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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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Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 18, 2013

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Big news day: Our very own Paper Tiger just released Fearless Beauty, his collaborative album with the ultimate homie F. Stokes (Papes on the beats, Stokes on the raps), and it totally rules!

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Papes has been on something of a production terror lately, between his excellent contributions to Dessa’s Parts of Speech (Warsaw/Call Off Your Ghost/The Lamb) and now this new Stokes project. Check out a couple of the Fearless Beauty tracks below, and grab the album from iTunes right HERE if you’re feeling them. Huge congrats to both of these dudes, this record is great.

 

Speaking of Parts of Speech, we’re only ONE WEEK AWAY until that album finally drops!!! The pre-order closed over the weekend and we were seriously overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of support everybody showed. It was our biggest pre-order to date! For those of you that did pre-order the album, check your email for instructions on how to access the private Ustream with Dessa and special guests tomorrow night (Wed 6/19 – 8:30CST). Should be one for the ages. If you’re not really feeling physical product these days, and are more of wave of the future internet warryior, you can now also digitally pre-order the album through iTunes (HERE) and Bandcamp (HERE). And if you’re anywhere up in these parts of the world, don’t forget about the release day MN Record Store Tour that Dessa and her band will be embarking on next Tuesday. Four stops in 24 hours. Check out all the details below.

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Oooh, and speaking of mini tours (segue game is back on track this week), Stef just recently announced a string of P.O.S shows this summer! His daily dialysis has been working well and the doctors have cleared him to play some one-offs while he waits for a new kidney. He’ll be in Denver this Saturday and L.A. next week. Click the flyer below for ticket info and more details.

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Last Friday was the big Sims/Astronautalis/Mixed Blood Majority/Greg Grease Show of the Summer at First Ave, and it did not disappoint. Over 1500 people came out! Such a great night. Just wanted to say thanks a ton to everyone that came down. It was an amazing evening, and it felt great seeing so many artists from different crews and cliques hanging out together and rocking the same stage. Shouts to Greg Grease, Akrite, I.B.E., Just Nine, Meta, Mally, Mike Mictlan, Kristoff Krane, P.O.S, Crescent Moon, Joe Horton, Sims, Astronautalis, The Band (Oscar, Mo Bluntz, Dustin Kiel), and the always incredible staff at First Ave. That was the best. You can read a great recap of the night from Gimme Noise right HERE, and hopefully we’ll have some video from the show to post next week. Here’s the one picture I got from up on stage at the end of the night. SO AWESOME.

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Oh, and speaking of great local shows, I recently got to do an interview with MPLSzine about the Foxfire Coffee Lounge, a local all ages coffee shop/music venue in downtown Minneapolis back in the late 90′s that kind of gave me/tons of other people our first shot in music. It was only around for a year or so, but it fostered some pretty amazing bands. If you’ve got 10 minutes of free time definitely check out the story, if even just for the hilarious pictures of TPC! back in high school. Click the cover below to jump right to it in the online magazine (or click right HERE if you’re more of a link clicking person). So many memories, this piece took me way back. Hard to believe sometimes that I’ve been playing live music for longer than I haven’t been at this point in my life. Old man or legend in the game? One of the two, that’s for sure.

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I’ll wind this post down with a couple Random Bonus Jams that I’ve been feeling as of late. First up is Volcano Choir. They’ve got a new record dropping in September, and this track reminds me of all the sweet post-rock guitar bands I used to listen to constantly back in high school. Love this.

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This next song is by Danish duo Quadron, off their new album Avalanche. It’s got the producer dude from Rhye in it, and I like this album waaaaaaaay more than that Rhye album. He nailed the sound with this one, and the girl’s voice is awesome.

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Lastly, here’s an oldie but goodie that I was reminded of listening to KMOJ last week. I used to love this Babyface album For The Cool In You. Probably not for everybody, especially if you weren’t into it back when it came out, but “Rock Bottom” still sounds amazing to me. That chorus is out of control.

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BAM. There you have it. I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Penny Pics to tide over the out of town family members. As you probably saw from Dessa’s last post, Penny has been hard at work helping us unwrap and sign all of the pre-order discs. Here she is demonstrating her front teeth technique.

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And here she is enjoying her new favorite thing in the world: bonnets. Just kidding, it’s swings. Pretty great.

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 And now for possibly my favorite Penny pic of all time (courtesy of my mom). Here she is playing in the kids zone at Southdale Mall, screaming like a hyena and flapping her arms in excitement. I have a feeling we may be spending quite a bit of time in malls over the next 17 years or so. Pray for me.

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 OK, that about does it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week enjoying the (hopefully) exciting conclusion of the NBA Finals. I’ll see some of you tomorrow night for that private pre-order Ustream. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure as we officially launch Parts of Speech out into the world. CAN’T. WAIT.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 11, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Things are ramping up again over here, so I’m just gonna jump right into it. Yesterday ELLE Magazine world premiered Dessa’s brand new video for “Call Off Your Ghost,” directed by Daniel Cummings for Picture Machine Productions. Read what ELLE had to say about it right HERE, and check out the “Call Off Your Ghost” music video below:

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Awesome. As if that wasn’t enough Dessa vizualz for one week’s post, she also just dropped off this brand new episode of Direct Flight, her very own fake interview show about artistic process. This week she talks to bandmates Joey Van Phillips (drumz) and Dustin Kiel (guitarz/keyz) about a myriad of topics, including (but not limited to): why jazz dudes say the word “hang” so much, and whether it’s appropriate for guitar dudes to refer to their instrument as an “axe.” Shouts to Young Baby Ander Other for another fine filming/editing job. Check out Episode 3 of Direct Flight below:

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In final Dessa news, this week marks your last chance to get in on the super awesome Parts of Speech pre-order, meaning this is also the very last time you have to hear me give this sales pitch (trust me, I’m excited about that too). First of all, I want to thank every single one of you who have already placed orders. Your support has been tremendous, and we appreciate you tenfold. Feel free to skip to the next section of the blog now. For anybody left who might still be on the fence, here’s the deal in a nutshell: Doomtree is a super indie label with shoestring budgets. Pre-orders are a way for us to see the most direct money from album sales right away, so that we can handle the substantial upfront expenses of putting out a record (manufacturing/publicity/videos/radio/etc), plus continue to fund future projects that are currently in the works (production/recording/mixing/mastering/etc). In return, we try to make it worth your while by offering tons of exclusive and bonus items with your purchase. Here’s what we’re dealing with for the Parts of Speech pre-order:

Every pre-order (standard and deluxe) will receive a copy of the album personally signed by Dessa. Here’s the proof:

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In addition, you will also receive immediate download of first single “Warsaw,” album B-side “Icing Burns” (this will be emailed out at the end of next week), and access to a private Ustream with Dessa and special guests on the evening of June 19th.

