Tuesday, October 21

saki newsletter 10/21/14!

We got so much good stuff in this past week, including new arrivals, new releases, and some much needed restocks! The next few weeks should be no different, so keep an eye on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram some amazing stuff to listen to now that it's the time of year we'll all be spending a lot more time inside with our record tables!

To help you wade through all the good stuff a few of our employees have taken it upon themselves to add some personal descriptions and/or haiku's to some of their favorite records in the shop. Come dig around and see what you can find/learn about us! What we've learned so far is that our employees are a bunch of weirdos...

Here are a few highlights from the past week!

We got Brian Costello's (Outer Minds, Shame That Tune!)
new book Losing In Gainesville in stock!
Tons of awesome new arrivals and restocks!
Busy Beaver dropped off their new line of Button-O-Matic!
We also have a bunch of tickets and guest list spots to give away, including Dum Dum Girls at Metro this Friday, and Ben Frost at Constellation on Halloween. Make sure you check out the list towards the bottom the newsletter!

Once again, our monthly comedy show Freak Happening is one week early this month (it's normally the last Friday), but this month things have gotten a little weird! We just found out our beloved Freak Happening hosts, Nick and Goodrich have rented out the store for a rave in lieu of a comedy show. We know we should be pissed, but we're actually kind of excited to drop some E and zone out to these DJs. Come find out what the hell is going on this Friday!

Upcoming events:




Friday, October 24th @ 7:30pm
A Freak Happening RAVE!

Friday, December 12th @ 6pm
Bill Connors' opening reception!

New releases:

Bad Channels - S/T LP
Belle and Sebastian - Fold Your Hands Child... LP
The Body/Sandworm split LP
Budos Band - Burnt Offering CD and LP
Can - Out Of Reach LP
Can - S/T LP
Fennesz - Venice LP
The Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting LP
Horse Feathers - So It Is With Us LP
Iceage - Plowing Into The Field Of Love LP
Mineral  - EndSerenading LP
Mineral - The Power of Failing LP
Nude Beach - 77 LP
Of Montreal - Cherry Peel LP
Of Montreal - The Gay Parade LP
Oozing Wound - Earth Suck LP
Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude LP
Sleater-Kinney - All Hands On The Bad One LP
Sleater-Kinney - Call The Doctor LP
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out LP
Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock LP
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat LP
Sleater-Kinney - S/T LP
Sleater-Kinney - Start Together 1994-2006 LP box
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods LP
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down LP

This week's 20% off staff picks:



We've got Crusaders of Love (RIYL Exploding Hearts), Damaged Bug (John Dwyer's Thee Oh Sees electronic side project), Majical Cloudz 'Impersonator' LP, Cypress Hill's 'Black Sunday' (a sorely overlooked relic of Record Store Day's past), Damon and Naomi's 'Wondrous World Of...' (another old RSD title), and Wymond Miles 'Under The Pale Moon' (Fresh and Only's sold side project, perfect for this weather)!

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. Here are a few we recommend!


10/24 Dum Dum Girls at Metro 10/25 This Will Destroy You at Lincoln Hall
10/26 Clipping at Schubas
10/27 Nude Beach at The Empty Bottle
10/30 Twin Peaks, Ne-Hi and Flesh Panthers at Lincoln Hall
10/31 Rubblebucket at Metro
10/31 Ben Frost and Cleared at Constellation
11/1 Paperhead, Verma and Heaters at The Empty Bottle
11/2 Allo' Darlin at Schubas
11/3 Blonde Redhead at Bottom Lounge
11/4 Mark Lanegan Band at Bottom Lounge
11/11 Deerhoof, Priests and White Reaper at Bottom Lounge
11/12 Natural Child with Grosse Pointe and Rabble Rabble at The Empty Bottle
11/13 Avi Buffalo at The Empty Bottle
11/13 My Brightest Diamon at Lincoln Hall
11/18 Alex Clare at Metro
11/23 An Evening With... Sloan

Spotify listening station:



These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone that has WiFi and we created a Spotify account for the store.


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Monday, October 20

Ben Frost (Constellation 10/31) ticket giveaway!

