amazing.

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The good people at Consequence of Sound were down in Austin this past march filming their Off the Avenue series at SXSW. Check out our in-studio performance of “Gray Duck” below, and read what they had to say about the whole thing right HERE.

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And here’s a pretty great picture taken at the Off the Avenue shoot. This was on our last night at SXSW, after playing about a dozen shows over the past 36 hours. We were definitely losing it by this point. Lunacy at its finest.

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The dudes shot a quick feature interview with the folks over at Rhapsody when they were out in San Francisco on the All Hands Tour. You can check that out below.

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And lastly, Last.FM swung through NYC for the All Hands Tour and shot this Soundcheck feature before the show. You can watch the whole thing and read their write-up on the group HERE.

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Alright, that should do it for all the Doomtree-related stuff this week. I wanted to jump into a few Local Bonus Jams quick before calling it a day. I must admit, I have totally slept on this new project from legendary awesome guys Crescent Moon and Andrew Broder. I knew these dudes had been working on some stuff, but had no idea there were already three killer songs out in the world for all to enjoy. Check out “Bad Hand,” “RITUAL,” and “ASHES” (featuring best guy Greg Grease) below. Very excited about this whole thing. I will definitely be keeping closer tabs moving forward.

Last week MaLLy dropped a brand new joint with Last Word called “Say My Peace.” It’s the first track that the two have released since their excellent album The Colors of Black, and it’s a heater. Check it out below.

I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics to make up for last week’s absence. Here’s Laid Back Lou in the flesh, being his usual awesome laid back self. Love this guy.

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And here’s Crab Man Cam working on some sort of a soap goatee during bath time. Always so quick to grow up. Really hope that doesn’t ever turn into the real thing.

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Here’s Penny continuing her whole “I Live in a Cardboard Box” lifestyle. I thought this might just be a phase at first, but she’s really making a solid run out of it. There is something to be said about basic shelter, I suppose.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day last weekend. A big time Happy Mother’s Day shout goes out to all the moms worldwide, but I want to give a special Untouchable Baddest Mom In The Game shout to my wife Brittany Mader (AKA Killa Cam) for wrangling this household day in and day out like a true BAWSE. This picture pretty much sums up what I’m talking about. Love you mucho! Thanks for putting up with us.

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Alright! That’s it for real. I hope you all have a great week watching this crazy second round of the NBA Playoffs. I may have a heart attack before the next blog post if the games keep going down to the wire like they have been. See you next Tuesday with some big time announcements!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 05, 2015

Welcome back to Tuesday With Lazerbeak. I’ve got some huge new show announcements for you today, so let’s jump right into it. Last week P.O.S announced the date and lineup for his much-anticipated second annual The F*cking Best Show Ever! Stef will be curating the event again with the good folks at Greenroom, and they’ve got some serious heavy hitters on the bill this year, along with some super promising up-and-comers. Big Freedia, Ho99o9, Marijuana Deathsquads, Psymun, Saba, Denitia and Sene, TIIIIIIIIIIP, and Ander Other will all be a part of the festivities this time around, which will again culminate with a headlining solo set from P.O.S himself. It all goes down on Saturday, June 13th as part of Familia’s 10th Anniversary Weekend (which kicks off June 12th with a Ying Yang Twins concert no less). Check out the flyer below and grab TFBSE tickets and even more details right HERE.


Chances are you might not be totally familiar with all of those acts on the flyer, and believe me, that is 100% totally cool (I wasn’t either). Half of the point of TFBSE is to expose the Twin Cities to brand new and under-the-radar artists, which is why Stef and Greenroom made this sweet Best F*cking Show Ever Soundcloud playlist to get you in the know. Check it all out below and start counting down the days until June 13th. This show is going to rule insanely hard.

That month only gets better too. On Saturday, June 20th our very own Mike Mictlan will be performing two sets at First Avenue for Wrestlepalooza VI (!!!), which will combine pro wrestling, burlesque, and live music for a seriously action-packed night. Dudes, PRO WRESTLING!!! I cannot wait for this. Check out the flyer below for full details and grab your tickets HERE.


In album-related news, Doomtree’s All Hands was just officially released throughout all of Europe and the entire UK in both physical and digital formats! If you live anywhere near those regions you should now be able to purchase the album via iTunes or stream it via Spotify, as well as pick up the CD or LP in select record stores.

