Super Producer

Lazerbeak is a thug. Do not be deceived by the nice-guy introductions backstage. Beak is responsible for some of the hardest lavabangers in hip hop, period. Catchy, rib-crushing, filthy.

In his basement workshop, Beak works mostly with a MPC2000XL. He layers propulsive, hard-hitting drums with driving guitar and keyboard melodies. He paces after the addition of each element, ducking to avoid the overhead pipes, playing air drums, and calculating his next layer.

Beak’s sequencing is a large part of his sound. “After you’ve got the main structure, to make it a real song, you have to take it all part again. It’s like a battle with the beat, every time.” And Beak always wins. When it’s over, the effect is some helicopter-at-the-omnitheater shit. He’ll take a beat down to its most essential elements before letting it off the leash to explode into anthemic proportions.

Lazerbeak got involved with the Doomtree crew through his high school friendship with Stef (P.O.S). But by then he’d already been playing music for years. Since 8th grade he played with The Plastic Constellations, the indie rock group that would go on to tour the country, signed to French Kiss Records. Stef, having heard Lazerbeak’s music with TPC, encouraged him to start making beats. Beak got a loan from his folks to buy his first MPC from Guitar Center. Stef came over in the afternoon to show him the ropes. No looking back.

To date, Lazerbeak has produced over 400 beats. His production appears on almost every Doomtree release, including all three of P.O.S’ solo albums. He’s now completing the production for the upcoming Sims solo release and working on a solo endeavor of his own.

Most recently, Doomtree released Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Mike Mictlan. The two schemed for years to write and record the disc. For much of that time Mike was living in L.A. Lazerbeak sent Mike beat CDs in the mail. Mike rapped his verses to Lazerbeak over the phone. Big dreams, big phone bills. Now the fruit of their labor is available in all its glory as Hand Over Fist. Legend Recognize Legend.


Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

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Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 22, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I wanted to start off by thanking everyone who helped us make Record Store Day 2014 a smashing success. We got word that tons of stores were selling out of Castor, The Twin vinyl early on in the day, and the couple hundred copies we kept for the webstore went in less than eight hours this past Sunday. If you missed out on a grabbing a copy over the weekend though, you’re in luck: We’re repressing Dessa’s Castor, The Twin LP on standard black vinyl and you can now pre-order a copy right HEREOrders should ship out by May 19th, and you can get all the sweet deetz HERE.


Now for something I’d like to call the Doomtree One Miiiiiiiiilllion Show Roundup. Kind of a mouthful actually, please holler if you’ve got something a little catchier. Anyways, a bunch of Doomtree related Spring and Summer shows have been getting announced left and right these past couple weeks, and I thought it might be nice to try and sort it all out in the order that they occur. Bear with me, here goes nothing!


Tomorrow (Wed the 23rd), Dessa and her full band will be headlining the kickoff to the big Mid West Music Fest in Winona, MN. Grab tickets HERE.


Sims is headed to Sioux Falls this weekend for a headlining show at Bigs on Friday. Details and ticket info right HERE.


Next week 800 student musicians will be debuting “Controlled Burn,” the classical composition composed by Dessa and Jocelyn Hagen, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Dessa will also be performing a few of her own songs each night. Details in the flyer above. Admission is FREE.99.

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Then on May 5th Dessa will head overseas to perform a solo show in Prague with Tim Kasher from Cursive. Details and ticket info right HERE.

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Speaking of overseas, Sims kicks off a two week tour throughout Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic on May 21st. You can get all sorts of details and ticket info right HERE.

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On May 24th Cecil Otter will be playing with his band La Liberte for the Fort Wilson Riot release party. Check out all the details right HERE.


Then on the following day, May 25th, I’ll be playing with Lizzo at Soundset 2014, alongside Nas, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and one miiiiiiillion other great rappers. Tickets HERE.


The following week I’ll be playing with Mixed Blood Majority at the Turf Club on May 31st for our good friend Mayda’s album release party. Check out her new single “All I Have” right HERE, and grab tickets HERE.

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On June 20th Cecil Otter will play the annueal 605 Summer Classic in Sioux Falls, alongside T-Pain and Mac Lethal. Check out all the details right HERE.


Dessa will be performing at this year’s Rock The Garden in Minneapolis on June 22nd, alongside Spoon and Guided By Voices. Tickets HERE.

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Very excited to announce that our first Doomtree all crew shows of the summer will be played alongside our friends Trampled By Turtles. June 27th in Moorhead (tickets HERE) and June 28th at Bayfront Park in Duluth (tickets HERE).


And lastly (for now), the whole Doomtree crew will be playing the MAHA Music Festival in Omaha on August 16th, alongside Death Cab for Cutie and Local Natives. Fest details and ticket info right HERE.

OOOOOOOOKAY, I think that about does if for the Doomtree One Miiiiiiilllion Show Roundup. That was a real doozy. Now let’s get into some actual real deal music with a few hometown Bonus Jams from some albums that recently dropped over in these parts of the world. I’ll start things off with Heiruspecs, whose Night Falls album just came out this morning. Check out “Towers” below and grab the whole thing right HERE.

The homies MaLLy and Last Word just dropped their great new album The Colors of Black a few weeks back. Check out the new video for “City of Fear” and grab the album on iTunes HERE.

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And lastly, Manny Phesto just dropped Southside Looking In, a new full-length album produced entirely by Mike the Martyr. Check out “Rabbit Holes” below and grab the whole thing right HERE.

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Alright, I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Baby Pics before calling it. The TWINZ are almost six weeks old now. SO CRAZY. Everyone is super healthy and growing tons. Here’s Crabby Cam and Laidback Lou in one of their more peaceful moments.

