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Record Store Day 2013: A Minnesota music lover’s guide

by Andrea Swensson

April 20, 2013

Record Store Day is coming up fast and will take over Minnesota's many independent stores on Saturday, April 20. For the uninitiated, Record Store Day is a call to action and a way to raise awareness of the many fine physical record and CD stores we still have in our midst, and the tradition seems to grow stronger each year here in the Twin Cities and beyond.

As with last year, Noiseland Industries is pressing a special limited-edition vinyl compilation that features tracks from over a dozen well-respected Minnesotan artists; American Buffalo, Vol. 2 (see the track list here) will be handed out for no charge at several locations with a qualifying purchase.

Rhymesayers is also offering up several limited-run releases for Record Store Day, many of which will be sold exclusively at Fifth Element. See the details on those offerings below, along with a rundown of all of the stores participating in Record Store Day here in Minnesota.

And keep an eye out in the Twin Cities for Steve Seel and Jill Riley from the Current's Morning Show, who will be making the rounds to area stores and handing out swag in the Current's van.


Participating Twin Cities Stores:

Cheapo Discs - Blaine

170 89th Ave NE, Blaine

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cheapo Records - St. Paul

71 N Snelling Ave, St. Paul

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cheapo Discs - Minneapolis

1300 W Lake St, Minneapolis

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


822 W 98th St., Bloomington

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Offering 20% off all used vinyl in addition to Record Store Day exclusives.

8020 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Down in the Valley will have a 20% off sale store-wide and a raffle (grand prize is a $420 gift card). They will also have a limited run of official Record Store Day t-shirts and stock of RSD exclusives.

Down in the Valley - Maple Grove

I-94 and Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove

Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Down in the Valley - Crystal

5582 W. Broadway, Crystal

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dusty Pixels

2443 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Eclipse Records

381 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DJ sets by:

11am Danny Sigelman (Secret Stash Records)

12pm Brian Oake (Cities 97)

1pm Dr. Midnight (Surly Brewing)

2pm Jason Nagel (96.3 K-Twin)

3pm Terry Walsh (Belfast Cowboys)

4pm Eric Pollard (Retribution Gospel Choir)

5pm Jill Riley (The Current)

Limited edition Record Store Day posters, exclusive RSD titles.

The Electric Fetus - Minneapolis

2000 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

11 a.m. Greg Grease

12 p.m. The 4onthefloor

1 p.m. Frankie Lee

2 p.m. Dave King Trucking Company

3 p.m. Black Angels

In addition to stocking a wide variety of Record Store Day limited releases (including the new American Buffalo Vol. 2 compilation), the Fetus will be drawing names for prizes  every hour throughout the day and will have a limited supply of goodie bags and free Intelligentsia coffee and Glam Doll Donuts for the day's first patrons, food trucks Natedogs and Hola Arepa parked out back, and free bike safety checks in their garage throughout the day courtesy of Angry Catfish.

Extreme Noise

407 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8 a.m. Free breakfast from May Day Cafe

12 p.m. Free lunch

2 p.m. In-store: Salt Lick (Winnipeg), Berate (Mpls), Scaphe (Mpls)

There will also be a raffle, giveaways and a stock of limited RSD releases, including limited color vinyl from Havoc Records releases.

2411 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

1:00 p.m. DJ Mike The 2600 King

2:00 p.m. Haphduzn & Dimitry Killstorm

2:30 p.m. Noam The Drummer

3:30 p.m. Greg Grease

3:45 p.m. I.B.E

4:00 p.m. DJ Espada

5:00 p.m. Mixed Blood Majority

5:30 p.m. DJ Kool Akiem

Exclusive purple and gold Record Store Day t-shirt, plus limited runs of Record Store Day vinyl including a Brother Ali picture disc, an Uncluded 7", and a 7" by Demosexual (unreleased demos from Atmosphere). Also offering 50% off select Rhymesayers CDs, and 20% off select Rhymesayers vinyl.

Homestead Pickin' Parlor

6625 Penn Ave. S., Richfield

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and hot dogs; buy-one-get-one bins, and 20% off all in-stock CDs.

Hymie's Vintage Records

3820 East Lake St., Minneapolis

Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

39th Avenue Stage:

11:00 a.m. Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade

12:15 p.m. The White Whales

1:45 p.m. The Prissy Clerks

3:00 p.m. Audio Perm

4:45 p.m. Big Quarters

6:00 p.m. Southside Desire

Hymie’s Stage:

11:00 a.m. Jake Manders

12:30 p.m. The Ericksons

2:00 p.m. Ben Weaver

3:15 p.m. Pennyroyal

5:00 p.m. Martin Devaney

6:00 p.m. Tyler Haag and the Bar

7:15 p.m. Chastity Brown

8:30 p.m. Wizards Are Real

In addition to a two-stage block party, Hymie's will have limited edition RSD posters designed by Dwitt, a wide array of wares from local visual artists, and puppet theater from Open Eye Figure Theater.

Know Name Records

6009 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mr. Zero's

1744 Lexington Ave N, Roseville

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Roadrunner Records

4304 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exclusive RSD releases, new inventory and giveaways (exclusive t-shirts, coupons, record brushes, LPs and more).

Treehouse Records

2557 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two new releases from Treehouse's in-house label Nero's Neptune: Pere Ubu's Live at the Longhorn three-sided LP and the Paul Metzger Tombeaux LP. Also Treehouse Records tote bags and slipmats, free coffee from Caffetto, and copies of the Noiseland American Buffalo Vol. 2 compilation.


Participating Greater Minnesota Stores:

28 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud

Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

12 p.m. - Rank Strangers

1:30 p.m. - Kitty Rats

2:15 p.m. - 22 Chemicals

3:30 p.m. - My Vigilante Superego

4:30 p.m. -The New Suns

6:15 p.m. - Pabst Blue Rebellion

Free breakfast and coffee, giveaways, goodie bags, and exclusive RSD releases, including the American Buffalo Vol. 2 compilation (free with $50 purchase)

Electric Fetus - Duluth

12 E. Superior St., Duluth

Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

12:00 De Se

1:00 People Say Fox

2:15 Lion or Gazelle

3:15 Suzy Q & MC 1980

4:15 Steve Sola

5:30 Breanne Marie

Exclusive RSD releases, the American Buffalo Vol. 2 compilation (free with $50 purchase), giveaways and goodie bags. Coffee from Duluth Coffee Co., breakfast from Pizza Luce, and root beer in the afternoon from Fitgers Brewhouse.

Last Stop CD Shop

237 W. Main St., Marshall

Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


431 Main Avenue, Moorhead

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Acoustic in-store performances by Go Murphy, Chaos in Question, Anomic, Anthony Chaput, the Waking, Hydroponic Party Pants, Chris Muhsic and sets from DJ Punky and Cheef. Free snacks, door prizes and drawings for gift certificates.

Tune Town

630 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato

Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

7 a.m. 25 cent vinyl on the sidewalk FREE COFFEE & DONUTS!

9 a.m. Tune Town will open for Record Store Day

9:30 a.m. Shuffle Funtion K-Tel Radio Roulette

2 p.m. Cult of Amanda

5 p.m. Goodnight Goldust

First 50 patrons get a free RSD bag full of swag (with purchase). Sweet Carolines will be on site handing out free popcorn and cotton candy.



Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment
This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.