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In conjunction with that news, there’s been some cool international press rolling out with the release as well. UK site The Skinny gave the album a very positive review, which you can read about right HERE, and I recently sat down with French site Slow Show for an in-depth interview on the state of Doomtree. You can read the online interview HERE (most will probably need to hit the “translate” button), and it will also appear in Volume 27 of French magazine New Noise. Oh, and don’t forget about Clash Magazine premiering our sweet new video for “Beastface” a few weeks back. Read their full write-up right HERE, and check out the tyte vizual below.

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All of this positive press just adds to the momentum we’ve been building up for the All Hands Europe Tour this summer. There are still a few more festivals that we’re waiting on to announce, but you can find the majority of the tour routing on the flyer below. As always, you can grab tickets and all the sweet deetz right HERE.


Continuing on with this Europe theme (segue!), Dessa will be wrapping up the last two shows of her European headlining tour this week, after just crushing out eight shows in a row throughout Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, and the Czech Republic. She’ll be hitting Paris tomorrow (Wed) and Milan on Saturday before it’s all said and done. Details for those final shows right HERE.

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And now, as always, it’s time for my attempt at meticulously recapping a tour that I am not actually on. As I mentioned, Dessa and Aby traversed quite a few countries last week on their quest for world dominance. Here’s some sweet homemade window art that welcomed them in Budapest.

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And here’s proof of Dessa’s time spent in the Czech Republic, although I would argue that one could just as easily have taken that picture in Ybor City, Florida and written “Czech Republic” on it. We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt though given all the information at hand.

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This is Aby drinking a ginormous pilsner backstage in Pilsen. Truly incredible to me. No funny caption necessary.

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Dessa and Merch Man Josh speed walking through Prague on their brief 18 hour stay in the city. Not totally sure “Merch Man Josh” is gonna stick. Let me think on some more nicknames for a bit and get back to you.

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Lastly, here’s Aby posted up in front of what I can only imagine to be a very unfortunate (yet comical) lost-in-translation scenario. Awesome.

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OK! That about does it for the news this week, but let me leave you with a slew of Video Bonus Jams before calling it a day. I’m gonna start things off with this new Titus Andronicus single off their upcoming full-length The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Gotta be honest, I never really checked for these guys at all on their previous albums, but this new song is just so insanely good. The lyrics and delivery rule, plus it kind of reminds me of Andrew WK meets all the indie rock bands I listened to in high school. Extremely recommended. Bonus things it has going for it: A) It’s called “Dimed Out,” which is just a really solid phrase to begin with. B) It’s one of 29 songs on a 93-minute crazy concept album, and you KNOW that I am going to be into that. Check it out.

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Let’s run with the TFBSE theme for the rest of this week’s jams, just to tie it all back up to the top and complete the TWL Circle of Life. Check out videos from Big Freedia, Ho99o9, Marijuana Deathsquads, Psymun, Saba, and Denitia & Sene below. I will still argue that “Ewok Sadness” is the greatest music video OF ALL TIME.

Big Freedia – “Ya’ll Get Back Now”

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Ho99o9 – “Bone Collector”

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Marijuana Deathsquads – “Ewok Sadness”

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Psymun – “Talk To Me” feat. Kerry Roy

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Saba – “Secondhand Smoke”

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Denitia and Sene – “Divided”

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BAM! There you have it. No Bonus Baby Pics this week. The kids are all moving way too fast to even get a shot off these days, plus Penny is currently in my dog house after tricking me into sitting on a peeled banana this morning, then laughing maniacally when I realized my misfortune. Not cool, P. I WILL NOT reward that type of behavior with shine time on a verrrrrry popular and beloved blog. If that doesn’t learn you, I don’t know what will.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you back here next Tuesday for sure. Go Bulls!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 28, 2015

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’ve got a brand spanking new Doomtree music video for you today, courtesy of director Adam Dunn and his #LAAB web series. Dunn just launched Season 9 of his minimalist Lights And A Backdrop music video series, and Doomtree’s “.38 Airweight” is at the very top of the pile. Check out the super tyte vizual below, and help us spread the word if you have a second. You can watch all 30 episodes of the new season right HERE, which featuries the likes of Aby Wolf, Sean Anonymous, Mayda, Moon and Pollution, and a ton of other awesome and up-and-coming artists. Huge shouts to Adam Dunn for all the hard work he always puts into these, and for shining a spotlight on artists big and small from our great state. Killing it.