Who wants to see Ben Frost at Constellation Chicago on Halloween!? If you answered 'me' and/or 'I do' then we've got a pair of tickets waiting for you. Just be the first person to pick up A U R O R A from saki and we've got you covered courtesy of Mute Records.

A Freak Happening RAVE at saki this Friday!

Have you noticed these mysterious signs for a rave popping up around the neighborhood!? We just found out our beloved Freak Happening hosts, Nick and Goodrich have rented out the store this Friday for a rave in lieu of their regular comedy show. We know we should be pissed, but we're actually kind of excited to drop some E and zone out to these DJs! More info here.

Wednesday, October 15

Brian Costello's 'Losing In Gainesville' in stock now!

Brian Costello's new book, Losing In Gainesville is available now at saki! It's worth it for that cover art alone, done by our favorite poster artist, Ryan Duggan (Drug Factory Press)!-

Tuesday, October 14

saki newsletter 10/14/14!

Wow, what a week! We welcomed our friends Brandon Wetherbee, Rock Falls and Seth Vanek (among others) back for another Important Records on Wednesday and it as awesome as we thought it would be! Look out for more frequent Important Records installment in the future. We've got some plans brewing!

Then on Thursday we got to see the mighty PILE sell out The Burlington with Fake Limbs and a reunited Ling Ling. That is something we won't soon forget! Were you there? Did you see our buds Cheap Girls at Township instead? We're jealous, but also not that jealous because freakin' PILE was freakin' awesome.

On Friday night we had the opening reception for Adam Hansons new show 'Haute and Bauthered.' There were snacks, and cupcakes and lots of new friends hanging out. You can check out Adam's prints, and the special wallpaper he made exclusively for this show, for the next month or so.

On Saturday we welcomed Cincinnati's Orchards for an in-store with our friends Mawrcrest. Faces were melted. Houses were rocked. It was cool!

We don't have much in the way of events until Freak Happening on the 24th, but we've got a store full of awesome records, and a bunch of new tapes and books for you in the meantime. You're MORE than welcome to come dig in!

Don't forget to read below for info on new releases, our weekly 20% off sale, and some upcoming shows we recommend, and that we can CONVENIENTLY get you into for FREE!

Upcoming events:

Friday, October 24th @ 7:30pm
Freak Happening with Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart!

New releases:

Alkaline Trio - Goddamnit LP
Balmorhea - S/T LP
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister LP reissue
Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk LP reissue
Bugskull - Collapsed View LP
Kevin Drumm - Trouble LP
Cameron Esposito - Same Sex Symbol CD
Eyelids - 854 CD and LP
Foxygen - ... And Star Power CD and LP
Girl Tears - Tension LP
Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire CD and LP
Greylag - S/T LP
Neil Holyoak - Rags Across The Sun CD and LP
Institue - Salt 12" EP
Jawbreaker - 24 Hr Revenge Therapy LP
Joanna Gruesome/Trust Fund 12" split EP
Last Ex - S/T LP
Locust - After The Rain LP
Manateees - Sit N Spin LP
Meatbodies - S/T CD (LP delayed)
Hailu Mergia and Walias - Tche Belew CD and LP
Kevin Morby - Still Life LP
Museum of Love - S/T LP
Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul, and Psych From Peru's Radical Decade
Pharmakon - Bestial Burden LP
Plow United - S/T LP
Poison Girls - Hex LP
Riff Raff - Neon Icon LP
SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
Slant 6 - Soda Pop Rip Off LP reissue
Terminals - Singles and Sundries LP
Whirr -Pipe Dreams Redux LP
New Orleans Soul: Original Sound of New Orleans 66-76 LP
United Nations - Next Four Years LP
Unwound - No Energy 3LP box
Walter TV - Appetite LP
We Were Promised Jet Packs - In The Pit Of The Stomach LP

This week's 20% off staff picks:



Belle and Sebastian's Third Eye Centre (in celebration of Matador's B&S reissue campaign), The Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble's Hard Luck Soul, Andrew Bird's album of Handsome Family covers (in anticipation of some BIG upcoming HF news!), Zola Jesus' Versions (with live orchestral arrangements), and TWO Geronimo! records to celebrate their current and FINAL tour as a band (RIP Geronimo!).

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. Here are a few we recommend!

10/16 King Tuff, Cassie Ramone, and The Lemons at The Empty Bottle
10/18 Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band) and Juan Wauters (The Beets) at The Empty Bottle
10/18 Sondre Lerche and TEEN at Lincoln Hall
10/19 Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray) at Schubas  
**We've got a signed copy of her LP to give away too! **
10/23 Minus The Bear at Bottom Lounge
10/25 This Will Destroy You at Lincoln Hall
10/26 Clipping at Schubas
10/27 Nude Beach at The Empty Bottle
10/30 Twin Peaks, Ne-Hi and Flesh Panthers at Lincoln Hall
10/31 Rubblebucket at Metro
10/31 Ben Frost and Cleared at Constellation
11/1 Paperhead, Verma and Heaters at The Empty Bottle
11/2 Allo' Darlin at Schubas
11/3 Blonde Redhead at Bottom Lounge
11/4 Mark Lanegan Band at Bottom Lounge
11/11 Deerhoof, Priests and White Reaper at Bottom Lounge
11/12 Natural Child with Grosse Pointe and Rabble Rabble at The Empty Bottle
11/13 Avi Buffalo at The Empty Bottle
11/13 My Brightest Diamon at Lincoln Hall
11/18 Alex Clare at Metro
11/23 An Evening With... Sloan

Spotify listening station:



These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone that has WiFi and we created a Spotify account for the store.


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Friday, October 10

Fill Up My Bag with Boston hardcore legend Tommy Crowbar!

A little while back Boston hardcore legend, Tommy Crowbar stopped by the store to record a Fill Up My Bag segment. Tommy's legend is second to none in the hardcore scene, but we didn't realize just how many skulls this man has crushed over the years. Watch the video below as Tommy talks about Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Ramones, and more, mostly in relation to how he bashed their faces in back in the day.


via The Steamroller

Bottom Lounge ticket giveaway!

You guys know the deal by now, make a purchase at saki and you can claim any one of these pairs of tickets for upcoming Bottom Lounge shows!

10/23 Minus The Bear
11/3 Blonde Redhead
11/4 Mark Lanegan Band with Redgrave
11/11 Deerhoof with Priest and White (2 pairs available!)
11/23 An Evening with Sloan

Thursday, October 9

Rosanne Cash Writes an Open Letter on Streaming and Fair Compensation for Musicians and Songwriters

Bruce Houghton wrote a painfully sexist Hypebot article pointing to Rosanne Cash's recent Facebook postings on artist and songwriter compensation from music streaming services, where Ms. Cash called streaming "dressed up piracy" because of the low compensation rates. Aside from calling her a "little girl," Houghton also misspelled the first name of the Grammy winner with eleven (11) Billboard #1 Singles. Ms. Cash took the high road this morning when she posted this thoughtful reply on her Facebook page.
I’m not worried about me. I’m worried about the entire next generation of songwriters and musicians who are dispirited and feel completely devalued and who give up their dreams in order to earn a decent paycheck. For every Mick Jagger, there are 10,000 in the trenches who feel they are no longer valued members of society because people who will pay ten bucks for a cappuccino and a muffin will not pay the same amount to buy an album of original music that an artist may have put years of heart and sweat into making. 
The rest of her reply is well worth your time, so please spend the two or three minutes of your time that she's earned and check out the latest missive from Zone C.

Her new album, The River & The Thread, is a moving meditation on The South, roots, music, and what's due.


Check out "A Feather's Not a Bird"live for KCRW with John Leventhal.


then buy tickets to see them play at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on October 25th.



Tuesday, October 7

Lewis - L'Amour back in stock!

Look at that gorgeous cover art. You know you want it!

saki newsletter 10/7/14!

Hellllllo, we hope you're ready for a real week among weeks! We've got a lot going on so here's the rundown. On Wednesday we have the return of Important Records, our occasional live podcast series with Brandon Wetherbee (of You Me Them Everybody/Brightest Young Things). This time around we'll have Brandon and Rock Falls talking about/playing songs from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Joshua Dumas and Seth Vanek on The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, Emerson Dameron and Jim Cooper (ex-Baby Teeth, Bobby Conn Band) on Swans' Drainland. As always, the show will be recorded for an episode of the You Me Them Everybody podcast so you can relive it over and over again on your way to work!

Adam Hanson's opening reception is on Friday. Haute and Bauthered is inspired by the bizarre world of cult cinema. Hanson illustrates pulp seductresses armed to the teeth, each print embellished with his trademark combination of refined cartoon aesthetic, found imagery, and a palette of bold colors. The show is being hung this week, so even we don't know how it's going to look yet, but from what we've seen so far we're in for a real good one! Come check it out!

Then, on Saturday, we have an in-store with Cincinatti's Orchards and locals, Mawrcrest. Orchards are fresh out of the studio with Shiraz from Maps and Atlases and they'll be playing songs from their upcoming record. Mawrcrest are no strangers to saki. If you haven't seen them before, here's yet another chance!

Upcoming events:



Wednesday, October 8th @ 6pm
Important Records with Brandon Wetherbee!

Friday, October 10th @ 6pm
Adam Hanson 'Haute and Bauthered' opening reception!

Saturday, October 11th @ 4pm
In-store with Orchards and Mawrcrest!

New releases:


A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos CD and LP
Bass Drum of Death - Rip This LP
Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84 LP
Gui Boratto - Abaporu LP
The Bug - Exit 12" EP
Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap CD
Can - Landed LP
Can - Saw Delight LP
Caribou - Our Love CD and LP
Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems LP
Deaf Wish - St. Vincent 7"
East River Pipe - Gasoline Age LP
Estrogen Highs - Hear Me On The Number Station LP
Ex Hex - Rips CD and LP
Flying Lotus - You're Dead! CD and LP
Generationals - Alix LP
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather CD and LP
Hard Girls - Hard LP
Jesu - Conqueror LP
Sondre Lerche - Please LP
Peaking Lights - Cosmic Logic LP
Pissed Jeans - Shallow CD and LP
Plow United - S/T LP
The Queers - Grow Up LP
Sky Records Kollektion 01a - V/A LP
Sky Records Kollektion 01b - V/A LP
Sun Kil Moon - Benji (CLEAR and RED vinyl) LP
Vaselines - V for Vaselines LP
Wampire - Bazaar CD and LP
Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End LP
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Between Bodies CD and LP
Zigtebra - The Brave CD and LP
Zola Jesus - Taiga LP

20% off this week:



Ooga Boogas (EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING, TOTAL CONTROL), Micachu and the Shapes, The Glove (Robert Smith from THE CURE and Steven Severin from SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES), Crazy Horse, Josh Tillman (FATHER JOHN MISTY) and MGMT are 20% off this week at saki!


Guest list spots:



Buy a record from any band on an upcoming show at The Empty Bottle or Schubas/Lincoln Hall and we can add you to the guest list with a friend! Here are a few we highly recommend:

10/10 Wampire at SubT (Empty Bottle Presents)

10/10 Merchandise at The Empty Bottle
10/11 O'Death and Stone Jack Jones at The Empty Bottle
10/11 Om and Watter at Lincoln Hall
10/16 King Tuff, Cassie Ramone, and The Lemons at The Empty Bottle
10/16 Foxygen at Lincoln Hall
10/17 Foxygen at Lincoln Hall
10/18 Guy Blakeslee (The Entrance Band) and Juan Wauters (The Beets) at The Empty Bottle
10/18 Sondre Lerche and TEEN at Lincoln Hall
10/25 This Will Destroy You at Lincoln Hall

Spotify listening station:


These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone that has WiFi and we created a Spotify account for the store.


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Tuesday, September 30

Just in: Dunedin comp. Pallbearer, Coloured Balls, Mississippi comps. and books!

Important Records returns on October 8th!


Important Records is coming back to saki on October 8th! Guests include Brandon Wetherbee, Rock Falls, Joshua Dumas, Seth Vanek, Emerson Dameron and Jim Cooper speaking about and playing songs from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, The Flaming Lips' Soft Bulletin and Swans' Drainland! As always, the live show will be recorded for an episode of the You Me Them Everybody podcast.

These records are 20% off this week!



Beat Happening's classic Jamboree, Catholic Spray, Juan Wauters (20% off AND you can get guest list spots for his upcoming show at The Empty Bottle with The Entrance Band's Guy Blakeslee!), 11-year old electronics wizard Henry Plotnick, Can's live LP Delay from 1968, and Destroyers rare-ish Ideas For Songs (originally a cassette-only release AND you can see his cartoon wiener when you peel the sticker)!

saki newsletter 9/30/14!

