Dear Friends,

We’re putting the email out a little early this week to remind you that *tonight* is the second SWEAT/MOCA BATTLE OF THE BANDS!! Check out live performances by 5 diverse local bands and vote for your favorite. Free with museum entry, plus free beer, Dogma dogs and energy drinks!! Not only that but Sweat’s own DJ Just Dandy (Jsin!) will be spinning tunes for your enjoyment!!

Tomorrow night at Fridays at The Vagabond we’ve got 2 bittersweet farewells!! First, our good friend DJ JOHNNYLOVE is moving to Portland and we wish him the best!! Second, Miami indie rock trio CALL IT RADAR are calling it a day and will be playing their LAST SHOW!! They were awesome at the in-store they played at Sweat a few weeks ago so come bid them adieu – showtime is midnight outside!!

Fresh arrivals at Sweat: new releases from The Black Kids, CSS, Nine Inch Nails and more, restocks of MGMT, Hercules and Love Affair, Beck, Santogold and other hot sellers, and sexy new vinyl from Boris, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, and…

We’ve also got ONE copy of the amazing SIGUR ROS book/LP collection “In A Frozen Sea”!!!! It contains a 32-page gorgeous 12×12 book of photos, their classic albums Agaetis Byrjun, ( ), and Takk, as well as the first ever vinyl pressing of Smaskifa – 7 LPs in all!! Limited to 5000 copies worldwide, this is a must-have for any fan of this seminal Icelandic band.

Last but not least, next week’s MUSIC MOVIE MONDAY will feature Prince’s uber-classic film PURPLE RAIN!!!! You know Sweat loves Prince – we had a tribute party for him back in ’05, our crushed purple velvet couch was created in his honor, and he’s a part of our amazing new “Wall of Idolatry” mural on the outside of the shop. You can purify yourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka Monday at 8pm!!

Lolo, Jsin + the Sweat crew


*Go out and do stuff!*

07.24.08 Show: Battle of the Bands #2 feat. Minimal, Treasures, Psycho Daisies, Old Wives Tale and The Hongs (at MOCA)
07.25.08 Show: Call It Radar’s Final Show (at The Vagabond)
07.28.08 Music Movie Mondays: PURPLE RAIN
07.31.08 Event: Murk’d + CoolJunkie present THE BIG SLEEP (at PS14)
08.01.08 Show: Rimsky (at The Vagabond)
08.04.08 Music Movie Mondays: DEPECHE MODE 101
08.08.08 Event: Lolo DJs at the Dixie Dingo Invitational Film Festival (at Dorsch Gallery)
08.08.08 Show: Joy Division Tirbute Band 3 ONE G (at The Vagabond)
08.09.08 Film Screening: Sympathy For The Devil (at MOCA)
08.11.08 In-Store: Man Vs. Man, Clocks Are Devils + more
08.13.08 SWEAT BOOKS Book Club: “Our Band Could Be Your Life” by Michael Azerrad
08.15.08 Show: Airship Rocketship (at The Vagabond)
08.18.08 Music Movie Mondays: WHOLPHIN SPECIAL EDITION
08.20.08 Listening Session: RARE SOUL w/ DJ SoulManJan
08.22.08 Show: Swamp Valve (at The Vagabond)
08.28.08 Show: Battle of the Bands #3 feat. Electric Bunnies, Pots ‘n’ Pans, Sinister Smith, Airship Rocketship and TV Club (at MOCA)