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Our very own Paper Tiger just dropped an awesome remix for Triple Crown Records’ band From Indian Lakes, and it completely RULES so hard. Seriously, Papes is in a zone right now. This is great. Check out the “Sleeping Limbs” Paper Tiger Remix below and pick up the entire Absent Sounds Remixed Sounds album by From Indian Lakes right HERE if you’re feeling it.

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Dessa and Aby are still going strong out in Europe. They’ve got over a week under their belts now, and have knocked out two sold-out shows in London and a headlining play in Nuremburg. They’ll be hitting cities throughout the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary this coming week, and Plzen, Brno, Bratislava, Budapest, Piešt’any, Prague, and Berlin are all on the docket even before the next Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post goes live. Holy lord, that’s a lot of running around. Check out all the dates from the full itinerary below and grab your tickets right HERE.


And now for a quick check-in from the ladies. Looks like things are off to a very stern and serious start. Trust me, you do not want it with these guys. SERIOUS BIZZNESS.

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Here’s Dessa working on a new masterpiece en route to Germany. Orange crayon appears to be her favored medium of choice these days. This appears to be a pretty challenging, next-level statement on innocence lost and the state of the current airline industry. Can’t wait to get it in the galleries later this year.

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Here’s Aby hanging out with a crazy gravity-defying street performer in Barcelona. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had to Google how this is even possible. Nice one, Magic.

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Another new show has been added to the Doomtree All Hands European Tour! The guys will be playing Bremen, Germany on July 11th, after swinging through Paris towards the end of the run. Here’s the full German routing to date. Tickets and even more details can be procured right HERE.


Super pumped that Remi will be opening all of the German dates on this run. Check out his great “Tyson” video below if you’re not familiar yet.

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Below are all the upcoming confirmed Doomtree shows to date. Still waiting on a couple more big fests to announce before we lock Europe in completely, so definitely stay tuned. In the meantime, you can go right HERE for all the most up-to-date information.


Now for a few upcoming shows back in the states. Our very own Ander Other will be DJing a brand new event called HI-A-TUS this Thursday (4/30) over at the Gamut Gallery, alongside Spaycetime and DJ Keezy. Sarah White and Alicia Steele will be handling the hosting duties. Check out all the sweet deetz below.


The Northeast Minneapolis yearly tradition known as Art-A-Whirl is only a few short weeks away. I’ll be playing with Mixed Blood Majority down at the 331 Club’s Art-A-Whirl celebration on Saturday, May 16th, alongside Retribution Gospel Choir and Pink Mink. We’ll be debuting a bunch of new songs we’ve been working on for the upcoming MBM full-length too. Should be a blast. Check out the full lineup HERE.


That very same night, Sims will headline Grumpy’s NE Art-A-Whirl party not too far down the road, alongside the Cactus Blossoms, Grant Hart, and Farewell Milwaukee. You can check out that full lineup right HERE.

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And speaking of Sims (ahem, segue), he’ll be headlining his first hometown show in forever on Friday, June 5th at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Milo and DJ Fundo are along for the ride as well. This one is gonna be NUTZ. Grab your tickets HERE while you still can.


Now for some sweet new Bonus Jams from one of my current favorite bands, Speedy Ortiz. These guys just dropped their brand new Foil Deer full-length last week, and there are some serious heaters on this thing. Check out singles “Raising The Skate” and “The Graduates” below, followed by the Major Arcana classic “No Below” – because that has got to be one of the best songs ever written. LOVE THESE GUYS. Makes me want to play in an indie rock band again. Happy that someone is still out there carrying the torch for guitar bands.

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Alright, that about does it for this week. We’ve been super busy finally moving Doomtree HQ out of my living room and into our very own OFFICE SPACE. Huge shouts to Ander, Crista, Nick, and Jimmy for all the help and manual labor getting everything set up over the past few weeks. It only took us about a decade, but we finally have our very own space. So beyond excited and proud. Tearz of Joy.

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I wasn’t able to get a ton of Bonus Baby Pics this week due to all the moving, but here’s a quick shot of Penny at her very first dentist appointment yesterday. Sounds like she took the cleaning like a total boss. Now if we could just convince her to stop eating all of the toothpaste straight out of the tube we’d be in serious business. One thing at a time I guess.

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BAM. That’s it for today. I hope you all have a truly great week. I’ll leave you with the latest two Doomtree music videos for good measure, just in case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple weeks. Enjoy, spread the word, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

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– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak