Friday, July 31

saki newsletter 7/31/15!

Awwwwww yeeeeeeeah, it's been a good week! We had a crazy good in-store with Spirit of the Beehive and Carbonleak on Thursday. Everyone who came out knows that they killed it and those of you who didn't, well, you blew it.

The Predictions and Brendan Faloona (from Brendan and the Black Jackets) are playing on Sunday afternoon. It will be, like many of our Sunday in-stores, a decidedly relaxed event. Come chillllll with us - the AC's been workin' great!

Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week! 

We keep listening to this Brigth Engelberts reissue from Hot Casa Records. Can't. Get. Enough.

We're going with the painfully obvious theme of Summer Jams for the 20% off staff picks this week because honestly we can't think about anything else but how hot we are. These picks are subject to change at any time, so check in and see what's new throughout the week!

 Mary made us a crazy pinwheel mobile out of Jamie XX posters (she provided her own disco ball). We know we still don't have a very noticeable sign out front, but hey, now we've got rainbow pinwheels!

New arrivals from Mississippi Records!

We're still giving away these Carpark Records USB sticks (designed by Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick). They contain the first 100 releases from Carpark! No purchase necessary, just stop in and fill out an entry form with your name and contact info.

Upcoming events:

Sunday, August 2nd @ 4pm
In-store with The Predictions and Brendan Faloona

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm
Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

We've got some pretty good ones coming in late August, but we're still working the details out. Check back for more info!

New releases:

Air - Moon Safari LP
Ausmuteants - Mates Rates 7"
Bored Youth - Are You Alive - 1982 CD
Brown Spiders - It's Something To Do 7" 
Buck Biloxi and The Fucks - Streets of Rage LP
Cape Snow - S/T CD
Creeping Pink - Mirror Woods LP
Kim and Leanne - True West (Kim Salmon from The Scientists)
King Dude - Songs of Flesh and Blood: In The Key of Light CD
Led Zeppelin - In Through The Out Door LP and Deluxe LP
Led Zeppelin - Presence LP and Deluxe LP
Led Zeppelin - Coda LP and Deluxe LP
Thelonious Monk - London Collection Vol. 2 LP
New Swears - Junkfood Forever, Bedtime Whatever LP
Seaweed - Actions and Indications LP
Sundays and Cybele - Heaven cassette
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy CD and LP 
Dwight Twilley Band - Fire Fly 7"

20% off this week:

We'll pick new staff picks for the 20% off rack each day. Come in and see!

Staff Picks:

Adam's Pick of the Week... Brigth Engelberts - Tolambo Funk


One of the lesser known of an already under appreciated crop of African soul and funk from the 70's. Like many of his contemporaries, Engelberts and his band were cribbing from American and British soul, but always adding a flair of the traditional music they group up on. What comes out is not dissimilar to Africa by Amanaz, Lijadu Sisters, Witch's discography, or even Fela Kuti.

Due to the music's familiar, but different vibes, it's always a good one to throw into your DJ sets (real and imagined). Everyone feels like they've heard it before, even if they haven't. Either way, they'll be into it after you play it for them - unless they, you know, don't have ears.

Anaa's Pick of the Week...


What is this? A rectangular record? Don't be silly. It's a book! It's a collection of short stories that draw you in through the characters and their efforts to make the best of their situation. It's funny and dark yet endearing, with a huge range of characters and situations. A perfect beach read, in my opinion.

Jonathan was one of the original founders of Featherproof (the publisher of this volume) and they've continued to publish quality fiction and non fiction alike. We carry many of their titles (most recently, Jessica Hopper's collection of reviews).

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, Constellation, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Wednesday, July 29

Adam's Pick of the Week: Brigth Engelberts - Tolambo Funk

One of the lesser known of an already under appreciated crop of African soul and funk from the 70's. Like many of his contemporaries, Engelberts and his band were cribbing from American and British soul, but always adding a flair of the traditional music they group up on. What comes out is not dissimilar to Africa by Amanaz, Lijadu Sisters, Witch's discography, or even Fela Kuti.

Due to the music's familiar, but different vibes, it's always a good one to throw into your DJ sets (real and imagined). Everyone feels like they've heard it before, even if they haven't. Either way, they'll be into it after you play it for them - unless they, you know, don't have ears.

Tuesday, July 28

Anna's Pick Of the Week : Hiding Out - Jonathan Messinger

What is this? A rectangular record? Don't be silly. It's a book! It's a collection of short stories that draw you in through the characters and their efforts to make the best of their situation. It's funny and dark yet endearing, with a huge range of characters and situations. A perfect beach read, in my opinion.

Jonathan was one of the original founders of Featherproof (the publisher of this volume) and they've continued to publish quality fiction and non fiction alike. We carry many of their titles (most recently, Jessica Hopper's collection of rock music reviews).


Friday, July 24

saki newsletter 7/24/15!

Hey, sweaty people! We think we've finally dried out from Pitchfork. You know what they say, if the constant sweating doesn't get you, the torrential downpours will! We had a blast though. We caught all the usual suspects and as usual we found a new respect for a few bands that we thought were just 'meh' before. Pitchfork Fest is always good for that! We'd like to thank everyone who paid us a visit in the CHIRP Record Fair tent as well as our helpers from Easy Street Records in Seattle, Dasha and Atticus.

We also owe a big thanks to Dave Davison, Rebecca Ryskalczyk, Kø, and The Burlington for a wonderful show last night. Everyone was awesome and we had a great time! You should all go visit the new project from The Burlington's owners in the old Brown Sack location at Central Park and Belden. It's called Wyler Road and it's now officially our go-to lunch option at saki. Check it out!

No big plans in the store for this week. We're just gonna relax in the AC and listen to the new Nap Eyes, Van Halen reissues, and new arrivals from Mississippi Records. We love this job!

One more thing! There's a new CHIRP Factory Session with Circuit Des Yeux that you should see/hear. Haley has a new band and there are some very familiar faces in there. As always, Mike Lust, Big Foot Media and the folks at CHIRP have done a great job putting this thing together. We have not been disappointed yet. Keep it up, folks!

Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week! 

We're still giving away these Carpark Records USB sticks (designed by Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick). They contain the first 100 releases from Carpark! No purchase necessary, just stop in and fill out an entry form with your name and contact info.

 We had fun at P4K Fest, we swear.

See! Fun! Dasha and Atticus came from Easy Street Records in Seattle to help us out at Pitchfork. They were very excited to be working next to Graveface Records. They thought The Bean was just OK. 

 Bitchin' Bajas are in there somewhere... we're not great at taking pictures.

That's Viet Cong! One of the best sets of the fest even though they were competing with Mourn on the Blue Stage. Mourn was VERY good!

We had a blast at The Burlington last night. Thank you all for coming! Kø is quickly becoming one of our favorite local acts, and Rebecca and Dave both killed it with solo sets.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm
Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

New releases:

Ariel Pink - Thrash and Burn
Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires - Sweet Disorder! 7"
Birds of Paradise - Untitled 7"
Canadian Rifle - Sexually Fucked 7"
Count Counsellor - And The Childhood Heroes 7"
Dead Moon - Nervous Sooner Changes LP
DJ Rashad - 6613 12" EP
Ducktails - St. Catherine LP
Eleventh Dream Day - Works For Tomorrow CD and LP
Goldberg (Barry Goldberg) - Misty Flats CD (LP coming soon)
Joy Division - Still LP
Joy Division - Substance LP
Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn and Taso - You Never Show Your Love 12" EP
Loop - Array 1 LP
Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) - Astro Love and Infinite Kisses LP
 Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers LP
Isaiah Owens - You Without Sin Cast The First Stone LP
Ricked Wicky - King Heavy Metal LP
Idrissa Soumoaro - Ampsa LP
Sediment Club - Psychosymplastic
Omar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami LP
Strange Wilds - Subjective Concepts LP
Thing (Rich Crook of Lover!, Lost Sounds, Reatards) - Untitled LP
Van Halen - Women and Children First LP
Van Halen - II LP
Van Halen - Fair Warning LP
Van Halen - Diver Down LP 

20% off this week:

We'll pick new staff picks for the 20% off rack each day. Come in and see!

