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!

Metro ticket giveaways!

Our friends at Metro just dropped off tickets for The Rural Alberta Advantage (10/14) , 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!

Saturday, September 27

Couple things 'bout Cassette Store Day...

We've got the boombox out if you want to hear any of the tapes! 

We have a bowl full of Thrift Store Surprise tapes and we promise there are some gems in there. We're asking for a $1 donation to cover the cost of the tapes.

We have Gary Records' first cassette release, a handmade limited tape from The Lemons/TodaysHits/Tripp Tapes' James Francis Swanberg, called Hung Man. It's all folk-gospel originals by James. It'll save your soul.

Friday, September 26

Cassette Store Day stock list!

Here's what we have for Cassette Store Day tomorrow! We are not posting prices or quantities so if you really want something, show up when we open at noon for the best chance at it. We've also got $1 thrift store grab bag tapes, free saki mixtapes and an exclusive tape from The Lemons/Todays Hits' James Swanberg on Gary Records!

Adolescents - Complete Demos 1980-1986
American Football - S/T
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island
Audacity - Butter Knife
The Beginner's Mynd - S/T
Kurt Braunohler - How Do I Land?
The Cairo Gang - Tiny Rebels
Chain and The Gang - Music's Not For Everyone
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
The Coathangers - Larceny and Old Lace
The Coathangers- Scamble
Cosmonauts - Cosmonauts/ If You Wanna Die Then Die
Cosmonauts - Natalie Wilson's Arm
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose
DNTEL - Human Voice Outtakes
Extra Classic - Showcase
Flesh Panthers - S/T
Free Moral Agents - Majestic Soundsystem
Foxygen - ...and Star Power I-IV
Gap Dream - Shine Your Light
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Guilty Simpson - Guilty Simpson Tape
Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs
HOTT MT - HOTT MT Ft. Wayne Coyne
HOTT MT - I Made This
Japandroids - No Singles
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
J Dilla - Donuts
King Bitch - Lost in the Party: The Best of King Bitch
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Mean Jeans - On Mars
R. Stevie Moore - Saturday Singles
Natural Child - Live in Birmingham
Outrageous Cherry - S/T
Owls - Two
Peach Kelli Pop - S/T
Pookie and the Poodlez  - Pookie vs. Cumstain
Pookie and the Poodlez - The Last Thing I Did As A Teenager
The Prefab Messiahs - Devolver
PUJOL - Reunited States of Being
RAS G - Raw Fruit VOL 3.
The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold
Arthur Russell - Master Mix
The Skabbs - S/T
The Shit - Slef Protrait
SISU - Blood Tears
Ssaliva - Pantani
The Sufis  - Inventions
James Francis Swanberg - Hung Man
The Three O'Clock - Aquarius Andromeda
Torres - S/T
Their/They're/There - S/T
Townes Van Zandt - S/T
Vivian Girls - Share The Joy
The Wedding Present - Valentina
Weirdos - Weird World Vol. 2
White Lodge - Technicolour Visions
White Reaper - S/T
Wooden Wand - The PIAPTK Singles 2006-2014
XiuXiu - Angel Guts: Red Classroom


Deep Secret - Vol. 2
Friend and Family - Vol. 1
Friend and Family - Vol. 2
I Need You Bad - A Buncha Bands From Oakland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, and Portland 2013
Live At Burger - Vol. 2
Party In The Tower - Fresno Rock'N Roll 1980-1988
Suicide Squeeze Records Presents - Forever Singles
What Have We Wrought?  - A Mike Atta Benefit Compilation

Happy birthday to The Steamroller and Freak Happening!

Last week was the one year anniversary of our monthly comedy show, Freak Happening. Today is the two year anniversary of the outstanding Chicago comedy journal, The Steamroller! Our own Matt Byrne has a hand in both of those endeavors and The Steamroller has posted a video chronicling the history of Freak Happening. If you were at the show last Friday you've seen it, but much like it's clear forebearer, American Hardcore, it warrants repeat viewing!