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Easter was a big hit with Penny. Here she is dying her first Easter eggs over at my folks’ place. Notice the extreme concentration, high attention to detail, and insane hair. We may have a future tortured artist on our hands.


Here’s Penny all dolled up with Mom on Easter morning. Huge shouts to her great grandma GiGi for the Sunday’s Best. She even managed to keep them on all the way up until lunch.

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BAM! OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week enjoying the first round of the NBA Playoffs. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Castor, The Twin LP Available Now!

Posted on April 20, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated Record Store Day in a big way by releasing a limited initial run of Dessa’s Castor, The Twin album on vinyl for the first time ever. Knowing that not everyone would have the opportunity to pick it up at their local shop, we decided to hold on to 180 copies for ourselves and make them available on the Doomtree Webstore starting right NOW!

UPDATE: All limited edition vinyl copies of Castor, The Twin have sold out. The standard black vinyl version is now available HERE


Click HERE to pick up the limited edition hand-numbered white vinyl, with bonus “Beekeeper” sheet music insert and digital download card, before they’re all gone. Check out this sweet hands on packaging video for the whole rundown. BAM!

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 15, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I’ve got a lot of cool ground to cover today, so let’s just jump right into it. This Saturday is Record Store Day, and to celebrate we’re releasing Dessa’s Castor, The Twin album on vinyl for the first time ever!


So pumped to be adding this release to the Doomtree vinyl catalog. Check out the flyer above for a list of the stores we’ve been told will be stocking it. Probably still a good idea to call your local store in advance to double check that they’re carrying it, as this list doesn’t include all of the stores participating, and quantities are fairly limited at each location. This initial pressing is limited to 1,000 hand-numbered pieces on white vinyl, with bonus “Beekeeper” sheet music inserts transposed for piano and vocal. Check out the awesome packaging video below for all the sweet deetz, plus some intriguing evidence leading me to believe Dessa is controlling her keyboard through the art of telekinesis. Shouts to Ander Other on the vizualz!

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So cool. Oh, and if you don’t live near any of those record stores, don’t fret: We’ve saved a handful of copies for the webstore. Just make sure to keep your eyes peeled here over the weekend for more info on all of that.

Dessa and the band continue their April Weekend Warrior run this Thursday with a show in Eau Claire (tix HERE), Friday in Duluth (tix HERE),  and Saturday in Rochester (tix HERE). They’ll be capping everything off next weekend with a headlining slot at the big Mid West Music Fest in Winona. Click the flyer below for all the details.


OK, now let’s move on to a big time album announcement: The brand new six-song TYTE JEFF EP just dropped this morning and I could not be more excited!!! 


TYTE JEFF is Jeff Allen from The Plastic Constellations’ new group, and they are truly 2TYTE. Love this band. You can stream the entire EP for FREE.99 on the Soundcloud player below, or grab it from iTunes HERE if you’re more of a digital file ownership proponent. Either way, it is THEEEE BEST! So amped for these guys.

The TJ dudes will be celebrating in style this Saturday with a big record release show at the Turf Club. Valet and The Ronnie Buxtons are also on the bill, and the whole night is guaranteed to rule super hard. Grab tickets right HERE and check out the flyer below for all the details.


Now for a truly mind blowing SEGUE STREAK that will tie in shows happening this Saturday AND Record Store Day related events: I will be playing a mini set with Lizzo this Saturday afternoon at Fifth Element’s Record Store Day extravaganza. BAM! Come through to catch a bunch of other guest performances, in addition to tons of crazily discounted records and merch. This is always a great time. Hope to see some of you there!

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Alright, that about does it for Doomtree-related music news. Let’s get into the Bonus Jam Album of the Week! This one comes from Norwegian producer Todd Terje, who’s debut solo LP It’s Album Time (best album title since Malkmus’ Wig Out at Jag Bags?) has been playing non-stop over here. Hard to fully describe the range of styles on this one, but it somehow encompasses the best elements of disco, 70′s film scores, elevator music, and house into something that sounds way funner than it reads. A perfect driving around with the windows down Springtime type of record. Check out some standouts below and grab the whole thing from iTunes HERE if you’re feeling it. Legend God approved and HIGHLY recommended.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of quick Bonus Baby Pics. I gotta be honest, the TWINZ don’t really do anything super cool yet (picture wise I mean – they’re still definitely cool). They kind of just lay around sleeping and eating all day like the Two Princes to the throne that they are. Here’s a picture of Penny attempting to rock them both to sleep and watch a 92nd screening of Frozen at the SAME DAMN TIME. Babies raising babies, man.

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Speaking of Penny, she totally lucked out and somehow managed to score trips to TWO different zoos last week. Huge shouts to Grandma Rosemary and Auntie Roons for the day trips. Here’s Penny kicking it with her favorite tiger.

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Aaaaaaaaaand pointing at said tiger just in case you forgot she was totally just hanging out with it.

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It’s hard to maintain that type of extremely active animal interaction for long though, especially when you’re not even two years old. Bear witness (ANIMAL PUN INTENDED) to the exhausting aftermath of back to back zoo trips. Bonus points for rocking a cool DIVA Pose even in her sleep. Nicely done.


Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a truly wonderful week. Looking forward to seeing some of you out on Saturday for the Fifth Element afternoon show and the TYTE JEFF night rager. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on April 08, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’m gonna start things off with a quick P.O.S check in. Thanks to everyone hitting us up asking how things are going with the new kidney. At this point in the process there just isn’t a whole lot new stuff to report on. It’s basically a lot of doctors visits, big time resting up at home, and tons of meds for the immediate future. Stef’s doing really good though, and he sent over another thumbs up picture yesterday to prove it.

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Mark Potter, Stef’s donor, is also doing great. City Pages did an interview with him a few weeks back to talk about his recovery, his friendship with Stef, and the benefits of live organ donation. Check out the whole thing right HERE. Keeping with the whole thumbs up theme, here’s another picture of Mark not long after surgery. He’s already out and about these days and back to work like a total champ.

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Switching gears a bit, let’s get into the Doomtree Events Calendar real quick, as there’s a handful of sweet Doomtree related shows going on this month. Dessa and her full band continue their Weekend Warrior run this week with shows in Madison (Thurs – tix HERE), Lansing (Fri – tix HERE), and Chicago (Sat – tix HERE). Click the flyer below for more details on those shows and the rest of her Midwest dates this month.


Then early next month Dessa will head overseas to the Czech Republic for a big show in Prague with Tim Kasher of Cursive fame. Check out tons more details for that May 5th show below.

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Speaking of overseas shows (eternal segue streak), don’t forget about Sims’ recently announced two week tour of Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic in May. It’s real international for us right now. Click HERE for all the details and check out the dates below.

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Aaaaaand bringing it back the shows going on this month category, Sims will be in Sioux Falls on April 25th for a one-off at Bigs. Check out the flyer for more details, and click HERE for ticket info.


One final event to talk about: This weekend I’ll be heading out to Bemidji, MN with Chris Hadland, director of Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team, for the 2nd annual Headwaters Film Festival. TTBT will be the featured film of the fest on Saturday night, and Chris and I will be introducing the movie and doing a Q&A session directly after the showing, just like real deal directors and executive producers do it. The movie start at 7:00 with the Q&A at 8:30. Check out more details on the entire festival right HERE.

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And if you hate film festivals, or just don’t live anywhere near Bemidji, you can always watch the entire documentary from the privacy of your own home over at Download and streaming options are both available.


Alright, that should just about do it on the events side of things. Now for some serious Bonus Jams!!! Below is a list of ten newish songs that I’ve been super into as of late, from a wide variety of national artists. Consider it your Tuesdays With Lazerbeak Mega Bonus Jam Playlist of the Week. There’s hopefully something in here for everyone. Enjoy!

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” Cerrone Funk Mix

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Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

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Drake  - “Draft Day”

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Cozz – “Dreams”

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Lone – “2 is 8”

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Aero Flynn – “Twist”

Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down” (Live on SNL)

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Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

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War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”

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Doe Paoro – “Walking Backwards”

BAM! So many jams. I’ll leave you with some obligatory Bonus Baby Pics before calling it a day. The TWINZ continue their quest for male model dominance this week with a photo shoot for the very stylish First Avenue onesies. Enormous shouts to First Ave (greatest club in the world) for the merch and the card. Check out my guy Lou Man Group working the front side, while Camphibian Newton rocks the back. Future security in training for real.

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Penny has been warming up to the whole Party of Five thing a little more this past week, and has dove into big sister helper mode in a major way. Here she is doing the dishes over at Grandma’s house. Still working on the whole water stays in the sink concept, but we’ll get there.

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And here is a truly INSANE action shot of Penny head banging at this open play pavillion out in Hopkins. Even I don’t really have the words for this caption. Future death metal loyalist in training?


OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 25, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Last week we revealed the details for our first Record Store Day label contribution. On April 19th, in conjunction with Record Store Day 2014, we will release Dessa’s critically acclaimed 2011 full-length Castor, The Twin on vinyl for the first time ever!


We’ve made up a total of 1,000 hand-numbered white vinyl pieces for this initial run, and included a very special sheet music insert to standout track “The Beekeeper,” transcribed for piano and vocal arrangement. The records will be available locally at Fifth Element and all Electric Fetus locations, as well as several other independent shops across the country. We’re currently working with our distributor to get a list of all the stores that will be carrying it, and I’ll make sure to share that with you as soon as we get it all together. In the meantime, check out this short but sweet vizual that Ander Other put together, and get totally pumped for Record Store Day!

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Dessa and her band will hit the road for a bunch Midwest shows starting next week. Catch them in cities throughout Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and our fine state of Minnesota, kicking things off with a sold out hometown show on March 28th in Minneapolis and concluding the run with a recently announced headlining slot at this year’s Mid West Music Fest on April 23rd. Check out the flyer below for all the details, and click HERE for ticket info.


In early Bonus Jams news, Cecil and I recently created a remix for the excellent Minneapolis band Now, Now. It’s part of their just released Threads Remixed EP, which celebrates the two year anniversary of their original Threads album. Check out a snippet of the Cecil Otter & Lazerbeak produced “Thread” remix (notice a theme here?) by clicking the image below, and grab the whole EP from iTunes right HERE.


Speaking of great local bands (SEGUE STREAK!!!!), let’s get into some awesome TYTE JEFF news! TYTE JEFF is Jeff Allen, guitarist/singer from my old band The Plastic Constellations, and the sweet NEW band he recently put together. The dudes just world premiered their next single today via The Current, and it is a total heat knocker. Read Andrea Swensson’s great write up and introduction to the project right HERE, and be one of the first to check out “Exurb Kids Don’t Know What They Don’t Know” below. You will like it.


SO GOOD! The TYTE JEFF EP drops on April 15th, with a big tyme release show bonanza at the Turf Club on April 19th. Check out the flyer below for all the details. Valet and and the new band from Steve Barone (ex-Lifter Puller) are also on the bill. YESSSSSS!!!!


