Monday, July 6

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Closing at 6:30pm tonight. We'll resume normal programming at noon tomorrow! 


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!

Wednesday, June 24

Guess who's got P4K Fest tickets to give away!


It's us! We have a pair of tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday, July 17th. We're only giving away a pair for Friday right now, but we'll tickets for Saturday and Sunday in the coming weeks.

All you have to do to enter is come into the store and leave your name and contact info. No purchase necessary. We'll notify the winner next week!

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.

Calvin Johson mixtapes are in stock and selling fast!

Hurry up and get one!

Tuesday, June 23

saki newsletter 6/23/15!

We hope you're getting ready to spend a good chunk of your weekend with us, because we've got Freak Happening on Friday and Tinkerbelles with Ne-Hi on Sunday!

Friday's Freak Happening theme is Pee Wee's Punk House, so it's like Pee Wee's Playhouse, but like punk and stuff. You'll see! Check out the amazing show poster from Mike Conway!



Sunday's in-store is a special one - our friends in Tinkerbelles are playing 40 shows in 10 days and we're one of the last stops! Tinkerbelles are already one of our favorite locals, but they're sweetening the pot with Ne-Hi joining them for Sunday's show. That's TWO of our favorite locals. Yesssssssssss!

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!


 Look at that bunch of new arrivals! Just look at it! That's some GOOD stuff right there.


Calvin Johnson mixtapes are now in stock! They're VERY limited and they won't last long so don't wait.


 We spun some record at the grand opening of Nando's Peri-Peri in Lakeview! Yeah, it's in Lakeview, but dang is that some good chicken.


Plenty of old favorites and new ones hit the racks this week! We've got the return of Posse, Pup, Olivia Tremor Control, Unrest, Blind Shake, and Ultimate Paiting, along with some new (to us) stuff from Munster Records, etc., including Los Bravos, Los Huracanes and the Amsterdam Beatclub comp.!


 We celebrated the reissue of a ton of Air LPs by spending the first half of Sunday listening to nothing but those bourgie French mofos. It was rad, then it got old, then it was rad again.


 We found some gems in the bargain 45 bin on Saturday. There are still a few left!


Hysterese (Germany) played The Burlington with Canadian Rifle. You can get both of their LPs from us!


 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:

Friday, June 26th @ 8pm
Freak Happening with Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart!

Sunday, June 28th @ 4pm
40 Walls Tour in-store with Tinkerbelles and Melkbelly!

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"!

New releases:

V/A - Back From The Grave Vol. 2 LP
Bad Daddies/Hard Left - split 7"
Black Mountain - S/T 10th Anniversary LP
Boyracer/American Culture - split 7"
Leon Bridges - Coming Home LP
Bully - Feels Like LP
Citizen - Everybody Is Going To Heaven LP
Eric Copeland - Remixes LP
Creepoid - Cemetary Highrise Slum LP
Debutantes - Adam's Apple 7"
Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst) - Payola LP
Easter and The Totem - Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts LP
Faith Healer - Cosmic Troubles LP
Flesh Panters - NGC2632
Brandon Flowers - Desired Effect LP
Hard Left - We Are Hard Left LP
High On Fire - Luminiferous LP
Sidney Miller - Linguas De Fogo LP
V/A - Nail House Compilation 4 LP
Offspring - Americana LP
The Orb - Moonbuilding 2703 AD LP
Retribution Body - Aokigahara LP
Royal Jesters - English Oldies CD and LP
Sleaford Mods - A Little Ditty 7"
The Squires - Going All The Way with the Squires LP
Tyme - Land of 1,000 Dances 7"
Alceu Valenca - Molhado De Suor LP
Steve Von Till - A Life Unto Itself 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. Stay tuned for more deals and TICKET GIVEAWAYS for Pitchfork Fest, coming soon!

Staff Picks:

Adam's Pick of the Week: Royal Jesters - English Oldies



It's the same old story, folks, Numero group drops another one with beautiful packaging, extensive liner notes (which you'll need to figure out why a collection of Spanglish doo-wop is called "English Oldies") and the music, oh, the music... The Royal Jesters were a group of San Antonio teenagers who cut their teeth on American rock 'n' roll of the late 50s, eventually evolving into a popular Tejano act over several lineup changes. English Oldies is a collection of the band's output featuring a slew of delightful covers and originals from what Numero calls "a blazing Latin rock and soul [band of] Tex-Mex masterminds." Highly recommended!

