Saturday, August 23

We've got guest list spots for these upcoming Schubas/LH shows!

With our running partnership with Schubas and Lincoln Hall we can add you to the guest list for any of these upcoming shows! All you have to do is make a purchase from any of the bands on the bill and we can add you (and a guest) to that show's guest list!


8/30 - Operators with Tweens
9/2 - Sonny and the Sunsets with White Reaper and The Sueves
9/3 - Single Mothers with War Brides
9/4 - Bishop Allen
9/8 - Jad Fair and Danielson
9/9 - Zammuto and Dosh
9/10 - Clipping
9/12 - Papercuts with Michael Nau (of Cotton Jones)
9/20 - Cymbals Eat Guitars with Varsity
9/27 - Benjamin Booker with Blank Range
9/30 - Il Sogno Del Marinaio (feat. Mike Watt) with Nones

Lincoln Hall

9/11 - Bear In Heaven with Young Magic
9/13 - Shabazz Palaces
9/14 - Califone with S. Carey
9/17 - Tobacco with Oscillator Bug
9/19 - Nick Waterhouse
9/20 - Com Truise
9/26 - Sebadoh with Wedding Dress
9/27 and 9/28 - Why?
9/30 - Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear and Dept. of Eagles)

*some restrictions apply*

Tuesday, August 19

20% off this week!

We are officially replacing our 20% off new release sale with a 'Hey, we chose these things to be 20% off this week' sale!

So, here goes for the first time - this week we have Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Spritualized Live at Royal Albert Hall (to celebrate the reissues of Fucked Up Inside and Let It Come Down), Pissed Jeans' cheekily named, Best of Sub Pop EP, Lazy's Obsession, Islands' Ski Mask, and The Vaselines' Sex with an X, all for 20% off this week!

saki newsletter 8/19/14!

Hey kids, what've you been up to? Oh, us? We've just been hangin' in the store, yoooou knoooow, sellin' stuff. It's been pretty cool! Hey, did anybody else see The Clean have a meltdown last night at Lincoln Hall? That was super weird!

Anyway, we've got some good stuff coming up! This Friday we have an in-store with Williwaw. The amp'd uke mayhem begins at 6pm! You can hear a little Williwaw here!

Next Thursday we have mayhem of another sort with an in-store headlined by freakin' Iron Lung! Una Bestia Unctrolable (from BarTHelona) and Stay Asleep will be opening. We're guessing this one will be a little crowded and sweaty, so get here early if you want a good spot.

Of course, seeing that next Friday is the last Friday of the month, we have FREAK HAPPENING, hosted by Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart! We hear they're starting a cult for this month's show, so that'll be FUN. Don't drink the kool-aid, but DO bring your own booze, because comedy is always better when you're a little bit drunk, guys.

That's it for now, more to come next week, including Mike Conway's art opening and a BARO Records showcase in the shop!

Upcoming events:

Friday, August 22nd @ 6pm 
In-store with Williwaw! 

Thursday, August 28th @ 5pm 
In-store with IRON LUNG, Una Bestia Incontrolable and Stay Asleep! 

Friday, August 29th @ 7:30pm 
Freak Happening with Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart! 

Friday, September 5th @ 6pm 
Opening reception of 'Drawing Makes Me Feel Good' by Mike Conway! 

Saturday, September 20th @ 12pm 
BARO Records Showcase! 

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

New releases:

Don't forget to check the blog, instagram, etc., to find out what we have for 20% off this week! We are no longer doing a weekly NEW RELEASE 20% off sale, but we will pick 5-6 new items to discount at least once a week (maybe more) and announce them on our various social media. You can always just stop in and see what's on the 20% off rack by the front counter too!

