SPIN on Beacon

Posted by Doomtree on June 12, 2012

Spin Magazine just posted some behind-the-scenes footage from our shoot for the “Beacon” music video. You can check out the guys in grimy make-up and Dessa in a levitation harness. Many thanks to Bo Hakala, the director, for rallying the Minneapolis talent that made the project possible. Check it out. 

2012.03.20 – Rolling Stone – “Doomtree Builds Collective Hip Hop Force”

Posted by Doomtree on March 20, 2012


Doomtree Build Collective Hip-Hop Force

Minneapolis group breaks through at SXSW in wake of collaborative second album

By Chad Swiatecki
March 20, 2012 6:15 PM ET

Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan stood on a beaten wooden stage at Austin’s Beauty Bar on Sunday, the club’s closing night; he delivered the impassioned lines of “Team The Best Team” while the other four mic wielders in the group formed a semi-circle behind him, stomping out the song’s deliberate beat in unison. Moments earlier all five rappers – Mictlan, P.O.S., Dessa, Cecil Otter and Sims – were bounding around the stage like ninjas, blazing through high-speed verses individually and in unison while DJs/producers Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak stabbed at their drum consoles to deliver menacing, stuttering beats.

The energy and sense of unity that fueled the Minneapolis collective through a dozen sweaty, generally packed shows during this year’s SXSW came largely from the feeling of discovery generated during the recording of November 2011 release No Kings, its second album and the first that saw the members write as a whole instead of collecting solo tracks released on the group’s Doomtree record label. “We’re all so busy with our own things that we don’t see each other as much as we’d like to,” Sims said after the show. “So even though this is day 55 of the tour, getting together still feels like a special occasion.”

Given their individual workloads, it’s not surprising that the members of Doomtree had to retreat to a remote cabin for five days last summer – away from cell phone service and romantic/marital ties – when the time came to write the new album. P.O.S. is a lauded underground rapper who’s released three albums with Atmosphere’s Rhymesayers Entertainment; Cecil Otter is also a producer who spearheaded last year’s Wugazi DJ project that mashed up Wu-Tang Clan lyrics over Fugazi instrumental breaks, Dessa is an accomplished MC and published poet, and several members have contributed to the Minnesota/Wisconsin indie collective Gayngs, which has featured Bon Iver and Har Mar Superstar among many others.

The result of that creative getaway is a cohesive group statement that showcases the talents of all the Doomtree members, from Sims’ high-speed delivery on the booming “Bangarang” to Dessa’s textured, soulful vocals on “Little Mercy” to their stark storytelling on “Bolt Cutter.” The unified nature of those songs help them get blown up and turned into a pummeling force in concert, where the members get to show off their experience from years of performing as solo artists and together.

“We didn’t think it would go as well as it did, but once we got away from everything else and started writing as a group for the first time, we were coming up with three songs a day,” Otter said. “We’ve all grown up together, some of us went to junior high with each other, and have been a group as Doomtree for more than 10 years. When you’ve been playing together that long you know what works for everyone else and what they’re doing, and that makes everything as close to perfect as it can be.”

03.20.09 – New York Times

Posted by Doomtree on March 20, 2009

SXSW: Five Bands and Fans As Nice As Pie

03.01.09 – SPIN Magazine

Posted by Doomtree on March 01, 2009

Songs You Must Hear Now!

SPIN Magazine

Posted by Doomtree on February 20, 2009

After innumerable years of slow rotation, a Doomtree kid just made it to SPIN status. Big ups to Mr. P.O.S
Check it here

For all of you who joined the DTR family at First Avenue last weekend, THANK YOU. P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Mike Mictlan are all looking dewey with a post-tour glow. Go nuts finding yourself in the photos.
Check it here

If you’ll be attending SXSW this year, stumble over to the Back Alley Social (303 W 5th St) on Wednesday, March 18th. We’ll be there rapping, singing, getting excited, and then calming down. We’re on at 8 p.m., set an alarm.


Posted by Doomtree on September 04, 2008


Venue: Cabooze
Address: 917 Cedar Ave South
City: Minneapolis
State: MN
Doors: 8:00PM
Ages: 18+
Cost: $28/$30


The Numbers

Posted by Doomtree on August 19, 2008

It finally happened. Doomtree has amassed a few numbers to support what had been wholly unsubstantiated claims about our unrealized potential.

Guidance counselors of the world harken!
Read em and weep:

3 weeks at #1 on the CMJ hip hop charts.
#23 peak on the iTunes rap charts
#7 on Billboard’s regional Heatseekers chart
Top 100 peak on Youtube music
Top 100 peak on CMJ, all genres
Top 100 peak Mediaguide’s AAA Album charts


But do we recline in our wicker chairs and unbutton our linen shirts? We do not. Instead, we wake up before the afternoon has yet begun, and we head to the workshop.

And on August 29th, we give you CECIL OTTER. He will appear at the Triple Rock to unveil Rebel Yellow, his long awaited full-length album. (If you are out of state, or infirm, you can buy the album on August 26th at select independent retailers or from us.)

There are no more presale tickets available, the very reasonable price at the door is $9. All ages show at 6 p.m., 21+ at 9.


Posted by Doomtree on July 30, 2008

Yesterday’s in-store was a success indeed. Thanks to all who came down.

Friday’s CD release show is getting written up left and right. Somewhere in the middle stands the City Pages.

Speaking of release, when this week is all said and done we’re going to need to kick back and cool out for a bit. And what better way to do that than to don the fancy new pants we’ve been given by the RIAA and swill appletinis in the swankiest bar around? Yeah, that sounds about perfect. So, looks like we’ll be spending Saturday evening from 10 o’clock on at the Chambers Hotel‘s 5th floor bar. Never been? Holy mother is that the spot. Come hang out in your own fancy pants. We’ll all feel like growed-ups. 10pm Saturday. 9th & Hennepin, downtown Minneapolis.

False Hopes & Press

Posted by Doomtree on December 03, 2007

For all of you out-of-towners, under-agers, recluses, and the currently incarcerated who won’t be able to make it to the Blowout, Doomtree is pleased to announce that pre-orders are now available for both new False Hopeses! This offer is a Doomtree webstore exclusive, babe. Cop yoursAll orders placed before 5:00pm on Friday, December 14th will ship on Monday the 17th. Happy birthday Jesus, happy birthday America.

On a side note, Lazerbeak recently did an interview with Reveille Magazine about a subject near and dear to his heart: Jigga. That might seem weird to you, but it definitely doesn’t to us. Beak loves Jay more than Beyonce does (which is a terrible comparison, as she is obviously incapable of actually loving anyone). Oh, and Reveille is also streaming the new Doomtree track “Flex” at their site. Stream on, streamers.