Friday, February 27

Just In: Restocks and Recent Arrivals!


Some of our favorite cures for the winter blues are back, including Bardo Pond, TV Personalities, Galaxie 500, and more!

Adam's Pick of the Week: Baked - Debt

Baked seem to distill just about everything I love about indie rock from the past 30+ years: Detached, sometimes bordering on monotonous vocals? Check. Jangly guitars? Check. Beefy guitars? Check. Odd, dark atmospherics? Check. Psych-stoner leanings? Check. Pummeling rhythms? Check. It's all here. It's often not all in the same song, which can make for somewhat uneven listening, but what Baked lack in consistency of sound, they make up for in proficiency. Whatever they're doing, they do it very, very well. It's no surprise that Baked boasts members of multiple well-respected Brooklyn DIY outfits from recent years. They've clearly learned a lot along the way.

Tuesday, February 24

saki newsletter 2/24/15!

Thanks to Nick and Goodrich, all the comics, and everyone who came out for Freak Happening on Friday! We had a great turnout with such short notice on the date change and as always, the show was amazing. 

Not a ton of other news from this week, but we were so pleasantly surprised at how many of you came to visit us in this crapstorm of a winter. WE hardly want to come to work ourselves at this point - hibernation is sounding pretty awesome right about now - but you've all made it worth it for us, so THANK YOU. Let's keep it going! If you need help staying warm when you come see us, consider a saki hat. There even warmer than they look!

Here's a few other things you may have missed from the last week...


Some awesome restocks and new arrivals from this past
week! Father John Misty is now back in stock as well.

We've got guest list spots for Sir Richard Bishop's
show at Constellation on 4/4!

These knit hats are selling like hot cakes, y'all! Ok, so
maybe it's just all our employees buying them, but
still... get one today! 5% off your purchase when you
where it in the store!
Upcoming events:

Friday, March 6th @ 6pm

Justin Santora opening reception!

New Releases

Big Dick - Disappointment LP
David Bowie - Young Americans b/w It's Gonna Be Me 7"
Travis Bretzer - Waxing Romantic LP
Camper Van Beethoven - New Roman Times LP
Crow Bait - Separate Stations 7"
Dan Deacon - Glass Riffer LP
Bo Diddley - Have Guitar Will Travel LP
Bo Diddley - Is A Lover LP
Eternal Tapestry - Wild Strawberries CD
Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees LP
Fleetwood Mac - Future Games LP
Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House LP
Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On LP
Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up LP/CD
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Eroina LP
Steve Gunn and Black Twig Pickers - Seasonal Hire LP/CD
Hysterese - S/T LP
Iron and Wine - Archive Series Volume No. I LP/CD
Daniel Knox - S/T LP/CD
Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching LP
Languis - Other Desert Cities EP (Reissue) 10"
Mechanical Yammering 2 - The Sound and the Fury of Lists Book
Thurston Moore and John Moloney - Full Bleed LP
Pelican - The Cliff LP
The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie LP
Sam Prekop - The Republic LP/CD
Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues LP
Quarterbacks - S/T LP
Screaming Females - Rose Mountain LP/CD
Sally Shapiro - Disco Romance LP
Silkworm - Chokes LP
Somerset Thrower - Falling Swingers 7"
Thin Lizzy - Shades Of A Blue Orphanage LP
Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds Of The Western World LP
Torche - Restarter LP

20% off this week:


All of this week's 20% off staff picks have shows
coming up at The Empty Bottle! Ask us for guest
list spots while they last!
Staff picks of the week:



Native North America, Volume I: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985
Not only is this three LP set really fantastic, but it's also hugely important! Never before has such a thorough compilation of music created by the Aboriginal community of North America been made widely available. The curator of the album spent fifteen years traveling throughout Alaska, Canada, and northern America collecting these songs that had been largely unavailable since their original creation. The songs you'll hear are reminiscent of Johnny Cash, the Velvet Underground, and countless other recognizable names from that era - but they're infused with a spirit you won't find elsewhere. The lyrics speak often of the destruction of not only a land but an entire indigenous people. However, there's an underlying spirit of resilience that pervades the collection. Natural imagery and an appreciation for the land in and of itself permeate many of the songs. Overall, this volume is in every way a remarkable feat that is not to be ignored.
A later volume focusing on southern America and Mexico is currently in production, so stay posted! It's sure to be as wonderful. - Anne


