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On the heels of the release of Chill, Dummy it happened. P.O.S. shares a new video for “Bully” featuring two other Minneapolis performers, Rapper Hooks and Moncelas Boston. The track is an aggressive number, and doesn’t shy away from their call to arms “The world is yours/Fuck it, until it’s mine/Get out of mine/Get out of mine..BULLY.” They’ve planned for the takeover and they’re slowly moving into your town.

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New this Friday are a number of releases that are sure to pull you by the ear or possibly any other part of your body (I’ll refrain from making any sexual innuendos.) 2017 is looking  pretty good musically, if not politically, with releases by artists that are kicking the mainstream right up the ass. While last year tensions ran high, the world was inundated with an assortment of releases you were bound to never hear about or listen to. Let’s be real for a moment, for the most part a lot of music that’s released is shit. Mumble mouthed rappers are praised for the ill-infected music they create (see: Lil Yachty) and local bands play the same derivative music you’ve been listening to for the past 10-20 years. Why? The casual music listener doesn’t put much care into listening to what an artist has to say, willing to listen to anything that’s put in front of them. But that’s not you, you’re not like that.  You want to hear more, you want to be challenged. This is why were bringing you this; music that has an edge; and sometimes jagged.

In 2015 Fred Thomas released the critically lauded All Are Saved, which went mostly ignored. Now with this year’s Changer, all of that should, um, change. There are moments when uncertainty hits me before the first track plays but I press that button and LO AND BEHOLD(!) there is no fuckery to be had. Thomas takes “Misremembered” and drives it, heels digging deep in the dirt, through patch of dusty road. Quick paced rhythms over a repetitive guitar line that stays far away from being repetitious as his spoken-sung delivery keeps you interested with the imagery he presents. Changer keeps you intrigued track after track, never mimicking the same formula in each song. He’ll run the gamut from jangly-pop in “2008” to reverting back with a lo-fi deliver on “Brickwall” and then going through dynamic changes with “Voiceover.”  There’s a lot to enjoy with this release, I’d be surprised if it didn’t end up on many year-end lists. (Polyvinyl)

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FRED THOMAS – CHANGER

Fred Thomas isn’t the only one making a change in 2017 because rapper / musician P.O.S.  just dropped his fifth solo release Chill, Dummy (He has three additional releases with the Doomtree crew) and he’s taking no shortcuts here. Back after the release of his last 2012 album We Don’t Even Live Here, P.O.S, known to his friends as Stefon Alexander,  had to cancel his first national tour due to health concerns.  In a video posted to YouTube,  he said failing kidneys were to blame for the cancellation, “Both of my kidneys are garbage. They’ve been going bad since I was a teenager. It’s a really inopportune timing, but, now’s the time. I need a new kidney.” In 2014 Alexander received a new kidney and it was back to business as usual, first with Doomtree’s 2015 All Hands release and tour, and now with his new solo release. P.O.S. begins his attack quickly on “Born A Snake” where everything seems to fall apart in the first few seconds but he corrals it back in with that vocal hook. You get the feeling he’s walking a thin white rope between Hip-Hop and his punk aesthetic. The song sets the pace as you’re quickly directed into “Wearing A Bear” which seems like a call to arms to keep your eyes open at what’s in front of you. Doomtree cohort Lazerbeak’s beat here is real, never taking a backseat. From track to track, the songs sometimes filter into one another abruptly but no matter, the most important aspect of Chill, Dummy are the tracks themselves. “Wearing A Bear” proves to be reflect more on social issues than expected, but it’s all done with P.O.S.’ clever wordplay. But it’s not all bombastically explosive throughout because “Gravedigger” begins quietly reflective, sharing vocal duties with Angelenah, and the sadness permeates through it.  And I haven’t even touched on “Sleepdrone/Superposition,” the 8+ minutes single released back in 2016. Chill, Dummy is definitely starting this year off right. (Doomtree)

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P.O.S. – CHILL, DUMMY

And that brings us to Gypsy Mamba, an artist I’ve always heard in passing but never sat down to fully grasp onto. It makes no difference because we’re here now. For all intensive purposes, Gypsy Mamba is Darius Giurar, a first generation Romanian-American born in California, living in Rancho Cucamonga, and highly influenced by the creative beat community of Los Angeles. One thing I can offer up about Giurar is that he’s one seriously gifted musician.  Off his second album, Magnetic Syndromes, this beat maker has ensured to fit emotional turmoil throughout it. The tracks move in and out of bass heavy club anthems to thought provoking ambient pop pieces. The track “Like Chill” is expansive and conjour imagery of mountain-esque landscapes covers in quick time lapsed skies. “Volcano Sunset” draws from a different place altogether. Giurar lands feet first into what could be the soundtrack to crashing waves against those mountains, with a slowly building crescendo until the storm pushing those waters comes to a slowly descending halt. The beauty around it is haunting and will force you to hit that repeat button. It’s simply magnificent.  Magnetic Syndrome is a different beast culled from the mind of the Gypsy Mamba and we should all welcome it. (AlphaPup)

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GYPSY MAMBA – MAGNETIC SYNDROMES

 

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In case you missed it SIMS shared his video for “OneHundred.” As part of the Doomtree family he’s appeared on albums the last few years, although he hasn’t released a solo album since 2011’s Bad Time Zoo. With “OneHundred” the art rapper gets as abstract as he wants to be. The track is off of his forthcoming album More Than Ever, dropping 11/4/16 on Doomtree.

Catch SIMS on tour:

11/3 – The Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI *
11/4 – Schubas  – Chicago, IL *
11/5 – The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
11/6 – The Loft at Harlem Lounge – Lansing, MI
11/9 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
11/11 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA *
11/12 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
11/13 – DC9 – Washington, DC *
12/1 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO *
12/2 – Barbosa – Seattle, WA *
12/3 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
12/6 – Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA *
12/7 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA *
12/8 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA *
12/9 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA *
12/10 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA *
12/11 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA *
12/13 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ *
12/14 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM *
12/16 – Three Links – Dallas, TX *
12/17 – The Sidewinder – Austin, TX *
12/18 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX *

* w/ Air Credits (The Hood Internet X ShowYouSuck)

Sims, of the Doomtree collective, is set to release his new album More Than Ever. Fans get a preview of it with “OneHundred” – produced by Doomtree cohort Lazerbeak – it’s a frantically paced track with Sims’ lyrical tongue twisting. The album drops on November 4, 2016 and contains 13 tracks, releasing it on Doomtree Records.

Running concurrently off the release of the album, you’ll be able to find Sims on tour at a city near you:

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Dessa, the sole female rapper/singer that’s part of the Doomtree collective, just released the new single “Quinine,” produced by her cohorts Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger. This is the first solo recording since her 2013 Parts Of Speech, which had critics swooning. Take a listen to the track here as you sit patiently awaiting a new full length album.

 

?Upcoming Tour Dates:

8/5/16 – Polignano a Mare – Bari, Italy
8/9/16 – Oslo Hackney – London, UK
8/10/16 – Soup Kitchen – Manchester, UK
8/11/16 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
8/25/16 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ
9/3/16 – Red Herring Lounge – Duluth, MN
9/9/16 – The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University – St. Paul, MN
4/15/17 – Orchestra Hall – Minneapolis, MN

Every time Stef Alexander releases a new single, listeners like me need to throwback to his previous releases to get their fill. That’s what’s happening right now.  The artist everyone knows as P.O.S shares a new single, “Wearing A Bear” which is your classic P.O.S raps/Lazerbeak beats summer-anthem banger (see also “Fuck Your Stuff,” “Purexed,” and “Stand Up”).  The upbeat, head-nodding new track, out now on Doomtree Records, is the third single released from P.O.S this year, showcasing the wide musical range of what is to come from his much anticipated upcoming full-length.

Sit back, listen to the track, and patiently wait.

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Feeling jaded this Monday? Well the Doomtree collective has shared a new track today, “Spill Me Up. ” The track features raps by Sims, Cecil Otter, and P.O.S, with a banger beat courtesy of Lazerbeak.

Doomtree announce the release of their single “Spill Me Up,” the first taste of new crew music since 2015’s critically-acclaimed All Hands album.   The entire Doomtree collective (P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak) are hard at work on solo projects this year and will be hitting the festival circuit hard this summer.

 

People say that P.O.S. is finally back but truth be told, he never went anywhere. Sure he slowed down a bit but after a kidney transplant life will do that to you. He’s continued to grind with his Doomtree fam, with 2015 being a heavy tour opportunity for them in support of the album All Hands. Earlier this year though, P.O.S surfaced with a single, the almost at 9 min opus, “Sleepdrone/Superposition” that featured everyone from Astronautalis to Kathleen Hanna to his own son Hard_R.

This time P.O.S. drops the laid back “Wave” featuring Moncelas Boston & Sophia Eris.” P.O.S is setting up something big for 2017 but in the meantime he’s continuing to perform solo and with Doomtree as well. We’ll patiently wait… for now.

P.O.S. 2016 Tour:
05/20 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater *
05/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Soundset
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
06/04 – Chicago, IL @ Do Division Street Festival
06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater *
06/23-26 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival *
09/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Tastes Good Festival

* with Doomtree

Cecil Otter, an established member of the Doomtree collective, has shared a new track today, “Cross Countries.” While he remains a figure within the group, this track hints at future releases that may follow up his earlier self-produced album Rebel Yellow, released back in 2008. “Cross Countries” takes fans and listeners on a journey we all hope to continue throughout the years to come.

Pre-order limited edition white vinyl with 2 additional tracks just released together on his new EP Dear Echo : store.doomtree.net

 

P.O.S just released a new track “sleepdrone/superposition,” out now on Doomtree Records.  The track includes features from Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Eric Mayson, Kathleen Hanna, Hard_R, Lydia Liza, Lizzo, and Nicholas L. Perez.  The nearly nine-minute track is one of his most personal to date and touches on the current state of our justice system, his emotions post-transplant, personal triumphs, and take on the theory of superposition, the concept/theory that particles at the quantum level, can move and hold still at the same time.  For more insight into the song content, annotated lyrics can be seen over on Genius as well as a personal blog post up on Doomtree.net.

 

A video for the track was released and was directed by P.O.S and James Gundersen and shot by Daniel Hoffstrom and Daniel Garritsen.