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Record Store Day 2015: Replacements reissue, Hymie’s Block Party, more

As vinyl sales surge—growing over 50% last year nationwide—the annual Record Store Day is becoming an increasingly massive event for music lovers, whether or not platters are their preferred platform. Locally, this year’s Record Store Day (April 18) will be highlighted by the annual block party at Hymie’s Records as well as a Replacements reissue and other goodies.

Hymie’s has just announced the lineup for their fifth annual Record Store Day Block Party, to be held at their East Lake Street location. Performers scheduled for this year’s party include Chastity Brown, the Ericksons, Southside Desire, and several other acts.

The flyer for the show, below, lists the complete lineup in a design scheme borrowed from the Replacements’ Hootenanny—apt, since the Replacements will also be participating in this year’s Record Store Day. No, not with a live performance (they’ll be between stops on their “Back by Unpopular Demand” tour)—with a record, a reissue of their 1987 EP that includes “Alex Chilton” and three other songs.

Also on the list of Record Store Day special releases are reissues of two 1990s solo albums by the band’s guitarist Slim Dunlap, who’s been unable to participate in current shows due to the effects of a 2012 stroke. As Chris Riemenschneider notes in Vita.mn, “The Dunlap records, 1993’s The Old New Me and 1996’s Times Like This, include many of the songs that would later be covered by the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle in the Songs for Slim benefit series.”

Read Jim McGuinn’s review of that star-studded tribute album, and watch for more coverage of Record Store Day in coming weeks.