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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
One of the bands you can see this Saturday at our block party who is also on our Live at Hymie’s LP out that day is Black Market Brass. They are the biggest band to ever play on the Hymie’s stage, and their song on our compilation album (“Pocket Baby”) is not found on the 45rpm single they released on Secret Stash Records.
That record has been one of the most popular local 45s we’ve had in the shop. There are only a few copies left here or in any record shop, but they’ll be releasing a full-length album later this year.
Here’s the A side of that single, “Big Muffler.”
You can catch this awesome band on the 39th Avenue stage at our block party at 4:30pm.
Irene is keeping a close watch over Charlie Parr’s new record.
Once again there are hundreds of special Record Store Day releases which will be in participating stores this coming Saturday. Hoo boy, there are so many we have a hard time keeping track of them. One thing for sure is that there are a lot of interesting things on this year’s list.
There is one we are particularly excited about — so excited that we have an entire crate of them all ready for Saturday. It’s I Ain’t Dead Yet, a new five-song 10″ EP by our friend Charlie Parr. He recorded the new songs with a great group of local musicians last fall, and the folks at Red House Records sent over a copy last week so we’ve already started enjoying it. Our only problem is the same complaint we always seem to have about EPs — we wish it were longer!
If there is another Record Store Day release you are excited about, we should have them all in late this week and can answer your questions on the phone or by email. We expect most of the titles we ordered to begin arriving early this week!
Charlie will be performing here at our Sixth Annual Record Store Day block party, opening up the stage on 39th Avenue at 11am. Also performing are some of our favorite musicians and bands in town (the whole schedule is here, or on the Facebook page here). Once again we’re teaming up with our neighbors Peppers & Fries to make the party even bigger!
We suppose we shouldn’t stream a track from Charlie’s new record before Saturday, but he’s been singing the title song for a little while now. Here’s a video of his performing “I Ain’t Dead Yet” on a gondola above Lutsen’s Moose Mountain — and yep, he’s wearing a Hymie’s hat knitted by Laura!
Our sixth annual block party for Record Store Day is just eighteen days away. In other exciting news we’re just about done cleaning up our garden for the spring — something we’ve never finished before the city even starts picking up the lawn bags! We’ve really enjoyed this warm weather, even if the cleanup is a little muddy.
We’re hoping for a beautiful day for the block party again this year. Once again we’ll be partnering with our neighbors Peppers & Fries, who’ll provide food and libations and plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the music.
And this year we’ve got a pretty awesome bill of bands! We expect the special releases to start arriving any day now, and we’ve also been filling the shelves with all kinds of other great records in anticipation. We love this time of year!