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The deluxe Parts of Speech pre-order includes all of the above, plus limited edition bonus album packaging (CD comes with crazy foiling and O-card wrap, LP comes with red opaque vinyl), an exclusive Parts of Speech t-shirt designed and available only with this pre-order, and a copy of the Dessa penned tiny book/short story “Are You Handsome?” (only 2,500 ever made).  They are seriously tiny. Check it out:

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BAM. There’s the pitch. The pre-order officially ends this Saturday (end of day). If you’re interested, you can check out the Doomtree Webstore right HERE to pick up a copy. Thank you all for putting up with these last few months of pre-order posts (I sort of feel like I work at a public radio station at this point). Anyways, like I said earlier, your support is truly appreciated. We couldn’t do this without you, no lie (no lie, no liyeeeeiiiiyeeeeiiii). Now for some sweet news on what I have deemed The Show of the Summer:

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THIS FRIDAY Sims and Astronautalis will be performing a very special one-off collaborative set at First Avenue in Minneapolis, backed by a one-time only crushing live band (I’m playing in said live band, it’s gonna rule). Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority will be warming things up, making this ONE OF THE MOST STACKED LOCAL BILLS OF ALL TIME. There, I said it. If you live anywhere remotely close to the Twin Cities, you should be at this show. Ticket and more info are available right HERE. In the meantime, check out the new Sims and Astronautalis collabo track “This Is The Place” (produced by Cecil Otter) and get seriously amped!

 

Aaaaaaaand now for this weeks Bonus Jam. I’m gonna focus on a recent new release that may end up giving Daft Punk a run for their money when it comes down to my album of the year pick. The Dream just dropped IV Play a few weeks back, and it is the only thing I have been able to listen to since. While it’s hard to say if anything he ever does will be able to top his insanely good sophomore album Love Vs. Money, this one comes pretty damn close, and ups the ante substantially from his last few competent but unmemorable full lengths. A bit of a warning though: The explicit lyrics tag is definitely on this album for a reason, so you gotta be prepared to tolerate a pretty high level of R&B subject matter from the jump if you really want to get into the music. I’ve included a couple of the tamer tracks below, since TWL is for the children. I love this record, and its knock factor is 1000% Camry approved.

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I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Penny Pics for good measure. We’ve had a couple “breakthroughs” happen in the past week. Yesterday she walked up her very first flight of stairs, in pursuit of that almighty and elusive nightlight. Such a motivating force in a young child’s life.

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 And recently the hair on the back of Penny’s head has started growing straight up in the air. It’s almost as if she’s auditioning for the eighth member of Doomtree role or something.

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 Here is the proof that she still loves to eat food and make crazy faces AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Strawberries are her favorite.

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Alright, that about does it for this post. I hope you all have a great week. Wishing all good dads worldwide a very happy early Father’s Day. I hope that when Sunday comes you put on your best pair of Dad Shorts, crush a “frew brews,” and revel in the splendor that is this Dad Lyfe. And if you feel like doing a little recreational light reading on top of all of that, check out this essay Dessa recently wrote about her own dad  for this month’s Minnesota Monthly (HERE). See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on June 04, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It’s a pretty slow news day this week compared to the last month or so of nonstop action. Calm before the storm I guess. No amount of trying is going to work this time when it comes to crafting the seamless blogging segues I’ve become so well known for, so I’m conceding my epic segue posting streak right off the bat. Hopefully those of you with shorter attention spans will appreciate this newfound direction. Here goes nothing:

Last night Dessa came over to get a head start on signing the Parts of Speech vinyl. Here she is demonstrating the three classic stages of pre-order signing: calm diligence, total insanity, and jazz hands.

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All the physical goods are slowly starting to show up from the manufacturers, and things look really awesome. Check out the Dessa penned “Are You Handsome?” mini books that come with the deluxe edition orders.

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So cool. The physical Parts of Speech pre-order ends next Saturday (6/15). If you haven’t had a chance yet, click HERE to check out all the different options. The special deluxe limited opaque red vinyl is almost goooooooone, so definitely act fast if that’s something you’re into.

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We got to play a pretty amazing show last weekend opening up for MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME (!!!!) at the Minnesota Institute of Arts’ Summer Gala (check out a cool write up of the whole event right HERE). That bucket of mini champagne shown above was waiting for us in the green room. The eternal “Mo-et vs. Mo-ayyy” pronunciation debate rages on.

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Not a shocker, but Morris and the entire band completely destroyed. In all honesty it was one of my favorite live performances ever, partly due to the fact that there was a dancing lady train on stage for roughly half of the concert, followed by an encore where our very own Cecil Otter got into the mix. Shouts to Plain Ole Bill for snapping this incredible picture of Cecil at his all time happiest (where’s Waldo indeed). And huge shouts to the MIA for having us.

