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

Posted on July 01, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 17, 2014

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

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

“Skeleton Key’” – Youngblood Brass Band Remix

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

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“It’s Only Me” – Grant Cutler Remix

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“Warsaw” – Budo Remix

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“Fighting Fish” – Dustin Kiel Remix

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

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“Warsaw” – Cecil Otter Remix

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“Fighting Fish” – The Hood Internet Remix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 03, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got some BIG TYME show news for you this week, so let’s jump right into it: The entire Doomtree crew will be co-headlining the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand this year with Brother Ali!!! It all goes down on August 30th, and we’ll be joined by an insane local lineup consisting of Bob Mould, Har Mar Superstar, Cloud Cult, and The Cactus Blossoms! This is gonna be NUTZ. Go HERE for more sweet deetz and ticket info. Shouts to The Current and the State Fair for putting together such a cool event. End of Summer Madness. SO PUMPED.

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In tour news, Dessa just announced a big East Coast run supporting inde rap/indie rock vets WHY? this September! She’ll be weaving her way through Michigan and up into Canada before hitting the major cities on the coast and winding back down for two big shows in Chicago. Check out the flyer below and click HERE for more info.

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And if you’re in the New York area, Dessa will be at Town Hall tomorrow night (Wed) as the special musical guest for extremely popular podcast Welcome To Night Vale’s second anniversary taping. The 7:00pm show is beyond sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets to the 10:00pm slot. Click that weird blinking eye below for more details, and we’ll keep you posted once the podcast actually airs for those of you not in NYC.

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On Saturday our very own Cecil Otter will play a rare solo show opening up for the god Sage Francis at First Ave in Minneapolis. Sage just dropped his brand new album Copper Gone today (cop that right HERE), and Cecil produced two serious heat knockers on it. Click the image below for show details, and check out a portion of monstrous single “Pressure Cooker” at around the 3:00 mark of the YouTube press conference vid. Cecil on the beat!

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OK, I think that does if for show announcements this week. Now for some exciting merch news: We’ve brought the Doomtree Mystery Grab Bags back for an extremely limited time only!!! 

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Man, I had no idea how much people like mystery grab bags. We flew through 300 of these suckers in the first week and had to take them off the site to make sure we had enough cool stuff around. After re-counting inventory we’ve been able to make some more available, but shirts are all pretty limited (we’ve already sold out of a couple sizes), so you’ll wanna act fast if this is something you’re into. This new version of the grab bag comes with 3 random CDs from the Doomtree catalog, 1 random t-shirt of your size, a Wings & Teeth temporary tattoo, tons of stickers, and an awesome metal pin. Click HERE to graaaaab (HA!) yours before they’re gone. And don’t forget to check out the webstore for more brand new seasonal options right HERE.

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And now for some Bonus Jams from my current favorite rapper. Look, I know Drake is a dork. I get that he looks ridiculous and is truly soft as baby thighs. But in my opinion he really is the best rapper out there right now (probably the second best male R&B artist out right now), and he’s already three for three in the classic albums department. So have a really good laugh when you see pictures like this, because they are seriously hilarious….

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But then listen to these newish leaker tracks he’s been throwing out recently (not to mention the onslaught of great guest verses popping up everywhere), BECAUSE THEY ALL TOTALLY RULE. Best in the game right now by a long shot. BAM!

Ok, that ends my defense of Drake. I’ll leave you with some pretty amazing Bonus Baby Pics. Penny turned two whole years old last Wednesday, and has pretty much been having the best week of her life. We started things out at the Mall of America with a trip to the Disney store (FROZEN!!!), some cool rides at Nickelodeon World, and our first family trip to the Rainforest Cafe (not for the faint of heart). Here’s Penny hanging out with Mom and that Blue’s Clues guy.

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On Friday Stef took Lincoln and Penny to the zoo. I’ll try to refrain from getting too sappy here, but these two kiddos are becoming BFFs super fast and I can’t tell you how happy I am to see them get so pumped every time they see each other. This picture man.

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Then on Saturday we threw the big time family party at our place, and it was truly one for the ages. I’m talking zebra pools, bubble blowers, and about one miiiiiillion presents. Probably gonna need to tone it down next year. Anyways, here’s Penny in her princess party dress, belting out the chorus to “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack. Note the “one arm out at all times for dramatic effect” DIVA tactic that she’s employing. Total pro.

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Oh, and here’s my contribution to the party. Coolers can get confusing. You’re welcome.

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Happy Birthday Young Nelpz! Now here’s a couple TWINZ pics so no one feels left out. After several years of blood, sweat, and tears, I’ve officially mastered the art of the no-handed bottle feeding. Started from the bottom now we here!

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These dudes are growing up fast. They’ll be three months old in a couple weeks, and they’re really starting to come into their own lately, smiling and cooing up a storm. Here’s their latest rendition of Good Cop, Bad Cop. Love these guys.

