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This is a rerun of a post from 2014, when Gus and Dave a lego model of the record store. The kids are home for spring break here in Minneapolis this week, and we talked about trying to re-build the model, but the consensus was that we’d have to disassemble too many other amazing creations to free up all the blocks.

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Every year as we prepare for our block party on Record Store Day, we clear out all our storage spaces to put out thousands of records for free on 39th Avenue. Dozens of boxes of LPs, 45s and some 78s (they get messy and easily broken with such a big crowd). By the middle of the day the thousands of records are gone!

Sometimes they’re albums in poor shape (and we’re pretty conservative about what’s good enough to go into the shop) and other times they’re records which are simply ones we see so often and don’t need any more copies of them (think Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass). Yes, there’s a lot of junk in those boxes, but there’s also some finds for the diggers. After all, we can only check over the boxes so carefully, and besides, leaving a few gems in there makes if more fun all around.

Another interesting feature is that in past years some artists who have surpluses of their albums stored in their practice spaces have given us a couple dozen to mix in to the free records. So sometimes the free boxes contain brand new albums!

This year we’re going to try to get the free records out a little earlier than the start of the live music on the stage outside, which Charlie Parr will be kicking off promptly at 11am. We can’t really guarantee the time because the setup for the stage and sound gear will take priority over the boxes of free records — but we do certainly have more boxes than ever before this year!

The goal of course, is to try and reduce the waste. Hopefully the records will find their way into collections and onto turntables, or maybe just as material for artists which is often the fate for old records nobody wants to play anymore. One thing we have always appreciated about our block party is that people don’t leave a mess on 39th Avenue or in the surrounding neighborhood for the residents there — we especially appreciate this because its the neighborhood where we live, too.

Anyways, here’s your first ‘heads up’ about the free records, which this year should be more plentiful and interesting than ever before. We’ll try and post some pictures of them as soon as we can start organizing them into boxes.

Here’s a fun bonus to today’s post: Last year our “Official Hymies Records photographer” Craig Willford was invited to climb onto the roof of the Frattallone’s Ace Hardware across the street to get some shots of the block party. This year we’re working on a plan to get him onto the roof of our building too!

 

Don’t worry dear reader, we make sure he’s safe!

 

Our cat Momar paid a visit to the record store this morning to poke around.

Which reminds us, isn’t it sort of peculiar that a guy named Cat Stevens wrote a song called “I Love My Dog.”

Earlier this month the folks at Third Man Records released a 7-inch of two new songs recorded by the Blind Shake in their “blue room.” They asked the guys where they’d like to debut the single, and to our surprise our favorite local band chose us! At the time, the blue vinyl of the singles were delayed and they’re finally here. So if you’re a colored-vinyl freak and you were waiting to hear these killer live takes of “I Shot all the Birds” and “Tar Paper,” today’s your day!

<—– Look! Blind Shake live at Third Man on blue vinyl while they last!

We have a big can of paint and nothing makes us happier than covering up some dumbshit tags.

Its always really heartbreaking to see a box of good albums which has been in a flooded basement or garage. Sometimes they’re worth saving, in case a clean jacket can be found. Others are just a lost cause, like the BB King album in this picture. In addition to water damage, it looks like a dog chewed on it!

We’re always fascinated by the animals on album jackets, as evidence by a recent post about Rick Springfield’s dog, Lethal Ron. But what about cats?

A couple years ago Carole King posted a polaroid her daughter took of Telemachus, the cat on the cover of Tapestry, to Twitter, describing him as “perhaps the most famous tabby cat on earth.”

And then there’s this li’l guy climbing over Michael’s leg inside the Thriller jacket. We tried but we couldn’t find his name anywhere. In the late 90s Michael did adopt a pair of Bengal tigers and add them to the enormous menagerie of animals at his Neverland ranch, which also included elephants, flamingos and a crazy quantity of reptiles. The death of one of the tigers, named Thriller, at a California wildlife preserve was widely reported in the tabloid media in 2012.

Other news accounts report he had two sets sets of tigers at the 3,000 acre property, naming each Thriller and Sabu. And before the MJ haters start in with their negativity, by all accounts the animals at Neverland were well cared for when relocated to preserves beginning in 2005.

A 2001 special edition of  had an alternate from the tiger cub shoot on the cover.

 

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