Sims – “LMG”

This song is the third single off of Sims’ latest album Bad Time Zoo and was arguably one of my favorites. This music video is very fun and animated, it’s hard to turn your head away from it.

Here’s some info on the video and why they chose the route they did with this one:
“Doomtree’s SIMS “LMG” video exclusively premieres on Consequence of Sound today. The third single off of Bad Time Zoo, released earlier this year, showcases SIMS in a new way, animated. SIMS explains how the video came to be by saying, “I usually have decent ideas when it comes to conceptualizing music videos, but this one was a challenge. The song itself is borderline cheesy as is, which is why Beak and I love it. We knew the video couldn’t be too cutsie and could absolutely not take place in a bar. After those parameters, we were out of ideas so we enlisted the services of Matt Scharenbroich, a really talented visual artist and the drummer in Beak’s old band TPC.

Created in director Scharenbroich’s studio over the course of an icy winter in Minneapolis the “LMG” video is the end result of more than 1600 individual drawings, 400 cups of coffee, 60 markers and two ecstatic hands. The video was made using a technique called rotoscoping, which is “the tracing of live-action film frames in order to capture a more realistic movement. It has an immediate kinetic energy that results from the inevitable variation of the tactile mediums used throughout. Markers smear and fade, graphite scratches into the page, and ephemeral, singular ideas punctuate single frames in the rhythm of the process.” Sounds simple right?

The video highlights the contrast between the confessional, dark narrative of the verses and the overjoyed, positive message of the chorus. The diaristic song felt sincere and energetic, and rotoscoping “captures SIMS’ performance and catapult it into another more joyful sphere where fingers transformed into bottle rockets and fireworks emerged from palms.”


Catch Sims and Doomtree pals Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter and Paper Tiger on the “Good Time Zoo” tour this fall:

9/17/2011 – Kilby Court (early show) – Salt Lake City, UT
9/17/2011 – Urban Lounge (late show) – Salt Lake City, UT
9/19/2011 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA
9/20/2011 – Branx – Portland, OR
9/21/2011 – Tonic Bar – Reno, NV
9/22/2011 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
9/23/2011 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
9/24/2011 – The Central – Santa Monica, CA
9/26/2011 – Chasers – Scottsdale, AZ
9/27/2011 – Moonlight Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
9/29/2011 – Beauty Bar – Austin, TX
9/30/2011 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
10/1/2011 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
10/2/2011 – Cicero’s – St. Louis, MO
10/4/2011 – DC9 – Washington, DC
10/5/2011 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10/6/2011 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
10/7/2011 – O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
10/8/2011 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
10/9/2011 – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
10/10/2011 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/15/2011 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

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Money Mouth’s newest mixtape “The Juice”

Money Mouth is one of my favorite local artists. He’s got a voice like no one else, and can spin his words for days. He just released his mixtape after his release party at Aqua nightclub and recently put “The Juice” online for free download.

You can stream in right here:

You can download “The Juice” here and keep up with Money Mouth on his facebook fan page.

Greg Grease releases new mixtape “The Giving Tree”

Recently Greg Grease sent over his new mixtape “The Giving Tree” along with a press release:

Peace to all my people,
The Giving Tree is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Growing up that was one of my favorite books for several different reasons, so when I began making this project I thought I’d channel that feeling I had when I was a young kid running amuck in the southside. Throughout the past year I’ve had crazy fun waggin out making this tape with my friends and family. I’d like to share my journey through that through several different forms. So enclosed in The Giving Tree is 16 tracks of audio reflections as well as several pictures of my year. I hope you enjoy The Giving Tree and much as I enjoyed creating it and share it with your friends family ect.
Peace and I appreciate your time
Greg Grease
You can download The Giving Tree here
You can stream The Giving Tree here:

Keep updated with Greg Grease at his River Life website

March Update

What up y’all? Sorry it’s been a minute, this week has been insaaaane! But within this week of insanity I’ve had the pleasure of attending some fantastic shows! For anyone who knows anything about hip-hop in the Twin Cities area, I’m sure you heard Prof was here on Friday on the second stop of his “Look out tour” with Steddy P. The Crest, Mike The Martyr, and St. Paul Slim also showed up for some great sets. First time I have seen Steddy P or The Crest live. Soooo good. If you haven’t heard of Steddy P you can get a feel for him right here:

Like what you see? Download his mixtape “While you were sleeping” here

Check out The Crest here:

Stay connected with them here

Keep an eye on Mike the Martyr.. him and Long D.O.E. are doing big things:

Keep in touch with Mike the Martyr here

Prof also released some new songs just for the live crowd.. but I’ll share those with you guys when he drops his album 😉 (it’s coming soon don’t worry..) watch this Prof video for now to tide you over:

Big shout out to Stophouse for being such awesome guys! cough::MikeCambellandAndrewHunkle::cough

Along with the amazing Prof show, I got to attend a more intimate triple CD release party hosted by Urban Home Companion. All 3 awesome artists (Don Royal, K.Raydio, and Homeless Ryan K) dropped brand new projects and I’ve got the links for anyone who wants to take a listen!

K.Raydio’s second installment of “Significant (Other)” is amazing. Wasn’t sure she could top part one, but I was proved wrong.

Don Royal dug deep into his creative side for his new release “Ink Splattered Dreams”. You can tell he put lots of thought into this one.