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Tuesday, January 22

saki newsletter 1/22/13!

Here we are again - it's time for the saki newsletter! We just finished up another fun weekend with the opening reception for Delicious Design League's show at saki: Yuck! The opening was a blast! Thanks to Trevor deBrauw for playing, and Upton's Naturals for supplying the tamales. Delicious' prints will be up until the end of the month. Come check them out! Most of the posters are a mere $20 - such a steal! We also had a release party this past weekend for our first saki label release, Santah's You're Still A Lover EP! Big thanks to Barber Greene, Gabe Leibowitz and Grandkids for playing that party, and to the Burlington for letting us DJ all night with Santah. We discovered we're all terrible DJs, but we hope you had fun if you came out! We definitely did.

This Friday we've got Creative Control back for another round! Join us for some awesome standup comedy curated by Joe McAdam, a set from the band Sheep Numbers and some free beer samples from Powell Brew House!

On Saturday, we've got another Notes & Bolts affiliated Epitonic saki Session. This time around we'll have Pink Frost celebrating their new N&B 7" with special guests Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, Loveliescrushing) and Coins! That's going to be a hell of a show. Come by and pick up a copy Pink Frost's new 7" and check out the bands.

On Sunday we've got an in-store with She Speaks In Tongues and MEKILLERRUN. She Speaks In Tongues plays a warped version of blues rock that you'll either find totally weird and awesome, or just weird. Either way, it'll be fun!

Monday... oh, Monday. We can't possibly be more excited about Monday.... we've got the very first installment in a new series sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events called Off The Record! Each OTR party will feature a new release from a local band or label, with a chance to see or hear that new release in a very unique light. For OTR #1 we've got Douglas McCombs project, Brokeback playing their new record Brokeback and the Black Rock live, followed by DJ sets from Thrill Jockey staffers and food and drinks from Goose Island and Provenance Food & Wine! We've already started sharing details about our OTR party for February, but more on that later. Just know it's going to be a big one...

That's all, folks! Give us a call or shoot us an e-mail if you have any questions or if you just want to tell us what you've been listening to. We like that sort of thing. Don't forget to check out the weekly new release sale below! We've got Speck Moutain, Guided By Voices and the new Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin reissue for 20% off!

Upcoming Events!

Friday, January 25th @ 8pm

Creative Control w/ Joe McAdam!

Saturday, January 26th @ 4pm
Notes & Bolts presents: an Epitonic saki Session w/ Pink Frost, Coins & Scott Cortez!

Sunday, January 27th @ 3pm
In-store w/ She Speaks In Tongues and MEKILLERRUN!

Monday, January 28th @ 7pm
Off The Record: a listening party w/ Brokeback! A celebration of Brokeback's new record 'Brokeback & the Black Rock!'

Thursday, January 31st, 7pm @ Lincoln Hall
saki presents: The Punch Up feat. Robocop & Beverly Hills Cop!

Friday, February 1st @ 6pm
opening reception of Balanced: Photography by Amanda Olbrys!

Thursday, February 7th, 8pm @ Schubas
IMBG: The International Movie Betting Game returns!

Sunday, February 10th @ 11am Off The Record: a brunchtime listening party w/ Trouble In Mind Records!
feat. an in-store performance from Mikal Cronin!
Celebrating the release of Jacco Gardner & Maston's new records on TiM!

New Releases @ saki 1/22/13!

Arbouretum - Coming Out Of The Fog CD and LP
At The Drive-In - Vaya 10"
Bell Gardens - Full Sundown Assembly CD and LP
Big Harp - Chain Letters CD and LP
Brokeback - Brokeback and the Black Rock CD and LP
Crystal Ark - S/T LP
Chris Darrow - Artist Proof CD and LP
Alemayehu Eshete - S/T LP
Ex Cops - True Hallucinations LP
Lee Fields - Let's Talk It Over CD and LP
Follakzoid - II CD and LP
Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic CD and LP
Frustration - Uncivilized LP
Gliss - Langsom Dans LP
Guided By Voices - Down by the Racetrack CD and 7" EP
The Holydrug Couple - Noctuary LP
Hot Water Music - Live In Chicago CD and LP
Hunx/Cassie Ramone - LAMC Vol. 5 7"
Kesarbai Kerkar - S/T LP
Lindstrom - Vos-Sako-Rv 12"
Low Culture - Screens LP
Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 LP
The Men - Electric 7"
Mississippi Sheiks - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 LP
Mountains - Centralia LP
Nightlands - Oak Island CD and LP
Nosaj Thing - Home CD and LP
Om - Advaitic Songs and God Is Good cassettes
Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love CD
Rev. Louis Overstreet - There Is No Future In Gaining The World And Losing Your Soul 7"
Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1 LP
Pia Fraus - Silmi Island LP
Alasdair Roberts & Friends - A Wonder Working Stone CD and LP
Ty Segall - Would You Be My Love 7"
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - Reverse Shark Attack CD and LP
The Sleepers - Painless Nights LP
Speck Mountain - Badwater CD and LP
Stars of the Lid - The Ballasted Orchestra LP
Sweet Talk - Pickup Lines CD and LP
Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return CD and LP
The Traditional Fools - S/T CD and LP (early Ty Segall project)
Kurt Vile & The Violators - Hunchback 12" EP
The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows LP
V/A - Laila Je T'Aime: Guitar Music from the Western Sahel LP
V/A - Music from Saharan Cellphones Vol. 2 LP
V/A - Pop Ambient 2013 LP
V/A - Rocket Infinity: The Global Rise of Rocking Music 1942-62 10"
V/A - Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo LP

