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old sound 80 studios

from bob dylan, cat stevens, the suburbs posted in music by donkeyoti

The old Sound 80 Studios were housed on this location. Bob Dylan was set to release "Blood on the Tracks" in late 1974, and then suddenly decided to re-record a significant amount of the album here with local set musicians.

The legends surrounding that decision and those sessions would probably make a great documentary, if it hasn't already been made.

Cat Stevens recorded "Peace Train" here, and other alums include The Suburbs, The Suicide Commandoes, and Dave Brubeck.

Today, the sight is still breaking sonic barriers. Orfield Laboratories has on the premises an anechoic chamber that was certifed as "the quietest place on earth" (measured at −9.4 dBA) by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005.

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twintone records

from ween posted in music by prof_improbable

I don't know much about this location, except it is listed on the letter head inside the liner notes of my "God Ween Satan" cd.

I know that TwinTone Records put out over 300 records between 1977 and 1994. One of them is the album "God Ween Satan", so that alone is worth noting.

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first ave

from purple rain posted in movies by prof_improbable

Besides being a cornerstone of the Minneapolis music scene (literally, it is at the corner of First Avenue and 7th st) that most medium to large acts have played in the past several decades, this old Greyhound bus depot was owned by Prince for a time, and was featured in the film "Purple Rain" in 1984.

The 7th St. Entry is located in the same building, featuring a great space to watch up-and-coming acts in an intimate space.

The newly opened The Depot Tavern is part of the area. Its menu features the "Diamond Dog", a bacon-wrapped hot dog in a pretzel bun.

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lakewood cemetery

from tiny tim posted in music by prof_improbable

Lakewood Cemetery is the final resting place of Tiny Tim, the celebrity figure best known for his ukulele version of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".

Tiny Tim had two heart attacks on stage, the last being his final. He died on Nov. 30, 1996, at the age of 64. R.I.P.

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where eddie guerrero died

from eddie guerrero posted in pro wrestling by prof_improbable

Professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero died at this hotel.

From wikipedia: "On November 13, 2005, Guerrero was found unconscious in his hotel room (The Marriott City Center) in Minneapolis, Minnesota...Eddie Guerrero was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. He was 38 years old. An autopsy revealed that Guerrero died as a result of acute heart failure due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease."

R.I.P.

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