The video features interviews with Freak Happening hosts, Nick Rouley and Goodrich Gevaart, frequent guests Katie McVay and Stephanie Hasz, as well as Matt Byrne himself making a rare on-camera appearance! It's definitely Matt Byrne and not John Eisenrich playing Matt Byrne. Also, John Eisenrich, I mean Matt Byrne, definitely has all his eyebrows.

Wednesday, September 24

James Swanberg tape exclusive to saki on Cassette Store Day!

This Saturday saki is the only place to Gary Records' first tape! It's all folk-gospel originals by James Francis Swanberg (The Lemons/Todays Hits)! Cassette Store Day!

Tuesday, September 23

20% off this week: Anonymous Choir sings Neil Young, The Whigs, Bobby Womack, Hot & Cold, Nick Lowe and Geronimo!-

saki newsletter 9/23/14

It's a big week, you guys, a BIG week. This Saturday is CASSETTE STORE DAY and saki is participating for the first time. We have carried cassettes pretty much from the start, but right now, as we speak, we have more cassettes than we've ever had before and let me tell you, they're some good ones! We've got a whole bunch of exclusive releases from Burger Records, Polyvinyl, PIAPTK, Side One Dummy, Gary Records, and tons more.

In addition to the CSD releases, we will have a few things that you can only get at saki! We'll be selling a cassette featuring a mystery artist from Gary Records (only available at saki on CSD), as well as a $1 thrift store tape grab bag, and a bunch of free mixtapes that we made just for YOU. We will also have an in-store with Woozy (NOLA), Coaster, and Pisces at the Animal Fair starting at 4pm. We're super excited to be a part of Cassette Store Day! Make sure you visit Bric-A-Brac on Saturday too, they're the only other Chicago shop that is an official CSD store!

Coming up next month we have another Important Records with Brandon Wetherbee, the opening reception of Adam Hanson's art show Haute and Bauthered and, of course, our monthly comedy show Freak Happening!

Upcoming events:

Saturday, September 27th @ 4pm
In-store with Woozy, Coaster and Pisces at the Animal Fair!

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

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

New releases:

Alt- J - This Is All Yours LP
Aphex Twin - Syro CD and LP
Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold LP
Bonnie Prince Billy - Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues CD, LP, deluxe LP, and cassette
Boris with Merzbow - Sun Baked Snow Cave LP
Dan'l Boone - S/T LP
Fleetwood Mac - Pious Bird of Good Omen LP
Fleetwood Mac - Mr. Wonderful LP
Lee Gamble - Kuang 12" EP
Goat - Commune CD and LP
Growlers - Chinese Fountain LP
Hollow Boys - Believe In Nothing LP
Hot and Cold/Skip Skip Ben Ben
King Tuff - Black Moon Spell CD and LP
Koji - Some Small Way LP
Jerry Lee Lewis - Knox Phillips Sessions LP
Miami Dolphins - Becky LP
Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong - Savage Imagination LP
New Electric Ride - Balloon Age LP
PC Worship - Social Rust LP
Purling Hiss - Weirdon CD, LP and cassette
Jay Reatard/Tractor Sex Fatality split 7"
S - Cool Choices LP
Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines CD and LP
So Cow - Long Con LP
Tinariwen - Amassakoul LP
Tweedy - Sukierae CD and LP (with bonus 7" while they last)
Whirr - Sway CD and LP

Thursday, September 18

Tweedy listening party Monday, 9/22!

Sukierae, the debut album by Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy and his son, Spencer), comes out next Tuesday! We still have "Summer Noon" 7"s available for $4. If you buy the 7" you can bring the enclosed coupon back on or after the 23rd and get $4 off the purchase of Sukirae on CD or LP.  

That's the deal you probably already knew about, but wait, THERE'S MORE! We now have an autographed promo LP of Sukierae to give away! To win these little gem, come by the shop at 5:30pm on Monday, 9/22 and enter to win while we spin the record in its entirety! 

Tuesday, September 16

saki newsletter 9/16/14!

Get ready, you guys, it's gonna be a fun week! Well, mostly weekEND, but we'll try and pack as much fun into the weekdays as possible if you come visit us.