Weekly New Release Sale @ saki!

This week we've got Speck Mountain's Badwater LP, Lindstrom's latest 12" and the new EP from Guided By Voices for 20% off!

Speck Mountain - Badwater CD or LP

3rd album from Chicago "ambient soul" band. If the band's 1st 2 albums sound like they were recorded underwater, their 3rd finds the band washed ashore onto a dusty, sun-bleached desert. Marie-Claire Balabanian's soulful, breathy vocals heat the record, providing the warm tonal blanket to co-writer Karl Briedrick's swirling, luminous guitars – both swelling together in search of some distant release. Lay down & watch the storm.

Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - Reverse Shark Attack CD or LP

Reissue of their out-of-print 2009 collaboration. Maybe you didn't know Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin back then, but you better know them now!

Guided By Voices - Down By The Racetrack CD or 7" EP

This 6-song EP is the opening shot of GBV's extended 2013 campaign. Expect more to come... a lot more.

Check out these new and upcoming featured releases from CTD/saki!

  Amor de Dias    House at Sea
Label:  Merge 
Format:  CD 
Catalog Number:  mrg467cd 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
STREET DATE 1/29. 2nd album from Alasdair MacLean (CLIENTELE) & Lupe Nunez-Fernandez (PIPAS). The fast pace of the sessions resulted in a rawer, more urgent album, recorded on 1970s valve equipment w/ a feeling for space & a deliberately limited palette, all the elements of which had to count. The theme of the sea threads its way throughout the record along w/ a gentle sense of drifting & departure, of being lost, of saudade - a sadness at lost things. NO CANADA/NO EXPORT 
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  Amor de Dias    House at Sea
Label:  Merge 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  mrg467lp 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
STREET DATE 1/29. 180gm LP w/ download. NO RETURNS. USA only 
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  Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti & Dam-Funk/Donnie & Joe Emerson    Baby
Label:  Light in the Attic 
Format:  7" 
Catalog Number:  lita045-023 
Release Date:  December 11, 2012 
A side features ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI & DAM-FUNK's exalted cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson's ode to youthful romance, "Baby", w/ the original from 1979 found on the flip-side. On "baby" blue vinyl w/ download, w/ custom LITA juke-box style sleeve in a poly bag w/ custom die-cut sticker. NO RETURNS 
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  Coloured Balls    Ball Power
Label:  Sing Sing 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  sing050lp 
Release Date:  December 12, 2012 
NOTE NEW PRICE! One of the best pure rock n roll groups to emerge from the early 70s Australian scene. Sure the Saints & Radio Birdman released some seminal ablums during the punk era, but COLOURED BALLS pioneered the proto punk sound earlier in the decade. Their wild card was Lobby Loyde, a guitar hero whose pivotal roles in beat/psych/blues rock groups The Purple Hearts, The Wild Cherries & Billy Thorp's Aztecs made him a major player down under. Originally release in '72 
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  Columbian Blend    V/A
Label:  AEMMP Records 
Format:  CD 
Catalog Number:  ar005cd 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
**EXCLUSIVE!! 01/29 STREET DATE. 4 bands created nearly overnight, each writing & recording one song in a matter of 6 days. That's what Columbia College's students have been up to on "Columbian Blend" - which is also the name of the student run label. Includes 4 tracks, one each from MoonShooos, Das Ist This, Flashgasm & Ha Ha, NO!, mixing r&b, folk, funk & acoustic pop/rock into one eclectic EP 
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  Crying Princess: 78 RPM Records from Burma    V/A
Label:  Sublime Frequencies 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  sf078lp 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
Compiles rare Burmese 78rpm records gathered by Robert Millis & Sublime Frequencies co-founder Alan Bishop during various trips to Burma (Myanmar). Spanning the years 1909 to 1960, these unique & ridiculously rare records feature early sides by PO SEIN, vocal & harp music from 1929, "modern songs w/ electric guitar," & unique Burmese pop songs w/ piano 
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  Lord Of The Isles    Geek Chic / Radio Lollipop EP
Label:  Catune 
Format:  12" 
Catalog Number:  catune048lp 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
