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.


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Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on February 04, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’ve got a couple big events going on this week to talk about, and then I wanted to pay a little tribute to the classic P.O.S album Never Better, which just turned five years old yesterday (CRAZY).


This Thursday our very own Cecil Otter starts his weekly residency at the Loring Pasta Bar with Zach Coulter (Solid Gold/Gayngs) as Commanders Handsome. The dudes will be playing every Thursday in February, and this will be the first chance to hear what they’ve been working on as of late. Should be a sweet time. Details right HERE.

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Dessa and her full band will be playing their annual show in Lutsen, MN this Saturday at Papa Charlie’s. If you feel like skiing some fresh pow (that’s a ski term, right?) and catching a cool concert AT THE SAME DAMN TIME, this one is most definitely for you. Speaking of Dessa (segue segue segue), that new episode of her show The Lowertown Line just premiered last weekend, with Chastity Brown as the featured guest. If you missed it on TV you can check it out online below.

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Oh, and one more show that just got announced this week: P.O.S will be playing Milwaukee’s second annual Eastside Music Tour on March 1st! Looks like there are about one miiiiiiiiiillion other bands playing as well. Check out the flyer below for all the details and grab your tickets right HERE.


Aaaaaaaand that leads us right into this five year anniversary celebration of Never Better!!!!!!!


Hard to believe it’s really been that long since this one came out. Here’s a couple music videos to refresh your memory if you haven’t listened to it in awhile.

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And here’s a couple random memories that come to mind when I think back on the making of this album.

- All of those videos were pretty much shot in the same week during an extremely cold winter, in an abandoned warehouse building on the outskirts of Minneapolis. I’m almost positive this is the same place where “F Your Stuff” was shot four years later.

- Stef and I went to demo an early version of the record down in Chicago with our good friend Joel Anderson. It was on this trip that I met F. Stokes (and his friend Marquise), and we started scheming on the idea of making an album together (originally titled That’s The Idea). You can actually hear Stokes’ voice on the “uh uh”s in the hook to “The Basics.”

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- Artist/designer Eric Carlson came with us on that trip and drew crazy drawings the entire weekend. These eventually turned into portions of the album artwork.

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- I gave Stef a beat CD with the “Purexed” instrumental in the basement of the Turf Club during a TPC! show, and told him I had been making some weirder stuff as of late that I couldn’t really hear anyone rapping on. That one ended up being the first beat he picked from me and shaped the direction I took the rest of my beats for those sessions.

- “Let It Rattle” originally had a short end verse from the god I Self Devine on it if I remember correctly.

- Some of the elements from “Graves (We Wrote The Book)” come from this awesome song “Piles of Money” by an awesome band called ft (the shadow government), which featured Joel Anderson, who had played in The Vida Blue (later known as Ten Grand), the Iowa City band that heavily influenced Stef and TPC! (first band that ever took us on tour, too many stories to tell here). Sorry that was a seriously jam packed sentence right there. The song title and end hook of “Graves” is actually an homage to the insanely good Ten Grand song “Grave? Shovel. Let’s Go!”. MATT DAVIS FOREVER. Check out “Piles of Money,” “Grave? Shovel. Let’s Go!,” and “Graves (We Wrote The Book)” below.

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- The Never Better Tour was the first rap tour I ever went on, after years of rock tours with TPC! Turns out there really isn’t too much difference, just turntables instead of amps and hotels instead of floors. It was me, Stef, Plain Ole Bill (first time I ever met him!), Sims, Mike Mictlan, tour manager James Lynch, and merch guy Eric Inkala. Mike and I’s Hand Over Fist and Sims’ False Hopes albums had both just dropped as well. BEST TIMEZ EVER.

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OK, there you have it: Ruminations on Never Better. Happy Five Years Stef!

Alright, that about does it for this post. I ran out of Bonus Penny Pics this time around, but to all the out-of-town family members: I will definitely make up for it next time, promise. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Don’t forget you can support Tuesdays With Lazerbeak by grabbing a t-shirt or screenprinted poster over at the Doomtree Webstore. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 28, 2014

Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! Hope everyone is staying as warm as possible in this dreaded Polar Vortex II. It’s not a huge news week over here, so I’m gonna jump into the couple cool things going on this week, and then lay a ton of awesome Local Bonus Jams on you to close things out. Here goes nothing.


First up, TONIGHT (Tuesday, duh) our good friends at Cinema Purgatorio in Duluth are going to be showing the Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team on the big screen. If you live anywhere close to the Duluth area (and feel like braving the elements), definitely hit up Zinema 2 tonight at 7:00pm. This will be only the second time the film has been played in a real deal theatre. Details and ticket info right HERE. And if you’re nowhere near the area, you can always watch Team The Best Team online right HERE.

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Then this Saturday at 10pm CST the third episode of The Lowertown Line, hosted by our very own Dessa, will premiere on MN public television station TPT (with a rebroadcast directly following at 11pm CST). You can also stream the episode online starting this Friday right HERE. This week’s episode finds Dessa conducting an extensive interview with Chastity Brown. Previous episodes include interviews and performances from Brother Ali and Trampled By Turtles. Check them out below.

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Speeeeeeeaking of Dessa (Segue Streak!!!! – you already know), she was recently asked to participate in the Walker Art Center series 2013: The Year According To_______, in which several different artists, designers, and thinkers create lists of their ten most noteworthy ideas, events, and objects of the past year. Just want to say how thrilled I am that Breaking Bad actually made The Year According To Dessa!!! You can read about that and much more right HERE.

OK! That about does it for pressing news this week. Now let’s get into some serious Bonus Jams!!!! There has been a fairly unrelenting amount of great local music pouring out of the Twin Cities as of late, so this week’s edition is going to be strictly local. First up is a new video from K.Raydio and Psymun’s recently released collabo album LucidDreamingSkylines. Really love this song and video (shouts to SwayHeavy on another great vizual). Pumped to hear more of the record.

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Our good friend Sean McPherson (bassist for Dessa and Heiruspecs) just released a brand new solo album last week under the name Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra. I know this project has been in the works for a long time, and I’m super happy to see it out in the world. Check out the video for “Hi, My Name Is Ana” below, featuring the very talented Ashley Gold on vocals, and grab Too Big To Fail right HERE.