Anna's Pick of the Week: The Everly Brothers - S/T



I am a sucker for close harmonies, and for sibling singers who do close harmonies. These brothers straddle the line between country and rock and and have a lot of fun doing it. Sure, you've got your country standards about heartache ("Bye, Bye Love" and "Brand New Heartache") but they shake it up with a cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up." My favorite track is Poor Jenny - this jumpin' ballad about how Phil (or Don.. I can't tell) took a sweet girl out to her first party, he ditched her when the cops came, and she was pinned as a teenage gang leader and went to jail.

Jake's Pick of the Week: Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?



We Cool? sounds like the album that Bomb the Music Industry! would have made after Vacation. Simply put, it’s the next logical step in progression following their 2011 swan song. There’s a fair deal of experimentation, including the alt-country of “Beers Again Alone” and the harmonica ballad “All Blissed Out”. However, during other parts of the record Jeff just sticks to what he knows well, and in the process creates some of the best songs he’s ever written. Energy was the primary foundation behind Bomb the Music Industry!, and the frenetic, speedy pace of tracks like “You, in Weird Cities” and “Hey Allison!” are filled with the same wild spirit that he’s rocked for the past ten years.  Catchy and catchier on repeat listens. 
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!

Saturday, June 20

Adam's Pick of the Week: Royal Jesters - English Oldies

It's the same old story, folks, Numero group drops another one with beautiful packaging, extensive liner notes (which you'll need to figure out why a collection of Spanglish doo-wop is called "English Oldies") and the music, oh, the music... The Royal Jesters were a group of San Antonio teenagers who cut their teeth on American rock 'n' roll of the late 50s, eventually evolving into a popular Tejano act over several lineup changes. English Oldies is a collection of the band's output featuring a slew of delightful covers and originals from what Numero calls "a blazing Latin rock and soul [band of] Tex-Mex masterminds. Highly recommended!

Monday, June 15

Anna's Pick of the Week: The Everly Brothers - S/T

I am a sucker for close harmonies, and for sibling singers who do close harmonies. These brothers straddle the line between country and rock and and have a lot of fun doing it. Sure, you've got your country standards about heartache ("Bye, Bye Love" and "Brand New Heartache") but they shake it up with a cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up." My favorite track is Poor Jenny - this jumpin' ballad about how Phil (or Don.. I can't tell) took a sweet girl out to her first party, he ditched her when the cops came, and she was pinned as a teenage gang leader and went to jail.

Friday, June 12

Adam's Pick of the Week: Molly Drake - S/T

Yes, I'm recycling this pick from Mother's Day, but it's worth it because we have the LP back in stock now!

In addition to birthing and raising one of the greatest songwriters ever, Molly Drake was also quite the singer/songwriter herself. This collection of her home recordings was released on CD and LP a while back, and recently reissued on vinyl.

The music is like the cover suggests, simple and elegant, possessing a grace that you won't hear often. Molly's voice and piano playing are first rate. It's amazing she's not as famous as her son. Maybe someone needs to reach out to Volkswagen...

Wednesday, June 10

Just In: Recent Restocks and New Arrivals!


Plenty of old favorites and new ones hitting the shelf today! We've got the return of Posse, Pup, Olivia Tremor Control, Unrest, Blind Shake, and Ultimate Paiting, along with some new (to us) stuff from Munster Records, etc., including Los Bravos, Los Huracanes and the Amsterdam Beatclub comp.!

Jake's Pick of the Week: Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?

We Cool? sounds like the album that Bomb the Music Industry! would have made after Vacation. Simply put, it’s the next logical step in progression following their 2011 swan song. There’s a fair deal of experimentation, including the alt-country of “Beers Again Alone” and the harmonica ballad “All Blissed Out”. However, during other parts of the record Jeff just sticks to what he knows well, and in the process creates some of the best songs he’s ever written. Energy was the primary foundation behind Bomb the Music Industry!, and the frenetic, speedy pace of tracks like “You, in Weird Cities” and “Hey Allison!” are filled with the same wild spirit that he’s rocked for the past ten years.  Catchy and catchier on repeat listens.

Tuesday, June 9

saki newsletter 6/9/15!

It's getting toasty around here, folks! For us that means more reggae and less pants - get ready to see these record store employee gams! We're going to crank up the AC (if it doesn't break on us again... and again) and get ready for a fun summer of in-stores, art shows, and comedy. Hopefully we'll see you soon! 

