TWEETS

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)

LAVA BANGERS

Lazerbeak's Blog

LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 7 RECAP

Posted on December 13, 2014

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

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 6 RECAP

Posted on December 12, 2014

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

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 5 RECAP

Posted on December 11, 2014

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

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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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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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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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!

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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.

Doomtree Tour Dates:

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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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

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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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