Continuing with the local band theme, let’s get into yet another edition of Local Bonus Jams! The output of this city simply DOES. NOT. LET. UP. I’m gonna kick this round off with a new solo joint from Brandon Allday, featuring Medium Zach on the hook and Afrokeys on the beat. Extremely pumped about all the new stuff Brandon has been working on lately. Check out “Soldier of Fortune” below.


Next up is a super promising new single from Greg Grease’s new group ZULUZULUU. I really love this song, and am very excited to hear more from these guys. Check out “Let It Go” below.


Heiruspecs just dropped a new single off their upcoming Night Falls album, and the dudes will be playing a record release show at the Amsterdam Bar with Allan Kingdom and Dem Atlas on April 26th to celebrate. Check out the Twin Cities vets’ latest offering below.


MaLLy and Last Word are gearing up for the April 8th release of The Colors of Black, and dropped this new heater last week. I’ve gotten the pleasure to check out this whole album in advance, and it is phenomenal. This “Hold My Tongue” track is a definite standout for sure. Everyone nails their verses, and Last Word crushes the beat. Listen to it!


Up next is the latest from Johnny Questionmark, whose new album Falling In Like dropped just last week. This track is actually over an older beat of mine that he resurrected for the project. It’s always cool with when stuff like that works out. Check out “Whiskey” below.


Lastly, Jack Spencer is back with yet another monthly beattape showcasing the wide range of production talent this fine state has to offer. March’s installment focuses on the laid-back sounds of Diatonic, Brand Nu, Slamborghini, J-Hard, Prime Cut, Garlic Brown, Prophis, and Yakub. Shouts to Jack for continuing to shed light on the plethora of great up-and-coming producers coming out of the Twin Cities. Keeps us old guys on our toes. Check out the entire Gimme Noise Beattape Vol. 3 below.


OK, that about does it for this post. I’ll leave you with some Bonus Baby Pics before I call it. Luther and Cameron (aka Lou and Cam aka Laid-Back Lou and The Camphibian) are almost two weeks old now and doing awesome back at home with us. They just passed their first pediatrician appointment yesterday with flying colors! Here they are side by side, feeling pretty good about acing that test. Lou’s the one on the left with the crazy hair (Luthair), and that’s Cam on the right with the cool “Pinch Me” crab outfit. They are pretty alright I guess.

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Here’s a funny one of Cam (aka Frog Legs) dreaming about what I can only imagine to be some pretty amazing stuff. Must be nice to to know the warm embrace of sleep, huh dude?

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Not to be outdone ever, here’s 22-month-old Penny flashing an even bigger and more impressive smile than her younger brother. She truly is the Queen of the Bath, crazy teeth and all.

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Alright, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week gearing up for what is sure to be an insane Sweet Sixteen. See you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!!

Posted on March 18, 2014

Welcome back to an extremely special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak: TWINZ Edition!!! Last week the wifepiece and I finally dropped our long anticipated double disc sophomore collabo, and the positive reception and critical acclaim for the project has been truly overwhelming. It brings me immense joy and ultimate pride to introduce Luther Bennett and Cameron Milo Mader into the world!

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SO CRAZED. A few years back when our daughter Penelope was born I wrote up a sort of highlight reel play-by-play recap of the delivery week for our out-of-town friends and family (check that out HERE for reference), and I’d like to carry on tradition by doing the same for these two young gentlemen. Without further ado, I present to you: A TALE OF TWO TWINZ.

Last Wednesday marked the 38 week pregnancy point for a doubly knocked up Brittany (aka Killa Cam aka The Wifepiece). Just how pregnant, you say? Here is her belly not even fitting all the way into the camera frame.

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With TWINZ the doctors won’t take you past 38 weeks due to greater risk of complications at birth, so the hospital scheduled us for a Wednesday afternoon C-section. The night before we watched Jackie Brown and took in our last evening as a family of three, ready as ever to rapidly morph into a PARTY OF FIVE!

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Wednesday morning we got all our bags together and were about to walk out the door when Brittany got the call that there was no room at the inn (shouts to that Old Testament reference), and we would have to reschedule for the following day. NOOOOO!

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After getting super amped up and mentally prepared for the delivery this news came as a major bummer, but on the bright side we got to spend one last totally free afternoon with our daughter Penny, which ended up completely ruling. After a quick Wikipedia search I also learned that Scatman John’s birthday landed on the following day, so I think pushing things back was probably all meant to bwee dot dot dotta dot (BAM! Dad Jokes 4 Ever). Just so she doesn’t feel left out of this post, here’s a pretty cool picture of Penny barking some pretty intense baking instructions to the line cooks in my mom’s kitchen.

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On Thursday morning we grabbed those bags off the couch and headed into the hospital for real this time. Here’s a shot of us waiting in the prep room.

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They brought out the legendary blue jumpsuit for me (love that thing), and things started to get really real. This picture may be the album cover to our first kids album.

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I’ll spare you all the gory pics of the surgery and crazy just-born purple looking babies, but suffice it to say that everything went off without a hitch. At 12:44 on Thursday, March 13th, Luther Bennett Mader was born into the world, weighing in at an impressive 7 lbs, 3 ozs. Right on his heels was the scrappy Cameron Milo Mader, born at 12:45 and clocking in at a surprising 7 lbs, 4 ozs (he was supposed to be the tiny one). For reference, that is exactly four times the weight of what Penny was when she was born. SO MUCH BABIES. Here’s a picture of Mom and Cameron (aka Cam&Cam) right afterwards.