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Speaking of unforgettable concerts, don’t forget that next Friday, June 14th is the show of the summer here in Minneapolis. Sims and Astronautalis will be performing a one-time only joint set on stage together with a newly formed one-off live band (pssst, I’m in that band, it’s gonna be sweet). Not to mention Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority will be kicking things off with a BANG. I love this completely stacked local lineup. Reminds me of the time that TPC! co-headlined First Ave with Tapes ‘N Tapes, and STNNNG and Kill The Vultures opened up. One of my favorite memories ever. Here’s the new Sims and Astronautalis song “This Is The Place,” being debuted live for the first time ever at this show. You can purchase the song from iTunes HERE, and grab tickets and tons more info about the concert right HERE.

 

While we’re on the subject, here’s the new Mixed Blood Majority video for “Story To Tell” that dropped last week, featuring the one and only Toki Wright.

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Aaaaaaand here’s the title track from the brand new Greg Grease Black King Cole EP. I just copped this yesterday and it is extremely great. Get it from iTunes HERE, and make sure to check out “Spectacular” featuring our very own Mike Mictlan.

 

Speaking of new EPs (killer segue, I still got it), Marijuana Deathsquads just dropped two of them for free last week to commemorate the end of their month long Music Rocks residency/ring in the start of their summer tour. Click the album cover below to download the Music Rocks I & II EPs for FREE.99. Stef, Cecil, and I all contributed to these recordings, in addition to the usual cast of characters, and they definitely slay.

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Check out the MDS tour dates below too. The dudes will be riding all the way out and back in our trusty tour van, MOUNTAIN, so you know they’ll be in good hands.

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Alright, we made it to the bottom of the post, which means it’s time to get into some serious Penny Party Pics. We celebrated her very first birthday last week, and I gotta say she did it up pretty big. Things started off a little rough with her 1 year doctor’s appointment. They drew blood this time, on top of giving her the usual shots, and it took them three sticks to finally get anything. Believe me when I say she was not thrilled about any of that. My kid is a TRU WARRYIOR though, and she recovered in no time flat.

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From then on out it was extremely on and popping. Here’s Penny enjoying a brand new birthday tradition: spaghetti and cupcakes!!!

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Oh man does she love cupcakes. Big hit. We spent the last month or so frantically trying to get our backyard in shape and (pay someone to) build a deck in order to ring in this first year right. Here’s the deck about a week ago.

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And here it is last Saturday, hours before the big family party kicked off.

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 Needless to say, the party was a total rager.

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 Rap Dads and Rap Babes.

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Big kid trampoline action shot.

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MORE CUPCAKES!!! Cam made these awesome strawberry buttercream joints for the party, and they totally ruled.

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Just want to say an enormous thank you to both of our families for all the help setting up the party, getting the garden together, grilling, blowing up balloons, taking pictures (thanks Nate!), showering Penny with crazy awesome presents, and on and on and on. Love you guys.

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Alright, that’s definitely enough partying for one post. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Stay tuned for another couple of big news weeks coming down the pipeline. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 28, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Big news today: Dessa just announced her Minnesota Record Store Mini-Tour! It all goes down on June 25th, when Parts of Speech is officially launched out into the world. Four appearances and three cities in under 24 hours! Check it out:

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BAM. For those of you who missed out on tickets to the two beyond sold out release shows, this is a great opportunity to still see some live music and celebrate Parts of Speech hitting stores. Oh, and don’t forget about the pre-order going on over at the Doomtree Webstore (standard version now available at Fifth Element HERE). Only a couple weeks left and the deluxe limited red vinyl is getting dangerously low. If you want one of those I’d act now. Click the image below for all the info.

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In super awesome music video news, Mixed Blood Majority just released our first ever video from our self-titled debut album. 2dopeboyz was kind enough to premiere “Story to Tell” on their site last week, featuring guest raps from our ultimate homie Toki Wright. Huge shouts to PCP and Joe Horton for all the help shooting, directing, and editing this thing in record time. Check out “Story to Tell” below, and spread the word if you can. Happy May Day!

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Speaking of sweet new music, our very own Paper Tiger just dropped another single off of Fearless Beauty, his upcoming project with F. Stokes. Between producing the first two Dessa singles and now these Stokes songs, Papes is absolutely crushing it right now. Total killer. Check out “1954″ below:

 

Now that we’ve gotten through the main headlines, I wanted to do a quick photo recap of this past incredibly TYTE week that I just had. First off, I have to give a huge shout to Cam’s mom for making the trip up from Chicago to hang out and help out with Penny all week. Haven’t been out this much in who knows when. Things kicked off on Tuesday with the sweet Father John Misty show at First Ave (picture courtesy of TYTE JEFF).

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My Official Lazerbeak Review: they put on a great show and that bass player is currently one of the best in the game (high bass and slap bass not withstanding). Their only shortcoming was covering a Beatles song in the encore. Extremely reminiscent of when Boyz II Men covered a Goo Goo Dolls song at the State Fair a few years back. Some things just look better on paper I guess.

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On Wednesday Cecil and I headed up to his mom’s cabin to work on some new collabo beats. We’ve been getting up for a couple hours every week since the beginning of the year to hammer away on stuff, but this was our first time really setting up shop and taking some time with it.

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 We transformed that kitchen counter top into a power studio space in no time, and 36 hours later we had 7 BRAND NEW MONSTER COLLABOS on our hands. So much fun. Here’s a picture of our celebratory final meal. Steaks and Buds. Simple men.

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On Friday Doomtree played at Carleton College’s annual Spring Concert in Northfield. The real kicker: we were listed as direct support to SMASH MOUTH!!! Hahahaha, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think our two bands would ever be mentioned in the same sentence, let alone cross paths and share the same stage. Here’s Stef and Cecil trying to make sense of it all during “Walking On The Sun.” Huge shouts to Carleton for having us. I will never forget that night.

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The very next morning I met up with Alexei and Joe and headed out to Shakopee for the sixth annual Soundset Festival. Maaaaan, this fest has grown so much over the years. There was a reported 28,000 people in attendance this time! So crazy. Had the pleasure of headlining the Fifth Element stage this year with Mixed Blood Majority. Here we are performing “Story to Tell” with Toki (picture courtesy of Chris Riemenschneider). Shouts to RSE for having us.

