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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 12, 2013

Welcome back to Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! I’m finally getting a chance to catch my breath after the last month or so of huge announcements. Quick Doomtree Blowout 9 Update: the Friday 21+ and Saturday 18+ shows are officially SOLD OUT. Online tickets to the Thursday all ages show at the Triple Rock are now also sold out, and from the sounds of it there are only about a dozen or so physical tickets left at the Electric Fetus, so get on that quick if you’re trying to catch the kickoff. That means that the Sunday 18+ show is your very last chance to catch this year’s festivities. Click HERE for more details and ticket info, or just click the awesome Paper Tiger-designed flyer below. Tickets to the Sunday show are moving fast now that the other nights have sold out.

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Oh, and speaking of Doomtree-related shows (SEGUE STREAK!!!!): if you happen to live in Florida and have waited YEARS for anyone in Doomtree to play your state, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. Dessa and the band are currently en route to you now, playing FOUR shows there over this next week (with a special stop in Atlanta on the 18th just to mix things up a little). Check out the personalized Florida message from Dessa below, and grab your tickets HERE.

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In other tour news, Lizzo just met up with Har Mar Superstar in London for the start of their big UK tour! If you live anywhere near those parts, definitely come out and catch a show this month, or spread the word to friends who do live over there if you’re able to. You can click HERE for ticket info, or check out the flyer below for the complete list of dates.

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Also, thanks so much to the UK in general for all the love they’ve been showing LIZZOBANGERS. I’ve seen a ton of great press popping up over there, and it seems like BBC Radio, NME, and The Guardian are all on board with Lizzo too! So awesome. Today marks the fourth week of the album being out. If you’re curious but just haven’t picked it up yet, you can do that right HERE. Once Lizzo gets home in December I’ll be joining her for a handful of shows in the Midwest. We’ll be opening up for Polica December 5th-7th on their Chicago, Detroit, and Madison dates (details HERE), followed by the big Minneapolis LIZZOBANGERS Album Release/Homecoming Show at the Triple Rock on December 28th. Grab tickets for that one HERE.

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OK, enough about upcoming shows. Let’s get into some serious Luther Vandross Deep Cut Bonus Jams!!! As you probably already know, I have been quite fanatical about this man for the last year or two, and it’s only getting more out of hand as of late. I recently started reading this out-of-print Luther biography (shouts to my awesome mom for tracking down a used copy on Amazon), and I am learning SO MUCH. I stopped myself about a third of the way through to take a few weeks off and spend some time with his first three albums, in order to get a better understanding of the music as I read along. Is this what college feels like?! Anyways, I’ll try not to bore you with talk of complex background vocal arrangements and session player gossip, but here is a smattering of some truly insane Deep Cut Bonus Jams from the first three solo Luther Vandross albums that you won’t find on many of the Greatest Hits comps. I really hope you like them! To me there is nothing I’d rather listen to right now.

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THE BEST. If you do like that stuff, I cannot recommend enough grabbing Never Too Much, Forever For Always For Love, and Busy Body. You will not be disappointed. And if you don’t like that stuff, I totally get it. I’ll try to keep these Luther Deep Cut Bonus Jam editions to a minimum, I promise (once every three albums sounds about right actually). Even if you don’t like the music, you still might find this story on how Luther’s middle name was chosen quite amusing. Or at least you’ll understand why I’m pushing to name the TWINZ Luther and Ronzoni (shouts to Astronautalis for backing me up on that one).

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Incredible. You can follow #LUTHERFACTS on Twitter for more gems like that. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to bring this whole thing to a close. Last Friday I got some real deal babysitting practice in preparation for these crazy TWIN BWOYZ that are on the way. Our good friends Jeff & Alison took a weekend vaycay down to Savannah to visit Matt & Katie’s new home, and I got to watch Finn and Gus for the day before their grandpa picked them up. Here’s Finn, Penny, and Gus eating apples and “chocolate sandwidges” (NUTELLA 4EVER) and watching some crazy Nick Jr. shows. Pretty sure Della the Dog came out the real winner in this scenario.

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And here’s an EXTRA DIVA-ish pic of Penny that the wifepiece took the other day. She’s definitely been working overtime developing her very own Blue Steel look. Shouts to Zoe for the sweater/hoodie hand-me-down!

