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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.

Releases

Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

LAVA BANGERS

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Four Fists 7″ Release & Pre-Order Announce

Posted on September 03, 2013

HUGE NEWS DAY! FOUR FISTS, the new(ish) group comprised of P.O.S and Astronautalis, are releasing their debut 7″ on October 8th via Doomtree Records. Here is the insane cover art by designer extraordinaire Eric Carlson to prove it’s really real.

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So excited. This collaboration has been in the works for quite some time, and we are super pumped to unleash these first two songs while Stef and Andy plug away on their forthcoming full length. And even though the 7″ doesn’t officially drop until October, we’ve still got something brand new for you to hear right now. The good people over at Village Voice just debuted A-side “MMMMMHMMMMM” over on their site. Read what they have to say about it right HERE for an  in depth interview with Astronautalis, and be one of the first to stream the single on the Soundcloud player below.

YESSSSS! And if that weren’t enough, the one they call Young Baby Ander Other has just put together yet another highly informative action packed promo video. Killing it. Check out the crazy strobed out vizualz below, and get AMPED.

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OK, if you made it all the way through that vid you know that all of this very exciting news leads us to one of the craziest and highly limited pre-orders we’ve ever attempted. Here’s the deal: We printed this 7″ up on four different colors of vinyl (blue, white, red, and clear), and each color has been limited to only 500 total copies. As we’ve done in the past, the pre-order is available in both standard and deluxe options. Here’s what you’ll get with the standard pre-order:

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- Your choice of blue, white, red, or clear vinyl signed by both P.O.S and Astronautalis (limited to 500 of each color)

- “MMMMMHMMMMM” digital download link emailed to you upon purchase

- Digital download of both tracks AND instrumental versions delivered with the physical product

All of that for only $9.99. Click HERE for ordering info. And now to up the ante a bit, here are the crazy deluxe bundle details.

 

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You’ll receive everything from the standard pre-order (autographed colored vinyl, digital downloads), as well as the following two extremely exclusive items:

- Limited-edition screenprinted Four Fists t-shirt. This shirt was designed exclusively for the pre-order by Eric Carlson, and it will not be made available outside of the pre-order ever again. Crazy columns of fists printed on the front, “6666″ logo printed on the back. Men’s sizes come in mint (shown above), and women’s sizes come in a slightly brighter turquoise. This shirt is the best.

- Limited-edition antique gold Four Fists pin. This heavy duty 1-1/2″ pin was made specifically for the pre-order, and only 1,000 total pieces have been manufactured.

All of that for only $29.99. Click HERE to check out even more pics and place your order.

 

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BAM! There you have it. The ALL FOUR FISTS EVERYTHING post. Make sure to check out the Doomtree Webstore to grab this stuff while it’s still available, and help us spread the word about the project if you have a free second. As always, we truly appreciate your support. I’ll see you back here next week for another regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I’ll leave you with another Lion King/Circle of Life style Bonus Jam from the very top of this post. Flawless segue streak intact! MMMMMHMMMMM indeed.

 

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 27, 2013

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Shouts to our trusty tour van MOUNTAIN for holding the blog down while I was away working on beats with Cecil. Here’s the proof that it actually happened. Personally, I would have played that bass quite a bit higher, but to each their own.

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Dessa’s latest full length album, Parts of Speech, officially turned nine weeks old today, and to celebrate its short but significant time in the world we’ve got a nostalgic recap video of the very first 24 hours. Dessa and band traveled all around the state of Minnesota on June 25th, hitting four in-store performances in just under one day to ring in the record’s release. Colin Kopp and Ryan Truax captured a ton of footage and produced the following vizualz, all set to the backdrop of “Fighting Fish.” Check it out:

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Speaking of other cool Dessa videos, Radio K just released her Off The Record in studio sessions recently. You can check out all three videos right HERE, and watch “Skeleton Key” below.

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Oh, and don’t forget to catch Dessa all the way live on the second leg of the Parts of Speech Tour this September. Click the flyer below for all the details and ticket info.

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Continuing on with the theme of live in studio performance videos (MOUNTAIN truly has nothing on my flawless segue game), Stef was out in L.A. a little while back and recorded a session with Antiquiet. You can check out all three videos HERE, and watch “Weird Friends” below. Shouts to Ander Other holding down the hypes.

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Stef has a big show this Friday at the MN State Fair Bandstand, playing alongside a pretty incredible collection of MN bands (Trampled By Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, The Chalice). It all kicks off around 5:00pm Friday. Grab tickets and more info right HERE.

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This September I’ll be playing a couple of big shows with Lizzo as we gear up to drop this LIZZOBANGERS album later in the year (many more details on all of that coming real soon). First up is the annual Summit Brewery Backyard Bash on September 7th.

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Doomtree played this last year and it was a total blast. This year the line up is super strong too (Haley Bonar, Night Moves, Secret Stash Soul Revue). Click HERE for tickets and more info. 50% of all ticket sales will go straight to supporting the Minnesota Music Coalition, and there will be an insane amount of Summit beer flowing all day long. What more could you ask for?

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Then on September 21st Lizzo and I will be playing Hip Hop Harambee, an all day outdoor community festival on the West Bank. I got to be a part of this last year with Sims, and it was a really awesome time. The lineup is totally ridiculous this year too: Big K.R.I.T., Devin the Dude, Shabazz Palaces and on and on. You don’t wanna miss this one. Click HERE for all the details and ticket info. I’m super amped to start playing these LIZZOBANGERS out live more. Could not be more excited for this record to drop.

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And now to wrap up all these upcoming shows and bring it back around to Dessa in a fluid Lion King/Circle of Life sort of vibe. We’re very excited to announce that on October 3rd the good people at Rain Taxi will be publishing Dessa’s new poetry chapbook. I can’t speak to its exact size quite yet, but I guarantee you it contains far more words than Are You Handsome?. To celebrate, Dessa is throwing a book release show of sorts at the Walker Art Center that same night (10/3), and inviting some very special guests along (Sims, Aby Wolf, Taj Raj) to perform brand new material composed just for the event. Get all the details and ticket info right HERE. Tix are moving pretty fast, so I’d recommend grabbing them sometime today if you’re trying to go.

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And now for two weeks worth of make up Bonus Penny Pics for all the family members dismayed at a tour van blogging last week. We took a big family day trip out to Shafer, MN a few weekends ago to check out the Franconia Sculpture Park and enjoy the great weather. That boom box wall was definitely one of the highlights.

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Here’s a couple great pictures my mom took while watching P last week. She has definitely turned into the ultimate water baby. Can not get enough of that stuff.

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And finally, the incredible staff over at First Avenue sent over this personalized Penny hoody a few weeks back, along with a tear jerker of a note “to the next generation of our amazing Minneapolis music community.” I really didn’t think that place could get any cooler, but they’ve really outdone themselves this time. Penny absolutely loves the hoody. I could barely get her to stand still to take a picture.

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THE BEST. Alright, that about does it for today’s post. I hope you all have a great and relaxing Labor Day weekend. See you next Tuesday with some SUPER BIG TIME NEWS worthy of the all caps. For real.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 13, 2013

BAM. International Touring DJ Paper Tiger is back with a brand new 20 Minute Mix for the end of Summer! Without further ado, here’s Volume 15: Late Night Moves. Check out the whole thing on the Soundcloud player below.

 

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Our very own Mike Mictlan is going to be playing the annual West Bank Music Festival this Saturday, August 17th. 30 bands and 10 stages for only $5. This day is always great. Mike will be playing direct support to Brother Ali on the main stage at 8PM. If you’re anywhere near the Twin Cities, you definitely don’t want to miss this.

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Mike recently sat down with the festival organizers for an interview about what the West Bank means to him and what people can expect from the show. Favorite quote: “I will be doing my entire 3.5 hour set from the confines of a 700-gallon dunk tank wrapped in chains and 2 strait-jackets.” So there’s that. Read the whole interview HERE and check out all the details for the festival right HERE.

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Speaking of sweet festivals, the whole crew played Summer Set last weekend out in Somerset, WI (I know you can appreciate what they did there), and had a blast. Dessa snapped this picture of The Men of Doomtree right before we hit the stage.

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And here’s one that Papes got from the stage, during the first song as people were starting to fill in from the hill. Note the inflatable Shamu to the left. Sure.

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Penny tagged along too for her first festival experience. Here she is chilling backstage, totally being that guy. She must have heard about the free nachos you get when you wear the band’s shirt to their concert.

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Aaaaaaand here she is about 15 minutes after our set, passed out in the car. Pretty sure we blew her mind, we were that good. Thanks to everyone at Summer Set for having us. That was a lot of fun.

It’s a slow news week over here, so I’m just gonna jump right into Bonus Album Jam territory and call it a day. Last week Stones Throw released a new collaborative album between synth-funk/R&B wizard Dam Funk and Steve Arrington (lead singer from LEGENDARY 70′s/80′s funk band Slave) that is completely and totally awesome. I’ve gotten into Slave more and more over the last couple years, and I had zero idea that this new record was in the works. Such an amazing surprise. Here’s an interview with Dam Funk where he breaks down Slave’s Showtime album (THE BEST) and what it was like to work with Steve on this project. Check it out.

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What I really love about this new record is that it actually sounds new. It’s not just some reinterpretation of an old Slave album. It has this throwback feel but exists in a very current place, plus both these guys switch stuff up constantly. For some reason it also makes me really want to pull out that slept on 213 album from like 10 yeas ago. Truly perfect end of summer riding around with the windows down music. I have a feeling this might still be playing in the Camry when the time comes to send it off to the junkyard. Here are a couple tracks from the project that Stones Throw put up on YouTube to give you an idea of what they’re working with.

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So good. Cannot recommend this one enough. You can currently get it digitally from iTunes right HERE. The physical version will be dropping in the fall. While we’re at it, here are a couple of my favorite Slave songs off of that Showtime album (also highly recommended), just to tie everything up real nice and continue my flawless segue streak one week further. You can grab Showtime right HERE.

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OK, that about does it for today’s post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to wrap it all up. Here she is at the park with my mom. Possibly the happiest person who has ever tried to bite into a rock with their teeth.

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And here’s a picture that Astronautalis grabbed when he was over last week. Pretty accurate depiction of a day in the life over at Doomtree Headquarters. My one handed typing skills are through the roof these days. Considering entering a competition.

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on August 06, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. There was no way this week’s post was going to rival the action packed news day of last Tuesday, so I’m throwing every random thing I can think of into this one and hoping for at least a couple flawless segues in the process. Let’s start things off with the Summer Show Wrap Up. Can’t believe it’s August already, and that means that there’s a couple big festival dates left before the weather turns cooler. Summer Set takes place this weekend in beautiful Somerset, Wisconsin (see what they did there?), and both Doomtree (all seven members, Saturday) and Dessa (solo show with band, Sunday) will be gracing the stage. Click the flyer below for all the details and ticket info. This will be the last full crew performance of the summer, and we’re going out with a serious bang. Can’t wait to see Papes too! Sick Trim 4 Lyfe.

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Then the following Saturday, August 17th, our very own Mike Mictlan will be playing main support to Brother Ali at the annual West Bank Music Festival. This show is a blast every year. Again, click the flyer for all the info.

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Speaking of Mike (one flawless segue down), he came over to my “office” last week to get into some serious HELLA FRREAL album scheming, and an impromptu baby dance party broke out while we were previewing a few new demos. Penny is clearly a huge fan (you’ll recall she dressed up as a spicy peeñ for Halloween last year), and definitely co-signs these new tracks.

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Oh, and if you happened to completely sleep your way through last week, make sure to check out the new Isaac Gale/David Jensen directed insane vizual for Mike and Greg Grease’s track “WZRD Science,” off of Mike’s SNAXXX project from last year. The best song on the album now has the best video of all time to accompany it. SERIOUSLY WATCH IT. Such a great 90′s rap vid vibe.

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Stef has a big show coming up at the end of the month over at the MN State Fair Grandstand (generally reserved for enormous country artists and Macklemore), plus a string of one-off dates in September and October. Click the flyer for more details and ticket info.

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Speaking of Stef (segue quota achieved!), here’s a really awesome picture that I stole from his Instagram account, documenting the serious love affair between rappers and their Wild Hogz (loved that movie). Here’s Sims, Stef, and Astronautalis gearing up for something very motorcycle related up (I gotta learn more bike slang than just wild hogz).

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Dessa has been home from the Parts of Speech Tour for less than a week now, and she’s already gearing up to hit the road again. In addition to her Summer Set show this weekend, she’ll be taking the whole band out East this September to bring the Parts of Speech Tour to the rest of the country. Click the flyer below for all the details and ticket info.

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It appears that in order to train for this upcoming run, she has decided to camp outside of the local U-Haul and do some bizarre one armed push ups until her trailer is available to rent again. Seems like a perfectly logical game plan, I’m into it.

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Oh yeah, almos forgot. One more all crew Doomtree show is scheduled this September out in Sacramento, CA for the Launch Music Festival. Expect a big all crew performance, as well as earlier solo sets from Dessa and P.O.S. Check out all the info below and click the flyer for ticket info. Can’t wait to see Blonde Redhead and Turquoise Jeep!

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Last week was a pretty crazy two night insane show double header for me (rarer and rarer in these Dad Lyfe days). My favorite band (and what I  believe to be the GREATEST ROCK BAND OF THIS CENTURY), The Killers, played Roy Wilkins on Thursday night. This was my third time seeing them live, and they did not disappoint. I was so excited that I decided to break the sacred PCU rule and wear the band’s t-shirt to their show. For one night only I WAS THAT GUY! Air high bass added below to demonstrate the level of excitement/fearlessness I was working with. Thanks to Jeff and JC (aka G&T B&B SQUAAAAAD) for backing me up in this endeavor.

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I will say that I received a free order of nachos at the bar before the show, based solely off of wearing said t-shirt, so I feel thoroughly vindicated in my decision. Didn’t get too many good pictures because I was singing along too hard and yelling “Storm Man” at the bass player (his last name is Stoermer, you had to be there), but here’s just a glimpse at the kind of pyrotechnics they had on hand. I’ve never seen anywhere near that amount fireworks at an indoor concert in my life. Also, they had their own custom “K” logo and lightning bolt confetti. BIG TYME. One of my favorite shows hands down, despite the fact that they barely even broke into deep cut territory. I guess it must be tough having so many HITZ.

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The following night was the Mixed Blood Majority show over at Icehouse, which ended up being a ton of fun. Huge shouts to Bomba de Luz, Dem Atlas, Manchita, Sophia Eris, Lizzo, and Toki Wright (who appeared out of thin air from an opening set at the Naughty By Nature show) for hitting the stage with us. Also major shouts to Icehouse myxologyst/bartender Jon Olson for creating the Majority Rules mixed drink for the evening. Those things were delicious. Here’s Joe getting into one before the set.

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And here’s a picture of GRRRL PRTY playing a few brand new songs in between Bomba and MBM’s sets. Definitely a highlight of the evening.

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Speaking of Lizzo (segue streak EXCEEDED!), we’re wrapping up the final audio masters for LIZZOBANGERS tonight and should have a bunch of album announcement stuff for you in the coming weeks!!! Beyond huge shouts to BJ Burton for putting in so much work on the mix end. He snapped this picture during one of our final sessions a few weeks back. Had to celebrate a year’s worth of hustling with an Hijos de Villa tequila pistol! It’s only right.

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And now to kind of sloppily tie this whole tangent up, here’s the new Bonus Jam collabo track from Mixed Blood Majority and Lizzo one more time, in case you missed it last week. We had a blast performing this song live for the first time on Friday. Thanks to The Current for putting it in rotation as well. Check it out below.

Alright! You made it all the way to the bottom, nicely done. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics before calling it quits. The last few weeks have been pretty insane over here at the Mader household. Penny is now walking nonstop, talking gibberish a mile a minute (“woweewowwow,” uh-oh,” and “tickletickletickle” among her favorite sayings), and climbing whatever stairs she can get her hands on. It took me about a full day to set up all the baby gates around the house (not the handiest of dudes), and not an hour goes by that I don’t stub my toe on one those things (not the most coordinated either). Anyways, it’s been awesome watching her come more and more into her own this summer. Here she is housing some juice and generally looking like a bad ass at the SAME DAMN TIME. That hair is a serious problem. This is also the face I imagine celebrities make before they smash the camera out of the paparazzi’s hands. Might be a subtle hint to slow my Bonus Penny Pic roll a little.

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They grow up so fast. Here she is trying on a pair of Dad’s shoes. Please don’t judge me for constantly dressing her in pajamas. It’s become the inspiration for a new kids country song I’m working on called “Looks Like Your Daddy Dressed Ya.” Smash hit in the works for real.

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And lastly, here she is at her very first Minnesota Lynx basketball game / Y.N. Rich Kids halftime show performance. She loved everything about it right up until “Hot Cheetos and Takis” ended, which was when she proceeded to shatter my phone on the concrete by the hot dog stand. I blame Y.N. Rick Kids for not playing a longer set, but AT&T wasn’t really having that. Anyways, here are a few shots pre-phone rage, back when things were much simpler.

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GO LYNX! Alright, that about does it for today’s all over the place post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 30, 2013

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s a HUUUUGE news day today, so let’s jump right into it. Yesterday the homie Shake over at 2DopeBoyz premiered the brand new video for Mike Mictlan and Greg Grease’s track “WZRD Science,” off of Mike’s SNAXXX project. Mike and Greg on the raps, 2% Muck on the beat, and the one-two punch of Isaac Gale and David Jensen on the insane vizualz. Plus plenty of cameos from Stef, Meta, Quinn, Zoe, and Cliff. This is for real one of my favorite Doomtree related videos ever. Check it out and help us spread the word if you have a second. Plus you can also now buy SNAXXX digitally through iTunes (HERE) and physically from the webstore (HERE). DO IT.

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The last Mixed Blood Majority show of the summer is coming up this Friday at Icehouse, and to celebrate we decided to drop a brand new Mixed Blood Majority collabo track with one of our favorites: Lizzo!!! Check out “Keep Diggin’” below. Joe Horton, Lizzo, and Crescent Moon on the raps. Beak on the beat.

 

We recorded the song in a race against time three days ago, and the session couldn’t have gone better. Here’s a quick picture of Alexei, Joe, and Lizzo doing their best impression of a Baby-cameo-in-a-Cash-Money-video right after we finished tracking.

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If you want to see more of that (plus hear “Keep Diggin’” live for the first time) and you’re anywhere near the Twin Cities this Friday, make sure to come out to Icehouse and check out the Mixed Blood Majority show. Bomba de Luz are opening, Lizzo and Sophia Eris are hosting, and Icehouse’s resident mixologist has whipped up a brand new Mixed Blood Majority Mixed Drink for the occasion. Just found out the ingredients last night, and I can confidently say that you are gonna want to have at least a few of those. Check out all the details below and click HERE for tickets.

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Dessa wraps up the first leg of her Parts of Speech Tour tonight in St. Louis, and before she’s even had a chance to sleep a night in her own bed, she has gone ahead and announced the full East Coast leg of tour (along with a few festival dates). UNSTOPPABLE BAWSE. Check out all the dates for the second leg of the mammoth Parts of Speech Tour below and click HERE for ticket info. 

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The homie Ricardo Zapata put together another awesome tour recap video, in case you were wondering how Dessa and the band were holding up after an action packed West Coast run. Here’s some highlights from the Pacific Northwest dates, when Sims joined up with everybody. So great. Check it out below:

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Oh and speaking of awesome videos (flawless segue streak continued!), MTV debuted this sweet mini documentary on the Minneapolis music scene last week called This Is The Place. It features a ton of footage and interviews from Doomtree and a bunch of other great local artists (Greg Grease, Marijuana Deathsquads, The Chalice, Har Mar Superstar), and it actually succeeds in shedding an accurate spotlight on this city’s arts scene (no Reality Bites faces-spinning-on-pizza moments thankfully). If you’ve got five minutes to spare, definitely click the video below to check out the whole thing.

