Now in its sixth year of amping up our love for indie record shops across the country, Record Store Day has become a holiday for music fans. Here are some reasons to get excited for RSD 2013, which is being celebrated throughout the Twin Cities on Saturday. For more info, check out www.recordstoreday.com.
In-store (and outside-store) performancess
For the third straight year — and the second with lousy winter weather in the forecast — Hymie’s Vintage Records (3820 E. Lake St., Mpls.) is turning RSD into a free, full-blown block party. Audio Perm, Big Quarters, Prissy Clerks and Southside Desire are set to perform outside the store, while Chastity Brown, the Ericksons and other songwriterly acts play indoors (11 a.m.-9 p.m.). The Electric Fetus’ (2000 4th Av. S., Mpls.) impressive lineup includes Greg Grease (11 a.m.), the 4onthefloor (noon), Frankie Lee (1 p.m.), Dave King Trucking Company (2 p.m.) and Austin, Texas’ psychedelicats the Black Angels (3 p.m. ). Fifth Element’s (2411 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.) all-hip-hop lineup will also include Mr. Grease, plus Mixed Blood Majority, Haphduzn, Kool Akiem (set times to be revealed Saturday).
At the Hexagon Bar, local record labels such as Learning Curve, Guilt Ridden Pop and Modern Radio will be selling their goods while acts from their rosters perform, including the Blind Shake, the Fuck Yeahs, Rabbit Holes and Texas band Spray Paint (9 p.m. start, free). The Amsterdam Bar & Hall will host its neighbor Eclipse Records’ after-party with an all-Duluth contingent featuring Retribution Gospel Choir, Cars & Trucks, the Fontanelles and Sarah Krueger (6 p.m., $6). And the Turf Club’s RSD party features two psychedelic guitar-drone bands, Los Angeles’ Warlocks and local favorites Flavor Crystals (10 p.m., $12).
The cool local releases
The latest “Songs for Slim” benefit single, to pay for former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap’s medical bills, is the only one in the series being sold at a fixed price ($7.99), not auctioned. It features Curtiss A, Tim O’Reagan, Jim Boquist and Peter Buck, plus the Decemberists’ rhythm section and Paul Westerberg on guitar. Only 1,000 copies are available nationwide. Rhymesayers is issuing a 7-inch by Atmosphere featuring two unreleased demos, a colored-vinyl edition of Brother Ali’s “Shadows on the Sun” and other RSD exclusives, all at Fifth Element. Local vinyl and CD manufacturing company Noiseland also has a special treat for local buyers: Its “American Buffalo, Vol. 2” compilation — featuring the Pines, Haley Bonar and 12 more local acts — will be given out for free with qualifying purchases at the Fetus, Hymie’s, Roadrunner Records and Treehouse.