**EXCLUSIVE!! 01/29 STREET DATE. Born in Scotland, Neil McDonald (Lord Of The Isles) is a DJ/Producer that suddenly rose up in the Disco/Balearic scene in 2010, with a bag full of original tracks & re-edits. Disco/Balearic sound is reminiscent of Lindstrom & Todd Terje, but when you hear "Geek Chic/Radio Lolipop EP" you'll know that the Scottish sound has a totally different soundscape & trippy feel. NO EXPORT TO JAPAN 
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  McElroy Bros    Can't You See Me Smilin
Label:  Sing Sing 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  sing048lp 
Release Date:  December 12, 2012 
NOTE NEW PRICE! A private-press pop masterpieces recorded in '77 in rural Vermont by identical twin brothers, Brian & Bruce McElroy. Using familiar 60's British-Invasion song structures, the album is somehow instantly familiar while the recording & instrumentation are both totally unique. Ltd to 500 
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  Ninetail    The Vultures Are Circling
Label:  Hand/Eye 
Format:  CD 
Catalog Number:  h/e055cd 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
**EXCLUSIVE! 01/29 STREET DATE. Ninetail return with their first album since 2009. "The Vultures Are Circling" finds the band in top form, dealing out plenty of the aggressive metal they have always been known for, plus rapid fire drums & tremelo picking alternate with moments inspired by classical music & even lute-guitar interludes 
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  Radar Brothers    Eight
Label:  Merge 
Format:  LP+CD 
Catalog Number:  mrg463lp 
Release Date:  January 29, 2013 
STREET DATE 1/29. Vinyl-only release. May well be their darkest, hardest rocking, most pyschedelic, & yet most intensely personal album to date. NO RETURNS. NO CANADA/NO EXPORT 
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  Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo    V/A
Label:  Sublime Frequencies 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  sf077lp 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
Sublime Frequencies released their 1st 78rpm compilation. Compilation of Korean kayagum sanjo music. Sanjo, meaning "scattered melodies," is a form of stylized improvisation developed in the 1890s originally for the Korean kayagum, a smaller distant cousin of the Japanese koto. Stark & haunting, falling in the gaps between folk & classical music, it employs a gradually increasing tempo, focused improvisation, elastic rhythms, & intense snaps & vibrato that seam to power through the hazy abstractions of the 78rpm recorded technology 
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  Thee Cormans    Mingo
Label:  Total Punk 
Format:  7" 
Catalog Number:  tpr11 
Release Date:  December 11, 2012 
NOTE NEW PRICE! 3 giant gnarly weirdos w/ the decorum of cavemen, donning biker vests, & monster masks that have been stomping around the weat coast stealing women, destroying clubs, & berating those foolish enough to share the stage w/ them for the past 6 years. Total punks. Ltd to 500 
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  Tokumaru, Shugo    In Focus?
Label:  Polyvinyl 
Format:  CD 
Catalog Number:  prc250cd 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
Freakishly gifted Japanese bedroom-pop artist w/ an effortless command of hundreds of instruments - Pitchfork. Tangles lines w/ Van Dyke Parks' West Coast baroque, the prog-pop bounce of the Asthmatic Kitty stable & Michel Gondry's surrealist freedom - MOJO 
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  Tokumaru, Shugo    In Focus?
Label:  Polyvinyl 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  prc250lp 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
LP on clear vinyl w/ download 
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  Traditional Fools    S/T
Label:  In The Red 
Format:  CD 
Catalog Number:  itr230cd 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
Reissue of sole album from surf-garage-punk band featuring TY SEGALL. 1st time on CD 
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  Traditional Fools    S/T
Label:  In The Red 
Format:  LP 
Catalog Number:  itr230lp 
Release Date:  January 22, 2013 
LP includes download. Reissue of sole album from surf-garage-punk band featuring TY SEGALL

If you are interested in our exclusives please check out our list of exclusively distributed labels. Good stuff, cheap and available a week before other online retailers!
Thanks for your interest, direct any questions, comments, accolades, or complaints to info@sakistore.net!

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