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Alright, I think that covers all the music related stuff for this week, which means it’s finally time to get into the epic photo recap that is TPC! Cabin Retreat 2013!!! Just a little back story for those that may not be familiar: TPC! stand for The Plastic Constellations, the first band I ever played in and my best friends since about 7th grade. I’ve grown up with these guys, and even though we hung up the music side of things back in 2008, we hang out now more than ever (even if said hanging is slightly tamer than before). For the last four or five years we’ve made a point to pack up all our families and head to Matt’s folks’ cabin out in Cross Lake once every summer. It is by far the thing that I most look forward to all year long, and it is generally immediately preceded by an email chain that includes an amazing image such as this:

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So yeah, basically it is the greatest. Here’s what it looks like once we get up there (nice shot Scoops).

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And here’s what it looks like the next day when we get the pontoon out and fill up the big tube.

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TPC! most definitely still knows how to party. We just all wear shorts now when we do.

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The kids got in on the action too. Here’s Finn showing off a cool new present from his Uncle Matt AKA Cabin Santa.

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And here’s Penny in what appears to be an audition for the Baby Juggalos (that’s actually just a liberal application of sunscreen). We found out the she has super human taste buds and loves sucking on limes. This kid is nutz.

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Here’s drawing maniac Gus in one of the last documented photos before the baby mullet got snipped off.

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MORE DAD SHORTS!!!! Always rocking the hottest fashionz. Drink it in ladies.

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Every summer these very special Cabin Coozies get unpacked and utilized to the fullest. Whoever is churning out these slogans is a serious genius millionaire.

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Sometimes you get a little too into the cabin spirit and attempt to rock two cabin themed hats AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. One of my greatest achievements to date. No regrets.

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And for the grand finale, the yearly group shot in front of the fireplace. Nelpz, Cam, Beak, Scoops, Waff, G-Man, Roons, Finnce Faughn, Juice, KTJ, and SchatManCometh.

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Huge shouts to Liz and MJ too, who had to leave a day early! Love all these guys too much. Here’s one more shot of P to fulfill my Bonus Penny Pic obligations.

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I’ll leave you with a couple TPC! Bonus Jams since we’re on such a roll here. LEGENDZ!!!!

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And here’s a very special Alice In Chains Bonus Jam, just because we for some reason got on a serious Spotify grunge kick late one night, and decided that “Here they come to snuff the rooster” is possibly the greatest lyric in rock history. IN ROCK HISTORY!

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Alright, that for real does it for this insanely long blog post. Thanks for sticking with me. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and hopefully I’ll see a bunch of you out at Icehouse this Friday. If not, next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 23, 2013

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I just got back from the annual TPC! Cabin Retreat last night (huge photo recap coming next week), and I’m playing some serious catch up, so just a heads up that this is gonna be a pretty short post. The good news is that I’ve got a couple extremely awesome videos to share with you. Our long time homie Ricardo Zapata jumped on board the Parts of Speech Tour last week to take pictures and video of all the big time happenings, and he just put together this sweet recap video of the five day California leg. Check it out below for further proof that everyone is alive, well, and ruling:

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Speaking of cool Dessa related videos, The Current just posted this live version of “The Man I Knew” from her  album release show at the Fitzgerald last month. Shouts to Andrew Melby and One Light Collective for shooting and editing it. If you weren’t at the show, you definitely wanna click below and check this out. The fancy factor was through the roof.

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Now for a few more pics from the road that I stole off of Dessa’s Instagram page. I’d like to pretend that the entire band was arrested in some sort of strange border mix up, and these are the mugshots that followed.

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Our very own Sims joined up with the tour last Friday and has been crushing it ever since. Here he is mid performance, rocking one of those sweet Minnesota Vice We Don’t C.A.R.E. shirts. He’ll be along all the way up through the Kansas City date on the 27th.

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Can’t forget about the one and only Young Baby Ander Other. Eternally holding it down.

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Lastly, here’s Sims and Ander displaying the proper shared bench van sleeping technique. Total pros. Shouts to MOUNTAIN for continuing to champ out super hard on this run.

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I’ve got a very special Bonus Jam for you this week. Our good friend ShowYouSuck from Chicago just released the fourth and final installment in his One Man Pizza Party mixtape series today. He asked me to remix the track “House of Yes” for it, and I’m super pumped with how everything turned out. You can check out the song below, and then go get the entire album for FREE.99 from Mishka right HERE. Spread the word if you can. This thing rules.

 

I’ll leave you with a couple of random awesome Video Bonus Jams that just dropped this past week. It’s been such a great summer for rap music. Loving it.

