Friday, November 28

Extra $5 for every $50 spent on gift certificates this holiday season!


Maybe we're biased (and/or cheap) but we love giving saki gift certificates for the holidays. If you feel the same way we do, or if you need some convincing, we've got a deal running from Black Friday all the way up to Christmas Eve... for every $50 you spend on gift certificates we'll tack on an extra $5! 

That means you can buy your loved ones a $50 gift certificate and we'll make it $55, OR you can keep that extra $5 for yourself. We won't tell!

BUT OH MY GOD WAIT! Just for RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday we're going to sweeten the deal. For every $50 you spend on gift certificates we'll add an extra $10! Is that crazy? We don't know, probably, but we love seeing your beautiful faces. We're assuming your friends and family are just as good looking as you, so send them our way with a little bonus money on us!

Thursday, November 27

Happy Thanksgiving!


We'll see you on Black Friday!

Wednesday, November 26

RSD Black Friday at saki!


Here's the rundown for Record Store Day Black Friday at saki. We will be open for regular store hours (12-8pm). We will have all of our available RSD BF releases behind the counter. There will be a list of our in stock titles posted at the counter. Let us know what you're looking for and we'll pull it for you. Like all RSD titles, they are limited to one per customer, per day, they cannot be held for customers, and are not eligible for any sales or promotions.

We will be announcing some special deals on Friday morning, so make sure you check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter while you're waiting in line at the other stores in the morning. We'll make it worth your while to head over to saki afterwards!

Also, we're very excited to announce that the vinyl reissues of The Handsome Family's Singing Bones and Through The Trees have arrived! Their official release date is 12/2, but you can pick them up at saki on Black Friday! These reissues have been a long time coming - pretty much since we found out that "Far From Any Road" would be the opening theme to HBO's True Detective - and after multiple manufacturing delays they're here. They're finally here!

*** UPDATE: All copies of Through The Trees were shipped without their liner notes inserts. We will hold sales on TTT until the inserts arrive. We're very sorry! ***

In stock RSD BF titles:

(as of opening time on 11/28)

Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen at 21 (deluxe version) LP
Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock (glow-in-the-dark) LP
Beatles - Long Tall Sally 7"
Big Lebowski - V/A OST (white) LP
Andrew Bird/Robbie Fulks//Nora O'Connor - split 7"
Christmas Rap - V/A LP
Chvrches - Under The Tide 12" EP
Miles Davis - Enigma 10"
Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard In My Backyard LP
Death Grips - Government Plates LP
Decemberists - Make You Better 7"
Dentists - Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden 7"
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Fire 7"
Faith No More - Motherfucker 7"
Fishbone - Truth and Soul LP
Game of Thrones soundtrack LP
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 cassette
Billie Holiday - At Storyville LP
JBs - These Are The JBs LP
Korn - Paradigm Shift LP
Jenny Lewis - Pax-Am Sessions 7"
Little Richard - S/T LP
J Mascis - Fade Into You 7"
Mastodon - Motherload (pic disc) 12"
Wayne McGhie and The Sounds of Joy - S/T LP
Ennio Morricone - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly soundtrack LP
Mother Love Bone - Hold Your Head Up 7"
Conor Oberst - Standing On The Outside Looking In 7"
Roy Orbison - At The Rock House LP
Pixies - Doolittle at 25 CD (LP delayed)
Rammellzee vs K-Rob - Beat Bop LP
Joey Ramone - Christmas Spirit... In My House 10"
Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z LP
Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis 7"
Sneakers - S/T 10"
South Park - James Cameron (pic disc) 7"
St. Vincent - Pieta 10"
They Might Be Giants - Flood (25th Anniversary Edition) LP
Johnny Thunders - Real Times 10" EP
Velvet Underground - MCMXCII 4LP
Wedding Present - 2014 RSD Single 7"
Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful CD
Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful 2LP+7"
Neil Young - Official Release Series Discs 5-8 LP box

Tuesday, November 25

saki newsletter 11/25/14 and RSD Black Friday!

Oh boy, lots to get to this week, so let's get right to it! First, we'd like to offer a huge thanks to all the performers and people who came out for Freak Happening and the Onsoru showcase this weekend! 

Second, we're very excited to announce that the vinyl reissues of The Handsome Family's Singing Bones and Through The Trees have arrived! Their official release date is 12/2, but you can pick them up at saki on Black Friday! These reissues have been a long time coming - pretty much since we found out that "Far From Any Road" would be the opening theme to HBO's True Detective - and after multiple manufacturing delays they're here. They're finally here!

*** UPDATE: We just found out that all copies of Through The Trees were shipped without the liner note inserts. TTT sales will be held until the inserts arrive. Sorry! ***

Speaking of Black Friday, saki will be open for regular store hours, and yes we will have many of the Record Store Day Black Friday releases. In addition to the Handsome Family reissues we will have a few other special promotions. We'll let you know more about those on Friday morning, so while you're waiting in line at Reckless, or Permanent, or Laurie's make sure you check our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates! 

We also have another installment of Important Records coming up this Saturday. This time around we've got Brandon Wetherbee and Rock Falls talking about and playing songs from PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Christy LeMaster and REINS on Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, and Seth Vanek and Eiren Caffall on Songs: Ohia's Didn't It Rain! This show is starting a bit earlier than usual, at 3pm, so finish up your brunch and head over here.

Here are a few things we were posting about on Instagram this past week:


Handsome Family vinyl reissues have arrived! You
can purchase them starting on Black Friday!
We're getting excited for our upcoming show
with Bill Connors, opening on 12/2!
Metro gave us a Run The Jewels show poster to give
away! It's gone now, but look at it, it's so cool, right!?
Our favorite local hip-hop collective, Onsoru, took over
the shop on Saturday!
Upcoming events:

Friday, November 28th from 12-8pm

Record Store Day Black Friday!

Saturday, November 29th @ 3pm

Important Records with Brandon Wetherbee, Rock Falls, Seth Vanek, REINS, and Christy LeMaster!

Friday, December 12th @ 6pm

Bill Connors' Opening Reception!

Friday, December 19th @ 7:30pm

Freak Happening Christmas!

Friday, January 9th @ 6pm

John Bailey Opening Reception!

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm

Nick Fisher Opening Reception!

New Releases:


Allo Darlin' - We Come From the Same Place LP
Allvaret - Tan pa doden LP
Apocalypse Meow - Baseball and Alcohol 7"
Baby Ghosts - Maybe Ghosts LP
Big Dick - S/T LP
Big Takeover - Issue #75 Magazine
Blanche Blanche Blanche - Hints To Pilgrims LP
Blank Pages - S/T LP
Brain Attack - S/T 7"
Glenn Branca - The Ascension LP
Brick Fight - Harvester of Nachos Cas
Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album LP/CD
Carnivores - German Flower 7"
Michael Chapman - Polar Bear CD
The Cramps - A Date With Elvis LP/CD
The Cramps - Big Beat From Badsville LP
The Cramps - Fiends Of Dope Island LP/CD
The Cramps - Look Mom No Head! LP/CD
The Cramps - RockinNReelinInAucklandNewZealandXXX LP/CD
The Cramps - Smell Of Female LP/CD
The Cramps - Stay Sick LP
Crusaders - Sun is Down and the Night is Riding In Cas
Cursive - The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) LP
Eluvium - Pedeals/Petals (Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl) 10"
Brian Eno and Jon Hassell - Fourth World Music Vol. 1: Possible Musics LP/CD
Brian Eno - The Drop LP
Brian Eno - Nerve Net LP
Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly LP
Espectrostatic - Escape From Witchtropolis LP/CD
Feral Trash - Dead Eyes 7"
Foreign Objects - A Kind of Life 7"
Free Machines - Cursive Moon 7"
Fugazi - First Demo LP/CD
Fur Coats - Don't Make Me Beg 7"
Fur Coats - Goddamn I'm a Handsome Man 7"
Fur Coats - League of Extraordinary Octopuses LP
Girl Talk - Secret Diary (Picture Disc) LP
God Equals Genocide - Rattled Minds LP
Low Culture - S/T 7"
Magnificent - Bad Lucky LP
Maninkari - L'ocean Reve Dans Sa Loisivete CD
Marked Men - Fix My Brain CAS
Marked Men - Ghosts CAS
Marked Men - On the Outside CAS
Marked Men - S/T CAS
Mitski - Bury Me At Make Out Creek (White Vinyl) LP
Muhammadali - S/T LP
Needles//Pins - Shamebirds LP
New Swears - Funny Isn't Real LP
NOFX - Punk In Drublic LP
Occult Detective Club - Alright Gentlemen 7"
Old Man Gloom - Ape of God I CD
Old Man Gloom - Ape of God II CD Prince - Art Official Age LP
Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL - Plectrumelectrum LP
Prince Rupert's Drops - Climbing Light (Oxblood Color Vinyl) LP/CD
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet LP
Rancid - Let's Go (20th Anniversary) LP
Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy LP
Scrams - Zodak 7"
Secret Pyramid - Silent March 7"
Secret Pyramid - Silent March/Movements of Night CD
Shang-A-Lang/Broken Mountain - Split 7"
Shit Creek - Scene Cred is Our Name 7"
Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers LP/CD
Sun Kil Moon - Third and Seneca (Gold Vinyl) 10"
Sundowners - Gnome and Glacier LP
Sundowners - Larger Half of Wisdom LP
Sundowners - S/T 7"
Swamp Dogg - The White Man Made Me Do It LP
Unwelcome Guests - Wavering LP
VA - Master Mix: Red Hot and Arthur Russell LP/Cas
VA - A Distant Invitation: Street and Ceremonial Recordings LP
VA - Native North American Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock & Country 1966-1985 CD
V/A - Traveling Archive LP
VVHILE - VVHILE is Vanity 7"
Wide Angles - Smile More LP

20% off this week:


Serengeti's Kenny Dennis EP, Antony and the Johnsons,
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Dead Man's Bones (Ryan
Gosling's band), Black Lips and Lavender Country
are all 20% off this week!
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. A lot of upcoming shows are no longer eligible, but it never hurts to ask. Stop in or give us a call! Keep an eye out for announcements for eligible Metro and Bottom Lounge shows too!


Spotify listening station:




These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone and put literally nothing on it but the Spotify app!


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Tuesday, November 18

saki newsletter 11/18/14!

Hey folks, we're just like you. We put on our long underwear one leg at a time, and then our pants one leg at a time, then our shirt, and then our sweater, and then maybe another layer, and then a coat, and then a scarf, and then a hat, and then some gloves. What we're saying is we're just like you and we're freaking cold. Fortunately for us, we work in this nice heated building. Fortunately for ALL of us, we have a ton of awesome new releases this week and some pretty great stuff going on in our heated shop this weekend!

On Friday we have Freak Happening Gives Thanks, our monthly comedy show's salute to the tastiest of holidays. We don't know exactly what Nick and Goodrich have in store for us, but we know that it will involve Danny Kallas, Mike Sheehan and Rebecca O'Neal, and probably one or both of our hosts eating a turkey leg in their underwear (pure speculation).

On Saturday, we welcome back the hip-hop collective Onsoru (The Terra Godz), formerly known as Terra 5! Blaise B. and Luis Mendez will be playing support with DJ sets by Jezi The Dishwasha. We're basically letting these guys take over the store. They've always been a good time in the past, so come check it out!

Oh, and next week is Thanksgiving/RSD Black Friday! We'll be closed on Thanksgiving and open for normal store hours on Black Friday. We will have a fair amount of the RSD BF releases, but no big in-stores or anything like that. We'll probably run a nice big sale on regular store stock though, so stay tuned for next week's newsletter for more info!

Here's a recap of what went on in the shop this past week, via our Instagram (@sakistore)...

Bill Connors' show (opening Dec. 12th) finally got a name!
More used vinyl hit the racks this weekend!
We're still pricing up used vinyl so check back all week!
J Fernandez and Famous Laughs played in the shop and
we picked up a few copies of J Fernandez's Memorize 
Now for the shop, aka for YOU!
Some days you get the good promos...
We listened to William Onyeabor's catalog pretty much all
week on repeat. Pick up the Vol. 1 and 2 box sets!
We got a very small amount of copies of Alexander Heir's
book for Sacred Bones, Death Is Not The End

Upcoming events:



Friday, November 21st @ 7:30pm
Freak Happening Gives Thanks!

Saturday, November 22nd @ 4pm

In-store with Onsoru (The Terra Godz), Blaise B. and Luis Mendez!

Saturday, November 29th @ 3pm
Important Records with Brandon Wetherbee, Rock Falls, Seth Vanek, REINS, and Christy LeMaster!

Friday, December 12th @ 6pm

Bill Connors' Opening Reception!

Friday, December 19th @ 7:30pm
Freak Happening Christmas!

Friday, January 9th @ 6pm
John Bailey Opening Reception!

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm
Nick Fisher Opening Reception!

New Releases:
90 Degrees of Shade - V/A CD
Acid Baby Jesus - Selected Recordings LP
Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures LP David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed LP/CD
Nathan Bowles - Nansemond LP/CD
Bugs and Rats - Adidas LP
Captain Beefheart - Sun Zoom Spark: 1970-1972 LP Box Set
Christina Carter - Masque Femine LP 
Diarrhea Planet - Aliens In The Outfield 10"
Eiko Ishibashi - Car and Freezer LP
Brian Eno and Jon Hassell - Fourth World Music Vol. 1 LP
Father Yod and the Spirit of '76 - Kohoutek LP
Fred Frith and John Butcher - Natural Order CD 
Fugazi - First Demo LP/CD
M. Geddes Gengras - Collected Works Volume 2 LP
Gino and the Goons - Shake It! LP/Cas
Grasshopper - Dark Sabbath: Symbols of Evil LP
Holograma - Waves LP
Patterson Hood - Killers and Stars LP
Ice Choir - Pure Holiday 7"
Landmarks - S/T LP
Oliver Lake Organ Quartet - What I Heard CD
Loscil - Sea Island LP/CD
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell 3LP
Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime LP
Jon Mueller and Duane Pitre - Inverted Torch LP  
Ocean Blue - Waterworks LP
Old 97s - Hitchhike to Rhome LP
Pink Avalanche - The Luminous Heart of Nowhere LP
Joshua Rainhorn/Paulinho and Beatriz - Wine and Cigarettes b/w Voce Tem 7"
Rollins Band - Life Time LP
Ty Segall - $ingles 2 LP/CD/Cas
Swans - Filth LP
Johnny Thunders - So Alone LP
Wand - Ganglion Reef CD/Cas
Wedding Dress - Desperate Glow LP/CD
While No One Was Looking - V/A LP
Whirr/Nothing - Split LP
White Fence - Live in San Francisco LP
White Suns - Totem LP
Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot LP Box Set
Wilco - What's Your 20? Essential Tracks - CD
Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time (Benign Dictatorships) LP
Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time (Ex Machina) LP
 Yo Ho Wa 13 - Savage Sons of Yo Ho Wa LP
Zero Boys - Hollywood CD
John Zorn  - Song Project Vinyl Singles Edition 7"

20% off this week:

20% off staff picks this week: Weekends, A.A. Bondy (part of Mary's 2014 Breakup Records picks), Laura Gibson, Ratking (playing this weekend at Metro with RUN THE JEWELS), Ricky B, and Mike Watt

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. A lot of upcoming shows are no longer eligible, but it never hurts to ask. Stop in or give us a call!


Spotify listening station:


These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone and put literally nothing on it but the Spotify app!


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Monday, November 17

J Fernandez 'Memorize Now' available... now!

J Fernandez's 'Memorize Now' is available at saki!


Used vinyl new arrivals!

New arrivals in the used vinyl section from Dead Kennedys, Broken Social Scene, Robert Johnson, Neil Diamond, House Party 2, The Band, Serengeti, Bob Dylan, Television, Johnny Cash, Herbie Hancock, Animal Collective, and plenty of other ones not pictured!



Friday, November 14

Pinkshinyultrablast - Umi



Our friends at Shelflife are releasing the debut album from Pinkshinyultrablast on gorgeous amber glitter vinyl!

Tuesday, November 11

saki newsletter 11/11/14!

How about this weather, you guys, eh!? It's never an easy transition from Fall to Winter around here, but on the plus side it's the perfect time of year for Songs:Ohia and Belle and Sebastian, and Elliott Smith, and we've got plenty of that around here!

You know what else we have around here? We have in-stores! J. Fernandez and Famous Laughs are coming up this weekend. Then we have Onsoru (The Terra Godz), with Blaise B. and Luis Mendez the following weekend. That's it for now, but there's always more in the works, including Bill Connors' opening reception next month!

Here are some other things we have plenty of around here, according to our Instagram (@sakistore)...

We got some new arrivals and restocks from The Feelies, Pedro The
Lion, Shellac, The Flaming Lips, Allah-Lahs, De La Soul, Cloud
Nothings, Roedelius, and Algo Salvaje (essentially a spanish-language
Nuggetscomp. from Munster Records)!
Highlights from our recent used new arrivals!
More used vinyl!
Restocks from one of our favorite labels, Exploding In Sound! What 
we'll call modern classics from Pile and Ovlov and a new release 
from Baked!

Upcoming events:




Saturday, November 15th @ 4pm

In-store with J Fernandez and support TBA!

Saturday, November 22nd @ 4pm

In-store with Onsoru (The Terra Godz), Blaise B. and Luis Mendez!

Friday, December 12th @ 6pm

Bill Connors' Opening Reception!

Friday, January 9th @ 6pm
John Bailey Opening Reception!

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm
Nick Fisher Opening Reception!

New Releases:


The 78 Project Vol. 2 - V/A LP
Jim Abbott - Jackson C. Frank: Clear, Hard Light of Genius book
Air Texture Vol. 4 CD
Jorn Aleskjaer - I'm So Glad I Spent This Day With You LP
All Your Friends Friends - V/A CD
Bedhead - What Fun Life Was LP
Bedhead - Bedheaded LP
Bedhead - Transaction de Novo LP
Bedhead - 1992-1998 CD
Andrea Belfi - Natura Morta CD and LP
Christina Carter - Masque Femine LP
Circus Devils - Escape CD and LP
Coffinworm -  IV.I.VII LP
Cool Ghouls - A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye CD and LP
Crayon - Brick Factory LP
Cult of Youth - Final Days CD (LP delayed)
Dirty Beaches - Stateless CD and LP
Dream Police - Hypnotized CD and LP
FF - Lord CD (LP delayed)
Frontier Ruckus - Sitcom Afterlife CD and LP
Hohokum Soundtrack - V/A LP
Holograma - Waves LP
Icky Boyfriends - Live in San Fransisco CD
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - I'm In your Mind Fuzz CD
Bruce Langhorne - Hired Hand OST LP
Love - Black Beauty LP
Mark McGuire - Noctilucence LP
Mega Bog - Gone Banana CD
Nevermores - Lock Your Doors LP
Nots - We Are Nots CD
Paperhead - Africa Avenue CD and LP
Pop Ambient 2015 - V/A LP
Red Red Meat - There's A Star Above The Manger Tonight
Serengeti - Kenny Dennis III CD and LP
Survival Knife - Survivalized LP
Ulaan Markhor - Spiral Horns, Black Onions, et al LP
Vow - Make Me Yours LP

20% off this week:

Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Gem Club, The Everly Brothers, Goat,
Stornoway, and Willis Earl Beal are 20% off this week! We'll add new
titles as these sell out, so keep an eye out throughout the week!
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. Here are a few we recommend!


11/17 Dream Police (members of The Men), Honey and NOTS at The Empty Bottle
11/18 Alex Clare at Metro
11/18 Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at The Empty Bottle
11/20 Horse Feathers at Lincoln Hall
11/21 Split Single and Bailiff at Lincoln Hall
11/23 Twilight Sad at The Empty Bottle
11/28 Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall
11/29 Allah-Lahs at Lincoln Hall
12/3 College (you know, from the Drive soundtrack) at The Empty Bottle

Don't forget, these are just the shows we recommend. We have have spots for other shows as well so don't hesitate to ask us about a particular show!


Spotify listening station:



These days record stores don't get a ton of promos from bands and labels like the good ol' days, but we know that you still want a chance to listen to a lot of things before you make the decision to buy. To help you out with that we've created a Spotify Listening Station in the store. Sounds fancy, right? It's not. We just bought a burner phone and put literally nothing on it but the Spotify app!


If you find yourself flipping through the racks and you realize that you'd like to listen to something before you buy it, just ask at the counter and we'll pull out some headphones and Burnice (that's what we named our burner phone) so you can have a listen!

Monday, November 10

Just In (or back in stock): The Feelies, Pedro The Lion, Shellac, Roedelius and more!

The Feelies, Pedro The Lion, Shellac, The Flaming Lips, Allah-Lahs, De La Soul, Cloud Nothings, Roedelius and Volume One of the Algo Salvaje comp. (basically Spanish-language Nuggets)!


Sunday, November 9

Used vinyl new arrivals!

We're excited about some new additions to the used racks this weekend. Check out German Drinking Songs, Marion Brown's 'Why Not,' James Last's 'Voo-Doo Party,' '1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground,' Big'N, Laurie Spiegel (from her contribution to Carl Sagan's Voyager II Golden Record), John Cage with Christian Wolff, and Max Roach with Anthony Braxton!