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Alright, that for real does it for this edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 05, 2013

Welcome back to a very special Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. For all of you kids (or parents of kids) who’ve been wondering why oh why there is no all ages show for the NINTH ANNUAL DOOMTREE BLOWOUT, your patience is about to pay off. JUST ANNOUNCED: We’re gonna kick off Blowout weekend with a bang at the Triple Rock for an intimate ALL AGES SHOW on Thursday, December 12th!!! Yes, Doomtree is indeed for the children.

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Tickets are available online RIGHT NOW over HERE, and at noon today there will also be some physical tickets available from the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis. These are guaranteed to go fast, so if you’ve been waiting for this announcement, definitely act now. Oh, and grown folks (sans kids), let’s give the younger ones first crack at these. See below for your party details.

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For those of you 18 and older, just a reminder that the first two Mainroom shows are both completely SOLD OUT, so there is only one more chance to catch the whole crew at First Ave this year. There are currently still tickets available to the Sunday night 18+ show right HERE. Get ‘em before they’re gone for good.

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In other show news, Dessa and the band are taking off this Thursday for the next leg of the Parts of Speech Tour. They’ll be hitting the middle of America before making their way through Texas and wrapping up with a week of shows in the South. You can grab tickets and additional tour info right HERE. And now I’m going to temporarily hand the blog reigns over to Dessa for a very special tour announcement straight from the woman herself (denoted below in red). Take it away Coupon Man.

In two short days, the band and I will shove off for our last tour of 2013. Until then, I’ll be running a series of increasingly desperate errands in my increasingly rumpled pajamas.

 For this final leg of the Parts of Speech Tour, we’ll heading south, looping all the way through Florida and back again. This time though, we’ll be making some changes to our usual tour protocol. I’m proud to announce (drumroll) that I received a GreenNotes grant from Clif Bar; it’s a program that supports artists who aim to embed social change as part of their tours. I designed my initiative around the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma–a Michael Pollan text that really got under my skin. (Not-so-incidentally, we’re now reading that title in my book club, discussions go down every Thursday at noon Central, using the hashtag #lithop.)

 As this tour marches on, I’ll be stopping at farms, farmers markets, and coops to interview people with skin in the game, asking questions about sustainable ag–the benefits, the hurdles, and the controversies. I’ll be visiting a disciplined school for organic growers and a punk beekeeper. In exchange for their time, I’ll play a little set for each farmer–a stripped down tiny show in the greenhouse, farmhouse, or in the field. We’ll be documenting the whole thing with short videos, you can follow along daily at @dessadarling or check back here for Beak to post the highlights. The band and I will also try to eat one local meal a day, so if we’re visiting your city, holler at us with any restaurant suggestions. We’re all very excited to find out what the hell we’re doing.   — Dessa

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Hahaha, love that Young Gardener pic. While Dessa and the band head down to warmer climates, those of us up north are preparing for the possibility of 2-4 inches of snow tonight. Which brings me to this brief public service announcement from the Doomtree Webstore (how’s that for a segue?): It’s getting much colder outside! You’re probably gonna want to wear warmer clothes, and coincidentally, we just restocked the webstore with tons of hoodies and sweatshirts! Click the images below to grab them.

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BAM! The segue streak just reached insane new heights with that one. So proud. Alright, moving on. Just like we did last week, let’s get into another totally free BONUS JAM REMIX! Last Tuesday you heard Paper Tiger’s Polica remix and my Ginkgo remix. This week we’ve got another one from yours truly (Lazerbeak, duh). I got a chance to take it back to my early post-rock roots and remix the instrumental rock band Caspian. They’ve got a new EP dropping this month that will include this re-imagined “Halls of Summer” track. Really happy with how this one turned out. Check it out!

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OK, that about does it for this week’s post. I’ll leave you with a special Halloween edition Bonus Penny Pic to satisfy the out-of-town family contingency. Here she is dressed up like a crazy stuffed owl, simultaneously greeting and terrifying all the trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood at the SAME DAMN TIME.

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Haha, the best. She better enjoy all this solo attention while she can, because these twins are definitely on the way. Last Friday we got the ultrasound news that we’re officially having TWIN BWOYZ!!!!

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SO INSANE. For some reason the thought of having TWO boys never even crossed my mind. We’re definitely gonna have our hands full. To celebrate the news, I’ll leave you with this classic “Two Princes” Spin Doctors video. Couldn’t really think of anything else that was more appropriately titled. I hope you all have a wonderful week. See you back here next Tuesday. Just go ahead now!

