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Tuesday, April 14

saki newsletter 4/14 RECORD STORE DAY!

Record Store Day, Record Store Day, Record Store Day! You'd think that would have gotten it out of our system, but no, we just can't shut up about it. We've been highlighting all of our RSD performers in past newsletters and we will continue that series with our final two bands of the day, Supreme Nothing and The Sueves, but first let's talk about some other important stuff!

Number one, Record Store Day will be doubling as the opening reception for our April art show with Rob Karlic and Mac Blackout! Rob and Mac will be displaying their work on our walls, but more importantly they will have a photo booth set up in the store so you can take pictures with all your RSD loot! 

Number two, we think everyone knows the deal by now, but we figured it would be wise to reiterate a few ground rules for RSD. We won't hold RSD releases for customers. They will be sold first come, first served, and only one of each release per customer. AFTER Saturday, we can sell you as many copies as you want of any RSD leftovers, but we still won't keep holds until the following week. Sorry, this is just the best way to make sure that everyone gets a fair shot at their RSD wish list.

Number three, you can see our complete list of in-stock RSD items on our blog. The list is still not finished. We're still getting RSD stock in, and we will most likely continue to receive new stock up until Friday afternoon. When you come in on RSD, we will have the list posted near the front of the store. It will not include quantities or prices, and we will not necessarily be perfectly up to date as the day goes on. We will try to cross things off as they run out, but we make no guarantees. This list is just a handy guide that we compile to help answer some of your questions.

Last but not least, we'd like to tell you a little about our last two performers on RSD. If you'd like to now more about our first four acts of the day (Cheap Girls, Advance Base, Oshwa and Sleeping Bag) you can check out our previous newsletters (in your inbox, or on the saki blog).

Supreme Nothing
Supreme Nothing are a fairly new band from Chicago, by way of Indiana. They claim members of Grown Ups, Scoundrel, and Lord Snow to name a few. We think they're going to fit in perfectly between Sleeping Bag and The Sueves, as their sound falls somewhere between 90's alt-rock revivalism and that garage rock/punk that all the kids love these days. Supreme Nothing's first release is coming soon, but this will be your chance to see them at saki before you start seeing them pop up everywhere else!

The Sueves
The Sueves are a bunch of handsome boys from Chicago. We've been fans of theirs for a while. They played one of our shows at The Burlington years back, Joe was a part of one of our comic-themed group show (you've seen his work on many Empty Bottle posters), and Joe and Andy even played our old comedy show, Creative Control as musical guests. We were hoping to have copies of their debut 7" on Hozac by RSD, but due to the pressing plant traffic jam that RSD causes every year, the label won't have any copies available. It's a bummer, but on the very, very bright side, we get to see The Sueves play once again!

It's hard to think of anything but Record Store Day right now, but here are a few other things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week!

We spent Saturday at the CHIRP Record Fair!

 Our buddies, Twerps came to town!

 We still have a bunch of good stuff in the used section...

...even after taking most of it to CHIRP!

Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 18th
Record Store Day!

New releases:

Andrews, John and The Yawns - Bit by the Fang LP
Lowe, Robert Aiki Aubrey and Ariel Kalma - FRKWYS Vol. 12 - We Know Each Other Somehow LP
Modernettes - Teen City LP
Sir Mix-a-Lot - Mack Daddy LP
Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising LP
Sonic Youth - Nurse LP
Sonic Youth - S/T LP
V/A - Boogie Nights - OST LP
V/A - National Lampoon's Animal House - OST LP

20% off this week:

Fleetwood Mac, Arthur Russell, Orange Juice, 
Thee Mighty Caesars, Mudhoney, and Roy Orbison!

Staff picks of the week:

This week we're highlighting some of our favorites from this year's batch of RSD releases. If you like the sound of any of these, come pick them up on Saturday!

Adam's RSD picks...

Stack Waddy - Bugger Off 2 LP

Stack Waddy were a British blues-rock band at a time when there were probably too many of them. Sure, there's Clapton, and John Mayall, and Peter Green, but none of them had the balls of Stack Waddy. Bugger Off 2 is full of outtakes from the sessions that brought their most well known album, 'Bugger Off.' Of course, I could just tell you that John Peel LOVED this band, and that should be enough.
Bardo Pond - Is There A Heaven? 12"

I'll buy anything that Bardo Pond puts out. You're not me, I get it, but this is maybe the only way that you should try and be like me. This is the third installment in Bardo's 12" series for RSD. On each 12" they cover two of their favorite songs, re-imagining the likes of Funkadelic, Pharoah Sanders, Brian Eno, The Velvet Underground, and now Bryan Ferry and Albert Ayler. It's amazing and very limited and you need it.
Lows In The Mid Sixties Vol. 54: Kosmic City Part 2 LP

Psych-garage soul stompers straight out of Kansas City! These are a bunch of lesser-known no-hit wonders that Numero Group have compiled for us all in one, very cool looking compilation. There are some great originals, and a bunch of worthwhile covers in here. If nothing else, people will see this one on your shelf and just think it LOOKS cool, which it does, because Numero always does a great job.

Wonderland Philharmonic - Shogun Assassin OST LP

This is a weird one, but a must-have. If you're aware of Shogun Assassin, it's most likely because of GZA's Liquid Swords, or the Kill Bill movies, but this, the movies original soundtrack is a classic in its own right. It was produced by Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and The Raiders W. Michale Lewis of Rinder and Lewis. Much like the movie itself, the soundtrack is mash-up of Eastern themes and modern (at the time) American electronic music. It also comes with a huge movie poster!  
Guided By Voices - Do The Collapse LP

You could ignore every other track on here and just play 'Teenage FBI' on repeat and it would still be worth it. I'm not saying you SHOULD do that, but you could. That song is perfect, and the rest of this record is almost as good.
Brenton Wood - Oogum Boogum LP

'Oogum Boogum' and 'Gimme Little Sign' are two of the best soul/dance tracks ever put to wax. Fans of Al Green and Syl Johnson, don't forget to pick this one up!



Nick's RSD picks... 

Trojan - Rude Boy Rumble
Trojan is finally starting to sell more vinyl, with limited selections culled from their CD box sets that came out several years ago. This one was compiled just for RSD and contains some seriously choice cuts! If you've ever thought "I want to get into reggae, but I don't know where to start" then this is the comp for you! A bunch of essential artists on this one. GET IT!

Pretty Things - Pretty Things EP 7"
This reissue fucking rips! Four scorching tracks sure to inspire you to get zorched.

Kyle Kinane - I Liked His Old Stuff Better LP Former local boy done good! Sure it's just my opinion, but I'd say that Kyle is one of the top comedians you can see live today. Comedy is all about the live experience, but his past out puts have held their own. Dude went from playing in a ska band at the Fireside Bowl to his current gig as the voice of Comedy Central. Skank on that pickle, suckers! If you see this make sure to pick it up, pick it up.


Metallica - No Life Til Leather Cassette
HOLY SHIT, this is the one I've been waiting for! Sure it's a tape and sure it's demo tracks, but that doesn't stop it from being the best bay area thrash recordings of all time. I've only really been able to hear bootlegs online before and paying $400 for an original isn't very mesh, so owning a physical copy is a a must for those who long to bang their heads.

Trey Anastasio Band - Bounce / Never 7"
In all honestly, I don't care about the music on here whatsoever. I think you should buy a copy just so you and your granola eating friends can have a super limited edition frisbee to throw around at the final Dead shows when you're tailgating at Soldier Field later this year. If you can afford those tickets, then the fee here is chump change. RIP Jerry!

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, Constellation, Reggie's, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

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