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Tuesday, May 12

saki newsletter 5/12/15!

Boy oh boy, lots of stuff to tell you about for this week so let's just get right to it! First, we are proud to be a sponsor of the second theatrical screening of White Mystery's movie, That Was Awesome! After the success of their first screening on 4/20 the band is showing their psychedelic dark comedy again, but this time on 5/20, because they didn't want to wait a whole year to do the whole 4/20 thing again... We will be giving away a few tickets via a raffle (one entry with every purchase, even if you just buy a $1 used record), or you can get a FREE ticket with a $25 purchase in the store! We'll also be selling tickets for $10 if you hate gambling and/or buying records. We have a limited number of tickets for you, so get on this one fast! The screening will be at the Logan Theatre on May 20th at 4pm. 

Since our ticket deal is a little convoluted, let's break it down one more time:

- spend ANY amount of money and we'll enter you in a raffle for a FREE pair of tickets to the movie.

- spend $25 and we'll just GIVE you a FREE ticket.

- buy a ticket for $10 from us.

If you're not sure when to stop in and take advantage of that deal, may we recommend you do it THIS WEEKEND? We've got a packed lineup with Rob Karlic and Mac Blackout's closing reception and a Chicago Singles Club in-store! The Mac Blackout Band and Nones will be playing live sets for Rob and Mac's closing party, and it will be your last chance to check out their photography and illustrations, or take your picture in their carnival head-cut-out-thingy (who knows the real name for those...) if you didn't do it on Record Store Day. Then, on Sunday, we have a Chicago Singles Club in-store with Treasure Fleet, Jaime Rojo and Young Marshall. Apparently it's Midwest Action approved!

As if we didn't just give you all the reasons you need to come hang out with us this week, we've got a few more, and the first one is a BOOK - a HOZAC BOOK to be exact! Dare To Be Stupid is the first collection of Ryan Duggan/Drug Factory Press poster art. It spans Ryan's work from 2006-2014 and it even includes a few posters he did for saki, including the show poster from his 2012 art show here, Time To Make The Doughnuts. It's kind of crazy to look through this book and recognize so many amazing posters that we've seen around town, or in friend's apartments, or even (in many cases) our OWN homes! Ryan is a one-of-a-kind guy and artist and Dare To Be Stupid is a MUST-OWN book.

This might be the most we've talked about books, maybe ever, but we also just got a huge shipment of Featherproof Books, including titles from Daniel Higgs, Brian Costello, Tim Kinsella AND Jessica Hopper's new book, The First Collection Of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. Featherproof has a pretty incredible selection of titles to choose from and we're so glad we're able to carry them. 

Here's a few other things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week!

Restocks of your favorite records. 
We know at least five of you have requested / begged for 1989.

We now carry Earlove earplugs!

New saki t-shirts designed by the one and only Ryan f***ing Duggan. They have Ryan's beloved 'Heavy Cat' design on the back and a classic saki logo on the front breast. Like all of our saki-branded merchandise, you get 5% off your purchase when you wear it in the store!

Upcoming events:

Saturday, May 16th @ 4pm

Rob Karlic Photography and Mac Blackout Closing Party!

Sunday, May 17th @ 3pm
Chicago Singles Club presents Treasure Fleet, Jamie Rojo, and Young Marshall!

New releases:

Aqua - In Loving Memory of Aqua (1982-1988) CD
Black Devil - Disco Club LP
Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh LP/CD
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique de film imagine LP
Cave, Nick and Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream LP
Chadwick, Sarah Mary - 9 Classic Tracks LP
Connors, Loren - Blues: The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko LP
Crocodiles - Boys LP/CD
Fair, Jad and Norman Blake - Yes LP/CD
Felts, Susannah - This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record book
Fevre, Bernard - Suspense LP
Fevre, Bernard - Cosmos 2043 LP
Flyying Colours - EPX2 CD
Fontaine, Areski and Brigitte - Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme LP
Gnod - Infinity Machines CD
Guantanamo Baywatch - Darling...It's Too Late LP/CD
Hoffweiler, Dibson T. - When I Went West CD
Holydrug Couple - Moonlust LP/CD
Kauffman, David and Eric Caboor - Songs From Suicide Bridge CD
Kid606 - Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1 Bored of Excitement CD
Knight, Kenny - Crossroads LP/CD
Lanterna - Backyards LP
Matthews, Vince and Jim Casey - Kingston Springs Suite LP/CD
Melt-Banana - Return of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx Singles 2000-2009) CD
Nochexxx - Plot Defender LP
Novella - Land LP/CD
Pfarmers - Gunnera CD
Phipps, Barry - Record Shopping Bag
Prefuse 73 - Rivington Nao Rio LP/CD
Prinzhorn Dance School - Remixes LP
Prurient - Frozen Niagra Falls CD
Scharpling and Wurster - Best of the Best Show CD Box Set
Shook, Adam - Landscape Dream LP/CD
Sslpeeing Desiress - S/T LP
Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms LP/CD
Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home LP/CD
Vincent, Sonny and Rocket From The Crypt - Vintage Piss LP
Von Till, Steve - A Life Unto Itself CD
Waggs, Chuky and The Company of Raggs - Low Road Ramble LP/CD
Warm Soda - Symbolic Dream LP/CD
Wauters, Juan - Who Me? CD
Weather Station - Loyalty LP/CD
Welburn, James - Hold LP/CD
White Eyes - S/T LP/CD
Zu and Eugene S. Robinson - Left Hand Path CD
V/A - Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll CD

20% off this week:



Staff Picks:

Robyn's Pick: The Clean - Anthology

You can get all of The Clean (four LP's) for $35 WITH downloads IN a fancy box that ISN'T ugly. I would bring this not-ugly box with me to Asia but it's too heavy for my suitcase because it's filled with all of the good music. "If you drew a tree of New Zealand rock, The Clean would in all likelihood be the trunk. Resting on the roots of legendary Kiwi punks Enemy, The Clean debuted in 1978, and were instantly something of an oddity in their homeland, where the rock scene was dominated by bands covering American and British music." (Pitchfork). But also in the words of Nick Rouley, "Don't be a stupid dirtbag, get [The] Clean."

Jake's Pick: Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home

Time to Go Home is a beautifully composed surf rock record with twangy electric guitar and oddly fitting bored vocals. Tracks like "Why Try" and "Trapped" are both shimmy-worthy surf rock jams and "The Thing" is a certified head-banger, a screaming ode to the John Carpenter horror flick of the same name. "Joke" contains an infectiously catchy chorus, all draped over warm and easy reverb. This album definitely does the trick for those still rubbing our eyes from winter and thawing in new summer warmth.

Anna's Pick: Best Coast - California Nights

Fans of Best Coast may fondly remember jumping around to their 60s power pop fueled debut, but their third album California Nights definitely reflects their growing up. Still fun, beachy, guitar driven pop, but a little tighter and cleaner around the edges. Get this album now so you can sing along during their set at Taste of Randolph Street Fest.

Adam's Pick: V/A - Ho-Dad Hootenany Vol. 2

It's always a good day (and an expensive one for me) when we get a big shipment from Crypt Records. In addition to a few more Back From The Grave series reissues last week, we also got Vol. 2 of Ho-Dad Hootenanny. Compared to Back From The Grave, this LP is pretty tame, some would even call it frat-rock. We're talking about early 60's frat rock though, so these are all fun dance floor stompers of the garage/soul variety. Truly great stuff!

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, and Bottom Lounge shows too!

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