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We spent a fair amount of time last week cleaning and filing this gigantic collection of albums, which is why there were so few posts here on the Hymies blog. There’s an awesome variety in the collection, which was stock from a record store that had closed ages ago, with the albums apparently buried in the warehouse from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark until they were re-discovered. Lots of favorites, lots of oddballs, lots of sealed albums, and — as with any collection of records from the 70s, lots of K-Tel albums.

In one of the boxes we found this catalog from K-Tel Records, the ubiquitous Minnesota-based compilation label. We’ve always had a soft spot for these, and several years ago we featured some of our favorites (here), which includes some of the records in this catalog.

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This catalog comes with a K-Tel “preferred customer bonus dollar,” as well as a money-back guarantee. Who on earth would return a copy of Believe in Music or Super Bad?!

We suppose there are some K-Tel collections one might return, like World of Strauss and 25 Polka Greats, but even these show up pretty reliably all these years later so somebody enjoyed them.

And it turns out 25 Polka Greats is a lot of fun! The albums in this catalog are only a small sample of the total K-Tel discography, which would probably take a long time to collect. And now you know that if you’re disappointed, all you have to do is mail the album back to Minnetonka for full credit or exchange.

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But we’ll see you soon! Today we’re gonna visit family (and also go into the shop and make some repairs).

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Another record store day block party has come and gone here at Hymies. Once again we were fortunate to have some of our favorite artists in the Twin Cities performing on 39th Avenue. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our neighbors at Peppers and Fries.

We have a few of the record store day releases left, but not very many of them. Feel free to call if there is one you were still hoping to find.

Thanks to everyone who came to the block party, and a GIANT THANKS to the people we see here in the record shop throughout the year.

Our ninth annual block party for Record Store Day is Saturday April 13th! We’ll have special limited edition releases inside the shop, and the big attraction will once again be on 39th Avenue. Welcome spring with delicious burgers, burritos and brews at Peppers & Fries, while enjoying some of our favorite local artists.

Live music on 39th Avenue performed by

Gabe Barnett and them Rounders 11AM

The Southside Aces 12PM

Pleasure Horse 1:30PM

Little Fevers 3PM

Mina Moore 4:30PM

Toki Wright & Big Cats 6:00PM

Set times will be here later today, along with more details about the Record Store Day releases. A special thanks to this year’s sponsors, Windsor and Fulton Brewing! Hope to see a lot of familiar faces for one of the funnest days of the year!

Inquiries about special Record Store Day releases can be directed to either our email addresses or the phone here in the shop starting on Wednesday when we’re certain everything is shipping. Click on contact above. Please understand that we are not allowed to hold specific titles for customers and the adage about the early bird is as true as ever.

In loving memory of Trevor Englebrektson, who left us early Wednesday morning doing what he loved best: sharing music with the world.

Trevor was one of the most loved people in the Twin Cities — a musician, a sound engineer, a record label founder, a record store clerk here at Hymies, and the kindest, most gentle person you would ever meet. Most of all he was a loyal friend, and a loving husband and a father of two young boys.

His sons were the first thing we would want to talk about here in the record shop. Their loss is so much greater than ours but our hearts are broken.

There is a Gofundme page to support his family. Here is the link.

Our ninth annual block party for Record Store Day is Saturday April 13th! We’ll have special limited edition releases inside the shop, and the big attraction will once again be on 39th Avenue. Welcome spring with delicious burgers, burritos and brews at Peppers & Fries, while enjoying some of our favorite local artists.

Live music on 39th Avenue performed by

Gabe Barnett and them Rounders

The Southside Aces

Pleasure Horse

Little Fevers

Mina Moore

Toki Wright & Big Cats

Set times will be here on the website in April, along with more details about the Record Store Day releases. A special thanks to this year’s sponsors, Windsor and Fulton Brewing! Hope to see a lot of familiar faces for one of the funnest days of the year!

We all know the twist the funky chicken and the electric slide  – most of us have probably done at least one of them at a wedding  Here are some dances that may be unfamiliar to you (although Laura and Dave danced all of them at their wedding)

THE BUMP

(as introduced by Alvin Cash and the Crawlers)

“Bumpity bump bump…”  Sounds pretty good to us.

THE TURTLE

(as introduced by Ichabod and the Cranes)

This seems like it would be the perfect hipster dance because all you do is stand there.  If only you could also talk about the time you saw the band before they were cool.

THE PIGEON

(as introduced by Bert)

Sesame Street Fever is not the first time Bert did the pigeon.  Its just the funkiest.

THE STRAND

(as introduced by Maureen Gray)

Must have been a slow dance.

THE HUMPTY DUMPTY

(as introduced by Bobby Pickett)

This is the B side of a single that came out a year after the million-seller “Monster Mash” (credited to Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt Kickers).  Like everything Pickett recorded after his smash hit debut – even the 2005 protest song “Climate Mash” – it never escaped the shadow of the perennial Halloween classic. Still, we love to do the Humpty Dumpty.  Let’s all do the Humpty Dumpty!

and…

THE BAMBOOHOP

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 Thisdance crazeisfreshly imported from the south seas and features cheerful, Hugh Downs-ish instructions. We hope you and your friends have fun doing the Bamboo Hop!

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