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Sometimes a little humor helps with the disappointment. With that in mind, and with only sixty-six days until the Twins’ season opener, here is George Carlin’s classic comparison of baseball and football from his 1975 album:


We were shocked by the news earlier today that the Triple Rock Social Club will be closing next month. The venerable West Bank venue has not offered a reason for the closure, but rumors will certainly circulate soon. It is an enormous loss for the Twin Cities music community.

One of us celebrated their 21st birthday at the Triple Rock. This was back when the space where the stage is now was just a parking lot. It was an awesome bar before there was a venue, and always remained a nice place to stop in the evening for a drink with a friend.

Hymies hosted our second winter clearance sale at the Triple Rock in 2012 with live music by West Bank legends along side young acts like the (then up-and-coming) Cactus Blossoms. The show was a financial disaster for the record store but a resounding musical success, and thereby totally worth all the work. The folks at the Triple Rock were a dream to work with as they have been for more local bands than we could possibly count.

We had so many incredible musical experiences in that venue, and so many good times with friends dating back to that first fall after they opened, that we are deeply disappointed to hear of its closure. Whatever the reason, the Triple Rock will live on in our hearts as a magical place.


From the first we met them we were in love with the White Whales, who played one of their first shows here at Hymie’s a couple years ago and will be playing their last on Saturday at our block party. They were fantastic from the beginning, and only got better as time went on. Coincidentally, their album release show at 7th Street Entry last summer was the same day Saturday’s headline act, Black Diet, played here in the shop for the first time — we had to rush out after the dust settled from their great set to get downtown in time to see the Whales.

We wrote about their full-length album Lakestate a couple times, so you can read a little about it and hear some more tracks here and here. All we’ll say today is that we’re sad Saturday is going to be this band’s last show. We’ve enjoyed Matthew Shuffman and Michael Wojtalewicz’s new project, Graveyard Club, but we’ll miss the White Whales. Lakestate is one of our favorite local albums of the past several years.

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