999 - The Biggest Prize In Sport LP
Amanda X - Amnesia LP
Apache Dropout - Heavy Windows CD
Big Star - #1 Record (180gr reissue) LP
Big Star - Radio City (180gr reissue) LP
Bishop Allen - Lights Out CD and LP
Benjamin Booker - S/T LP
Botanist - VI: Flora CD
Bob Carpenter - Silent Passage CD and LP
Johnny Cash - American II: Unchained LP
The Chills - Molten Gold 7"
Coachwhips - Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine CD and LP
Crime - Murder By Guitar LP
Tashi Dorji - S/T LP
Eels - Beautiful Freak LP
Orenda Fink - Blue Dream CD and LP
Free Time - Esoteric Tizz 7"
Brigette Fontaine - S/T LP
Joel Gion - Apple Bonkers CD
Ernie Graham  - S/T LP
GOAT - Live Ballroom Ritual LP
Grateful Dead/John Oswald - Grayfolded 3xLP
Harold Grosskopf - Oceanheart LP
Heldon II - Allez-Teia LP
Hobbes Fanclub - Up At Lagrange CD and LP
Julia Holter - Don't Make Me Over 7"
Julia Holter - Tragedy LP
jj - V CD and LP
Joy - Under the Spell of Joy CD
King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizard - Float Along LP
Fela Kuti - Confusion LP
Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears and Blood LP
Fela Kuti - Teacher don't Teach Me Nonsense LP
Lykke Li - I Never Learn LP
Literature - Chorus CD
Mallevs - S/T LP
Miami Dolphins - Becky CD
Music Go Music - Impressions CD
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden CD
Pilgrims/Ghostt Bllonde - Home and Home Vol. 2 7"
The Plasmatics - New Hope For The Wrecked LP
The Posies - Failure LP
Sleeping Bag - Deep Sleep CD
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down  LP
Spiritualized - Fucked Up Inside LP
Trash Talk - No Peace LP
Vial of Sound - God's Oscillator LP
Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See The Light of Day LP
Zigtebra - The Brave CD

Daniel Knox and Andrew Bird at Chicago Theatre

I needed this night so badly after the horrible week last week. I needed some hope. I needed to remember that people can be good, and that they can create beauty as well as destroy. I needed to remember that art and music can heal, even if only a little and even if only temporarily.

Daniel Knox at Chicago Theatre 4
Photo by pmonaghan on Flickr

On top of all of that, I was incredibly nervous for Daniel and his band. I wasn't nervous because I was afraid they couldn't handle it or that their music wasn't worthy. I was nervous because a group of people that large can easily dismiss the opening act, especially an unknown one. I've seen already famous Jeff Tweedy ignored opening for Patti Smith at The Riviera. I've even recently seen the Chicago Theatre audience turn on Willie Nelson, with about a third of the floor standing and talking through much of his set. I so wanted Daniel to have a good experience, and I so wanted Andrew's audience to give him a chance and get him, because on a good night, I don't think he could ask for a better group. Andrew's music demands active listening for it to unfold into full blossom. On Saturday night, Daniel and his band were about as good as I have ever seen them, and Andrew's audience gave them the best reception for a largely unknown opener I think I have ever seen in thirty seven years of concert going. Daniel's set was beautifully crafted, and the quiet Chicago Theatre space embraced his baritone and falsetto like they were made for each other. Andrew's audience responded in kind. His rolling songs and voice from another era grabbed the crowd, and his tales of eye-gouging ghosts, creepy hand lotion, loves past, and the Springfield of his childhood were more than enough to keep it.

And then Andrew came out.

Andrew Bird at Chicago Theatre 1
Photo by pmonaghan on Flickr

And good lord. I'm not a good enough writer with enough adjectives or finesse to describe his set that was at times luscious and at others stripped down to gather-round-a-mic-and-belt-it-out essentials. A single apparition with a violin backlit by a single large stage light started the set, which slowly built to a full band crescendo over the next few songs. Tift Merritt's presence only added to the gravitas and lent a slight grounded, country twang to music that Andrew's ghostly visions could sometimes use but that he just doesn't possess. (I have heard Rennie Sparks describe playing with Andrew as "like playing with a spectre about to disappear.")

Tift and the rest of Hands of Glory were an invigorating change from Andrew's normal band. I love that band, but there was something stripped down and a little more raw with this group, almost kinda sorta punk rock, that really pushed through all night. They played at least five Handsome Family songs, though in my reverie, I sorta stopped being able to think clearly enough to count.

My eyes welled up with tears at the sheer beauty of it all three or four times. I think I was overwhelmed by the fact that I can't comprehend how this all comes out of a human being's brain, how Andrew can even conceive of it and then have the talent to make it real, to put his musical and artistic vision into a concrete form that allows us mortals a tiny peek inside. And yet here it was. An accidental tour that had become this fully formed piece of breathing art of many synonyms are there for the word beauty?