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– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_ 

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 22, 2013

Oh man, prepare yourself for another October onslaught of action-packed news! Today marks the one year anniversary of the P.O.S classic We Don’t Even Live Here, and to celebrate that project, Stef and Marijuana Deathsquads have remixed all 11 songs from the album, complete with brand new instrumentals, a ton of bonus Stef verses, and guest spots from the likes of Justin Vernon, Greg Grease, Lizzo, Sims, and Mike Mictlan.  POS / WDELH / MDS / RMX - YES!!!!!

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Click HERE to download the entire album for FREE.99, or stream it from the Soundcloud player below.

And check out the music video for the “Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats” remix courtesy of director Adam Dunn.

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So cool. In final P.O.S news, we just found a handful of Four Fists deluxe 7″ packages hiding at the webstore, leftover from the pre-order last month. If you’re kicking yourself for not picking it up, you can grab one right HERE. There are only one or two packages available in each size/color, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good (for real this time).

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Dessa will be celebrating the release of her new poetry chapbook, A Pound of Steam, with a reading and Q&A at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis this Friday night. Details HERE. And stay tuned because we’ll have physical copies of A Pound Of Steam available for sale on the Doomtree Webstore starting this weekend!

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The third leg of the Parts of Speech Tour is coming up fast. Make sure to grab tickets right HERE. She’ll be hitting a good portion of the Midwest and South this time around. Plus a special New Years Eve show was just announced in Chicago! Grab tickets and details for that one right HERE.

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And here’s one Bonus Pic of Dessa repping Wings & Teeth with a bunch of Minnesota Vikings, because that is truly awesome to me. Note: this took place before the devastating loss last night on national television. Simpler times.

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Back to more show news. Our very own Mike Mictlan is gearing up hit the road for a handful of tour dates. Tomorrow (Wednesday) he’ll be out in Lawrence, Kansas for a one-off show at the Bottleneck with Stik Figa. Tickets HERE.

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Then at the start of November, Mike will hit the road with Ecid for a string of dates throughout South Dakota and Colorado. Click HERE for ticket info and details.

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And on top of that, there’s a newly announced Sims show in St. Cloud next month as part of the MN Music Coalition’s Caravan du Nord series. It all goes down Saturday, November 2nd at the Paramount. Mayda and Paul Spring are on the bill too. Grab tickets right HERE.

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Now for some Mixed Blood Majority show news. This Thursday we’ll be playing main support to the GOD Sage Francis at The Pourhouse in Minneapolis. Feel really honored to open up for this man. Sage was one of the first people to ever take Doomtree out on the road waaaaaaay way back in the day. Check out the sweet headless horseman flyer below, and grab tickets HERE. This is gonna rule.

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Speaking of hip hop LEGENDS, Aceyalone (!!!) is coming to town in November and Mixed Blood Majority just got added tot he bill! Check out the flyer below and grab tickets HERE. AMPED for this.

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And now to wrap up this insane amount of artist/show news with a little spotlight on Lizzo. LIZZOBANGERS has officially been out in the world one whole week, and it has truly been a blur. Last Tuesday Lizzo was chosen by City Pages as the winner of the 2013 Picked 2 Click poll, and was given the cover story of the paper. Read the entire interview with Reed Fischer HERE.

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Then we hopped on a plane to New York to play the TGNP CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory. Totally crushed it and celebrated the next morning with these sweet breakfast sandwiches.

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That same day we announced a couple EXTREMELY AWESOME December shows. Very excited to say that we’ll be hopping on the final three dates of the Polica tour in December. Chicago, Detroit, and Madison, we’re coming for you! Click HERE for tickets.

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And to close out 2013, we’ll be playing a LIZZOBANGERS homecoming release show party on December 28th at the Triple Rock!!! SO PUMPED FOR THIS ONE. Grab your tickets HERE.

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In case you haven’t hear the album yet, you can grab it from iTunes right HERE (only $7.99!), or stream it from Soundcloud below. Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting the project and spreading the word. It really means a ton to us.

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WHOA. That does it for the music portion of the post. Yikes, that was a long one. Thanks for sticking it out. I’d like to reward you with a quick Bonus Pick of Paper Tiger, myself, and GUY FIERI hanging out at GUY FIERI’S RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK!!!!

