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The Ides of March.

Posted by Dessa on March 09, 2011

If you’re in an unsigned but promising band, mid-March means South by Southwest. And SXSW means tens of thousands of musicians, reporters, and industry reps descend on Austin, Texas.  There are skinny jeans and taco stands and streets papered with handbills. Sunshine and lost bandmates,  high hopes and public intoxication, old friends and new lanyards. It’s like a cross between summer camp, an epic talent show, and a plague of locusts.

And Doomtree will be there. In an RV. If you’re heading to Texas, or have friends in Austin, check out our performance schedule.

In other news (litrah-lee), Fox9 put ran an overwhelmingly kind story last week. Many thanks to Trish and Ron for the coverage.

Just this morning, I decided to start an informal, one-sided rivalry with Mr. Ryan Olson—who you probably know through his masterminding in Gayngs and Marijuana Deathsquads. Everytime I turn around lately, Olson–ever cavalier–has been one-upping me.

A small example:

I was asked to write a little nightlife column for Mpls.St.Paul magazine this month. I jumped at the chance, always excited for a writing gig. I pick up the March edition and eagerly flipped to my page–only to find that Mr. Olson has also written a piece. And that his piece is accompanied by a color photograph.

Whereas Mr. Olson is referred to as a “charismatic recluse,” I am described as a “nerd.” While true, I can’t let this sort of affront stand unanswered.

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Fall back, Mr. Olson.

Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted by Lazerbeak on March 08, 2011

It is my great honor to present to you the brand new music video for “One Dimensional Man” off of Bad Time Zoo, courtesy of Alternative Press, who are world premiering it at their site right HERE.  The video is directed by the undeniable powerhouse that is Isaac Gale and David Jensen (of “Burn It Down” and “Let It Go” fame), and edited/colored by the one and only JoLynn Garnes (of Winnebago Man and Fearless Freaks fame).  BOOM!  This …

Gig Getting.

Posted by Dessa on February 18, 2011

As part of my residence at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, a few times a year I lace up my finest pair of Chuck Taylors and deliver a presentation on campus. In January, I asked the bookers for two of Minneapolis’ best clubs to join me on stage to talk about what bands can do to get gigs, and to be asked back to play again. They brought years of experience to the table. I brought coffee. Many thanks to Sonia Grover of First Avenue and Kermit Carter of the Triple Rock–exceedingly kind of you to take the time to help young musicians increase their chances of success.

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Speaking of gigs, we got one. Bad Time Zoo release party. Saturday night. Fine Line Cafe. 8 p.m.  See you there.

Dess.