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Friday, August 14

saki newsletter 8/14/15!

Well, the first Vinyl Tuesday has come and gone and we've still got copies of ALL of the Vinyl Tuesday releases available. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but what we DO know is that you should come pick up this last Replacements box set PRONTO. It comes with a free slipmat, button, and sticker!

This weekend we're just going to continue pricing up used vinyl and getting all hyped for our upcoming in-stores. We've got an acoustic power pop showcase coming up next Saturday (the 22nd) with Lee from Mooner, Ian from Milwaukee's Sleepwalkers, and Chicago's Wes Hollywood. If you like good-ass songwriting this one's for you! The following Saturday (the 29th) we've got another in-store with locals Kø and Lala Lala, two of our favorite new-ish Chicago acts. We really need to get back to having in-stores all the time. Do you want to play at saki!? Email us!

We've got another pair of 3-day general admission passes for Riot Fest to give away! Last week we only took entries in the store, but this week we're opening it up to anyone. You can still enter in the store OR you can e-mail us at info@sakistore.net with the subject "Riot Fest Contest." You will still need to be able to pick up your tickets in person at saki. Still no purchase necessary. Still an amazing chance to get FREE RIOT FEST TICKETS!

 Here are some things we were talking about on Instagram, etc. this week! 

 We could spend weeks listening to nothing but Crypt vinyl compilations, like the Last of the Garage Punk Unknowns series, but in this case we only spent one Sunday... this past Sunday.

 Lots of freshly prices 45s (and some LPs) hit the floor this week. You know you've always wanted the 7" single of Chris De Burgh's 'Lady In Red,' well now you can have it!

 It was serendipitous that we just happened to have a red bowl to match Riot Fest's logo for our ticket giveaway. 

Rev Gusto and Scruffy and The Janitors are two great bands and real nice folks too!

 Mary made us a crazy pinwheel mobile out of Jamie XX posters (she provided her own disco ball). We know we still don't have a very noticeable sign out front, but hey, now we've got rainbow pinwheels!

Upcoming events:

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm

Acoustic Powerpop: Lee Ketch (Mooner), Ian Olvera (Sleepwalkers - MKE), Wes Hollywood in-store!

Saturday, August 29th @ 4pm

In-store with Lala Lala and Kø!

New releases:

Evel Knievel Rice - Mr. Grover's Room 7"
Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs + Fumie Ishii) - Music Today LP
The Good Life - Everybody's Coming Down CD and LP
Katiee - Passerby 7"
Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My LP
Lithuania - Hardcore Friends LP
Beth Orton - Daybreaker LP
Planning For Burial/Mother Room - split 7"
Red House Painters - Songs For A Blue Guitar LP
Sleaford Mods - Tied Up In Notz 7"
Stick Together - S/T LP
Neil Young and Promise of The Real - Monsanto Years LP

Vinyl Tuesday releases (8/11):

Gary Numan - Premier Hits 2LP
Pavement - Secret History Vol. 1 2LP
Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill LP
Red House Painters - S/T (rollercoaster) LP
Red House Painters - S/T (bridge) LP
Red House Painters - Ocean Beach/Shock Me LP
The Replacements - The Twin Tone Years LP box

20% off this week:

We'll pick new staff picks for the 20% off rack each day. Come in and see!

Staff Picks:

Adam's Pick of the Week... Girl Band - The Early Years

Girl Band are a minimalist Irish post-punk band. There are no girls in the group and even the EP title 'The Early Years' is fairly dubious. This is a collection of a few singles (not even their earliest ones) and a handful of new tracks, including inspired covers of Beat Happening and a dubstep artist called Blawan (who is apparently pretty big in that world, how the hell would I know...).

This is just my opinion (which is often misguided) but I'm calling it now, these guys will be the next band to break out on the level of Savages or Parquet Courts. Their terse and violent delivery has just the right amount of anger mixed with accessibility to appeal to a wider audience, and with their misleading names and album titles they're like honey to bad music writers' bees.

You're gonna hear about them again soon enough (they've got a debut full length coming on Rough Trade soon) so why not just get into them now and feel cool about it!?

Anna's Pick of the Week... Traveling With My Portable Electronic Phonograph Vol. 1

I was alphabetizing the various artists section and I decided to check out a few of the titles I wasn't familiar with. This is a collection of music from South Africa (side a) and India (side B) during the 40s and 50s, and how they blended their music with western music of the time: jazz and blues. The Zulu records are a more outright mixing of influences, but the Calcuta tracks are based more around performing artists doing their versions of "melancholy baby" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo." A perfect buy for anyone interested in midcentury music and it's ripple effect globally.

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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