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Hahahahaha, YES!!! I still can’t believe that really happened. Cannot recommend the TMZ Bus Tour enough. Worth every penny. TMZ is the only TV show I watch on a daily basis (happens to coincide with family dinner time), and I’ve grown to love all the reporters and correspondents on the show. I seriously have no words for this experience right now. We hung out with Adam (TMZ New York correspondent) and Guy, ate and drank for free all day at the restaurant, AND the clip made it onto TMZ last night for a true Lion King circle of life grand finale. UNREAL. Here’s Adam interviewing Guy.

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And here’s Guy surprising the tour bus and inviting us all into his restaurant. You truly cannot make this stuff up.

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Alright, you’ve almost made it! I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics, since I heard all about it when I left her out of last week’s post. Here she is doing her best impression of a pumpkin. Not gonna lie, this one could use a little work.

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And here she is posted up at the park, her favorite place in the entire world.

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This is what happens every single time an airplane flies by. I’m glad she’s been able to block that flight we took down to Florida out of her memory completely. I think I may still be traumatized.

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Oooooooookay, you did it. You read the longest Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post that has ever been written, and we didn’t even get into any Bonus Jams! Incredible. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Maybe I’ll see some of you out at the Sage Francis show on Thursday. If not, next Tuesday for sure. I can guarantee you are not gonna want to miss next week’s post. We’ve got some MAJOR Doomtree news to discuss. December is right around the corner.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 15, 2013

HEY! Welcome back to a very special LIZZOBANGERS edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. That’s right, today is the release day, and I couldn’t be more proud to launch this record out into the world.

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You can grab the entire 13 song album on iTunes right HERE for the discounted price of $7.99. Or if you’re more of a hands on person, you can grab a CD and t-shirt bundle from the Totally Gross National Product webstore (right HERE). And if you really want to hear the album before you make the important purchase decision, you can stream the entire record in full over at Death and Taxes. Just click the Soundcloud player below. It has honestly been one of the funnest records I’ve ever been a part of, and I can’t wait for you to finally hear the whole thing.

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And just in case you’ve skipped it the last seventeen times I’ve posted it on the blog, here is the phenomenal music video for “Batches & Cookies.”

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaand while we’re at it, here’s the video for “Lizzie Borden” from the new season of Adam Dunn’s music series Lights And A Backdrop.

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If you’re in the New York area this week, Lizzo and I will be flying out to play the Totally Gross National Product CMJ Showcase at the Knitting Factory on Thursday, along with Cloak Ox, Pony Bwoy, and P.O.S with Marijuana Deathsquads. It’s gonna be the best time ever. Click the flyer for more details and ticket info.

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Maaaaaaaan, that’s gonna be fun. We’ll be announcing a few more LIZZOBANGERS shows in the next day or two, including a big hometown release show once Lizzo gets back from this international Har Mar Superstar tour. EXCITED.

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Alright, gonna keep this post pretty short today. Just got back in town from five days out in the wilderness with all of Doomtree. That’s right, we have officially broken ground on the next crew record. That’s a shot of the super remote cabin we were posted up at, some place we wrote No Kings. We’re off to a great start, and I’ll definitely keep you posted as things progress.

I hope you all have a great week. HAPPY LIZZOBANGERS DAY!!! See you next Tuesday for sure.

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 08, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to a jam-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. These next four weeks are going to be overflowing with exciting news, so I’m just gonna jump right into things today. Very happy to announce that TODAY is the day that the very first Four Fists songs get launched out into the world!!!!!

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You can now pick up the two-song single (with bonus instrumentals) in record shops and online EVERYWHERE. Grab it from iTunes right HERE. And again, thanks to everyone who pre-ordered from the Doomtree Webstore. To celebrate the release, Stef and Andy decided to drop a video for “MMMMMHMMMMM” this past weekend. It was directed by Adam Dunn as part of his fifth season of Lights And A Backdrop, the minimal rapid fire music video collection that he has been cranking out all year. The good folks over at HipHopDX premiered it on Saturday, and you can check it out right here:

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The dudes will be premiering both of these songs live tonight at the Triple Rock for their just announced (and extremely sold out) 7″ release show. And in a celebration of that celebration, we’ve got a brand new Four Fists t-shirt design up on the webstore, featuring the iconic logo from the Eric Carlson designed cover. Click the images below for more details and ordering info. UPDATE: Check out a bonus Four Fists interview with Gimme Noise/City Pages right HERE.

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In Dessa news, the Parts of Speech Tour barrels forward in a just recently announced THIRD LEG of tour (there’s an inappropriate joke in there somewhere, I’m sure of it). In addition to one-off shows in Seattle and Dallas this month, Dessa and her full band will be hitting Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, and FLORIDA (!!!) throughout November. Check out the dates below, and click HERE for all the details and ticket info.