Poetry exists to allow words to point to ideas larger than themselves, to act as symbols, and I'm no poet. I think to describe what I'm trying to say here, I really need to be, so I'll stop.

Thank you Daniel. Thank you Andrew. Thank you Andrew Bird's amazing audience. Thank you incredible musicians.

If there was not beauty, there would be no beauty to destroy.

You can click through the entire set using the side arrows or go here to open in a new window and see larger shots.

Friday, August 15

We are having phone issues!

Our phones are down once again! All calls to saki will forward to another line and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have that way, but we recommend contacting us through Twitter DM, Facebook message, or you can e-mail and we will get back to you as fast as we possibly can. Thank you, and sorry for any inconvenience!

Today's 20% off staff picks are...

Numero's Salsa Boricua de Chicago and Darkscorch Canticles, Diarrhea Planet, Hailu Mergia, Talking Heads and Wilco! These are all 20% for today and through the end of this week, along with all the titles we've posted since Tuesday of this week!

Tuesday, August 12

Today's 20% off staff picks!

Pick these babies up for 20% off today (or any day this week)! We'll add more tomorrow so check back.

Weekly new release sale!

Each week saki will be offering a handful of new releases for 20% OFF! You can check the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our newsletter, to find out which titles will be discounted. We'll choose 2-3 titles each week and they'll be discounted for their entire first week of release!

This week is pretty light on new releases so we're going to do something fun again! Each day we'll select 5-6 records and make them 20% off. We'll post our pics to all the pertinent social media, or you can just stop in and see what's on the 20% off shelf up by the counter. Once something has been featured as 20% off, it will remain on sale through the rest of the week!

saki newsletter 8/12/14!

Friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, those of you who still think we're some kind of Japanese restaurant or wine bar, we want you to know that our phones are APPARENTLY back in working order. There may still be some kinks to works out (not the good kind of Kinks), but it appears that our phone is accepting incoming calls, and hey, we can even call YOU. So get ready for those calls because it gets really lonely here at night...

We'd like to thank Miles Jackson and everyone who came out for his opening on Friday. He's a talented young gun and we're proud to have his work up on our walls! Stop by anytime this month to check it out.

We don't have anything extra-ordinary going on in the shop this weekend, but please go say hi to our friends from Powell Brew House at the Auxiliary Art Center on Friday night. They'll be pouring their tasty brews with live sets from C. Batteries, Raw McCartney, MTVGhosts, Mauve and White Gold. You can find more info here. We wish we could be there selling records, but we cannot. Come to think of it, you should come HERE and buy some records and then take them THERE and show everyone. Sounds like a plan, right!?

Alright, that's it for now, but make sure you check back with us for more info on some upcoming events like an in-store with Williwaw on the 22nd and your favorite thing that you maybe just don't know about yet, Freak Happening, on the 29th!

Upcoming events:

August 22nd @ 6pm

In-store with Williwaw!

Friday, August 29th @ 7:30pm

Freak Happening with Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart!

Friday, September 5th @ 6pm

Opening reception of 'Drawing Makes Me Feel Good' by Mike Conway!

Saturday, September 20th @ 12pm

BARO Records Showcase!

Friday, October 10th @ 6pm

Adam Hanson 'Haute and Bauthered' opening reception!

New releases:

The Animals - Best Of LP

Dragon Turtle - Distances LP
Forge Your Own Chains - V/A LP reissue
Freedom S/T LP
Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle - Perils From The Sea LP (BLUE vinyl)
Lucero - Live From Atlanta LP
Kevin Morby - My Name 7"
Stickers - Swollen LP

Each week saki will be offering a handful of new releases for 20% OFF! You can check the blog, Facebook, Twitter, or our newsletter, to find out which titles will be discounted. We'll choose 2-3 titles each week and they'll be discounted for their entire first week of release!

This week is pretty light on new releases so we're going to do something fun again! Each day we'll select 5-6 records and make them 20% off for the day. We'll post our pics to all the pertinent social media, or you can just stop in and see what's on the 20% off shelf up by the counter. Once something has been featured as 20% off, it will remain on sale through the rest of the week!