Run The Jewels – 36″ Chain

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Earl Sweatshirt – Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)

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Allan Kingdom – Achilles

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Alright, that about does it for this post. I’m fresh out of Bonus Penny Pics this week, but I promise you it’ll be worth the wait when I drop this beyond epic TPC! Cabin Retreat photo recap next week. She had the best time EVER. Hope you all have a great week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 16, 2013

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. The Parts of Speech Tour continues to barrel forward on its ever steady course up the West Coast. Just two more California dates left before Sims joins up with the gang in Washington on Friday. You do not want to miss these shows. Check out the dates below and click HERE for tickets.

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For further proof that Dessa and the band are alive and well on their journey, here are a couple of pictures that I stole off of Instagram. Below we have Dessa taking a picture of Aby and trying out for the role of Michael Keaton in the upcoming sequel to the oft-forgotten 1996 comedy Multiplicity AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Bonus points for what appear to be matching tank tops. Highly coordinated.

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And here’s Dessa embracing the state of California and all things Raider Nation. This is a prime example of something I like to call Right Idea/Wrong Team, but if it means Dessa’s signing on for the 2013 Fantasy Football Draft, I’m totally OK with it.

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Lastly we have Dustin, Aby, and Dessa doing “Lord Knows“ what (shouts to Drake, Rawse, and Just Blaze). Can’t come even come up with a caption for this one, but I’m going to do everything in my power to ensure that it becomes the press photo for the next tour.

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I gotta be honest with you, it’s kind of a light week over here, which means it’s a perfect time to get into about one miiiiiiiiiillion Bonus Jams!!! There’s been a ton of great local music coming out of this city as of late, so let’s dive right in. First up is a brand new video from the long time homies Big Quarters. It’s got guest verses from I.B.E. and takes place on a basketball court, two things that I am a fan of. Check out “Urgent Care” off of Somos No Joke below.

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Speaking of I.B.E., him and Benzilla just dropped an excellent new full length a few weeks back that is easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Check out the This, That, and the Third album sampler below, and then make sure to buy that thing right HERE. Highly recommended.

Speaking of great albums (flawless segue streak remains intact), Pony Bwoy just released their first full length TODAY, and it is extremely awesome. Check out the ultimate jam “Hallowed Ground” below and grab the self-titled album right HERE.

 

Up next is a newish group out of Minneapolis called VANDAAM. I just picked up their new album last week and I’m super into it. Cool washed out R&B beats and an excellent lead vocalist, plus it sounds great in the Camry (for those times when I’ve burnt out on too much Luther). Check out the video for “Loop2″ below and grab the record HERE.

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Now for “21 Grams,” the new single from Rapper Hooks, featuring Big Cats! on the beat and our very own P.O.S on the hook. All Black Jesus drops next week!

 

Speaking of our very own, here’s the new video from International Touring DJ/Sick Trim affiliate Paper Tiger and the ultimate homie F. Stokes. I love this song. Fearless Beauty is out now. Shaka Zulu!

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Next up is a brand new group that just announced its presence last week: GRRRL PRTY. Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Manchita all rapping their asses off. Check out the video for “Wegula” below, my favorite from Adam Dunn’s Lights and a Backdrop series.

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And don’t forget about the Mixed Blood Majority video from that series either. My second favorite if I can be so biased.

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Here’s a new video from MaLLy & The Sundance Kid, directed by Isaac Gale and David Jensen and featuring Rapper Hooks. Check out “Bounce” below, and grab The Last Great… right HERE.

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And now to wind things down with a couple albums that just came out last week. First up is Botzy with “Thrill Is Gone.” Buck Fotzy dropped via Fake Four Distro, and you can grab it right HERE.

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And here’s a track from the young gunners Killstreak. I really like this “Tyson” song. Janus is out now, get it HERE.

 

OK, that about does it for another epic edition of Local Bonus Jams. This city rules. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics. Here’s a shot my my mom took which documents one of this child’s more insane faces to date. Totally nutz and possibly possessed.

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And here’s Penny trying to play it cool like she didn’t just play with that cardboard box on the ground for an entire hour. Busted.

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 Now for the best one. This is a picture of Penny hanging out while I obsessively watch the Luther Vandross Live At Wembley concert (Netflix that). She was almost into it as much as her dad. Note the cardboard box nonchalantly hanging out in the corner. It’s her best friend.

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In the name of flawless segues, I kind of feel like I need to close this post out with a couple Luther Bonus Jams. I’ve been slowly making the move from the Definitive Best Of Collection into deep cut solo album territory, and at this point I can safely say that 1986′s Give Me The Reason is my favorite. As far as classic hits it’s got “Stop To Love” and “So Amazing,” but the deep cuts are seriously unrelenting on this one. I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorites. CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM ENOUGH.

“I Didn’t Really Mean It”

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“See Me”

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“Give Me The Reason”

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“So Amazing”

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THEEEEEE BEST. OK, that for real does it for this edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m off to the annual TPC! Cabin Retreat this weekend, but I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 09, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Dessa’s Parts of Speech Tour has officially hit the road and is quite possibly headed to a town near you. Here’s Doomtree’s trusty tour van MOUNTAIN seconds before the band took off.