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, Constellation, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Friday, July 17

saki newsletter 7/17/15!

 *** Please keep an eye on our social media this weekend for abbreviated store hours! We are a little short staffed with Pitchfork Fest so be prepared for late openings or early closings. As of right now we plan on having normal store hours, but that may change at any time. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience! ***

Sweet Baby Jesus, we haven't posted anything on the blog since last week's newsletter. Please forgive us! Hopefully you're keeping up with us on Instagram, etc... that's where the REAL gems are. 

We'd like to thank everyone who came out for Tip Your Delivery Boy and the Barry Phipps in-store. Both were a great time and it was no nice to see you all! Come check out the art on display this month. It's all very affordable and sales benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We'll be at Pitchfork this weekend getting drunk and sun-burnt. Come say his to us in the CHIRP Record Fair tent. We'll be giving away two of these USB sticks from Carpark Records! They contain the first 100 releases from the label to celebrate Carpark's 16th anniversary.


We're very excited to present a show at The Burlington on July 23rd with Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalcsyk (from NYC, member of Bethlehem Steel) and Kø (upcoming LP on Joyful Noise)! Show up early because from 9-10pm you can get a free PBR or well drink on the saki tab!



Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week!

Don't ever let anyone tell you that working in a record store during a pizza-themed art opening isn't fun. Tip Your Delivery Boy: A Pizza Themed Art Show is up all this month. Come buy art with pizza in it!
 
 Pizza bunting is the best bunting.

 Restocks and new arrivals this week. If you haven't heard Francis The Great before, oh my god, please listen to it!

 Who wants the complete Decline of Western Civilization DVD box set? We've got it!


Upcoming events:

Friday, July 17th to Sunday, July 19th
Find us in the CHIRP Record Fair tent at Pitchfork Fest!

Thursday, July 23rd @ 9pm
saki presents: Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalczyk (Bethlehem Steel, NYC), and Kø at The Burlington! 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm
Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

New releases:

Aye Nako - Blackest Eye LP
Camera Shy - S/T LP 
Charlatans UK - Melting Pot LP
Cocteau Twins - Tiny Dynamine LP
Cocteau Twins - Pink Opaque LP
Miles Davis - Young Man With A Horn 10"
Miles Davis - Young Man With A Horn Vol. 2 10"
Duke Ellington - Conny Plank Session LP
Gel Set - Human Salad LP 
Iron and Wine with Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) - Sing Into My Mouth LP
Ratatat - Magnifique LP
Tame Impala - Currents CD and LP (colored vinyl while they last)
Toupee - Leg Toucher LP

20% off this week:


We'll pick new staff picks for the 20% off rack each day. Come in and see!

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, Constellation, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Friday, July 10

saki newsletter 7/10/15

Hey, it's the first newsletter on a Friday! Isn't that exciting? No? You're right... let's just get on with it. Join us tomorrow night (Saturday, 6pm) for Tip Your Delivery Boy: A Pizza-Themed Art Show! We'll have pizza from Dimo's and a live set by Glyders. The opening reception is FREE and BYOB.
 
On Sunday we have an early afternoon in-store with Barry Phipps! Barry (The Coctails, Barry Phipps Shop) is celebrating the recent release of his album The Town, which is available at saki now. The Lesser Birds of Paradise will play an opening set at 1pm and Barry will play after that.
 
Our pitchfork ticket giveaway has concluded. If you won a pair of tickets we'll get in touch. Otherwise, we'll hopefully see you at the fest next weekend. You can find us in the CHIRP Record Fair tent!

