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Record Store Day 2011 in photos

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops, returned this Saturday for its fourth and largest citywide celebration yet. The metro area is thankfully still home to a long list of record stores, with several in Minneapolis alone, and many of the retailers marked the occasion by holding sales, hosting in-store performances, and giving out free snacks to shoppers.


By all accounts, the day was a massive success -- nearly every store we stopped in had crowds of people filling the aisles, and managers reported huge spikes in sales and traffic. Here's hoping that enthusiasm spreads to the other 364 days of the year, as the Cities' independent shops need all the help they can get to stay afloat in these tough times.

Photographer Erik Hess spent the day hopping around the metro area, and managed to hit up a whopping 11 different stores on Saturday. What follows is a chronological photo essay of his day. 


Photos by Erik Hess, text by Andrea Swensson.

A line started forming outside of the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. A couple of die-hards toward the front of the line even brought a folding table, chairs, and a generator, and made themselves waffles as they waited for the doors to open.
A line started forming outside of the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. A couple of die-hards toward the front of the line even brought a folding table, chairs, and a generator, and made themselves waffles as they waited for the doors to open.
Outside the Electric Fetus around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Outside the Electric Fetus around 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Record lovers flood the Electric Fetus as the store opens at 9 a.m. The staff handed out tickets and let shoppers into the row of special Record Store Day releases in batches of five at at ime, ensuring that the earliest shoppers got first dibs at the exclusive releases.
Record lovers flood the Electric Fetus as the store opens at 9 a.m. The staff handed out tickets and let shoppers into the row of special Record Store Day releases in batches of five at at ime, ensuring that the earliest shoppers got first dibs at the exclusive releases.
Treehouse Records employees ring up their first customers of the day.
Treehouse Records employees ring up their first customers of the day.
The early morning crowd at Treehouse.
The early morning crowd at Treehouse.
Shoppers pick through the Record Store Day exclusives at Treehouse Records. Owner Mark Trehus said that he had a line of customers down to the end of the block waiting to purchase the limited-edition releases, and he quickly sold out of the Big Star test pressing.
Shoppers pick through the Record Store Day exclusives at Treehouse Records. Owner Mark Trehus said that he had a line of customers down to the end of the block waiting to purchase the limited-edition releases, and he quickly sold out of the Big Star test pressing.
Inside the Cheapo on Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis.
Inside the Cheapo on Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis.

 

A rack of used vinyl at the Cheapo in Uptown.
A rack of used vinyl at the Cheapo in Uptown.
Outside the Cheapo in Uptown.
Outside the Cheapo in Uptown.
Outside Extreme Noise, a punk-heavy music shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
Outside Extreme Noise, a punk-heavy music shop on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
The crowd at Extreme Noise.
The crowd at Extreme Noise.
Record Store Day 2011 in photos
Extreme Noise clerks behind the register.
The line outside hip-hop shop Fifth Element as doors open on Saturday morning.
The line outside hip-hop shop Fifth Element as doors open on Saturday morning.
Shoppers at Fifth Element. In honor of Record Store Day, Rhymesayers artists (including Slug, Brother Ali) worked the register, and the label released a limited-edition vinyl picture disc featuring tracks by artists on its roster.
Shoppers at Fifth Element. In honor of Record Store Day, Rhymesayers artists (including Slug, Brother Ali) worked the register, and the label released a limited-edition vinyl picture disc featuring tracks by artists on its roster.
Inside Fifth Element on Saturday morning.
Inside Fifth Element on Saturday morning.