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So yeah, pretty cool week. All of that was just a warm up though for what is popping off today. It brings me great joy to announce Penelope Marlo Mader’s first birthday!!! HBD Young Nelpz!

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Can’t believe it’s already been a whole year since this crazy kid entered our lives. I just re-read the TWL post from when she was first born (HERE if you’re interested) and it’s truly insane to relive that time period. Hard to imagine she could go from this:

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To this, in just 12 months.

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Shouts to Arlo on the Photoshop. Anyways, craziest/awesomest year of my life hands down. And that’s coming from a guy who was pretty sure he’d had quite a few crazy/awesome years leading up to this one. Happy Birthday P! We love you so much. Here’s one more ridiculous Bonus Photoshop Pic sent in from Kyle Norris for good measure. Bearded Penny parting the Red Sea. Sure.

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Incredible. Alright, that about does it for this post. I hope I’ve kept up my end of the deal this past year and not turned TWL into a full on baby blog. Trying my hardest to just keep it to the bottom. Keep me in check though if it ever gets too out of control. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 21, 2013

Maaaaaaan, it’s been a jam-packed week over here at Doomtree HQ. So much sweet news to talk about, let’s just dive right into it. Dessa just dropped “Call Off Your Ghost,” the smash hit second single from Parts of Speech!!!

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The good folks over at Wall Street Journal and Speakeasy premiered the track yesterday (read their kind write up HERE), and today it’s available for purchase digitally through iTunes (HERE). Click the Soundcloud player below to stream the whole song. Dessa on the vocals, Paper Tiger on the beat. Always such a great pairing. You are gonna like this one, promise.

SO GOOD! And it gets even better: Last week Dessa announced the dates for the first leg of her Parts of Speech Tour. West Coast, it’s your turn. Click on the flyer below for all the major deetz and ticket link information. Des Moines and Sioux Falls were just added yesterday. Oh, and don’t forget about the Parts of Speech pre-order, available at the Doomtree Webstore (HERE) and now Fifth Element as well (HERE).

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Last week also saw the arrival of the brand new Sims & Astronautalis collabo single “This Is The Place,” produced by the one and only Cecil Otter!!!

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You can purchase the track from iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE), all for less than the cost of a small frosty. Once again, click the Soundcloud player below to stream the song in its entirety. It’s a monster.

Man, I love that track. You can see the dudes perform “This Is The Place” live for the very first time June 14th at the First Avenue Mainroom for their one-time only joint co-headlining concert. Mixed Blood Majority and Greg Grease round out the completely stacked line-up. Bill of the summer, hands down. Click the flyer below to grab tickets while they’re still available.

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In more big show news, the sixth annual Soundset Festival is going down this Sunday in Shakopee, MN. P.O.S and Mixed Blood Majority are both on the insane line-up, along with Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Tech N9ne, Mac Miller, Aesop Rock, and about one million others. Click HERE for tickets and info, and check out the promo video roll call below to get completely amped.

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And speaking of Doomtree related summer festival promo video roll calls (these segues are seriously reaching new heights), Summer Set Festival just put out this sweet video yesterday. The entire Doomtree crew will be performing there this August, along with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Big Boi, Diplo, and tons more (apparently we only play festivals that have the word “Set” in them). Click HERE for tickets and info, and check out the roll call video below.

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For the Bonus Jam today I wanted to talk a little bit about this new Daft Punk record that just dropped. I’ve been a pretty huge fan of these guys since Discovery, and I definitely bought into the masterful marketing campaign that led up to this release. Spent the last week streaming the album from iTunes and trying to digest it as much as possible. At this point I feel like I could write 100 pages on it, but I’ve already outstayed my welcome at a few parties this past week rambling on and on about it, so I’ll spare you the details. Let me just say that I can’t remember the last time a new release made me think and talk about and analyze music for more than just a day or two. I feel like I’m in junior high all over again nerding out about Sonic Youth records and Woody Allen movies. In 80 minutes this thing runs the gamut between amazing, challenging, hilarious, jaw-dropping, even frustrating and pretentious, but it really is a front to back insane ride and I can’t say enough about their unwillingness to cut any corners in the process (not to mention the way they made everything sound like a Steely Dan album). I absolutely do feel like this is an IMPORTANT record (there I said it), as old as that might make me sound, and I think you should hear it if you haven’t yet (iTunes HERE). Pitchfork’s review actually kind of hit the nail on the head too if you really wanna read more about it (HERE). Anyways, here’s “Get Lucky” for the millionth time, along with the cool unboxing video and snippet of the intro track (yet another amazing hype building marketing example). Hopefully you’ll be into it even a fraction as much as I am. If nothing else you’ll at least be treated to the completely flawless Michael McDonald/Doobie Brothers homage of “Fragments of Time.”

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Alright, enough music talk for one week. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to tie this whole thing together. My mom sent over a couple cool shots when she was watching her last week. Here’s Penny really getting in touch with nature and, more specifically, tulips. Is there a trademarked Flower Whisperer title out there yet?

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And here’s Penny demonstrating some kind of crazy lightning fast shape shifting hummingbird freak out arm scenario. Pretty cool move actually. I’m into it.

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As you can see, she’s getting really close to being able to walk. My favorite photo happened last night when I was trying to get a good pic for the blog. My goal was to capture her pushing around her favorite toy cart, but about halfway through she just stopped and did this:

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I can only imagine that this is some sort of display of ancient magic wizardry, judging from her stance and the look on her face, not to mention the Gandalf-like robe she chose to don. If you’re at all familiar with my TPC! lyrical background, you know that I am pretty into ancient magic wizardry, so I put out a call to the internets to assist me in a Photoshop contest, in order to convey the great levels of mysticism that my daughter so clearly possesses. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Lightning Mage Penny courtesy of Elizabeth Simmons.

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May the Force Be With Her courtesy of Ben Cohen.

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And my absolute favorite: Healer Penny courtesy of Elizabeth Simmons. Thanks so much for sending these over everybody. Photoshop pics make me laugh harder than about anything else out there (and yes I’ve seen The Big Lebowski AND The Hangover).

OK, that’s about it for this post. Make sure to spread the word about the new Dessa and Sims singles if you can, and I’ll hopefully see a ton of you out at Soundset this Sunday. If not, next Tuesday for sure. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

HA! And this just in, a few final Photoshop offerings:

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LAVABANGER Mage Penny courtesy of Elizabeth Simmons, aaaaaaaand………….

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Penny Magic courtesy of Arlo Guthrie (who you might remember from previous Photoshop contest victories, as well as the infamous Stevie Nicks picture). Thanks again everybody!

Sims “This Is The Place” World Premiere

Posted on May 16, 2013

BEST NEWS: Sims just dropped his brand new single,”This Is the Place,” featuring Astronautalis and produced by Cecil Otter!

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The Current dropped the track on air yesterday afternoon, and world premiered the song online this morning, along with an excellent Sims Q&A (read about all that right HERE). You can check out “This Is The Place” on Soundcloud below, and purchase it from iTunes right HERE for less than the cost of a small frosty.

SO GOOD. All of this awesome news on the heels of Sims and Astronautalis’ announcement that they will be co-headlining the First Avenue Mainroom on June 14th for a special one-time only joint set with a newly formed live band! And on top of all that Mixed Blood Majority and Greg Grease are both on the bill. Lineup of the summer, hands down. Plus it’ll be the first chance to see the dudes perform “This Is The Place” together live. Click the flyer below for more details and ticket info.

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BAM! Make sure to spread the word about “This Is The Place,” and don’t forget to grab it from iTunes HERE (for less than the cost of a king size Take 5 bar). Have a great week!

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 14, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It’s a relatively off-week compared to the last month or so of crazy posts, so I figured we could switch things up a bit and actually start with a couple Bonus Jams. P.O.S and Marijuana Deathsquads are getting ready to drop POS/WDELH/MDS/RMX, a front to back remix of Stef’s We Don’t Even Live Here album, in conjunction with Rhymesayers and TGNP.

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They dropped a remix of “Piano Hits” last week, and it is a monster. Beat contributions from Arson Only, Mark McGee, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Isaac Gale, Slapping Purses, and Plain Ole Bill. Plus new verses from Lizzo, Sims, and Stef himself. Check it out:

 

Out on the East Coast our main man Paper Tiger is putting the finishing touches on a new collaborative album with ultimate homie F. Stokes (Stokes on the raps, Papes on the beats). It’s called Fearless Beauty and they’re releasing it independently on June 17th.

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I got a chance to hear the whole album recently and I promise you it does not disappoint. They just dropped the first single last week, and it is by far one of my favorite songs of the year. Check out “Shaka Zulu” below:

 

BAM! So hot. Speaking of heat, I figured it might be time to fill everybody in on all of the Doomtree related summer shows taking place in the coming months (best segue yet, amiright?). I’m doing this just as much for me as I am for you. I don’t know how else I’d keep track of everything. Here goes nothing:

Soundset is upon us, and this year P.O.S and Mixed Blood Majority will be performing along with Snoop Dogg, Atmosphere, Busta Rhymes, and one millllllllion other great rappers. It all goes down Sunday, May 26th. Click the flyer for more details and ticket information. This will be the best.

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The following day Stef will be flying out to play the Sasquatch Festival on Sunday, May 27th. I believe this whole weekend is sold out, but again, click the flyer for all the deeeetz.

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Then a few weeks later it’s the completely stacked Sims & Astronautalis crazy co-headlining First Avenue show back home with Mixed Blood Majority and Greg Grease. I’m already billing this as the best lineup of the summer here in Minnesota, although I might be just a little biased. Tickets are moving fast for this, so make sure to grab them HERE. And stay tuned for more big time news from these two coming later this week.

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The following Saturday (6/22) Dessa will be playing the first of her two sold out Parts of Speech release shows. This one is at the Fitzgerald Theater and it’s gonna be faaaaaaancy. There’s no flyer image for the show since it sold out within hours, so I’m gonna use this opportunity to shamelessly promote the Parts of Speech pre-order. BAM!

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That exact same day Stef will be out in Denver performing a solo set at the Westword Music Showcase. Click the flyer for details.

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Then it’s Dessa’s second sold out release show at First Avenue on the 29th, followed by Stef playing July 2nd at Target Field DURING A MINNESOTA TWINS GAME!!! So amazing/bizarre. I guess he’ll be performing songs live from the left field balcony during pre-game, inning breaks, and pitching changes. I cannot wait to see this. You can grab Twins tickets right HERE.

July ends with Dessa in Chicago performing an outdoor show in Millenium Park with our good friend Psalm One. Click the sweet image below to get an idea of what this is all about. Sounds awesome.

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August brings the first public all crew Doomtree set of the year. All seven of us will be performing at Summer Set Festival in Somerset, WI (see what they did there?) during the weekend of August 9th-11th.  There are a ton of INSANE bands playing this year (Big Boi, Passion Pit, Diplo, Zedd, and Polica just to name a few). Check out the lineup below and grab tickets HERE. Really looking forward to this one.

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To close out the summer, we’ll all be flying to Sacramento, CA on September 7th and 8th for the Launch Music Festival with Imagine Dragons and Girl Talk (and a band called Doombird?!). Expect a big full-crew Doomtree performance plus solo sets from P.O.S and Dessa earlier on.

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OOOOOOOOkaaaaaay, you made it through the show posts! I think that about covers it for now. There are a couple other things still waiting to get announced, but I’ll make sure to keep you posted as those come up. Should be an outstanding summer.

I’m gonna hold off on doing a Dessa tour recap til next week when the gang officially gets back. They just wrapped up their third NYC residency show last night and have two more shows left as they make their way back home (Sellersville, PA tonight HERE, and Pontiac, MI on Thursday HERE). Here’s a quick pic of Dessa trapped in an East Coast thunderstorm earlier in the week though, just so you know she’s still out there. Stay tuned in the next couple days for even more Dessa tour announcements.

