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Corpse Reviver’s second album is out tonight with a big show at the Cedar Cultural Center. The band is named for a popular drink purported to be a hangover cure. Interestingly, Henry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Manual of 1930 includes two recipes.

The second of these, commonly Corpse Reviver #2, calls for equal parts gin, lemon juice, curacao liqueur, lillet wine and a little dash of absinthe. It’s super gross.

Some things from the 1930s have aged a little better, like the songs on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. The three original volumes contain songs recorded between 1927 and 1932 which are still often performed and recorded today.

Many of those songs are much older, and certainly some are older than recorded music. Bascom Lunsford, whose recording of “I Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground” was included on the Anthology, was reported by Smith to have learned the song from a neighbor in 1901.

The recipe for Corpse Reviver on this new record is three extraordinary musicians, and we are honored to be participating in the release. We sheepishly admit we really aren’t fanatic “must have it on vinyl” collectors, but in this case we felt passionate about it. We also believe some future anthology should have a song performed by these three friends.

We can only guess where each of them learned “I Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground,” and its our fault for never having asked. I’m sure they’d all be happy to tell us all about it.

Corpse Reviver will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center tonight to celebrate the release of their new album, Volume II: Dry Bones. Minnesota legend Spider John Koerner will perform as well.

We’re pretty excited to be releasing the second album by Corpse Reviver next week. The folk trio has long been one of our favorites in town — we love them so much we hired them to play our 10th anniversary party a couple years ago, and promised them we’d release their second album on vinyl.

If you have never heard them before, you may still be familiar with some of their songs. That’s because Corpse Reviver’s repertoire is drawn from the Anthology of American Folk Music, the enormously influential compilation first released in 1952 by Folkways Records. Harry Smith collected traditional music on 78s and with the six-album series revived music which was largely being swept into the dustbin.

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Adam modeling the new Lp

When Corpse Reviver released the first volume of their interpretation of the anthology (titled I’ll be Rested When the Roll is Called), we posted the original songs (here). On that disc, and on their new Lp, they’ve chosen songs which have been widely performed over the years, but its especially interesting to go back and hear those original 78 transfers from Harry Smith’s collection. Some are songs which had a long life before they were recorded in the late 20s or early 30s, and others have taken on new significance as songs associated with the mid-century folk boom or the more recent alt-country revival.

The new album opens with Adam Kiesling’s familiar fretless banjo and a confident take on “I Wish I Were a Mole in the Ground,” a song first recorded in 1928 by Bascom Lunsford. The song has been widely recorded by folk musicians, notably here in Minnesota by Charlie Parr about ten years ago, but Corpse Reviver turn the song’s perceived resignation on its ear. The same is true for “The Butcher’s Boy,” the second Buell Kazee ballad they have recorded with Jillian Rae singing. Mikkel Beckmen adds a funeral march rhythm to her reading of with his djembe, making this suicide ballad dark and dramatic.

In all, we count at least a half dozen deaths in the songs on Dry Bones. Corpse Reviver’s compartmentalization of the Anthology songs is as idiosyncratic as were the choices made by Harry Smith himself, but its clear they’ve chosen this second volume to collect some of the darker sides of the so-called “old weird America.” The result is an album much weightier than the first volume, but also a great collection of stories.

The original twelve songs, all found on Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, are collected below. Corpse Reviver will be performing these and other favorites at the album release show next week. It’s possible opening performer Spider John Koerner will bring out one of them old numbers as well.

Corpse Reviver will be releasing their second album, Dry Bones, next Wednesday night at the Cedar Cultural Center (details here). Minnesota folk legend Spider John Koerner will perform an opening set, and local choir Mpls imPulse will perform with the trio during their set.

orchestra hallWe had a great time visiting Orchestra Hall last week, and it was an honor for us to be on that stage! Hymies will be providing an interactive installation in the lobby during their Sommerfest this coming July — their program for the month is incredible, and we’re ecstatic to have the opportunity to contribute. We’ll post more about our plans and about the Orchestra’s Sommerfest schedule as it comes closer.

 

 

We teamed up with Sioux Falls’ Different Folk Records to co-release Jack Klatt’s new album, Shadows in the Sunset. It’s in stores today, but Jack’s release show for the album will be May 7th at the Icehouse (details here).

Shadows in the Sunset was recorded live to 2” tape in just three days at a beautiful reclaimed church in Viroqua, WI, that dates to the early 1900s. Produced and engineered by Tom Herbers (who also recorded Ben Weaver’s I Would Rather Be A Buffalo for our label) Klatt says the album “holds in its grooves ten thousand miles of asphalt, about eight pairs of good shoes, and the generosity of a thousand strangers. It’s a collection of stories about the beauty of blazing sunsets, the art of saying goodbye, and letting endings turn into new beginnings.”

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photo by Track Club Co Printing & Design

 

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photo by Liz McDonough

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photo by Vanessa Robinson

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photo by Rachel Ewell

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photo by Jimmy Void via Instagram

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photo by Mike Munson

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Photo from Hymie’s Records Instagram 

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photo by IG klschwalbe

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photo by Jason Larkin photography

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photo by Heather Everhart

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photo by Christopher Ludtke

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Photo by David P. Vance

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Photo by Paul Schmelzer

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Photo from Hymie’s Records Instagram

Many, many more photos can be seen here on Instagram

*If we have shared one of your photos and would rather you didn’t, please let us know and we’ll take it down.  And thank you for coming to the event!

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Buck Owens is right — “Hot Dog!” It’s the SIXTH ANNUAL hYMIE’S RECORD STORE DAY BLOCK PARTY!

We open at eleven and that’s when the live music starts!

Saturday April 16 — Sixth Annual Hymies Record Store Day block party!

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39th Avenue Stage
11:00 AM   Charlie Parr
12:30 PM   Tree Party
1:30 PM   Mike Munson
3:00 PM   Bruise Violet
4:30 PM   Black Market Brass
6:00 PM   What Tyrants

Hymie’s Records Stage

12:00 PM   Crankshaft
2:00 PM   Chastity Brown
3:30 PM   Ben Weaver
5:30 PM   Corpse Reviver
7:00 PM   Narco States
8:30 PM   Shadow in the Cracks

We had to try for six years but it looks like we’ll finally have perfect weather for our Record Store Day block party! Yesterday we were cleaning a great collection which came from a social club’s library and we this Chris Hillman song from the last Byrds album caught our ears.

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Another record on yesterday’s playlist was Alex “Crankshaft” Larson’s latest, Tied to the World Behind Me. We’ve been running a mile a minute to get everything in order for tomorrow’s block party, we felt like his song “Made to Race” was a fitting soundtrack.

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Crankshaft will be opening the music on the stage inside the record shop this year. Below is the bill for all the bands on both stages.

Saturday April 16 — Sixth Annual Hymies Record Store Day block party!

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39th Avenue Stage
11:00 AM   Charlie Parr
12:30 PM   Tree Party
1:30 PM   Mike Munson
3:00 PM   Bruise Violet
4:30 PM   Black Market Brass
6:00 PM   What Tyrants

Hymie’s Records Stage

12:00 PM   Crankshaft
2:00 PM   Chastity Brown
3:30 PM   Ben Weaver
5:30 PM   Corpse Reviver
7:00 PM   Narco States
8:30 PM   Shadow in the Cracks

 

 

Record Store Day is a national promotional event to celebrate the culture independent record stores. You can find the list of limited edition releases on their website here. You are welcome to contact us if there is a particular release you hoped to find tomorrow.

Our goal again this year is to make the day more of a celebration of local music. Each and every performer here tomorrow is someone we really love and admire!

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