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Luther was born with some extra fluid in his lungs and had to spend a couple nights in the very swanky Special Care Nursery. Here he is luxuriating in his own personal suite.

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And here’s a picture of me singing Babyface’s “Whip Appeal” to Lou once we were allowed to take him out of the incubator. I have no idea why, but that song has been stuck on repeat in my head for the last eight days. At this rate it is the only song these boys may ever know.

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By Saturday afternoon Luther was given the green light to permanently come kick it with us. Here’s Mom and the TWINZ reunited after a long 48 hours. Lou is winning in the crazy faces department so far.

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Aaaaaaand here’s one with a very tired Dad. Shouts to my growing collection of Old Navy sweatshirts for getting me through this whole ordeal in comfort and style. No big rush, but I’m still waiting on that endorsement deal call back.

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Our first night of “sleep” with these little  guys.

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And finally, here’s Lou and Cam hanging out back at home with us last night. Looks like we’ve already got a super pro press shot put together for their upcoming self-titled TWINZ album. I’m predicting this could be the biggest brother band since Oasis (or at the very least Kings of Leon). Bring on those royalty checks.


And there you have it, A TALE OF TWO TWINZ! That about catches us up to this moment right now: Me scrambling to type this all up before the next scheduled feeding. The feeding/pumping schedule with TWINZ is no joke! I need to grow more hands.

I’ll leave you with a couple of very topical TWINZ Bonus Jams before calling it. This first one is from (you guessed it) Luther Vandross. Hard to describe how much this man’s music has impacted me, but hopefully you’ll get a little bit of an idea why by watching this live performance of “A House Is Not A Home” from the 1988 NAACP Image Awards. He vamps it out pretty hard and sings the whole thing directly to his mentor/idol Dionne Warwick, who originally sang the song first. It’s the last thing that I watched before we went to the hospital on Thursday, and it is incredible.

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And here’s “Whip Appeal,” that Babyface song I was talking about earlier. Really you can just skip ahead to the amazing super long repetitive chorus halfway through, which totally rules. It would rule even more though if I could get it out of my head for even just a couple of days. The TWINZ need some new musical inspiration if they’re really going to rival the brotherly chops of Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo.

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And lastly, I can’t think of another song title more lyrically appropriate to ring in this grand occasion than the Spin Doctors’ 1993 smash hit “Two Princes.” Sorry, you kind of had to know this was coming.

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OK, that does it for real! Thanks for putting up with an entire non Doomtree related post about my kids. Moving forward I promise to keep any baby pictures down at the bottom with the Bonus Penny Pics, in case baby pics just aren’t really your thing. Believe me, I totally get it, I just have a ton of family that would pretty much disown me if I didn’t give them their weekly fix.

Oh, one last thing! If you’re anywhere near the Boise, Idaho area for Treefort Music Fest this weekend, come hang out with me and Sims on Saturday night for what may be my first and last Dad’s Night Out for many months to come. We’re flying in that night to play the Knitting Factory afterparty, and it should be a truly awesome time. Check out the flyer below for details and click HERE for ticket info.


Before I go, Brittany and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the amazingly positive baby vybez that everybody has been sending our way over the course of the last week. It really has meant a ton as we welcome these new recruits to the family. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday with some actual music news once I’ve had a little more time to (hopefully) get caught up on sleep. See you then!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak



Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 11, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got a big P.O.S health update to kick things off. BEST NEWS: The transplant went well and Stef is doing awesome! Here’s the proof:

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I stopped by the hospital yesterday and Stef seriously looks GREAT. His words: “I feel like a new dude.” I’m secretly hoping that NEW DUDE becomes his new rap handle. Here’s a picture taken right before the surgery, pre-NEW DUDE. This is by far the least gory of the pictures that he showed me.

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Even more good news: Stef’s donor, Mark Potter, is healing up well too! We’ve known Mark forever (actually went to high school with the guy years back), and I do not know how to thank him enough for all that he’s been able to do for Stef. Mark is already out of the hospital and resting up at home. He sent over this thumbs up pic that was taken after he came to. My favorite part of all of this is that Stef told me he and Mark would hang out together in their hospital beds on the days following the surgery. So good.


LEGEND!!! Thank you Mark. And thank you so much to everyone for all the prayers, well wishes, and words of encouragement that were sent Stef’s way over the past week. Your continued support since we went public with all this kidney stuff almost a year and a half ago has been an insanely heart warming thing to watch, and he wanted to make sure it was brought up again in this update. Stef will be checking out of the hospital in the next day or two and then will continue bed rest from home for a good while (he’ll still be going back in for checkups all the time too). There’s still a long road to recovery ahead, but the great news for now is that the kidney is currently functioning the way it’s supposed to and he’s feeling better mentally/physically than he was before the surgery. Here’s one more pic of Stef (aka NEW DUDE) rocking the Legend Point, for good measure.

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THEEEEE BEST. Now I’m going to attempt to extend my legendary Segue Streak by mentioning that Lizzo accompanied me to the hospital yesterday, and it just so happens that this week’s Bonus Jams are all Lizzo-related. SEGUE STREAK EXTENDED!!!!

Last week Lizzo put out a crazy video for  her new LIZZOBANGERS single “Faded,” produced by yours truly. It features appearances from none other than Har Mar Superstar and Macaulay Culkin (yes, that Macaulay Culkin), and it rules pretty hard. Check it out below:

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She also just dropped a totally sweet mixtape with GRRRL PRTY  that is FREE.99 and highly recommended (Legend God approved). Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Manchita rap circles around a ton of TNGHT beats. Serious bars for days and it bangs too. Stream it from Soundcloud below, and click HERE to download the whole thing (FOR FREE).