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Last Wednesday was Marijuana Deathsquads’ SLAM DUNK night at Icehouse, and probably my favorite night of all time (2013 at least). Lizzo and I got to do our first real LIZZOBANGERS set and it went off without a hitch. Feels super official to finally be playing all this new stuff out in public. Here’s a quick pic of Lizzo, Cliff, and Lauren at practice a few days before the show. Who needs a rehearsal space when you have a Toyota Camry! Seriously where is my free Toyota Camry?

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So yeah, the Lizzo set went great and then everything got a million times more crazy. I got to play with Deathsquads as they performed for almost 40 minutes to nothing but awesome beats and 600+ synchronized slam dunks. Here’s a quick idea of the layout at soundcheck.

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My phone doesn’t do it justice, but the main stage had two big screens front and center, plus a TV on each side, and then there were two more huge screens on each side of the venue, all playing rapid fire DUNKS while like 20 different rappers shared stage time and freestyled over all the different tracks. Steve McPherson was at the show and ended up doing an excellent write up of the whole night over at GRANTLAND (!!!), one of the best sports site out there. If you’ve got a couple minutes it’s definitely worth the read right HERE. Here’s a quick video he took to kind of give you an idea of the mass chaos that ensued. SO GREAT.

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Alright, before I go I wanted to quickly highlight a couple sweet Local Video Bonus Jams that just came out recently (ahem, circle of life from the top of the post). First up is Metasota, who’s H.I.P. 2 album is out now. This Bobby Raps produced “Force Fed” track is a definite stand out, plus the Sway Heavy directed video looks awesome. Check it out:

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Most welcomed music industry news ever: Y.N Rich Kids are back with “My Bike,” the follow up to “Hot Cheetos & Takis,” and these kids just racked up yet another summer anthem! Totally killing the game, plus the video rules. Shouts to the Vikes!

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Up next are the homies Taj Raj. These dudes have a new record coming out this summer, and the first single “Pollice Verso” is outstanding (love the chorus and the drums). Really good early morning suuuuuper chill music. Check it out:

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And lastly, here’s the brand new Har Mar Superstar “Lady, You Shot Me” video (he’ll always be local to me). Love this song.

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OK, that about it does it. I’ll leave you with one Bonus Penny Pic. We had a great Mother’s Day weekend celebrating with Mom and Grandma. Here’s Penny wishing all moms worldwide a very happy Mother’s Day. Check out Della the Dog’s sweet photo bomb in the background.

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Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week. Definitely stay tuned over here. We’ve got some big announcements coming in the next few days. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on May 07, 2013

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Today we are unveiling the brand new Doomtree Spring/Summer line of gear!!! Figured we could finally make the announcement now that the snow has melted in Minnesota for good this year (did I just jinx us?). We’ve got a ton of new season specific clothing and accessories to get you ready for the beach! Oh man, is this already starting to sound like a Sears commercial? Let’s start things off with a new CD and slowly ease into the department store talk. It is my great joy to present to you the first ever Doomtree Karaoke disc!

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That’s right, 14 of your favorite Doomtree HITZ on an official CD+G karaoke disc (for all of you die hard karaoke-ers). Created by our webstore’s own Grace Zimmerman (Stef’s mom), this thing is the real deal. Grace and her husband Doug have been diligently running our webstore since Day 1, and they’ve been doing pro karaoke since way before that. Grace often makes her own karaoke CDs to bring out to events, frequently visiting nursery homes over the weekends and hosting karaoke wedding receptions all over the place (Sims’ wedding was the best). When she told us she wanted to make an official Doomtree Karaoke disc we simply could not refuse. Also comes with a free download of all 14 video files, so you can play them from any computer in addition to the karaoke machines. Very limited supplies and only available at the Doomtree Webstore. $9.99 right HERE.

Alright, now let’s jump into the rest of the summer gear! It’s our first ever attempt at a seasonal line, so bear with me on all the cheeseball selling points. Click any of the images below for more details and ordering info.

COOZIES!

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Keep your Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade cold all summer long! Or any flavor of Mike’s Hard Lemonade for that matter. No Kings logo printed big on both sides. $3.99 right HERE.

SUNGLASSES!

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So your eyes don’t catch too many of those harmful UV rayz. Blacked out shadez with the wings and teeth logo on the right arm. $4.99 right HERE.

TANK TOPS!

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American Apparel tanks in both white and blue, so you can represent all over the basketball/volleyball courts. $19.99 right HERE.

TOTE BAGS!

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A Doomtree tote bag to carry your Doomtree coozie, Doomtree tank top, and Doomtree sunglasses to the beach with! Cream with mini black No Kings logos printed on front side. $11.99 right HERE.

WINDBREAKERS!

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For when the sun goes down at the beach, right? The pictures might not do it justice, but this thing is seriously AWESOME. American Apparel nylon taffeta light weight zip up windbreaker. Wings and teeth logo on the front, No Kings on the back. I will actually wear this one! $39.99 right HERE.

“DOOMTREE, MN” WHITE SHIRTS!

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The classic Doomtree, MN design stylishly revamped in white so the sun can be more forgiving to your sweaty body. $19.99 right HERE.

 P.O.S BUTTON PACK!

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Not sure if buttons are really a summer thing per say, but Stef wanted to make some so we did it! Five different 1″ buttons from the WDELH artwork. Very limited supplies. $6.99 right HERE.

P.O.S “C.R.E.A.M.” SHIRT!

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Get it? Another sweet MN Vice and P.O.S collabo. C.R.E.A.M. logo on front, MN Vice/P.O.S logos on back. $19.99 right HERE.

BAM! There you have it, the first ever Doomtree seasonal clothing and accessory line. We’re gonna try to do this twice a year from here on out, so get ready for the exclusive Doomtree snow blower coming out next fall!

OK, let’s get back into some music news. Last week the good people over at Blackbook premiered a sweet new lyric video for Parts of Speech first single “Warsaw.” Created by the one and only Adam J. Dunn (check out tons more of his phenomenal work right HERE). Watch this and try to keep up with the breakneck lyrical spiritual miracle cereal raps.

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Dess and the band are currently about a third of the way through their East Coast run. They’ll be playing Boston tonight and Brooklyn tomorrow, and you can get details and tickets for the whole tour right HERE. I stole a couple pictures off of Dessa’s Instagram feed to give you a brief recap of what’s gone down so far.

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MOUNTAIN appears to be thriving in the bumper to bumper East Coast parking game. Very impressive.

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Joey and Dustin sipping margaritas from some seriously fancy goblets. 100% Lazerbeak approved activity.

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Before and……..

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After! I’ve seen Young Baby find a million different ways to sleep in hotel rooms all around the country, but this takes the cake.

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Aby vs. Annie’s. Might be time to step up the Mom Snacks guys.

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These dudes!!! The band is playing three separate shows in New York throughout the tour, which means they’ll get lots of quality time with Sick Trim co-founder Paper Tiger and his awesome new dog Winston.

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I told you they were debuting a ton of new Parts of Speech material at these shows. Here’s the proof. Make sure you check out one of the remaining shows if you’re in the area. Tickets right HERE.

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While those guys were gone grinding it out on the road, I got a call yesterday from Noiseland saying the Parts of Speech deluxe vinyl just came in! We only made a total of 500 on red vinyl, and they’re going fast. Make sure to hit up the pre-order right HERE to snag one.

Last week we announced the insane news that Sims and Astronautalis will be playing a joint headlining show together at First Avenue on June 14th, along with Mixed Blood Majority and Greg Grease. And now tickets have officially gone on sale to the public. Click the flyer below to grab them while you still can. Show of the summer!

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Oh yeah, one other bit of show info. If you’re in the Twin Cities make sure to come out to Icehouse tomorrow night to catch the second installment of Marijuana Deathsquads’ “Music Rocks” Residency (Slam Dunk Edition). Lizzo and I will be opening up and playing a ton of new material off of LIZZOBANGERS, plus there will be constant and unrelenting slam dunk vizualz synced up to Squads’ entire set. It’s gonna be completely nutz. Click the flyer below for more info, and hopefully I’ll see a bunch of you out there.

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OK, I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics, since I took a lot of heat for not including her in either of last week’s posts.

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Little drummer girl. Already a natural. Hoping she can eventually step in as the percussionist in my Luther Vandross family tribute band. I’ve got the high bass covered.

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Here we are practicing something I like to call “Gentle Pets” with Della the Dog. It consists of me attempting to explain the difference between a “gentle pet” and trying to poke Della’s eye out with one hand while ripping her ear off with the other. We’re making progress.

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And lastly, here’s Penny hanging outside and soaking up the rays with her NEW DOOMTREE COOZIE!!!! ONLY $3.99 AT THE WEBSTORE!!!! See how good I am at sewing these posts up?

Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful week enjoying this awesome weather. I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 30, 2013

UPDATE (Friday, 12:00pm): Tickets for the Sims and Astronautalis show at First Avenue are now officially on sale to the public! Cop them right HERE while you still can.

Welcome back to a regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Two back-to-back blogz, I told you this was gonna be a huge news week. Here’s the reason why: Sims and Astronautalis have just announced a ginormous co-headlining show at First Avenue on June 14th!!! Mixed Blood Majority and the homie Greg Grease are playing too! THIS IS GOING TO BE INSANE!!!!

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 As the flyer says above, both Sims and Astronautalis will be sharing the stage for a one-time only special collaborative joint set with a full live band. I’ll let Sims break down all the details for you in his own words though (in red, cuz I can). Check this out:

When Astronautalis’ house burned down in January he moved into my house for a couple of months. There was lots of rap. And whiskey. One night, we got to talking about our summer show plans. It’s been a while since he or I have played a headliner in Minneapolis and we were like, “We should do a show together…duh.” We talked about what that would look like and how to make it special. We were clear: this is a one-time only occasion so we should maximize the opportunity. We decided to combine our sets into one awesome collaborative set and find a band of some talented people to spruce up our songs. We’ve both been working on new material and a few collaborations. We will be debuting plenty of new stuff live at First Avenue on June 14th.

There will be a lot of firsts on June 14th. It will mark the first time we’ve performed a collaborative set, and our first time performing with this band. The first time either he or I have headlined at First Ave. And the first time we’ll be playing some new songs, including our new collaborative song “This Is The Place” (more on that soon).

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There you have it, directly from the man himself. Tickets are now officially on sale to the public! You’re gonna want to cop them right HERE while you still can. This lineup is too stacked to miss, and I’m not just saying that because I’m on it. We’ll make sure to keep you posted with further details on this one-of-a-kind show, like when that new “This Is The Place” collabo track is dropping and what the live band entails. This will definitely be one for the history books.

Segueing ever so smoothly into Mixed Blood Majority news, last Sunday we shot our first ever music video for “Story to Tell” (off the MBM self-titled debut album) featuring ultimate homie Toki Wright. Here’s a picture of the dudes hamming it up and soaking in the beautiful weekend weather over at Powderhorn Park.

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 And here’s a couple action shots of rappers in the wild, climbing trees.

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Toki wins.

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I’ll definitely keep you posted on the “Story to Tell” video as we get closer to dropping it. For now let me just say that Penny does make a cameo in her first ever on screen performance. Big things for an 11 month old baby.

Moving on to big Dessa news: The second episode of Direct Flight, Dessa’s very own fake show in which she interviews Parts of Speech musical collaborators over airplane bottles of booze, is all wrapped up and ready to air. It features yours truly as the (incredibly special) guest and covers such riveting topics as the best flavor of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, made up sports theme songs, and our thoughts on the new Taylor Swift album. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the world premiere of Direct Flight Episode 2: Lazerbeak. WATCH IT.

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Haha, shouts to Young Baby Ander Other killing the filming, editing, and “putting me out there for not washing my jeans” game. I wash em every once in awhile, promise.

In other Dessa news, the Early Words Tour has officially kicked off! Dess and the full band are en route to Buffalo, NY as we speak for the first show of tour tonight. They’ll be spending the next three weeks out East going up and down the coast and rocking a three show NYC residency. All details and ticket info can be procured by clicking the flyer below. And don’t forget about that super mega deluxe Parts of Speech pre-order going on right HERE.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan is wrapping up his own video in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you can check out this sweet SNAXXX promo deal we’ve entered into with Soundsupply, a new digital music servicing company. They do these promotions called Mini Drops, where you can get super cheap five album bundles for a limited time only. Mike is a part of their first ever Hip Hop Drop, and you can pick up SNAXXX, along with records from Astronautalis, Kid Static, Skewby, and Mike Schlitz, for only $10 total (this week only). Click the links and images below to check out the deal.

Click here to visit Soundsupply.

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If you stopped by here yesterday you know the deal about all the exciting LIZZOBANGERS news. I’ll just give you a brief recap in case you missed it.

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For the last six months I’ve been working on an album with rapper/singer/renaissance woman Lizzo. It’s called LIZZOBANGERS and will be dropping on Totally Gross National Product later this summer (shouts to Garrett Born on the press pic). We put out our first single from the record yesterday, and you can stream “T-Baby” below. BUMP THAT.

You can also download the song on the brand new (and FREE.99) Totally Gross National Product 2013 Sampler. 10 sweet new trackz from a bunch of projects they’ll be putting out later this year. Click the cover below to grab that.

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Lizzo, Cliff, and I will be playing our second show ever on May 8th at Icehouse in Minneapolis as part of Marijuana Deathsquads month long Music Rocks residency. Check out the details on the flyer below, and just know that our May 8th ‘SLAM DUNK’ night will feature video projection of thousands of real deal slam dunk timed up to MDS music. I cannot wait!

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In closing, I’d just like to say a few words about the recent Roosevelt High School workshop and final performance that Doomtree was lucky enough to be a part of. For the last 10 weeks or so we’ve been putting on an after school creative writing/performance workshop over at RHS, working with kids on everything from similes and metaphors to mic handling and stage presence. This past Friday was the final performance in the school’s auditorium, where some of the students were brave enough to perform their final pieces on stage, followed by a Doomtree crew set. Reed Fischer and Erik Hess over at Gimme Noise did an amazing recap of the entire night that you can read about right HERE. Since I was up on stage most of the evening and unable to get my own pictures, I’m gonna sneak a few shots from their post to give the students that performed a little bit of shine time. All photos are courtesy of the very talented Erik Hess (please don’t sue me).

Zoey Friesen performing “A New Me”

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Bernard Dixon (AKA Fat Man) performing “I’m Going Down The Hill”

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Bri LeGarde (AKA Rany) performing “Thank You”

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Bernard Riley (AKA Gee-Whiz) performing “Let It Go”

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Farhia Jama performing “Shining Back”

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Jayson “JT” Hosley (AKA Suave) performing “The Perfect Song”

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Tyler Scaramuzzo and Damarez White (AKA Just Tyler & Apollo) performing “70′s Genre”

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Also huge shouts to Raymond and Lavar (who were unable to make the performance), Tony, Shelby, Felipe, and all of the other students that attended the workshop throughout the last couple months (you too Julia). Could not be more proud of you guys. Thanks for putting in the work and absolutely crushing it. I haven’t stopped smiling since the show.

Alright, that about does it for this beyond mammoth edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Congratulations on making it through the whole thing. Hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Mondays With Lazerbeak: LIZZOBANGERS Edition

Posted on April 29, 2013

Hey! Welcome to an extremely rare Mondays With Lazerbeak post. There’s so much news going on this week that I’m gonna need two whole days worth of blogz to cover it all. Good problem to have I guess. Today is 100% dedicated to LIZZOBANGERS, the new album I’ve been working on with Lizzo, Ryan Olson, and Cliff Rhymes for the past six months. Lizzo on the vocals, Beak on the beats, Ryan on the creative/spiritual guru music editing overseer guy, and Cliff on the hypes.

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Photo by Garrett Born

We debuted the first single from the album last night on The Current as part of the Totally Gross National Product Local Show Takeover. The track is called “T-Baby,” and you should probably check it out (not now but) right now, below.

You can stream the entire uncut and hilariously remixed Current interview (and learn about a slew of upcoming TGNP projects) right HERE. Towel Man even makes a few appearances. By far the best radio interview I’ve ever been a part of.

And if that wasn’t enough, TGNP has just released a 2013 sampler album for FREE.99 with 10 awesome new tracks from groups like The Cloak Ox, Marijuana Deathsquads, Slapping Purses, as well as the Lizzo track. Click the album cover below to grab that.

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Speaking of Marijuana Deathsquads, they’ve just announced a five show May residency at Icehouse that kicks off this Friday in Minneapolis. Tons of new music, interactive video displays, and very special guests at each show. Lizzo, Cliff, and I will be playing a set on May 8th for the ‘SLAM DUNK’ themed night. Expect tons of LIZZOBANGERS world premieres, plus a synced up video display during Deathsquads set that will include hundreds (thousands?) of real deal slam dunks timed up to the music! Just dusted off my VHS copy of NBA Superstars to contribute to the footage. Here are the details for the entire month of the Music Rocks residency.

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Can’t say it enough, these shows are gonna be INSANE.

OK, that’s about it for this special Mondays With Lazerbeak post. Make sure to listen to “T-Baby” (HERE), download the free TGNP 2013 Sampler (HERE), and hit up the Music Rocks residency (HERE) if you’re in the area. And definitely stop back here tomorrow for even more big announcements on the regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Have a great day. See you tomorrow!

– Beak

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Photo by Garrett Born