Here's what's coming up:

Peregrine Angthius' art opening is this Friday! Peregrine was born near the end of the eighties to a couple of weirdos who decided to move to the woods; she currently lives in Chicago with her animal friends. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an illustration focus from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2011. 

"Nothing Left" is Peregrine's first solo exhibition since moving to Chicago; it is a collection of work that represents the doubt, sadness, and mania that moving to a new place can elicit. The event will feature a live music set by DJ Wild Jesus. It's free and BYOB!

On Saturday we have a record release in-store for The Bribes' "Nobody Got Anywhere!" They'll be joined by Bad Bad Meow and Baby Money. That's THREE great locals bands for the price on NONE. What a deal!

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

We still have some shirts from our friend, Dmitry Samarov! They're comfy grey t-shirts with Dmitry's 'Chicago Sewer' design on the front.

We've been reppin' hard for our buddies in Sewingneedle. We've even heard people say (and it was someone besides us) that this is possible the best local release of the year... whaaaaa? Seriously!

 We snagged a few copies of this very limited run reissue from Maplewood Records. It's real trippy psych rock with a little prog flavor. This is great stuf from a basically unknown band. Check it out!


Restocks and recent arrivals are always coming through the door!
 Make sure you check instagram, etc. regularly to get all the updates. 


More restocks and new arrivals!


 Pork Magazine sent us some new zines! We've still got the last issue too. We really don't want to toss them, but we'll have to make room soon, so come get one of each!

Upcoming events:

Friday, June 12th @ 6pm
Opening reception for Peregrine Angthius' show "Nothing Left"! 

Saturday, June 13th @ 3pm
Record release in-store for The Bribes "Nobody Got Anywhere" with Bad Bad Meow and Baby Money!

Friday, June 26th @ 8pm
Freak Happening with Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart!

Sunday, June 28th @ 4pm
40 Walls Tour in-store with Tinkerbelles and Melkbelly!

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"!

New releases:

Ancient Sky - Mosaic CD and LP
Basement Benders - 7" EP
Boscoe - S/T LP reissue
Brontosaurus - Our Animal Ways LP
Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs CD and LP
Eskimeaux - O.K. LP
John Fahey - Vol. 1 Blind Joe Death LP
John Fahey - Vol. 2 Death Chants, Breakdowns, and Military Waltzes LP
J. Fernandez - Many Levels of Laughter CD and LP
FFS - S/T LP
Hot Water Music - New What Next LP
Jenny Hval - Apocalypse Girl CD and LP
I Hate Myself - Three Songs 12"
Institute - Catharsis CD and LP
Katrina Stoneheart - S/T LP
Las Vegas Grind Vol. 2 aka Louie's Limbo Lounge - V/A LP
Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 3 - V/A LP
Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 4 - V/A LP
Local H - Hey Killer LP
Tor Lundvall - Park LP
Our Love Will Destroy The World - Carnivorous Rainbows LP
Pet Symmetry - Pets Hounds CD
Prinzhorn Dance School - Home Economics CD and LP Chuck Ragan - Los Feliz LP
Arthur Russell - Corn CD and LP
The Sandwitches - Our Toast CD and LP
Sightings - Amusers and Puzzlers LP
Mavis Staples - Your Good Fortune 10"
Stellar OM Source - Nite-Glo LP
Trojan Beatles Reggae: The Blue Album - V/A LP
Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down CD and LP
Michael Vidal - Dream Center CD and LP
Walks On The Beach - Adoption Tapes LP, deluxe LP, cassette
Ben Zimmerman - Baltika Years LP
Jamie XX - In Colour LP

20% off this week:

Pitchfork Fest picks! This week we're celebrating Day Two of Pitchfork Music Festival 2015. Stay tuned for more deals and TICKET GIVEAWAYS for Pitchfork Fest, coming soon!

Staff Picks:

Anna's Pick of the Week: Sam Cooke - Encore


Recorded in California in 1958, this record still maintains it's elegance and swing to this day. Sam Cooke is an early soul singer, among the likes of Ray Charles and Otis Redding.

Side A is the quicker pop tunes (like Accentuate the Positive) and side B has the more low key love songs (such as Today I Sing the Blues). Your dinner party guests will be humming this soundtrack long after dessert

Adam's Pick of the Week: John Fahey - Volume 1: Blind Joe Death



A reissue of the third, and arguably best version of John Fahey's classic debut album, rerecorded for the stereo market. While the first two versions of the album are significant, this version has cleaner recordings and in Fahey's own opinion, more polished technique.

If you've ever plucked a guitar string you need this album. 
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!