Speaking of Lizzo, she’s headed down to SXSW tomorrow and will be playing some dates with Marijuana Deathsquads on the way back up to Minneapolis as well. Click the flyer below for all the details.

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Then on May 25th, Lizzo and I will be playing at Soundset 2014! Super pumped for this one. Check out the insane rap lineup below and click the flyer for all the sweet deetz and ticket info.


OK, that’s it for Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple very special Bonus Penny Pics. It’s the day before our little family of three turns into a massive PARTY OF FIVE (shouts to Jennifer Love Hewitt). That’s right, my long anticipated double disc sophomore collabo with the wifepiece drops tomorrow. THE TWINZ ARE COMING! Here’s a picture of Brittany about as pregnant as one can humanly get. I seriously do not know how she’s pulling this off. ULTIMATE WARRIOR / QUEEN OF THE EARTH.

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Here’s a picture of Penny testing out the TWINZ’ new vibrating/rocking/sleeping machine. Looks like she approves of all the features and craftsmanship, so I feel confident introducing it the boyz upon their arrival.

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Here’s Penny celebrating the winter thaw by splashing in as many puddles as possible. We’re all pretty pumped about the amount of puddles around here actually. Yesterday felt like Aslan had returned to Narnia to end the hundred years of always winter. Shouts to C.S. Lewis, I see you!


One more pic since this is the last week she is gonna have the spotlight all to herself. Here’s Penny climbing on her doll house, doing her best Godzilla or Rampage arcade game impression. We love her so much (even in full DIVA mode), and can’t wait to see what an awesome/bossy big sister she’s going to become.

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OK, that about does it for this post. Off to pack the hospital bags. I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you’ve got a second tomorrow to send us some positive safe-and-healthy-delivery vybes we would truly appreciate it. Things are about to get prittttttty crazy over here at the Mader household. See you in the next week or two with the official introductions to our newest recruits.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak




Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on March 04, 2014

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got an INSANELY AWESOME P.O.S Health Update to start things off today, so let’s get right into it. Here’s a very special message straight from the man himself that we recorded at last night’s crew meet up. Check it out:

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Yes, you heard that right: Stef has found a donor match and will be going in this Thursday for a kidney transplant! It’s been a long road up until this point, and we’d like to thank every single one of you for the outpouring of support over the last year and change. Whether you donated some bucks, sent kind words of encouragement, or showed up at shows along the way, it has all meant a serious TON, frreal. We’ll definitely keep you posted on his recovery throughout. SO PUMPED THIS IS FINALLY GOING DOWN. Here’s a couple of awesome Stef pics, just because. Love this cool guy too much.

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Alright, keeping up with the general theme of EXTREME CELEBRATION (ahem, Segue Streak) let’s get into the Bonus Jam of the Week a little early today. It is truly LAVA BANGER certified and Legend God approved. I could not be more happy to announce that Get Cryphy has just dropped their brand new GAME 6 megamix! YES! Quick reminder: Get Cryphy is an insanely talented DJ crew from these parts consisting of Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, DJ Fundo, and Last Word. They are THEE BEST. Every year they drop a different megamix in celebration of their annual anniversary party at First Ave, and they have never disappointed, not once. The dudes crammed in over 200 tracks into this one, with exclusive drops from local favorites St. Paul Slim, MaLLy, Rapper Hooks, and Haphduzn, plus the usual awesome movie quotes and even some choice Chicago Bulls dynasty clips. How can you go wrong? Stream and downlaod GAME 6 below.


Speaking of that annual party at First Ave, the Get Cryphy Six Year Anniversary show is going down this Friday (3/7) in the Mainroom. This year the dudes are bringing in special guests Big Freedia and Spank Rock (!!!!) to join in the festivities (plus a ton of unannounced performances per usual). Check out this great video for the show below, created by the Legend God of Promo Videos himself: Young Baby Ander Other! NEXT LEVEL.

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BANG BANG BANG. Click the flyer below for ticket info and all the sweet deetz.  This show is gonna rule so hard.


OK, I think that’s about all the excitement that this post can take. I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Penny Pics to round things out. She was feeling pretty bad about chipping my tooth last week, and offered to put on her big boy boots and shovel the sidewalk as a peace offering. I appreciated her acknowledging that she was in the wrong, and gladly accepted.

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Here’s a pretty provocative pose from one of the world’s leading fashion forward DIVAS. Designers take note: open pajamas, car keys, and empty gift bags could be very popular items this Spring.

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With the impending TWINZ due date only eight days away, we’re trying to get as much quality Penny solo time in as possible. Here’s the whole gang watching Little Mermaid for the first time ever, which definitely reinforced my belief that “What do they got, a lotta sand? We got a hot crustacean band!” is the greatest kids lyric ever created. Nothing else even comes close.

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OK, that does it for this post! I hope you all have a wonderful week. If you think about it and get a second, send some super positive vybez Stef’s way this Thursday as he goes in for surgery. We’ll all be wishing him a safe and speedy recovery, and will definitely keep you posted on his progress throughout. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 25, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! There’s a ton of stuff to talk about today, so let’s jump right in with a few Doomtree-related shows going on in the Twin Cities this week. First up: P.O.S will be playing with Marijuana Deathsquads for three consecutive nights as part of their string of Icehouse shows this week. Wednesday they’ll do their Euro set with openers Pony Bwoy, Thursday is the Organ Failure set with Droppers, and Friday will be a rare live performance of the WDELH MDS RMX project (get that album HERE if you haven’t yet). Check out the flyer below and click HERE for all the show info.