We're very excited to announce that we're presenting a show at The Burlington on July 23rd with Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalcsyk (from NYC, member of Bethlehem Steel) and Kø (upcoming LP on Joyful Noise)! We'll have more info as the show approaches, like maybe how to get free drinks, etc., so stay tuned!



Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week!

We're getting pumped for Tip Your Delivery Boy: A Pizza Themed Art Show, opening next weekend!

 Who wants the complete Decline of Western Civilization DVD box set? We've got it!

Some recent restocks including, Fela, The Beatles, Gainsbourg, The Ex and more!


Upcoming events:

Saturday, July 11th @ 6pm
Tip Your Delivery Boy: A pizza theme art show benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

Sunday, July 12th @ 1pm
Record release in-store for Barry Phipps "The Town"! 

Thursday, July 23rd @ 9pm
saki presents: Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalczyk (Bethlehem Steel, NYC), and Kø at The Burlington! 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm
Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

New releases:
 

Richard Buckner - The Hill CD and LP
Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness LP 
Billy Dolan - Do_Ist CD
Electric Flag - The Trip OST LP 
Envy - Atheist's Cornea CD
Evil Acidehead - In The Name of All That Is Unholy LP
The Ex - The Ex at Bimhuis (1991-2015 CD
EZTV - Calling Out CD and LP
Four Tet - Morning/Evening LP (arriving soon)
Rachel Grimes - Clearing LP (arriving soon)
Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter LP 
Chuck Johnson - Blood Moon Boulder LP
Kare and the Cavemen - Jet Age LP 
Matrixxman - Homesick LP
Nape Eyes - Whine of the Mystic CD and LP
Negative Scanner - S/T CD and LP
Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart LP
Spraynard - Mable LP
Superchunk - Come Pick Me Up LP
Van Halen - Women and Children First LP
Van Halen - Van Halen II LP
Van Halen - Diver Down LP
Van Halen - Fair Warning LP
White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again LP
V/A (mostly Davie Allen and The Arrows) - Wild Angels OST LP

20% off this week:

Pitchfork Fest picks! We've covered every day now, so from now until the festival we'll be choosing randomly from artists on all three days of Pitchfork Music Festival 2015. See you there!

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, Constellation, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

Tuesday, July 7

saki newsletter moving to Friday!

Hey folks, please be aware that starting this week saki's weekly newsletter will be sent on Friday. If you're not aware, the music industry as a whole has instituted a change from Tuesday to Friday as the official release day for new music. So, from now on new releases will hit the racks on Friday instead of Tuesday and we will send out our newsletter to coincide with that date.

There will still be some new releases available on Tuesdays (as some labels are either ignorant of, or resisting this change), but rather than sending out two newsletters we will combine all of the releases into one newsletter on Fridays. There will also be occasional Vinyl Tuesday releases from the folks who organize Record Store Day, which we will likely include in the newsletter on the Friday before their release, AND the Friday after. Those releases will often be a big deal so we want to make sure you're aware of them!

We realize this change may be confusing to some of you, so don't hesitate to call us before stopping in if you're unsure of the release date for any item that you're looking for. This will undoubtedly cause some problems and confusion, especially in the immediate future, so we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

Thank you!
- saki

Tuesday, June 30

saki newsletter 6/30/15!

Before we get to the rest of this newsletter we feel it's important to remind you all that we're giving away tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival! Today is the last day to enter to win a pair of FRIDAY tickets. We'll start the giveaway for SATURDAY tickets tomorrow. WAY more people need to be taking advantage of this. No purchase necessary, just stop in and enter!

Special thanks to everyone who came out for Tinkerbelles and Melkbelly this weekend! We're so happy for Tinkerbelles for surviving their 40 Walls Tour (40 shows in 10 days) and it was awesome to see them AND Melkbelly rip it up in the store. We still have copies of Tinkerbelles' "piss yellow" asparagus-scented 7" (with artwork by Ryan Duggan) and now we have Melkbelly's LP as well. Come pick both up!