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On the heels of releasing their first collaborative full-length, Toki Wright & Big Cats recently dropped the unreleased track “For Amiri Baraka,” in remembrance of the late great poet-playwright-activist-author. Check it out below, and be on the look out for Pangaea dropping later this year.

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Polica (I can never figure out how to type that cool “c”) just dropped a really great video for Shulamith standout track “I Need $,” with a special outro of “So Leave” attached as an added bonus. Check it out below.

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And since they’re touring with Polica in Europe currently, I’m gonna go ahead and drop that new Marijuana Deathsquads “Ewok Sadness” video on you for the second week in a row, because I firmly stand behind the fact that this is the greatest music video ever created.

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Same thing goes for this new unreleased Lizzo song that I’ve already previously posted. We played this one for the first time at First Ave last weekend and it was a definite highlight. Check out “Paris” below, produced by myself and Ryan Olson (AKA Camry Guyz), and help us spread it around if you have a second.

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The Hold Steady (still a local band to me) dropped the first single for their upcoming album Teeth Dreams last week. I really like this new song A WHOLE LOT. Check out “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” below. Can’t believe it’s really been four years since the last record. PUMPED.

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And lastly, here’s an entire Bonus Mixtape Jam for you, courtesy of Jack Spencer over at Gimme Noise. Today he started the first in a series of monthly mixtapes spotlighting several very talented up and coming producers from the Twin Cities (there are seriously a ton of them). This month showcases instrumental works from Psymun, Amatia, Sloslylove, Ackryte, Damacha, Adept, O-D, 1990, and Connye. Definitely check this out if you have some time, and read more about each individual producer right HERE.


Alright, that about does it for this extended edition of Local Bonus Jams. I’ll leave you with a couple of Bonus Penny Pics before calling it a day. She’s been hard at work in her new kitchen cooking up some pretty insane culinary dishes. Here she is getting prepped and ready to measure out only the finest of ingredients.

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Fast forward a bit. Here’s Penny dishing out some of her world famous Quiche Pizza Burgers. Note the extreme attention to detail (and the bottle of what I presume to be kids hot sauce in her left hand). I think we may need to get the Food Network involved (Year of the Endorsement Deal Forever).

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After a long day slaving over the stove, there’s simply nothing better than letting loose a little bit in a crazy bouncy structure. WORK HARD, PLAY HARD.

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OK, that does it for real. Don’t forget about the brand new Tuesdays With Lazerbeak t-shirts and screenprinted posters in the webstore (HERE), if you feel like repping this Blog Lyfe at all. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 21, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another regularly scheduled Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Big shouts to Dessa for holding down the blog last week while I was out of town working on the next Lizzo record. We’ve got a ton of Doomtree-related events coming up here in January and February, so let’s get right into it!

First up, Sims is headlining the annual Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival this Saturday down at the MN State Fairgrounds. You can grab tickets right HERE and check out more info on the sweet flyer below.


Our good friends at Cinema Purgatorio will be presenting a movie screening of the Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team in Duluth next Tuesday. Definitely a rare opportunity to catch the film on the big screen. More details and ticket info available right HERE.


Dessa will be back in Lutsen, MN on February 8th for her annual show at Papa Charlie’s. You can check out all the details and grab tickets right HERE.

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Cecil Otter has teamed up with Zach Coulter (Solid Gold/Gayngs) to form a new creative partnership of sorts called Commanders Handsome. The dudes will be down at the Loring Pasta Bar every Thursday night in the month of February. Residency details and ticket info right HERE. Super excited to see what they’ve been working on.


I’ll be down at First Ave this Friday night performing with Lizzo for The Current’s 9th Annual Birthday Party. The show is sold out, but hopefully we’ll see a bunch of you down there. In case you missed it, Lizzo dropped a new unreleased song last week called “Paris,” produced by myself and Ryan Olson. SPIN debuted the track online, and then the HBO show Girls featured it in their newest episode on Sunday night. THEEE BEST. You can check out the track below, or grab it from iTunes HERE if you’re feeling it.


And speaking of new music (SEGUE STREAK 2014!!!), Marijuana Deathsquads, the insanely sweet band featuring our very own P.O.S, just dropped a new vizual for their track “Ewok Sadness.” THIS IS BY FAR THE GREATEST MUSIC VIDEO THAT HAS EVER BEEN MADE!!!! Huge shouts to director Isaac Gale for achieving such a feat. You really gotta see this thing to believe it.

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Consider that the best Video Bonus Jam you’ll probably watch all year. SO GOOD. I’ll leave you with a handful of Bonus Penny Pics to wrap everything up. This kid has been loving the insane amounts of snow up here in Minneapolis recenlty. Here she is in the backyard rocking some sweet hot pink snow pants and ginormous adult winter gloves at the SAME DAMN TIME.

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We’ve been trying to prepare Penny for the impending arrival of these TWINZ, so for Christmas she got two little boy baby dolls to take care of. Here she is carting one of them around in a stroller like a good big sister.

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And here she is attempting to drown the other one in the bathtub. Probably gonna have to work on this a bit.

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Hard to stay mad at her with such an innocent face like this though. No one’s perfect I guess. Love the robot PJs too.

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Alright, that about does it. I hope you all have a great week. Don’t forget, you can show your support for the blog by picking up an official Tuesdays With Lazerbeak shirt or screenprinted poster from the Doomtree Webstore right HERE. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak


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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on January 07, 2014

Welcome to the very first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of 2014! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday time and a wonderful New Year. We’re gonna kick off 2014 right with a bunch of newly available merch from our webstore. To celebrate the FIFTH YEAR of this blog’s existence, I decided it might finally be time to print up some official Tuesdays With Lazerbeak gear. Introducing the first ever Tuesdays With Lazerbeak t-shirts and screenprinted posters!

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So here’s the deal: I’ve wanted a TWL shirt for a really long time, but had no idea what to put on it. Then a few months back, while on vacation in New Orleans, I had a vision in the shower: Make a list of all your favorite things in the whole world and get your great friend Matt Scharenbroich to draw all of them hanging out together in one place! Pretty much all the stuff that I talk about here on a weekly basis, from the actual human beings that I love and create music with, to my favorite celebrities and fruity malt beverages.

