Wednesday, March 25

Sir Richard Bishop ticket giveaway!

We've got one more pair of tickets to give away for Sir Richard Bishop's upcoming show at Consellation (4/4). The next person to purchase Tangier Sessions gets them!

Tuesday, March 24

Metro guest list spots available!

We've got some more guest list spots to give away courtesy of Metro! Stop in ASAP to claim these. They won't last long!

Foxygen 4/9
Twin Shadow 4/10
Built To Spill 5/30

saki newsletter 3/24/15!

Great news, everyone: FREAK HAPPENING is this week! That's right, this is the last week of the month, which means this Friday is the last Friday of the month, which means FREAK HAPPENING. Can you tell we're trying to get you to come to FREAK HAPPENING? COME TO FREAK HAPPENING ALREADY. This month we've got Charlie Bury, David Drake and Sonia Denis along with (we're sure) some other surprises. See you Friday!

This is also the last week to come check out Justin Santora's screenprints at saki. You can see a few of our favorites below, but trust us, you want to see it all. Justin is a supremely talented man, and a real sweetheart to boot!

We're also still getting ready for the behemoth that is RECORD STORE DAY. It's on April 18th this year. We'll be opening the doors at 9AM. If you have any questions beyond that, we'd like to direct you to our RSD page on the saki blog. There is not that much info there yet, but there will be soon. Keep checking!

Keep on reading for other info, including staff picks, the weekly 20% off new release sale, ticket giveaways and new releases!

 Only a few more days to see Justin Santora's amazing work on our walls!

Not much new stuff this week, but we did get some nice restocks!

 We got a shipment with a bunch of damaged items. They were too good to return, and the damages are only cosmetic, so we put them out at a DEEP discount. Check the used vinyl section next time you're in!

 Nick and Adam stopped by Slippery Slope last Wednesday for their monthly Record Store Night!


Gilda and Bill T's are back in stock with a full run of sizes!


Saki hats are cool AND they keep your head warm. 

Upcoming events:

Friday, March 27th @ 8pm
Freak Happening!

Saturday, April 18th
Record Store Day!

New Releases:

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit LP/CD
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen LP
Bjork - Vulnicura CD
Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home LP
Christian Death - Catastrophe Ballet LP
Christian Death - Ashes LP
Clark - Flame Rave LP
Common - Like Water For Chocolate LP
Dead Rider - New End b/w Uncomfy 7"
Eartheater - Metalepsis CD/Cas
Everything Is Terrible - Legends DVD
The Goodbye Party - Silver Blues LP
Goodly Thousands - Sunshine Hair EP 7"
Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits LP
Carl Hultgren - Tomorrow LP
Implodes - Reverser LP
Jeff the Brotherhood - Wasted On The Dream LP
Lightning Bolt - Fantasty Empire CD
Liturgy - The Ark Work LP/CD
Laura Marling - Short Movie LP
Myrrors - Arena Negra LP/CD
Sonny Rollins - Volume One LP
Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer LP
Silence - S/T LP/CD
Frederick Michael St. Jude - Gang War CD
The Staple Singers - Freedom Highway Complete LP
Thin Lizzy - Fighting LP
Van Pelt - Imaginary Third LP
Williams Shift - We Were Wonderers CD
Yeesh - No Problem LP
Zu - Cortar Todo CD

20% off this week:


Robyn was our only employee who made it to SXSW this year. She picked a few of her favorite bands who played the festival, or as she puts it, "Bands I saw at SXSW that I can remember and that we have in stock."

Staff picks of the week:

Adam's Pick of the Week: Famous L. Renfroe - Children

There isn't a ton of verifiable info available about Famous L. Renfroe, or this, his sole album as far as I know. It seems that Renfroe recorded most of, if not all, of the record himself, and it shows. The arrangements are sparse, and the backing vocals are almost comically overdubbed.

If you like your gospel/soul a little on the strange side, this one will not disappoint. Children has the kind of heart that can only come from a 'mad genius' working out their singular vision without any interference. It's a must-buy for my money!

Jake's Pick of the Week: Eccentric Soul - Capitol City Soul

Numero Group makes themselves easy to love. With release after release of music that's flown under the radar, every one of their collections is worth the investment. Capitol City Soul is one that has a permanent spot in my record rotation, and each song will spend time stuck in your head. From the cover: "Capitol City Soul is a trove of completely unissued and underissued treasures from Moss and company. A decade in the making, this is the set of soul discoveries that no one but The Numero Group could achieve."

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!

Friday, March 20

Just In: Recent Restocks!


Some of these haven't been around for a while, like Kraftwerk and the LCD Soundsystem box set from last year's Record Store Day!

Wednesday, March 18

Jake's Pick of the Week : Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul

Numero Group makes themselves easy to love.  With release after release of music that's flown under the radar, every one of their collections is worth the investment.  Capitol City Soul is one that has a permanent spot in my record rotation, and each song will spend time stuck in your head.  From the cover: "Capitol City Soul is a trove of completely unissued and underissued treasures from Moss and company.  A decade in the making, this is the set of soul discoveries that no one but The Numero Group could achieve."

Adam's Pick of the Week: Famous L. Renfroe - Children

I found out about this record from the music blog, Aquarium Drunkard, about a year or so ago. I'm sure they can say it better than I will, so I recommend checking out their post about the 'Flying Sweet Angel of Joy' if you're interested.

There isn't a ton of verifiable info available about Famous L. Renfroe, or this, his sole album as far as I know. It seems that Renfroe recorded most of, if not all, of the record himself, and it shows. The arrangements are sparse, and the backing vocals are almost comically overdubbed.

If you like your gospel/soul a little on the strange side, this one will not disappoint. Children has the kind of heart that can only come from a 'mad genius' working out their singular vision without any interference. It's a must-buy for my money!