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Note the fancy trailer attachment this time around to free up some bench space. That’s because our very own Sims has officially been added to the second half of this run! So awesome. He’ll be joining the Parts of Speech Tour up in the Great Northwest for eight shows on the way back home (Bellingham, WA to Kansas City, MO). Check out all the dates below.

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Before Sims joins up though, the band has to travel through the Southwest and out to beautiful sunny California for five shows. There are some fantastic openers on these dates as well. The homie Open Mike Eagle (who just dropped a great new EP called Sir Rockabye that you can get for FREE.99 right HERE) will be on board for all the California dates. Not to mention Aby Wolf will be playing solo sets in San Diego and San Francisco too. These shows are going to be excellent.

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As always, you can get more info and purchase tickets to any and all shows on the Parts of Speech Tour right HERE. And just in case you were concerned, here’s a little proof that the band hasn’t killed each other yet as they make their way out West. It appears that they took the time to stop and shoot some (extremely) belated senior pictures by a rock quarry. Classy. Here’s Sean rocking the traditional knee to elbow stance head on.

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Joey with a classic over the shoulder chuckle (bonus points for hands in pockets).

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And Dessa with an aggressive (if not slightly unnecessary) tree lean.

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Nice work all around guys. Very believable.

Now for a sweet Mixed Blood Majority update. Yesterday our good friend Adam Dunn dropped season two of his music video series Lights and a Backdrop. You can check out the entire video playlist (featuring GRRRL PARTY, Guante, Rapper Hooks, and tons more) right HERE. Mixed Blood Majority had the honor of bringing #LAAB Season Two to a close with a (truly thrilling and transcendent) performance of “Still Standing Still.” Check it out below:

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On the heels of that sweet video, we’ve decided to announce one more Mixed Blood Majority show this summer! We’re coming back to Icehouse (the same spot where we played our very first show ever) for a big time rap party on August 2nd. Bomba de Luz is opening up, and the whole evening will be hosted by Lizzo and DJ Sophia Eris of The Chalice. Not to mention Icehouse’s resident mixologist is whipping up a special Mixed Blood Majority Mixed Drink for the evening. Check out the flyer below for more details and click HERE for tickets. THIS WILL BE THE BEST.

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Oh man, I gotta do a quick recap on last week’s P.O.S Minnesota Twins game performance. For those unaware, Stef and The Music Rockers (Marijuana Deathsquads) got to play songs between innings of last week’s Twins/Yankess matchup IN FRONT OF OVER 38,000 PEOPLE. The whole thing was kind of unreal. Here’s a picture from behind the balcony as The Music Rockers geared up for their second inning set.

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And here’s a pretty amazing shot of Stef and Isaac testing out the mics. Easily two of the coolest Music Rockers I know.

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Huge shouts to the whole Twins organization too, who were nice enough to let friends and family come and hang out in the balcony throughout the whole night. That meant that Penny got to see her very first official baseball game, and boy did she love every second of it. Note her diva-like iron grip on the mic. That’s gonna be a problem.

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And now for the highlight of the whole evening: Stef and Astronautalis singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to an extremely packed house during the seventh inning stretch. Amazing. I’m posting two different videos of the performance to give you some real perspective. This first one is from the balcony, courtesy of Gimme Noise.

And the second one is from way up in the stands, courtesy of Kyle Matteson.

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SO MUCH FUN. To tie it all together I’ll leave you with this new Swiss Andy remix of P.O.S and Astronautalis’ “Wanted/Wasted” as the Bonus Jam this week. You didn’t think I was gonna slip up on my flawless segue streak did you? Make sure to check out Swiss Andy’s Soundcloud too (HERE) for more tracks and remixes.

 

Alright, that about does it for this post. For the Penny followers that jump straight to the bottom of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak, you’re gonna have to scroll up a little for this week’s baseball themed Bonus Pic. OK, I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on July 02, 2013

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Parts of Speech (the album) has officially been out for one whole week, and now it’s time for Dessa and the band to hit the open road on the Parts of Speech Tour. For this first leg, they’ll be locking down the left side of the country pretty hard. Check out all the dates below, and click HERE for ticket info and more details.

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Last week was pretty hectic with everything surrounding release week, so I figured I’d rundown the quick highlight reel in case you got overwhelmed with the amount of info flooding in. On Monday The Current filmed a special event at MPR’s UBS Forum called Dessa Deconstructed, in which they interviewed her and the entire band about the behind the scenes Parts of Speech songwriting process and how the whole album came together from start to finish. I even popped in for a few minutes to break down a beat on the MPC with help of the state of the art Beak Cam. If you’ve got an hour or so of free time this is definitely worth checking out. It’s as close to Behind The Music as we may ever get.

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Saturday night was the big sold out release show at First Avenue, and man was it awesome. Click HERE to read a great recap of the show from Gimme Noise, and then go HERE for Vita.mn’s excellent picture gallery. Oh, and if you’d like a brief glimpse into the highlight of my musical career thus far, simply click HERE . I promise you, the bass will only get higher from here on out.

