Friday, December 19

Last minute gift suggestions!

If there's one gift you'll regret not buying this year (for yourself OR someone else) it's the William Onyeabor box sets! We just got a few more in, plus St. Vincent, The Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix cassette, and plenty of other highly giftable items.


Wednesday, December 17

Robyn's Gift Picks #6!

Better than Nirvana.

"Hanukkah" by The Bitter Tears



This song changed every time they played it live. I miss them.

Tuesday, December 16

saki newsletter 12/16/14!

First thing's first - don't forget about our holiday gift certificate deal! We'll add $5 for every $50 spent on gift certificates up until Christmas! Keep the $5 for yourself, or add it to the gift. We don't care! It's just a little gift from us to you.

Ok, now we'd like to thank Bill Connors, Torture Love, and everyone who came out for Bill's opening on Friday. Bill's new work is amazing and Torture Love put on a great set! Our next art opening is for John Bailey's show 'Nano Death' on January 9th.

This Friday we have Freak Happening's Year In Review! That's our monthly comedy show, Freak Happening, going over all the big events of the year, but it probably won't be that at all. Those guys can't stay on topic...

Our store employee, Robyn, has also been posting her daily Gift Picks on our various social media. Catch a few below in our Instagram update!

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


It's pretty straight forward, folks. For every $50 you
spend on gift certificates with us this holiday season,
we'll add another $5 to your total. You can keep that
$5 for yourself, or you can add it to the gift.
Whatever floats your boat!
Robyn's first (unofficial) gift pick. This is the one that started
it all. The vinyl edition of the Lee Hazlewood box!

Bill Connor's show is up through this month. 
Here's a taste!
Robyn's gift pick #1: Numero Group's Local Customs:
Cavern Sound. A fantastic comp. from start to finish 
and one that seems to be slept on a bit this year!

Robyn's gift pick #2: "One of the greatest marriages of 
rock band and orchestra that I've ever heard." - BECK
Highly giftable.
Handsome Family vinyl reissues have arrived!
Upcoming events:

Friday, December 19th @ 7:30pm

Freak Happening: A Year In Review!

Friday, January 9th @ 6pm

John Bailey Opening Reception!

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm

Nick Fisher Opening Reception!

New Releases:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Firstborn is Dead LP
Nick Cave - From Her To Eternity LP
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Kicking Against the Pricks LP
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral...My Trial LP
Corrections House - Writing History In Advance CD
Death Cab For Cutie - Photo Album LP
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes LP
Electric Eeels - Die Electric Eels LP
Fantomas - Wunderkammer LP
Hot Water Music - Caution LP
The Melvins - Hold It In LP
Pallbearer - 2010 Demo LP
Ann Peebles - Part Time Love LP
Russian Circles - Enter LP
Del Shannon - The Further Adventures of Charles Westover LP
Thee Goochi Boiz - Fast Food For The Teenage Soul/OOPS! LP

20% off this week:
We're bringing out the good stuff this week! Any of these
would make great gifts. We've got Widowspeak, Howlin'

Wolf, Dev Hynes' Palo Alto Soundtrack, Earth, Wind
and Fire, Lose Saicos, and Cleaners From Venus!


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 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!

Saturday, December 13

Robyn's gift picks #2!


"One of the greatest marriages of rock band and orchestra that I've ever heard. - BECK

 Highly giftable.

Friday, December 12

Robyn's gift picks #1!

Store employee, Robyn has selected a few records that you might consider giving as gifts this holiday season. We'll post one a day for the next few weeks!

Day 1


Compilations make great gifts, and anything from Numero Group does the trick, but Local Customs: Cavern Sound really hits the spot.

"Not quite hell, but close enough. Local Customs: Cavern Sound covers six years lost in the deranging darkness of Independence, Missouri’s Pixley limestone mine, where a team of misfit engineers captured the reverberating echoes of Kansas City’s rock ‘n’ roll blasting cap. Taped in the subterranean studio headspace of Cavern between 1967 and 1973 are previously unissued recordings by Jaded, Larry Sands & the Sound Affair, Sheriff, Mulligan, Stone Wall, Morningstar, the Montaris, and the Dantes, alongside the most explosive tracks released on KC’s Pearce, Rock, and Cave labels by the likes of the Reactions, Burlington Express, the Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd, Baxter’s Chat, 21st Century Sound Movement, Pretty, Tide, and A.J. Rowe."

Wednesday, December 10

New turntables and local labels in stock for the holidays!

Hey, holiday shoppers! We've got new turntables from Audio-Technica, Jensen, Ion and Numark in stock. They're all great starter turntables, which make for great gifts!

We've also got a ton of new stock from local labels, Eye Vybe, Tall Pat and Maximum Pelt!




Tuesday, December 9

Upcoming Empty Bottle/EB Presents shows!