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And on top of that excellent news, we’ve also got Dessa’s brand new “Skeleton Key” lyric video from (who else?) Adam Dunn, the same man who made the excellent “Warsaw” lyric video (segue streak is back on track!). Red Bull just premiered the animated clip over on their site, and you can read all about it right HERE. Check out the video below.

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Now for a big LIZZOBANGERS update. The full-length album officially drops in one week on Totally Gross National Product, and we are so excited!

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Here’s a brief overview if you’re just hearing about this project for the first time: LIZZOBANGERS is the debut solo album from Lizzo (The Chalice, GRRRL PRTY) and it is produced entirely by yours truly. You can check out the first video for “Batches & Cookies” below:

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We also shot a super quick video for this season of #LAAB, right before Lizzo took off on the Har Mar Superstar tour. It’s for the first song on the album, and features a couple quick takes of Lizzo and I clowning around, peppered with some extremely awkward/embarrassing dance moves from just me, haha. Check out “Lizzie Borden” below:

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Shouts to Steve Dude/Hawaii Show for the Applause-O- Meter. I somehow ended up with that thing after a TPC! release show one million years ago (Crusades?). The best. Anyways, LIZZOBANGERS drops on October 15th, and you can pre-order the album from iTunes right HERE. Here’s a few more quick topical and informative links if you’re more of the reading type.

- The Guardian’s ‘Band Of The Day’ feature on Lizzo

- The Boston Globe’s feature article on LIZZOBANGERS

- IMPOSE Magazine’s world premiere of “Go”

OH, almost forgot. If you live anywhere near Chicago or the Chicagoland area (always loved that term), make sure to go to Reggie’s this Thursday (10/10) to check out our very own Mike Mictlan perform. He’s in good company too: Sean Anonymous and Prof are on the bill as well. Click the flyer below for more details and ticket info:

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Alright, that about does it for this week’s action-packed post. I’ll leave you with a few Bonus Penny Pics. My whole family took a big day trip down to Osage, Iowa this past weekend to visit the farm that my mom grew up on. I hadn’t been back since my grandparents passed away a dozen or so years ago, and it was really cool to drive around and reminisce with the fam. Penny LOVED the farm, and the tractors in particular. Here she is hanging out on a huge tire.

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And here she is with my mom and my Uncle Dwight, who still runs the farm to this day.

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I’d like to thank country artist Rodney Atkins for teaching me enough about tractors to allow me to slightly hold my own in a shop talk conversation with my uncle. I’ll leave you with “Friends With Tractors” as the Bonus Jam of the Day. The more you know.

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OK, I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’ll see you next Tuesday for the official LIZZOBANGERS release day post!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on October 01, 2013

BIG NEWS DAY! To celebrate their debut 7″ getting launched out into the world, Stef and Andy have just announced a Four Fists release show at the Triple Rock one week from today! Tickets go on sale at noon CST today (10/1) and will not last long. Check out the flyer below for more details, and click HERE at 12:00pm to grab your tickets fast. This show is gonna be the best.

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In other Four Fists news, the pre-order officially ended last weekend. Thanks again to everyone who picked up a copy. International orders ship out today, and US orders will ship on Thursday, so you should be seeing everything real soon. We’ve still got some signed standard vinyl available at the Doomtree Webstore right HERE if you missed it.

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Dessa is back in town for a little bit and refuses to sleep ever. She will be celebrating the release of a new poetry chapbook at the Walker Art Center this Thursday (10/3), with special guests Aby Wolf, Sims, and Taj Raj all performing as well. The show is already well beyond sold out, but you can go HERE at 7:00 CST on Thursday to stream the entire event. The chapbook is initially being released in a small run through Rain Taxi, but we’ll be announcing details next month on larger scale availability through Doomtree. We’ll keep you posted on all of that.

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Our very own Mike Mictlan has a couple of Midwest dates coming up this month. Next Thursday (10/10) he’ll be in Chicago playing on a seriously stacked bill alongside Prof and Sean Anonymous. Check out the flyer below and grab your tickets HERE. This show is gonna rule.

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Then a few weeks later Mike heads down to Lawrence, Kansas on 10/23 for the second installment of a new all ages rap party showcase at The Bottleneck. Check the flyer below, and click HERE for more details and ticket info.