Cassette Store Day has come and gone. I feel like we now know a lot more about you guys. Specifically, how much you all really dig classic hip-hop on cassette. That's pretty cool! We hope you all enjoyed our mixtapes and surprise tape grab bag. We had a ton of fun making them. We'd also like to thank Woozy, Coaster, and Pisces at The Animal Fair for playing at the shop!

What's new this week you ask? Well, Mike Conway's show is down. If you missed it then you're just plain stupid. No two ways about it, you f$#&ed up, bro. Lucky for you we have another great show going up this weekend. Adam Hanson's show, Haute and Bauthered will not disappoint! Adam is a designer, illustrator, and printmaker who has created posters and merchandise for a number of bands, including The Hold Steady, The Get Up Kids, and The Crystal Method. The opening reception is on the 10th!

But wait, even before that opening we have another event and it's one of our favorite recurring events in the store. Our pal Brandon Wetherbee (from Brightest Young Things and You Me Them Everybody fame) is doing another installment of Important Records on October 8th! Brandon and Rock Falls will talk about and play songs from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Dig, Lazarus, Dig. Joshua Dumas and Seth Vanek will do same, but with The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin, and maybe a few more guests. We shall see! The whole show will be recorded for a special episode of the YMTE podcast.

20% off this week:

Pick up any of these records for 20% off! If they sell we'll add more later in the week, so keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates.




These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone that has WiFi and we created a Spotify account for the store.

If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!


We have a new deal with The Empty Bottle! Much like our Schubas/LH promotion, you can now get guest list spots for most upcoming EB shows when you purchase a record from any band on the bill at saki. Of course, some exceptions apply, so feel free to ask us about any show you're interested in.

Here are a few upcoming shows we recommend:

10/2 Bass Drum of Death, Peoples Temple and Nones (EB Presents at Subterranean)
10/2 Judson Claiborne and Thomas Comerford
10/3 The Sea and Cake and Acteurs
10/4 Mirah and Death Vessel
10/5 Xylouris White and Scott Tuma
10/16 King Tuff, Cassie Ramone and The Lemons
10/18 Juan Wauters and Guy Blakeslee


Our friends at Metro just dropped off tickets for Dum Dum Girls (10/24), Rubblebucket (10/31) and Alex Clare (11/18)! They can be yours by simply making a purchase at saki. Buy something, pick your show, and you get a pair of tickets!

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, October 8th @ 6pm
Important Records with Brandon Wetherbee!

Friday, October 10th @ 6pm
Adam Hanson 'Haute and Bauthered' opening reception!

Saturday, October 11th @ 4pm
In-store with Orchards and Mawrcrest!

New releases:

Liam Betson - Cover of Hunter LP
The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette LP
Deaf Center - Recount LP
Electric Youth - Innerworld LP
Estrogen Highs - Here Me On The Number Station LP
Fleetwood Mac - S/T (1968) AKA Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac LP
Lee Gamble - Koch LP
Juan Maclean - In A Dream LP
The Limiñanas - I've Got Trouble In Mind: 7" and Rare Stuff 2009-2014 CD and LP
Montgomery Express - Montgomery Movement LP
Montibus Communitas - The Pilgrim To The Absolute CD and LP
The Murmurs - Bound cassette and LP
Pine Hill Haints - Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints CD and LP
Rosetta - The Anaesthete LP
Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold cassette, CD and LP
Sensational Saints - You Won't Believe It LP
Sinkane - Mean Love CD and LP
Tape - Casino LP
Vivian Girls - Share The Joy cassette

....and tons of remaining stock from Cassette Store Day, including Arthur Russell, Outrageous Cherry, Cloud Nothings, Owls, The Coathangers, The Skabbs, Wooden Wand, R. Stevie Moore, Dntel and more!

Monday, September 29

Spotify listening station at saki!

Sounds like a corporate tie-in, right? Really we just bought a burner phone and installed Spotify on it so you can listen to whatever you want in the store with the privacy of headphones.

The next time you're flipping through the racks and you see something you want to hear, ask to use our Spotify Listening Station!