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Sims of Doomtree drops first track from "Field Notes"

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: August 5, 2014 - 10:59 AM
Sims at Doomtree's Blowout VII. / Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

Sims at Doomtree's Blowout VII. / Tom Wallace, Star Tribune

And the hits just keep coming from the Doomtree clan. More than three years since the release of his last album, “Bad Time Zoo,” the crew’s best-haired rapper Sims will drop his latest effort, “Field Notes,” on Sept. 2. He debuted the first track today, “Uh Huh,” which fans will receive as a download for pre-ordering the album.

A rapid-tongued, tumultuous rabble-rouser, “Uh Huh” finds the often topical Twin Cities native railing against finger-wagging conservative Christian groups. Among the lyrics: “Honest to God, none of them are honest to God / They insist that it’s this, or that’s it.”

“Uh Huh” is one of six new tracks featured on “Field Notes,” alongside the previously (but not formally) released Astronautalis collaboration, “This Is the Place.” Distinctively not advertised as an EP – let’s call it a “mini-album” – the seven-track collection will drop in the middle of Sims’ tour with Australian hip-hop trio the Hilltop Hoods. Before that, he’s playing First Avenue once again with Astronautalis on Aug. 23.

"Field Notes" features tracks produced by resident Doomtree beatmakers Paper Tiger and Cecil Otter as well as newcomer ICETEP and a duo known as Plain Ole Arson (Plain Ole Bill + Ryan Olson).

“Field Notes” is the latest in a string of releases coming from the Doomtree crew in the second half of the year. Look for new Mike Mictlan and P.O.S. efforts by the end of the year. The mega-book “Doomtree: Every Single Day” also just arrived. It sounds like the new all-crew album will be out early next year, which we got a taste of last week.

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