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Alright, that for real does it for this post! To the people that come just for the music news, thanks for enduring the baby pics. Same thing goes tenfold on the vice versa. I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for another round of TWL!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 27, 2014

Hey there! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone that snatched up all the mystery grab bags last week. Ay yay yay, those things went fast. ‘Preciate you big time. BIG NEWS OF THE WEEK: LIZZOBANGERS has officially been re-released in the US with two new songs! Click HERE to grab it on iTunes, or HERE to get the brand new gatefold vinyl version, and check out new track “Luv It” below. And for those of you inhabiting the rest of the planet, Virgin EMI will be launching the big international re-release on June 16th.

Huge shouts to everyone that came out to the sold-out Soundset festival on Sunday and caught the LIZZOBANGERS set. That was an insane amount of fun (minus the sunburn). To top it all off, Lizzo announced from stage that she will be the special guest opening up this year’s big Rock The Garden outdoor bash in Minneapolis. That means you can catch Lizzo and I setting things off on Saturday with headliner De La Soul (!!!), and then come back Sunday to see Dessa kill it with Spoon on the 22nd! Click the image below for all the ticket info, those things are moving fast.

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Speaking of Dessa AND special guests (SEGUE STREAK!!!): Dessa will be the special musical guest for extremely popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale’s second anniversary episode, taping live in NYC on June 4th at Town Hall. The first show sold out so fast that they’ve added a second viewing at 10:00. Go HERE for all the details, and click the image below to grab your tix.

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In more Doomtree-related show news: Sims is over halfway into his expedition through Eastern Europe, and it sounds and looks like things have been going extremely awesome. If you’re anywhere near the Czech Republic, he still has five more shows left in your area. Czech out all the sweet deetz below (see what I did there?) .

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Our very own Cecil Otter has a couple of rare solo performances coming up soon as well. Catch him on June 7th at First Avenue opening up for the one and only Sage Francis. Tickets HERE.

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Then on June 20th Cecil will be playing alongside Mac Lethal and T-Pain (!!!) in Sioux Falls for the annual 605 Summer Classic. Tickets HERE.

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And to close out the month, we’ve got our first two full Doomtree crew shows of 2014 (Stef’s first shows since the kidney transplant), and both are with Trampled By Turtles! June 27th in Moorehead, MN (tickets HERE) and June 28th on TBT’s home court of Duluth (tickets HERE). That Duluth show also has hometown heavyweights Low and Haley Bonar on the bill, and will be played outdoors at Bayfront Park right next to beautiful Lake Superior.

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All that June show news and May is not even over yet! In an expertly crafted segue from local shows to Local Bonus Jams, I’ve got this rare Mixed Blood Majority concert to tell you all about. Alexei, Joe, and I are honored to play our first show of 2014 opening up for our friend Mayda at her album release party this Saturday, May 31st at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Should be a great time. Hopefully we’ll see a bunch of you out there. Click the flyer below for all the details, and check out Mayda’s brand new video for “All I Have” below.

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And now to forge ahead with another round of sweet Local Bonus Jams! Speaking of Alexei and Joe, their F to I to X crew (consisting of Kill the Vultures, No Bird Sing, and Kristoff Krane) just dropped a brand new video for single “Flash Flood.” It is awesome. Check it out:

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I Self Devine and Tufawon recently traveled to Havana to record a track with Cuban rapper Yrak Saenz. Check out the impromptu video for “Quiero Volar” below and click HERE to learn more about the expansive Cuban Artist Project.

Chantz Erolin has a brand new EP out with beats by Psymun, Damacha, and Red Velvet Beats. Stream the entire project for FREE.99 by clicking the player below, or click HERE to download it with Bandcamp’s very reasonable Name Your Price model.

And lastly, local supergroup Votel recently dropped their debut album and released it as a continuous YouTube video from the perspective of a model train set. TRENDSETTERZ!!! Watch AND listen to the whole thing below, and check out this cool retrospective interview by The Current (HERE) to learn more about the history of Nick and Eddie’s and how the band came to be.

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Alright, almost there. I’ll leave you with a couple of Baby Bonus Pics before I go. Penny got to experience her first real deal rap fest on Sunday, and she absolutely loved it. Here she is commandeering stage manager Jordon’s golf cart with no remorse, like the total backstage DIVA that she is.

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And here’s Penny picking up some great DIVA tips from Lizzo and Quinn right before our set. I do believe that the future generations of GRRRL PRTY are in good hands.

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We finally got to do a bit of backyard hanging with the TWINZ this past weekend, and that meant busting out some cool new beer coozies in celebration. I actually wasn’t sorry for partying AT ALL, and came thiiiiis close to breaking out my Dad Shorts. Figured I’d ease into the season though, maybe next weekend.

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OK, that about does it for this post. I hope you all have a great week, and maybe I’ll see some of you at the Turf Club on Saturday for the Mayda/Mixed Blood Majority show. If not, next Tuesday it is!

– Beak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 20, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Spring is fiiiiiinally upon us and that means it’s time for another round of the Doomtree Spring Clothing Line! We’ve got a bunch of new seasonally friendly gear up on the webstore starting RIGHT NOW.