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Now for a quick rundown of some of the bigger interviews and articles that came out last week.

- Star Tribune interview

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- City Pages Interview

- URB interview

And to wrap all this Dessa coverage up, here’s the “Call Off Your Ghost” COMMITTEE remix one more time, produced by Ryan Olson and yours truly. Camry Guyz 4 Lyfe.

 

Alright, now that we’ve plowed through the highlights, let’s get into some serious Album Bonus Jams. This new El-P and Killer Mike project, Run The Jewels, has been pretty much blowing my mind since it came out last week. At this point it’s gonna be real tough to bump this out of album of the year contention. I was into both of their previous solo albums too, but this new one completely destroys everything up to this point. I kind of just want these guys to be a rap duo from here on out. Check out a few select tracks below, and download the whole album for FREE.99 right HERE. It’s seriously the best/you will love it/I really can’t recommend it enough.

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I’ll leave you with one quick Penny Bonus Pic. We’ve been getting a ton of outdoor time in this past week with the beautiful weather/new deck/kiddie pool triple threat going on in the backyard. Penny might possibly love splashing in the water more than anything else in this world (including string cheese and popsicles). Here she is demonstrating her cool new Shark Attack look (patent pending) and drying off from the pool at the SAME DAMN TIME. Genius.

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OK, that about does it for this post. I hope everybody has a wonderful 4th of July weekend. If you live in the Twin Cities, I’ll definitely see you at the Twins/Yankees game tomorrow night (7/3), where our very own P.O.S will be performing before the game and in between innings with his backing band of Music Rockers (tickets and info right HERE). Haha, you really can’t make this stuff up. It will definitely be a night to remember.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 25, 2013

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Hard to believe, but the day is finally here. It gives me the utmost joy to announce that Dessa’s new album Parts of Speech has officially been launched out into the world!!! Check out this sweet promo video of the real deal Parts of Speech CD/LP physical packaging and listen to new track “Skeleton Key” at the SAME DAMN TIME (produced by yours truly). You can also grab the digital version of the album from iTunes (HERE), Bandcamp (HERE), or Amazon (HERE) if you’re more into wave of the future digital realms.

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So excited that we’ve made it to this point. To celebrate, Dessa and her band are running all over the great state of Minnesota today to knock out three separate record store signings and performances. Things kicked off last night with a midnight listening party at Fifth Element, and continue today at all three Electric Fetus locations (Duluth at noon, St. Cloud at 5:00, and Minneapolis at 8:00). Check out the flyer below for details.

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Due to such high demand in the Twin Cities, admittance will only be guaranteed to the Minneapolis Fetus in-store by pre-ordering the CD or LP directly from them (link HERE, details HERE).Those that do pre-order will receive a bonus gift and first dibs on seating at the in-store. There will also be a second line open to the general public that will be let in on a first come first serve basis once all pre-orderers have been admitted. There are only 250 spots total though, so you might not want to risk it. Pre-order an album from the Electric Fetus right HERE.

Since it’s release day and all, we’ve got some new pretty cool new Parts of Speech related merch items over at the webstore, including a glow in the dark tee and a FLASK! Plus some extremely awesome new Sims shirts from the Show of the Summer with Astronautalis last week. Check out all the designs below and click HERE to head over to the webstore for more details and ordering info.

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Oh man, and speaking of that awesome Sims & Astronautalis show: The eternal young gunner Chris Hadland just put together a really great recap video with a bunch of footage from that amazing sold out night. If you were at First Ave for the show then you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you missed it now you can get a sense of how truly sweet (and PACKED) it was. Check this out!

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I’ve got a pretty sweet Bonus Jam this week courtesy of COMMITTEE, the new production team/alliance/sports team from Ryan Olson (Gayngs, Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads) and myself. We’ve been getting together every Tuesday night for close to a year now to work on some more R&B leaning material, and yesterday we released our first public track under this new COMMITTEE monicker. Fittingly enough, it’s a remix of Dessa’s latest single “Call Off Your Ghost” (do I tie it all together or what?). Check out the SoundCloud player below to hear a bit of what we’re working with and click HERE to read the write up from Prefix. I’m super excited about this new project and all the production that we’ve been knocking out lately. Hope you like it. Definitely more to come sooner than later.

 

OK, that about does it for this week. I’ve got a cool three part Bonus Penny Pic to wrap things up with. In addition to learning how to say the word “Uh-ooooohhhhh” this week, Penny has also recently mastered the fine art of pushing pop-up toy animal heads down in convincing fashion (is there a specific name for these toy?). I’ve attempted to document her meticulous three step process below.

Stage 1: Unassuming Self-Confidence

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 Stage 2: Lightning-Fast Reflexes

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 Stage 3: Diva Pose

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What a show off!

OK, that about does it for this week’s action packed post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Parts of Speech Day! Huge shouts and congratulations to Dessa for making it to this day in one piece. Help us spread the word about the album if you can. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak