Thursday, January 29

Adam's Pick of the Week!

Wolfmoon, a.k.a. Little Tommy, a.k.a Tyrone Thomas was a protegé of the mighty Swamp Dogg. This is the only album he cut under the name Wolfmoon and it's a doozy.

In some ways, this is Swamp Dogg-lite, but Thomas holds his own as a singer and drummer even though half of these songs are covers and the rest were penned by Swamp Dogg himself. Either way, Wolf's covers of 'People Get Ready' and 'If I Had A Hammer' rank up there with the best and the originals on here stand up to anything Swamp ever did on his own.

This one was a true rarity for years until it's reissue on Alive a few years back. You can and should pick it up at saki right now! Even if you don't care for the outsider soul found in the grooves, that cover art alone is worth the price.

- Adam

Tuesday, January 27

saki newsletter 1/27/15!

We hope you've all been basking in our relatively warm temperatures and the fact that OTHER parts of the country are getting pummeled with unrelenting snow, but we need your full attention! We've get important business to discuss with you. Just kidding, it's not that important, but we want you to know nonetheless... THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit us in the past week. We had a fun, busy week. It's times like this that make our job such a blast! You know what, that's actually about it. Just THANK YOU. 

Oh, and we put out a big stack of used vinyl new arrivals this weekend. Here's a peak, but come check them out in person for full effect. They totally smell like used records, mmmmm, used records.


The Total Control 7" is already gone, sorry, but
there's plenty of other good stuff in there!

Upcoming events:

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm

Nick Fisher opening reception!

New Releases:

Jason Adasiewicz - Sun Rooms From the Region LP

Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 LP/CD
The Body and Thou - You Whom I Have Always Hated LP/CD
The Dodos - Individ LP/CD
The Fall - Yarbles LP
Guided By Voices - King Shit and the Golden Boys LP
Mogwai - Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 LP/CD
Nada Surf - Live in Brussels CD
Gary Numan and Ade Fenton - From Inside OST LP
Oorutaichi - Drifting My Folklore LP
Ann Peebles - The Handwriting is On the Wall LP
Pinkshinyultrablast - Everything Else Matters LP
Plastic Palace People - From The Host of Late-Comers LP
Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again LP/CD
Alasdair Roberts - S/T LP/CD
Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb - Noun LP
The Supreme Jubilees - It'll All Be Over LP
Damo Suzuki and Mugstar - Start From Zero LP
Scott Tuma - Hard Again/The River LP
Twerps - Range Anxiety LP/CD
V/A - Beatles Reggae LP
V/A - Music Of Tanzania LP
Woman is the Earth - Depths LP

20% off this week:



20% off this week SADNESS EDITION: Jawbreaker,
Songs: Ohia, Low, Elliott Smith, Smog, & American
Football. Now excuse us as we go weep gently into
our pillows.

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!


Spotify listening station:




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!

benoit pioulard // sonnet

Friday, January 23

Hear a clip from Pops Staples' 'Don't Lose This'!

This short clip featuring Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy listening to a track from Pop Staples' upcoming album, Don't Lose This, is just, ugh, ALL the feels... This is going to be a lovely record! Don't Lose This comes out 2/17.

Wednesday, January 21

Just in: recent restocks and new arrivals!


Devo, Posse, Souls of Mischief, Glenn Branca, Parquet Courts, Allison Crutchfield (Swearin', PS Eliot), Can, Severed Heads, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), and much, much more! Stop in and check it out.

Tuesday, January 20

saki Newsletter 01/20/2015

What a week! In addition to what passes for warm weather this time of year, we also had two crazy fun events with our Dastardly listening party and a split 7" release show for Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People. Dastardly's new album is not available yet, so if you didn't come you missed a chance to hear it WAY in advance, but the RFUP/BP 7" is for sale now! We highly recommend picking one up and checking out the other stuff that Already Dead has to offer.

We're also worn out this week from all those TNK shows! Protomartyr and Alvvays were our favorites. We all owe a huge thanks to Schubas, Lincoln Hall and Metro for providing free tickets for you guys as well. What a bunch of sweetie pies!

This week's new release lineup is STACKED. We're extremely excited about Universal Togetherness Band, the new Cloakroom, the Posse repress, all the Back From The Grave comps on vinyl, and of course, Sleater-Kinney's triumphant return! It's gonna be a good week for our ears.

Here's a few things we shared on Instagram and the blog this week:


Our employee, Nick Rouley, opened for Eddie Pepitone
at Lincoln Hall. That's Eddie, not Nick, but the
resemblance is striking.
We have tickets for Oshwa and Lifted Bells at Beat
Kitchen to give away! 
We also have tickets for each day of Chicago Psych
Fest at The Hideout!
Regular Fucked Up People were incredible in the
shop on Saturday!
A few of our favorites from John Bailey's show, hanging
until the end of the month! Come check it out.
We had a whole day of nothing but tapes in the store!
The reissue of the year! Currently out of stock, but more
are on the way.
saki totes are back! Use it when you shop at saki for
5% off your purchase.
Pick up these Bill Connors prints from the poster rack!

