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NARRATOR

Several months have passed. Although the emotional shock of her mother’s revelation was a severe one, Allison gradually recovered from it. She has gone to New York to make her way, if she can, as a writer.

Constance is now Mrs. Michael Rossi. This morning she is alone in her dress shop. A man in Navy uniform enters.

You are that man, Lieutenant John Adams.

Sound: Door closes behind you and Constance looks up.

CONSTANCE

Yes?

ADAMS

Are you Mrs. Constance Rossi?

CONSTANCE

Yes, I am.

ADAMS

Do you employ a girl named Selena Cross?

COSTANCE

Yes. Has anything happened to her?

ADAMS

I’m John Adams, Ma’am. Lieutenant, US Navy. I’m investigating the case of Seaman Lewis Cross, who’s been missing ever since last winter. I understand he was Selena Cross’s father.

CONSTANCE

Her stepfather.

ADAMS

They didn’t get along to well, did they?

CONSTANCE

Nobody got along well with Lucas Cross. He was shiftless and bad-tempered. A congenital drunk.

ADAMS

Did Selena ever talk to you about having any quarrels with him?

CONSTANCE

Do I have to answer these questions? Why don’t you ask Selena? I don’t like talking about her behind her back.

ADAMS

My partner is questioning her right now, ma’am, at her home.

CONSTANCE

So that’s why she didn’t come in this morning!

ADAMS

Yes ma’am. And you’re not talking about her behind her back. I told her I was coming to see you.

CONSTANCE

I see. Then let me tell you first that I’ve never known a sweeter, kinder girl than Selena.

ADAMS

She ever talk about having any fights with Lucas Cross?

CONSTANCE

Yes. She did.

ADAMS

When?

CONSTANCE

Oh, many times.

ADAMS

Any particular time?

CONSTANCE

Well, I remember one morning when she came in all black and blue from the beating that brute had given her. I’ve always maintained that’s what brought on her illness.

ADAMS

What illness?

CONSTANCE

She was operated on for an appendicitis soon after. And soon after that, Lucas Cross left town. Nobody here has seen him since.

ADAMS

From information we’ve collected — a driver who gave him a lift one night last winter — it appears he was coming back here on his last leave. But –
SOUND Telephone

CONSTANCE

Excuse me. (Picks up phone) Hello? Yes, this is Mrs. Rossi … Who? Oh, yes. He’s here … It’s for you, Lieutenant.

ADAMS

Thank you … Hello? Oh, hello Paul … What? … She has? Good Lord! … I’ll be right over.
SOUND Hang up phone receiver

CONSTANCE

What’s happened?

ADAMS

That was my partner. Selena Cross has just confessed to the murder of Lucas Cross.

CONSTANCE

Oh, no! Not Selena! Not Selena!
MUSIC Up and out

If you have enjoyed performing with Paullette Goddard in this scene from Peyton Place, we recommend you find a copy of Albert Brooks’ 1973 classic, Comedy Minus One, in which you must perform a classic routine with Mr. Brooks.

The fact that these two records ended up in the same crate by the time they got here is one of those things that makes this job so interesting.

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Selection from Husbands, Love your Wives by Gene Jakubek, S.J.

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“Frustrated Houswife” by Ava Aldridge

Benny K

Folk singer Benny K will be performing here in the shop tonight at 5pm, along with Nate Houge, to celebrate the release of his new disc Four Years. We posted the title track and a couple videos on Monday (here). Also this week we tuned in to hear Benny on KFAI, visiting Pam without Boundaries

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We recorded this with the tuner in the shop, but cut the songs they were playing. You can hear the whole thing unedited on KFAI’s site here. This is the title song from Benny’s new EP that they’re talking about in the end.

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“Four Years” by Benny K

Extreme Noise

The first of this month marks the 20th anniversary of Minneapolis’ collectively-run punk rock record store Extreme Noise. They are an awesome institution that we locals take for granted, which record collectors in other cities would love to have. The celebration was launched last night at the Triple Rock Social Club with an awesome show featuring a documentary about the 90s Minneapolis punk scene (When we Play for Real by Patti Rhodes) and sets by classic local hardcore bands including Code 13.

The big feature of tonight’s show is the Strike, a band we last remember seeing play around 2001. They are just one of eight bands on the bill, but their reunion is also exciting to some other folks, such as City Pages writer Zach McCormick, who came by last month to ask why we love this band so much. His story about the Strike ran in this week’s paper (online here). Zach must have seen our post on the Hymies blog about the first Strike album, A Conscience Left to Struggle with Pockets Full of Rust (which was three and a half years ago, here).

Yes, we are eager to sing along with “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” one more time, but the total bill of bands celebrating the anniversary of Extreme Noise is exciting: Dillinger Four, The Strike, Man Afraid, Threadbare, Dirt Poor, Scooby Don’t, Kung Fools and Bombsite.

It’s okay if you don’t remember them, but fun if you do. Maybe we were at some of the same shows in the 90s. Those couple bands in the middle are the ones we remember being especially awesome. Dirt Poor is the band that once appeared outside a Supersuckers show at the Uptown Bar in a UHaul and rocked until the generator burned out, which was just enough time for one song. That was just enough time to make them legendary as far as we’re concerned.

Scooby Don’t had only a handful of tracks scattered over several records, so they’re comparatively even more unknown today than the Strike. Scooby Don’t is best remembered for hosting bands from all over their country (with local band support, of course) in their basement, which was one of the best venues in the modern history of Minneapolis.