Calling Out of Context may be the best of Arthur Russell's posthumous releases. Technically a compilation, it works well as an album, largely because the bulk of the songs found here are unreleased material meant for an album that never came to be. Call it what you want, but this is Russell at the crossroads between avant-garde minimalism and pop - a place where he was likely most comfortable. In a career that found the NYC icon diving into experimental composition, dance music (arguably early hip-hop), jazz, spoken word, and countless styles of folk singing, Russell was at his best when he was able to combine his avant-garde ethos with his pop songwriter heart. This collection is the most undeniable example of the, ahem, wild combination, that has made Arthur Russell such a beloved character and artist.  - Adam


Tribe's first album turns 25 this year, and it's just as entertaining as ever. With classics like "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?" to the super silly "Ham 'n' Eggs" it's a great way to go back to the golden era of hip hop and maybe melt a little bit of that Winter blues away. I can't say  much about the album that hasn't already been said, but this is a must-have for anyone. - Jake

Ticket giveaways: 




Buy a release from any band playing an upcoming Empty Bottle, Schubas or Lincoln Hall show and we can add you to the guest list. Stop in or give us a call! Keep an eye out for announcements for eligible Metro and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Monday, February 23

Anne's Pick of the Week

Native North America, Volume I: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985
Not only is this three LP set really fantastic, but it's also hugely important! Never before has such a thorough compilation of music created by the Aboriginal community of North America been made widely available. The curator of the album spent fifteen years traveling throughout Alaska, Canada, and northern America collecting these songs that had been largely unavailable since their original creation. The songs you'll hear are reminiscent of Johnny Cash, the Velvet Underground, and countless other recognizable names from that era - but they're infused with a spirit you won't find elsewhere. The lyrics speak often of the destruction of not only a land but an entire indigenous people. However, there's an underlying spirit of resilience that pervades the collection. Natural imagery and an appreciation for the land in and of itself permeate many of the songs. Overall, this volume is in every way a remarkable feat that is not to be ignored.

A later volume focusing on southern America and Mexico is currently in production, so stay posted! It's sure to be as wonderful.


Friday, February 20

Sir Richard Bishop ticket giveaway!

We've got a pair of tickets to give away for Sir Richard Bishop's upcoming show at Consellation (4/4). The next person to purchase Tangier Sessions gets them!

Freak Happening presents The Mating Game TONIGHT!


Males… Females… are you lost, lonely and looking for love? Then boy oh boy have we got a show for you! Our very own Goodrich Gevaart is single, horny and totally ready to be swooned. THIS FRIDAY, in lieu of a very pathetic Valentines Day, Freak Happening is losing it's normal "comedy showcase" structure and morphing into a dating show! Love, and other stinky scents, are in the air and we'd love for you to take a whiff.

Joining in on the festivities are these lil' cupids:
Tommy McNamara
Lara Beitz
Mikey Manker

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll maybe make a little bit of pre-pre in your pants. JOIN US OR DIE ALONE!

8 PM START TIME
FREE
BYO
B

Adam's Pick of the Week: Arthur Russell - Calling Out of Context

Calling Out of Context may be the best of Arthur Russell's posthumous releases. Technically a compilation, it works well as an album, largely because the bulk of the songs found here are unreleased material meant for an album that never came to be. Call it what you want, but this is Russell at the crossroads between avant-garde minimalism and pop - a place where he was likely most comfortable. In a career that found the NYC icon diving into experimental composition, dance music (arguably early hip-hop), jazz, spoken word, and countless styles of folk singing, Russell was at his best when he was able to combine his avant-garde ethos with his pop songwriter heart. This collection is the most undeniable example of the, ahem, wild combination, that has made Arthur Russell such a beloved character and artist.


Wednesday, February 18

Jake's Pick of the Week!

Tribe Called Quest's first album turns 25 this year, and it's just as entertaining as ever.  With classics like "Bonita Applebum", "Can I Kick It?" to the super silly "Ham 'n' Eggs" it's a great way to go back to the golden era of hip hop and maybe melt a little bit of that Winter blues away.  I can't say  much about the album that hasn't already been said, but this is a must-have for anyone.

Just In: Restocks and New Arrivals!


Tuesday, February 17

saki newsletter 2/17/15!

Happy Valentine's/President's Day, everyone! We celebrated with Sick Fisher's opening reception on Friday night (it was probably our favorite art opening ever) and then blasting Slayer for most of the day on Saturday. It freakin' ruled!