Upcoming events:


Friday, February 13th @ 6pm
Nick Fisher opening reception!

New Releases:


Amen Dunes - Cowboy Worship EP LP

Alex Calder - Strange Dreams LP/CD
The Contents Are - Through You LP
Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World LP/CD
Mac Demarco - Demos Volume 1 CD
Disappears - Irreal LP/CD
Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight LP
Elephant Micah - Where In Our Woods LP/CD
Erase Errata - Lost Weekend LP
Ex-Breathers/Ovlov/Woozy/Gnarwhal - Four-Way Split LP
Fellow Project - Basic Axemanship 10"
Jake Xerxes Fussell - S/T LP
Hallelujah the Hills - Have You Ever Done Something Evil LP
J Dilla - King of Beats Vol. 1 10"
J Dilla - King of Beats Vol. 2 10"
J Dilla - King of Beats Vol. 3 10"
J Dilla - King of Beats Vol. 4 10"
Sean McCann - Ten Impressions For Piano and Strings LP
Makaya McCraven - In the Moment LP/CD
The Melvins - Eggnog + Lice-All LP
The Melvins - Ozma + Bullhead LP
Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Musicawi Silt/Tche Belew 7"
Mr. Gnome - The Heart Of A Dark Star LP
Jack Name - Weird Moons LP/CD
Perfect Pussy - I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling LP/CD
Posse - Soft Opening LP
Red Aunts - Come Up For A Closer Look LP
Robert Robinson - Connecticut River LP
Sensation's Fix - Time To Decide LP
Shiny Two Shiny - When The Rain Stops LP
Siskiyou - S/T LP/CD
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Loves LP/Deluxe LP/CD
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid CD
Stay Clean Jolene - S/T LP
Universal Togetherness Band LP
Viet Cong - S/T LP/CD/Cas
V/A - Back From the Grave Vol. 9-10 CD 
V/A - Back From the Grave Vol. 8 LP/CD
V/A - Back From the Grave Vol. 7 LP
V/A - The Best Arizona Garage Bands 1967-1970 LP
V/A - Brazilian Boogie Connection LP
V/A - Chicago Singles Club Vol. 1 LP
12 Rods - Lost Time LP

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. Stop in or give us a call! Keep an eye out for announcements for eligible Metro and Bottom Lounge shows too!


Spotify listening station:


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, January 17

Ticket giveaway: Oshwa, Lifted Bells, Monobody and Churchkey at Beat Kitchen!

It's a good time to be a saki customer! In addition to our Chicago Psych Fest tickets, Constellation tickets, all those TNK spots (that are now all claimed), Metro, Empty Bottle, and our running promotion with Schubas/LH, we now have some spots to give away for Oshwa with Lifted Bells, Monobody and Churchkey at Beat Kitchen on 2/6!

This show is presented by Kickstand Productions and Naked Ally Records so big thanks to both of them for hooking you guys and us up!

Stop in for details!

Friday, January 16

Eddie Pepitone and Our Own Nick Rouley at Lincoln Hall

On an exceedingly cold Thursday night last week, about two hundred people huddled together in a seated Lincoln Hall for an evening of unforgettable comedy by the legendary Eddie Pepitone. Nick Rouley, who hosts our own monthly comedy spectacular, Freak Happening, landed the prime opening spot for Eddie and got to do almost twenty minutes. What a treat for us, and I'm sure for Nick.

Eddie was just Eddie, which is to say, nobody else does comedy like this. He did some material from his most recent special, worked in some new stuff, and just riffed when there was an opening to do so. I'm not really sure how to describe his work if you haven't seen it, except to say that it sort of starts off at the existential void created by Western consumerism and then takes off from there. What a ride.




Here's a little slideshow of my pics from the night. You can click through the whole set here below,


or if you want larger shots, go directly to the Flickr set in another window, here.



Regular Fucked Up People/Boring People split 7" release show!

Tomorrow night (Saturday) at 5pm we're hosting the release show for Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People's split 7" on Already Dead!

Come hang out, see both bands play, and take home a copy of the split!

Wednesday, January 14

Chicago Psych Fest ticket giveaway!

The Hideout is providing us with 2 pairs of tickets to give away for EACH night of Chicago Psych Fest, coming up at the end of the month! Since they're being so generous we'll offer these spots with ANY purchase, but we still recommend you buy something from one of the featured Psych Fest bands because they're some of the best local artists we have!

Check the Hideout's website for more info on the festival!

Tuesday, January 13

saki newsletter 1/13/15!

