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Lazerbeak

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.

Releases

Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 4 RECAP

Posted on December 10, 2014

And the Last Blowout Ever rolls on! We’ve now hit the half way point of this epic eight-day marathon. Yesterday was Kids Day. Stef, Dessa, and myself kicked things off early by hitting up Neighborhood Childrens House in the morning to read to the youngins, then FAIR School in the afternoon to talk to a couple third grade classrooms, and a big class of ninth graders for the grand finale. Thanks to both of those schools for having us, and to all the kids for participating and making that a really awesome experience. At night we piled into the Triple Rock for our annual all-ages show. It was the best. Let it not be forgotten: Doomtree is for the children. Check out more great photos from our extremely talented FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Hannah Hofmann, Zoe Prinds-Flash,  and Ben LaFond below. And as always, we’ll start things off with a sweet video recap from Ricardo Zapata. What a day. We’ll see you tonight at the Varsity Theater for the official 10 year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout - to the day! Should be one for the ages.

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HANNAH HOFMANN (more HERE)

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 3 RECAP

Posted on December 09, 2014

OH MAN!!! Last night was one for the history books. Thank you to the million incredibly talented friends that came out and graced the stage with us at Icehouse. So impressed by this city time and time again. I gotta run to preschool to kick off Kids Day, but check out these great photos from our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann. And watch another vizually stunning video recap from our guy Ricardo Zapata to start things off. See you at the Triple Rock tonight!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 2 RECAP

Posted on December 08, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Blowout recap. Yesterday we kicked off the official launch of the new Surly Doomtree beer with a massive eight stop bar crawl, ending in a private Doomtree mini performance (and all the pizza ever). Enormous shouts to everybody over at Surly for all the hard work put into making this collaboration a reality. That was truly THEE BEST. Check out some excellent recap photos from our all-star team of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS:  Zoe Prinds-FlashBen LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann. And make sure to click their links to check out even more sweet shots. But first, watch another great recap video from our guy Ricardo Zapata below. That man has been skipping sleep all week to make these things possible. Greatly appreciated.

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There have been a couple different write-ups of the first few shows if you want to really get caught up on how the nights have been going. Check out Jack Spencer’s Gimme Noise review of the Turf Club right HERE, and Chris Riemenschneider’s weekend recap article for the Star Tribune right HERE. See you all tonight at the Icehouse for Day 3 of The Last Doomtree Blowout EVER!

ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: NIGHT 1 RECAP

Posted on December 07, 2014

IT HAS BEGUN!!!! We kicked off the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever last night at the Turf Club.  Here’s the big ole recap. We’ll be updating this every day around noon all week long. Mega enormous and eternal shouts to our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS (I’m going to patent that one) for shooting all this stuff: Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, Hannah Hofmann and Ricardo Zapata. Let’s kick things off with an awesome little recap video from Ricardo below. SO MUCH FUN.

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And speaking of cool videos (SEGUE STREAK 5EVER), check out this video that Surly just dropped yesterday that documents the whole awesome Surly Doomtree collaboration! I just have to say, I still can’t believe there’s a beer called Doomtree. UNREAL.

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We premiered Surly Doomtree on tap at the Turf Club last night, and today it’s the official Surly Doomtree Day. Come hand out with us and try the beer for the very first time. The entire Doomtree and Surly crews are gonna be running all over the Twin Cities today celebrating the launch. Plus you can enter to win tickets to upcoming sold-out Blowout shows, as well as entrance the very private VIP Surly Doomtree party taking place at a secret location later tonight. Check out all the details below.

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And now for the epic photo recap of Night 1. Make sure to click the links next to each photographers name to check out even more pics. They are the best. Also, it’s worth mentioning that Zoe Prinds-Flash is offering a sweet Blowout print sale of excellent photos she’s taken from previous Blowouts. This is really cool Check out all the sweet deetz HERE.

ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (Check her our right HERE)

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Doomtree ‘All Hands’ Album Announcement

Posted on December 02, 2014

COLOSSAL NEWS DAY: Welcome to the most glorious and action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of all time!!! It brings me supreme joy to announce that on January 27th Doomtree Records will release All Hands, the brand new full-length crew album from all seven members of Doomtree. Maaaaaaaan that feels good to finally type out loud. Check out the sweet album cover art below!

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You can’t announce a brand new album without a blazing hot, heat knocking, lava banger of a new single. Check out “Gray Duck” in the Soundcloud player below and get seriously AMPED OUT OF YOUR MIND for All Hands!

Here’s “Gray Duck” in a YouTube player format just in case you have a serious vendetta against streaming audio services.

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Alright, you can’t announce a brand new album and a blazing hot, heat knocking, lava banger of a new single without also announcing the most crushingly over-the-top pre-order in Doomtree Records HISTORY!!! Let me attempt to break down all of the amazing gifts that will be bestowed upon you when you pre-order All Hands directly from the Doomtree Webstore. The Standard Pre-Order option includes the following insanity:

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- Immediate download of “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight”

- Digital download of bonus track “High Water” (delivered on 1/27)

- Glossy poster autographed by all seven members of the crew

- All Hands 4″ glow-in-the-dark sticker

- CD version includes a 36-page lyric booklet and a fold-out poster

- Vinyl version includes double LP gatefold packaging and a digital download code

All of that for just $12.99 on CD and $24.99 on LP. OUTRAGEOUS. That’s basically somewhere in the realm of what Paper Tiger spends on just one lunch at the airport Arby’s. But that’s not all….. If you’re really looking for the most incredible pre-order option in all of Doomtree Records history, look no further than the All Hands Deluxe Pre-Order. CHECK. THIS. OUT.

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That’s right. You get every single item mentioned in the standard pre-order, plus the following awesomeness:

- Limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands t-shirt (available only in this pre-order)

- Miniature ship in a bottle (like the album cover)

- All Hands branded matchbox (to recreate the album cover)

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to add to your No Kings and Four Fists pin collection)

- All Hands screen-printed cloth patch

- Vinyl version includes limited-edition color vinyl (A/B is light blue, C/D is dark blue)

DAAAAAAAAANG. Truly increíble. Go grab your standard and deluxe pre-orders at the Doomtree Webstore right HERE, right NOW (just like that Jesus Jones song).

And if you’re more of the digital type, you can pre-order All Hands from iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and still receive “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” instantly, as well as bonus track “High Water” when the album drops on 1/27.

OK for real, you can’t announce a brand new album, blazing-hot-heat-knocking-lava-banger of a new single, and the most crushingly over-the-top pre-order in Doomtree history without also announcing the ALL HANDS TOUR!!!

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BAM! The dudes will be hitting the road this February and March for a full-on US tour. Check out the complete list of initial tour dates below and sign up for the Doomtree Mailing List HERE to be notified of the early ticket pre-sale that starts this Friday. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public next Monday, December 8th. You can find all of those sweet tour deetz and more right HERE.

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12/6-13 – Doomtree Blowout – Minneapolis, MN – SOLD OUT

2/4 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO

2/6 – Trees – Dallas, TX

2/8 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX

2/9 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA

2/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

2/12 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

2/13 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

2/14 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

2/16 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

2/17 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

2/19 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI

2/20 – Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL

2/21 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

3/4 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

3/5 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

3/6 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

3/7 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

3/9 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA

3/10 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

3/12 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

3/13 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

3/14 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA

3/16 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ

3/17 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

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And just in case reading about all of this incredible news wasn’t enough for you, we brought in the Legend God of Promo Videos, Ander Other, to really drive home the point in a succinct, informative, and vizually stunning All Hands promo vid. SYNERGY!!!! Check it out below (animated flames, dude).

