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Friday, September 11

saki newsletter 9/11/15!

Since this is still a fairly new thing, we want to remind you all that we are currently CLOSED on Mondays. Our friends at CTD and Carrot Top Records will still be in the office, so if you need to see them on a Monday, just ring the doorbell and someone will come up to help you. 

Sorry for any inconvenience this change may cause! If it really is a problem for you, just get in touch with us and we may change our hours back in the future. 

We'd like to thank Varsity and Dave Segedy for playing for us over the weekend. You can always find Sleeping Bag's records here (Dave's band) as they're one of our favorite bands, and now you can pick up Varsity's album from us as well! 

In addition to some pretty rad new releases this week, including the John Hulburt LP (re-discovered by Ryley Walker), Shannon and The Clams, Low, and the return of J. Mascis' Heavy Blanket project, we've also got a really special in-store to announce. Chicago's best band (yeah, we said it) Meat Wave has a new album coming out next week. You can catch them at Riot Fest this weekend, but if you want to see them for the much, much cheaper price of ABSOLUTELY FREE you can see them hear at saki on the 26th. We'll be celebrating the release of Delusion Moon with one more band TBA. Meat Wave have played at saki several times and they've never disappointed. You can hear Delusion Moon in full from The A.V. Club!

Our CHIRP buddies have another new Factory Session available this week! She Speaks In Tongues blew us away a few years ago when they played in the shop. Kate McCandless is one of the best frontwomen we've ever seen. Her cavewoman-esque stage persona only hints at the unbridled passion that she pours out when she sings. She Speaks In Tongues is a very underrated Chicago band and this session is a perfect way to get acquainted!

Here's a few things we were yammering about on Instagram, etc. this week:

 Look at this freakin' GWAR book! It's seriously amazing. It covers GWAR from their beginning up to today with photos, illustrations, comics, interviews, ephemera, and all kinds of other things covered in blood. Pick one up for Riot Fest!

 Mountain Goats mastermind, John Darnielle wrote an incredible novel last year (especially considering it's his first)! It was a big seller for us in hardcover and it's now available in paperback. If you haven't read it yet, we highly recommend you do. It's a quick, easy and engrossing read.

Varsity brought their tight and catchy tunes to us for an in-store with Dave Segedy this past weekend. Both bands played killer sets. You can now pick up Varsity's S/T tape or CD in the shop!
It took FOR-EV-ER but we finally got copies of the latest Pile record in stock, plus some other recent Exploding In Sound gems and restocks!

 We still have a handful of these Calvin Johnson mixtapes left! These things are made from Calvin's personal collection and every dang one of 'em is a lesson in music history from the hits to some lesser known gems. We can't recommend them enough!

Upcoming events:

Saturday, September 26th @ 4pm
Meat Wave Record Release In-store with guest TBA!

New releases:

Atlantic Thrills - Bed Bugs 7"
Beirut - No No No (limited BLUE vinyl) LP
Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket (J. Mascis)
  - In A Dutch Haze LP
Empress Of - Me LP
Good Willsmith - Snake Person Gentrification cassette
Heavy Blanket (J. Mascis) - S/T LP  
John Hulburt: Opus III LP
Library of Sound Grooves: Jazz Expressions From The Italian Cinema 63-75 - V/A LP
Library of Sound Grooves: Obscure Psychedelic Manuscripts From The Italian Cinema 67-75 - V/A LP 
Low - Ones and Sixes CD and LP
Micachu and The Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad LP
Midday Veil - This Wilderness CD and LP
Red Sleeping Beauty - Always 7"
Shannon and the Clams - Gone By The Dawn LP
Slayer - Repentless LP
Sun Ra: Space Is The Place book
Varsity - S/T CD and cassette  
Staff Picks:

Adam's Pick of the Week... Pile - You're Better Than This

While 2012's Dripping showcased Pile's affinity for changing time signatures and somehow fitting a melody somewhere in their jagged soundscape, they've really pushed those particular envelopes on You're Better Than This. It's not an easy listen, but it's not supposed to be.

To me Pile sounds like a Rick Froberg or Ian MacKaye project filtered through years of bands that were heavily influenced by Froberg and MacKaye, taking the Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontman's vicious snarl and chopping it up with loud-quiet-loud bursts of guitar and drum swells that were employed by Fugazi and hundreds of bands that came after.

Pile's a band that defies simple categorization. Their nervy, unwinding catharsis is an odd contender for cult band de jour, but that's where the band has found themselves since Dripping. If 20-something indie-rock torch bearers carried binders, they'd all have Pile written on them with hearts right about now.  

Anna's Pick of the Week... Tame Impala - Lonerism

With Tame Impala’s recent release, I revisited Lonerism. It’s such a solid psychedelic summer album. Poppy but not earworm-y, soft but nuanced. Fuzzy echoing lyrics, chords on the organ, guitar that chugs but only on occasion. Definitely suitable for a summer country drive with the windows down.

song of choice: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

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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