The indie-rap version of spring cleaning -- it’s a little late, and it has a good beat you can dance to -- Fifth Element is hosting its annual garage sale next Saturday, Aug. 24, in the parking lot behind the Rhymesayers-run record store (2411 Hennepin Av. S. in Uptown). This year’s bazaar promises to be a little extra bizarre, as Prof has pledged to be there from 1-4 p.m. signing autographs, hosting games and slinging tickets to his Sept. 7 Prof Fest at Cabooze Plaza. Don’t take our word for it, though. He explains his intentions in the video below.
Among the items being promised in the sale are the “Mix & Match” bin (five CDs for $10); $5 copies of many classic Rhymesayers CDs (P.O.S.’s “Never Better,” Brother Ali’s “The Truth Is Here”); Fifth Element exclusives such as a “Last of the record Buyers” CD, plus all sorts of discounted T-shirts and clothing. There will also be live performances by Killstreak, Psymun Christensen and K Raydio, SIfu Hotman (Dem Atlas + Rube + Guante), the Cabinet and students from the High School of Record Arts, plus DJ-ing sets by the likes of Noam the Drummer, Benzilla, Ander Other and more. The sale runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Some other news on record stores and garage sales:
*Treehouse Records: The vinyl and collectibles haven (2557 Lyndale Av. S.) is hosting a free in-store set by Grant Hart on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Husker Dü legend will perform songs from (and sign copies of) his new concept album for Domino Records, “The Argument.”
*Cheapo Records Uptown: There’s a for-sale sign up at the store, but staff there said they will be there at least until the end of the year -- and then they plan to move to a new location. If you know anything about Uptown, you know the property has probably gone up in condo-generated value. Perhaps they could build a Buffalo Wild Wings chain restaurant there like the one about to open in Cheapo’s former location on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul (the older Cheapo location across the street remains open, 81 Snelling Av. N.).
*First Avenue: It’s not a record store, but the club is hosting its own garage sale on Aug. 25 from noon-2 p.m., which should have a thing or two that music lovers might want to buy. In addition to club T’s and other merchandise, the sale ads are promising decorations, restaurant glass/dinnerware and “random collectibles.” Not sure if that’s Har Mar Superstar’s leftover skivvies or what. Money raised off the sale will go to the Twin Cities Music Community Trust, helping musicians and music professionals with medical costs.