On Friday we have the one year anniversary of our beloved FREAK HAPPENING! Nick and Goodrich have stacked the lineup with favorites like Marty DeRosa, Kristin Clifford, and a presentation by Conor Sullivan (with his assistants Sarah Shockey and Megan Maile Green). That's all they've told us because we like to be surprised at Freak Happening. There's sure to be more!

We're doing double-duty on Saturday with a full-day BARO Records showcase in the store, starting at noon, featuring sets by ANT'LRD, Jacob Kart, Trevor Luikart, Jerome Baez, and Joe Jeffers, as well as DJ sets by Calidonia County, Bre'r, Kevin Hein, and Drawing Trees. We'll ALSO be at Schubas from 12-4 for their annual Pig, Swig, and Record Dig! The Pig Swig is one of our favorite events to visit each year. It's a pig roast, with awesome drink specials, a ton of raffle prizes, DJ sets and stock available to purchase from us and a bunch of other Chicago shops and independent sellers. It's one of the last outdoor events of the year before it gets too chilly, so don't miss it!

Next weekend is CASSETTE STORE DAY! We'll have a bunch of new and reissued tapes available, as well as an in-store with Woozy, Coaster, and Pisces at the Animal Fair. We're also celebrating with a $1 used cassette grab bag and some special saki mix tapes. As far as we know saki and Bric-A-Brac are the only participating CSD stores in the city, so make sure you hit them up as well. They've got in-store performances all day, and surely some other fun stuff too.

We'd also like to remind everyone about our running promotion with Schubas and Lincoln Hall! You can pick up a new release from any artist playing an upcoming show at Schubas or Lincoln Hall and we can add you to the guest list with a friend. Some exceptions apply, so please call or come in and ask us if you have any questions. To sweeten the deal, we now have a very similar promotion with The Empty Bottle! If you see an upcoming show at The Bottle, stop in and pick up a release from any band on the bill and we can add you to the guest list with a +1! Here's a few upcoming Bottle shows we recommend:

9/21 Wand

9/24 The Rebel, Spray Paint, Deaf Wish, Running

9/25 Mutual Benefit, Ricky Eat Acid, Thin Hymns

Don't forget about our weekly 20% off sale! Here's what we've got this week. Make sure you keep checking all our social media. We'll add new titles as these sell out!

That's Royal Headache (to celebrate the coming Australian Invasion), Talking Heads, The Muffs, Robert Wyatt, Rollin Hunt, and Cheap Girls!

Upcoming events:

Friday, September 19th @ 7:30pm
Freak Happening One Year Anniversary show!

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

Saturday, September 20th, 12pm @ Schubas
Find us at the Schubas Pig, Swig, and Record Dig!

Saturday, September 27th @ 4pm
In-store with Woozy, Coaster and Pisces at the Animal Fair!

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

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

New releases:

Activations - Radio On 7"
Aliment - Nightmare Girl 7"
Allah-Lahs - Worship The Sun LP
Anjou - S/T CD and LP
Baths - Ocean Death 12" EP
Beach Beach - CD and LP
Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of (Handsome Family covers) LP
Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
Bleached - For The Feel 7"
Coliseum - S/T deluxe reissue LP
Mac Demarco - 2 Demos LP (limited edition, indie retail-only)
GRMLN - Soon Away LP
Have A Nice Life - Death Consciousness LP
King Tubby - Explosive Dub LP
Lia Ices - Ices CD and LP
The Intelligence - Boredom and Terror/Let's Toil LP
Talib Kweli - Quality LP
Melted Toys - S/T LP
My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand CD and LP
Michael Psycho - Think LP
The Rats - S/T LP
The Rats - Intermittent Signals LP
Shintaro - Sakamoto - Let's Dance Raw LP
Shellac - Dude Incredible CD and LP
Sloan - Commonwealth LP
Soul Side - Trigger/Bass-103 LP
Teenage Guitar - More Lies From The Gooseberry Bush LP
This Will Destroy You - Another Language CD and LP
Vessel - Punish, Honey CD and LP
Wire - Document and Eyewitness LP
Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend LP