Our seventh annual block party – Saturday April 22nd!

We’re coming up on our seventh annual block party! The folks at Record Store Day have published the list of this year’s special releases (you can see it here) and we’ll know soon which of those titles we’ll have in stock on Saturday April 22nd. If there’s a particular release you’re excited about we recommend you wait until the week of Monday April 17th to give us a call or email and see if we’ll have it. We do our best to keep the list of Record Store Day releases organized so we can help you find just what you’re looking for.

These past six Aprils we have arranged to close 39th Avenue north of Lake Street so we can host a stage with live music from 11am to 7pm. The full list of the performers at our block party is here on our “events page.” In addition, we will once again clear out or storage space and have thousands of free records for you to dig through and take home!

Every year we try to balance the well-known local artists who are friends to the record store with some artists you may not have had a chance to hear yet. We appreciate the sentiment of Record Store Day (you can find out more about the official organization on their website here) but we think the frenzy around limited-edition releases has caused it to stray from its original mission. Our goal each year is to use the opportunity afforded by all the attention to shine a spotlight on some of the local artists who have supported our shop throughout the year, as customers and as performers and as friends.

You’ll see some familiar names on our bill this year, including Charlie Parr and Black Market Brass, good friends to Hymie’s who we see here throughout the year, and who are welcomed back by popular demand after stunning sets on our 39th Avenue stage last April. Over the next couple days we’re going to post some songs by some of the other performers we’ll have here on Saturday the 22nd.

As always, we’ll encourage you to support musicians by coming out to their shows, whether they’re in libraries or farmer’s markets or small clubs or neighborhood record stores. Without them there’d be no record stores!

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