This week we have a special surprise for you: our monthly comedy show, Freak Happening, is moving up one week (it's normally on the last Friday of the month) to THIS FRIDAY! That's great news on its own, but this month Nick and Goodrich are looking for love as Freak Happening presents The Mating Game!


Freak Happening is easily our favorite event among the staff and we'd love to see some new faces in the audience this month! Come out, bring your own booze, have a seat, and laugh at these dummies, ok? You'll have fun!

Here's a few other things we were talking about this week...

Lamp threw down an epic 50-minute set for Nick Fisher's
opening reception! We love these guys and can't wait to
hear their full length, complete with Sick Fisher artwork!

Magician, Tricky Ol' Puss made all of us act like amazed
children with his opening set for Lamp at Sick Fisher's
opening reception. Seriously, magic is the coolest.

A few awesome used vinyl new arrivals this week!

After a short wait, Sleater-Kinney is back in stock!
These knit hats are selling like hot cakes, y'all! Ok, so
maybe it's just all our employees buying them, but
still... get one today! 5% off your purchase when you
where it in the store!
Upcoming events:

Friday, February 20th @ 8pm

Freak Happening presents The Mating Game!

Friday, March 6th @ 6pm

Justin Santora opening reception!

New Releases


A Place To Bury Strangers - Transfixiation LP/CD
Cannoball Adderley and the Bossa Rio Sextet - S/T LP
Antony and Yoko Ono - I Love You Earth 10"
Axis: Sova - Early Surf LP
Sir Richard Bishop - Tangier Sessions LP/CD
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth - S/T LP/CD
Bunny Lion - Red LP/CD
Eric Chenaux - Skullsplitter CD
Damon and Naomi - Fortune CD
Steve Earle and The Dukes - Terraplane CD
Ex-Cult - Cigarette Machine LP/CD
Stan Getz - Big Band Bossa Nova LP
B.C. Gilbert/G. Lewis - 3R4 LP
Jose Gonzalez - Vestiges and Claws LP
Buddy Holly and the Crickets - The Chirping Crickets LP
In Tall Buildings - Driver LP/CD
Inflatable Boy Clams - S/T 7"
King Woman - Doubt LP
Mourn - S/T LP/CD
Phoenix - Alphabetical LP
Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That LP
Phoenix - United LP
Phosphorescent - Live at the Music Hall LP/CD
Pink Section - S/T LP
Arthur Russell - Calling Out of Context LP
S. Carey - Supermoon LP
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun LP
Six Organs of Admittance - Hexadic LP/CD
Sonny and the Sunsets - Talent Night at the Ashram LP/CD
Pops Staples - Don't Lose This LP/CD
Nedelle Torrisi - Advice From Paradise LP
Ritchie Valens - S/T LP
Alan Watts - This Is It LP
John Zorn and Yoko Ono - Blink 10"

20% off this week:

Whirr, Deerhoof, Dodos, Delicate Steve, Cursive,
and Caribou are all 20% off this week! They all have
upcoming shows in town too. Ask us how to get on the
guest list!

Staff picks of the week:

Adam's Pick of the Week: Something Wild (2013) has 
the highlights that really stand out in RH's catalog for 
me. "Our Song" is maybe the most truthful breakup song 
ever set to a bouncy pop-punk rhythm, and their cover of 
Gene Thomas' "Sometimes" is faithful to the original, 
but still a surprisingly refreshing update. Fans of 
Swearin', Waxahatchee, Quarterbacks, or anything in 
the Salinas Records catalog probably don't need to 
be told this, but this one is up that alley for sure.


Anne's Pick of the Week: As Chicago winter drudges 
along, and a lack of that oh-so-elusive vitamin D makes 
us all a little (or a lot) crazy, there is no better album to 
ease the sting of waking up to yet another negative sign
in front of the number on your early-morning weather
forecast than Further Out. Cloakroom makes it all feel
okay. They somehow manage to be both heavy and loud
while simultaneously soft and beautiful.  It's no surprise
that winter bleeds through these songs - the band is based
in northwest Indiana. They GET us, guys. So next time 
you feel entirely convinced that spring will never again
be seen in Chicago, throw on this record. You'll
be smiling (or at least not crying) in no time.