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Now it’s time for a little producer spotlight for a change (rappers take all the shine). Cecil and I have been getting together once a week since the beginning of the year to work on a bunch of collaborative beats. A lot of those will be going towards the new crew record that we’re about to start making, but we’ve also been trying our hand at a few remixes. One of which is being released today on the new Matt and Kim Lightning Remixes album.

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You can check out our remix of “Now” on the Soundcloud player below, and grab the whole album from iTunes right HERE. Super pumped with how this track turned out, and happy to see our names alongside some great artists like Bonde do Role and Anamanaguchi on the tracklist. Check it out.

Alright, that about does it for this week’s post. I’ll close things out with a few Video Bonus Jams from the albums that I’ve been really feeling lately. So much good stuff has dropped in the last couple weeks it’s been hard to keep up. Here’s a handful of my favorites.

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The Cloak Ox – “Pigeon Lung”

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Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

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Caroline Smith – “Magazine”

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The Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Shara Worden – “I’ll Find A Way (To Carry It All)”

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Greg Grease – “Continuum”

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Lizzo feat. Sophia Eris – “Batches & Cookies”

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Had to sneak that last video in one more time, it’s just too good! I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics to satisfy the family contingency. Here she is on top of the world after discovering her new favorite thing in life: Goggle Sunglasses. They are currently blowing her tiny little mind.

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And here’s a quick behind the scenes look at her most recent photo shoot for the fall launch of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku baby clothing line. The Year of the Endorsement Deal is getting extended well into 2014.

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OK, that’s it for real. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 24, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. We are currently in the throws of the final week of the Four Fists pre-order. Just a quick recap: P.O.S and Astronautalis have joined forces to start Four Fists, a new project that sees both gentlemen sharing vocal and production duties. Here they are laughing in a kiddie pool to prove it:

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The first release from the duo is a limited-edition two song 7″ that we’re putting out on Doomtree Records while the guys get back in the studio and work on their upcoming full length. You can hear A-side “MMMMMHMMMMM” below (that’s 10 M’s), to get a better idea of what these dudes are working with.

 

To celebrate the release of the 7″, we’re offering a pretty epic pre-order that comes with all sorts of highly limited and super exclusive bonus items. Every 7″ from the Doomtree Webstore will be available in your choice of red, blue, white, or clear colored vinyl (as opposed to the black retail version), and will come signed by both Stef and Andy. Here’s Stef with the proof:

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In addition to the standard pre-order (which includes colored/signed vinyl and free download codes of both songs and their instrumentals), you can also order the deluxe version, which comes with all that plus a ton more. You’ll get a crazy limited Four Fists t-shirt (designed/manufactured exclusively for this pre-order), as well as a super heavy duty Four Fists antique gold pin (I can personally vouch for how hard these things rule). The pre-order officially ends this Saturday night at midnight. As always, thank you so much for the continued support. These pre-orders are what allows us to continue to put out music on a regular basis, and we truly appreciate that opportunity. Check out the details below and click HERE to order.

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Now for some not so sweet news (segue streak defeated): As you may have heard by now, the Parts of Speech Tour took a pretty big hit last week when MOUNTAIN was burglarized after the show in Buffalo, NY. The van was damaged and tons of gear was stolen, leaving Dessa and band scrambling to buy new gear, rebuild the set, and continue the tour. However, due to the generosity of fans all over the world, they were able to raise all of the money need for van repair/replacement gear in just two days! INCREDIBLE. Over 900 people contributed money to the cause, and countless others got the word out however they could. Today the Parts of Speech Tour barrels onward, hitting Nashville tomorrow before turning back and knocking out the remaining dates on the drive home to Minneapolis. You can check out the remaining dates below. We cannot thank everyone enough for their tremendous kindness and generosity. Whether you donated money to the Indiegogo page, or simply spread the word online, it really was amazing to see so many people taking time out out of their day to help out. Team The Best Team 4 Real. THANK YOU.

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And now for some COMPLETELY INSANE personal news from yours truly. Not really sure how to just come out and say this, but it looks like my sophomore collabo with the wifepiece is gonna be a double disc. TWINZ!!!

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Unreal. That picture is from about a month ago at our first ultrasound. We’ve passed the first trimester now and Killa Cam is due some time in March. OUT OF CONTROL. This was Penny’s reaction when we broke the news to her. She has absolutely no clue what’s coming.