We're very excited to announce that we're presenting a show at The Burlington on July 23rd with Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalcsyk (from NYC, member of Bethlehem Steel) and Kø (upcoming LP on Joyful Noise)! We'll have more info as the show approaches, like maybe how to get free drinks, etc., so stay tuned!



Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week!

We're giving away tickets for Pitchfork Fest 2015!

Tinkerbelles playing saki as part of the 40 Walls Tour!

We're getting pumped for Tip Your Delivery Boy: A Pizza Themed Art Show, opening next weekend!


MOST of these Calvin Johnson mixtapes are gone now. We're down to the last couple!


 We often have free posters and/or guest list spots to give away with purchase! Look for these stickers in the racks, and don't hesitate to ask even if you don't see one.


Peregrine Angthius' show 'Nothing Left' is up for the rest of the month. Come check it out!


Upcoming events:

Saturday, July 11th @ 6pm
Tip Your Delivery Boy: A pizza theme art show benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository!

Sunday, July 12th @ 1pm
Record release in-store for Barry Phipps "The Town"! 

Thursday, July 23rd @ 9pm
saki presents: Dave Davidson (Maps and Atlases), Rebecca Ryskalczyk (Bethlehem Steel, NYC), and Kø at The Burlington! 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm
Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

New releases:

Ancient Ocean - Blood Moon LP
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Boatman's Call LP reissue
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part LP reissue
Cherubs - 2 Ynfynyty LP
V/A - Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness LP
Der Faden - Best Guess 7"
Eric's Trip - Love Tara LP reissue
Eyelids - S/T 12" EP
Failure - Heart Is A Monster LP
Fight Amp - Constantly Off LP
Jaill - Brain Cream LP
Joy Division - Closer LP reissue
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures LP reissue
Jovan Karcic - 2011 LP
Karin Krog - Don't Just Sing: An Anthology 1963-1999 LP and CD
Mantar - Death By Burning LP
McRad - Lion Pure LP
Mutoid Man - Bleeder LP
Outta Gas - S/T 7" EP
Refused - Freedom LP
Roommate - Make Like LP
V/A - Studio One Rub-A-Dub LP
V/A - Studio One Story LP
Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band - S/T LP
Tropical Trash - UFO Rot LP
We Are Hex - Bleach Brigade LP
Wombats - Golden Voice Recordings 1966-1967 LP

20% off this week:

Pitchfork Fest picks! We've covered every day now, so from now until the festival we'll be choosing randomly from artists on all three days of Pitchfork Music Festival 2015. We've also started our TICKET GIVEAWAY! You have until the end of the day today to enter for FRIDAY tickets. We'll being the giveaway for Saturday tickets TOMORROW!

Staff Picks:

Jake's Pick of the Week: Torres - Sprinter 


 
The joy of listening to Torres — and there is a lot of joy — is in her words, her melodies, and the fire she breathes when she sings. The achievement that is Sprinter should surprise no one considering the acclaim for her debut LP in 2013, but the fact that a virtual masterpiece came so soon afterwards is still worth recognizing. Torres is only 24, but she writes with the courage of someone much older. She is already willing to bear the wisdom and insight that comes from her Southern Baptist roots — and from leaving them behind.

Adam's Pick of the Week: Sidney Miller - Linguas De Fogo




For fans of Light In The Attic's Marcos Valle reissues, this is another chill-as-hell summer record for sipping Sangria on your porch for the next few months. Sidney Miller was well-known in the Brazilian 70's scene, but more as a songwriter than a performer. This previously hard to find 1974 masterpiece should cement him with the likes of Lo Borges, Gilberto Gil and Valle with this, its second chance at pleasing a few ears. This was the last album Miller would make before passing away from suspicious circumstances at age 30 - making it one of those rare gems that both stand alone as a fantastic piece of work and a sign of potential greatness to come. Sadly, we'll never know!

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, Constellation, and Bottom Lounge shows too!