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Sam Prekop


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Chicago, Illinois, United States (1999 – present)

Sam Prekop is a well-known guitarist from Chicago, Illinois, United States.

A longtime pillar in the Chicago underground community and architect of the sound, Sam Prekop first gained renown at the helm of Shrimp Boat before becoming the leader of The Sea and Cake, whose fusion of styles both in and out of was both creative and while remaining highly listenable.

Prekop holds considerable stature in the Chicago scene, so it isn’t surprising that when he released his self-titled debut solo LP in 1999 on Thrill Jockey Records, itself a cornerstone in the Chicago music scene, it featured an impressive supporting cast, including Chad Taylor of the Chicago Underground Duo, Josh Abrams of Town and Country, Jim O’Rourke, and The Sea and Cake’s Archer Prewitt. The album played like a subtler, more organic version of The Sea and Cake, blending elements of African rhythms with , , and .

The Sea and Cake remained an active band after its release, and his follow-up, Who’s Your New Professor, didn’t arrive until 2005.

Prekop’s third album, Old Punch Card, was released in 2010 by Thrill Jockey Records.


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