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Aaaaaaanyways, that’s my big news. Enjoy these TWL posts while you can. Something tells me you may not be hearing from me for the next 10 years or so. I’ll leave you with the trailer to the movie Twins (one of my all time favorites), starring the unbeatable duo of Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I used to watch this VHS over and over again when I was a kid, and now it’s all starting to make sense. Life imitating art?

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Alright, I hope you all have a great week. Thanks again for all the help with getting Dessa and the band back up and running. And don’t forget to grab that Four Fists pre-order if you haven’t yet. I’ll see you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 17, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. It’s a pretty quiet news week compared to the last two action packed posts, but there’s still a ton happening around here. The Four Fists pre-order barrels onward. Thanks to everybody who has picked up a 7″ so far. Last week Stef and Andy got together to sign all 2,000 copies of the colored vinyl. Here’s Stef with the official proof that this thing is really real.

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And here’s a Bonus Pic of Stef and Andy laughing in a kiddie pool, because it really doesn’t get much better than that. Photo by Graham Tolbert.

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There’s still 11 days left on the pre-order. If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, make sure to check out the Doomtree Webstore for all of the highly limited AND extremely exclusive stuff that comes along with it. Click the photo below for all the details.

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Dessa and the band have officially arrived on the East Coast, despite a tiny automotive setback on the first night of tour. The van may have been down for a few hours, but one little flat tire is not gonna stop the whole show. Here’s MOUNTAIN taking a quick breather before heading back out on the open road. TOTAL CHAMP.

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The Parts of Speech Tour hits Boston tonight (Tuesday), and then all the big East Coast cities throughout this week. Make sure to check the schedule if you live anywhere near those parts, and click the flyer below for more details and ticket info.

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In other Doomtree news, our very own Mike Mictlan is hard at work on his next solo full length. All the demos he’s been sending over have been ruling extremely hard. I’m super excited for this one. To tide you over, he just dropped a fire verse on our homie Steddy P’s new album. Below you can check out “Vicious Cycle Circles” from Steddy, Mike, and Tef Poe, off of Steddy P. and DJ Mahf’s new Breakfast With Dr. Gonzo album. And if you’re feeling the track you can cop the entire thing HERE for FREE.99! Check it out.

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Since we’re on the subject, here is a Bonus Pic of Mike holding a giant fake subway sandwich at Summer Set a month back. It is the best.

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In LIZZOBANGERS news, last week we announced the album and subsequent lead single/music video for “Batches & Cookies.” Check out the video below if you missed it. For what it’s worth, I make a brief cameo wearing glasses made out of real glazed donuts, so there’s that. You can now purchase “Batches & Cookies” from iTunes right HERE. Do it!

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This Saturday Lizzo and I will be playing the second annual Hip Hop Harambee festival on the West Bank in Minneapolis. I got to play this thing last year with Sims and it was a total blast. This year’s lineup is pretty insane. In addition to LIZZOBANGERS, there will also be sets by Big K.R.I.T., Devin the Dude, Shabazz Palaces, the debut of Toki Wright & Big Cats, and tons more. Plus our very own P.O.S is co-hosting the entire event. Check out the details below.

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The folks at Hip Hop Harambee just kicked me two sets of free passes to give away on the blog today. If you want to check out the festivities for FREE, just be one of the first two people to answer the following question correct:

Name the local Minneapolis donut shop featured in the “Batches & Cookies” video.

Email your answer to info@hiphopharambee.com and if you are one of the first two people to respond correctly they will hit you back with free passes. Otherwise you can grab cheap tickets right HERE and still enjoy the concert. Here’s a picture from the stage of last year’s show to give you an idea of what we’re dealing with. Should be a great time.

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Alright, that about does it for the news part of this post. I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve done a big Bonus Jams section, so below are a bunch of random songs that I’ve been feeling as of late. Kind of all over the place, but when is it ever not? Consider this a sort of Bonus Jams Mixtape for the week.

Volcano Choir – “Byegone”

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Allan Kingdom – “Mediocre”

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Blood Orange – “Chamakay”

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The Killers – “Shot At The Night” (prod. M83)

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Pusha T – “Nosetalgia” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

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Polica – “Chain My Name”

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Janelle Monae – “Electric Lady” (ft. Solange)

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Danny Brown – “Side A (Old)”

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Ginkgo – “Faded Glory”

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Delorean – “Spirit”

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BAM! I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics before I call it for real. Football season has officially begun, and Penny has taken to standing in silence directly in front of the TV every time the national anthem is sung. Very patriotic of her.