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Alright, I think that’s probably enough excitement for one post. Don’t forget that all of this big tyme news is just the beginning. The Last Doomtree Blowout Ever kicks off this Saturday at the Turf Club, followed by Surly Doomtree Day on Sunday, and the Icehouse show on Monday. All the concerts are sold out for the entire eight-day Blowout run, but everyone is welcome to come and hang out with the Doomtree and Surly crews this Sunday for our big crawl around the Twin Cities. Come kick it with us and celebrate the release of the new beer! You can try it for yourself at each location and enter to win tickets to various Blowout shows throughout the week, including the super private Surly Doomtree launch party later that night. It’s gonna be awesome. Times and places are listed below.

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I’ll leave you with a couple very special Bonus Jams just in case you got so excited at the start of this post that you forgot to click play. Check out “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” below, and don’t forget to grab your All Hands pre-order right HERE.

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OK, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week. Can’t wait to see a ton of you out at all the different Blowout events. Stay tuned all next week as we’ll be posting pictures from every single night of the sold-out run, starting on Sunday morning. See you then!

– Beak

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Instagram: @lazerbeak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 25, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Today I’ve got big details on the highly anticipated Surly Doomtree Day, taking place on Sunday, December 7th as part of the week-long Last Blowout Ever! The Doomtree and Surly crews are gonna be piling into buses and running all over Minneapolis and St. Paul to kickoff the Surly Doomtree collaboration and draft beer release! OH MAN, I’M EXCITED. Check out the full schedule below:

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Come out and kick it with us, try the new beer, and enter to win tickets to upcoming sold-out Blowout concerts – as well as a chance to gain entrance into the top secret Surly Doomtree launch party happening later that evening – including an intimate Doomtree mini set. We’ll be hanging out and doing giveaways at every single restaurant location. THIS IS GONNA RULE SO HARD! Here’s a sweet Google Map so you can keep tabs on all of the festivities, just click the image below.

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And don’t forget, The Last Doomtree Blowout Ever kicks off in less than two weeks! Here are the details to all ten sold-out events. GET PUMPED.

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Now shifting gears to some big Dessa news: In addition to her recently announced NYE show at International Market Square, Dessa just released the news that she’ll be making her way overseas this Spring for her first big European tour, and will be kicking things off with a week in London as part of Mark Wheat and The Current’s London Beat Tour. Dessa and Mark will be traveling all over the city for an all-access look into rock n’ roll’s legends and landmarks, as well as a headlining Dessa show at renowned club Old Blue Last. Check out all the details for that trip right HERE, and stay tuned for many more Dessa European dates announcing shortly.

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Speaking of Dessa (Segue Streak times infinity!!!), she recently sat down with Quinn and Asha of the mighty Q + A for an in-depth interview and photo shoot. Check out a couple of the awesome images below, and go look at the entire spread right HERE.

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Just to take the Segue Streak completely over the top, I thought I’d start out this week’s round of Bonus Jams with a new episode of the Dessa-hosted Lowertown Line show. This episode is Dessa’s last as host of the show, and she goes out with a serious bang, interviewing the Legend God Har Mar Superstar and setting up a great performance from him and his band. Check out the entire thing below.

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I’ve been trying my hardest to calmly process everything in light of last night’s heartbreaking grand jury verdict. I don’t really have the words for it right now, but I’d encourage you to follow people like Shaun King and the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag for a much better insight into this mess. I always end up going back to Luther Vandross in times like this, so here are a handful of Bonus Jams from his flawless 1985 album The Night I Fell In Love - not because the songs directly relate to the situation in Ferguson/America, but because it’s extremely healing music to me.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Baby Pics before heading off to Blowout rehearsals. Crawl Man Cam and Laid Back Lou have been killing the game lately. I really see “hip-hop duo” in their future, on par with the likes of EPMD, Young Gunz, and Run the Jewels. Here’s Cam trying out the Butterfly Yeezy’s and Lou practicing his mic handling skills. Be on the lookout for a first single dropping early 2019.

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In all seriousness though, these dudes are quickly becoming the best of buds. It’s been pretty awesome to witness.

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Penny continues her diligent grind towards worldwide arts & crafts dominance. Here she is rotating between playdough sculptures and dinosaur water births. Extremely versatile.

