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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.

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.”

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