That same Friday night (2/28), our very own Mike Mictlan will be headlining the Reach For The Sky party at the Skyway Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. There are a ton of great rappers and DJs rounding out the event. Definitely something for everyone. Click HERE for more details and ticket info.


And don’t forget the weekly Commanders Handsome residency every Thursday night at the Loring Pasta Bar with Cecil Otter and Zach Coulter. Word is things have been going so well that the dudes will be extending this improv beat set into the month of March as well! Click HERE for more details.

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Finally, to round out the week (and continue the Segue Streak into infinity) let’s bring it full circle back to P.O.S. Stef will be playing in Milwaukee on Saturday March 1st for the second annual Eastside Music Tour. There are literally one million other bands playing as well. Sounds like a crazy time. Click HERE for all the sweet deets.


OK, I think we’ve got your week booked out (and then some). That should do it for show updates, now let’s get into some brand new Doomtree-related music! The LIZZOBANGERS international takeover continues to roll on. Lizzo and Sophia Eris have been out in the UK this past week promoting the record and playing a bunch of shows in the area. Lizzo called into BBC1 last week to  world premiere “Faded,” the next single off the album (produced by yours truly). Check out her interview with the legendary Mista Jam AND the newly revamped version of “Faded” below. So excited about this one!

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Fresh off the heels of his newest 20 MIN MIX (grab #16 HERE), Paper Tiger just dropped a sweet new dance remix for our good friend Astronautalis’ song “Dimitri Mendeleev.” Check out the track below and grab Astronautalis’ entire three-song This City Ain’t Just A Skyline EP right HERE.

Alright, before I get into this week’s Bonus Jams I want to give a quick plug to our photographer friend Zoe Prinds-Flash, who has been nominated for Best Twin Cities Music Photographer in a recent City Pages poll. Zoe is behind most of the live show and backstage shots that you see on this site during  the Doomtree Blowout each year, and she’s been working with us for years now. If you’ve got a spare second, definitely go vote for her right HERE. You can check out a cool interview with her (and even more photos) right HERE.


OK! Time for some awesome Local Bonus Jams. Jack Spencer just dropped his second installment of the Gimme Noise Beat Tape, a monthly mix that highlights a ton of great local producers from this part of the world. February’s edition includes beats from the likes of PC, Bobby Raps, Mike Frey, Mic Titan, Rich Garvey, Mike the Martyr, Tek, and G Mo. I can personally vouch for the insane amount of heat contained in this mix. Check it all out below.

For the rest of this week’s Bonus Jams I’d like to feature a couple of hometown R&B heroes that were running the game back in the early and mid 2000s. I recently dug up a couple of my favorite soundtracks from that era (The Wood and The Best Man specifically) and was reminded of RL, the lead singer of Next (of “Too Close” fame). RL had a short lived but fairly high profile national solo career, which led to his debut album RL:ements (I know you see what he did there). Hadn’t heard it in over a decade, but after revisiting it yesterday I can confirm that it definitely stands the test of time. Still thoroughly confused why the song “Good Love” from The Brothers OST never made the cut. That’s probably my favoritye RL or Next song ever. Anyways, here’s a couple tracks from the album, plus “Good Love” and the Destiny’s Child/Next collabo “If You Leave,” because that song will forever be the best.

RL – “Good Man”

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RL – “Ghetto”

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RL – “Good Love”

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Destiny’s Child featuring Next – “If You Leave”

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NEXT up (ha), is a little lesser known name outside of this region: J. Isaac. I remember hearing him on KMOJ a bunch in the mid-2000s, and grabbing a mixtape of his at Cheapo around that time as well, but it was his 2006 solo album Welcome To The Planet that seemed to have the biggest impact nationally. It’s probably best known for the track “How I Roll” which featured Juelz Santana (Dipset was on top of the world at that time) – one of the only songs by a local artist that I ever heard B96 (our big rap/R&B station at the time) give a serious push. Anyways, I listened to the whole record yesterday and aside from being incredibly solid, it also contains some of the best kid skits I’ve ever heard. Check out a couple songs below. In my opinion, both Welcome To The Planet and RL:ements are certified MN classics.

J. Isaac – “Do Or Die”

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J. Isaac featuring Juelz Santana – “How I Roll”

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J. Isaac featuring Slum Village – “Baby Ez Up”

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J. Isaac – “Happy 2 B Here”

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Alright, that ends this installment of Classic Local Bonus Jams. Hope you enjoyed it. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to round things out. We are officially about two weeks out from the TWINZ due date and things are getting pretty out of control here at the Mader household. I think Penny can sense the impending arrival of her brothers because she has been acting out like never before, taking the DIVA nickname to a whole new level. Case in point: She totally chipped my tooth on Sunday with her toy flashlight while we were playing the “flash a light at Dad’s face” game. NOT COOL PENNY.

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I of course (begrudgingly) forgave her, and we seem to be cool again for the time being. Just gotta stay on her good side I guess. Here’s a couple pictures of Penny in happier times last week. She loves playing this crazy whistle/flute thing over at my mom’s place. Note the fashion forward pink rope chain around her neck. TRENDSETTER.

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And here she is continuing to work on her world famous Goldfish Cupcakes. These still need some tweaking, but she seems determined to perfect the recipe.

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BAM! OK, that for real does it for this post. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 18, 2014

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! It’s a big news day today, so let’s get right into it with some new music. Paper Tiger has just blessed us with the 16th volume of his classic 20 MIN MIX series! Check out the new “Cold Winter” mix below and click the album cover for links to his previous 15 selections (gems abound).


