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Tuesday, March 12

Weekly new release sale @ saki!

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 we're continuing the sale on Benoit Pioulard and adding Carmen Villain's debut album and the reissue of Dump's Superpowerless for 20% off!

Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal CD and LP

4th Kranky album by Thomas Meluch, aka Benoit Pioulard. Raised as a Catholic but never especially pious, Meluch drew on this aspect of social history as the basis for the albums' 12 chapters. He notes a particular preoccupation with the ways that faith offers a sense of solace & belonging in an existence that inherently provides none, framed in a context of tradition, ritual & the notion of the eternal. Also featured are string arrangements by Kranky label mate Felix & guitar work from ambient maestro Kyle Bobby Dunn.

Carmen Villain - Sleeper CD and LP

Let's get this out of the way first - Carmen Villain used to be a very successful model. Her face has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Nylon and high profile cosmetic ad campaigns. It turns out Carmen Hillestad has been a spy in the house of fashion. Behind the scenes, she was channeling her frustrations into a set of songs with a defiantly DIYunderground fee-rock sound. Now she's stepping off the glossy page and emerging as a major new songwriting voice and multi-instrumentalist. Behind the angelic face lurks a villain with acid in her airbrush. She reminds us of This Heat, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth, Royal Trux & Scout Niblett!

Dump - Superpowerless LP

1st time on vinyl! Reissue of legendary 1993 debut album by solo project of James McNew (Yo La Tengo). Contains all that was great about the few short moons of tape-hiss: collaborations triggered not even remotely by virtuosity (had Chris Knox ever played trumpet before that afternoon?); cardboard boxes as bass-drums; the victory of enthusiasm over perfection (have Half-Japanese been covered w/ more empathy?). Contains bonus material!

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