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Here she is all dressed up in her favorite swimsuit, back when the weather was a little bit warmer. Apparently deep in thought pondering the classic tortilla chip vs. water bottle debate.

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And one last shot at the park rocking her favorite personalized First Ave hoodie. Still can’t believe that thing exists. THE BEST.

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OK, hope you all have a great week. Maybe I’ll catch some of you out at Hip Hop Harambee this weekend. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

 

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on September 10, 2013

YES! Fresh off the heels of the big Four Fists announcement last week, I’ve got another project that I’m super excited to share with you: LIZZOBANGERS!!!

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LIZZOBANGERS is the debut solo album from Lizzo (of The Chalice and GRRRL PRTY notoriety), produced entirely by yours truly. We’ve been cracking away at this full length for the last year or so, and now we can finally announce that the album will drop October 15th on Totally Gross National Product! Yesterday the good people over at Pigeons and Planes premiered “Batches & Cookies,” the first single and video off of the project. You can read what they had to say about it right HERE. Check out the phenomenal vizualz below, courtesy of director extraordinaire Ryan Kron Thompson. Lizzo on the raps, Beak on the beats, Sophia Eris on the killer guest verse, and Cliff Rhymes on the hypes (and butter rubdown). SO EXCITED.

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On top of all that, it was also just announced that Lizzo will be hitting the road with Har Mar Superstar for a massive North American and European tour that will take them clear into December. Lizzo will be doing double duty as the opening act and member of Har Mar’s live band. Check out all the current dates right HERE. Lots more LIZZOBANGERS news on the way. In the meantime, if you could help us pass this video around it would mean a lot. Trying to get that exposure up big duns.

Speaking of sweet new videos (SEGUE STREAK!!!), Dessa dropped a brand new vizual for “The Lamb” last week, as part of Adam J. Dunn’s ongoing Lights And A Backdrop series (check out all three seasons HERE). This was the first time they shot in color for one of these things, and Dessa took full advantage by going platinum blonde for the shoot. Check it out below and grab the full Parts of Speech album right HERE.

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This weekend Dessa will kick off the second leg of the Part of Speech Tour in Chicago at Riot Fest (WITH THE REPLACEMENTS!!!). From there the band heads East for a few weeks. Make sure to check them out if they’re rolling through your neck of the woods (or “Neck Uv Da Woods” for all my fans of The Wood soundtrack). Click the image below for all of the tour details and ticket info.

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As you may recall, last week we announced the debut 7″ from Four Fists, the new supergroup comprised of indie rap heavyweights P.O.S and Astronautalis (sounds official right?). Here’s a great promo video from the incomparable Young Baby Ander Other to fill you in if you missed it.

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And here is the streaming A-side single “MMMMMHMMMMM”:

 

Thank you to everyone who supported the first week of the pre-order! We have only pressed up a total of 2,000 colored vinyl for this record (4 color options, 500 of each), and they are moving fast. You can check out both the standard and deluxe versions over at the Doomtree Webstore right HERE to see all of the super limited and exclusive stuff that comes with it (signed copies, t-shirts, gold pins, etc). As always, thanks a ton for supporting these pre-orders. I know we beat it over your heads, but it really is the thing that allows us to continue to put out records on a regular basis. The money generated from this pre-order not only helps us cover the ongoing expenses of the 7″ (marketing, publicity, etc), but also helps pay for the early expenses for upcoming albums (studio time, manufacturing, etc) that need to be paid well in advance of a release date. In this case it’s Mike’s next solo record and a now in the works Doomtree crew album, just like the pre-order money from Parts of Speech helped pay for this Four Fists 7″ to be made, and so on. Ok, I’ll spare you the rest of the sales pitch for the time being. You can click the image below for even more details. Thanks again for all of the support.

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Alright, that about does it for this post. To close everything out, I’ve got a special Bonus Jam from the homies No Bird Sing (Joe Horton from Mixed Blood Majority’s main project). They just announced their upcoming album will be dropping this fall via Strange Famous Records, and you can check out the lead single, “Don’t Think” (ft. Sage Francis), on the Soundcloud player below. Excited for these guys to have a big year.

I’ll leave you with a truly hilarious Bonus Penny Pic. This child’s hair has a serious mind of its own. Here she is doing her best impression of Danny Brown. Nailed it!

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OK, I hope you all have a great week. See you next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Four Fists 7″ Release & Pre-Order Announce

Posted on September 03, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak