Freebie | Paper Tiger featuring Dessa, “Palace”

Minneapolis hip hop collective Doomtree is having a very busy year.  Both P.O.S. and Dessa put out amazing albums and both are part of the Gayngs project. Parts of the crew recently recorded a session for Daytrotter. Then most of the crew are performing this Sunday at Soundset in Minneapolis.  Now another member of the crew is stepping out with a solo debut.  His name is Paper Tiger, who is one of the crews producers and DJs. He is set to drop his debut release called “Made Like Us” on July 27th on Doomtree records. You can hear and download one of the tracks from the album and it features fellow crew member Dessa.

Paper Tiger f. Dessa – “Palace” (Download)


Event | Soundset Lineup Announced

Rhymesayers, voted label of the decade by Urb Magazine, just announce the lineup for one of the country’s premiere Hip Hop festival Soundset.  Soundset will be held at Cantebury Park in Minnesota (south of the Twin Cities) on May 30, 2010.  This year’s line-up is crazy. Check it:

Confirmed artists for Soundset 2010 include: Atmosphere, Method Man & Redman, Brother Ali, Hieroglyphics featuring Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual and Pep Love, P.O.S, Murs, Freeway & Jake One, Eyedea & Abilities, Wiz Khalifa, Cage, DJ Rob Swift, Grieves & Budo, 45 King, People Under The Stairs, BK One, DJ Revolution, Dessa, Yelawolf, Fashawn, Themselves, Busdriver, Toki Wright, Solillaquists of Sound, Prof & Rhazwell, Cecil Otter, Dark Time Sunshine, Ernest Rhodes, A.R.M (M.anifest & Krukid), Mike Dreams, I.B.E, Ice Rod, Plain Ole Bill, Mike 2600, Kid Cut Up, DJ Pratt and DJ Anton. Hosted by Peter Parker, Kevin Beacham and DJ Snuggles.

With options of two stages delivering over 40 artists performing nine hours of diverse music, an expanded B-Boy/B-Girl DJ tent, live painting exhibit, skate demo area, Slow and Low custom car show and a special Last of the Record Buyers production showcase, Soundset 2010 is guaranteed to bring the fun for the whole family!

I would love to see Redman and Method Man again.

Freebie | Get a little taste of Gayngs, “A Gaudy Side of Town”

We previously mentioned about this mid-western supergroup that consisted of primarily Wisconsin and Minnesota artists called Gayngs.  The group, founded by Ryan Olson and Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, consists of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), P.O.S., Dessa, Lookbook, Andrew Bird’s touring unit and countless others.  The album has been described as a psychadelic soul trip. Their album called Relayted drops May 25th. Gayngs label Jagjaguwar just drop the first track as a free download.  It kind reminds me of old school Wham, but funkier and sleazier (in a good way). Check it out for yourself. (spotted at The Fader)

Gayngs – “A Gaudy Side of Town”

Interview | Dessa from Doomtree

Before I moved to Milwaukee, I lived in Minneapolis for about 9 years. About 6 years ago I did a local music show with three other friends on KFAI, a community station. We came up with this idea to put on a show at the Triple Rock Social Club featuring all local artists and bands. One of those artist was very young talented artist by the name of Dessa from a hip hop crew called Doomtree , which P.O.S was founding member. She totally amazed the crowd and me with her lyrics and music.

Not only she has an amazing flow, but she has amazing singing voice.  Her talents does not just include music, but she is also an accomplish writer. She wrote Sprial Bound, which is collection of stories, poems, and other literary gems. Fast-forward to today, Dessa recently release her debut release “A Badly Broken Code” on Doomtree Records, and she is currently on tour in support of the record. She will be playing Turner Hall Ballroom with crew mate P.O.S. on Saturday, March 20th.

I got a chance to talk to Dessa via phone a couple of weeks back. Take a listen (I apologize for the sound quality. Cell phone interviews can be rough).

Dessa Interview Pt. 1

Dessa Interview Pt. 2

Dessa Interview Pt. 3

Dessa – “Dixon’s Girl”

Dessa – “Poor Atlas”

Introducing Gayngs | A Midwestern Indie Supergroup (Mostly)


The music supergroup is either a hit or a miss, and given it’s overall record, it is usually a miss.  Last year it was N.A.S.A. Probably the most successful supergroup is the Gorillaz who have an album due out in March. I don’t think anything can compare to the newest supergroup of Gayngs.  What in the hell is Gayngs? Think of it as a Midwestern supergroup comprising mostly of Minnesota and Wisconsin artists.  Gayngs features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce, P.O.S and Dessa from Doomtree, Minneapolis Solid Gold,Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Lookbook of Milwaukee’s Listening Party Records, Andrew Bird’s touring band, jazz-saxophonist Michael Lewis of Minneapolis Happy Apple, Megafaun from North Carolina, and others. The album will be called Relayted and will be released on May 11, 2010 on Jagjaguwar.  Just read the one sheet to get an idea of the whole project:

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Video | Dessa “Dixon’s Girl”

As you may know, P.O.S. and Dessa of Mineapolis’ Doomtree collectivewill be coming to Milwaukee on March 20th to Turner Hall Ballroom.  Dessa just released her debut release “A Badly Broken Code” this past Tueesday, and we have been playing the song “Dixon’s Girl”.  Well she recently released the video for the song as well just so you can have a taste before she hits Milwaukee. She will be an artist to watch in 2010! Enjoy.

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New Music Wednesday: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dessa, Flying Machines and Jamie Cullum

New Music Wednesday

This is the first New Music Wednesday of the year and decade (1/6/2010), we have new music from Minneapolis’ Dessa, Flying Machines, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamie Cullum. Listen to the tracks below and then let us know what you think by voting for your favorite tune. We’ll announce the winner next week.

New Music Wednesday is sponsored by Penebaker Enterprises

You can also grab this week’s picks in our iTunes store!

Charlotte Gainsbourg – “Master’s Hand”

Flying Machines – “On A Whim”
Dessa – “Dixon’s Girl”