Now that you’ve got some sweet music playing in the background, let’s move on to some big show news. Dessa just announced a string of dates throughout the Midwest this April with her full live ensemble, kicking off with a special hometown show here in Minneapolis! They’ll be hitting cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota throughout the rest of the run too. Check out all the details below, or click HERE for ticket info.


Date City Venue Country
12.31.14 Dessa in Minneapolis, MN Crystal Ball NYE at @ International Market Square United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $30/$60/150. Age restrictions: 21+. Box office: 612-874-8892. Address: 275 Market Street. Venue phone: 612-874-8892. GA: Access to ground floor and ground floor lounges, games and attractions.
VIP: Access to ground-4th floor. Extra Seating, additional bars, games and attractions on each level
Ultra VIP Sky Lounge: Access to entire venue, complimentary drinks all night at the sky bar on 5th floor, VIP lounge, private buffet. Ultra VIP swag bag.
Buy tickets
01.16.15 Dessa in Duluth, MN College of St. Scholastica — Mitchell Auditorium United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $5/$10/$19. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Auditorium 1200 Kenwood Avenue. Buy tickets
01.17.15 Dessa in Lutsen, MN Papa Charlie’s United States
Time: 9:30pm. Venue phone: 218-406-1320. Buy tickets
Tour: European Tour — Spring 2015
04.22.15 Dessa in London, England The Old Blue Last United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10/£12. Address: 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch. Venue phone: +44 20 7739 7033. Sold Out
04.23.15 Dessa in London, England The Old Blue Last United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10/£12. Address: 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch. Venue phone: +44 20 7739 7033. Sold Out
04.27.15 Dessa in Nuremberg K4 / Zentralcafe Germany
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Königstr. 93. VENUE
04.28.15 Dessa in Plzeň Papírna Czech Republic
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Zahradní 173 Plzen. Venue phone: +420 733 142 891.
04.29.15 Dessa in Brno Kabinet Czech Republic
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Sukova 4, 60200.
04.30.15 Dessa in Bratislava Nu Spirit Club Slovakia
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Štúrova 3. Venue phone: +421 917 304 801.
05.01.15 Dessa in Budapest Dürer Kert Hungary
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21.. Venue phone: +36 1 789 4444.
05.02.15 Dessa in Piešťany ŽiWell Slovakia
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Winterova 3 92101. Venue phone: +421 948 191 750.
05.03.15 Dessa in Prague Podnik Czech Republic
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Bubenská 1. Venue phone: +420 775 224 086.
05.04.15 Dessa in Berlin Privatclub Germany
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: €13,90. Address: Skalitzer Str. 85-86. Venue phone: +49 30 61675962. Buy tickets

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Speaking of that Minneapolis send off show, it will be held at the intimate New Century Theatre, with a capacity of only 270 people. Tickets for this one will fly. If you want access to the fan pre-sale you can join the Doomtree mailing list right HERE. We go easy on you with updates, promise. Click the flyer below for even more info on the event.


In other show news, don’t forget that our very own Mike Mictlan will be headlining the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis next Friday the 28th for the Reach For The Sky party. Check out show details and ticket info right HERE.


Then the very next day, P.O.S will be playing in Milwaukee for the second annual Eastside Music Tour with Why? and a million other bands. Click the flyer below, or go HERE for ticket info and details.


And there’s still two more chances to catch the improvisational sounds and beats of Commanders Handsome (Cecil Otter + Zach Coulter), as part of their weekly Loring Pasta Bar residency every Thursday in the month of February. Check out details and ticket info right HERE.

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OK, I think that about does it for show updates. In other music news, I stopped by the MPR studios last week with Lizzo and Sophia Eris for an extensive interview and special LIZZOBANGERS in-studio performance on The Daily Circuit.

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You can listen to the entire interview and performance right HERE, and check out this in-studio video performance of “Paris” courtesy of the always great Nate Ryan.

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And now to kick off the Bonus Jams of the Week: Our good friend Psalm One from Chicago recently put out a new album under the alias Hologram Kizzie, and I contributed a beat to the project. Check out the single for “Another Voyeur” below, and click the album cover to listen to the entire Hug Life album over on Bandcamp.

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Here’s a Video Bonus Jam from the record for a track called “A New Phaze,” featuring Tanya Morgan with production from Hood Internet.

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What a perfect opportunity to SEGUE (STREAK!!!) into a bunch of other Bonus Jams that I’ve been feeling as of late. This round is pretty all over the place, with a mix of local and national acts. Enjoy!

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Houston Hades”

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Spark Master Tape – “All I Know”

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No Bird Sing – “APOGEE”

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Isaiah Rashad – “R.I.P. Kevin Miller”

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Speedy Ortiz – “Everything’s Bigger”

Toki Wright & Big Cats – “A Future For The Present”

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Medium Zach – Valued Input EP

Allan Kingdom – “The Dwelling/Good Problems”

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ShowYouSuck – “Flip Phone”

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Taj Raj – “Change of Mind”

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So many jams. Alright, let’s wrap up this super long post with a couple of Bonus Penny Pics! Here she is on Valentine’s Day showing off a very festive new wardrobe. Matching socks and everything, nice one Mom.

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And here she is once again tending to the needs of one of her many toy siblings. Boding well for the introduction of these TWINZ next month.

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And lastly, a shot of Penny thoroughly enjoying the Trombone Shorty NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show (especially the Earth Wind and Fire / Janelle Monae “Shining Star” set closer). Between this and the Bruno Mars Super Bowl special, this kid’s favorite genre of music appears to be “Halftime Shows.” TRENDSETTER.

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OK, that does it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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