 

As part of the street fair outside of Hymie's Vintage Vinyl on East Lake, a merchant was selling vinyl-inspired gifts. The street was closed down to accommodate an outdoor stage as Hymie's celebrated their one-year anniversary in their new location, and Mayor R.T. Rybak delcared it "Hymie's Vintage Vinyl Day."
As part of the street fair outside of Hymie's Vintage Vinyl on East Lake, a merchant was selling vinyl-inspired gifts. The street was closed down to accommodate an outdoor stage as Hymie's celebrated their one-year anniversary in their new location, and Mayor R.T. Rybak delcared it "Hymie's Vintage Vinyl Day."
Shoppers peruse the 50-cent bargain bins at Hymie's.
Shoppers peruse the 50-cent bargain bins at Hymie's.
The East Lake Pavers perform at Hymie's while customers sort through vinyl. The shop hosted about a dozen local bands on two stages throughout the day, though most opted to play indoors because of the chilly weather.
The East Lake Pavers perform at Hymie's while customers sort through vinyl. The shop hosted about a dozen local bands on two stages throughout the day, though most opted to play indoors because of the chilly weather.
A vinyl section labeled "Make Out Music" at Hymie's.
A vinyl section labeled "Make Out Music" at Hymie's.
A limited-edition Lady Gaga picture disc on display at Hymie's.
A limited-edition Lady Gaga picture disc on display at Hymie's.
A Record Store Day poster in the window of Hymie's.
A Record Store Day poster in the window of Hymie's.
Used vinyl at Yeti Records on Nicollet in South Minneapolis.
Used vinyl at Yeti Records on Nicollet in South Minneapolis.
Shoppers dig through crates of 45s at Yeti Records.
Shoppers dig through crates of 45s at Yeti Records.
The "listening room" at Yeti, where customers can sample records before they buy them. Downstairs, Yeti hosted "Girl a Whirl," four back-to-back performances by local female rock bands including Is/Is and Littlefoot.
The "listening room" at Yeti, where customers can sample records before they buy them. Downstairs, Yeti hosted "Girl a Whirl," four back-to-back performances by local female rock bands including Is/Is and Littlefoot.

 

Roadrunner Records on Nicollet in South Minneapolis.
Roadrunner Records on Nicollet in South Minneapolis.
Perusing the vinyl at Roadrunner.
Perusing the vinyl at Roadrunner.
Customers at Roadrunner Records.
Customers at Roadrunner Records.
Record Store Day 2011 in photos
A picked-over wall at Roadrunner Records.
The crowd at Roadrunner Records.
The crowd at Roadrunner Records.
Outside Down in the Valley in Golden Valley.
Outside Down in the Valley in Golden Valley.
Shoppers at Down in the Valley.
Shoppers at Down in the Valley.
A crowd starts to gather at Down in the Valley in anticipation of a meet-and-greet with Brother Ali.
A crowd starts to gather at Down in the Valley in anticipation of a meet-and-greet with Brother Ali.

 

A fan gets his photo taken with Brother Ali at Down in the Valley.
A fan gets his photo taken with Brother Ali at Down in the Valley.
Brother Ali signs autographs at Down in the Valley.
Brother Ali signs autographs at Down in the Valley.
Hastings 3000 poses for a photo with Brother Ali.
Hastings 3000 poses for a photo with Brother Ali.
Outside Shuga Records in Northeast Minneapolis.
Outside Shuga Records in Northeast Minneapolis.
Record Store Day 2011 in photos
Shuga Records in Northeast.
Mimi Parker of Low performs at an in-store at the Electric Fetus.
Mimi Parker of Low performs at an in-store at the Electric Fetus.
Alan Sparhawk of Low performs at the Electric Fetus.
Alan Sparhawk of Low performs at the Electric Fetus.
Low plays to a packed house at the Electric Fetus. Store employees estimate that they had over 400 people at the in-store.
Low plays to a packed house at the Electric Fetus. Store employees estimate that they had over 400 people at the in-store.

 

Low performing at the Electric Fetus.
Low performing at the Electric Fetus.
The crowd at the Low in-store on Saturday afternoon.
The crowd at the Low in-store on Saturday afternoon.
Inside Know Name Records on Portland in South Minneapolis.
Inside Know Name Records on Portland in South Minneapolis.
Know Name Records, the last stop of the day for us this Record Store Day.
Know Name Records, the last stop of the day for us this Record Store Day.


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