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Good news/bad news for Doomtree lovers: The Twin Cities hip-hop septet issued its first new all-crew track in nearly two years this morning, a jittery electronic romp titled “.38 Airweight,” which comes from this summer's recording sessions. However, the group is not calling this the first song off its new record, and in fact the new record isn’t entirely finished and thus has no set release date yet.
Posting the song as one of his Tuesdays With Lazerbeak entries at Doomtree.net, producer/beatmaker Lazerbeak described the song as a “leaker.” He wrote:
“We've been in the studio making a ton of songs with a new album in mind and are super pumped with how things are turning out. Wanted to drop this leaker track off early while it's still fresh to let people know we're getting back at it."
The track -- available for download via iTunes -- boasts verses from four of the group’s five rappers (all but Dessa). P.O.S. starts it off, referencing controversial NYC subway shooter Bernie Goetz. Mike Mictlan comes in towards the end with a whack flurry of evocative lines, including the soda-generation shout-out to “children of the corn syrup.”
Introducing the song on 89.3 the Current's morning show today, Sims did spill news at least one other album: His latest solo effort is due to drop in September, he said. More info on that to come, no doubt.
Perhaps we'll hear ".38 Airwave" and a new Sims song or two might be on tap when Doomtree hits the Minnesota State Fair grandstand on Aug. 30 as part of the MN-Music-on-a-Stick concert. That’s also the week that the group’s limited-edition, 500-page book “Every Single Day” officially lands. It’s being sold with a “Best of False Hopes” compilation album.
And lest Dessa lovers feel left out by the new song, she dropped another wowza music video just yesterday for the song “Fighting Fish.” You can check it out here.
A few thoughts about the performance of Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives Monday night at the Dakota Jazz Club:
Paul McCartney is reissuing another batch of Wings albums – including an outtake number featuring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
This fall’s “The Wings at the Speed of Sound” reissue includes an alternative version of “Beware My Love” with Bonham.
Of course, Bonham also played on two tracks on Wings’ final album, 1979’s “Back to the Egg.”
In case you don’t get enough Wings live this weekend when Sir Paul plays at Target Field, “Venus and Mars” and “Wings at the Speed of Sound” will be reissued Sept. 23 with demos, previously unreleased tracks and, on the 3-disc edition, an interview with McCartney and a booklet of photographs..
Further proof it’s not your average outdoor summer music bash, HazelFest has issued a series of promotional video clips that show its performers talking about their very personal addiction recovery stories.
The second annual concert takes place again Saturday on the grounds of the famed Hazelden treatment facility in Center City, about 50 minutes north of Minneapolis. As in prior years, the family-friendly festival – whose slogan is “Recovery rocks” -- will feature recovery meetings and guest speakers alongside the musical performances.
This year’s lineup includes the newly reformed ’97-’00-era lineup of the Jayhawks, whose frontman Gary Louris opened up to Hazelden’s Jeremiah Gardner about his recovery experience in a Skype interview made public in three split clips. Davina Sowers of the barreling boogie-woogie band Davina & the Vagabonds did the same in another touching clip issued online. Both interviews (posted below) show a new level of bravery beyond the hard task of achieving sobriety.
“It didn’t just happen,” Louris says about “the miracle of my recovery,” detailing the work put in going to meetings and meditating to stay straight in the second clip. The first clip talks about his painkiller abuse and how easy it is to devolve into alcoholism being a musician. “You’re almost expected to drink before you go to work,” he notes.
Sowers details her addictions going back to her teens, including what she called a “do-or-die” split from heroin. “I can just not express to you how lucky I am, and how the brilliance of sobriety has brought me to where I am today,” she says.
Louris and Sowers both will return home from European tours in time for HazelFest. The middle-era Jayhawks reunited to promote new reissues of their three 1997-2003 albums, “Sound of Lies,” “Smile” and “Rainy Day Music,” all of which featured Louris as the band’s frontman (following the departure of co-founder Mark Olson). Sowers’ band has a strong new record to promote, “Sunshine,” a playful mish-mash of New Orleans-blown party songs and more tender, jazzy ballads.
Johnny Solomon of Communist Daughter – also scheduled to perform Saturday, as is Milwaukee's Trapper Schoepp & the Shades – has similarly been open about his recovery experience in the past. Tickets to the festival can be bought here for $20 in advance through Thursday, or they will be $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under can get in free. Hazelden’s scenic, lakeside grounds are at 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd in Center City (click here for directions).
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