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Let’s start out with something we’ve never done before: Our very first Doomtree Mystery Grab Bag! We’re cleaning out our inventory for the summer and this Grab Bag is chock full of tons of serious gear. For $14.99 you get three random CDs from the Doomtree catalog, one random shirt of your size, tons of stickers, a Wings & Teeth temporary tattoo, and a bunch of other Doomtree related odds and ends (anything from shoelaces to coozies to sunglasses). Truly the definition of the phrase “bang for your buck.” Click the image for more details.

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Up next is our first ever raglan style 3/4 sleeve shirt. Black sleeves with the iconic No Kings logo smack dab in the middle. Might have to consider sponsoring a softball league with these bad boys.

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Here’s a new big text shirt with the classic Doomtree “grunge” font all huge and vertical on a sweet navy tee.

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After all the requests, we’ve finally made a No Kings patch! A 3 1/2″ circular patch perfect for all of your jean vests and backpacks.

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And we’ve re-upped on a bunch of last year’s Spring gear like tanktops, coozies, sunglasses, and windbreakers. Click each image below for more details.

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BAM! There you have it: The Doomtree 2014 Spring Clothing Line. Click HERE to go to the Webstore and check it all out. And don’t forget we now have Dessa’s Castor, The Twin standard vinyl LP fully stocked and ready to ship as well!

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OK, switching gears. Let’s get into some upcoming Doomtree related show news real quick. Sims hopped on a plane this past Sunday and headed to Europe for a two week tour of Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic! Everything kicks off tomorrow in Vienna, so check out all the cities and dates below, and help us spread the word if you live anywhere nearby or have friends out that way. ‘Preciate you.

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And for those of you closer to Minneapolis than Budapest, we’ve got the 2014 Soundset Festival going down this Sunday, May 25th. I’ll be headlining the Fifth Element stage with Lizzo this year, as well as watching one miiiiiiillion other awesome rappers rapping throughout the day. Plus we’ll have a big Doomtree booth down there with all the new Spring gear and much much more. Should be a great time as always. Grab your tickets HERE and click the flyer for all the sweet deetz. Hope to see a bunch of you down there!

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Speaking of Lizzo, the LIZZOBANGERS album is about to get a big time re-release via Totally Gross National Product (North America) and Virgin EMI (worldwide). We decided to throw a couple new songs onto this version, and TIME Magazine world premiered one of them just last week. Read what they had to say about it HERE and check out “Luv It” below. Me and Ryan Olson on the collabo beat. Excited to debut this one live for the first time on Sunday!

More great Lizzo news: LIZZOBANGERS is getting released on vinyl for the first time ever! You can pre-order your copy with the two new bonus tracks now from TGNP right HERE. Check out Lizzo’s recent Daytrotter session HERE too if you haven’t heard it yet.

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OK! I think that’s about as much news as I can handle for one week. Let’s get into some big time Local Bonus Jams!!! First up is Har Mar Superstar with an incredible new video for his single “Restless Leg.” There are singing puppets all over this thing, need I say more?

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Up next is the young gunner deM atlaS with a video for his first Rhymesayers single “All We Got.” Really liking this track, perfect windows down driving around jam.

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The god Sage Francis has a new album coming out on June 3rd, and our very own Cecil Otter produced two beats on it. Check out this fake press conference that Sage held recently, and jump forward to around the 3:00 mark to get a sneak peek at the Cecil Otter produced “Pressure Cooker.”

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Now it’s time to give the producers some. Jack Spencer is back with Volume 4 of his ongoing Gimme Noise Beattape, continuing to showcase the wide range of production talent we have to offer in the great state of MN. This edition features tracks from the likes of Tru, Moodie Black, Cory Grindberg, Katrah-Quey, Bionik, Brandon Allday, Budah Tye, and Dimitry Killstorm. Check out the whole thing below for FREE.99.

Speaking of producers AND Soundset (this epic Segue Streak will never die!!!), here’s a preview video for the big sample challenge that Last of the Record Buyers puts on every year. This year it’s Tou, Adept, Taylor Rave, Adriatic, and Taylor Madrigal all flipping different video game themes. Check it out below.

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Alright, the never ending stream of Local Bonus Jams forges onward. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics for the fam before calling it a day. The TWINZ are officially two months old and growing like crazy. Their eyes are open a ton now, which is generally awesome, except when they attempt to physically intimidate us into feeding them again, as seen below.

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Here’s Lou in simpler times keeping it suuuuuuper laid back, rocking that new No Kings circular patch like a champ. There’s a reason he got the name Laidback Lou.

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Can’t forget about Young Nelpz. Here’s Penny rocking a pretty cool pair of overalls in a rare photo with her hair actually tamed and parted. So many TEETH!

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And lastly, here’s Sophia Eris and Lizzo at my place under the false pretenses of practicing for Soundset. I’m getting better at suckering people into babysitting all the time.

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And thaaaaaaaat does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Looking forward to seeing a ton of you out at Soundset on Sunday, and if not, next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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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

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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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