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She’s also finally hit the age of being waaaaaaaay in to building forts, which I think may be a lifelong passion. Building forts still totally rules by the way, in case there were any doubts left in your mind.

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Alright, that about does it. I hope you all have a truly wonderful long weekend. Eat all the food, show no restraint. I’ll see you back here next Tuesday morning for the biggest announcement in Tuesdays With Lazerbeak history!!!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 18, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I got a couple of big Doomtree-related New Year’s Eve shows to talk about today. JUST ANNOUNCED: P.O.S and Astronautalis will be performing a rare Four Fists set at the Triple Rock this New Year’s Eve! Our very own Mike Mictlan will do the honors of main support, and Tender Meat will kick everything off. Tickets for this one will go incredibly fast. Grab them right HERE while you still can.

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That same night Dessa and her band will be playing the big International Market Square New Year’s Eve bonanza known as Crystal Ball. From all the pictures I’ve seen of past events, this one is going to get totally nutz. Grab your tickets HERE and get ready to party.

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One other non-New Year’s show: This Friday night I’ll be down at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul playing a rare show with Mixed Blood Majority as we open up for the beyond legendary Slick Rick the Ruler!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! Come hang out with us. I’ll be the annoying guy in the front requesting deep cuts off of The Art of Storytelling. This is the first time Rick (I can call him that, right?) has played a show in the Twin Cities in almost a decade. Let’s make it one to remember. Grab your tickets right HERE. See you down there!

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It’s kind of an off news cycle this week as we’re gearing up to unleash full on Doomtree Season next month with the sold out Blowout week, debut of Surly Doomtree draft beer, and news of the impending and supremely excellent new crew album. Hang tight for another couple weeks, as it is going to be truly on AND popping in no time flat. In the meantime, don’t forget that we’ve still got the crazy Mystery Grab Bag sale going on at the Webstore, in case you need some early stocking stuffers or a just a little treat for yourself. $14.99 gets you a random t-shirt, 2 random CDs, 1 (not so) random 7″, stickers, and a Doomtree temporary tattoo!!! To compare costs real quick, this is essentially exactly what Paper Tiger pays for a value meal at the airport Arby’s every time he flies into Minneapolis (SHOTS FIRED). Plus we’ve got a handful of the Hoodie Grab Bags left too, in which you can upgrade your t-shirt to a hoodie for only $10 more. OK, now this is actually starting to become an Arby’s commercial. Sorry about that. Click HERE for more Mystery Grab Bag details!

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Alright, let’s get into another round of Local Bonus Jams before calling it a day. The Stand4rd just dropped their debut album a few weeks ago and hit the road on their first big US tour. Shouts to Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Spooky Black, and Psymun for doing it real big these days. Grab the whole record for FREE.99 right HERE and check out the video for “Simple Needs” below.

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MaLLy recently dropped a new video for “Everything Else but Me,” a standout from his and Last Word’s excellent album The Colors of Black. Check it out below and grab the whole album right HERE.

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RONiiA released a new song from their upcoming full-length debut which is due out digitally next month. It’s a cover of Mickey & Silvia’s “Dearest” and it is really sweet. Check it out below.

The homie Willy Wonka just dropped a remix EP with his production takes on a bunch of newer songs. This guy has worked with a bunch of rappers around town (Mac Irv and Prof to name a few) and is always putting out great beats. Click the cover below to check out the whole project and listen HERE.

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This next one I’m claiming as a Local Bonus Jam since Rhymesayers put out the record and the music video is the best. Hail Mary Mallon just dropped Bestiary a few weeks back, and they made a truly incredible puppet video for their song “Whales.” Check it out below and grab the album right HERE.

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Alright, that about does it for this week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics real quick. The TWINZ are getting super crazy as they ease into their eighth month on the planet. Crab Man Cam has now officially moved on to Crawl Man Cam, and Lou is as laid back as ever. Here they are kicking it this morning right before daycare.

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Penny just spent the weekend at her Grandma’s so that the Wifepiece and I could have a quick getaway to Chicago. Enormous shouts to my mom and Cam’s folks for all the help taking care of the kids while we were gone. Here’s P getting into the season and enjoying her first snow of the year.