Two of their best songs were on a compilation LP put out by a resident of the Scooby Don’t House, Lantz, who at the time was playing drums (“jarums” on one record) for the Totallies. We’re Addicted to DayQuil! was not as famous as the No Slow, All Go! compilation featured in the City Pages article linked above, but we love it just as much.

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“Powerlloyd” by Scooby Don’t

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“Amanda Jones” by Scooby Don’t

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Once again, Benny K has a CD release show here in the shop this evening at 5pm. Nate Houge will perform an opening set. You’ll still have plenty of time to get to the Triple Rock and sing along to “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” with us.

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“Homecoming”

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“Everything from Jesus to Jack Daniels”

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“No New Friends Please”

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“I Hope it Rains at my Funeral”

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“It Rained in Every Town but Paducah”

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“A Week in a Country Jail”

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“Humphrey the Camel” by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan

True story: Last winter we finally convinced my mother to give our kids the Star Wars guys from my childhood. They had spent most of my adult life in a JC Penny shirt box in my brother’s basement, and we’ll admit it’s been a little nerve-wracking to watch our four year old monster pummel them, bury them in sand, and contort them into horrible positions.

In the box of “guys” was an odd man out – a Black Hole action figure. Do you remember The Black Hole? If you do you’re my age, and you probably remember it as Disney’s creepy answer to Star Wars. My brother Paul and I loved it growing up, and somewhere along the way the movie went out of print and became forgotten to an entire generation. We suppose that’s why they never made a prequel.

So Gus was fascinated by this guy, who clearly didn’t belong. Who was this outcast?! We went to our neighborhood video store (which used to be a family-owned shop and is now a weirdly monolithic franchise) and, kids in tow, ask the clerk if they had The Black Hole.

“Is it a porno?” he asks.

“No, it’s a kids movie.”

And he checks the computer, only to find they don’t have it. We went home and watched the movie online. Learned a lesson about taking the kids to the video store, we guess. Also learned that we’re still afraid of Maximillan.

So the real highlight of today’s post is the Black Hole storybook record. Unlike the Star Wars records we’ve posted (here and here), this one has the film’s cast. It’s a great interpretation of the story, and it kind of captures the Buck Rogers radio program excitement. We really loved this album growing up, in part because it’s less weird than the movie. Here’s The Black Hole:

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Benny K

Benny K made this fun video last week to help his fans find Hymie’s, but of course if you’re reading this you have probably already visited us here.

Benny’s a local folk singer whose first disc, 10,000 Saints, earned him a reputation as bright, insightful songwriter. He’ll be releasing a new EP, Four Years, this weekend, and we were surprised when he approached us about hosting the release celebration show with a performance here in the shop on Saturday.

Four Years takes on the subject of Wisconsin’s controversial conservative governor, Scott Walker, who progressives hope will have an uphill battle for re-election this fall. Benny K plans to tour the Badger State between now and election day. Have a listen to the title song — you might, like us, feel Benny sounds like a younger Larry Long
(one of our favorite Minnesota folk singers). He’s joined on the new EP by keyboardist Lightnin’ Joe Peterson.

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“Four Years” by Benny K

Here’s another video, for a track from 10,000 Saints. Gus and Nova really liked this one, but we had to read all the text to them. Benny’s got a good sense of humor that’s really missing in a lot of music these days. Sometimes a little bit of that makes a sad story a little easier on the soul, a spoonful of sugar and all…

Benny’s CD release show for Four Years will be here at Hymie’s on Saturdady at 5pm. Self-described “garage folk singer” Nate Houge will be providing a foot-stompin’ opening set. Hope to see you here!

Everyone from Bill Cosby to the Art Ensemble of Chicago has performed “Purple Haze” since it first appeared on Jimi Hendrix’s classic first album. He always claimed it was a love song, not a song about drugs.

One of our favorite versions is this one by Dion.

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“Purple Haze” by Dion

Yesterday’s post was meant to lighten folks’ feelings about the weather, and it included two of our favorite songs. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “The Rainbow Connection” were separated in the cinema by four decades, but share a special quality unfound in movies today: optimism. You go to the movies today and you’d think we’re all doomed, but not so for Dorothy from Kansas or Kermit from, um, the swamp.

wizard of oz muppet movieThe Wizard of Oz and The Muppet Movie are two of the best soundtrack albums of all time, both records we don’t see in the shop as often as we’d like — the good news is that both are also being reissued as special released for record store day this year. We can’t guarantee we’ll have these two (or any other) of the special releases in stock this year because of their limited nature and the rules of the ‘record store day’ people, but we’d sure like to have them.

We don’t really understand why anyone would make a limited-edition record — if there were more people that wanted to hear it, wouldn’t that be a good thing? Isn’t that what records are for?

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“If I Only Had a Brain” performed by Ray Bolger and Judy Garland

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“I Hope Something Better Comes Along” by Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog

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“Rainbows all over your Blues” by John B Sebastian

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“Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland

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“Chasin’ that neon Rainbow” by Alan Jackson

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“Ridin’ the Rainbow” by Elvis Presley

115279758muppet movieKermit the Frog once asked why there are so many songs about rainbows. The answer is simple: we need them because there are so many rainy days.

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“The Rainbow Connection” by Kermit D. Frog

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