That’s why I have Doomtree, TPC!, Lizzo, and Mixed Blood Majority hanging out with Luther Vandross and Hall & Oates; Drake and Joakim Noah hanging out with Domino’s Crunch Lava Cakes and LAVA BANGERS shots; Denzel and Nic Cage and The Killers and my pregnant wifepiece and Penny and towels and Camrys and nachos and pizza and Della The Dog and Plain Ole Bill and Arson Only and Finding Nemo and Rodney Atkins and F. Stokes and Guy Fieri and Mike’s Hard Lemonade and on and on!!!

Here’s the t-shirt version that you can grab HERE:


Aaaaand the poster version that you can grab HERE. 18″ x 24″ French Pop-tone “Hot Fudge” paper, printed at Burlesque of North America.

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INSANELY PUMPED ABOUT THIS DESIGN. If you do read the blog on a semi-regular basis, I hope you’ll consider picking up a shirt or poster. Just think of it as something of an annual subscription fee. I’ve never put up a “Donate” button on the site (because that is the worst), but I do spend hours every week putting this blog together, and selling a few shirts/posters will not only put a couple bucks in my pocket, but also validate the fact that anyone reads this thing in the first place. Again you can grab a shirt or poster right HERE. Truly appreciate you!

We also have a bunch of new Blowout 9 related merch available in the Webstore for the very first time, including these brand new Doomtree scarves, perfect for braving the current -40 degree windchill. Just click the pics below for more details on each item.


Here’s the extremely limited official Blowout 9 t-shirt, designed by our very own Paper Tiger. These won’t be manufactured again, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.


Same thing with these official Blowout 9 screenprinted posters, designed by Mike Davis and printed at Burlesque of North America. One crazy monster for every year that the Blowout has been in existence. Only 40 of these bad boys remain.



Here’s the new Doomtree “Bolt Cutter” shirt designed by our good friend Adam Garcia of The Pressure.



And the super limited Doomtree “Crust” shirt designed once again by our very own Paper Tiger.



Plus a few new solo t-shirts as well! Here’s the new sweet Cecil Otter “Coco Cecil” shirt.


And the official Skeleton Key organic t-shirt that Dessa had on the road with her that last run. This is our first foray into organic shirts, and they turned out awesome.


And lastly, after years of constant demand, we finally have our very own No Kings shoelaces! Haha, couldn’t resist.

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Alright, so there you have it: our first new gear line of 2014. Again, you can click HERE to head over to the Webstore and check out all the details.

There are a couple cool Doomtree-related events taking place in the next couple weeks. First up, Sims and Astronautalis are teaming up to play The Garage in Burnsville, MN this Saturday (1/11). This is a benefit show put on by the MN Music Coalition, with all proceeds going to the To The Bridge Foundation. Definitely a great cause and a great lineup. Details below. Grab your tickets HERE.


Then on January 28th, Cinema Purgatorio (the company that helped release Team The Best Team on all digital formats) will be hosting a special Team The Best Team movie screening in their hometown of Duluth, MN at Zinema 2. If you’re nearby you’ll definitely want to check this out, as it is only the second time the movie will be played in a theater. Details and ticket info are available right HERE, and don’t forget about streaming/renting/downloading TTBT online over at!


OK, that about does it for all the Doomtree news this week. Let’s get into a couple Bonus Jams today courtesy of none other than Stephen Malkmus. For those of you that don’t know, I was pretty much raised on early 90s R&B music, and also (through some strange twist of fate) the band Pavement. I heard Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain at the same time that I was still knee deep in SWV and Tevin Campbell tapes, and somehow something just clicked. This led to a head first dive into all things 90′s indie rock, which is why I got into playing guitar, which is where my first band The Plastic Constellations came in the fold, which eventually led to me making beats and my current musical “career” as we know it.

Anyways, I don’t know if I’ve ever liked a band or artist in the moment as much as I liked Pavement in junior high and high school (currently The Killers come close, but I’m old enough to know better). In 8th grade I wore a different Hi My Name Is sticker for four months straight with numbers counting down the release date of Pavement’s Brighten The Corners album, and that’s honestly probably not even anywhere close to the most embarrassing Pavement fanboy story I was involved in at the time. Let’s just say that I thought they were a good band and leave it at that.

So full circle: Stephen Malkmus was the guitarist and lead singer of that group, and he has now gone on to release even more albums as a solo artist than when Pavement was around. They’ve each been pretty all over the place, but I still check for them due to some strange loyalty I have for the man, and there’s always at least a handful of cool songs on each one. I don’t know if I’m just in a nostalgic mood lately or what, but for some reason I’ve really loved the two singles from this new album, and have been slowly getting SERIOUSLY AMPED for the thing to drop. The record comes out today, and I’m about to go grab it as soon as I’m done writing this. Just wanted to pay a little respect to a dude that I now realize is kind of the reason I ever got into making music in the first place. Here’s the two videos from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ amazingly titled Wig Out At Jag Bags album, which you can grab on iTunes right HERE. Hope you (and I) like it.

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BAM! That concludes this week’s Indie Rock Reminiscings section. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics, since I skipped a week or two there with the Year In Review post. Here she is on Christmas morning rocking her best duds. Love this one.

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And here she is later on with her two crazy grandpas. I’m starting to draft a script for the pilot of this potentially hilarious sitcom scenario.

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And finally, here’s Penny just last night. Somebody haaaaaad to stay up late and watch the exciting conclusion of the BCS era with Dad. I don’t blame her I guess, that second half was INSANE!!!

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Alright, that’s a wrap for the first post of 2014! I hope you all have a wonderful week. STAY WARM, and don’t forget about those new TWL shirts and posters in the Webstore. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

DOOMTREE 2013: The Year In Review

Posted on December 31, 2013

Hey, welcome to theeee final Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2013! It’s been a very memorable year for many reasons, so I decided to compile one big last minute list of all the wide ranging Doomtree-related music that came out in 2013, just in case anything slipped through the cracks over this action-packed year. Without any further ado, I present to you:



January saw the debut album from Mixed Blood Majority, the new project from Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures, Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, and myself on the beats. Check out the video for “Still Standing Still” below.

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Doomtree’s own Cecil Otter was one of the featured guests on the record. You can hear his verse from “Free Up” below, and grab the whole MBM album right HERE if you haven’t heard it yet.