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And here she is warming up with a bowl of tomato soup like a total pro.

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Lastly, a picture of the artist hard at work. Really hoping to retire off of one of these abstract egg crate/caterpillar renderings at some point down the line.

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Aaaaaaaand there you have it! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Hopefully I’ll see some of you down at the Amsterdam on Friday for the Slick Rick show. If not, next Tuesday it is. See you then!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 11, 2014

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. The big news just keeps on rolling out this week. Yesterday we officially announced the details of our creative collaboration with Surly Brewing Co. We’re making a Surly Doomtree beer!!! And it’s called Surly Doomtree. BAM! That’s the new hybrid logo below.

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SO PUMPED. We’ve been hanging out with the Surly guys a bunch over the summer and realized how similar our approach to doing what we do is. Plus we all thoroughly enjoy drinking beer. WIN/WIN. Could not be more excited about this. Here’s a picture of us getting the full brewery tour a few weeks back. Safety goggles and all.

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The exact style and details of the beer are still currently under lock and key, but I can very confidently say that Todd Haug (head brewer over at Surly) is whipping up something totally nutz and awesome. It’ll be available in draft form for the first time ever throughout Blowout week at all the different venues we’re playing at. Plus on Sunday, 12/7, it’s Surly Doomtree Day!!! We’re curating a creative bar crawl with the Surly dudes that should wrap all over the Twin Cities. More details and locations to be announced in the coming weeks, but for now just plan on a serious celebration of drinking and hanging with the entire crew. Great way to ease into Blowout Week insanity.

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Oh and speaking of Todd Haug real quick, that man is also one of the most shreddingest guitar shredders in all of the land. Here’s a picture of him at Darkness Day on stage with his sweet metal band, Vulgaari, playing what appears to be an eight-string guitar. THE BEST. Stay tuned for tons more details on this whole Surly Doomtree collaboration. It’s all gonna rule so hard.

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OK, now for a quick update on Doomtree-related shows. Our main focus is on the Last Blowout Ever, but there’s a couple other events going on in the next month or two as well. I’ll be playing a rare show with Mixed Blood Majority on November 21st, opening up for the legendary Slick Rick (THE RULER) at Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul. Grab your tickets HERE.

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P.O.S is gonna be doing a one-off show in Denver on December 18th at the Bluebird! I don’t have a current version of the flyer, but here’s a throwback picture of Stef and Mike at the airport in a heated discussion about Instagram photo credits as a placeholder for now. Ticket info and more details on the show right HERE.

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And just announced: Dessa will be headlining the Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve party at International Market Square in Minneapolis this year! Should be totally insane. Grab your tickets right HERE.

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Other than that it’s All Blowout Everything these days, as we’re less than four weeks out at this point! AMPED. And I know people are getting antsy about the new crew album details. We’re getting there, trust me. It takes lots of time to set up a new release properly after the final audio is mastered, especially when you’re doing everything on your own. We’re hard at work getting all the right pieces together to make this our biggest record yet. Tons more details coming within the next month, I promise. In the meantime, the vinyl test presses have been approved and sound AWESOME. Here’s a little teaser pic to let you know that everything is still on course. Can’t wait to share more info with you.

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OK, that about does it. No Bonus Jams this week since I’ve pretty much just been listening to Majid Jordan nonstop since the last time I wrote about them. Here’s a quick Bonus Penny Pic though before I take off. She got into quite a bit of trouble this weekend, leading to a strict and swift Sharpie ban at the Mader household. Our walls, bed, and dresser definitely got a modern makeover in addition to her clothes, face, and hands. I’d like to believe this all started with Penny attempting to draw a No Kings logo over that crown on her sweatshirt. We’ll just go with that explanation for now.

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. Stay warm and get pumped about this Surly Doomtree beer. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 04, 2014

Welcome back to another regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. BIG NEWS TODAY: Just in time for the holdiay season, it’s the return of the Mystery Grab Bags!!!!

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We’ve just liberated a ton of shirts, CDs, 7″s, and hoodies from our storage and webstore inventory, and to say it is truly going down would be a severe understatement. For $14.99 you’ll get the following awesomeness:

- 2 random CDs

- 1 not so random 7″

- 1 random t-shirt of your size

- No Kings stickers

- Doomtree temporary tattoo

THAT IS A CRAZY DEAL!!! Plus, for the first time ever we’ve added a very limited hoodie option to the Mystery Grab Bags. For $24.99 you can get all of the above, except swap out the t-shirt for a random hoodie of your size. Perfect for the cold months ahead. So grab your T-Shirt Mystery Grab Bag HERE and your Hoodie Mystery Grab HERE, and stock up on those stocking stuffers early! The Grab Bags aren’t the only new items in the Webstore though….

Fresh off the HELLA FRREAL Release Show this past Saturday, Mike Mictlan brings you the “del TORSO” tee, with artwork and lyrics inspired by the album’s lead-off track. Get yours right HERE.

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Speaking of HELLA FRREAL, it’s been quite a week for Mike. The album dropped last Monday and it’s been a whirlwind of positive press and feedback ever since. Let’s do a quick HELLA FRREAL Recap to get everybody caught up. On Monday we dropped the record (cop that digitally HERE and physically HERE), along with new single “so so STRAYNGE,” which you can stream below.

On Thursday Mike graced the cover of Vita.mn, sitting down with Star Tribune head music writer Chris Riemenschneider for an in-depth interview about the trials and tribulations of the past couple years making this record. Check it our right HERE.

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And check out an extended video interview and Soundcheck performance by clicking the player below. This is all highly recommended reading/viewing, as is Mike’s Gimme Noise interview with Jack Spencer (read that HERE). Truly some of the most honest and introspective interviews I’ve ever read, from Mike or anyone else for that matter.

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And speaking of live videos, check out Mike’s performance of “CLAPP’D” live on 89.3 The Current by clicking the player below. Consider it a slight foreshadowing to the Local Bonus Jams section at the bottom of the post (Next Level Segue Streak!).

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To put an exclamation point on release week, Mike brought out the whole city to his sold out release show at the 7th St Entry on Saturday. Enormous shouts to Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, Sims, Mike, Ander, Stef, Aby Wolf, Greg Grease, and Brandon Allday for putting on one hell of a show. So many friends and familiar faces in one room, it really did feel like an old family reunion. Here’s a great picture that Brian Grenz snapped from behind the stage during Mike’s performance.

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And there’s the Week 1 Recap. Thank you to everyone that’s been out there supporting HELLA FRREAL, either by purchasing the album or spreading the word. We truly appreciate the support. You totally rule.

Alright, now let’s get into that Local Bonus Jams segue I was alluding to up above! Tons of great music and music videos continue to pour out of the Twin Cities at an alarming rate, so let’s get you caught up on the last few weeks of greatness. We’ll kick things off with Lizzo, who’s currently out in the UK supporting Chvrches on a string of massive sold out shows. She just dropped the video for “Paris” a few weeks back, shot the very first time she ever visited the city. Ryan Olson and your truly on the collabo beat. Check it out.

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FIX, the super collective comprised of Kill The Vultures, No Bird Sing and Kristoff Krane, just dropped off another heater a little while back. It’s called “Firewalking” and it totally slays.

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K.Raydio & O-D dropped their excellent new record One Drop today. Shouts to Medium Zach on the early listen. Check out “The Back Wall” below and grab the whole record right HERE. Highly recommended, the production and vocals are both super on point (and “First Name” is a smash hit!).

Caroline Smith just released a new video for the title track off her Half About Being A Woman album yesterday. Check out the black and white visual below.

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I’m not super familiar with John Mark Nelson’s music, but I caught this new music video for “Boy” the other day and totally loved it. Music reminds me of early Belle and Sebastian in a good way too, which is definitely a bonus. Check out the video below.

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I know you can’t go two steps in this state without someone gushing over Prince, but this eight-minute medley on Saturday Night Live last weekend really was incredible. Click the player below to watch it on HULU. That first song is the best.

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It’s election day today so you know I had to mention the homie Manny Phesto, who has come up with quite the creative campaign in the process of releasing some great music this year. These “Manny Phesto For Minnesota” signs have been popping up all over the Southside as of late, and they’re a great reminder to get out and vote today. Check out Manny’s video for “Cedar Ave” below, which is coincidentally the same street I drove down this morning on my way to the polls. As always, shouts to Mike the Martyr on the beat.

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And there you have it, another round of excellent Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. Crab Man Cam and Laid Back Lou are almost 8 months old now (INSANE). They’ve been sitting up, eating baby food, almost crawling, growing teeth, and laughing up a storm these days. And they’re actually sleeping a little bit too (ALL PRAISES DUE). Here they are kicking it in the crib and being generally pleasant boyz. Eternal shouts to Sanaz for the octopus mobile. That thing has been a lifesaver.

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On Friday we got all the kids bundled up and took out the three-seater stroller/chariot for a little Trick-or-Treating. Here’s Penny getting her Elmo on (literally).

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And here’s the final costume transformation. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Insane Pointing Elmo Holding A Stuffed Pig. NAILED IT! Now we just gotta work on the little “Thank You” detail that comes with getting tons of free candy.

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OK, that should about do it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Get out and vote, and we’ll see you next Tuesday for another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak.

– Beak

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Mondays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 27, 2014

Welcome back to an incredibly special Mondays With Lazerbeak. It brings me supreme joy to announce that HELLA FRREAL, the brand new album from our very own Mike Mictlan, has now officially been launched out into the world for all to enjoy. YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

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You can purchase HELLA FRREAL digitally at iTunes (HERE), Amazon (HERE), and Bandcamp (HERE), or grab a physical copy directly from us right HERE. We’re streaming second single “so so STRAYNGE” right now as a thank you for all the support already being shown to this release. Check it out below to get another taste of what HELLA FRREAL is all about. TOTAL HEATER.

And if you’d prefer to do your audio streaming through a generally video based platform, you can check out “so so STRAYNGE” via the YouTube player below.

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In celebration of the big release date, Mike will be down at Fifth Element later today doing a free all-ages in-store signing and mini performance at 5:00pm. Come ring in the big day with the man of the hour. Check out all the details below.

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And don’t forget about the real deal HELLA FRREAL Release Party taking place this Saturday night at the 7th St. Entry (Dia de los Muertos!). Mike, Sims, Mac Irv, Mundo Libre, and Ander Other will all be gracing the stage throughout the evening. This will definitely be one for the ages. Grab your tickets right HERE while you still can. We’re down to only a handful remaining.

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The very next night Sims will be next door at First Avenue headlining Congressman Keith Ellison’s annual Get Out The Vote concert. Heiruspecs, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Gabriel Douglas, and Guante will all be there as well. Should be a great time for a great cause. Make a full weekend out of it and grab your tickets right HERE.

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We’ve been blessed with some beautiful Fall weather these last few weeks, but don’t forget that the cold is right around the corner. We’ve stocked up on a bunch of Doomtree gear to help you get through the winter and look good while doing it. The popular No Kings beanies are back in stock, along with a bunch of crewnecks, hoodies, scarves, and windbreakers. Click the images below or go straight to the Webstore HERE for more info.

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We’ve also added a couple new Dessa merch items fresh off of her most recent tour with WHY?. Grab the awesome handwritten, screen-printed, organic tote bag and Parts of Speech, Re-Edited CD by clicking either of the images below.

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Alright, that about does it for this rare Monday post. In keeping with the spirit of HELLA FRREAL, I’ll leave you with two Mike Mictlan Bonus Jams to power through your day. Check out “CLAPP’D” and new single “so so STRAYNGE” below, and make sure to help us spread the word about this excellent new record if you have a second this week.

OK, I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for another regularly scheduled action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak!

– Beak

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