Hey friends, here are a few upcoming Empty Bottle or EB Presents shows you might want to check out! We've got guest list spots for a few (some of them are FREE shows anyway), so stop in and ask us about them.

*** Hurry over for Jeff The Brotherhood on NYE though, we only have a few more days to send in guest list for that one! ***

12/12: Danny Brown @ Thalia Hall!
12/13: Windy City Soul Club 6 Year Anniversary!
12/14: Empty Bottle Holiday Poster Sale (FREE)
12/19: Pieholden Xmas Psych Party with Quarter Mile Thunder!
12/20: Last Dash Xmas Bash (FREE)
12/20: EB and Revolution present SNOW ANGELS!
12/28: 10th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash!
12/31: NYE with JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, Juiceboxxx and The Lemons!

saki newsletter 12/9/14!

We had some technical difficulties last week, but the newsletter is BACK! First, we should take a moment to thank everyone for coming out for Important Records and RSD Black Friday. Our thanks may be belated, but it's just as sincere now as it was last week. You guys are the best!

This week is going to be another fun one. Aside from the holiday cheer that is just oozing from our store (level of holiday cheer is wholly dependent upon which little elf is working on a given day), we've got the opening reception for Bill Connors' show 'Oh Well' this Friday! Bill's work is incredible. If you're a friend of ours then you're likely a friend of You Me Them Everybody as well. Bill has done a ton of work for YMTE, so you may recognize his signature style from their posters. If you're not familiar, get on the Instagrams and check out @billconnors. The guy is amazing! If you're a fan of Ryan Duggan's Drug Factory Press, or our recent show with Mike Conway, you'll love Bill's work as well. Come join us from 6-9 on Friday. We'll have the usual snacks and drinks, plus a live set from Torture Love.

Don't forget about our holiday gift certificate deal too! We'll add $5 for every $50 spent on gift certificates up until Christmas! Keep the $5 for yourself, or add it to the gift. We don't care! It's just a little gift from us to you.

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

It's pretty straight forward, folks. For every $50 you
spend on gift certificates with us this holiday season,
we'll add another $5 to your total. You can keep that
$5 for yourself, or you can add it to the gift.
Whateverfloats your boat!
We're getting excited for our upcoming show
with Bill Connors, opening on 12/12!

Handsome Family vinyl reissues have arrived!
Upcoming events:

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:

Ryan Adams - Do You Laugh When You Lie? 7"

Albatwitch - If Corporations are People, Why Won't They Die? CD
The Beatles - 1962-1966 LP
The Beatles - 1967-1970 LP
Black Pus - Pus Mortem LP
Black To Comm - S/T LP
William S. Burroughs - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages CD
Bush - Sixteen Stone 20th Anniversary Edition LP
Cancers - Fatten the Leaches LP/CD/Cas
Cold War Kids - Hold My Home LP
Electric Wizard - Let Us Prey LP
Ex Cops - Daggers LP
Filmage: The Story of Descendents/ALL - DVD/BR
Folk Music of the Sahel Vol. 1: Niger LP
The Handsome Family - Singing Bones LP
The Handsome Family - Through the Trees LP
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz LP
Kyle Kinane - The Slow Death 7"
Lumerians - Transmissions From Telos Vol. III LP
MC5 - Back In the USA LP
Jon Mueller and Duane Pitre - Inverted Torch LP
She and Him - Classics LP
Skull Defekts - Street Metal
The Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy LP
Sonic Avenues - S/T LP
Spiritualized - Amazing Grace LP
Spiritualized - Songs in A and E LP
Taylor Swift - 1989 LP
The Thing with Thurston Moore - Live LP
V/A - When I Reach That Heavenly Shore CD
Ralph White - Waltz Don't Run LP

We had some issues with the newsletter last week and we don't think you all saw it, so here are the new releases from 11/25 as well...

Audacity - Counting the Days 7"
Bereft - The Lost Ages CD
The Coathangers/These Arms are Snakes - Sex Beat 7"
Jordan De La Sierra - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose LP/CD
The Dentists - Strawberries are Growing... 7"
Destroyer - Your Blues LP
Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, and Boogie 1978-1982 LP/CD
Gnidrolog - Lady Lake LP
The Handsome Family - Singing Bones LP/CD
Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979) LP/CD
Lord Raja - A Constant Moth CD
Mantles - Memory 7"
Rob Mazurek - Alternate Moon Cycles LP
Mega Bog - Gone Banana LP
Owen - Other People's Songs LP
Pixies - Doolittle 25 CD
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain LP/CD
Nikki Sudden - Dark Rags at Dawn LP Box Set
M. Ward - Transistor Radio LP
Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful LP/CD

20% off this week:

Everything on this week's 20% off new sale would make a great gift!
We've got Haim, Spinal Tap, Morricone's The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly, Diane Coffee, Sun Ra, and Rodriguez!
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!


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 and The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock (glow-in-the-dark) 12"
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!