We’ve unpacked and organized all of this year’s special Record Store Day releases (and in spite of what Dave said to The Star Tribune, we’ll have copies of the A-ha single). There were more titles than ever before this year, and we have the largest selection of special releases we’ve ever had for the event.
We have it all organized and we’ll do our best to let you know how many copies we’ll have available if you give us a call or email today.
In addition to setting aside some gems for the day — including the cache of Replacements albums at the left — we’ve got some giveaways from our neighborhood comic book shop, Nostalgia Zone, and from Red House Records, who brought us a whole box of 45s by Charlie Parr, whose new album next week will be his first for the label.
The folks at Modern Radio Records also have a special single, which we’ll have for sale in limited quantities: It’s a reissue of the ultra-rare single by Smart Alex, a legendary late 70s Minneapolis band. Modern Radio only made 100 copies of the reissue!
As we have in the past, there will also be thousands of free records on 39th Avenue. Boxes and boxes, more than we can count and surely more than we want to haul around ever again — we just can’t toss ’em out. Sure, there’s an awful lot of Mitch Miller in there, but also a gem or two hidden just for fun. You know you can resist digging a little — you’ll probably even find an A-ha single!
What we’re most excited about is the bill of live music this year, which is split between returning friends and acts new to our annual block party. On Monday we featured the Dumpy Jug Bumpers, who are not only making their Hymie’s debut tomorrow but are releasing their first album, too. We’ve also got both the bands whose records we’ll be releasing later this year — Jack Klatt and Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band!
Once again the one and only DJ Truckstashe will be providing music in between sets. This year you’ll also be able to enjoy drinks and food outside at Peppers & Fries, our new neighbors across 39th Avenue who are as excited for the event as we are. If you haven’t already visited them we hope you’ll try out East Lake’s latest awesome restaurant!
And now a word from our sponsors…
We couldn’t put together this block party year after year without help. We’d like to thank Pabst Blue Ribbon and Radio K for their ongoing support. You’ll find the Radio K crew here again this year — you can always count on them to support local music.
Across the street at the Frattallone’s Ace Hardware they’ll once again have activities for kids, including a bouncy castle and, by popular demand, the return of Terry Odegaard’s World of Reptiles from 11AM to 2PM.
Sound for our fifth annual block party is provided by Mother of All Music, and most of the tables and tents we use on 39th Avenue are provided by our East Lake neighbors, Northern Sun. Posters for the event were created by two of our vendors, Vinyl Afterlife and Dwitt.