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I also snuck in a remix of our good friend Bleubird’s track “Down Like Brothers.” Check it out below.

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P.O.S dropped the video for the We Don’t Even Live Here anthem “Weird Friends,” and boy was it a weird one. Check out the video below, and grab WDELH right HERE if you haven’t already.

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March was the month of Paper Tiger’s 20 MINUTE MIX MARCH series. He dropped three completely different mixes (Spring Fever, Biggie, De La Soul), and they all RULED. You can download each one from Soundcloud players below:




Our friend Longshot dropped the lead single to his album Instant 4 Eternity, produced by yours truly. Check out “Weak” (ft. Rachel Jihan) below.




We rolled out Dessa’s huge Parts of Speech album announcement in April with the debut of her lead single, the Paper Tiger-produced heater “Warsaw.” Check out the lyric video below. This was just the beginning.

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May saw the announcement of a very special one-off show at First Avenue between Sims and good friend Astronautalis. To celebrate, Sims dropped his new single “This Is The Place,” featuring guest vocals from Astronautalis and killer production from our very own Cecil Otter. Check it out below, and grab the song digitally HERE.


And check out this great recap video from the First Avenue show, which featured sets by Greg Grease, Mixed Blood Majority, and an incredible collabo set from Sims and Astronautalis.

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Speaking of Mixed Blood Majority, we dropped a video for our Toki Wright-assisted single “Story To Tell,” with a tip of the hat to Minneapolis’ annual May Day Parade at Powderhorn Park. Check it out below.

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June was all Dessa. After months of lead up, we finally dropped her brand new full-length album Parts of Speech, which features production from Paper Tiger and myself, as well as several new songs written with her all-star band. Check out the Paper-Tiger produced “Call Off Your Ghost” video below, and grab Parts of Speech right HERE if you haven’t yet.

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Papes was a busy man this month. In addition to producing three tracks on Parts of Speech, he also found time to release his collaborative project with our longtime friend F. Stokes. Papes on the beats, Stokes on the raps. You can check out the video for smash hit lead single “Shaka Zulu” below, and grab the whole Fearless Beauty album right HERE.

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In July our very own Mike Mictlan dropped an awesome video for the SNAXXX standout cut “WZRD Science.” The song and video feature great guest spots from our friend Greg Grease. Truth be told, I think this was my favorite video of the whole year. Check out the video below, and grab SNAXXX in its entirety right HERE.

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Producer extraordinaire Ryan Olson and I dropped a Parts of Speech remix for Dessa’s “Call Off Your Ghost” under the production moniker COMMITTEE. Check out the track below, and grab it digitally HERE. Tons more COMMITTEE stuff coming in 2014.


I also put out a remix for our Chicago homie ShowYouSuck, off of his OMPP4: Slice After Death project. Check out “House of Yes” below, and grab the entire remix album for FREE.99 right HERE.




To celebrate our August headlining show at Icehouse (hosted by Lizzo), Mixed Blood Majority dropped a brand new song featuring (guess who?) LIZZO! See how that all works? Check out “Keep Diggin” below, and grab it digitally HERE.




Speaking of Lizzo, September saw the release of “Batches & Cookies,” the lead off single from the forthcoming LIZZOBANGERS album. Lizzo and Sophia Eris on the raps, Beak on the beats. Help us get this one to 100k views, we’re so close!

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Our very own Mike Mictlan popped up on Breakfast With Doctor Gonzo, the new album from Indyground vets Steddy P and DJ Mahf. Check out “Vicious Cycle Circles” below, and grab the whole album right HERE.


Cecil Otter and I landed a remix on the new Matt and Kim Lightning Remixes album, alongside heavy hitters such as Bonde de Role and Anamanaguchi. The streaming link appears to have been taken down, but click the image below to check out all the tracks, and purchase the album right HERE.

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October was totally insane here in Minneapolis, with so many huge local albums dropping this month. To kick everything off, we released the debut 7″ from Four Fists, the new collaborative project from P.O.S and Astronautalis. Check out the video for “MMMMMHMMMMM” below, and grab the extremely limited colored vinyl 7″ from our webstore right HERE.

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Dessa dropped the lyric video to her Lazerbeak-produced Parts of Speech single “Skeleton Key,” and continued to tour the country like a complete maniac. Check out the video below.

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P.O.S put out an entire We Don’t Even Live Here remix album with his awesome band Marijuana Deatshsquads, complete with all new MDS production and brand new verses from himself and one million other rappers. Check out the entire album stream below and download the whole thing for FREE.99 right HERE.

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LIZZOBANGERS, the debut album from Lizzo (with beats by yours truly and executive production from Ryan Olson) dropped at the end of October. Check out “Lizzie Borden” below and grab the whole album HERE. By far one of the funnest records I’ve ever had the opportunity to work on. Super proud of this one.

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November was the Month of the Remix. Paper Tiger put out a great remix of Polica’s “Chain My Name” single, off their excellent Shulamith album. Check it out below.

I put out a few remixes for a couple cool rock bands. First up is a band called Ginkgo, the latest project from Josh Grier of Tapes ‘n Tapes fame. Check out the “Faded Glory” remix below.

And next is the Lazerbeak remix for instrumental post-rock band Caspian. Both of these were super fun to do, since I got to take it all the way back to my indie rock roots. Check out “Halls of Summer” below.

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For the last nine years, Doomtree has owned the month of December here in Minnesota. This year was no different. We kicked things off by releasing our feature full-length documentary Team The Best Team on all digital formats. You can now rent, stream, and download the movie in its entirety over at (or directly from your TV HERE via Amazon Instant Video, if that’s more your thing). To celebrate, we released a music video/extended trailer for the film, cut to the No Kings album track “Team The Best Team” (I know, it’s kind of confusing). Check out the music video below, and make sure to go watch the documentary right HERE.

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Then to close out the year, we rang in our NINTH ANNUAL DOOMTREE BLOWOUT! I always worry whether or not we’ll be able to top the previous year’s Blowout (especially since we’ve been at it for so long now), but thankfully this was the best one yet! We expanded the weekend run to FOUR SOLD OUT NIGHTS this year (an all-ages show at the Triple Rock followed by three nights at First Ave), and it was THEEE BEST. Check out this great recap video of all four nights below. What a perfect way to close out 2013.

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Alright, there you have it! Doomtree 2013: The Year In Review. I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve/New Years Day, and that 2014 rules incredibly hard for everybody. Hopefully we’ll see some of you out tonight too for some NYE party action. Dessa is in Chicago at Lincoln Hall with Astronautalis (a handful of tickets remain HERE), and The Men of Doomtree (Mike, Cecil, Sims, Stef, Beak — Papes in spirit) will be down in Des Moines, Iowa for a sold out show at the new Des Moines Social Club. Should be a total blast. Have a great week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday for the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of 2014!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 24, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to one of the final Tuesdays With Lazerbeak posts of the year. Things are finally slowing down just a little bit over here after the very memorable Doomtree Blowout 9 a few weeks back. Our good friends Chris Hadland and Jay Anker, who were on hand for all four nights of the Blowout (shooting and editing recap videos at breakneck speeds), have decided to gift us with one final all-inclusive Blowout 9 Recap Video. This one is for all the marbles. Check out the grand finale of the Doomtree Blowout 9 Recap Videos below!

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SO AWESOME. Still smiling from how much fun that weekend was. Speaking of Chris and Jay (SEGUE STREAK!!!!), you may recall that the two of them were behind the making of Doomtree’s documentary Team The Best Team, which was just released digitally for streaming, renting, and download this past month. We’ve decided to roll out a limited time holiday sale of the movie from, to lend a hand to any of you out there still scrambling to acquire last minute gifts for family and friends. This week only, you can gift Team The Best Team to a loved one for half price! Check it out:

“Need a gift for Grandma, but worried it’s too late? You’re covered! Give the gift of Doomtree, as a stream & download of our movie TEAM THE BEST TEAM. Go HERE, and tap “gift this.” For a limited time, use the code “BEACON” and your gift will be ridiculously cheap – but you’ll still look like like the star on the top of the tree.”

It’s as simple as clicking a button, and definitely beats braving this -11 degree weather to stand in line all day at a mall kiosk. Just click the image below for all the details.


In addition to all of the holiday insanity going on, this time of year is also known for its onslaught of Best Of lists from pretty much anybody that still listens to music these days. A couple pretty great (and legit) Doomtree-related nods happened recently that I thought were definitely worth mentioning. Check it out.

Get ThIs Is The Place on iTunes today!

Sims’ single “This Is The Place,” featuring guest raps by Astronautalis and production from our very own Cecil Otter, was picked as the Top 5 Hip-Hop Singles of 2013 by LA Weekly! Read all about it right HERE.


Music critic Stephen Thompson’s (of NPR’s All Things Considered) picked Dessa’s album Parts of Speech as one of his Top 10 Albums of 2013! You can read about all of that right HERE.


And LIZZOBANGERS, the album from Lizzo and myself, topped the Star Tribune’s 2013 Twin Cities Critic Tally! Having grown up here and religiously reading that list every year, this was pretty big for me. Read all about it right HERE. A bunch of our good friends are in there too! Such a standout year for Minnesota music.

OH! Speaking of LIZZOBANGERS, we’re finally throwing a big time release show for the album this Saturday down at the Triple Rock. Plain Ole Bill and myself (AKA Towel Man & Hungry Guy) will be opening up the show with the second ever in the history of the world LAVA BANGERS set, and then Lizzo is gonna completely destroy it. We’re gonna play the whole album! This night is going to RULE. There are only about 50 tickets left last I heard, so you’ll definitely want to grab those (right HERE) before doors if you’re trying to officially ring in this release with us. Hope to see a bunch of you down there!


Speaking of year end shows, we’ve got a couple New Years Eve events to cap off 2013. The Men of Doomtree (minus Papes, who’ll be there in spirit) are playing The Bash down in Des Moines, Iowa next week. Tickets are available right HERE.


And if you’re closer to the Chicagoland area, Dessa and Astronautalis will be at Lincoln Hall that very same night. Details and ticket info right HERE.

OK, that about does it for the news portion of this week’s post. I’ll leave you with a ton of Bonus Jams from my very own Best Albums Of 2013 list. I loved so many records that came out this year, which for whatever reason hasn’t been the case in quite awhile. PUMPED ABOUT IT. Here are my Top 5 Albums of 2013, in order.

#5: Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park

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This one crept in under the radar just in the last month for me. I’ve been a long time sucker for new country, and this album does a great job of blending the catchy production tricks of the current era with songwriting chops and lyrics more reminiscent of some of the older country greats like Loretta and Dolly. Definitely not for everyone, but I seriously can’t stop listening to it. Getting seriously amped for my first ever arena country show in February with Kacey and Lady Antebellum.

#4: El-P and Killer Mike – Run The Jewels 

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Oh maaaaaaaaan. If you’re a rap fan, I know I don’t even have to tell you about this one. Such an incredible collaboration to watch unfold. This record is pretty much flawless, and hard as nails. By far the best duo in the game, from production to bars. The first rap album in too long to slap me in the face and remind me how good this music can be.

#3: HAIM – Days Are Gone

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LOVE THIS ONE. The most amazing and instantly likeable front half of an album since The Weeknd dropped House of Balloons. I definitely see all the comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Phoenix (which I love), but honestly a lot of this sounds like Heart In Motion-era Amy Grant to me, and there is possibly nothing I like more in this world than Heart In Motion-era Amy Grant. Instant classic.

#2: The-Dream – IV Play

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The Dream does it AGAIN. I for real thought it would never get any better than his second album Love Vs. Money, but this one somehow trumps that and then some. No one is making current R&B as innovative and accessible as this guy (it’s not even close), plus the beats BANG so hard. I truly didn’t think anyone else could top this one all year, but……..

#1: Drake – Nothing Was The Same

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I should have known. For years now I have taken quite a bit of punishment for proclaiming my love of Drake records. This one wasn’t as immediately likeable as Take Care to me, but once it clicked I didn’t wanna listen to anything else. He’s only getting better, and 40 completely crushes it all of the production. A few weeks back when I went out on that mini roadtrip tour with Lizzo, we listened to this album about 20 times in a row nonstop and it never got old. THE BEST.

And now for my Honorable Mentions of the Year. Consider these your bonus Bonus Jams.

Volcano Choir – Repave

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Steve Arrington + Dam-Funk – Higher

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Darkside – Psychic

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inc. – no world

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

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Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

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There you have it! Lazerbeak’s Top 5 Albums of 2013 (and Honorable Mentions).

I’ll leave you with a quick Bonus Penny Pic to satisfy the out-of-town family contingency. Here she is watching my favorite movie ever (Finding Nemo, duh) and playing with my favorite toy as a kid (’85 Bears bear) at the SAME DAMN TIME! And please don’t get it twisted, my grandparents were from Chicago. It’s still Vikes ALL DAY.

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Man I love that kid. Alright, I hope you all have a truly incredible and relaxing holiday week. I cannot wait to get into my Christmas Eve tradition of drinking brandy ciders and watching Love Actually with Penny and the wifepiece tonight. See you next Tuesday for sure. Merry Christmas!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 17, 2013

Oooooooookay, welcome back to the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post since Blowout 9 Week! Oh man, that was kind of insane in the best way possible. If you missed it (or just want to relive it), you’re in luck. The unstoppable force that is director Chris Hadland and editor Jay Anker were both on hand every night to capture footage and turn in Blowout Recap Videos each following morning. Check out all four Blowout video recaps below!


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Soooo much fun. If you’re looking for some epic photo recaps from talented photographers Zoe Prinds-Flash and Ben LaFond, just click HERE (Thurs), HERE (Fri), HERE (Sat), and HERE (Sun) for rundowns of every night.


There are so many meticulous details that go into planning the Blowout each year. We usually start brainstorming way back in August or September, and then slowly chip away at what we can do to make each year different from the past. It takes so many amazing people that you’ll never see on stage to actually pull this event off every year, and I’d like to take a little blog time to acknowledge and profusely thank everyone that worked so hard this time around. Kinda feel like I’m at the Grammys and they already started playing the exit music, but this is absolutely necessary. Bear with me.

- To Randy Hawkins (front of house) and Miles (monitors), who spent the whole week working out our new wireless in-ear systems and getting the whole crew up to speed so that the sound could be better than ever. And to Jay Pearlman, who did sound at the Triple Rock and navigated everything like a pro. You guys crushed it. Oh, and to Shure for the sponsorship which allowed us to have all this new gear in the first place.

- To Plain Ole Bill, who worked his ass off helping us re-craft the sets this year and switch things up (he’s the reason why we had those cool solo Megamixxes this time aournd). And for being our eye in the sky, pep talk giver, and note taker each night. You are the best.

- To Joe Mabbott, who fit us into his schedule super last minute in order to mix the new tracks and master all of the sets, even though The Hideaway Studio was booked out for like three months in advance.

- To Paul “Arlo” Guthrie, who flew in from Nashville working with Lady Antebellum just to do an amazing light show for these four concerts. I should also mention he spent his birthday on Sunday working for us, just to catch a flight at the crack of dawn to hop back on tour. Everything looked insane.

- To Matt and Hal from Playatta, who created all the totally nutz vizual projections and live mixed everything on the two back screens each night. You brought the stage presence to a whole ‘nother level.

- To Mary Thayer, our in house publicist who had the worst job in the world handling our enormous guest list each night. Hundreds and hundreds of emails and change ups for the last three weeks straight. A completely thankless job, and she did it without ever complaining once. Priceless.

- To Sonia, Conrad, and the entire staff at First Avenue, for being so good to us over the years. Never felt more at home in a venue than I do at First Ave. And to Zartan and the entire staff of the Triple Rock for letting us come in and do an all ages show for the kids, even though it meant they wouldn’t make any bar sales. Felt great to play that room again. You guys rule.

- To Zoe Prinds-Flash and Ben LaFond, who took pictures all night every night and made sure they were in my inbox early the next morning to post in the recaps. Killed it. Shouts to guest photographer Emmet Kowler as well, who shot on Saturday night.

- To Chris Hadland and Jay Anker, who basically did not sleep for 94 hours in order to film and edit four totally different recap videos. Sooooo good. They’ve got one more long all inclusive video they’re working on now, which we should be able to debut next week. Glad we could get the gang back together a year after Team The Best Team dropped.

- To, The Current, and 2 Gingers for sponsoring the event, getting the word out, and providing a lot of free whisky backstage. It was all incredibly helpful, and we really appreciate the support.

- To Ander Other and Crista Bell, who worked in the freezing cold to organize all of our merch and get everything ready to sell each night, then took a quick break and went right back in and sold it all. Shouts to Sarah Schatz and the other merch people as well. We generally have upwards of 60 items on the table each night. That job is complete madness.

- To our special guest artists: Aby Wolf, Crescent Moon, I Self Devine, Har Mar Superstar, Greg Grease, and Astronautalis. You are all total pros and incredible people. I’m so glad we live in a city where pulling something like this off is as simple and painless as a few texts and a soundcheck. You all completely crushed it.

- To our charity partners: Kicker Project, Tubman, Southside Family Nurturing Center, and True Food Chef Council. Each year we donate 10% of Blowout proceeds to various local charities. Happy to have all the guys on board this time around.

- To all the local press that covers the Blowout every year and continues to support this thriving local music scene. It’s a huge part of why so many people come out and watch local shows. Read some Blowout  show reviews from the Star Tribune and City Pages HERE and HERE.

- To everyone who bought a ticket and came to any one of the Blowout nights, even though we’ve been doing these shows for 9 years and there are always a million other awesome things to go do in this city. We sold out all four shows, and played to over 5,500 people last week, in Minnesota where temperatures got below zero. I’ll never get over that. THANK YOU.

I’m sure I’m still forgetting tons of people right now. Just wanted to really point out that it goes so much deeper than just the seven of us clowning around on stage. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many awesome folks.


Alright, that does it for the super sentimental Blowout recap portion of this post. 2013 is not totally over yet though, and there are still a few more Doomtree-related events to get into before the New Year.

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This Thursday the 19th, Dessa will be appearing at the live taping of the NPR-syndicated show Wits, with actor and co-guest Jason Ritter, and host John Moe. There are still a few tickets left for this event at the lovely Fitzgerald Theatre. Grab them HERE.


Then on New Years Eve, Dessa will be down in Chicago playing a show with Astronautalis at Lincoln Hall. Tickets are available HERE.


That very same night The Men of Doomtree (minus Papes, who will be there in spirit) play something called The Bash in Des Moines, Iowa. Sims, Cecil, Mike, Stef, and myself will be at the Des Moines Social Club all night, so if you’re in the area, definitely come help us pop bottles. Tickets are available right HERE.


And if you’re nearby Minneapolis, don’t forget about the official LIZZOBANGERS album release show on December 28th at the Triple Rock. Lizzo and I will be celebrating the end of a great year and playing the whole album live, plus Plain Ole Bill and I will opening up the show with a very special LAVA BANGERS set (the second one that’s ever happened). The whole reason why I ended up working with Lizzo in the first place is because of LAVA BANGERS, so this is like a perfect Circle of Life scenario. This night is going to rule SO HARD. A handful of tickets are still available right HERE.

Alright, that should about do it for this post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to wrap it all up. Here she is as happy as can be over at my mom’s place. All Toys Everything. Craziest kid ever.

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And here she is getting busted breaking into the cupboards and trying to steal all of the peanut butter for the millionth time this month. Nice try, P.

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I wanted to say a quick special final Blowout thanks to Sarah, for the awesome knit hat and headband that she made for Penny, and Fernando, who brought back a dress all the way from Mexico for Young Nelpz. You guys are the best. Penny is totally decked out in the finest threadz now. ‘Preciate you guys!

OK, I hope you all have a wonderful and as relaxing of a week as possible with the holidays looming overhead. I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Blowout 9 Recap: Night 2

Posted on December 14, 2013

OH MAN. Last night we rang in Night 2 of Blowout 9 in the First Avenue Mainroom, and it was INSANE. Not a ton of words to describe what it’s like to play to to a sold out First Ave crowd, I just know that my cheeks still hurt this morning from smiling so much. Check out the truly awesome recap video below to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Huge enormous shouts to Chris Hadland for filming and Jay Anker for pulling the all-night editing job. I love this one so much. WATCH IT!

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And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a bunch of great photos to share with you from our longtime photographer friends Zoe Prinds-Flash and Ben LaFond. Zoe is up first, and you can check out even more of her pics over at her Facebook page (right HERE). Love these ones.

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And here are some select shots from the homie Ben LaFond, who you might remember as our Doomtree tour photographer from way back when. Very happy to have him back on board for this.

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Gotta say a big thank you to, The Current, and 2 Gingers for sponsoring the event, as well as our special musical guests Crescent Moon and Aby Wolf for murdering it. Oh, And to Glam Doll Donuts and Angel Food Bakery for stocking our green room with boxes upon boxes of donuts. I think we collectively gained about 25 pounds last night. Yikes.

Alright, I hope you all have a great day. Looking forward to seeing a ton more of you tonight for Blowout 9 Night 3. This show is SOLD OUT. Doors are at 8:00 and music will start promptly at 9:00, so make sure to get there on time in order to catch the whole show. If you’re starting to kick yourself for not buying Blowout tickets, there are still a handful available to Sunday’s final show right HERE. Less than a hundred as of last night though, so get em fast if you want them.

And definitely stay tuned to for another Blowout 9 Recap post tomorrow. See you soon!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak


Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 10, 2013

Oooooooookay, Blowout Week is officially upon us! There is a ton of stuff to cover, so let’s just jump right into it with a daily play-by-play. Tomorrow, Wednesday 12/11, we’ll be celebrating the digital launch of the Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team with a full on Doomtree Movie Night! Check it out:

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At 9:00pm CST we encourage everyone to press play and watch Team The Best Team together at the same time. If you’re the type of person who loves talking through movies, just use the Twitter  hashtag #BlowoutEve and go totally nutz all over the internetz. Various members of Doomtree will be joining in the festivities as well, so make sure to keep an eye out for #BlowoutEve. You can rent, stream, or download the movie directly from us over at, and if you’re an fan, you can now rent and download Team The Best Team as an Amazon Instant Video right HERE. We recommend getting everything set up at least 15 minutes before the 9:00pm CST start time, to allow for any loading or buffering. Click below to grab the movie and celebrate #BlowoutEve with us in style!


Oh, and if you’re really trying to go all out for Doomtree Movie Night, I’ve included my world famous Lava Banger Nachos recipe below, along with the Lava Banger Shot recipe in case you’re trying to turn this thing into a drinking game (suggestion: drink every time Paper Tiger says “And that you can print”).

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Then on Thursday we’ll be kicking off the show portion of Blowout 9 with a very special all-ages performance at the Triple Rock Social Club. This show is SOLD OUT. Doors are at 6:30, and you’ll wanna get there right on time as we’re trying to pack as much music in as possible and still get the kids home at a decent hour for school the next day. Check out all the details below:


Friday will kick off a three-day run of shows in the First Avenue Mainroom. Both the Friday 21+ and Saturday 18+ shows are SOLD OUT, but there are still a handful of tickets left to Sunday’s 18+ show (available right HERE). If you have even the slightest inclination of going this year, I’d suggest grabbing tickets sooner than later. They always go tend to go super fast throughout the week of the show. Check out the flyer below for all door times (again try to get there closer to doors, we have a ton of music in store), and click HERE for Sunday tickets. If you aren’t able to make it (or live too far away), make sure to check back to this site at noon each following day for tons of recap photos and videos.


Oh yeah, one more insanely awesome detail regarding Friday’s 21+ show: Our very own Metro Transit is offering free bus rides to the Friday Blowout! Click HERE for instructions on how to take advantage of this sweet deal. HUGE shouts to Metro Transit, we couldn’t be happier to have them on board. Such a cool idea.

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With every Doomtree Blowout comes a lot of brand new Doomtree merch. We wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the new items that will be available for the first time at the shows this year (Out-of-towners: we’ll be making all this stuff available on the Webstore in the coming weeks). Since the weather has already dropped below zero here in Minneapolis, we decided to make our very own Doomtree No Kings scarves to keep as much heat in as possible. Check out the the new band photo below, haha.

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After taking a lot of flack for not offering a screen-printed poster at last year’s Blowout, we’ve upped the ante and hired on Burlesque of North America to design and print this awesome limited-edition Blowout 9 poster. There will only be 150 of these available, so grab them at the merch booth fast if you want one. Nine crazy Mike Davis-designed monsters to represent each year that we’ve been doing this thing.


We’ve got three new Doomtree shirts as well, cuz you need those things when it’s cold and when it’s hot. Shouts to Paper Tiger and Adam Garcia for designing these.

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All that and more! We’ll also have some new No Kings shoelaces (ridiculous), a sweet new Cecil Otter shirt, and a super special top-secret Tuesdays With Lazerbeak shirt that you’ll just have to see once you get there. It is pretty much my favorite thing in the entire world.

Alright, that about wraps up all the big news for Blowout Week. Cannot wait! I’ll leave you with a special Video Bonus Jam from our very own Dessa. She recently stopped by the NPR Studios with her whole band to record three live songs for the insanely popular Tiny Desk Concert Series. Click the link below to check it all out. Very cool.

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Bam! Who am I kidding, what’s a Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post without at least one Bonus Penny Pic to bring everything to a close? Life has been pretty insane over at the Mader household these last few weeks getting everything together for Blowout 9. Here’s a picture of a pretty normal night at home. Me sending out roughly one million emails, and Penny hard at work analyzing the overall plot and character development of Pixar’s UP!. Taking Care Of Business for real!

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Aaaaaaand that’s a wrap! I hope you all have a truly wonderful week. Stay warm, and hopefully I’ll see a ton of you over the coming days. Happy Blowout Week!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 03, 2013

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’ve got a HUGE NEWS DAY for you today, so let’s jump right into things. It brings me the utmost joy to announce that Team The Best Team, the 70 minute feature full-length Doomtree documentary, is now available to rent, stream, and download online!!! 


SO PUMPED FOR THIS. If you’ve been holding off on buying the physical DVD (who really buys those things anymore?), now is your chance to watch the documentary in all its glory straight from the comfort of your computer. Head on over to for all the digital format options. And if that still isn’t enough convincing, check out the brand new Team The Best Team music video/extended trailer that mashes up the song “Team The Best Team” with a TON of footage from the movie Team The Best Team. Confuuuuuusing, I know. Big thanks to Absolute Punk for premiering the video today. Always appreciate their support. Watch it below!

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Also, enormous shouts to director Chris Hadland and editor Jay Anker for all of the insane hard work they put into both this music video and the TTBT documentary over the last two years. Maybe it’s just because I’m so used to working on albums and this was a totally new challenge, but I’m still extremely proud of how everything turned out with this movie, and couldn’t be happier that more people are now able to see it. Again, you can rent, stream, or download the documentary right HERE

To celebrate the big news, we’ve decided to throw our very own Doomtree Movie Night! Check it out.

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Next Wednesday (12/11), the night before Blowout 9 begins, we’re organizing a Team The Best Team Movie Night. At 9:00pm Central we’ll all press ‘play’ on the documentary and watch the movie together. If you’re the type of person that talks through movies, just use the hashtag #BlowoutEve and go virally nutz. Various members of Doomtree will be joining in the festivities as well. Check out the Facebook event page for even more details right HERE. What better way to ring in Blowout 9? Ahem, segue streak continues riiiiiight…….


BAM! We’re just over a week out from the ninth annual Doomtree Blowout! The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows have all SOLD OUT, which leaves Sunday (12/15) as your last chance to catch all seven crew members rocking the same stage this year. Just got an updated count from First Ave yesterday, and tickets are moving fast for this one. If you’re thinking about going, now is definitely the time for action. Grab tickets to Sunday’s finale Blowout performance right HERE.

And now for a few more shows happening this month. I’m going to be heading out on a quick three date run with Lizzo this weekend, supporting the great Polica in Chicago (Thurs), Detroit (Fri), and Madison (Sat). Super pumped to continue spreading the LIZZOBANGERS gospel. Check out the flyer below, or click HERE for ticket information. Hope to see some of you Midwesterners out and about this weekend!


Oh, and at the very end of the month we’ve got TWO sweet Doomtree-related events to ring in the New Year!

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JUST ANNOUNCED: P.O.S, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, and yours truly (otherwise known as the Men of Doomtree – minus Papes who will be there in spirit) will all be down in Des Moines, Iowa this New Year’s Eve to pop bottles and play loud rap music at the newly opened Des Moines Social Club. Check out all the details right HERE. Should be a great time. And if you’re closer to the Chicagoland area……..

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Dessa and her full band will be at Schubas Tavern in Chicago on New Year’s Eve to ring in their final show of 2013, after totally crushing it on the road all year long. Check out the flyer above, or click HERE for details and ticket info. Both shows are gonna rule!

Oooooooookay, that for real does it for Doomtree news this week. Let’s close this already insanely long post out with another round of Local Bonus Jams! There’s been a ton of great music coming out of the Twin Cities as of late. Here are four more artists that released material this past week. I’ll kick things off with Brandon Allday (of Big Quarters notoriety). He just dropped a solo joint with some nice production from Afrokeys. Check out “Going Home” below.

Next up is Mac Irv, who just released a new video for “Who We Are” that features guest verses from Metasota and MaLLy (both featured in last week’s Local Bonus Jams). Looks like this video also doubles as a teaser for an upcoming movie of the same name. Definitely looking forward to checking that out. Watch “Who We Are” below.

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The homie Franz Diego just released a new project this week called Retrograde over on Bandcamp (HERE). Really liking what I’ve heard of this so far, excited to listen more. Plus the beats are on point! Check out the whole album below.

And now to switch out of rap mode for our final Local Bonus Jam. This one comes courtesy of Taj Raj. These dudes just dropped a video for “Begging The Devil,” which happens to be my favorite track off of their excellent Fine Hearts Alive EP. Check it out below. That chorus is the best.

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OK! I’m gonna leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics before for real wrapping up the longest blog post of all time. Here are a few arts & crafts action shots of Penny over at my Mom’s place last week, working on her first paper turkey. Before…..


And after! Something tells me Grandma had a bit of a behind-the-scenes roll in this masterpiece. The diva in Penny would never allow another signature on her artwork though.


BOOM. Congratulations on making it through this novel of a post. I hope you all have a tremendous week. If you’re out in Chicago, Detroit, or Madison this weekend come say hi to me on the Lizzo/Polica tour. Otherwise I’ll see you next Tuesday to kick off Blowout 9 Week with a bang!

– Beak

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