Thanks to John Bailey, Dumpster Babies, Harebrain, and everyone who came out this past Friday for the opening reception of 'Nanodeath!' We had a great time and we hope you did too. The show is up for the month, so come check it out. John has a TON of reasonably priced prints and drawings so we can almost guarantee you'll find something you'll like - that is, assuming you like starry prints of Mr. T's face with the Slayer logo below it... I know I do!

This week we've got two really fun events for you. On Thursday night our friends in Dastardly are hosting a listening party for their new album. Come hang out, BYOB, listen to the album, and join us in coaxing Gabe into taking his shirt off and singing 'My Way.' 

We also just added an in-store this Saturday with Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People. They're releasing a split 7" on Already Dead tapes. Come see the bands and pick up a copy of the 7"!

Panda Bear's new album is out this week and we've got some sweet posters and prints to give away with purchase!

One last thing... since it's Tomorrow Never Knows week here in Chicago, we're offering 20% off on any bands playing TNK this year! We've got a few of them on our 20% off rack, but we'll give you the discount on any of the TNK bands that we have in stock. Just ask! Don't forget, we still have tickets to give away for these TNK shows (at the time of this post):

1/15 Grifters and J Fernandez at Lincoln Hall
1/15 Protomartyr and Spider Bags at Schubas
1/17 Strand of Oaks and Kevin Morby at Lincoln Hall
1/17 Jukebox The Ghost at Metro
1/18 Twin Peaks at Metro
1/18 The Family Crest at Schubas
1/18 ProbCause at Lincoln Hall

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

Dumpster Babies and Harebrain played John Bailey's
opening reception! We have both of their albums in
stock and they're highly recommended!

John Bailey hanging his show 'Nanodeath.'

Chicago Psych Fest is coming up at the end of the month
and we've got tickets to give away! Stop in for details.

Bill Connors' show is down now, but we held onto a
few of his prints. You can find them in our poster rack!



saki totes are back! 5% off your purchase when you use it
shop with us. Design by Drug Factory Press!
Upcoming events:

Thursday, January 15th @ 7:30pm

Dastardly listening party!

Saturday, January 17th @ 5pm
Regular Fucked Up People and Boring People split 7" release show!

Friday, February 13th @ 6pm

Nick Fisher Opening Reception!


New Releases:

Ryan Adams - No Shadow 7"
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis LP
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works '85-92 CD
Aphex Twin - Classics CD
Sir Richard Bishop and Bill Orcutt - Road Stories (Kali) LP
Kath Bloom - Pass Through Here LP
California X - Nights in the Dark LP/CD
Catholic Guilt - S/T LP
Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction LP
M. Dwinnell - Golden Ratio LP
The Electric Wizard - We Live LP
Feral Trash - Trash Fiction LP
Ben Frost - VARIANT LP
David Maranha and Helena Espvall - Sombras Incendiadas LP
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom LP
Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper LP
Doug Scharin - Kate No Longer CD

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!

Monday, January 12

Shabazz Palaces - Forerunner Foray [OFFICIAL VIDEO]



Shabazz Palaces & Chad VanGaalen both earned spots on my Best of 2014 list, here they join creative forces for a mesmerizing visual complement to Lese Majesty highlight "Forerunner Foray"

Saturday, January 10

Tomorrow Never Knows guest list spots available!






Hey folks, we've got a pair of tickets to give away for each of these upcoming shows. They're all a part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival!

1/14 The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) at  The Athenaeum Theatre
1/14 Operators and Lia Ices at Schubas
1/15 Grifters and J Fernandez at Lincoln Hall
1/15 Protomartyr and Spider Bags at Schubas
1/16 Cloud Nothings at Metro
1/16 Zola Jesus and Ryley Walker at The Athenaeum Theatre
1/17 Strand of Oaks and Kevin Morby at Lincoln Hall
1/17 Jukebox The Ghost at Metro
1/17 PHOX at The Athenaeum Theatre
1/18 Twin Peaks at Metro

1/18 The Family Crest at Schubas


All guest lists are now CLOSED. Sorry if you missed out!

Constellation ticket giveaways!


We've got guest list spots to give away for two upcoming Constellation shows!

1/15 El Is A Sound of Joy with Spires That In The Sunset Rise

2/19 Ten x Ten Showcase/Performance featuring: 

Musicians - Cameron Pfiffner, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Peter Maunu, Paul Giallorenzo, Anton Hatwich, Eli Namay, Phil Sudderberg

Visual Artists - Alexander Stewart, Cynthia Weiss, Andrew Holmquist, Jerome Bryerton, Uriel Correa, Salvador Andrade, Vesna Jovanovic, Trevor Goosen

Stop in to claim our available spots for either of these shows and check Constellation's website for all their other upcoming shows!