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The blooming canna lilies out front really cheer us up every time we go outside with Irene. The ones in our garden at home attract a lot of butterflies and even a few hummingbirds, but these might be a little too close to Lake Street for the wildlife.

Last night the Minnesota Orchestra began its annual Sommerfest with a live performance of the 2009 Star Trek score. Once again, they’ve invited your friendly neighborhood record store to provide some entertainment for the mezzanine. Once again there will be listening stations in Orchestra Hall and this year we’ve selected some albums connected to each night’s musical program. Also throughout the lobby are giant versions of popular games like chess, Connect Four and Scrabble.

You can check out the whole calendar for the Orchestra’s Sommerfest program on their website here. And when you visit Orchestra Hall between now and the first week of August you can take a rest and listen to albums like Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space during the intermission.

The first thing which caught our eye on this sleeve inside a copy of the Jackson 5’s Looking Back LP was the mail-in opportunity to be “Jermaine’s Personal Soul-Mate,” since by most accounts Jermaine had a lot of ‘soul-mates’ in those days. Michael, on the other hand, was too little for that. As he famously said in an interview years later when asked about whether there was an actual Billie Jean:

Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.

Anyways, the best thing about this sleeve is the word “Tito-riffic!” Unfortunately, our search online didn’t turn up the Tito poster advertised in this sleeve, so we’ll have to imagine what “Tito-rific!” looks like.

We did, however, come across this poster for a City Councilman in Boston. Tito Jackson, who is about twenty-two years younger than the third oldest member of the famous Jacksons, is of no relation. He has successfully made a name for himself in his district, and is running for Mayor of Boston this fall.

Yesterday, a lady duck came to visit the record store. This alarmed poor Irene to no end — she wonders if its one of the same pair¬†that she’s been running into¬†around our house this week

Here are a few of the photographs taken by Craig Willford at our block party last month.

The crowd enjoying Charlie Parr’s opening set.

Reina del Cid.

Clarinetist Tony Baluff surveying the crowd just before the Southside Aces’ stunning set. They are one of our absolute favorite bands in the Twin Cities!

Jim Blaha works the pedal board for a captivating opening to the Blind Shake’s set.

Farewell Milwaukee.

Performing inside the shop is Mikkel Beckmen and Mike Munson. We’re very excited to hear Mike’s new album!

Our old friend Ben Weaver has performed at six of the seven block parties hosted at Hymies on Record Store Day. The one year he missed was when he was touring the country on his bicycle.

Once again, thanks to everyone who came to the block party. A special thanks to all of those who performed, who helped make it happen, and all the amazing people we see here throughout the year!

 

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We finished boxing up most of the free records for this Saturday’s block party, and started sneaking some gems into random boxes. This year we also cleaned out several shelves in the office and we have several boxes of CDs.

This year we’re gonna try and start putting out the records about an hour before the live music starts on 39th Avenue, so around 10 o’clock.

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