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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 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 watch.doomtree.net, and if you’re an Amazon.com 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!

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!!! 

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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 watch.doomtree.net 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…….

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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!

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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…..

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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.

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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

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 26, 2013

Hey! Welcome back to another Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. Can’t believe we’re now just over two weeks out from the NINTH ANNUAL DOOMTREE BLOWOUT!!! The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are now all officially SOLD OUT, which means that Sunday, December 15th is your last opportunity to catch all seven members of the crew together on stage in 2013. Check out the flyer below for more details, and grab your tickets HERE.

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Speaking of Blowouts (I cannot even begin to tell you how long the current segue streak is): This year we’ve decided to take our own spin on the mayhem of Black Friday shopping, and offer a special Blowout Sale on all Doomtree crew-related items at the Doomtree Webstore!

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Here are all the glorious details:

If there’s one American tradition that we can all get behind, it’s the tradition of getting behind each other to push our writhing bodies through the doors of a big box retailer in the predawn hours Black Friday.

 Doomtree will be throwing our very own Black Friday sale this year. We’ve decided to let the other vendors lure the early birds—regular birds are good enough for us. In light of the fact that this year’s Blowout will be our ninth (!), our Black Friday sale will begin at 9am and end at 6pm: nine glorious hours of savings on Doomtree crew-related gear.

 For the real Black Friday devotees, online sales can sometimes lack the thrill of the stake-out: the huddled lines, the press of deal-seeker against deal-seeker, the occasional collapsed lung. If you’re a fiend for the rush, we invite you to log onto the site a few minutes early then leave the apartment, pulling the fire alarm on the way out. As your neighbors flood out, push your way through them, back up the stairs and into your unit. In the midst of all the screamed abuses, you’ll find yourself breathless, disheveled, and saving 20%. Almost as good as the real thing.

BAM! So to paraphrase: This Friday from 9am-6pm (CST) you can get 20% off all Doomtree crew-related merch over at the Doomtree Webstore. Just load up your cart and enter the discount code “blowout” before checking out. EASY!

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And when you’re done with all that shopping you can head on down to Honey in Minneapolis to celebrate the end of Black Friday with a Young Baby Ander Other DJ set! Check out the flyer below for all the party details. SGLD will also be DJ’ing, and MaLLy will be hosting.

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Alright, that about does it for this week’s news. Pretty slow with the holiday weekend coming up (and we’re in super crazy hustle mode to get everything together for the Blowout), so let’s jump right into the Bonus Jams of the Week. This week I’ve got a pair of Local Bonus Jams for you. The first one is from MaLLy and Last Word, off their new Strange Rhythm EP that just dropped earlier this month. I like these guys working together quite a bit. Check out the first single, “Dead Art Painting,” below, and stay tuned for their full-length collabo album dropping next year.

Next up is Metasota with a new take on Drake’s “Wu-Tang Forever” beat. This one is more of the ode to Wu-Tang that a lot of people (ahem, New Yorkers) were hoping for from Drake in the first place. I like Drake beats, Wu-Tang homages, and Metasota, so this is kind of a perfect trifecta for me. Shouts to Sway Heavy on the vizualz. Here’s “Wu Forever”:

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BANG. I’ll leave you with one totally awesome Bonus Penny Pic before calling it a day. We watched the AMAs together this past Sunday (Pitbull was hosting, COULD NOT MISS IT), and Penny did a pretty amazing job of upstaging Just Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids live performance with her very own groundbreaking Suite for Toy Whistle and Toy Xylophone. It was extremely moving. Also, please note my restraint in not going for the easy Penny Whistle joke. I wouldn’t do that to you.

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Ok, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with all of the foods and all of the naps. See you next Tuesday with another big announcement!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instagram: @lazerbeak

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on November 19, 2013

Welcome back to another round of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak! We’re just over three weeks out from the NINTH ANNUAL DOOMTREE BLOWOUT (Sunday tickets still available HERE), and things are starting to ramp up nicely here at Doomtree Headquarters. There are still a few Doomtree-related shows to catch around the rest of the country though before all seven of us are reunited in mid-December. Dessa has only three dates remaining on this final leg of the Parts of Speech Tour. She’ll be playing Pensacola tonight (Tuesday, duh), New Orleans on Wednesday, and Nashville on Thursday. If you live near any of these fine US cities, make sure to come through and check out a show, as this this is probably your last chance to see her and the band roll through for a good while. You can check out the last three dates HERE, or click the flyer for more details.

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If you’ve been patiently waiting to see an excellently well crafted Tour Recap Vid from this Southern run of the Parts of Speech Tour, you are in luck! Our good friend Ricardo Zapata has been tagging along this whole time, and put together these super sweet vizualz over a really jaw-dropping remix to “Call Off Your Ghost” (whoever had a hand in that must be extremely talented). Check out the Parts of Speech Tour: South // Recap #1 Video below, and stay tuned for Video #2 coming soon.

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UPDATE: Here’s Video #2, much sooner than later. Thanks Ricardo!

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Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Dessa has just announced that she’ll be participating in an upcoming episode of the NPR-syndicated show Wits, which will be recorded live at The Fitzgerald Theatre on December 19th with actor and co-guest Jason Ritter. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about these live events, so if you happen to still be in town for the holiday definitely grab a ticket and come down. You can check out all the details right HERE.

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Speaking of sweet shows (AHHHHH SEGUE STREAK!!!!!), our very own P.O.S is flying out to the West Coast for a couple days to perform with Marijuana Deathsquads, as they continue to crush everything in sight on the Polica tour. Stef will be playing with MDS on Wednesday in Los Angeles and Thursday in San Francisco. Click HERE for details, or check the flyer below for even more info. And don’t forget that Lizzo and I will be jumping on the Chicago, Detroit, and Madison dates of the Polica tour in early December!

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Alright, that does it for show news. Now it’s time for a pair of extremely glorious BONUS JAMS!!! For those of you that know me a bit, I got my start in music playing in a rock band called The Plastic Constellations (TPC! for short) with my three best friends since junior high. We started when we were about 13 and made it all the way to 2008 before eventually calling it quits. At that point everyone kind of went off on their own career paths, but stayed SUPER tight friends (I see those guys more than ever now). Today it brings me insane joy to announce that Jeff Allen (co-singer/guitarist of TPC!) has started a new band called TYTE JEFF, after a five year hiatus from recording music!!! Seriously could not be more AMPED about this. Check out “Loose Crowns,” the first single from the TYTE JEFF EP, below RIGHT NOW. It is so incredibly TYTE to hear this guy singing again.

SO GOOD. And that’s the LEGEND GOD Matt Scharenbroich playing drums on the recording too! You can learn everything there is to currently know about TYTE JEFF right HERE, and if you’re near the Twin Cities, come on down to the Terminal Bar (yes, that Terminal Bar) tomorrow night (Wednesday) to check out the band live for the first time. HISTORY IN THE MAKING. It’s going to be so weird.

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YES! And now for a bit of a more unconventional Video Bonus Jam. PBS affiliate station TPT recently created a short documentary on legendary photographer, First Avenue luminary, and all around amazing guy Dan Corrigan for their ongoing MN Original series. Doomtree has been fortunate enough to know Dan for a really long time, through our relationship with First Ave and way before that when he was a photographer at City Pages. He is truly the best guy. Huge shouts to TPT for shedding some light on a person who has played an integral behind the scenes role in Minneapolis music for DECADES. If you have nine free minutes today, I cannot recommend anything more highly than watching this video. Dooooooooit.

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Alright, that about does it for this week’s post. I’ll leave you with a couple Bonus Penny Pics before I call it a day. This kid only gets crazier with time. Here she is at the park rocking her newly patented “Sideways Tongue” look and subliminally paying homage to Michael Jordan at THE SAME DAMN TIME. I’m sure of it.

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And here’s Penny all bundled up in my folks’ backyard, possibly heading out on a Quixote-esque quest, battling tiny windmill monsters with her trusty steed Rosinante (not pictured below). Truth be told I’ve only ever gotten through half of Don Quixote (TWICE), but I think that gives me the right to throw around a sophisticated term like “Quixote-esque,” right? Fingers crossed. UPDATE: Wait, the term is “Quixotic” isn’t it? So close.

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OK, that for real does it for this edition of Tuesdays With Lazerbeak. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Maybe I’ll see a few of you out at the Terminal Bar tomorrow for the inaugural TYTE JEFF show. Otherwise next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK_

Instargram: @lazerbeak

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.

HAIM – “Falling”

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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