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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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Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 13, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It’s a relatively slow news week here at Doomtree HQ, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to give the producers some and highlight the almighty REMIX, something that Cecil, Papes, Stef, and myself have been doing in between projects for quite some time now. Consider this the most ultimate Doomtree Remix Bonus Jams Playlist ever. Let’s kick things off with something brand new!

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Our very own Paper Tiger just knocked out a remix for friend J.Gundersen’s song “Balcony,” and it totally rules. You might remember J.Gundersen as the director of Paper’s awesome “The Fortunate Wayfarer” video. Now Papes gets to return the favor. Check out his “Balcony” remix below, followed by Gundersen’s original version right after. I dropped the “Fortunate Wayfarer” video at the end too just to tie everything up all nice.

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Cecil Otter and I got to work together on a couple of collabo remixes this year. One of my favorites was for Minneapolis group Now, Now, who recently dropped a remix EP of songs from their excellent Threads album. Here’s our take on the title track, followed by the original song right after.

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OK, let’s take it back four years to 2010 and our first full on Doomtree remix project. Our good friends in Gayngs released Relayted that year and asked us to remix (ahem, regrind) all the stems from the album into a new EP. Below is the Gayngs/Doomtree Affiliyated project that followed, in its entirety. There are some serious gems on this thing, plus I finally got to name a song “Sprinkle Juice,” so there’s that too.

 

And now for the full on Doomtree Remix Bonus Jams Playlist: A ginormous list of remixes that each of our producers has been a part of throughout the years (that I could remember off the top of my head), in no particular order whatsoever. Hope you enjoy it!

Polica – “Chain My Name” (Paper Tiger Remix)

Ginkgo – “Faded Glory” (Lazerbeak Remix)

Matt and Kim – “Now” (Cecil Otter and Lazerbeak Remix)

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TV on the Radio – “Will Do” (P.O.S Remix)

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Halloween, Alaska – “In Your Sleep” (Lazerbeak Remix)

Astronautalis – “Dimitri Mendeleev” (Paper Tiger Remix)

ShowYouSuck – “House of Yes” (Lazerbeak Remix)

WUGAZI – 13 Chambers (Cecil Otter + Swiss Andy)

The Hood Internet – “Nothing Should Be A Surprise” (Lazerbeak Remix)

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 Bluebird – “Down Like Brothers” (Lazerbeak Remix)

VAYNS – “Say Why” (Cecil Otter Remix)

Franz Diego – “Waggin on the Scene” (Lazerbeak Remix)

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CASPIAN – “Halls of Summer” (Lazerbeak Remix)

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BAM BAM BAM!!!! There you have it, the most ultimate Doomtree Remix Bonus Jams playlist ever. I’ll leave you with a couple quick Bonus Baby Pics before I go. The TWINZ turn two whole months old this week. SO INSANE. Here’s Crabby Cam and Laidback Lou already buying into the whole sibling rivalry thing and roughhousing it up in the crib. From the looks of it, Cam has already developed a killer left hook.

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And here’s Penny out at the zoo with my mom last week, struggling to eat the hugest candy sucker she’d ever seen. Hugest shouts ever to all moms worldwide by the way (especially Penny’s mom and grandmas). I hope you all had a truly awesome and relaxing Mother’s Day. You are the best.

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OK, that about it does it for this week. If you’re in the Twin Cities on Friday you should definitely consider taking the party over to First Avenue’s Record Room for the monthly dance night that is A.D.D. Doomtree’s own Ander Other will be spinning records with DJ Espada all night long. Should be a total blast. Check out all the sweet deetz below.

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Aaaaaaand that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 06, 2014

Hello and welcome back to a very special edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It gives me great joy to announce the arrival of Liquor Sto’ Diaries, the brand new free EP from F. Stokes, Paper Tiger, and myself. Stokes on the raps, Papes and Beak on the beats. SO PUMPED RIGHT NOW!!!

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Four short and super sweet jams for these upcoming summer months. Huge shouts to David over at Potholes Music for helping us put the whole thing together at breakneck speeds. This is by far the fastest release I have ever been a part of, with Stokes tracking vocals just last week and audio masters delivered less than 24 hours ago. It feels good to get something out into the world while it’s still this new. Click the player below to stream or download the whole project, and pass it along if you get a second today. I really hope you enjoy it.

OK, now for a quick rundown of a few upcoming May and June shows. Sims leaves for Europe in less than two weeks! You can catch him throughout Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic throughout the end of the month. Check out all the dates and details below.

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On June 7th our very own Cecil Otter will be joining Sage Francis at First Avenue for the Minneapolis stop of the Copper Gone Tour. Cecil contributed a few beats to Sage’s upcoming record, and this show is guaranteed to rule super hard. Click the flyer below for all the sweet deetz.

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On June 22nd Dessa will be playing Rock The Garden 2014 alongside Spoon and Guided By Voices! This is the first year that RTG has made two days out of this awesome event, and tickets are moving fast. Check out all the details below.

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I’ll spare you the full rundown this time around, but there’s a bunch more stuff going on in June that you can read all about on the events page right HERE. For the Bonus Jam of the Week I’d like to take this thing full circle and remind you to listen to this Liquor Sto’ Diaries EP and help spread the word to all your people. Here’s a little more insight from F. Stokes himself about what this project is all about. I couldn’t have said it any better:

Liquor Sto’ Diaries is a conceptual EP by F.Stokes – produced by Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger of Doomtree. Poetically derived from the perspective of a dreamy eyed kid from the south side of Chicago, who found solace, pain, protection, wisdom and love from the different ghetto characters that occupied the street corners, and stood out front of liquor stores.”

Alright, that about does it for this week’s post. I’ll leave you with one Bonus Penny Pic before I take off. Stef and I have been getting the kiddos together every Monday these past couple of weeks for a big kids hang. Yesterday it was absolutely gorgeous out and we finally got some much needed outdoor time. Here’s Lincoln, Penny, and Stef hanging out after a big adventure around the block. P has definitely been working on her pensively reserved look as of late. Maybe she’s practicing for her first album press shot?

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OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a truly great week. Bump that Liquor Sto’ Diaries EP and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 29, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. BIG NEWS TODAY: Our very own Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak (that’s me) will be dropping a free EP next week with longtime friend and collaborator F. Stokes. It’s called Liquor Sto’ Diaries and the good people at Potholes Music are releasing it on Tuesday, May 6th for FREE.99. Stokes on the raps, Papes and Beak on the beats. That’s the cover below.

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If you’re wondering just exactly what an F. Stokes is, here’s a quick refresher on a few of our previous collabos to get you caught up to speed. Very excited for this new mini project to see the light of day.

F. Stokes – “Shaka Zulu” (prod. Paper Tiger) 

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F. Stokes  - “Jeremiah” (prod. Lazerbeak)

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In other Doomtree news, tickets for our two big summer crew shows with Trampled By Turtles went on sale over the weekend. We’ll be in Moorhead, MN on June 27th (tickets HERE) and Duluth, MN on June 28th (tickets HERE). These will be the first all crew Doomtree shows of the year. SO AMPED. Click the Duluth flyer below for more details.

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And if you’re looking for a last minute thing to do tonight, Dessa is presenting round two of her first ever classical collaboration at the Minneapolis Convention Center, alongside 750 student musicians. Dess and the band will also be playing a couple songs of their own, and admission is totally free. Hard to beat that. Check out the flyer for all the sweet deetz.

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That’s about it for music news this week, which means it’s time for another round of Local Bonus Jams!!! The Twin Cities has been on a complete and total terror lately, dropping new music way faster than I can keep up with it. Let’s start things off with a couple of Doomtree related features. Up first is our very own P.O.S, who hopped on kid friendly act Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s latest single, “Shake It Well,” with a heartwarming ode to orange juice. Click the player below to check out the song and learn more about how it all came together.

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Next up is Cecil Otter, who recently remixed a track off of the new VAYNS album. Check out Cecil’s “Say Why?” remix below.

Now for an onslaught of great local songs and videos that have dropped recently in this part of the world. Huge shouts to everybody below. I’ve been bumping all this stuff a ton as of late.

Allan Kingdom – “Evergreens”

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Mac Irv – “No Place Like Home” (ft. Salimah Bryant)

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deM atlaS – “F=rankln”

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Muja Messiah – “It Goes Down” (ft. I Self Devine, prod. Mike the Martyr)

Spooky Black – “Without You”

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Bobby Raps – “Part 1 – The Exodus”

There you have it, another awesome round of Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. The TWINZ are great, just not doing a whole lot besides the usual boring baby stuff. Here’s Camtrak and ilLOUminati kicking it in their respective Rock ‘n Play sleepers (don’t know what we’d do without those things). Someone needs to tell Fischer Price about the Year of the Endorsement Deal stat.

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Penny has been a perfect angel these past few weeks. I think she’s finally getting fully adjusted to life as a Party of Five. We took her to Nickelodeon World at the Mall of America last week, and she totally had her tiny mind BLOWN. Here we are test driving this very stylish purple and gold MN Vikings drop top. NBD.

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And here’s Penny trying out a new DIVA POSE at the park with Grandma. Fashion industry take note: She calls this one “None Shall Pass.”

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week watching the most exciting first round of NBA Playoffs in the history of ever. See you next Tuesday with that brand new F. Stokes/Paper Tiger/Lazerbeak free EP!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 22, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I wanted to start off by thanking everyone who helped us make Record Store Day 2014 a smashing success. We got word that tons of stores were selling out of Castor, The Twin vinyl early on in the day, and the couple hundred copies we kept for the webstore went in less than eight hours this past Sunday. If you missed out on a grabbing a copy over the weekend though, you’re in luck: We’re repressing Dessa’s Castor, The Twin LP on standard black vinyl and you can now pre-order a copy right HEREOrders should ship out by May 19th, and you can get all the sweet deetz HERE.

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Now for something I’d like to call the Doomtree One Miiiiiiiiilllion Show Roundup. Kind of a mouthful actually, please holler if you’ve got something a little catchier. Anyways, a bunch of Doomtree related Spring and Summer shows have been getting announced left and right these past couple weeks, and I thought it might be nice to try and sort it all out in the order that they occur. Bear with me, here goes nothing!

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Tomorrow (Wed the 23rd), Dessa and her full band will be headlining the kickoff to the big Mid West Music Fest in Winona, MN. Grab tickets HERE.

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Sims is headed to Sioux Falls this weekend for a headlining show at Bigs on Friday. Details and ticket info right HERE.

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Next week 800 student musicians will be debuting “Controlled Burn,” the classical composition composed by Dessa and Jocelyn Hagen, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Dessa will also be performing a few of her own songs each night. Details in the flyer above. Admission is FREE.99.

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Then on May 5th Dessa will head overseas to perform a solo show in Prague with Tim Kasher from Cursive. Details and ticket info right HERE.

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Speaking of overseas, Sims kicks off a two week tour throughout Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic on May 21st. You can get all sorts of details and ticket info right HERE.

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On May 24th Cecil Otter will be playing with his band La Liberte for the Fort Wilson Riot release party. Check out all the details right HERE.

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Then on the following day, May 25th, I’ll be playing with Lizzo at Soundset 2014, alongside Nas, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and one miiiiiiillion other great rappers. Tickets HERE.

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The following week I’ll be playing with Mixed Blood Majority at the Turf Club on May 31st for our good friend Mayda’s album release party. Check out her new single “All I Have” right HERE, and grab tickets HERE.

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On June 20th Cecil Otter will play the annueal 605 Summer Classic in Sioux Falls, alongside T-Pain and Mac Lethal. Check out all the details right HERE.

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Dessa will be performing at this year’s Rock The Garden in Minneapolis on June 22nd, alongside Spoon and Guided By Voices. Tickets HERE.

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Very excited to announce that our first Doomtree all crew shows of the summer will be played alongside our friends Trampled By Turtles. June 27th in Moorhead (tickets HERE) and June 28th at Bayfront Park in Duluth (tickets HERE).

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And lastly (for now), the whole Doomtree crew will be playing the MAHA Music Festival in Omaha on August 16th, alongside Death Cab for Cutie and Local Natives. Fest details and ticket info right HERE.

OOOOOOOOKAY, I think that about does if for the Doomtree One Miiiiiiilllion Show Roundup. That was a real doozy. Now let’s get into some actual real deal music with a few hometown Bonus Jams from some albums that recently dropped over in these parts of the world. I’ll start things off with Heiruspecs, whose Night Falls album just came out this morning. Check out “Towers” below and grab the whole thing right HERE.

The homies MaLLy and Last Word just dropped their great new album The Colors of Black a few weeks back. Check out the new video for “City of Fear” and grab the album on iTunes HERE.

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And lastly, Manny Phesto just dropped Southside Looking In, a new full-length album produced entirely by Mike the Martyr. Check out “Rabbit Holes” below and grab the whole thing right HERE.

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Alright, I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it. The TWINZ are almost six weeks old now. SO CRAZY. Everyone is super healthy and growing tons. Here’s Crabby Cam and Laidback Lou in one of their more peaceful moments.

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Easter was a big hit with Penny. Here she is dying her first Easter eggs over at my folks’ place. Notice the extreme concentration, high attention to detail, and insane hair. We may have a future tortured artist on our hands.

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Here’s Penny all dolled up with Mom on Easter morning. Huge shouts to her great grandma GiGi for the Sunday’s Best. She even managed to keep them on all the way up until lunch.

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BAM! OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week enjoying the first round of the NBA Playoffs. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Castor, The Twin LP Available Now!

Posted on April 20, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated Record Store Day in a big way by releasing a limited initial run of Dessa’s Castor, The Twin album on vinyl for the first time ever. Knowing that not everyone would have the opportunity to pick it up at their local shop, we decided to hold on to 180 copies for ourselves and make them available on the Doomtree Webstore starting right NOW!

UPDATE: All limited edition vinyl copies of Castor, The Twin have sold out. The standard black vinyl version is now available HERE

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Click HERE to pick up the limited edition hand-numbered white vinyl, with bonus “Beekeeper” sheet music insert and digital download card, before they’re all gone. Check out this sweet hands on packaging video for the whole rundown. BAM!

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 15, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I’ve got a lot of cool ground to cover today, so let’s just jump right into it. This Saturday is Record Store Day, and to celebrate we’re releasing Dessa’s Castor, The Twin album on vinyl for the first time ever!

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So pumped to be adding this release to the Doomtree vinyl catalog. Check out the flyer above for a list of the stores we’ve been told will be stocking it. Probably still a good idea to call your local store in advance to double check that they’re carrying it, as this list doesn’t include all of the stores participating, and quantities are fairly limited at each location. This initial pressing is limited to 1,000 hand-numbered pieces on white vinyl, with bonus “Beekeeper” sheet music inserts transposed for piano and vocal. Check out the awesome packaging video below for all the sweet deetz, plus some intriguing evidence leading me to believe Dessa is controlling her keyboard through the art of telekinesis. Shouts to Ander Other on the vizualz!

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So cool. Oh, and if you don’t live near any of those record stores, don’t fret: We’ve saved a handful of copies for the webstore. Just make sure to keep your eyes peeled here over the weekend for more info on all of that.

Dessa and the band continue their April Weekend Warrior run this Thursday with a show in Eau Claire (tix HERE), Friday in Duluth (tix HERE),  and Saturday in Rochester (tix HERE). They’ll be capping everything off next weekend with a headlining slot at the big Mid West Music Fest in Winona. Click the flyer below for all the details.

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OK, now let’s move on to a big time album announcement: The brand new six-song TYTE JEFF EP just dropped this morning and I could not be more excited!!! 

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TYTE JEFF is Jeff Allen from The Plastic Constellations’ new group, and they are truly 2TYTE. Love this band. You can stream the entire EP for FREE.99 on the Soundcloud player below, or grab it from iTunes HERE if you’re more of a digital file ownership proponent. Either way, it is THEEEE BEST! So amped for these guys.

The TJ dudes will be celebrating in style this Saturday with a big record release show at the Turf Club. Valet and The Ronnie Buxtons are also on the bill, and the whole night is guaranteed to rule super hard. Grab tickets right HERE and check out the flyer below for all the details.

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Now for a truly mind blowing SEGUE STREAK that will tie in shows happening this Saturday AND Record Store Day related events: I will be playing a mini set with Lizzo this Saturday afternoon at Fifth Element’s Record Store Day extravaganza. BAM! Come through to catch a bunch of other guest performances, in addition to tons of crazily discounted records and merch. This is always a great time. Hope to see some of you there!

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Alright, that about does it for Doomtree-related music news. Let’s get into the Bonus Jam Album of the Week! This one comes from Norwegian producer Todd Terje, who’s debut solo LP It’s Album Time (best album title since Malkmus’ Wig Out at Jag Bags?) has been playing non-stop over here. Hard to fully describe the range of styles on this one, but it somehow encompasses the best elements of disco, 70′s film scores, elevator music, and house into something that sounds way funner than it reads. A perfect driving around with the windows down Springtime type of record. Check out some standouts below and grab the whole thing from iTunes HERE if you’re feeling it. Legend God approved and HIGHLY recommended.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of quick Bonus Baby Pics. I gotta be honest, the TWINZ don’t really do anything super cool yet (picture wise I mean – they’re still definitely cool). They kind of just lay around sleeping and eating all day like the Two Princes to the throne that they are. Here’s a picture of Penny attempting to rock them both to sleep and watch a 92nd screening of Frozen at the SAME DAMN TIME. Babies raising babies, man.

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Speaking of Penny, she totally lucked out and somehow managed to score trips to TWO different zoos last week. Huge shouts to Grandma Rosemary and Auntie Roons for the day trips. Here’s Penny kicking it with her favorite tiger.

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Aaaaaaaaaand pointing at said tiger just in case you forgot she was totally just hanging out with it.

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It’s hard to maintain that type of extremely active animal interaction for long though, especially when you’re not even two years old. Bear witness (ANIMAL PUN INTENDED) to the exhausting aftermath of back to back zoo trips. Bonus points for rocking a cool DIVA Pose even in her sleep. Nicely done.

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a truly wonderful week. Looking forward to seeing some of you out on Saturday for the Fifth Element afternoon show and the TYTE JEFF night rager. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 08, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’m gonna start things off with a quick P.O.S check in. Thanks to everyone hitting us up asking how things are going with the new kidney. At this point in the process there just isn’t a whole lot new stuff to report on. It’s basically a lot of doctors visits, big time resting up at home, and tons of meds for the immediate future. Stef’s doing really good though, and he sent over another thumbs up picture yesterday to prove it.

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Mark Potter, Stef’s donor, is also doing great. City Pages did an interview with him a few weeks back to talk about his recovery, his friendship with Stef, and the benefits of live organ donation. Check out the whole thing right HERE. Keeping with the whole thumbs up theme, here’s another picture of Mark not long after surgery. He’s already out and about these days and back to work like a total champ.

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Switching gears a bit, let’s get into the Doomtree Events Calendar real quick, as there’s a handful of sweet Doomtree related shows going on this month. Dessa and her full band continue their Weekend Warrior run this week with shows in Madison (Thurs – tix HERE), Lansing (Fri – tix HERE), and Chicago (Sat – tix HERE). Click the flyer below for more details on those shows and the rest of her Midwest dates this month.

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Then early next month Dessa will head overseas to the Czech Republic for a big show in Prague with Tim Kasher of Cursive fame. Check out tons more details for that May 5th show below.

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Speaking of overseas shows (eternal segue streak), don’t forget about Sims’ recently announced two week tour of Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic in May. It’s real international for us right now. Click HERE for all the details and check out the dates below.

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Aaaaaand bringing it back the shows going on this month category, Sims will be in Sioux Falls on April 25th for a one-off at Bigs. Check out the flyer for more details, and click HERE for ticket info.

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One final event to talk about: This weekend I’ll be heading out to Bemidji, MN with Chris Hadland, director of Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team, for the 2nd annual Headwaters Film Festival. TTBT will be the featured film of the fest on Saturday night, and Chris and I will be introducing the movie and doing a Q&A session directly after the showing, just like real deal directors and executive producers do it. The movie start at 7:00 with the Q&A at 8:30. Check out more details on the entire festival right HERE.

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And if you hate film festivals, or just don’t live anywhere near Bemidji, you can always watch the entire documentary from the privacy of your own home over at watch.doomtree.net. Download and streaming options are both available.

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Alright, that should just about do it on the events side of things. Now for some serious Bonus Jams!!! Below is a list of ten newish songs that I’ve been super into as of late, from a wide variety of national artists. Consider it your Tuesdays With Lazerbeak Mega Bonus Jam Playlist of the Week. There’s hopefully something in here for everyone. Enjoy!

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” Cerrone Funk Mix

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Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

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Drake  - “Draft Day”

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Cozz – “Dreams”

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Lone – “2 is 8”

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Aero Flynn – “Twist”

Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down” (Live on SNL)

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Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

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War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”

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Doe Paoro – “Walking Backwards”

BAM! So many jams. I’ll leave you with some obligatory Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. The TWINZ continue their quest for male model dominance this week with a photo shoot for the very stylish First Avenue onesies. Enormous shouts to First Ave (greatest club in the world) for the merch and the card. Check out my guy Lou Man Group working the front side, while Camphibian Newton rocks the back. Future security in training for real.

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Penny has been warming up to the whole Party of Five thing a little more this past week, and has dove into big sister helper mode in a major way. Here she is doing the dishes over at Grandma’s house. Still working on the whole water stays in the sink concept, but we’ll get there.

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And here is a truly INSANE action shot of Penny head banging at this open play pavillion out in Hopkins. Even I don’t really have the words for this caption. Future death metal loyalist in training?

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OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 25, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Last week we revealed the details for our first Record Store Day label contribution. On April 19th, in conjunction with Record Store Day 2014, we will release Dessa’s critically acclaimed 2011 full-length Castor, The Twin on vinyl for the first time ever!

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We’ve made up a total of 1,000 hand-numbered white vinyl pieces for this initial run, and included a very special sheet music insert to standout track “The Beekeeper,” transcribed for piano and vocal arrangement. The records will be available locally at Fifth Element and all Electric Fetus locations, as well as several other independent shops across the country. We’re currently working with our distributor to get a list of all the stores that will be carrying it, and I’ll make sure to share that with you as soon as we get it all together. In the meantime, check out this short but sweet vizual that Ander Other put together, and get totally pumped for Record Store Day!

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Dessa and her band will hit the road for a bunch Midwest shows starting next week. Catch them in cities throughout Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and our fine state of Minnesota, kicking things off with a sold out hometown show on March 28th in Minneapolis and concluding the run with a recently announced headlining slot at this year’s Mid West Music Fest on April 23rd. Check out the flyer below for all the details, and click HERE for ticket info.

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In early Bonus Jams news, Cecil and I recently created a remix for the excellent Minneapolis band Now, Now. It’s part of their just released Threads Remixed EP, which celebrates the two year anniversary of their original Threads album. Check out a snippet of the Cecil Otter & Lazerbeak produced “Thread” remix (notice a theme here?) by clicking the image below, and grab the whole EP from iTunes right HERE.

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Speaking of great local bands (SEGUE STREAK!!!!), let’s get into some awesome TYTE JEFF news! TYTE JEFF is Jeff Allen, guitarist/singer from my old band The Plastic Constellations, and the sweet NEW band he recently put together. The dudes just world premiered their next single today via The Current, and it is a total heat knocker. Read Andrea Swensson’s great write up and introduction to the project right HERE, and be one of the first to check out “Exurb Kids Don’t Know What They Don’t Know” below. You will like it.

 

SO GOOD! The TYTE JEFF EP drops on April 15th, with a big tyme release show bonanza at the Turf Club on April 19th. Check out the flyer below for all the details. Valet and and the new band from Steve Barone (ex-Lifter Puller) are also on the bill. YESSSSSS!!!!

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Continuing with the local band theme, let’s get into yet another edition of Local Bonus Jams! The output of this city simply DOES. NOT. LET. UP. I’m gonna kick this round off with a new solo joint from Brandon Allday, featuring Medium Zach on the hook and Afrokeys on the beat. Extremely pumped about all the new stuff Brandon has been working on lately. Check out “Soldier of Fortune” below.

 

Next up is a super promising new single from Greg Grease’s new group ZULUZULUU. I really love this song, and am very excited to hear more from these guys. Check out “Let It Go” below.

 

Heiruspecs just dropped a new single off their upcoming Night Falls album, and the dudes will be playing a record release show at the Amsterdam Bar with Allan Kingdom and Dem Atlas on April 26th to celebrate. Check out the Twin Cities vets’ latest offering below.

 

MaLLy and Last Word are gearing up for the April 8th release of The Colors of Black, and dropped this new heater last week. I’ve gotten the pleasure to check out this whole album in advance, and it is phenomenal. This “Hold My Tongue” track is a definite standout for sure. Everyone nails their verses, and Last Word crushes the beat. Listen to it!

 

Up next is the latest from Johnny Questionmark, whose new album Falling In Like dropped just last week. This track is actually over an older beat of mine that he resurrected for the project. It’s always cool with when stuff like that works out. Check out “Whiskey” below.

 

Lastly, Jack Spencer is back with yet another monthly beattape showcasing the wide range of production talent this fine state has to offer. March’s installment focuses on the laid-back sounds of Diatonic, Brand Nu, Slamborghini, J-Hard, Prime Cut, Garlic Brown, Prophis, and Yakub. Shouts to Jack for continuing to shed light on the plethora of great up-and-coming producers coming out of the Twin Cities. Keeps us old guys on our toes. Check out the entire Gimme Noise Beattape Vol. 3 below.

 

OK, that about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with some Bonus Baby Pics before I call it. Luther and Cameron (aka Lou and Cam aka Laid-Back Lou and The Camphibian) are almost two weeks old now and doing awesome back at home with us. They just passed their first pediatrician appointment yesterday with flying colors! Here they are side by side, feeling pretty good about acing that test. Lou’s the one on the left with the crazy hair (Luthair), and that’s Cam on the right with the cool “Pinch Me” crab outfit. They are pretty alright I guess.

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Here’s a funny one of Cam (aka Frog Legs) dreaming about what I can only imagine to be some pretty amazing stuff. Must be nice to to know the warm embrace of sleep, huh dude?

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Not to be outdone ever, here’s 22-month-old Penny flashing an even bigger and more impressive smile than her younger brother. She truly is the Queen of the Bath, crazy teeth and all.

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for what is sure to be an insane Sweet Sixteen. See you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!!

Posted on March 18, 2014

Welcome back to an extremely special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!! Last week the wifepiece and I finally dropped our long anticipated double disc sophomore collabo, and the positive reception and critical acclaim for the project has been truly overwhelming. It brings me immense joy and ultimate pride to introduce Luther Bennett and Cameron Milo Mader into the world!

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SO CRAZED. A few years back when our daughter Penelope was born I wrote up a sort of highlight reel play-by-play recap of the delivery week for our out-of-town friends and family (check that out HERE for reference), and I’d like to carry on tradition by doing the same for these two young gentlemen. Without further ado, I present to you: A TALE OF TWO TWINZ.

Last Wednesday marked the 38 week pregnancy point for a doubly knocked up Brittany (aka Killa Cam aka The Wifepiece). Just how pregnant, you say? Here is her belly not even fitting all the way into the camera frame.

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With TWINZ the doctors won’t take you past 38 weeks due to greater risk of complications at birth, so the hospital scheduled us for a Wednesday afternoon C-section. The night before we watched Jackie Brown and took in our last evening as a family of three, ready as ever to rapidly morph into a PARTY OF FIVE!

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Wednesday morning we got all our bags together and were about to walk out the door when Brittany got the call that there was no room at the inn (shouts to that Old Testament reference), and we would have to reschedule for the following day. NOOOOO!

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After getting super amped up and mentally prepared for the delivery this news came as a major bummer, but on the bright side we got to spend one last totally free afternoon with our daughter Penny, which ended up completely ruling. After a quick Wikipedia search I also learned that Scatman John’s birthday landed on the following day, so I think pushing things back was probably all meant to bwee dot dot dotta dot (BAM! Dad Jokes 4 Ever). Just so she doesn’t feel left out of this post, here’s a pretty cool picture of Penny barking some pretty intense baking instructions to the line cooks in my mom’s kitchen.

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On Thursday morning we grabbed those bags off the couch and headed into the hospital for real this time. Here’s a shot of us waiting in the prep room.

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They brought out the legendary blue jumpsuit for me (love that thing), and things started to get really real. This picture may be the album cover to our first kids album.

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I’ll spare you all the gory pics of the surgery and crazy just-born purple looking babies, but suffice it to say that everything went off without a hitch. At 12:44 on Thursday, March 13th, Luther Bennett Mader was born into the world, weighing in at an impressive 7 lbs, 3 ozs. Right on his heels was the scrappy Cameron Milo Mader, born at 12:45 and clocking in at a surprising 7 lbs, 4 ozs (he was supposed to be the tiny one). For reference, that is exactly four times the weight of what Penny was when she was born. SO MUCH BABIES. Here’s a picture of Mom and Cameron (aka Cam&Cam) right afterwards.

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Luther was born with some extra fluid in his lungs and had to spend a couple nights in the very swanky Special Care Nursery. Here he is luxuriating in his own personal suite.

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And here’s a picture of me singing Babyface’s “Whip Appeal” to Lou once we were allowed to take him out of the incubator. I have no idea why, but that song has been stuck on repeat in my head for the last eight days. At this rate it is the only song these boys may ever know.

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By Saturday afternoon Luther was given the green light to permanently come kick it with us. Here’s Mom and the TWINZ reunited after a long 48 hours. Lou is winning in the crazy faces department so far.

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Aaaaaaand here’s one with a very tired Dad. Shouts to my growing collection of Old Navy sweatshirts for getting me through this whole ordeal in comfort and style. No big rush, but I’m still waiting on that endorsement deal call back.

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Our first night of “sleep” with these little  guys.

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And finally, here’s Lou and Cam hanging out back at home with us last night. Looks like we’ve already got a super pro press shot put together for their upcoming self-titled TWINZ album. I’m predicting this could be the biggest brother band since Oasis (or at the very least Kings of Leon). Bring on those royalty checks.

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And there you have it, A TALE OF TWO TWINZ! That about catches us up to this moment right now: Me scrambling to type this all up before the next scheduled feeding. The feeding/pumping schedule with TWINZ is no joke! I need to grow more hands.

I’ll leave you with a couple of very topical TWINZ Bonus Jams before calling it. This first one is from (you guessed it) Luther Vandross. Hard to describe how much this man’s music has impacted me, but hopefully you’ll get a little bit of an idea why by watching this live performance of “A House Is Not A Home” from the 1988 NAACP Image Awards. He vamps it out pretty hard and sings the whole thing directly to his mentor/idol Dionne Warwick, who originally sang the song first. It’s the last thing that I watched before we went to the hospital on Thursday, and it is incredible.

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And here’s “Whip Appeal,” that Babyface song I was talking about earlier. Really you can just skip ahead to the amazing super long repetitive chorus halfway through, which totally rules. It would rule even more though if I could get it out of my head for even just a couple of days. The TWINZ need some new musical inspiration if they’re really going to rival the brotherly chops of Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo.

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And lastly, I can’t think of another song title more lyrically appropriate to ring in this grand occasion than the Spin Doctors’ 1993 smash hit “Two Princes.” Sorry, you kind of had to know this was coming.

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OK, that does it for real! Thanks for putting up with an entire non Doomtree related post about my kids. Moving forward I promise to keep any baby pictures down at the bottom with the Bonus Penny Pics, in case baby pics just aren’t really your thing. Believe me, I totally get it, I just have a ton of family that would pretty much disown me if I didn’t give them their weekly fix.

Oh, one last thing! If you’re anywhere near the Boise, Idaho area for Treefort Music Fest this weekend, come hang out with me and Sims on Saturday night for what may be my first and last Dad’s Night Out for many months to come. We’re flying in that night to play the Knitting Factory afterparty, and it should be a truly awesome time. Check out the flyer below for details and click HERE for ticket info.

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Before I go, Brittany and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the amazingly positive baby vybez that everybody has been sending our way over the course of the last week. It really has meant a ton as we welcome these new recruits to the family. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday with some actual music news once I’ve had a little more time to (hopefully) get caught up on sleep. See you then!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 11, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got a big P.O.S health update to kick things off. BEST NEWS: The transplant went well and Stef is doing awesome! Here’s the proof:

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I stopped by the hospital yesterday and Stef seriously looks GREAT. His words: “I feel like a new dude.” I’m secretly hoping that NEW DUDE becomes his new rap handle. Here’s a picture taken right before the surgery, pre-NEW DUDE. This is by far the least gory of the pictures that he showed me.

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Even more good news: Stef’s donor, Mark Potter, is healing up well too! We’ve known Mark forever (actually went to high school with the guy years back), and I do not know how to thank him enough for all that he’s been able to do for Stef. Mark is already out of the hospital and resting up at home. He sent over this thumbs up pic that was taken after he came to. My favorite part of all of this is that Stef told me he and Mark would hang out together in their hospital beds on the days following the surgery. So good.

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LEGEND!!! Thank you Mark. And thank you so much to everyone for all the prayers, well wishes, and words of encouragement that were sent Stef’s way over the past week. Your continued support since we went public with all this kidney stuff almost a year and a half ago has been an insanely heart warming thing to watch, and he wanted to make sure it was brought up again in this update. Stef will be checking out of the hospital in the next day or two and then will continue bed rest from home for a good while (he’ll still be going back in for checkups all the time too). There’s still a long road to recovery ahead, but the great news for now is that the kidney is currently functioning the way it’s supposed to and he’s feeling better mentally/physically than he was before the surgery. Here’s one more pic of Stef (aka NEW DUDE) rocking the Legend Point, for good measure.

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THEEEEE BEST. Now I’m going to attempt to extend my legendary Segue Streak by mentioning that Lizzo accompanied me to the hospital yesterday, and it just so happens that this week’s Bonus Jams are all Lizzo-related. SEGUE STREAK EXTENDED!!!!

Last week Lizzo put out a crazy video for  her new LIZZOBANGERS single “Faded,” produced by yours truly. It features appearances from none other than Har Mar Superstar and Macaulay Culkin (yes, that Macaulay Culkin), and it rules pretty hard. Check it out below:

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She also just dropped a totally sweet mixtape with GRRRL PRTY  that is FREE.99 and highly recommended (Legend God approved). Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Manchita rap circles around a ton of TNGHT beats. Serious bars for days and it bangs too. Stream it from Soundcloud below, and click HERE to download the whole thing (FOR FREE).

Speaking of Lizzo, she’s headed down to SXSW tomorrow and will be playing some dates with Marijuana Deathsquads on the way back up to Minneapolis as well. Click the flyer below for all the details.

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Then on May 25th, Lizzo and I will be playing at Soundset 2014! Super pumped for this one. Check out the insane rap lineup below and click the flyer for all the sweet deetz and ticket info.

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OK, that’s it for Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple very special Bonus Penny Pics. It’s the day before our little family of three turns into a massive PARTY OF FIVE (shouts to Jennifer Love Hewitt). That’s right, my long anticipated double disc sophomore collabo with the wifepiece drops tomorrow. THE TWINZ ARE COMING! Here’s a picture of Brittany about as pregnant as one can humanly get. I seriously do not know how she’s pulling this off. ULTIMATE WARRIOR / QUEEN OF THE EARTH.

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Here’s a picture of Penny testing out the TWINZ’ new vibrating/rocking/sleeping machine. Looks like she approves of all the features and craftsmanship, so I feel confident introducing it the boyz upon their arrival.

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Here’s Penny celebrating the winter thaw by splashing in as many puddles as possible. We’re all pretty pumped about the amount of puddles around here actually. Yesterday felt like Aslan had returned to Narnia to end the hundred years of always winter. Shouts to C.S. Lewis, I see you!

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One more pic since this is the last week she is gonna have the spotlight all to herself. Here’s Penny climbing on her doll house, doing her best Godzilla or Rampage arcade game impression. We love her so much (even in full DIVA mode), and can’t wait to see what an awesome/bossy big sister she’s going to become.

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OK, that about does it for this post. Off to pack the hospital bags. I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you’ve got a second tomorrow to send us some positive safe-and-healthy-delivery vybes we would truly appreciate it. Things are about to get prittttttty crazy over here at the Mader household. See you in the next week or two with the official introductions to our newest recruits.

– Beak

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