Jake's Pick of the Week: I've been going through this 
phase lately where I've been buying up everything Madlib
I can. I've got a page in my journal with Madlib written
inside of a heart with little hearts around it like a school
girl with a crush.  If you've listened to Freddy Gibbs/
Madlib's fantastic Pinata, you'll already be familiar.
Like any work Madlib does, it stands up just as well
without vocals. Seriously if you're into hip hop
instrumentals it doesn't get much better than this.
Ticket giveaways: 



Buy a release from any band playing an upcoming Empty Bottle, Schubas or Lincoln Hall show and we can add you to the guest list. Stop in or give us a call! Keep an eye out for announcements for eligible Metro and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Monday, February 16

Anne's Pick of the Week

Cloakroom - Further Out
This recently released album could not have come at a better time. As Chicago winter drudges along, and a lack of that oh-so-elusive vitamin D makes us all a little (or a lot) crazy, there is no better album to ease the sting of waking up to yet another negative sign in front of the number on your early-morning weather forecast than Further Out. Cloakroom makes it all feel okay. Their reverb-soaked vocals, heavy distorted bass, and ethereal guitar offer a friendly reminder that prettiness can exist within unexpected sounds and places. It somehow manages to be both heavy and loud while simultaneously soft and beautiful.

It's not entirely surprising that winter bleeds through these songs - they're based in northwest Indiana. They GET us, guys. So next time you feel entirely convinced that spring will never again be seen in Chicago, throw on this record. You'll be smiling (or at least not crying) in no time.


Saturday, February 14

Adam's Pick of the Week: Radiator Hospital - Something Wild

Something Wild (2013) carries the spirit of Radiator Hospital's earlier bedroom recordings, but it ups the production game just slightly. They've taken that a step further on their most recent release, Torch Song, which is their most cohesive and well recorded release to date, but Something Wild has the highlights that really stand out in the band's catalog for me.

"Our Song" is maybe the most truthful breakup song ever set to a bouncy pop-punk rhythm, and their cover of Gene Thomas' (by way of Flamin' Groovies) "Sometimes" is faithful to the original, but still a surprisingly refreshing update. All in all, this record seems a little bit thrown together, but each song stands on its own well enough that it doesn't matter.

Fans of Swearin', Waxahatchee, Quarterbacks, or anything in the Salinas Records catalog probably don't need to be told this, but this one is up that alley for sure.

Friday, February 13

Pitchfork Fest 2015 lineup has been announced!

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 lineup has been announced!
Steve Gunn, Future Islands, Waxahatchee and Run The Jewels in one weekend? Stop the presses! No, no, start the presses! Tell everyone! What's a press?

Thursday, February 12

Sick Fisher reception


The Work of Sick Fisher

February 6th – March 1st
Opening reception: Friday, February 13th 6-9pm. Free.
Live music by LAMP. Magic by Tricky Ol’ Puss. Food by Flying Saucer



Joseph Nicholas Fisher (b.1985) is an artist currently living and working in Chicago. Raised and schooled in Florida, Fisher moved to Chicago in 2009 to continue his work as a painter. Fisher works mostly with acrylic paint on a variety of surfaces including canvas, paper, wood, plastic, metal, brick, and glass. Scale varies anywhere from 12x12in to 12ftx12ft and larger.

Fisher’s work has been featured in the “Eyes and Teeth” and “Hexagons” art shows in Chicago, among countless others. Shows are only a small part of Fisher’s career, however. His presence is most strongly felt in the recognizable murals all over Chicago, especially in the iconic storefronts of local businesses such as the Flying Saucer and Polak Eatery restaurants and all Treasure Island Venues.

The opening will feature live music by Chicago band LAMP that combines electronics with oversized guitar sounds and frenetic vocal work. Musical magician Tricky Ol’ Puss will also perform his unique brand of spoken word slight-of-hand.

Please join us Friday, February 13th from 6-9pm for the opening of the work of Sick Fisher. Enjoy a night of art and live music with food provided by Flying Saucer.

This event is free and BYOB!

Wednesday, February 11

Jake's Pick of the Week!

I've been going through this phase lately where I've been buying up everything Madlib I can. I've got a page in my journal with Madlib written inside of a heart with little hearts around it like a school girl with a crush.  This one comes hyper-recommended.
If you've listened to Freddy Gibbs/Madlib's fantastic Pinata, released early last year, you'll already be familiar, but just like any work Madlib does, it stands up just as well without any vocals. Seriously if you're into hip hop instrumentals it doesn't get much better than this. Buy one for yourself, buy one for your friend, and buy one for your cousin, share the love.