Justin Santora's 'Upward' hanging through the end of the month!

Here's two of our favorite pieces from Justin Santora's show 'Upward,' hanging at saki right now. Stop in before the end of the month to see the rest and maybe take a few home!

benoit pioulard / so etched in memory



Sonnet is out 3/31 on Kranky

Tuesday, March 17

saki newsletter 3/17/15!

Not too much to report this week, other than what you'll read below here... We celebrated Dick Diver Day instead of Pi Day or St. Puketrick's Day, and we basically just enjoyed the garsh dang weather, ya know?? 

This week we're just getting in the last of our RSD orders, so stay tuned as items begin to arrive in stock and we announce details for our RSD festivities. You already know by now, but it's gonna be a blast!

If anyone is interested in shaking their tail feather with us at Slippery Slope Wednesday night, Nick and Adam will be there playing a mix of mostly funk and soul, garage and power-pop for your listening and jiggling pleasure. Come say hi!

Keep on reading for other info, including staff picks, the weekly 20% off new release sale, ticket giveaways and new releases!



We celebrated Dick Diver Day - a holiday we made up to celebrate the awesome new Dick Diver LP on Trouble In Mind. It's way better than anything else people celebrated last week.


Natalie Prass finally showed up on vinyl!


We found some tasty little nugs while alphabetizing the used vinyl section. We're always amazed at what people are NOT buying from over there...


Gilda and Bill T's are back in stock with a full run of sizes!


Nick and Adam are DJing at Slippery Slope for Record Store Night tomorrow (Wednesday)!


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. 

Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 18th
Record Store Day!

New Releases:

Ambarchi/O'Rourke - Behold LP
Ata Kak - Obaa Sima LP
Au.Ra - Jane's Lament LP
Aye Aye - S/T LP
Bugs and Rats - S/T LP
John Carpenter - Lost Themes LP
Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lonely LP
Damon and Naomi - Fortune LP
Destruction Unit - Live In San Francisco LP
Steve Earle and the Dukes - Terraplane LP
Father Murphy - Croce LP
Myriam Gendron - Not So Deep As A Well (pink swirl vinyl repress) LP
Glen Hansard - It Was Triumph We Once Proposed LP
Nic Hessler - Soft Connections LP
Lilacs and Champagne - Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh LP
Mean Jeans - Singles LP
Charles Mingus - Black Saint and The Sinner Lady LP
Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano LP
Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves CD and LP
Moon Duo - Shadow of the Sun LP
Notations - Still Here 67-73 LP
Rabit - Baptizm LP
Mike Shiflet and High Aura'd - Awake LP
Sneaky Feelings - Send You LP
Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals - V/A LP
Sur Une Plage - Legerdemain LP
Thing - Garage LP
Thoughts Detecting Machines - Work The Circuits LP
Timeghost - Cellular LP
Twin Shadow - Eclipse LP
Ultra High Frequencies: Chicago Party - V/A LP
Wand - Golem LP

20% off this week:




This week's 20% off picks came straight from our staff picks section! If you trust our taste, then you know they're good.



Staff picks of the week:




Adam's Pick of the Week: Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Jazz Mind


ESMB push the boundaries of two-piece punk. On their 2012 debut Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice have created an array of moods, blasting from snarling noise to subdued, primal indie-pop, and just about anywhere in between. What really sets them apart, aside from their sonic adventurism, is the band's obvious sense of humor. Schrader is a member of the Balitmore-based comedy collective, Wham City, and his comedic sensibilities shine through his music. It's an odd mix to be sure, but a sterling comedic sense, and diverse, challenging musical ideas will always be a winner in my book.

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!

Friday, March 13

Adam's Pick of the Week: Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Jazz Mind

ESMB push the boundaries of two-piece punk. On their 2012 debut Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice have created an array of moods, blasting from snarling noise to subdued, primal indie-pop, and just about anywhere in between.

What really sets them apart, aside from their sonic adventurism, is the band's obvious sense of humor. Schrader is a member of the Balitmore-based comedy collective, Wham City, and his comedic sensibilities shine through his music.

It's an odd mix to be sure, but a sterling comedic sense, and diverse, challenging musical ideas will always be a winner in my book.

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!

Monday, March 9

Anne's Pick Of The Week

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.


Friday, March 6

Adam's Pick of the Week: The Dentists - Some People Are On The Pitch...

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.

Thursday, March 5

Justin Santora opening



UPWARD: Recent Screenprints by Justin Santora 
March 6th – April 3rd

Opening reception Friday, March 6th, 6-9pm. Free. 
Live music by A.M. Stations 


“Upward” is a collection of various posters and art prints from the past two years. Chicago illustrator Justin Santora has been making screen printed art and rock posters since 2008. He has done work for The Lumineers, The Black Keys, James Blake, Phish, Iron & Wine, AMC, Warner Brothers, and many more.

Santora grew up in the greater Chicagoland area and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in studio art and secondary education. Unenthused with the prospect of a career as a high school art teacher and motivated by some of Chicago’s many well- known rock poster artists, Santora began working as a freelance illustrator and screen printer. Justin has been producing handmade posters, screen printed art, paintings and illustrations professionally since 2008. Much of Santora’s work is focused around images of quiet rural or suburban settings, construction, decay, architecture, and large open spaces. His approach is also informed by an interest in anarcho- syndicalism, egalitarianism, and animal rights, as well as a lifelong passion for skateboarding and punk rock. Santora has exhibited work in various cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

The event will feature a live performance by Chicago band A.M. Stations.


Please join us Friday, March 6th from 6-9pm for the opening of UPWARD by Justin Santora. Enjoy a nightof fine art and live music, with food and beverages provided by saki. This event is free and BYOB!