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Tuesday, March 10

saki newsletter 3/10/15!

It's a little over a month away, but get ready, RECORD STORE DAY is coming. We've got a handy countdown clock running on the blog in case you lose track. We will have plenty of info for you soon, including our annual in-store marathon, a list of titles we will have in stock, some giveaways, and other fun stuff. Stay tuned!

In the meantime we still have tickets for Richard Bishop at Constellation to give away, plus these warm saki hats, which are becoming less and less useful by the day, but trust us, you will need them again one day. Be prepared!

Continue reading for more info on our weekly 20% off sale, staff picks and new releases, including DICK DIVER and tons of BROADCAST reissues!

We have tickets to see Sir Richard Bishop at Constellation!
They're yours with purchase of Tangier Sessions!

saki hats are cool AND they keep your head warm.
We don't have ALL the soundtracks, just the best ones.
Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 18th
Record Store Day!

New Releases:

Alialujah Choir - Big Picture Show LP/CD
Louis Armstrong - Satch Plays Fats LP
Chuck Berry - New Juke Box Hits LP
Bored Youth - Are You Alive 1982 LP
Broadcast - Haha Sound LP/CD
Broadcast - Work and Non-Work LP/CD
Broadcast & Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age LP/CD
Will Butler - Policy LP/CD
Johnny Cash - Ride This Train LP
Michael Chapman - Window LP
Cheatahs - Sunne EP LP
Sam Cooke - Encore LP
Desmond Dekker and the Specials - King Of Kings LP
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida LP/LPX/CD
Bo Diddley - Is A Gunslinger LP
Fats Domino - The Fabulous "Mr. D" LP
Energy Gown - Evening Molasses LP
Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up LP/CD
Minus 5 - Dungeon Golds LP
Sarah Bethe Nelson - Fast-Moving Clouds LP
Only Ones - S/T LP
Suicideyear - Japan LP
Annalisa Tornfelt - The Number 8 LP/CD
Ben Von Wildenhaus - II LP
Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood LP
Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow LP
V/A - Studio One Jump Up LP
V/A - Through The Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina LP

20% off this week:

Staff picks of the week:

Adam's Pick: The Dentists - Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now

The Dentists came on hot in the mid-80's, but never reached the same level of success as so many bands who took their cues from this album, and The Dentists sound in general. They created the template for what would become 'brit-pop' several years later. It was a fitting post-punk update on the swirling British psychedelia of the late 60's.

This is the only vinyl reissue of their seminal 1985 LP Some People Are On the Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now - the title lifted from the announcer at the 1966 World Cup, which England won. It's a fitting title for an album that where's its British-ness so well.

Robyn's Pick: Rat Columns -Sceptre Hole

March in Chicago means that my S.A.D is maybe starting to fade away, but still all I want to do is hang out in my cave of a bedroom with a tub of green bean casserole, a well-stocked Steam library, and this record. While the songs on Sceptre Hole can be described as dour and/or bittersweet, Mess + Noise puts it best by adding that “the opening 'Eastern Vibrations' has a heavy, almost Italian psych-horror vibe going on, with spaced-out vocals amidst a slow, drone-y fog…something that Umberto of Expo 70 would be into, but then it jumps into the bouncy 'Death is Leaving Me', which sounds like it wouldn't be out of place on a Sarah records compilation. Indeed, UK indie pop of the ’80s and early ’90s has a strong presence on songs such as 'Flowers' and 'Opaque Eyes'. 'Spectres in the Hall' is just that: a drum machine- and synth-propelled instrumental that pushes a spookier, colder take.” All in all, it’s a great soundtrack for doing sad-girl winter things like: scrubbing the salt off my winter boots with my tears, emailing my father, or weighing myself after ordering $45 worth of Thai food on Grubhub. ACK!

Anne's Pick: Sufjan Stevens - The Age Of Adz

Despite its 2010 release date, this album is a recent discovery for me. Since hearing about it, however, I've had trouble convincing myself to listen to anything else. While this is not a bad thing overall, it doesn't make for particularly interesting shifts at saki. I make no claims of expertise regarding Sufjan Stevens' overall discography - I'm most familiar with his Illinois and Michigan albums. Given that background, this album was a huge surprise for me. Stevens leaves behind his more stripped down sounds, adding an electronic orchestration to his ethereal voice. The music itself is quite the departure from his previous work, and the lyrics follow suit - they are significantly more personal than what you find in his prior work. It's a beautiful album, and a perfect soundtrack to the spring(ish) days that seem to be just around the corner.

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 and Bottom Lounge shows too!

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